Rich Younkin surrounded by Maryknoll Affiliates at his ordination

On Sunday, June 24, Maryknoll Affiliate Rich Younkin was ordained to the diaconate for the diocese of San Francisco, culminating his five years of study for it. It was a joyful time as his family, friends and Maryknoll Affiliates assembled in the packed Cathedral to witness the ordination of twelve deacons. Archbishop Niederaur officiated with three other bishops from the diocese, and many priests and deacons attended and welcomed the new deacons. Rich will minister in his parish, St Isabella's, in San Rafael.

We are pleased to announce that Richard Younkin, longtime Bay Area Maryknoll Affiliate, will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on Sunday June 24 at 3:30pm in the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA. All are invited to attend and there is a reception afterwards in Patron's Hall, Cathedral lower level.

This is a very special occasion for Maryknoll Affiliates to have one of our own ordained to the diaconate after many years of studying for it—we encourage you to attend and joyfully celebrate with Rich.

Although small in number, we remain active. In Feb., we hosted John Dear at Dominican University with an audience of 60. In exploring ways to raise the consciousness of local folks with regard to social justice issues, it occurred to us to try to meet people where they are. We worked together to sponsor a 3-part series of talks on Catholic Social Teaching, entitled, "The Church's Best Kept Secret: Catholic Social Teaching," which Matt Dulka will conduct at a parish in Marin County where we meet, open to people in the churches in Marin, as well as the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Rich Younkin, one of the founding members of our Chapter, will be ordained a Deacon on June 24th. Leslee Coady recently visited the Philippines and saw first-hand the effects of poverty and corruption as well as the resilience of the people who live under such hardship. Bob and Nancy recently gave another presentation of their experiences in Palestine to a newly forming Affiliate chapter in Concord where they also heard the stories of Srs. Nancy and Ruth who had spent years in war-torn Sudan. While we are active, our monthly meetings are centered in prayer and reflection, led by Rich Younkin. It has continued to be the very "highlight" of our gatherings, and not incidental to them. It is what sustains us as we try to live out Gospel values in ALL that we do. Marie Wren and Nancy and Bob McFarland will attend the Maryknoll on the Hill event in May.

LA Affiliates, Maryknoll Sister Lucy Yu MM, John Hernandez, Peggy and Joe Santos and Maryknoll Sister Mary Driscoll were at the Pax Christi of Orange County meeting. Fr. John Dear, SJ gave a bible study on his new book from Orbis Books, "LAZARUS, COME FORTH! How Jesus Confronts the Culture of Death into the New Life of Peace."

"The raising of Lazarus in John's Gospel is one of the most dramatic and poignant episodes in scripture. While traditionally read as a story about friendship and faith, Dear shows through his extended meditations how it also summarizes the persistent theme of the Gospel. If Lazarus represents humanity, the story of his raining is about the God of Life confronting the power of death itself, calling humanity to walk out of its tomb-the culture of violence and war-and into 'the new life of resurrection peace'."

As always, Fr. John gives us much to think about and we admire his commitment to peace and to the reign of God on Earth.

Wednesday, 08 February 2012 00:00

Touching Base with California Chapters

Although we are already 37 days into 2012 and the Year of the Dragon has begun, it is never too late to make plans. I hope you are planning Affiliate chapter meetings for the coming months. Each chapter does it differently. The Greater Los Angeles chapter, for example, sets aside the first Saturday of each month for their meetings. In this way, a consistent schedule is maintained for the year. The Affiliates know the dates of the meetings even though all the details of each meeting may not be fully planned months ahead. Sharing your activities on your chapter webpage or submitting to the Affiliate website gives other Affiliates and chapters ideas for their chapter activities. The Affiliates website gives news about current chapters and also new chapters being formed.