Wholemaking permeated the Maryknoll Sisters’ General Assembly according to John Moritz, Maryknoll Affiliate and Southeast Regional Coordinator. John reports on his participation at the General Assembly in this issue. In our next issue, John Meyer, Phoenix Affiliate and Board Member, will reflect on the “Dream” of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers’ Chapter Meeting. The Affiliate Board also envisions our wholemaking and will be asking for Affiliate input.
This issue demonstrates that Affiliates are part of the wholemaking: in Chicago, sharing a Thanksgiving meal with Chinese visitors; in Cambodia, sharing time with missioners; and locals in Bolivia and Nicaragua sharing their time with children and pregnant women.
On the streets of cities across the US, Affiliates address wholemaking by recognizing our need for nonviolence and to care for creation.
Be watching for the launch of the new Affiliate web site, which acknowledges the whole of the Affiliate world and celebrates the crucial role of Latino Affiliate chapters.
Watch your mailboxes for the coming 2015 Appeal letter inviting you to help keep the Affiliates financially healthy.
Denver Affiliate Marie Venner, who serves on several professional committees related to climate change and has written passionately about it, asks: Are any Maryknollers planning on going to the climate meeting in Lima in December, 2014?
To go to the article, click on the title:Reverse Cultural Immersion – "We are fortunate to have these Chinese priests and sisters close by. ... They are very much involved with Maryknoll, both the Society and our Affiliate group." – Dan Driscoll Shaw Summer 2015 Western Region Conference – "Now is a great time to plan for next summer in the Pacific Northwest." – Kitty Schiltz
El Salvador Mining Struggles Continue – "People in Cabañas make their living on small farms, and they can’t do that without water." – Joe Hastings
Thousands of Stars in Bolivia – "Stories like [Estrella's] are the reason members of Maryknoll in Bolivia, including myself, a Maryknoll Affiliates in Cochabamba, participate in the project of human rights along with other religious congregations." – Jason Obergfell
Casa Materna Mary Ann Jackman Celebrates 24 years! – "To all of the Maryknoll family we give thanks for the many ways in which you have accompanied us, spiritually and financially, during these first 24 years." – Kitty Madden
Mission and Wholemaking in a Time of Uncertainty – "May we be open to the Spirit and the surprises that await us." – Ann Carr
Joy of the Gospel… in Cambodia – "It takes time, reflection, and patience with oneself; you need to marinate in the experience—mind, body, and soul—to figure out what happened to you before you can convey it to others." – Rich Lessard
Wholemaking at the Maryknoll Sisters’ General Assembly – "I cannot tell you how often I heard comments like, “I want to become more involved with the Affiliates,” or “How can I start an Affiliate Chapter?” – John Moritz
Maryknoll Today and The Maryknoll of Tomorrow – "Imagination is a wonderful, freeing gift. It is the stuff of mystics and prophets, contemplatives and missioners. " – Ann Hayden, MM
The Next four articles tell of Chapters in Action. Many Affiliates and chapters were involved in actions the week of Sept. 21 to 27 on behalf of Campaign Nonviolence and Climate Change.People’s Climate March – New York – "When we reached the plaza at the Javits Center, it was jammed-packed, with many more marchers than they were prepared for—400,000, not the 100,000 predicted!" – Jo Albright; Denver Interfaith Gathering – The inter-faith group included Moslems, Buddhists, Protestant and Catholics, ..." – Larry Griffin; “People-Planet-Peace” – "Reno, Sparks, Carson, and the Nevada State Governor’s office made Peace Day proclamations that were on display, and participating groups offered involvement opportunities." – Ellie Hays LA Affiliates and Campaign Non-violence – "Campaign Nonviolence plans to be a long-term movement to promote peaceful solutions to the problems we face in our violent world." – Kathee Hennigan Bautista
Survey Results Are In! – Most of you enjoy reading NSFA and Maryknoll magazine. We shamelessly believe all the nice things you said about the NSFA! – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Dan Driscoll-Shaw – Chicago Central Chapter
Maryknollers are experienced in immersing ourselves in another culture. Our Chicago Central Chapter recently helped seven Chinese priests and sisters immerse themselves in the best of our American culture, at least for a day. The Sunday before Thanksgiving, we invited them to share in our traditional Thanksgiving feast.
