Maryknoll Affiliate News (183)

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Monday, 22 February 2016 17:41

Lynn Houston

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Word came last week from Fred Goddard and Jack Sullivan MM that Lynn Houston passed on to new life.  She played a very special role in the Maryknoll Affiliate movement.  For those of us who didn't have the privilege of meeting Lynn, Ann Carr, Ginny McEvoy and Mary Moritz help us in the words and photos that follow to know her and why she will be so missed.  Look for a more complete article about Lynn in the next NSFA.

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         Lynn, Cecilia, Fr. Carl MM, Ann

She was often credited to be the first Affiliate, having contacted Jim Madden in early 1991 before he started organizing chapters. She was also a member of the first Affiliate Board.

Lynn worked as an RN in an inner-city school in Hartford, CT and started a small youth group there, serving as a wonderful mentor to the young students and continuing to keep in touch with them after they graduated.  Lynn and Celine Woznica (Chicago Central Chapter) along with Joe Thaler MM organized a parallel youth conference at an early MAC in 1997.  

After several years in Hartford, she and her husband Harrison moved to Nantucket.  Lynn worked on getting a Chapter started there on the island, but the relative isolation made that difficult. Eventually, she and Harrison moved to Florida and Lynn wasted no time starting the Florida Space Coast Chapter.  Particulars are a bit elusive, but due to travel distances, a second Chapter was formed in the Jacksonville area.  That Chapter - Northeast Florida - is home to Regional Coordinators John and Mary Moritz. Mary wrote, "Lynn shepherded us as we formed.  She only could come to the first couple of meetings we had before her back problems prohibited that travel up from the Space Coast.  However, she called after every meeting to 'keep tabs' on us and offer suggestionn.

We end with Ann Carr's moving words about Lynn: "She was one of the kindest, most dedicated people I have had the privilege of meeting in our Maryknoll Affiliate movement over the years.  She had such a great heart for Maryknoll and was always looking for ways to deepen and widen the circles of the Maryknoll Affiliate family." 

Tuesday, 26 April 2016 21:22

Important Position Opening - Need your help

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Please read this invitation to serve with an open heart and mind.  Our current Finance Committee Chair, David Schaffner, has accepted the position of Board Chair. The Nominating Committee is now seeking a new board member to take over his responsibilities as Finance Committee Chair, with his guidance during the transition.
According to our organizational document, the Finance Committee includes the Executive Coordinator and other interested board members. The Finance Committee’s role is to ensure the sound financial health and responsible use of funds for the Maryknoll Affiliate Movement.
The Finance Committee Chair performs these key responsibilities:
Regularly review with and provide guidance to the Executive Coordinator, who drafts annual budgets and monitors and prepares reports on monthly income and expenses.
Recommend effective practices for increasing income and utilizing expenses, in keeping with the principle of self-funding.
Write letters of appreciation to major donors.
Present a finance report at each semi-annual board meeting (held in Ossining, NY).
Direct the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC) scholarship program.
Spearhead the preparation of the October and mid-year letters of appeal.
Contribute occasional short articles to Not So Far Afield to update and expand upon on the financial situation of our Affiliate movement.
The above responsibilities require some experience and comfortability in dealing with spreadsheets and oral and written budget reports. If needed, other Affiliates can assist the Chair with the written word. 
If you feel called to serve, or know someone who would welcome this special invitation, please contact Bob Short (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). He will guide you through the nomination/application process; or visit the Affiliate website to access the Maryknoll Affiliates board Nomination Form.  Go to either:

NOMINATION FORM or the APPLICATION FORM.  You might be asked to allow Adobe to open these links.  If you are not able to write on these forms from this link, you should be able to do so from the website - maryknollaffiliates.org.  Go to News - Downloads - and these forms.

 

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 13:05

Mary Murphy RIP

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Ron Guidry, contact person for the Westchester Affiliate Chapter, sent this email yesterday (2/8): "I got word tonight that Mary Murphy made her final passage to God last night Sunday, Feb.7."  All of us who have come to know Mary celebrate her wonderful life of faith and service. See previous posting on Mary.

 

 

Saturday, 06 February 2016 16:08

Prayers for Mary Murphy

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Mary with Jim & Ellen

Ron Guidry, contact person for the Westchester Affiliate Chapter, wrote earlier this week that the condition of member Mary Murphy has worsened and that she is bed-bound and in hospice. 

