Robert Short

Robert Short

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

Celebrating Our Maryknoll Family

In recent months the Chicago Chapters have been developing a closer relationship with Maryknoll Society and Congregation formation programs in their area. On Sunday April 26, the Chicago Affiliates will be hosting a sending ceremony and blessing for Shaun Crumb who will be ordained this spring, the seminarians entering their OTP, and Sister candidate, Mara Rutten who will be leaving Chicago to return to Maryknoll for the next stage of her Sister formation.

Celine Woznica, the Contact for the Chicago Central Chapter wrote that, “My thoughts are that it would be very nice if the various Affiliate groups would send short 2-3 sentence blessings and good wishes to Sean, the OTP students, and Mara. They can send them in any language, as among the Maryknollers in the area, we have a lot of languages covered! We could then incorporate these blessings in the ceremony”

The names and assignments of those involved are:

Shaun Crumb, to be ordained in the spring and is assigned to the Asia Region.

Ryan Thibert is assigned to OTP in Latin America. Jonathan Hill is assigned to OTP in Africa. Thomas Fagan is assigned to OTP in Africa.

Mara Rutten will be returning to Maryknoll, NY to continue her formation

This is a wonderful opportunity to express our solidarity with our Maryknoll family. Please send your sentences to Celine at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:00

MAC 2017 in Guatemala!!

casa de retiro Guatemala
MAC 2017 Venue
We are elated to announce that the next Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC 2017) will take place in Guatemala. The date is scheduled for early November when the weather is optimal and airfare prices are typically lowest. The specific date will be determined shortly. It is anticipated that the conference will take place at the at the beautiful Casa de Retiros owned by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word in San Lucas Sacatepéquez - on the way to Antigua and on the route to Quiché. For more information go to:

We are especially grateful for all the members of the Guatemalan Chapter for attending to this so carefully and for volunteering to bring it to fruition in November of 2017.
Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

Visiting Bolivia & Peru—The Sequel

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

For two weeks in mid-December Patty Barneond de Garcia Tres, Affiliate Board member and liaison to Latin America, and Bob Short traveled to Bolivia and Peru to meet with Affiliates and Maryknollers in those two countries. This is Bob’s second article on that trip. 

Within two days after arriving in Cochabamba and meeting with the Affiliates there, it became apparent that something was different; that, in several ways, a different calculus was applied to how life is lived and mission embraced. As Patty and I continued our trip, visiting Santa Cruz and the Peruvian populations of Lima, Arequipa, and Chiguata, a small village in the mountains outside of Arequipa, that perception stayed with me. 

Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

New Affiliate Website Launched

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator


The new is up and running! Opening the site, you will see that it looks and feels significantly different from the old website. The Affiliate Four Pillars: Spirituality, Community, Global Vision and Action, are prominently displayed on the home page. Visually, the formatting—
multi-colored layers and many more photos—engages the viewer from the outset. Navigating the new website is simpler and more intuitive. Our Affiliate site is bilingual and will carry copies of both newsletters, Not So Far Afield and No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, on both the English and Spanish home pages.

Korean Affiliates
In August 2001, ten lay people attended a gathering at the Seoul Sisters’ house and formed the basis of an “unofficial Affiliate Chapter” that has continued to meet monthly for almost 14 years. Five out of the original ten were in the group that met this weekend for the Covenant signing. In 2014, approval came from the Affiliate Board to form an official Affiliate Chapter. February 8, 2015 was chosen as the date to sign the Affiliate Covenant. All members of the Chapter were present for the retreat, Eucharist and Signing Ceremony. The retreat started with personal sharing in groups of two wherein each person shared about a significant mission experience. Sharing then continued in groups of six and finally in the total group. From that sharing, insights were gathered as a first step in writing a Mission Vision. Each member was given a card of Our Lady of Maryknoll with the Affiliate promise and a place for his/her signature printed on the back. THE AFFILIATE COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THANKS YOU FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF COMMITTED MISSION SERVICE AND CONGRATULATS YOU FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL COVENANT CEREMONY.
Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

Guatemala Revisited

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

In early November, I  participated in the Latin American Maryknoll Society’s Regional Assembly and Retreat. Also invited were Sr. Jane Buellesbach, representing the Maryknoll Sisters, and Sam Stanton and Fr. Bill Voss for the Lay Missioners. It was an especially positive meeting wherein Maryknoll hospitality, genuine collaboration and easy, unadorned camaraderie were manifestly present every day. We can’t know for sure if this was a foretaste of things to come within Maryknoll, but it was very encouraging.

Monday, 10 March 2014 00:00

Communication in the Affiliate World

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Communication, good or bad, will significantly influence whether we succeed or fail as an organization, local group or as individuals.

In today’s world a hefty amount of communication is electronic via the Internet: email, texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc. For Affiliates, given that a few of us are over 17 years old, electronic media, particularly social media like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, could be foreign, perhaps frightening. Some among us might even have emotional or spiritual reasons to reject the digital world, feeling it is just too soul smothering and dehumanizing. I sometimes have those thoughts myself.

Friday, 02 May 2014 00:00

The Cosmic Egg Hunt

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

An announcement was made during our church’s Easter morning liturgy that an Easter egg hunt for the children would take place immediately after Mass. To the best of my knowledge, no one found, nor did anyone think to hide, the elusive cosmic egg that day. 

Sunday, 13 July 2014 00:00

The New Wave at MAC 2014

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Over 130 Affiliates and other Maryknollers attended the Maryknoll Affiliates Conference—Maryknoll Affiliates: The Third Wave Emerging into the Future.  Attendees came from Tanzania, Philippines, Haiti, France, Nicaragua, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia and the US.  From all the feedback received, the Conference appears to have been a very positive experience.  Several even spoke of it as opening up new directions for them—a fundamentally new, more expansive way of seeing things.  

Friday, 02 January 2015 00:00

Visiting Bolivia and Peru

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Maria Farfan and Patty in Chiguata plaza

For two weeks in mid December Patty Barneond de Garcia Tres, Affiliate Board member and liaison to Latin America, and Bob Short traveled to Bolivia and Peru to meet with Affiliates and Maryknollers in those two countries.

 The Andean summer’s warmth was mirrored in the warmth of welcome we received from the Affiliates and Maryknollers in Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Lima, and Arequipa. In Affiliate communities and in Maryknoll center houses in Cochabamba and Lima, the welcome was overwhelmingly gracious—engaging interchange, tours, rides to/from the airport, invitation to participate in post chapter meetings, a special gathering of lay missioners, celebration meals, prayer together—essentially, inclusion on every level. It was very encouraging and registered deeply.

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