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The Chicago Central Chapter meets on the 4th Sunday of the month at  3PM at the Maryknoll Father's house at 5128 S. Hyde Park.

Remembering Jim - Chicago Central

The Chicago Central Affiliate Chapter recently gathered and focused their meeting on a remembrance of Jim Madden.  They ended with an adapted prayer that I found to be especially meaningful and moving.  I think you will too.  (Bob Short)

Celine Woznica, contact person for that Chapter introduced it this way:  “As part of the service, we listened to Jim's own words by taking his Visioning with Maryknoll Movement document, editing it down a bit, and dividing it into 11 sections.  We took turns reading and paused a bit after each section. We found a station on Pandora that played Aymaran music, and brought some artesenia from the Andes (well, Bolivia, but it worked).”  

“The final prayer is an adaptation of an Irish funeral prayer which reflected Jim's Irish heritage and ended it with a little Latin American flavor!  Thanks for sharing the service with the other Affiliates in case they would like to do something similar.  We all remember Jim with such love and gratitude.”

Closing: Irish Funeral Prayer: JIM MADDEN

We remember Jim.

At the rising of the sun and at its going down, we remember Jim.

At the blowing of the wind and the chill of winter, we remember Jim.

At the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring, we remember Jim.

At the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer, we remember Jim.

At the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn, we remember Jim.

At the beginning of the year and when it ends, we remember Jim.

At wind-swept gatherings of the Aymara community on the Altiplano, ¡Presente!

At cross-cultural celebrations that find the Sacred in all peoples and traditions, ¡Presente!

At chapter and conference meetings of Maryknoll Affiliates all over the world, ¡Presente!

At vocation seminars and one-on-one accompaniment, ¡Presente!

At Society gatherings, fellowship, and liturgical services, ¡Presente!

At Congregational collaborations and joint visioning, ¡Presente!

At local and national actions to live and promote social justice, ¡Presente!

At ……………………………………………………………….., ¡Presente!

As long as we live, he too will live; for he is now a part of us, as we remember Jim.


AFSC PowerPoint on NATO/G8

PowerPoint CoverAt their recent meeting, the Chicago Central Chapter held a discussion regarding how they will be involved in the actions around the upcoming NATO and G8 meetings in the United States this May. While the G8 meeting was moved from Chicago to Camp David, the NATO meeting will still be in Chicago. To that end, the Chicago Central Chapter is looking at ways to educate people around the issues.

Kirstin De Mello shared with the Chapter that "American Friends Service Committee has put together a powerpoint on NATO/G8--who are they, what are their interests, what does it mean to us, what can we do, etc. This powerpoint can be used by anyone. It has notes that go along with each slide, so it's pretty straightforward. If you move through it with little discussion it takes about 35 minutes."

Kirstin shared, "I was part of team that presented it to Earlham College students. We interwove the powerpoint with small and large group discussions and we took 2 and a half hours. We could have even used more time with all of the good questions arising from the students."

They hope to post another PowerPoint that is shorter and geared towards high school students. So keep going back to the link below in the next week or so to look for other resources.

Housing Project in Haiti

The idea for the housing for women project came to us after the January 2010 earth quake in Haiti. The Jeremie area itself had accommodated thousands of earthquake refugees. The most vulnerable as always were women and their children.Studies have shown that women, who own their own homes in Haiti are more able to maintain their own small businesses, and feed, clothe and educate their children. So the idea to build simple houses for women was born. To locate women who are in need of housing we work with local women's groups who will decide which woman in their area is most in need. In order for a woman to qualify she has to have title to the land, and she has to be single. Of course this does not mean she has te remain single for the rest of her life, but once she has a house nobody can put her out, she has security. Also she has to put some sweat equity into the building of the house, and the whole community is involved in transporting building material. Each house provides paid employment for about 8 people. We have built 15 houses so far and have provided short term employment for about 120 people thus putting money  into the community. Each of the houses has 3 rooms, 2 bedrooms and a livingroom/dining room. A separate latrine also comes with the house.

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Renate Schneider to be recipient of The Sister Thea Bowman Humanitarian Legacy Award

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Knights of Peter Claver Ladies Auxiliary, Court 179 announces Renate Schneider (Maryknoll Affiliate - Chicago Central living and working in Haiti) will be one of the recipients of The Sister Thea Bowman Humanitarian Legacy Award to be bestowed on Saturday, March 31, 2012, Lexington House, 7717 West 95th Street, Hickory Hills, Illinois, 12 noon – 4:00 p.m.

Renate SchneiderThis award was established nineteen years ago to honor the memory of Sister Thea Bowman, whose legacy is one of commitment to excellence and selfless service to those in need. Her radiant vision, impenetrable values and inspiring vigor—even at the door of death—are the legacy she bequeathed. Therefore, this award is bestowed upon women whose lives exemplify putting others before self and service to all mankind. Renate Schneider epitomizes the mission of this award.

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Maryknoll Affiliate Mtg on Centennial

Thank you to everyone who was able to make the meeting this past Sunday, and woe to you who missed it because we signed you up for everything. (Just kidding!) Thank you, Greg, for walking us through the MK Fathers and Brothers' Centennial celebration, which can also be found on the Internet. There are two events next year in which the MK Frs are hoping for significant Affiliate involvement--the CTU Mission Symposium from Oct 6-8 and the National Catholic Youth Conference from Nov 17-19 in Indianapolis. We had a good discussion about how we can participate in both. The CTU event will require help with issues of hospitality and session monitoring. Shouldn't be hard and we can sign up to monitor sessions that interest us.

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