Ginny McEvoy, new Affiliate Board member and friend of Mary's said of her, "Mary was very active in the Westchester Affiliate chapter... a few of her activities: aside from being active in the forming of the Westchester Chapter; she helped with a forum on immigration; she began the farm on the Father's side "Pacha Mama" and enlisted volunteers to plant and harvest food that went to the shelters and homeless in Ossining; she named the Affiliate Newsletter..."

Please remember Mary in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 13:17

Survey Report !!

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Report on the 2015

Maryknoll Affiliates Survey

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February 2016


Report on the 2015 Maryknoll Affiliates Survey*

INTRODUCTION

In fall 2014, the Affiliate Board decided to invite individual Affiliates to participate in a survey. Board member Rich Lessard convened a committee of board members, the Executive Coordinator, and Regional Coordinators; wrote the survey; and saw it through several iterations. The draft of the survey was presented in February and the Board, Regional Coordinators, and five internationally based Affiliates Beta-tested it.

Based on Beta-test feedback, the survey was revised, and the Board approved it at its March 2015 meeting. The survey had a mix of qualitative, dialog-box questions and quantitative, Likert scale type (for example: 5 = very much agree through 1 = do not agree) questions. The beta test revealed that the survey would take 30-45 minutes to complete, and this information was provided.

Early on, the committee discussed the survey’s purpose and what information each question would contribute. They hoped the survey would:

·      Make connections with all Affiliates and invite them into greater ownership of future direction setting.

·      Discover what meaningful difference the Affiliate identity makes in Affiliates’ lives.

·      Clarify and strengthen our relationships as Affiliates-to-Affiliates and as Affiliates-to-Maryknollers—Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, and Lay Missioners.

·      Discover the deeper heart wishes, passions, and abiding commitments that live within people and keep them steadfast in this movement.

The survey was made available on-line from May 1 through September 1, 2015. It was announced in the Not So Far Afield and in the Monday morning email. It was also discussed at two regional conferences held in August. In total, 82 people—about 20% of active US Affiliates—responded, 76 from the US and 6 from other countries. (The complete transcript of responses is available upon request to rshort@maryknoll affiliates.org.)

DEMOGRAPHICS AND CHAPTER HEALTH

Demographics. Respondents represent a wide spectrum of Affiliate belonging. About 46% have been Affiliates for 11 or more years, 37% for 6-10 years, and 17% for 5 years or less. The respondents are rich in mission experiences: 54% have had a local or parish-based experience; 46% have gone overseas on a mission exposure trip (less than 1 month), 20% served short-term (1-6 months), and 13% long-term (more than 6 months). About 20% of respondents are former or current Maryknoll missioners. Obviously, many respondents had multiple experiences.

All regions of the US were represented, with the Midwest and Northeast accounting for almost half (47%) of respondents. The other US regions (California, Northwest, Great Plains/Southwest, South Central and Southeast) each claimed 7-10%. All but six of the responses were from US Affiliates, although we have Affiliates residing in Mesoamerica, Latin America, Philippines, South Korea, and Tanzania. The non-US respondents live in Philippines, South Korea, Guatemala, and Mexico.

Sunday, 24 January 2016 13:45

Affiliate Finances - Update

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Dave Volunteering in Namibia

A recent posting by Board chair, Dave Schaffner, gives a thorough overview of the Affiliate operational budget.  Dave utilizes charts and graphs that provide a comprehensive synopsis with just a quick read.  To go directly to that page on our website, click: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/finances.html

 

Marie Dennis

It is very exciting to share with you that Maryknoll Affiliate (DC Chapter) Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, has been nominated for the 2016 Public Peace Prize. This prize is the only one in the world that is based on the public's choices. “The mission of the Public Peace Prize is to foster greater recognition for peacemakers and peace initiatives around the world by the general public: on local, national and international levels.”

The voting is open until January 24, 2016.

 Many of us in Maryknoll know of Marie's life-long commitment to issues of peace and justice.  Here is what Pat Gaffney had to say: “Marie Dennis brings a spirituality to her approach to peacework that helps to connect people around the world – seeking to find common approaches to active nonviolence and peacemaking and to celebrate these.” – Pat Gaffney, Pax Christi UK

We hope you'll take a few moments today to vote for Marie for this prestigious award and help lift up her work and the work of Pax Christi International. There are three ways to vote in support of Marie -- via the Public Peace Prize website, their Facebook page and on Twitter.

Click here for links to cast your vote in support of Marie Dennis's nomination.

