The Affiliate Board and Regional Coordinators met at Maryknoll, April 14-17th. A number of action items were approved, including the endorsement and support of the Guatemala chapter in hosting the MAC2017 and the establishment of pilot Virtual Affiliate Communities/Chapters. These and other initiatives are contained in the Consensus Action Statements that follow. Watch for the latest on these developments in the upcoming issues of Not So Far Afield.
# 1. We enthusiastically support and affirm the Guatemalan proposal for the MAC 2017.
# 2. We affirm John Moritz’s formation work. The Board calls for action to assist John in revising the formation program. The formation program is to be known as a formation/renewal program. Ken Epps and Ginny McEvoy will assist John Moritz in this effort
# 3. The Board requests its members to visit (in person, via conference call, Skype, etc.) at least one Affiliate Chapter besides their own per year and report on the visit via Not So Far Afield.
#4. Bob Short will create an Affiliate Chapter contact person database to include location, chapter contact person, the contact person’s street address, phone, and email address. This database will be made available to the Society (Russ Feldmeier), Congregation (Norie Mojado/Teruko Ito), and Lay Missioners (Margo Cambier).
#5. Ginny McEvoy will work with Bob Short to create an Excel database of Affiliates, combining the existing databases. Bob will maintain the database.
#6. Bill Murphy and team (to be identified) will develop and pilot a one-day reflection program for people returning from immersion trips.
#7. The Board affirms the concept and approves the establishment of pilot virtual communities:
A. Contemplative community: John Moritz
B. Chapter communities: Mary Massaro will explore forming a community with three women who are interested but live distant from any chapter or each other. Beth Begley will explore a virtual community of existing Affiliates who do not have local chapters.
#8. The Board wholeheartedly recognizes the Emaus group in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as a new chapter and welcomes them.
#9. The Board welcomes and supports the continued presence of representatives of all three Maryknoll entities on the Board.
#10. The Board approves Rich Lessard for a second term on the Board.
#11. The Board will search/advertise for new Board members and reopen the search for the finance person.
#12. The Board approves the revised Organization Document. The document will be distributed to the Board for final review before being distributed to the Regional Coordinators and Chapter contact people. A copy of the final document will be made available to the Joint Members of Leadership (JML) upon request.
#13. For reasons of continuity, the Board extends Dave Schaffner’s term so he may continue as Chair of the Board through November 2017.
#14. Bob Short and Mary Massaro will revise the Affiliate Board Handbook.
#15. The Board named committee members for 2016:
A. Executive Committee: Dave Schaffner, Rich Lessard, and John Meyer.
B. Nominating Committee: Mary Massaro and Gerry Mullaney.
C. Finance Committee: Dave Schaffner, Ginny McEvoy, and Bob Short (ex officio).
“Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home” Program
Unhealed Wounds By Ann Hayden, MM
Jesus lives! Yes, the tomb is empty and the bindings
are clean and folded neatly where he laid.
Jesus is raised, transfigured, and changed forever.
Yet, when he comes among us, and come he does,
his wounds are fresh and deep.
And how could we doubt it is he, since the wounds
shown us would swallow you or me?
Wounded Jesus, hot with pain...we build walls to keep you out;
we lock you away in prisons, psych wards, old-age homes;
in rooms of torture, tent cities, earthquake ruins,
refugee camps, alleys, slums, brothels, temporary housing, and...
Jesus, wounded in body and spirit, you hang on a
tree today in our living rooms, our stadiums, and
in forests and fields half-a-globe away.
Jesus, I hear you calling me into dark and scary places to meet you,
places I would rather not go.
Where else am I to go? You have the words of life.
You are the bread of life, broken and given for ALL
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.