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Sábado, 29 Junio 2019 16:04

Deepen Our Compassion, O God

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By Heidi Cerneka

Deepen our compassion, O God.
You are the judge, not us.

Our sister left behind home, family, culture, language
When she fled to protect her life,
     her children, their future,
As greed and power ravaged her nation.

Our brother asked for refuge,
A refuge promised by the UN and the US,
But we welcomed him with detention,
Separation from loved ones.

Teach us to walk a mile in their sandals
And be moved to indignation and action.

Stretch our compassion, O God,
To embrace those
Who see this reality differently.

Move us beyond entrenched beliefs,
Inspire us to creative responses
And justice that restores relationships
And hope for all.

May those who knock at our door
Seeking refuge and hope,
Who are met with condemnation and walls
     by this nation,
May they challenge us
To live our baptismal promise to the Gospel,
And may they judge us with compassion
     when we fail. 


Note: This prayer first appeared in the Maryknoll Lay Missioners’ Voices of Compassion, Spring 2019. Reprinted with permission.


Sábado, 27 Abril 2019 14:56

Appalachia Immersion

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What do orange water, coal dust, and American chestnut tree seedlings have to do with Pope Francis’ Encyclical Letter Laudato Si?

Join the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers from August 5-9 on our annual immersion trip/pilgrimage to the holy land of Appalachia to find out.

This 5-day immersion trip, in collaboration with Glenmary missioner Father John Rausch, who has lived and ministered in Appalachia for decades and is an expert on the issues there, includes:

  • Pre-trip orientation and post-trip debriefing
  • On-site introduction to the cultural, economic, and spiritual realities in Appalachia from leaders of the community
  • Areas demonstrating the effects of mining, and mining reclamation
  • Practical simplicity: living off of the grid
  • Opportunities to learn from community redevelopment projects
  • Visit to a church-inspired health clinic which treats the uninsured of the region

Estimated cost: $650.00 This includes room, breakfasts, lunches and transportation. Dinners are the responsibility of the participants. We will begin the trip in Lexington, Kentucky, and travel through the nearby Appalachian region.Participants are responsible for their travel to and from Lexington, KY

For more information, contact Deacon Paul Bork: Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. or phone 716-796-8919.

Martes, 19 Febrero 2019 00:13

You Talk – We Listen

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Judy Pinney of Walla Walla, Washington, writes: Currently, we are working with our Catholic Social Concerns Committee on holding a possible bilingual prayer service to Our Lady of Guadalupe to pray for immigrants and asylum seekers. Our parish is over half Hispanic yet has been virtually silent regarding what is happening at the border and the call for Catholics/Christians to support immigrants. Some of us from both the Anglo and Hispanic communities have come up with a format for this possible service using materials from the USCCB website and are contacting the pastor this week for approval. If this comes to fruition, we would be happy to share the meeting outline with you in case any of you would like to use it in your parishes or in one of your meetings. 

NSFA editor Paula Schaffner responds: My parish needs opportunities to bring our Anglo and Hispanic communities together, too. We’ll be looking forward to receiving your meeting outline!

Hugh Menton, Regional Coordinator for California, suggests: In the spirit of Affiliate connections and global vision, Jean [Hugh’s wife] prepared for our Affiliate meeting potluck the New Zealand-origin dish, Bean & Tomato Stew—Square Edge, that you [Paula Schaffner] shared in an email to your Chapter participants and copied me some time ago.  It was delicious, as all in our Chapter who attended today’s meeting testified.

Has NSFA ever included an international potluck item recipe column? My impression is that almost every Chapter gathers around food and it is an easy avenue to introduce global awareness.

NSFA editors respond: We agree that sharing food can both build community and increase global awareness. We’ll start with this issue—look for the Potluck Recipe Exchange on page 8. It will also appear in occasional future issues.

Affiliates: Please send your questions or comments to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.. We love to hear from you and will share your good ideas.

Lunes, 18 Febrero 2019 23:42

Notices - March/April 2019

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So Many Books, So Little Time...

Because of a light response and busy schedules, Book Group 2019 is being delayed until fall. 

We encourage Affiliates to read Choosing Peace, edited by Marie Dennis, on their own, and comment on Facebook, or send comments to us at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.. We’d also appreciate book suggestions for the Fall Book Group, and book reviews for the NSFA.

Be with us at the

Maryknoll Affiliate Conference!


June 25-28, 2020

The site, Graymoor Spiritual Life Center at Garrison, NY has easy access from the Metro-North train line and is less than 25 minutes from the Maryknoll Center.

A small, initial Planning Team of Celine Woznica (Chicago Central), Ginny McEvoy (Long Island) and Bob Short (Greater Boston) will provide updates as plans evolve.

Watch for invitations to contribute your skills and help make this conference memorable in the fine MAC tradition!

Do you “Like” us?

Visit www.facebook.com/maryknollaffiliates/ and LIKE or FOLLOW us. Post your Affiliate photos, activities, or an inspiring quote or article you’ve seen.

Do you enjoy communicating on Facebook? The Affiliates need someone to nurture our Facebook page as 
their special mission. Contact Paula or Bob at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. for more information.

