- Parent Category: Conferences
- Category: 2014 Maryknoll Affiliate Conference
- Created on 03 July 2014
- Last Updated on 03 July 2014
- Published on 03 July 2014
- Written by Robert Short
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A NEW WAVE: THE MARYKNOLL AFFILIATES AND OUR SACRED PILGRIMAGE
By John Sivalon
[We were very privileged to have Fr. John Sivalon as our keynote presenter for MAC2014. His presentation - which received a standing ovation - is given in full here]
I am delighted to be here today and to take part in this conference. I want to thank the Affiliate chapter of Albany for their invitation and for their patience in working with me to prepare for this conference. With them, I am grateful to Ann Carr and the Affiliate Board for their support and to Bob Short who in his own writings has stimulated us all to think of doing mission in terms of a new paradigm. I also want to thank Ellen McDonald, Jack Sullivan and Gerry Kelly for their commitment and dedication to the vision of the Affiliates. As the first conference of affiliates after the death of Jim Madden, this conference is even more significant and profound for me, as I believe it is for you. Jim left us with words of encouragement about his own vision, and advising us to search out new ways of being a movement into the future. Not only his words, but his lived example, encourage us to appreciate the abiding presence of God in cultures.
With his words and vision in mind, we come together to wrestle with the mysterious call we have all received: “to participate in the mission of God.” Most important, I come here today, not to offer answers, but to raise questions for all of us that we might work together for some glimpse into how the Maryknoll movement will be carried into the future. Part of that process, for which I am deeply appreciative, is the responses of Sam Stanton, Mary Ellen Kempken and Robert Ellsberg to my own presentation. I am sure their additions will be very helpful in clarifying the weaknesses of my presentation and more importantly they will add their own wisdom, perspective and experience to help all of us in opening our hearts and minds to God’s wisdom.
The theme of this conference is "Maryknoll Affiliates: The Third Wave Emerging into the Future.” Contemplating that theme, I imagined myself sitting on the beach looking out at the beautiful ocean and counting the waves. I asked myself what is a wave, and how do you count them. When was the first wave and what wave is this really? It became clear to me that, while I am not sure what wave this is, I am confident that the world in which we live today is dramatically different than the world in which I was raised and I am confident that it is a “New Wave.”
- Parent Category: South Central US
- Category: New Orleans/Gulf South
- Created on 01 July 2014
- Last Updated on 01 July 2014
- Published on 01 July 2014
- Written by Matt Rousso
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Maryknoll Affiliates - Mission Immersion Retreat
Guatemala/Esquipulas - Sept 30-Oct 7, 2014
Maryknoll Mission Education Center- New Orleans
Directed by: Mr. Matt Rousso and Fr. Gerry Kelly M.M.
The Mission Immersion Retreat will begin in Guatemala City where the Guatemala Maryknoll Affiliates will present participants with a dynamic workshop focusing on the current reality of Guatemala as experienced by peoples in various parts of the country . . A special event during our Guatemala stay will be a visit/prayer service at San Sebastian Parish, the site of Bishop Gi- rardi’s martyrdom. . . .
Participants then will go to Esquipulas, the pilgrimage town where hundreds of people gather daily to venerate the famous sculpture of El Cristo Negro, enshrined in the beautiful basilica of JesuCristo Crucificado. . . .During their time in Esquipulas, participants will live in a rather simple mission house, Casa Nazareth, located in the very poor barrio of Santa Ana.
Each day will include Morning Prayer and Evening Theological Reflections, along with reflection/discussion of “Understanding Culture: Fundamental to Mission”. . .There will be some time each day for private meditation and/or free time and some occasions to celebrate Eucharist.
Name _________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________ City/State ______________________________________________________
Maryknoll Mission Ed Center 7730 Walmsley Ave
New Orleans, La 70125
Phone No: _____________________E-Mail: __________________________
• Requirements: Though fluency in Spanish would be good, it is not a requirement; however, a commitment and willingness to try to communicate is expected; signed waiver of liability; health precautions according to advice provided to participants; familiarity with articles and reading materials provided.
• Cost: Program fee of $450 plus airfare fees/taxes. Program fee covers all costs – including meals, accom- modations, transportation in Guatemala, facilitation and stipends.
• Registration: Complete the Registration Form and mail along with $150 - balance of $300 due by Septem- ber 1st ... (we can only accommodate a maximum of 10 participants)
• Airfare: Approximate cost of fare will be $800 based on flight to Guatemala originating in New Orleans or Houston, making whatever travel arrangements are necessary to assure connections in NO or Houston.]
- Parent Category: Maryknoll Affiliate News
- Category: Not So Far Afield
- Created on 02 May 2014
- Last Updated on 02 May 2014
- Published on 02 May 2014
- Written by David & Paula Schaffner
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Why wait for your paper version of Not So Far Afield? It's now available online! The May/June issue has been posted to notsofarafield.org.
- Parent Category: News and Information
- Category: Maryknoll Affiliate News
- Created on 17 June 2014
- Last Updated on 17 June 2014
- Published on 17 June 2014
- Written by Robert Short
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[NOTE: Due to the lenght of this document, graphics did not fit in the format. Contact Bob Short if you would like to have a copy that includes the graphics and appendices]
The sudden passing in January of Affiliate co-founder, Fr. Jim Madden sent a wave of sadness and profound appreciation through the Maryknoll Affiliate World. Jim’s faithfulness, courage, expansive mission vision and advocacy for the Affiliate movement will be greatly missed for years to come.
