Robert Short

Robert Short

Learn about new 2.5 year international placements with Maryknoll Lay Missioners!
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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 

Saturday, 06 May 2017 22:56

Developing Global Consciousness

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

Tuesday, 02 May 2017 12:19

From the Desk of…

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

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. 

Maryknoll priest Gene Toland MM  wrote the following about Pope Francis' Ted Talk:

"Take a few deep breathes and don’t let the day go by without watching this….better than a 30 day retreat, a month of sessions of therapy, or weeks of struggle to figure out how you fit into the world and what you are called to be wherever and whatever you do. Gather your friends, and children to hear words of wisdom that speak to power, the seekers, the confused and all who feel left out."
 
To watch the talk, click on this link: https://goo.gl/ZJwuZq
 
 
 
Friday, 21 April 2017 21:44

Updates - April 24, 2017

  1. Affiliate Board Meeting - May 5-7 - if you'd like to address comments or questions to the Board, contact Bob Short: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  2. Peru Disaster Relief - Thanks to the incredible generosity of Affiliates, over $5,500 was raised.  Maryknoll Latin American Regional, Joe Fedora MM, has volunteered to distribute the money (in two distributions) to the Affiliates there.  Carlos Apcho, the spokes person in this effort for the Affiliates, has written to let us know that 8 Affiliates have already headed to the Department of Ancash in the north were so much of the devastation has taken place. They will be staying there and working with the people on many levels to help rebuild the villages. The Peruvian Affiliates have expressed their extreme gratitude for the solidarity that Affiliates in the U.S. and around the world have shown to them.
  3. MAC2017 - to date, 53 U.S. based Affiliates (including some presently living in other countries) and 20 Guatemalans have registered.  
    1. To register go to: http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores
    2. To request a Travel/Tuition Grant go to: https://goo.gl/aAzIoW
    3. To view a video of the Venue (Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado) go to the Affiliate Home Page and click on the video there: www.maryknollaffiliates.org
Sunday, 09 April 2017 22:04

MAC2017 - Early April Update

As of April 9th we are approaching 60 registrations for the Conference - November 9 - 12, 2017.  About 1/2 of those

who registered have also signed up for one of the Mission Visits.  Below are links associated with the Conference:

TO REGISTER (Including for the Mission Visits):  http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores

TO MAKE PAYMENT: http://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/b378aa_7035107115e84cbdabd698faa8a9d2e5.pdf

TO REQUEST A TUITION/TRAVEL GRANT: https://goo.gl/aAzIoW

 

TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE VENUEhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmZem8wd50&feature=youtu.be

If you have questions, please contact Bob Short at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 31 March 2017 20:09

April 2017 Updates

April Updates - Week One

  1. Alpharetta, GA on June 3 - Gerald and Marita Grudzen, who are in the process of initiating a Chapter in Kenya (probably a hybrid virtual chapter) 
    will be speaking about their present work in Kenya at a major international conference on relations between Christians and Muslims and its relationship to Human Rights violations in various parts of the world. The title of the conference is Interreligious Dialogue and Human Rights: Affirming our Solidarity.  It will take place at the Istanbul Cultural Center is 551 N. Main St., Suite 100, Alpharetta, GA.

 

  1. MAC 2017 - It is exciting to report that registrations for this wonderful event - a one-time-in-a-life opportunity for many - are coming in from the U.S and abroad.  Additional information on specific details will continue to be posted.  However, if you have any questions, please feel free to write Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  In order to get a better sense for the beautiful venue site, click on the link that follows.  The Youtube video is in Spanish (you can see how many words you can capture) and gives a pretty thorough look at the inside and outside grounds of Verbo Encarnado. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmZem8wd50&feature=youtu.be

     

  2. Peru Disaster Relief Drive - the recently posted request for support from Affiliates to, in turn, support the Affiliates in Peru who are helping their people suffering from disastrous floods and landslides, has realized a more wonderful, fruitful response than we could have imagined.  The number of Affiliates who have contributed and the amount contributed is, again, beyond expectation.  The Affiliates in Lima and Arequipa will be surprised and elated with the solidarity shown by their sisters and brothers here.  We are in the process of working out the details to make this a efficacious undertaking.  Fr. Joe Fedora MM, in Peru has graciously volunteered to help with the distribution of funds over time.  As the money is still coming in, we do not yet have a total count, but it is more than sufficient to the need and therefore this short-term fund raising drive will be over as of Tuesday, April 4th. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL SUPPORT AND GENEROSITY!!  Weather reports from Peru are predicting continuous heavy rain for the next two weeks with a possible additional bout in August.  Please continue to pray for the people of Peru.  There are many videos portraying what is happening in the country (Huaicos/Huayos = landslides).  Here is one example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agLuoWPryh0
Wednesday, 22 March 2017 15:58

Peruvian Affiliates Need Our Suport!