 

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 17:31

Chicago Central in the Spotlight

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Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter Chicago Central is in this month's "Chapter Spotlight" on the website.  See it at:   maryknollaffiliates.org/chapters/location.html

Photo - Dan Maloney and Celine Woznica participating in a Chicago gun violence prevention rally.  "Chuck's" is a bad-apple gun dealer.

Chapter contact person, Celine Woznica writes of the Chapter: "Our monthly meetings begin with a prayer and end with a potluck meal. We are not project-oriented, but rather look for engaging in relationships with others to build global vision and cooperate in action for the common good. This engagement reflects the many diverse –and often geographically distant - circles in which our individual Chapter members live and work towards social justice. Two of our members visit detained undocumented immigrants at a state prison northwest of Chicago, near their home but far from the other Affiliates live. At other times, we join together to support a particular Affiliate’s efforts, such as providing meals for new recruits attending training to become Christian Peacemakers where one of the Affiliates worked.  Other times we join forces as a Chapter to promote and uphold Maryknoll’s mission, as when we support the Chinese priests and sisters participating in the Maryknoll China Project and studying at local universities, or staff Maryknoll-sponsored events at nearby Catholic Theological Union.  Individual members work passionately on certain issues, such as gun violence prevention, with other organizations but meet up at rallies and actions."

Every few months a new Chapter is posted in the "Spotlight".  It's a good opportunity for us to get to know how each chapter lives out its mission.  If you'd like to have your Chapter featured in the spotlight someday, please contact Bob Short - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Hello Everyone

The Consensus Action Statements from the 2015 October Board Meeting Follow.

Maryknoll Affiliate Board

Consensus Statements and Action Items

Meeting #56 October 25-27, 2015

1) Dave and Paula Schaffner will write an Executive Summary of the survey results.

2) Members of the Board will form working groups to develop three broad areas that emerged as a result of the survey.  They may invite others to work with them (see minutes for more detail on the groups’ purview). 

a. Communications:  Rich, Bob, and Paula (Communications Cmte, NSFA)

b. Connection:  Rich, Russ, Nori, and Margo. 

         1. Youth (subtopic):  Rich, Patty S.

c. Growth and Sustainability:  Bill, Teruko, and Bob

         1. Spirtuality (subtopic):  Bill, Teruko, Bob

3) The Board will have a conference call during the third week of January.  The purpose of the call is to report on the progress of the three committees formed to address responses to the survey (consensus item #2) and discern the direction of the committees’ work.

4) The Board agreed to finance an annual website consultant fee of  $1800 to provide ongoing technical support to Bob for the Affiliate website.

5) Two new Board members were selected for terms beginning at the April 2016 meeting:  Ginny McEvoy and Gerry Mullaney.  A third person will be invited to consider serving.

6) By strong consensus, Dave  Schaffner was selected as the new Chair of the Board.

7) The Board affirmed that the committee charged with rewriting the Affiliate Organization Document (Mary M, Joe S, Ann C) had enough information to proceed with their revisions.  An updated draft will be reviewed at the April 2016 meeting for approval.

 

 

Sunday, 03 January 2016 22:24

Year in Review - Affiliate Movement 2015

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You can have the other words-chance, luck, coincidence, serendipity. I'll take grace. I don't know what it is exactly, but I'll take it.  (“Sand Dabs, Five” by Mary Oliver)

 

It is probably neither wise nor possible to measure what is most important in life.  Still, what follows recounts a bit of what took place in the Affiliate World over 2015.  I recognize that most Affiliate activity (quietly and sometimes with a bang) takes place on the local level in Chapters.  Hopefully this will provide a glimpse of some key happenings.

 ·      Regional Conferences – two very successful conferences took place in August:

o   Seattle, WA - Love in Action – Mission on the Margins

o   Green Lake, WI - Renewing the Joy of Mission—Shifting Into the Future

·      Affiliate Survey – over 80 Affiliates completed the survey.  It will be of great help in bettering present efforts and in setting future directions.  Board member Richard Lessard led this effort.

·      Deaths – Marie Parmly (Northeast, FL) and Ronni Gilligan (Long Island, NY) passed on to new life.  Many Maryknoll Brothers, priests, Sisters and perhaps other Affiliates of whom we are not aware also passed on in 2015.

