WHAT (WHO) IS A MARYKNOLL AFFILIATE?
- Maryknoll Affiliate is someone who accepts and lives the four pillars. Over the years that has also meant members were people from Maryknoll Congregation, Society or Lay Missionary. We were people who enjoyed being together and telling each other stories of the past and talking about present experiences. The future means inviting others who accept and want to live the four pillars, people with various religious traditions and life experiences.
On a personal level, I am a Catholic Christian, ordained a priest 1967, married in 1972 and continue as a lay missionary disciple with focus on China. Recently I found Thomas Merton's description of a human vocation. This is now the way I like to express my commitment: "The [human] vocation is to live freely and spiritually —as [a son/daughter] of God in and through Christ, and,
—moved by the Spirit of Christ,
—to work for the establishment of [the “Reign of God” ]
—which is the unity of all people in peace, creativity and love."
- My experience with Affiliates is that they are a wide range of demographics (except maybe not so many young people). The common thread among them is their compassion and desire to help other human beings wherever the needs are. An Affiliate sees the world and all its people as one people and our calling is to share what we have with everyone. Also, we are called to educate where we can on the needs of others and to be examples of giving and attention to any peoples that are suffering. (Anonymous)
Thank you for these responses. They help to connect and strengthen our Affiliate movement.