The 5 Consensus Action Statements below are from the recent Affiliate Board meeting - May 5-7, 2017
CAS #1. On the June Regional Coordinator phone call, the RCs will deliberate and suggest a framework for the selection of RCs and will decide whether RCs should have set terms. The Board will take their input and develop the framework at the next Board meeting.
CAS #2. Everyone who is an Affiliate or is in contact with an Affiliate chapter will receive both the digital version of Not So Far Afield & the Monday Morning Update email. The process of merging the two databases will be worked on by Mary Ryan Hotchkiss, Ginny McEvoy, and Bob Short.
CAS #3. The Board approves the Roles and Responsibilities documents for the Chapter Coordinator/Contact Person, Nominating Committee, and Finance Committee as amended.
CAS #4. The revised draft of the Board Member Manual of 2017 will be reviewed by 3 board members who will submit their comments and suggestions by July 1, 2017. Dave Schaffner and Bob Short will incorporate suggestions and possible new materials and finalize the revised Board Member Manual.
CAS #5. All board members will respond to Dave Schaffner by email by July 1 to the questions: 1) where do we want Maryknoll Affiliates to be in 5 years? 2) what are 1-3 actions steps to get us there?
You might have heard from recent news stories that ISIS-connected local insurgents in the southern Philippines attached Catholic/Christian Churches in Mindanao.
Columban Missionary F. Paul Glynn wrote the following:
"I feel the profound heartbreak of knowing that St. Mary's Cathedral, Marawi has been burned by ISIS-inspired terrorists. The Vicar General of Marawi, Fr. Chito Suganob and other Catholics were abducted during the last Novena Mass yesterday afternoon. A picture of them, still alive, was posted on Facebook this morning by the captives. Nearby Dansalan College United Church of Christ was also burned and Christian staff taken as captives. We are praying that the abductors will not kill any of them."
As many of you know, Fred, former Affiliate Executive Coordinator, and his wife Jet (along with former Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Chris Vertucci) have been doing mission work in the area of Mindanao for many years. We believe they are safe, in a part of Mindanao fairly distant from where these frightening events took place. Please send your thought and prayers to Jet, Chris, Fred and the people of the Philippines.
Affiliates are invited along with others to join in Maryknoll's interactive Advanced Formation Seminar using the lens of global solidarity to explore the intersection of ecology, migration and global economic justice through the pastoral circle and Theory U. It will take place over 5 day August 7 - 11th in Los Altos, CA.
For more information or to register go to: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07edzaljhq59fecb94&llr=4wmvzncab
A key question scheduled for the recent conference call between Board and Regional Coordinator members was: "Where do you want the Maryknoll Affiliates to be in five years?" Board Chair Dave Schaffner suggested that to that questions we attach a second one: "Where do you think we will be in 5 years?" They are critical questions for all of us to consider. Hopefully many Affiliate Chapters will take up the question as well.
Agnes Walsh of the Long Island Chapter recently wrote to say that their Chapter will be addressing those two questions in their upcoming meeting on June 11th. In her email, Agnes added, "When I read in 'Focusing-Spring 2017 '( A Publication of The Sisters of St. Joseph,Brentwood, New York, Dreaming a Grace Poem by Marlene Marburg,I though that this might be a way to spark a conversation about the above two questions. I wanted to share this idea with you as a possible way for other chapters to use for reflection and sharing."
This creative approach adds a new and expansive way of addressing those questions. To see that Dreaming a Grace Poem that Agnes referenced, go to: http://brentwoodcsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Focusing-12.pdf
Thank you Agnes.
MAC 2017 could well be a pivotal time for the Affiliate Movement and for us as individual participants. In addition to being a time to come together again since MAC 2014 (always an inspirational moment) this Conference is the first to take place outside the U.S. in a beautiful setting (Verbo Encarnado) within a country and people that have a great deal to share with and teach all of us. Just stepping into this rich culture would alone be an exciting and worthwhile adventure. What makes MAC 2017 even more pivotal for the movement and for each of us, is the very thoughtful - carefully organized - fun-filled - faith-centered and engaging development of theme and schedule that the Guatemalan Conference Committee (GCC) has prepared.
The Theme is Buen Vivir - Living Life to the Full... In whatever space we as an Affiliate movement or as individuals find ourselves today, this is always something we need to bring to mind and heart.
Here are some of the specific goals developed and translated by the GCC:
Learn about new 2.5 year international placements with Maryknoll Lay Missioners!
Join the webinar May 25, 2017 2:00 PM EDT
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Join us for this webinar to learn about the exciting journey of international mission service with Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM), including new 2.5 year placement options. As you may know, Maryknoll Lay Missioners are called to live and work with poor communities in Africa, Asia and the Americas, responding to basic needs and helping to create a more just and compassionate world. The Maryknoll Lay Missioners are men, women, couples and families brought together by a common desire to live simply, walk humbly, be transformed through encounters with other peoples and cultures, and seek God in the sacred ground of the other.
Register today to explore what may be the next great adventure in your life!
If you are interested in learning more about MKLM, you can also visit our website: MKLM.ORG or contact
Are we in an interim time (as poet and philosopher John O'Donohue has named it) where, "The path you took to get here has washed out;
The way forward is still concealed from you.' What are the elements of a new consciousness?
About every 6 weeks under the heading “Developing Global Consciousness” in the blue side bar on the Affiliate website home page, there is a new posting that addresses this area. We are very grateful to Sister Theresa Baldini of the Maryknoll Contemplative Community for sending these our way. The specific topics vary considerably, but the focus is always on new paradigms for living consciously in our world today.
Over the last two years this section has featured Living into a New Consciousness. Maryknoll Sister Helene O’Sullivan, MM, has done several précises of many recently published books in this arena. Her latest, in that section on the website is on Diarmuid O’Murchu’s insightful book, on Religious Life in the 21st Century: The Prospect for Refounding. Even if you are not in religious life, you'll find many levels of application for your own life. What follows are a few excerpts from Chapter two of O’Murchu’s book
To go directly to that section, click on this link: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/developing-global-consciousness.html
About every other edition, the co-editors of NSFA ask me (I kiddingly claim with some arm-twisting going on) to consider writing an article. Sometimes they suggest a theme and provide leading questions to do so. Here are the fluffy-soft questions they came up with this time: What signs of hope do you see among us? How have we been connecting with the rest of Maryknoll? What is our biggest challenge? All any of us would need to effectively address these questions is a lifetime plus a few more weeks. Of course, these are very worthy questions for where we find ourselves today. With that in mind, and with unawareness of my limitations, some thought on those questions follows.