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SISTER JOAN CHATFIELD / 1932-2019
Sister Joan Chatfield, interfaith advocate, pushed for inclusion
By Susan Essoyan
Sister Joan Chatfield, a Maryknoll nun who brought together people of all faiths and advocated for those on the margins of society, has died at age 86.
“She knew how to connect people, and she knew how to connect with people — those are two different things,” said sociologist Joy Lacanienta, a close friend who became like a daughter to her.
Chatfield died at 2:14 p.m. Friday at Straub Medical Center, after falling and hitting her head the day before at the Manoa home she shared with other nuns, according to Sister Bitrina Kirway, the Maryknoll Sisters’ regionalcoordinator for the Central Pacific.
“We’re still very much in shock,” Kirway said Monday. “She really was very selfless. Of the gifts that she was given, her upbringing, all she learned through the years, she not only put back, but put back a hundredfold.”
Known for her compassion and altruism, Chatfield was named a “Living Treasure of Hawaii.” She was executive director of the Institute for Religion and Social Change, helped lead The Interfaith Alliance and chaired the All Believers Network.
“What she always brought to the table was heartfelt sincerity,” said Merritt Sakata, co-facilitator of the network. “She was a treasure.”
Her goal was to bridge differences and promote a universal love for humankind.
“Just like we’re perfectly tolerant of people having different food likes, why aren’t we tolerant of people having different religious likes?” she asked at a recent gathering of the network. “We should be!”
Chatfield was unafraid to speak out for what she felt was right, working with victims of domestic violence and people with disabilities, and offering her support to Dignity/Honolulu, the organization of Catholics
promoting equality regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation.
“It’s not about popularity for her; it’s about what is just,” Kirway said. “She lived her vows … with Maryknoll Sisters. That’s what we are about: to speak for those who for some reason cannot speak for themselves.” Born on Oct. 7, 1932, in Elizabeth, N.J., Chatfield joined the Maryknoll Sisters in 1950, right out of high school. She earned a bachelor’s in biology and chemistry from Manhattanville College and was assigned to Hawaii in 1956.
She taught in local Catholic schools for 36 years and served as dean of humanities and fine arts at Chaminade University. She shared her leadership skills with a range of organizations, including the Honolulu Commission on the Status for Women, Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii, Coalition for a Drug-Free Hawaii and the Hawaii Committee for the Humanities.
“She believed that everyone has a place in society,” Lacanienta said. “She is a firm, clear advocate for people with disabilities, underrepresented communities. … She’s a strong feminist if I’ve ever seen one, and she’s the smartest person I’ve ever known, bar none.”
Services will be held March 21 at Sacred Heart Church, 1701 Wilder Ave. Viewing is 9-10 a.m., Mass at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Maryknoll Grade School campus, 1722 Dole St. Burial is at 2 p.m. at Diamond Head Memorial Park.
Joan Chatfield ———
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Important Election – Your Participation Needed!
Dear DignityUSA member,
On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to forward the enclosed information to assist you in participating in this important vote on amending DignityUSA’s Statement of Position and Purpose.
As we have previously informed you, the DignityUSA Board of Directors is proposing that the organization amend the Statement of Position and Purpose to better reflect our welcome of and work on behalf of people who identify as queer, gender nonconforming, and intersex.
In accordance with our current Bylaws requirements concerning amendments to DignityUSA’s Statement of Position and Purpose, the following steps have been taken:
Proposed changes adopted by the Board of Directors February 26, 2017 based on the recommendations of the Transgender Support Caucus
- Proposed changes sent to all members May 5, 2017
- Proposed changes discussed during the Membership Meeting July 7, 2017
- A summary of the Membership Meeting discussion on the proposed changes is included with this ballot.
- The proposed changes (in italics) are included with the ballot and summary of the Membership Meeting discussion for ease of reference.
- Our bylaws require an affirmative vote by 2/3 of those returning ballots for the proposed changes to become effective. Please consider the proposal, cast your vote, and be sure your ballot is received by 11: 45 pm on Tuesday August 29, 2017.
- The Statement of Position and Purpose is a foundational document for DignityUSA, so what it says is important in conveying who we are to the world as well as to our own members. Your vote is vital in determining how we move forward. We strongly urge you to cast your vote in this important election.
Thank you for your support throughout this process, and for your participation in this vote.
Chair, DignityUSA 2017 Elections Committee
Member, DignityUSA Board of Directors
Dignity Monthly Movie Night
Feature Film: Tab Hunter Confidential, Friday, July 14
Join Dignity on Friday, June 14, at 7:00 pm for our monthly movie night. Location: Harris United Methodist Church, 20 S. Vineyard Blvd (Corner of Vineyard & Nuuanu)., Hon 96813. Refreshments are provided. FREE to the community. Donations accepted. For information call 808-352-7558
Tab Hunter Confidential (2015, 1 hour, 30 min., USA, FilmRise)
Tab Hunter Confidential. Throughout the 1950's, Tab Hunter reigned as Hollywood's ultimate male heartthrob. He had the "IT" Factor Hollywood craved for--Tab's astonishing good looks and golden-boy sex appeal drove his fans to screaming delirious frenzy, making him the prototype for all young matinee idols to come. Bristling against being just another pretty face and wanting to be taken seriously, Tab was one of the few to be able to transcend pin-up boy status. He earned his stripes as an actor to become a major movie star and recording artist.
But throughout his years of stardom, Tab had a secret. He was gay - and spent his Hollywood years in a precarious closet that repeatedly threatened to implode and destroy him. Now, his dramatic, turbulent and ultimately inspiring life story has become an explosive documentary - directed by Emmy award winning filmmaker, Jeffery Schwarz.
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