Not So Far Afield is a bimonthly publication of the Maryknoll Affiliates. The name is a play on the title of the original Maryknoll Magazine: The Field Afar.

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 02:15

The Broader View

Written by Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

Global Vision is a special perspective of Maryknollers, including Affiliates. Our Mission Statement says Affiliates “go beyond borders, locally and globally.” We recognize that our local actions have an impact across the globe.

This issue of the Not So far Afield tells of Affiliates in the US, Korea, and Peru responding with urgency and generosity to the needs of the flood-stricken in Peru. As people of God, Affiliates also look to welcome the stranger in difficult times. Houston Affiliates Bob and Ruth Kleeman remember their local saint, Mark Zwick, of the Houston Catholic Worker House, Casa Juan Diego. The Casa welcomes immigrants from many Spanish-speaking countries who fled their own repressive regimes or who suffered from policies of the US. Gerry Mullaney tells of his experience seeing another Cuba. Read the profiles of the speakers for the November 2017 MAC in Guatemala to gain a broader view of the world, including the indigenous philosophy of Buen Vivir.

To “check off all boxes on the Four Pillars scorecard,” including Global Vision, Rich Lessard encourages us to make use of the treasure of the Maryknoll Mission Institute. Tell us how your chapter meetings nurture our Four Pillars—Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and Action—at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Articles in this issue: 

Affiliates in Solidarity – "Without all the help from the Affiliates and the faith they placed in us, we would not have been able to help as we did."—Carlos Apcho

“If We Had Any Guts, We’d Start a Catholic Worker House” – "Mark would say there is no such thing as “illegal immigrants”—some may be undocumented, but being a person is not illegal."—Bob & Ruth Kleeman

Welcoming the Stranger – "Some Affiliates visit immigrants in detention. Others accompany immigrants to appointments or to court."

2017 Climate March – "A continual stream of people carrying funny, creative, and inspiring signs kept us entertained."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

NOLA Marches Forward – "The earth, our common home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth.” —Pope Francis

¡Meet the MAC 2017 Speakers! – "I have learned about the value and beauty of land from a cosmic worldview; about culture and the legitimacy of indigenous peoples’ claim to full recognition as people; their right to organize their collective life according to their ancestral norms; and their aspiration to “Live Well”, opting for a life in harmony and balance with nature."—Laura Hurtado Paz y Paz

Another Cuba, Another Fidel – "It seems that the churches have succeeded at convincing the government that the church social programs are compatible with the aims of the government."—Gerry Mullaney

Maryknoll Mission Institute—What A Gem! – "Let me introduce you to the MMI and encourage you, if you are able, to seriously consider spending one of the best weeks one could experience."—Rich Lessard

From the Board and Executive Coordinator:

An Opportunity of a Lifetime

News from the Board: Introducing our New Member

Are You on the Affiliate Email List? 

And don't miss our Features:

Book Groups to Reconvene

Maryknoll Mission Institute 

 To view this issue in its print form, download the July/August NSFA PDF.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 01:07

Affiliates in Solidarity

Written by

Carlos Apcho – Chapter of San Francisco de Asisi,  Lima, Perú 

            

 

Thank you, brother and sister Maryknoll Affiliates, for your support of the people of Peru who recently suffered from terrible natural disasters.

We are very grateful for your strong gestures of solidarity with our brothers and sisters affected by the natural disasters that our country, Peru, suffered a few months ago. We continue to suffer the consequences of the intense rains—landslides and overflowing rivers. Cities and towns were flooded, thousands of people were left isolated, and agricultural and cattle lands were destroyed. These disasters left more than 100 dead, affected 150,000 people directly, and impacted almost one million nationally, according to the Center for Operations of National Emergency, which monitors natural disasters in Peru.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 01:01

Book Groups to Reconvene

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What book would you like to read next? Both current and potential book discussion group members are invited to suggest titles. We have found Orbis Books (www.orbisbooks.com) to be an excellent source, with the advantage of their 40% discount for Maryknoll Affiliates and book group members.

The next book group session begins in September. Readers will be contacted by email to help choose the book and their preferred meeting time. Previously, book groups met via free conference calls on Tuesday or Friday mornings or Sunday evenings. Additional times can be arranged if a person volunteers to act as contact person. To add your name to the list of readers and receive book group emails, to suggest a book, or to volunteer as a contact person, please email Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 23:12

Are You on the Affiliate Email List?

