Joe Santos

Joe Santos

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Saying Goodbye to Bob Metzger

 Joe Santos – San Diego Chapter

In early March, the San Diego Chapter of Maryknoll Affiliates met in the home of Erin and Spencer Rickwa to remember Bob Metzger with stories, songs, and prayer. Bob, who had been attending our Affiliate meetings for a number of years, was found dead in his apartment this past December 31st.

Bob, a retired teacher, lived alone and loved to travel. He had been a Maryknoll Seminarian years ago and maintained contact with some of his former classmates. He especially loved to talk about his visits to Maryknoll and with Maryknollers.


 Our gathering began with the prayer, “Teach me Lord,” by Fr. Joseph Veneroso, MM. Erin recalled Bob’s visit to Cochabamba and his difficulty in finding the Maryknoll Language School. Then Michele shared her collage of photos and words that reminded us of Bob, such as: 

Listening to “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” we noted that he had been a calm and peaceful man, even to the end! Pat, Spencer, Jim, and Peggy talked of Bob as being in the next door room, or, better still, in our midst, as we heard the song: “I will not leave you comfortless, I will not leave you alone. I will come to you in the silence; Do not be afraid, I am with you.”

Margie read John O’Donohue’s poem, “For Death,” as well as various quotes on death, including the Irish Proverb, “May you get to heaven a half hour before the Devil knows you are dead.” Joe’s aunt had written a prayer on the occasion of his brother’s death. It ended with, “Oh sweet Jesus... that we be reunited together with you in heaven to live eternally united in your heart.”

Wake attendees, l. to r.: Erin Rickwa, Margie Carroll, Peggy Santos, Michele Dunne, Pat Reilly, Fr. Bill Headly, Spencer Rickwa, Jim DeHarpporte. Inset: Joe Santos, photographer.

We finished our meeting with the song: “I am the Bread of Life... And I will raise you up, and I will raise you up…” But the wake was not over until we toasted Bob with some brew before sharing a meal. May he rest in Peace in the arms of our Mother Mary! 

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.

WhereMother Louis Room of the St. Joseph Center
480 S. Batavia, Orange, CA 92868

Date: February 24, 2012

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Admission is Free

Lazarus, Come Forth book coverLong time peace activist, Father John Dear offers a compelling new reading of the story of Lazarus, which calls us all to pursue a life of peace. 

Fr. John will lead a two hour book study of John 11, the story of the raising of Lazarus from the dead, suggesting that Lazarus represents "humanity" stuck in the culture of death and Jesus represents "the God of Life".

If Lazarus represents humanity, the story of his raising 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."

John Dear S.J.

John Dear, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and peace activist whose many books include Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action (Image, 2004) and The Questions of Jesus (Image 2004). His Orbis titles include You Will Be My Witnesses (2006), and, as editor, Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings (2002) and Daniel Berrigan: Essential Writings (2010). Dear writes a weekly online column for The National Catholic Reporter.

Co-sponsored by Center for Spiritual Development, Orange County Pax Christi and Justice Office of Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange+.

For Registration please Gerri Scharff, CSD Registrar: 714-744-3175 ext. 4409 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Where: Dominican Sisters Gathering Place
Dominican University 1520 Grand Ave. San Rafael

Date: February 16th, 2012

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Admission is Free

Lazarus, Come Forth book coverLong time peace activist, Father John Dear offers a compelling new reading of the story of Lazarus, which calls us all to pursue a life of peace.

If Lazarus represents humanity, the story of his raising 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."

John Dear S.J.

John Dear, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and peace activist whose many books include Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action (Image, 2004) and The Questions of Jesus (Image 2004). His Orbis titles include You Will Be My Witnesses (2006), and, as editor, Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings (2002) and Daniel Berrigan: Essential Writings (2010). Dear writes a weekly online column for The National Catholic Reporter.

Co-Sponsored by Pax Christi of Marin and the North Bay Maryknoll Affiliates. For more information contact: Nancy McFarland at (707) 773 – 0904

Wednesday, 07 December 2011 17:09

LA Chapter helps with food packages

The Los Angeles Chapter volunteered at the Los Angeles Holy Name Cathedral to prepare food packages and do gift wrapping for distribution to families during the Season.

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Centennial Celebration - The Gift of Mission 1911 - 2011

NEW: See more pictures from the event here.

As part of a series of Centennial Celebrations on the West Coast, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers invited Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Affiliates, benefactors and friends to a wonderful afternoon of hospitality and friendship. The celebration was held at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Maryknoll Japanese Catholic Community in Little Tokyo - Los Angeles, California on Sunday, September 18, 2011.

Monday, 16 May 2011 16:11

A California Adventure Of 1,122 Miles

CaliforniaFollowing the example of our first California Regional Coordinators, Marta and Charlie Reilly of San Diego, we decided that it was important that we visit all the Affiliate Chapters in California as the new Regional Coordinators. We worked out a plan to visit the Northern and Central California Chapters during the week of May 9 -13, 2011.

Saturday, 19 March 2011 05:00

Religious Education Congress

About 11 of us from the Greater LA Chapter attended a reception held by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers last night at the LA Religious Education Congress in Anaheim. The Hospitality Suite was full of Affiliates and friends from the Northwest, California and other parts of the world celebrating the 100 years of Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

SAN DIEGO CHAPTER MEETING             Great Wall of China

The San Diego Chapter had their first meeting of 2011 on Saturday, the 29th of January in the home of the Inland Reillys (Karen and Pat).  The opening reflection was a shared reading of the aspirations of the Maryknoll Affiliates movement.

Of special note was the first time attendance of Sister Paula Smith, Medical Missionaries of Mary.  Sr. Paula spent time in Africa and the past few years has lived in Tijuana, Mexico and now is just across the border in San Isidro. She shared with us the challenges she and all sisters are facing in getting Mission Church dates.


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