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Appeal - November 2015

Written by Dave Schaffner & Ann Carr
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P.O. Box 311 Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311

November, 2015

Greetings from the Affiliate Board!

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe, and in the smallest of your creatures... We thank you for being with us each day. Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle for justice, love, and peace.   —Pope Francis, Laudato Si’ (246)

At our October Affiliate Board meeting, we began sifting through what you said in our survey— 81 of you responded
last summer, providing your insights and wisdom regarding the Affiliate movement. Based upon our initial
review, three board committees were established—communications, sustainability/growth, and connection. Down the road you will be hearing more as the committees take action on these issues.

Inspired in so many ways by Pope Francis’ recent visit to Cuba and the U.S., we learned what is really meant by the phrase, “walking the talk.” It is heartening to see the many ways our fellow Affiliates respond to that call to mission. We feel good being connected to all of the Affiliates who see Jesus in the poor and marginalized. This connection happens through communication: regional and international conferences, immersion trips, retreats, and, of course, our own chapter meetings. But the mortar between all these opportunities is the communication network supported by your contributions.

As always, we thank the Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers, Sisters, and Lay Missioners for funding our Executive Coordinator’s salary and benefits. Every item in our operating budget (for which the Affiliates are responsible) relates to keeping us connected by newsletter, website, and our Executive Coordinator’s telephone and in-person ann hayden logonetworking. We host the Board/Regional Coordinator meetings (attendees travel to the meetings at their own expense), and fund modest scholarships to international Affiliate conferences to enhance our movement-wide connections. The price tag for all this? It’s almost a miracle of the loaves and fishes that all this is accomplished for under $30,000 a year.

Over the past few years we have been happy to report to you that our fund-raising goal (our operational budget) has been met and surpassed. While this accomplishment has been

gratifying, it was largely due to a few very large contributions. Also, the number of individual Affiliates contributing declined from 2013 to 2015.

In our individual and chapter efforts to “walk the talk,” we’ll do better if we can hear “the talk”! We need to be inspired by the actions of others, learn more about the needs of
all creation, and deepen our spirituality. You are constantly invited to contribute to this “talk” by sharing your experiences and ideas. The editors of
Not So Far Afield and No Tan Lejos del Horizonte welcome your Affiliate stories. (NSFA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; NTLH: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

We also invite you to help make the“talk” happen by doing your part to fund this effort. Ideally, all Affiliates will contribute, as they are able. The enclosed giving form offers alternatives: a one-time donation or periodic contributions, either from a checking account or by credit card. We urge you to contribute today. However, if you are unable to make a monetary contribution at this time, you can always help through prayer and by volunteering your time and talent.

In peace and thanksgiving for the many ways you give.

David Schaffner
Maryknoll Affiliate Board Chair

PS. We thank Maryknoll Sisters Ann Hayden, MM, for her poem, “Ancient Paths,” and Pat Emiston, MM, for her painting, “Labyrinth,” on the bookmark enclosed in appreciation for all your contributions as Affiliates.

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