·      Transitions:

o   Ann Carr – Ann made very significant contributions in her six years of committed service and completed her term in the fall

o   Dave Schaffner – who has served on the board for several years overseeing finance, has stepped in as Board Chair.

o   Fr. Russ Feldmeier of the Society and Sisters Norie Mojado and Teruko Ito of the Congregation joined the Affiliate Board as they assumed leadership roles in their respective communities.  Margo Cambier of the MKLM remains on the Board.

o   Bill Murphy (Greater Boston Chapter) joined the Board in the spring

o   Gerry Mullaney (Northeast, OH) & Ginny McEvoy (Long Island, NY) were invited to the Board in the fall and will attend their first meeting in April 2016.

o   Jerrie Drinkwine, Regional Coordinator (RC) for the Northwest Region stepped down in the fall.  Thank you Jerrie for many years for your creative insights and dedicated service.

o   Janet Quillan and Ralph Maughan – will be the new RCs for the Northwest.  Both have already given years of mission service.

·      JML (Joint Meeting of Leadership) – Affiliates were invited to participate on this leadership body along with the MKLM, Congregation and Society.

·      Database Update -    a database review of all 57 national/international Chapters revealed that there are a little over 700 active Affiliates.

·      Just Faith Ministries – Beth Begley continues as our representative/liaison to this successful parish-based social justice ministry.  Thanks Beth!

·      Third Wave – this developing initiative started by Fr. Gerry Kelly MM to the (10’s of thousands) of students and parishioners who go on short-term immersion trips every year is, like Just Faith, an area where Affiliates could have significant involvement.  Bob Short is on the Third Wave Board.

·      Formation – thanks to John Moritz and his team of Agnes Walsh, Ann Carr and Bob Short, the initial formation program and process has been significantly renewed to meet the needs of future and present Chapters.  See the program on the website at: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/our-story/1208-initial-formation.html

·      New Chapters – two new Chapters in Bolivia – Misión Vida (Cochabamba) and Renacer Misionero (Santa Cruz) were recognized in 2015.  Four additional Chapters could come on board in 2016: in the Philippines, Peru, Bolivia and Toledo, OH.        

·      Communication:

o   Newsletters – “Not So Far Afield” (NSFA) and “No Tan Lejos del Horizonte” (NTLH) have been especially important in relaying the stories of who we are, what we do, how we prayer and what we aspire to. Thank you to Paula Schaffner and Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss of NSFA and Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios, Ceci Garcés, Ann Lucia Ramazzini and Lizbeth Gramajo of NTLH for their great work!

o   Website - <maryknollaffiliates.org> is one of our primary ways of communication.  Please consider registering to Login for access to all areas.

o   Orbis Books – a new list of Orbis books is posted each month.  See Orbis e-news in the Quick Links under the NEWS tab on the website: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/developing-global-consciousness/orbis-books.html

o   Living Into a New Consciousness – the Maryknoll Sisters’ Contemplative Community regularly publishes reflective essays under the “Developing Global Consciousness” in the Quick Links side-bar under the HOME tab.

o   Spotlight – this section on the website features a new Chapter every few months.  To date, Albany, Houston and Los Angeles Chapters have been featured.  Chicago Central will be ‘spotlighted’ next.  If you’d like your Chapter to be featured sometime, you only need to submit a few photos and a bit of text to Bob Short.

·      U-Lab/Presencing Instituteseveral Affiliates (and other Maryknollers) have participated in    this open access seminar from MIT in Cambridge, MA. It focuses on how to transform business, society and self.  Spirituality is a significant component.  Maryknoller Gene Toland MM has been with U-Lab for many years.

·      Strategic Planning – at the October Board meeting, (1) Communication (2) Connection/Collaboration and (3) Growth & Sustainability were identified as key areas of focus.  Further integration of international Chapters were also identified as key.

·      Coming in 2016 – (1) a South Central Regional Conference in New Orleans (9/30 – 10/2) Walking Each Other Home—Mission as Accompaniment (2) MAC 2017 in Guatemala – probably in November of 2017.  We are very excited about both… as well as much more.·   

That’s some of the goings-on in Affiliate land.  While we are getting older (about 65 y/o average in the US & 45 y/o average in the international Chapters) our commitment to “the mission goals of Maryknoll” and our passion for mission to the poor and marginalized throughout the world is an urgent need in our world today.  That passion cannot be understated.

I’ll end with another quote from Mary Oliver (“The Summer Day”) that is familiar to many of us.  It can be understood individually or collectively as an Affiliate movement:

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with

Your one wild and precious Life?

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