Maryknoll Affiliate News (204)

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Saturday, 14 April 2018 15:18

NTLH - Spanish Language Affiliate Newsletter

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The Maryknoll Affiliate Movement has two excellent newsletters.  

  1. NSFA - Not So Far Afield for English language readers
  2. NTLH - No Tan Lejos del Horizonte - for Spanish language readers

As many of you reading this post can read Spanish, below is a link to NTLH.  Click on the most recent edition.  The content is in depth and the graphics often stunning.  Go to:


We are especially pleased to announce that Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland will be joining the Maryknoll Affiliate Board as of this month.  Given her very substantial work schedule, we are especially grateful that Roxanne has accepted this position.  Her personal and academic gifts are abundant as is her commitment to the mission vision we embrace as Maryknollers.  The Affiliate movement can only benefit from her presence with us. 

A member of the DC Chapter with Roxanne, said this about her on the nomination form:    

As a practicing doctor in psychology she will bring a unique and professional element to the task of as a Board member. During the 4 years which I have been associated with the DC Chapter of the Affiliates, her consistent guidance keep us on tract, and help focus the meetings on current socially action issues both international and local. Her personality and personal experiences always was with a positive expression allowing each to express their full thoughts (even though we (I) would go on a bit passionately.) She is able to help all realize our unconscious prejudices while still remaining a prayful group.

 I went to her website and have copied a few sentences from there (I'm hoping you'll give an OK on this Roxanne).  I think it gives a hint of how she has blended academic training and skills with a commitment to those  To see more go to:

Dr. Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland received... a Ph.D. in neuropsychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and a Master's degree in international development from Gallaudet University. She has also received certification from the Academy of Certified Brain Injury Specialists (ACBIS). She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and has worked in inpatient and outpatient settings for over 20 years.  Her clinical and research interests are brain injury, neurorehabilitation, deaf and hard of hearing children and adults, evaluation of individuals with low vision, and developmental disabilities in an international context.

Some of you met her in Guatemala at MAC 2017.

Welcome on Board Roxanne!!





Saturday, 31 March 2018 13:36

Keep in Mind - 3 Events

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April 21, Saturday (9am – 4pm)

Northeast Meeting - Maryknoll Sisters

Theme: Balance

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April 19-22, Thursday – Sunday,

Affiliate Board Meeting – Maryknoll Sisters

Comments/Suggestions for Board

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June 7-9, Thursday – Saturday

MK Mission Institute Golden Jubilee

Weekend Symposium

Save the Date (more to follow)

Saturday, 24 March 2018 18:18

ORBIS - March Selection

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John with Sr. Bernice Kita MM

John and Mary Moritz are members of the Southeast (Jacksonville) Chapter and the Regional Coordinators for the Southeast Region.  John also happens to be an avid reader, particularly of Orbis books.  Below, he profiles five new Orbis books for us.

Orbis offers us 5 new books for March 2018 that will stretch and challenge us all. 

  1. What is the Mission of the Church? by Roger Schoeder is a second edition of his classic.  The book doesn’t offer much new in content from the first edition.  But it does give many new references from Pope Francis and updates resource materials sources.  For anyone new to the mission concept, this is a must read introduction.
  2. Traditional Ritual as Christian Worship by R. Daniel Shaw and William R. Burrows, eds. is a collection of essays, from a variety of cultural, ethnic and religious ritual traditions, which places them within the historical and current experience of how we, as Christians, worship.    If you attended MAC 2017 and couldn’t quite integrate the Mayan rituals within your own liturgical experience, this would be a good read.
  3. To the Margins by Andrea Riccardi presents series of vignettes that illustrate the vision of Pope Francis as a poor church for the poor.  This book is primarily European in context; using the history of San’ Egidio community as an exemplar of moving church from the center to the periphery.
  4. A Poor and Merciful Church by Stan Chu Ilo is a more academic treatment of the ecclesiology of Pope Francis.  This book is told from an African perspective.  The author is a sophisticated and well  versed theologian who can look forward as well as backward.  I came away from this read with almost a fear of being left behind as he visions the church toward the future.  The church of the global south will certainly show us the way.
  5. Richard Rohr, Essential Teachings on Love By Joelle Chase and Judy Traeger is another in the Modern Spiritual Masters Series.  This compendium of Rohr’s teachings is well assembled and is a chronology of the development of his thought.  It is a book about him, using his words as source material for his biography.   But more than a biography, this is a presentation of the development of  a future vision of church from the “edge of the inside of the church”.
Friday, 16 March 2018 18:32

Affiliate Census 2018

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       Affiliate Census 2018

You already have received or will soon be receiving a request from your Regional Coordinator (RC) to provide census information and return that via email to Bob Short. The census is an important tool to give us a broad look of the Affiliate movement and sense of its vibrancy.

