Robert Short

Robert Short

Sunday, 13 May 2018 22:58

Living Into the New Consciousness

Approximately each month under the - Developing Global Consciousness -  section (Blue Box on the Home Page) a new entry is posted.  In recent months these entries have come to us via Maryknoll Sister, Helene O’Sullivan, who regularly gives us  a précis of a book that addresses an aspect of spiritual consciousness. Her most recent précis is of the author Beatrice Bruteau - The Holy Thursday Revolution by Beatrice Bruteau (Living Inside God: The Psychology of Love, and Friendship and Communion)

Here are two sentences from that tab: 'We care for the other as naturally and unthinkingly as we care for ourselves. The feeling is of a greatly expanded self, of living a much larger life, of experiencing on a far wider scale than could be possible through one life alone."

If you'd like to read the entire two page reflection, go to this link:




Responding to Our Call to Global Solidarity
A Week-Long Missionary Discipleship Formation Experience

"If you want to go fast, go alone.
If you want to go far, go together."
- African Proverb

In a world that seems increasingly divided and a country where nationalism is growing, our international Maryknoll experiences have shown us the beauty and richness that result when we choose to encounter the “other,” and cross borders: cultural, economic, and political.  In August 2018, we invite you to join us as we take time to learn from our wisdom, rooted in over 100 years of global experience, and reflect on how the Catholic community can move into the future. Join us to take a deeper dive into Evangelii Gaudium and examine our current socio-political reality in the US and discern how to embrace global solidarity as missionary disciples in our work and daily lives.

Where: Maryknoll in Los Altos, CA 
When: August  6-10, 2018

Prerequisite: Maryknoll's Missionary Disciples Formation Program, Maryknoll Immersion Trip, or other similar formation
Questions? Contact Kate Macan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register Now!

Maryknoll Affiliate Board - Consensus Action Statements

Meeting # 60 April 20, 2018 and April 22, 2018

CAS #1.  The Board will explore developing on the website one of more “actionable landing pages”.  The Communication Committee (Bob Short, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Paula Schaffner, Ginny McEvoy) and any other Affiliate who would like to participate will develop a proposal that includes content and seek an estimate of the cost of developing these pages.

CAS #2.  Paula Schaffner will revise and reorganize the Affiliate Booklet based on input given to her by the Board by June 1.  The revised version will be sent to the Board by July 1 for approval by July 15.

CAS #3.  The Board unanimously approves Bill Murphy’s serving a second term on the Board.

Along with the above Consensus Action Statements, we heard from the ad hoc committee established last November to consider, “Where do we want to be in five years?” The committee, which has met several times via Zoom, continued their deliberations after the board meeting, on Sunday afternoon and Monday. We thank them for their energies and wisdom as they work to provide the background and a framework for the visioning process. The October Board meeting will devote a two-day retreat to discussion of this question.

Several chapters have asked themselves where we will be in five years and have provided input to the Board. If your chapter has not yet had this discussion, consider using the easy meeting “Visioning the Affiliates,” in the Sept/Oct 2017 NSFA. We all will be facing the challenges presented by our evolving world.

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Saturday, 28 April 2018 00:28

Affiliate Board - Spring 2018

Affiliate Board 2018

Back Row (L-R): Rich Lessard, Norie Mojado MM, Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios, Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland, Russ Feldmieir MM

Bottom Row: Dave Schaffner (chair), Manny Hotchkiss, Ginny McEvoy, Bill Murphy, Gerry Mullaney

Not in Photo: Teruko Ito MM, Ted Miles, new Executive Director of MK Lay Missioners




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

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

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


       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

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

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