This year we celebrate 25 years as an Affiliate movement. There are over 700 active Affiliates in 55 Chapters in 9 countries – Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Philippines, Tanzania and the US. I wonder if the founders of the movement, Jim Madden, MM, and Ellen McDonald, MM, could have imagined such expansive growth in such a short time. These numbers only hint at how many hearts have been moved, how much solidarity felt, and justice realized as we live out the Maryknoll charism that inspired the movement
You are invited to join…
A HOLY WEEK MISSION DISCERNMENT RETREAT
When: Holy Thursday, March 24th at 3pm to Easter Sunday, March 27th at 10am
Where: Maryknoll Campus – Ossining, New York
If you are contemplating a commitment to overseas service, please consider joining us for a Holy Week Mission Discernment Retreat with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Maryknoll Fathers and Maryknoll Sisters!
The Holy Week Mission Discernment Retreat is an opportunity to reflect on one’s call to mission, to learn more about what a commitment to overseas service entails and to consider whether this might be the next step in your own mission journey. Retreatants will meet current and returned Maryknoll missioners; listen to mission stories from those who have worked in Asia, Africa, and the Americas; and engage in small group reflection and discussion. There will be Holy Week liturgies, Stations of the Cross, and Easter Vigil celebrations. There will be time to socialize and also time for individual reflection. Retreatants will receive one-on-one guidance from Maryknoll mentors and will also learn about the admission requirements, application process and placement options.
The cost is $60 which includes 3 days of food and lodging on the Maryknoll campus. All retreatants will have individual rooms.
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
FOR CLASS OF 2016
As Maryknoll Affiliates you have been nourished by the four pillars of spirituality, global vision, community and action. These values are also deeply shared by the men, women, couples and families who join in international service as Maryknoll Lay Missioners. We invite you to consider whether you might be called to join us overseas mission. Perhaps now is the time for you to come and see what God has in store for you!
Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers U.S. Catholics the opportunity to respond to the call to mission by serving the poor in Africa, Asia or Latin America. Through MKLM you can give back from the skills and gifts with which you have been blessed and work for sustainable change in an overseas community as part of our global church.
We are now accepting applications for the class of 2016.
If you, or anyone you know, feels called to live and work with the global poor, we encourage you to visit our website www.mklm.org click on "Become a Missioner," and let the adventure begin!
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
Word came last week from Fred Goddard and Jack Sullivan MM that Lynn Houston passed on to new life. She played a very special role in the Maryknoll Affiliate movement. For those of us who didn't have the privilege of meeting Lynn, Ann Carr, Ginny McEvoy and Mary Moritz help us in the words and photos that follow to know her and why she will be so missed. Look for a more complete article about Lynn in the next NSFA.
She was often credited to be the first Affiliate, having contacted Jim Madden in early 1991 before he started organizing chapters. She was also a member of the first Affiliate Board.
Lynn worked as an RN in an inner-city school in Hartford, CT and started a small youth group there, serving as a wonderful mentor to the young students and continuing to keep in touch with them after they graduated. Lynn and Celine Woznica (Chicago Central Chapter) along with Joe Thaler MM organized a parallel youth conference at an early MAC in 1997.
After several years in Hartford, she and her husband Harrison moved to Nantucket. Lynn worked on getting a Chapter started there on the island, but the relative isolation made that difficult. Eventually, she and Harrison moved to Florida and Lynn wasted no time starting the Florida Space Coast Chapter. Particulars are a bit elusive, but due to travel distances, a second Chapter was formed in the Jacksonville area. That Chapter - Northeast Florida - is home to Regional Coordinators John and Mary Moritz. Mary wrote, "Lynn shepherded us as we formed. She only could come to the first couple of meetings we had before her back problems prohibited that travel up from the Space Coast. However, she called after every meeting to 'keep tabs' on us and offer suggestionn.
We end with Ann Carr's moving words about Lynn: "She was one of the kindest, most dedicated people I have had the privilege of meeting in our Maryknoll Affiliate movement over the years. She had such a great heart for Maryknoll and was always looking for ways to deepen and widen the circles of the Maryknoll Affiliate family."
Please read this invitation to serve with an open heart and mind. Our current Finance Committee Chair, David Schaffner, has accepted the position of Board Chair. The Nominating Committee is now seeking a new board member to take over his responsibilities as Finance Committee Chair, with his guidance during the transition.
According to our organizational document, the Finance Committee includes the Executive Coordinator and other interested board members. The Finance Committee’s role is to ensure the sound financial health and responsible use of funds for the Maryknoll Affiliate Movement.
The Finance Committee Chair performs these key responsibilities:
Regularly review with and provide guidance to the Executive Coordinator, who drafts annual budgets and monitors and prepares reports on monthly income and expenses.
Recommend effective practices for increasing income and utilizing expenses, in keeping with the principle of self-funding.
Write letters of appreciation to major donors.
Present a finance report at each semi-annual board meeting (held in Ossining, NY).
Direct the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC) scholarship program.
Spearhead the preparation of the October and mid-year letters of appeal.
Contribute occasional short articles to Not So Far Afield to update and expand upon on the financial situation of our Affiliate movement.
The above responsibilities require some experience and comfortability in dealing with spreadsheets and oral and written budget reports. If needed, other Affiliates can assist the Chair with the written word.
NOMINATION FORM or the APPLICATION FORM. You might be asked to allow Adobe to open these links. If you are not able to write on these forms from this link, you should be able to do so from the website - maryknollaffiliates.org. Go to News - Downloads - and these forms.
