The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates
The MAC 2020 website will be up in September. It will include a registration sign-up, Conference schedule, Travel Grant Form, workshops, open space, Keynote speaker, unique elements and much else. The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center is an attractive site and, for those traveling long distances, quite assessable from NYC airports by train.
Please mark the date (June 25-28) and plan to be with Affiliates and the Maryknoller family from throughout our Global home.
Commemorating 400 years of African American History and Culture: An invitation to participate in Healing Day National Bell Ringing
August 25 at 3:00 pm EDT
[This message comes to us from Beth Begley - NJ Chapter & member of Pax Christi]
Watch Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message here. “The National Park Service is commissioning, and asking, churches and people from around this country to commemorate and remember that landing and the bringing of those first enslaved Africans to this country by ringing bells. And if possible, by tolling the bells of churches and to do so on August 25 at 3:00 in the afternoon,” said Curry. “I’m inviting us as The Episcopal Church to join in this commemoration as part of our continued work of racial healing and reconciliation. At 3:00 pm we can join together with people of other Christian faiths and people of all faiths to remember those who came as enslaved, who came to a country that one day would proclaim liberty. And so we remember them and pray for a new future for us all.” This national bell ringing is among the Healing Day events being held at Fort Monroe National Monument to commemorate the 400th anniversary of that landing.
Last Fall, by way of introducing myself as the new Chair of the Affiliate Board, I wrote an article sharing some of my initial thoughts about the Maryknoll Affiliates. In it I emphasized the importance of what I think are two necessary characteristics of a successful movement; connection and communication. These are equally and importantly directly related to key responsibilities of the Affiliate Board. Namely:
I think anyone would agree it would be quite difficult to come close to achieving these without connection and communication, especially considering the nature and loose structure of the Affiliates. With that said, however, to be successful will require the effort and commitment of both Affiliate leaders and members. It will require dialogue. I can’t emphasize this enough!
So, to honor my personal commitment to this dialogue, I wish to continue an ongoing effort to reach out and connect with Affiliates. All Affiliates and/or Chapters are invited to participate. If you are reading this; you are invited. Participation can be one-on-one conversations or connecting during a Chapter meeting. We’ll connect either by phone or over the internet using either Zoom video conferencing or Skype. If okay, I’d like to expand this connection by inviting another Board member and/or Regional Coordinator to the call, as well.
Again, the purpose of these conversations is just one attempt for mutual dialogue and engagement between leadership and the wider Affiliate movement.
I hope you can join with me in this effort. Let’s have morning coffee or a nightcap together!
Question of the Month # 5
What story do you tell when people ask you about Maryknoll Affiliates?
We thank Tom McGuire of the Chicago Chapter for submitting this month's QTM!
Click here to answer the question. We look forward to and thank you for your participation in helping to make our Maryknoll Affiliate movement strong
To see previous QTM's, click pdf QTM Catalog (210 KB)
For a more detailed explanation of the QTM dynamic, see below:
Question of the Month explained?
Do you ever wonder what other Affiliates think about a particular topic? Curious about how alike or different Affiliates are from each other? Are there things that other Affiliates are doing that could have some impact on you personally or your Chapter life? As members of the Maryknoll Affiliates, we belong to different Chapters separated by distance, attitudes, traditions, culture and language, so these questions may be similar to questions we sometimes ask ourselves and/or other Chapter members.
Thank you to all of you who have already sent in information on volunteer opportunities at the border. We have already received detailed information on several sites. More information is coming in. We will post the comprehensive list once we've collected the full complement.
Several Affiliates have expressed the hope of participating in this work and this information will be especially helpful.
Ted Miles, Executive Director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) shared their church date list. If you are in the area of a given church date, you might want to attend, see if you might help out and otherwise show our solidarity with the Lay Missioners.
The list is long. Check out church dates in your area for the rest of 2019 at: Maryknoll Lay Missioner Church Dates August-December 2019.
MKLM CELEBRATION OF NEW ASSOCIATION FOUNDING
August 15, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
25 years ago, Maryknoll happily announced the founding of a new association within the Maryknoll Family
All are welcome to join us for a Celebration Mass at 11:00am
Queen of Apostles Chapel Maryknoll Society
55 Ryder Road, Ossining, New York 10545
Followed by lunch and program in the Founder’s Room.
Space is limited. Kindly RSVP by July 31 for the lunch.
Followed by lunch and program in the Founder’s Room.
Space is limited. Kindly RSVP by July 31 for the lunch.
To date, 24 Affiliates have signed up to offer hospitality to Maryknollers. The list of available homes covers a good part of the country. Here's what we have so far:
Petaluma, CA, Clifton Park, NY, Littleton, CO, Jacksonville, FL, Hudson, WI, Portland, OR, Arroyo Grande, CA, Hartsdale, NY, Oak Park, IL, Weeki Wachee Fl, Salem, CT, Houston, TX, Denver, CO, Hatfield, MA, Phoenix, AZ, Southhampton, NY, Rochester, NY, Columbia, MO, Brooklyn, NY, Orange Park, FL, Raleigh, NC, Long Beach, CA
Thank you to all of you for your generosity!