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At the May 2017 Maryknoll Affiliate Board Meeting, the Board agreed to a new policy regarding email communication with our members. When the mailing lists are updated, all members will receive both the Monday Morning Update emails and the bimonthly email  with the digital Not So Far Afield. Members signed up for the paper version will continue to receive it by mail.

If you do not receive these emails in the next few months, please contact Bob Short (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Members who prefer not to receive the group emails may use the unsubscribe option offered at the bottom of every email.

Bob & Ruth Kleeman – Houston Chapter

Most of our readers are familiar with Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement, but perhaps not everyone is familiar with Mark and Louise Zwick in Houston, Texas.

They were volunteer missioners in El Salvador in the late 1970s but were forced to leave following death threats related to the civil war at the time. Upon their return to the US, they saw the need to help the refugees from Central America and commented that, “If we had any guts, we’d start a Catholic Worker House.” They founded a house of hospitality under the name of Casa Juan Diego in 1980, and ever since they have dedicated their lives, on a fulltime volunteer basis, to helping the needy.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 22:49

Welcoming the Stranger

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How is your chapter, your community, responding to immigrants?

Since many immigrants in the US are threatened with deportation, various organizations are offering sanctuary and solidarity:

  • Some schools do not collect or release information that could brand a student as “illegal.”
  • Some churches offer physical sanctuary or assist other churches.
  • Some states or communities by law do not allow their resources to be used to enforce federal immigration rules.
  • Some families open their homes to individuals who are pursuing refugee status or to immigrant teenagers who have “aged out” of the foster care system and might be incarcerated or deported.
  • Some Affiliates visit immigrants in detention. Others accompany immigrants to appointments or to court.

What can we do?      What will we do?
What would Jesus do?

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 20:11

2017 Climate March

Written by

Manny Hotchkiss – Board Member, and Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – NSFA Co-Editor

“We Speak for the Earth.”

Even at 90 degrees in the shade, we were exhilarated by the more than 200,000 upbeat, committed activists who came to Washington, DC, on April 29th to emphasize their concern for the earth. We started the day with a Mass attended by several hundred Catholics brought together by the Catholic Climate Covenant, the Franciscan Action Network, and the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 19:31

NOLA Marches Forward

Written by Matt Rousso

Matt Rousso – New Orleans Chapter

Marching Affiliates: Maria Victoire, Matt Rousso, Kevin Cahalan, Charlie Freel, Kim Nunez

New Orleans Chapter Affiliates participated in the New Orleans Peoples’ Climate March on Saturday, April 29th, joining thousands from around the country. Kevin Cahalan prepared our marching banner, highlighting Pope Francis’ words from Laudato Sí, “The earth, our common home, is beginning to look like an immense pile of filth.”  One lady from Fort Worth, Texas, who was attracted to our banner, came up to our group proclaiming her great affection for Pope Francis. In addition to our five Affiliates, there were some 400-500 participants shouting in a loud voice:  “This is what democracy looks like!”

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 19:13

¡Meet the MAC 2017 Speakers!

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Guatemala Chapter – MAC 2017 Organizers

We welcome the presenters who, with their diverse backgrounds and varying gifts, will nourish the spirit of Buen Vivir throughout the MAC 2017 Conference (November 9-12 at Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado, Guatemala.) They introduce themselves in the order in which they will present at MAC 2017. (Meet the Mayans, liturgists, and musicians in the next issue.)

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 18:44

Another Cuba, Another Fidel

Written by

Gerry Mullaney – Northeast Ohio Chapter

A contingent of Affiliates from the Northeast Ohio Chapter—Jan and Curt Alberti, Pam Cibik, Gerry Mullaney, and Kathy Ress—had the privilege of visiting Cuba last December. An added and unanticipated element of this visit was the opportunity to experience the mourning period for Fidel Castro in his homeland. Our group came of age in the 1950s and 1960s, a time when Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution were demonized by the US government. The message we heard was the call to condemn and eradicate Castro’s atheistic, communist movement in our backyard.

What we did not hear a half century ago was the voice of a leader and a people who experienced the inequalities and injustices of the US-backed regime of Fulgencio Batista. This voice was determined to make changes.

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