Ron Guidry, contact person for the Westchester Affiliate Chapter, sent this email yesterday (2/8): "I got word tonight that Mary Murphy made her final passage to God last night Sunday, Feb.7." All of us who have come to know Mary celebrate her wonderful life of faith and service. See previous posting on Mary.
Ron Guidry, contact person for the Westchester Affiliate Chapter, wrote earlier this week that the condition of member Mary Murphy has worsened and that she is bed-bound and in hospice.
Ginny McEvoy, new Affiliate Board member and friend of Mary's said of her, "Mary was very active in the Westchester Affiliate chapter... a few of her activities: aside from being active in the forming of the Westchester Chapter; she helped with a forum on immigration; she began the farm on the Father's side "Pacha Mama" and enlisted volunteers to plant and harvest food that went to the shelters and homeless in Ossining; she named the Affiliate Newsletter..."
Please remember Mary in your thoughts and prayers.
A MONTHLY LETTER FROM ORBIS BOOKS PUBLISHER, ROBERT ELLSBERG
Robert Ellsberg In declaring this year a Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis calls on us to open our hearts to God’s merciful love, while at the same time opening our hearts to a wounded world and the needs of our neighbors. To begin, we may look with fresh eyes and hearts to the examples of Mary and to Jesus through one of the most compelling parables in Scripture.
Mother of God, Similar to Fire features the striking modern icons of William Hart McNichols along with hauntingly beautiful prayer-reflections by author and retreat leader Mirabai Starr. Together, they depict the many facets of the Blessed Mother, herself an icon of divine compassion. Now in paperback, this book is a companion for prayer and reflection throughout the year.
In Jesus and the Prodigal Son: The God of Radical Mercy Dominican Brian J. Pierce offers a startlingly fresh perspective on the most beloved parable. While most interpretations focus on the father’s forgiveness as an image of divine mercy, Pierce looks instead at the Prodigal Son as a symbolic figure for Jesus—the emissary of God’s love, who entered into the sin and suffering of the world to redeem it from within.
In the coming months Orbis will be publishing an important new book on the theme of Mercy, as well as more of Pope Francis’s words. In the meantime, you can explore the many ways of mercy through some of our previous titles:
· One of the last books by the late Father Joe Girzone, best-known for the Joshua series, The Wisdom of His Compassion shows how we might model our own discipleship on Christ’s way of love and mercy.
· In Radical Forgiveness, Antoinette Bosco, whose son and daughter-in-law were murdered, reflects on the lessons from her personal story to show how forgiveness is the freeing essence of the Gospel.
· Women of Mercy by Kathy Coffey with art by Mickey McGrath focuses on 16 faith-filled women whose lives are models of mercy, including Therese of Lisieux, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Thea Bowman, Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa.
· From El Salvador, Jesuit Jon Sobrino offers profound reflections in The Principle of Mercy: Taking the Crucified People from the Cross. “The Crucified People” refers to the innocent victims of oppression and violence who do not simply inspire our contemplation of the mystery of suffering; mercy also implies effective solidarity with those who suffer on the margins.
· Fritz Eichenberg: Works of Mercy features the artwork of the famous Catholic Worker artist accompanied by reflections from Dorothy Day and others on the theme of compassion, mercy and service.
May the spirit of Mercy guide us this Lenten season and throughout the Jubilee year.
A recent posting by Board chair, Dave Schaffner, gives a thorough overview of the Affiliate operational budget. Dave utilizes charts and graphs that provide a comprehensive synopsis with just a quick read. To go directly to that page on our website, click: http://maryknollaffiliates.org/finances.html
It is very exciting to share with you that Maryknoll Affiliate (DC Chapter) Marie Dennis, co-president of Pax Christi International, has been nominated for the 2016 Public Peace Prize. This prize is the only one in the world that is based on the public's choices. “The mission of the Public Peace Prize is to foster greater recognition for peacemakers and peace initiatives around the world by the general public: on local, national and international levels.”
The voting is open until January 24, 2016.
Many of us in Maryknoll know of Marie's life-long commitment to issues of peace and justice. Here is what Pat Gaffney had to say: “Marie Dennis brings a spirituality to her approach to peacework that helps to connect people around the world – seeking to find common approaches to active nonviolence and peacemaking and to celebrate these.” – Pat Gaffney, Pax Christi UK
We hope you'll take a few moments today to vote for Marie for this prestigious award and help lift up her work and the work of Pax Christi International. There are three ways to vote in support of Marie -- via the Public Peace Prize website, their Facebook page and on Twitter.
Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter Chicago Central is in this month's "Chapter Spotlight" on the website. See it at: maryknollaffiliates.org/chapters/location.html
Photo - Dan Maloney and Celine Woznica participating in a Chicago gun violence prevention rally. "Chuck's" is a bad-apple gun dealer.
Chapter contact person, Celine Woznica writes of the Chapter: "Our monthly meetings begin with a prayer and end with a potluck meal. We are not project-oriented, but rather look for engaging in relationships with others to build global vision and cooperate in action for the common good. This engagement reflects the many diverse –and often geographically distant - circles in which our individual Chapter members live and work towards social justice. Two of our members visit detained undocumented immigrants at a state prison northwest of Chicago, near their home but far from the other Affiliates live. At other times, we join together to support a particular Affiliate’s efforts, such as providing meals for new recruits attending training to become Christian Peacemakers where one of the Affiliates worked. Other times we join forces as a Chapter to promote and uphold Maryknoll’s mission, as when we support the Chinese priests and sisters participating in the Maryknoll China Project and studying at local universities, or staff Maryknoll-sponsored events at nearby Catholic Theological Union. Individual members work passionately on certain issues, such as gun violence prevention, with other organizations but meet up at rallies and actions."