Key accomplishments over the past six years
I. Experimental Regional Model – was initially conceived in 2008 based on the recommendations put forth by a “Renewal Committee” formed by the Maryknoll Affiliate Board. After a three-year experimental period, and utilizing the Appreciative Inquiry methodology to evaluate it, the Affiliate Board affirmed the model in 2011. The original vision for moving in this direction was to promote a region-centered structure wherein Affiliate Chapters live more authentically as small mission communities. A Regional Coordinator was selected in each area to oversee all the chapters within the respective region. The regions are: (International) Philippines, Peru, Mesoamerica; (U.S.) Northeast, Southeast, South Central, Midwest, Great Plains, Northwest and California. Tanzania, Bolivia and South Korea are not yet part of a region structure. The Regional Model has helped to improve communication and to better understand the unique Affiliate expression of the Maryknoll charism in the wider context in which the Affiliate movement is lived out.
II. New Chapter Guidelines Updated – Chapter is the name used to identify the local Affiliate community. There are presently 57 Chapters throughout the world (see chart) averaging 12 members (a range from 5 – 45) who meet about 10 times yearly (a range from 4 – 20). The total number of Affiliates is estimated to be 600. It is anticipated that at least 3 new Chapters will come on Board in 2014. Latin America has shown notable growth in the last few years. The collaboration and sense of camaraderie among Maryknollers from all three entities and Affiliates throughout the world, and particularly Latin America, is very encouraging. (See Chapter map in Appendix 1)
- Parent Category: Midwest US
- Category: Greater Milwaukee
- Created on 25 April 2014
- Last Updated on 26 April 2014
- Published on 25 April 2014
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Maryknoll Affiliates in Milwaukee are following their call to mission by providing services to refugees from Myanmar
By David Aquije
Poe Ru had to stop going to school to help his parents plant rice and vegetables in the small village in Myanmar where he grew up. Suffering as a member of an ethnic minority group in a country besieged by ongoing civil war, he left his family at age 14 to look for a job.
Like many migrants who were fleeing to the border with Thailand, Poe Ru worked as a farmer for five years, until one day, while he was cutting grass with a knife, a landmine exploded on him and he lost both arms and one eye. He was taken to a hospital in Thailand, where U.N. personnel arranged for surgery on his eye and got him a prosthesis for his right arm. He then was taken to a refugee camp in Thailand, where he remained for 13 years.
Poe Ru and his brother were granted asylum and arrived in Milwaukee, Wis., in August 2010. They are two of 73,000 refugees from Myanmar (also known as Burma), who, according to the U.S. State Department, have resettled in the United States since 2005. While the United States is ending its program to receive refugees, an estimated 150,000 people still live in Thailand's refugee camps.
Although life for Poe Ru continues to have its challenges (his seven siblings still live in Myanmar and he was not able to return to his country last year when his mother died), he enjoys participating in his new community, St. Michael's parish, where Maryknoll Affiliates volunteer to teach English to refugees. "I'm happy to go to school in Milwaukee," says Poe Ru, referring to the English classes, which he hopes will be a steppingstone to further schooling and to citizenship.
Patricia Roehrig, the Maryknoll Affiliate who coordinates the group's ministry to refugees, sees that work as a continuation of a parish tradition. "St. Michael's has always been an immigrant parish," she says, explaining that St. Michael's was founded by German immigrants 135 years ago. "St. Michael's is a uniquely multicultural community, serving immigrants from Mexico, Laos, and now three distinct clans from Myanmar."
The Maryknoll Milwaukee Affiliate group was formed 14 years ago by Frank and Alice Murray, who, like others who have started Maryknoll Affiliate groups, wanted to share the Maryknoll spirit, worldview and mission spirituality that they had incorporated into their own lives. There are Maryknoll Affiliate groups in the United States, El Salvador, Guatemala, Peru, Mexico, the Philippines and Tanzania.
"I am originally from Milwaukee and heard of Maryknoll after high school. I was attracted by their work and became a member of the Maryknoll Sisters for 18 years," says Alice Murray. "After I left the Congregation, I was married to Francis T. Murray for 32 years until his death in 2007. Since then I have volunteered in several local efforts, including prison ministry, choir, mediation with the district attorney's office, and a prayer group with homeless people." As a Maryknoll Affiliate she helps tutor the 25 Burmese refugees who attend esl (English as a second language) classes at St. Michael's.
"Many refugees settled in other states have moved to our area because they want to join family members or need further assistance from a local church. St. Michael's helps them find a place to live, and helps them with furniture and home furnishings," explains Roehrig. "In the course of ministering to our refugees, we find so many serious needs, including treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, the need for eyeglasses, prosthetics, dental care, clothing, supplemental income, registration of the children in esl schools, adult esl programs, landlord issues, and being part of a faith community." The Affiliates, she says, provide referrals to the appropriate services.
More than 1,500 Burmese refugees have settled in Wisconsin, most in Milwaukee. The U.S. State Department provides financial assistance for the first 30 to 90 days they are here. As they have adapted to a new life, they have also been aided by non-profit organizations such as Catholic Charities, Lutheran Social Services and the International Institute of Wisconsin.
At St. Michael's, the refugees also get spiritual support. With the help of two interpreters, they receive Christian formation and preparation for the sacraments, explains Roehrig. She and the other Affiliates rejoice in the part they play in helping newcomers like Poe Ru feel at home.
Nowadays, for Poe Ru life is promising. He and Moo Paw, another Burmese refugee he met in the refugee camp in Thailand, now have a daughter, Laura, who was born in 2013. Moo Paw first settled in North Carolina but came to Milwaukee after Poe Ru told her of the welcoming assistance refugees receive at St. Michael's.
Stories like Poe Ru's make Roehrig and the other Milwaukee Affiliates feel they can be missioners wherever they live. "I was once told by a friend that I have a missionary heart," she says. "I know that physically I would not have been able to be a missionary in a different country. So, being an Affiliate is perfect for me!"