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!
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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.
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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.
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 REQUEST A TUITION/TRAVEL GRANT: https://goo.gl/aAzIoW
TO SEE A VIDEO OF THE VENUE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qmZem8wd50&feature=youtu.be
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.