The request is to provide the following information:

  1. Number of Affiliates in the Chapter
  2. How often the chapter meets & average number attending
  3. Name, address, phone (landline and/or cell) and email address of all active members
  4. Any other pertinent information you might feel is important

To date 10 chapters have sent in the information.  Once all the information has been gathered, we will make it available to everyone.

Thank you.

Thursday, 08 March 2018 20:23

The Future of Catholic Ireland

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The lead story of America Magazine’s March 5, 2018 issue addresses “The Future of Catholic Ireland”.  In the section on A Numbers Game – or Not, Fr. Michael Collins, a director of formation at St. Patrick’s College at Maynooth is quoted: “From one perspective, something is dying. But from another perspective, you can see that we are in a liminal space: Something new is emerging. There’s something very vibrant happening.  That sounds almost like a contradiction, but I think it is the reality.

I’m pretty sure many of us on this side of the pond, feel similarly.  How then will the Affiliate movement continue to contribute to the vibrancy?

Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Thursday, 08 March 2018 20:20

Immersion Trip to the Border in June

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Maryknoll Mission Immersion

Border Witness Program – June 17 – June 23, 2018

Are you trying to better understand the realities facing today's immigrants and refugees? If so, Maryknoll's Summer Immersion trip to the Rio Grande Valley may be the answer. This week- long immersion experience led by Matt Rousso and Fr. Gerry Kelly, M.M. will put you in touch with the human faces behind the immigration debate and provide you with opportunities to appreciate their struggles, listen to their voices, and understand their daily realities.

Two spots are still left.  If interested, contact Matt Rousso for more information at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Friday, 02 March 2018 14:22

Virtual Chapter 1 - an inside look

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The first formed virtual chapter (there are two others: Contemplative & International) 'met' last Wednesday via conference call.  The chapter meets every other month and always begins with a reflection.  Jim Coady (Minnesota) put together the reflection this time.  As it was both a creative and a unique approach - all based on the sketch you see here - I thought it would be worthwhile to give a small sampling of the design of that reflection.  The discussion that followed among the virtual chapter members was especially meaningful.

Reflection Notes (small sampling) 

  1. To begin, first admire the drawing for what it is as a work of art. Don’t try to explain it. Admire the skill and craft of the artist. Allow the work to make a visceral impression (good, bad, or indifferent) on you at a subconscious level.
  2. Start to really focus on the different parts of the drawing, starting at the top of the image and working your way down. One element or aspect of the drawing at a time.
  3. Look at the way that both men are standing, one stooped and bent over, hand outstretched; the other, upright with his hand on the other’s back. How do you think these two men met up? What do you think is their relationship with each other?
  4. Look at the faces of the men. Imagine these men were not of white European ancestry, but African, Asia, or Latin American…what, if anything, would be different about their faces?
  5. What do the men’s eyes tell you about where they have been, what they have seen and experienced? What about their noses?  And their mouths?
Thursday, 22 February 2018 16:45

Identity - Responses Received

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Two weeks ago we asked if someone(s) might make an attempt to restate the Affiliate Identity Statement... to something shorter than is presently available.  Please consider submitting your own take on this.  Four responses have come in so far.  As I didn't ask their permission, the contributors are not listed.

  • Being a Maryknoll Affiliate: Gives you the opportunity to be a part of Maryknoll, a world-wide American mission society. 


  • Maryknoll Affiliates see the spark of the Divine in all of Creation. They are committed to the 4 pillars; Spirituality, Community, Global vision and Action as a means of expressing mutual respect and love for all. Affiliates are connected to the greater MK community who have served as an example of how to live with a sense of Justice and harmony.


  • We are Maryknoll Affiliates, seeking to further understand and help realize Maryknoll’s charism and diverse service in the 21stcentury, empowering two-way and all-way interconnection in global vision, spirituality, community, and mission action.  As Maryknoll Affiliates we pray and work to live out God’s justice, mercy and the flourishing of life for all, “on Earth as it is in heaven.” Our covenant expresses our mutual relationship and commitments, with one another and Maryknoll.


  • Affiliates are a people of prayer, committed to Christian spirituality who want to be part of the 21st century Maryknoll mission to the poor, not afraid to take a risk and be led by the Spirit to be open to new possibilities of expression while pursuing their life's journey aware of the continuous creative tension between being and doing. The relationship between the Affiliates and the Maryknoll members is to empower both parties to be connected to the people they jointly serve in global vision, spirituality, community, and mission action.


You are invited to participate in a NE regional meeting at Maryknoll on April 21st. The theme of the day-long meeting will be Balance: Balance in our own lives and Balance in our Affiliate Chapters. Join us for an informative and interactive conference with a contemplative eye on the present and a collective eye on the future. As the Affiliate board and all the entities look ahead, we believe we must also pay attention to the present; what works, what doesn't and what ideas can be shared among the NE chapters. Chapter contacts in the region will soon be receiving a conference schedule which will include details on how to register. Hope to see you at the Maryknoll Sister's campus in April.

Note that chapters outside the Northeast Region are very welcome as well.



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