The Oceana Gold mining company, owner of the El Dorado mine, uses its deep pockets to influence politicians, coerce support in communities desperate for funds, and intimidate opponents. A decision on the legal future of the mine is now with the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), a World Bank “court” in Washington, DC, far away from anyone who lives in the threatened areas of El Salvador.
Translated from “Hay miles de Esterellas en Bolivia,” which appeared in the October 2014 issue of No Tan Lejos del Horizonte.
Estrella (Spanish for Star) is a girl in the Educational Support Program of the Parish of Our Lady of La Salette in Cochabamba, Bolivia. She’s probably not one of the best students in her school. Sometimes it’s hard to motivate her when she has a task. One day in particular, she had to work on a project for Mother’s Day. As she made no progress, I tried to help her think with a question. “How are moms?” I asked. “Bad,” she said. I thought she was joking with her answer. So I told her to continue working and I would return later.
Catherine (Kitty) Madden – Affiliate
In Nicaragua’s Northern Highlands, since Casa Materna began in 1990, Maryknoll has been present through the Sisters, Fathers, Lay Missioners and later the Affiliates. This October 31st we celebrated the 24th anniversary of the Casa, and 23 years of service to over 17,000 rural mothers with high-risk pregnancies. To all of the Maryknoll family we give thanks for the many ways in which you have accompanied us, spiritually and financially, during these first 24 years.
Several challenging and grace-filled moments are currently shaping the life of the Affiliate movement: our June MAC 2014 conference, the recent Maryknoll Society Chapter, the Maryknoll Congregation General Assembly (GA), and world events ranging from tragic wars in Syria to the inspiring leadership of Pope Francis. Aware of these influences, the Affiliate Board gathered October 17-19 to engage in a process of visioning, direction setting, and needs assessment for the Affiliate movement. We want to listen deeply and create a process inviting all Affiliates to discern with us. Where and how do we see the Affiliate movement now? How are recent experiences shaping our future direction?
Around the world in 18 days! My wife, Denise, and I recently participated in the Maryknoll Lay Missioner’s Friends Across Borders (FAB) program in Cambodia.
”So, how was your trip?”—I find myself entertaining this question in my first weeks home. How do I capture the essence of this Cambodian FAB experience? How do I explain the transformation working inside me? After a chuckle—they don’t realize how loaded the question is—I exclaim, “It was great!” an accurate, though short, response. But if the questioner is interested, I’ll explain that the trip was a mission awareness experience and that we visited with a number of Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Sisters, and Fathers. I’ll highlight some of their various ministries, and provide some context to the plight of the Cambodian people, past and present. Often, I’ll mention my blog of each day’s activities. This response still doesn’t capture the richness of the experience, though.
I thank the Affiliates and our Board for the privilege of representing them at the General Assembly (GA) of the Maryknoll Sisters. 144 voting Sister Delegates came to set their directions and policies and to elect new leadership for the Congregation. Other official but non-voting participants included: Fr. Jack Sullivan – Society, Margaret (Peg) Vamosy – Lay Missioners, and Mary Elizabeth (Mef) Ford –Full Circle.
It is clear that Maryknoll’s role in God’s mission is, like many human endeavors in these times, arriving at a “profound historical turning point.” This phrase was used by Joe Holland in his presentation at the 2012 “Mission in the Future” symposium, held at Maryknoll, NY. The event was prepared by the four Maryknoll entities: the Affiliates, the Lay Missioners, the Fathers and Brothers, and the Maryknoll Sisters.