Our Affiliate sisters and brothers in Peru need our support.  Patty Barneond de Garcia-Tres, Board liaison to Latin America, and I have been in contact with Affiliate Chapter members in Lima (Carlos Apcho, María Matias & Alberto Bailetti) and in Arequipa (María Farfán, Peru’s Regional Coordinator) about the devastation (loss of lives and edifices due to flooding and landslides) throughout a good part of the country.  They have asked for our prayers.

Affiliate Chapters there have mobilized to help out wherever they can.  Many of the Affiliates helping are poor themselves and have suffered significant loses.  Still, as they said to Patty and I in December of 2014 when we met with the Lima chapters in Pamplona Alta at the parish of San Francisco, “We are the poor helping the more poor.” (Somos los pobres apoyando a los mas pobres)

Patty and I have been in contact with Dave Schaffner to see if, in addition to our solidarity in prayer, we might consider a very short-term-one-time campaign to raise funds from among Affiliates who are willing and able to provide some financial support. Dave very much favored our reaching out in this way. 

If you (as a Chapter or an individual) would like to provide some financial support (any amount - $10, $25, $100...) please do the following:

  1. Write the check to Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers and put Peru Affiliates in the memo line.

  2. Send the check to:

     Bob Short

     c/o Nancy Kleppel

     PO Box 305

     Maryknoll, NY 10545-0305

Thank you for your prayers and, if you are able, for your donations to help

Bob

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, 19 March 2017 14:02

Where Are You Going - Siena College

Siena Students

The Greater Boston and Albany Chapters collaborated on a Saturday (3/18/17) workshop to Siena College students in Albany, NY.  The workshop, entitled Where Are You Going (Quo Vadis) was originally developed by Bill Murphy of the Greater Boston Chapter with help from Chapter members Kathy Morrison and Bob Short.  Where Are You Going is meant to help students who have participated in a short term cross-cultural experience more carefully and consciously reflect upon that experience so that the immersion with another culture will not only be better appreciated, but be integrated into their lives as they discern where they are going as their live journey evolves.

On this cold March morning at Siena following a major snow storm just days before,  4 students and their service director participated in the 4 hour workshop. Santa Orlando and Bill & Chris Minnear of the Albany Chapter along with Kathy Morrison and Bob Short of the Greater Boston Chapter (Bill Murphy was in California at the time) facilitated the workshop.  The students, two of whom had an experience in the St. Francis homeless shelter in Philadelphia and two others in Haiti, where  engaged from the start and seemed to very much appreciated the opportunity to debrief their experiences in a supportive and relaxed context and learn how that short cross-cultural experience would help inform their life decision ahead.

Our hope is that the Where Are You Going Discernment Day will take root in college campuses and parishes throughout the country.  In addition to helping the students to develop a deeper sense of mission, it is a way to make the Maryknoll name more visible... most especially to younger generations.

Our next workshop is slated for April at Clark University in Worcester, MA.

Saturday, 11 March 2017 21:04

MAC 2017 - Mission Trips

 MISSION TRIPS – GENERAL INFORMATION                               

MISSION VISITS (Click the link below and scroll down to Mission Visits – English): http://afiliadosmaryknoll.wixsite.com/guate/nossos-professores

FOR MISSIONS # 1, 2, 4 [Southwest Coast/Western Highlands/El Salvador]

  • November 13 (Monday morning) – Travel to the chosen site/locale.  Arrive at the site by noon or early afternoon.
  • Tuesday 14 and Wednesday 15 - Get to experience the site from many perspectives.
  • Thursday 16 – Return trip to the city
  • Friday 17 – Flight back home
  • On nights before and after the Mission Visit (Sunday 12 & Thursday 16) – You will need to make accommodations in a local hotel. 

MISSION # 3 [Guatemala City]

  • November 13 (Monday morning) – Visit the two sites listed (Proyecto Caminando Por La Paz & Iglesia San Sabastián)
  • On nights before and after the visit (Sunday 12 & Monday 13) you will need to make accommodations in a local hotel. 
  • Tuesday 14 - flight back home

   A Guatemalan Chapter member will take you to the airport if the hotel does not provide that

NOTE:

Participants will need to make their own arrangements for the hotels.  Make reservations before hand in due time.

We recommend the following two options that are near The Maryknoll Residence.  The cost for each is approximately $100.00 per night:

 

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