Maryknoll Affiliate News

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Monday, 13 November 2017 04:52


MAC 2017, held at Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado in Guatemala was completed today, Sunday 11/12 with the recognition that this could well have been the most successful and important Conference in our 25+ year history.  It is difficult to find the right words to characterize the - organizational skills, creative initiatives, dedication and spiritual insight that the Guatemala Planning Team utilized to put this together.  All of us there (120 participants from 9 countries) are profoundly gratefully for the inspiration, challenge, sense of the Maryknoll family as one that we experienced. More will follow in the weeks ahead.


Saturday, 04 November 2017 19:43

MAC 2017 starts this coming Thursday, November 9th.  Counting commuters, 120 have registered for the Conference.  About half of those have also signed up for one of the four Mission Trips.

The theme chosen by the Guatemalan Conference Committee (GCC) – Buen Vivir (Living in Harmony with All) - in itself brings hope and expectation for all of us.  In every area - dedication to mission, level of creativity, spiritual insight and organizational acuity - the GCC has been exceptional. 

This could very well be a pivotal moment for the Maryknoll Affiliates, for mission.  If you will not be able to be with us, please prayer in solidarity for this special moment in our history.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017 19:16


Maryknoll Mission Immersion

Texas Rio Grande Valley – April 16- April 22, 2018

Are you trying to better understand the realities facing today's immigrants and refugees? If so, Maryknoll's Spring Immersion trip to the Rio Grande Valley may be the answer. This week long immersion experience led by Matt Rousso and Fr. Gerry Kelly, M.M. will put you in touch with the human faces behind the immigration debate and provide you with opportunities to appreciate their struggles, listen to their voices, and understand their daily realities. 

Immersion Trip includes

A home base on the grounds of the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle, San Juan , TX

  • Pre-trip orientation at the Museum of South Texas History, Edinburg
  • Interactions with arriving immigrants at the RESPITE Center, McAllen and participants at the ARISE Center, Alamo
  • Volunteer work at La Posada Providencia in San Benito, a shelter for refugees from countries such as Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Cuba and Honduras
  • Time for personal prayer, daily communal morning prayer, evening theological reflections and the opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist together
  • A look at the ministries of St. Teresa Church in San Benito and St. Anne Church in Penitas - and other programs with recent immigrants.
  • Getting to know the Maryknoll Sisters and the parishioners of St. Anne Parish, Penitas with whom they work
  • Post-trip debriefing and reflection, including how to incorporate the experience into your ministry 

Estimated costs and travel particulars

  • Participants manage their own travel arrangements (air, car etc.) to arrive at the Basilica Hotel, 400 N Virgen de San Juan Blvd, San Juan, TX 78589 by 3 p.m. on April 16th, 2018.
  • Program cost is $500 which includes accommodations at the Basilica Hotel, meals, and local transportation. N.B. Program costs do not include personal travel fees
  • Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements - air travel to and from McAllen airport and car travel to and from San Juan.
  • Registration: Complete the form below. A $250 non-refundable deposit is required to hold the reservation and is payable with your completed registration form. The balance of $250 is due by March 5, 2018.

Note: We can only accommodate 10 participants 

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In this section you will find information related to past and upcoming Conferences. These are primarily conferences of the Maryknoll Affiliates, past and upcoming. You may also find information on some other conferences relevant to the Maryknoll Affiliates.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00


Is your chapter participating in the 2017 Campaign Nonviolence? September 16 - 24, hundreds of groups across the country will be taking action to end war, poverty, and climate change. Some groups are connecting the environmental message of Pope Francis in Laudato Si with their Campaign Nonviolence event. See for a listing of events in your area. Affiliates, please report your actions to the NSFA - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

Save this date: September 30 – October 2, 2016

Hosts: New Orleans/Gulf South Affiliate Chapter 

Conference theme: Walking Each Other Home—Mission as Accompaniment 

Location: Archdiocesan Retreat Center

Contact: Matt Rousso This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for more information in 2016



Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Love in Action – Mission on the Margins

The Seattle Chapter was formed about 20 years ago. Within the past two years, some Affiliate members of the Seattle Chapter have done short-term overseas experiences in Mexico, Thailand, Tanzania, and El Salvador. Because Affiliates are becoming such active and vital links in the Maryknoll movement, the Seattle Affiliate Chapter is sponsoring a Western Regional Conference to discuss the importance of Mission and the role of lay people in Mission. 

General session speakers: 

  • Bob Short, Executive Coordinator of Maryknoll Affiliates
  • Gloria Burton, CCS Director of Farmworker Initiative for Catholic Housing Services
  • Renate Schneider, Executive Director of Haitian Connection.

