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Q2 of the Month Response - What (Who) is an Affiliate

Written by Rich Lessard
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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."

[Submitted by Tom and Florence McGuire, 313 399 4598, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

  • One who is aware of the injustices in society-both globally and locally and responds in a context of faith (in Jesus) to combat them. For me, it’s not so much a seeking as just being open to who or what God puts in our path. [Submitted by Patty Hinton, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
  • 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
  • Connector of hopeful visions and caring actions that enable global community. [Submitted by Kathleen Gribble, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]
  • A Maryknoll Affiliate is a person who seeks to live the Maryknoll Charism in one's daily life through community, social action, and spiritual growth. That's the generic answer. When I talk about the Maryknoll Affiliates, I prefer to use the plural because we are first a community, and it is hard to accomplish the other goals without the support of community. So I tell everyone that we are a community of people with a connection to Maryknoll who meet once a month to pray and reflect, share updates in our lives, support each other's unique ministries, and as a group support the local efforts of Maryknoll and other organizations who strive to live the Good News. [Submitted by Celine Woznica, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.]

 Thank you for these responses.  They help to connect and strengthen our Affiliate movement.


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