Another View of Leadership

Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter Movement founder, says,  “We are not leaderless, we are leader-full.” ...It is difficult to infiltrate, undermine, or disrupt an organic movement that draws its power from regenerating communal cells.

—Richard Rohr, 4/13/18



Lunes, 18 Febrero 2019 23:33

All-American Mosaic

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Joseph R. Veneroso, MM


What makes America great?
     Military might or material wealth?
Democratic ideals or Republican values?
Freedom to say and be and do what you please?
A history of helping those in need?
The right to criticize elected officials and
     government policies without fear?
The peace in which to worship God
     or the choice not to believe at all?
Tolerance for those who disagree?
All, some or none of the above?

What makes America different?

That we are a nation without faults or
that we have the wisdom and courage
     to acknowledge and correct them?
That we close our minds and borders
or that we welcome all who come
—as once we or our ancestors did—
seeking freedom and a better life?

That in America all must think, talk, eat,
dress, act, love, pray and live alike?
Or that each individual can pursue
his or her own vision of happiness?

What makes America different?

Our tolerance for differences.

Diversity makes America great.
Diversity makes America strong.

Each addition to our ranks enriches
     and empowers the whole.

We hold these truths to be self-evident.

Reprinted from Maryknoll magazine Vol 89, Number 7, 1995, Maryknollmagazine.org.


Lunes, 18 Febrero 2019 22:53


Written by

 Brian Bilston

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way

(now read from bottom to top)


Reprinted with permission.
Lunes, 18 Febrero 2019 22:51

Old Monastic Benediction

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Rev. Eugenia Gamble, pastor of Nipomo Community Presbyterrian Church, Nipomo, CA, adapted this prayer from an old monastic blessing. She closes the organizational meetings for a newly forming local interfaith coalition on immigration with it.

May God bless you with discomfort with easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you will live deeply and from the heart.

May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and the exploitation of people, so that you will work for justice, freedom, and peace.

May God bless you with tears to shed for those that mourn, so that you will reach out your hand to them and turn their mourning into joy.

And may God bless you with just enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in the world, so that you will do those things that others say cannot be done. 



Lunes, 18 Febrero 2019 22:46

Potluck Recipe Exchange

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Recipe:  Bean & Tomato Stew—Square Edge

 Shared by: Paula Schaffner – California Central Coast Chapter

For eight months in 1986, the David Schaffner family experienced life in Palmerston North, New Zealand, through a sabbatical exchange. One treat was having lunch at the vegetarian restaurant in the Square Edge Building—so named because it sits on the edge of the city center square.

Living in New Zealand gave us a taste for crossing borders, and bringing home some Kiwi recipes has helped keep alive memories of our life there. Now I make this bean stew occasionally for our at-home dinners or as an easy make-ahead dish for potlucks.


Bean & Tomato Stew – Square Edge

Contributed by Paula Schaffner

(Adapted from a recipe we enjoyed at the Square Edge Cafe, a great vegetarian café in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
The Square Edge Café shared its favorite recipes in a booklet.)

 Put the ingredients into a crockpot (or large casserole dish) in the following order:

            ¼ Cup      Oil

            ½ Cup      Onions, sliced

                    2      Carrots, chopped in large chunks      

                    3      Celery stalks, sliced

             1 Cup      Mushrooms

              2 tsp.      Salt

              2 tsp.      Garlic powder

              1 tsp.      Thyme (or dried basil)

              2 tsp.      Paprika

    1 16 oz. can      Garbanzo beans

    1 16 oz. can      Great White Northern beans

    1 16 oz. can      Pinto beans

             1 Cup      Tomato puree (or 1 16 oz. can diced tomatoes, blended)

            ½ Cup      Sugar

            ¼ Cup      Red wine

                    2      Bay leaves

Cover and simmer in crockpot (or low oven) for 4 hours.


Your turn: Please send your favorite potluck recipe, particularly one that promotes global awareness, to Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.. Did you first eat this dish in a cross-cultural setting? Have you served it to foreign visitors? Tell us about it!



Viernes, 28 Diciembre 2018 19:24

Notices – January/February 2019

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Affiliate Book Group


The Affiliate Book Group resumes April 2019!

Come join us. We suggest reading and discussing ~

Choosing Peace
edited by Marie Dennis




Email Bob at Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo. with your best day
and time for a weekly telephone conversation, and any
additional books or authors you’d like us to consider.


Take a Starring Role!

How do you participate in your chapter?

Some possibilities:

  • Prepare meeting sections, i.e., Spirituality.
  • Invite new members.
  • Lead a book/article discussion.
  • Take notes and write a meeting report.
  • Suggest possible new actions.
  • Organize a potluck meal.
  • Take your turn as Chapter Coordinator.

Your chapter appreciates your involvement!


Viernes, 28 Diciembre 2018 19:13

KARIBU* – Come On In

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Bill Murphy – Boston Chapter


Come - move your feet,

Take that step

subdue that fear of being

different   uncomfortable    vulnerable.

Being a stranger goes both ways –

through the threshold of this hut/home

new worlds open

for you

for them.

Karibu, calls -

what do you hear?

what do you do?


*a Swahili greeting of welcome in East Africa
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