SPECIAL - Katherine McLoughlin of the Westchester Chapter and with a winter home in Las Cruces, NM, is very serious about offering her house in Las Cruces (see link) for any Affiliates (Pax Christi also) who'll be volunteering with immigrants in the area. Her house is about a 50 minute ride from the closest immigration center but offers a very peaceful & comfortable setting after being involved in the non-stop work in the immigration centers. Thank you Katherine! Link: https://evolvevacationrental.c
Something to keep in mind...
Maryknoll priest Joe Healey MM from Nairobi emailed the following:
Just wanted to keep you folks in the loop. We want the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) that will take place at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott near Washington, DC from 16-18 November, 2019 to be a good example of the networking and collaboration of the whole Maryknoll family.
One suggestion is that the various Maryknoll entities, departments and offices (with others) team up during the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) that will take place at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott near Washington, DC from 16-18 November, 2019. One of the main topics is “Environment.” The audience is Jesuit high school and college students.
Many plans are already underway. Orbis Books will have a table. The Maryknoll Lay Missioners will have a table. From my conversation with Chloe we are suggesting that the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) take the lead and apply for a Breakout Session (50 minutes) on Sunday, 17 November on a topic similar to “Climate Justice: Beyond the Plastic Water Bottle.” If you agree many of us can help: myself, members of the Nova Community, young people in the Washington DC area.
Affiliates (Albany, Central Coast, CA, Comunidad Misionera in Wilmington, DL, and more) throughout the country have gathered at different events in support of Immigrants and in protest of U.S Administrative policy in this regard. The photo here shows 4 members from the Albany Chapter- (LR) Rich Lessard, Santa Orlando, Denise Lessard and Mary Beth Buchner.
As previously posted, last February members of the Houston Chapter - Bob & Ruth Kleeman, Dick & Judy Horstman and Fr. Gerry Kelley MM - invited Affiliates from throughout the country to come to Brazoria, TX for a working retreat. In addition to the 5 Houston-based members 6 Affiliates from California, New York and Connecticut came together for the week. The work focus was on restoring the house (a mobile home) of Mrs. Sanchez. The house had been decimated by the extreme rain and flooding from Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The retreat focus was on creating a reflective, caring community. That happened almost immediately. A wonderful experience which, hopefully, will be repeated in various ways throughout the Affiliate world. The house restoration took a bit longer and extended months beyond the week of our working retreat.
The photo above is what we saw when we first arrived at the mobile home in February. The following two photos were sent to us by Dick Horstman at the beginning of the week. Mrs. Sanchez must be elated.
NSFA - The July/August editions (digital & paper) of NSFA will be out soon. Thank you to all who contributed articles. Thanks especially to co-editors Paula Schaffner and Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss for putting together this incredibly vital communication piece of the Affiliate movement every other month.
Hospitality List – to date, Affiliates from throughout the country have signed up to be on the hospitality list. If you’d also like to put your name on the list but haven’t yet had a chance to do so, go to this link for an explanation: https://maryknollaffiliates.org/news/recent-postings/item/1936-affiliate-hospitality.html. To sign up, go to the following link: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/index.php?option=com_chronoforms5&chronoform=HospitalityForm
MAC 2020 – Witnessing Love in the Interim Time. Mark your calendars for this – every-three-years Affiliate International Conference – June 25 – 28, 2020 at Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison, NY. A dedicated website with details and a registration sign up should be up by mid-September.
Away from the Affiliate Office this week. Two quotes from Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968) to help us move through the week awake and at peacr :
To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that lover is the reason for my existence, for God is Love. love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name!
I have no idea where I am going.
I cannot see the road ahead of me,
but I believe that the desire to please You, O God, does in fact please You!
Affiliate Hospitality Initiative
We are reprising the Hospitality List for Maryknoll Affiliates, which will provide a list of Affiliate households that are available to offer hospitality to Maryknollers who are visiting a geographic area (for work or pleasure). Once the hospitality listing is completed, we will post the information pertaining to each location (e.g., Boston, Saint Louis, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, etc.). The posting will include the geographic area, but no names or addresses. When a Maryknoller requests hospitality in a given area, s/he would contact Bob Short and he will assess details about the request and once it is deemed appropriate, Bob will have the Affiliate member who is offering the hospitality contact the interested Maryknoller.
The Core Group (Patty Hinton, Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland, Manny Hotchkiss, and Bob Short) who are compiling the Hospitality List are also working on a list for short-term mission opportunities within Maryknoll as well as a list of available skills and gifts that Affiliates are willing to offer where needed.
Hospitality Data Gathering Questionnaire – If you are interested in participating, please respond by clicking on the link below. When completed hit SUBMIT. Don’t forget to fill out the code box. It’s there to prevent robots from getting into our website.