Breakout sessions: 

  • Fair Trade Coffee – Barb Luxenberg 
  • Skagit Valley Migrant Workers – José Ortiz
  • Micro Financing – Tom Mailhot
  • El Salvador – Joe Hastings
  • Earth Ministry – Jessie Dye
  • Human Trafficking – Anna Clarke 

Conference dates: August 7-9, 2015

Conference location: Seattle University’s LeRoux Conference Center. Housing in Bellarmine Hall. 

Conference fees—3 days, including meals & lodging:


    by June 30

    June 30

    Double – per person $220.00 $250.00
    Single $250.00 $280.00
    Commuter (no lodging) $150.00 $180.00  

Questions? Please contact Al Drinkwine:

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Register online now at 2015 Registration Form 
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Monday, 15 February 2016 18:25
Robert Ellsberg, Editor

Robert Ellsberg In declaring this year a Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis calls on us to open our hearts to God’s merciful love, while at the same time opening our hearts to a wounded world and the needs of our neighbors. To begin, we may look with fresh eyes and hearts to the examples of Mary and to Jesus through one of the most compelling parables in Scripture.

Mother of God, Similar to Fire features the striking modern icons of William Hart McNichols along with hauntingly beautiful prayer-reflections by author and retreat leader Mirabai Starr. Together, they depict the many facets of the Blessed Mother, herself an icon of divine compassion. Now in paperback, this book is a companion for prayer and reflection throughout the year.

In Jesus and the Prodigal Son: The God of Radical Mercy Dominican Brian J. Pierce offers a startlingly fresh perspective on the most beloved parable. While most interpretations focus on the father’s forgiveness as an image of divine mercy, Pierce looks instead at the Prodigal Son as a symbolic figure for Jesus—the emissary of God’s love, who entered into the sin and suffering of the world to redeem it from within.

In the coming months Orbis will be publishing an important new book on the theme of Mercy, as well as more of Pope Francis’s words. In the meantime, you can explore the many ways of mercy through some of our previous titles:

· One of the last books by the late Father Joe Girzone, best-known for the Joshua series, The Wisdom of His Compassion shows how we might model our own discipleship on Christ’s way of love and mercy.

· In Radical Forgiveness, Antoinette Bosco, whose son and daughter-in-law were murdered, reflects on the lessons from her personal story to show how forgiveness is the freeing essence of the Gospel.

· Women of Mercy by Kathy Coffey with art by Mickey McGrath focuses on 16 faith-filled women whose lives are models of mercy, including Therese of Lisieux, Elizabeth Ann Seton, Thea Bowman, Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa.

· From El Salvador, Jesuit Jon Sobrino offers profound reflections in The Principle of Mercy: Taking the Crucified People from the Cross. “The Crucified People” refers to the innocent victims of oppression and violence who do not simply inspire our contemplation of the mystery of suffering; mercy also implies effective solidarity with those who suffer on the margins.

· Fritz Eichenberg: Works of Mercy features the artwork of the famous Catholic Worker artist accompanied by reflections from Dorothy Day and others on the theme of compassion, mercy and service.

May the spirit of Mercy guide us this Lenten season and throughout the Jubilee year.


Robert Ellsberg

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012 05:34

Jean and I spent ten weeks in Asia earlier this year. Initially we were in Japan for a week and then went on to Bangkok, Thailand for six weeks where we taught English to Buddhist monks in a program sponsored by Maryknoll. During our last three weeks we toured China. It was a wonderful opportunity to experience worlds very different from our own in the US. Below is a slide show we hope you enjoy

Thursday, 15 November 2012 12:15

The Western Regional Conference was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, over Labor Day Weekend. Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss wrote:

Affiliates from 13 chapters gathered in arid Las Vegas, Nevada, for the Western Region Maryknoll Affiliate Conference to contemplate Water as Sanctifier and Quencher. Inside a sumptuous casino/resort we drank from metal water bottles bearing the Affiliate logo, while outdoor temperatures over the Labor Day Weekend soared to nearly 100 degrees. Indoors we heard the biblical treatment of water and of current water issues around the world. Sr. Rose Marie Cecchini M.M. told of the poisoning of aquifers by uranium mining on the Native People's lands near Gallup NM where she now works. A video,”Water For All” and our prayer and discussions motivated us to be better informed and to affirm the resolution that “Every Friday Maryknoll Affiliates will make special efforts to be aware of and to conserve water to be in solidarity with those suffering a lack of water.”

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Sisters Centennial Reflections Archive

Beginning January 6, 2010, the Feast of the Maryknoll Sister's 99th Anniversary of Foundation, the Maryknoll Sisters will share twenty-four reflections. These reflections will come out in the early days of each month of 2011 and 2012, as they look forward to, and then realize the various celebrations of the Maryknoll Sisters Centennial!

These writings can be used individually or in a group, on reflection days or at any other time. The Sisters write, "May they serve to bring all of us to a greater depth of understanding and love of the wonderful legacy that is ours!"