YES, THIS IS OLD NEWS. THE 2014 ISSUES OF NOT SO FAR AFIELD ARE BEING TRANSFERRED TO OUR NEW WEBSITE FROM OUR TEMPORARY SITE, notsofarafield.org. THE NEXT ISSUE, MARCH/APRIL 2015, WILL BE POSTED DIRECTLY TO maryknollaffiliates.org.
With this issue, we send you the spirit of the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC 2014) at Stony Point and Maryknoll, NY. MAC 2014 set records: Affiliates from 35 chapters and 9 countries, about a quarter of them from Latin American chapters, attended. The enthusiastic Latin American Affiliates kept reminding us that mission looks different depending on where you’re standing. They said one of the blessings of Maryknoll was the recognition of the indigenous peoples as partners in mission.
The Albany NY chapter did a wonderful job organizing the Conference around the four pillars of the Affiliate Movement—Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action—applying the theme of Fr. John Sivalon’s keynote talk, “The New Wave of Mission.” (Affiliates are part of that new wave of mission!) Key sound bites from Sivalon that spoke to me were, “I came that all may be One, as We are One,” and “The Big Lie of capitalism is that the human person is autonomous.”
Bill Hall gathered photos and information from many chpaters and incorporated them into an engaging DVD. Attendees viewed the DVD presentation of chapters’ various activities, and each person received a copy. We encourage local chapters to share the DVD at their meetings.
Other exciting news: The Board has approved an update of the Maryknoll Affiliate web site. Our current website and communications will continue undisturbed until the new version is ready later this year. Affiliates will be notified both by email and in the NSFA when the change occurs.
Photos in this issue courtesy of Kathie Gribble, Meredith Jean Heuer, Ron Covey, and the editors.
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MAC 2014 Planning Team Sends Thanks – "[to] … so many who gave so generously of their time, their talents, and even their treasure to make MAC 2014 a rewarding, pleasurable, worthwhile experience for all… – The MAC 2014 Planning Team
A Mission Community Rises to the Occasion "The spirit was surely present as we met monthly, leaving our egos at the door." – Santa Orlando
MAC 2014—Truly International – "I find in the Affiliates family an honest wish to get closer to each other and to go on in the mission of the Maryknoll family." – Ceci Quijano
Synergy with Maryknoll Lay Missioners – "Affiliates love it when missioners can attend a chapter meeting—but Skype with those overseas would work, too." – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss
Reflections on the Third Wave Conference – "Thinking of mission as essentially the encounter—the relationship—with the poor and marginalized is truly inspiring." –" Gerry Mullaney, Pam Cibik, and Kathy Ress
The Fly on the Wall – "What were the members telling the Board and Regional Coordinators at MAC 2014?" – Paula Schaffner
Sending Homily for MAC 2014 – "At the end of the Liturgy, when we hear 'Go in peace,' let us go and make that Amen true." – Sr. Connie Posipsil
The MAC 2014 Planning Team of the Albany Region Chapter
Sends Our Thanks, Gratitude, and Sincere Appreciation to:
—all of our fellow Affiliates from across the United States and around the world who attended the Conference—for adding your uniqueness, your perspectives, your insights, your enthusiasm to each aspect of the activities;
MAC 2014 is now an event of the past—what are its lasting effects? At times the planning committee all wondered how we ever said yes to this monumental task. The Board praised us for starting early and being organized, and it’s good we were, as most of us were working up until the last week and, at times, to the last minutes. Of the committee of eight, three of us had attended the last MAC, so we had a loose idea of how things went and a wonderful sense of who the Affiliates really were. That was ultimately why we said yes and dragged others along. Our fellow committee members trusted us, trusted that this involvement would be special. We in turn trusted all the Affiliates, Sisters, Fathers, Brothers, and Lay Missioners to appreciate our efforts and forgive any shortcomings. We would do the best we could as people committed to the spirit of Maryknoll.
This conference was a beautiful experience for me because it was surprising to find many people from all over the States and also from Peru, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Philippines, Tanzania, besides we two from Mexico.
We learn about the richness of cultural and religious diversity and promote respect for our sisters and brothers around the world.
At MAC 2014, Sam Stanton, Executive Director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM), thanked Affiliates for their involvement in mission and gave a quick visual tour of the Lay Missioners’ history and missions. He pointed out the synergy between Lay Missioners and Maryknoll Affiliates and invited Affiliates to participate in Lay Missioner-led immersion trips to Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. (Learn more at http://www.mklm.org/take-a-trip/.)
Dates: September 30th – October 7, 2014.
Cost: Only $450 plus airfare
Only a few weeks left to sign up for this experience! Matt Rousso (New Orleans Mission Ed Director) and Fr. Gerry Kelly, MM (Houston Director) will lead this Immersion Program which promises to be very exciting.
A Maryknoll Book of Poetry: Beauty, Truth, and Goodness from Around the World
Editors: Michael Leach, Doris Goodnough,
and Helen Phillips
About a year ago Doris Goodnough sent a request to the NSFA for submissions to this book of poetry, which is now available. Order it and see whose poetry is included. As always, Orbis provides a generous discount to Affiliates.
OrbisBooks.com describes the book as inspired wisdom from writers on every continent to enrich people of every religious tradition. The collection includes poems by Carlo Carretto, Joan Chittister, Thich Nhat Hanh, Edwina Gateley, Ernesto Cardenal, Dorothee Soelle, Robert Morneau, David Steindl-Rast, Joyce Rupp, John Shea, Miriam Therese Winter, Daniel Berrigan and many others.
Michael Leach is author of I Like Being Catholic and Why Stay Catholic? Doris Goodnough is assistant to the publisher of Orbis Books. Helen Phillips, MM, is a Maryknoll Sister who has served in Peru, Bolivia, Nigeria, and Australia.
The Pillar of Spirituality
We pray with and for those in mission and those in need, for our earth, and for the softening of our own hearts.
Reflecting on the conference theme that we are the “Third Wave” of mission, MAC 2014 attendees wrote their personal missions on the backs of “wave” cards and hung them in our communal prayer space.
The Northeast Ohio Chapter attended our first Maryknoll conference as a newly recognized Affiliate chapter. The new ways of thinking about mission resonate with our personal and professional lives—especially with the emphasis on relationship. Our chapter is largely comprised of mental health therapists, and so our lives are all about the healing power of close encounters and personal connections. Thinking of mission as essentially the encounter—the relationship—with the poor and marginalized is truly inspiring.
Many of you responded to our survey of Affiliate communication preferences on the last page of the May 2014 NSFA, as did the MAC conference attendees. If you haven’t yet completed it, we want to hear from you! Please complete the survey which can be found at http://notsofarafield.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/p11-2014-affiliate-media-use.pdf.
For the last few years, as the spouse of a Board member, I have been asked to act as scribe so that the person writing the minutes could fully participate in the Maryknoll Affiliate Board meetings. Thus I’ve had the privilege of observing the meetings while not participating. Would you like to hear what the “fly on the wall” has learned at these meetings?