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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 21:25

What Catholics can learn from Silicon Valley

This is a very different kind of posting for the Affiliate Website.  However, all of us in Maryknoll (the Church in general) are hoping to find ways to engage and attract new missioners, especially young ones.  The flood gates have not yet opened up. 

While not a specific response to the above, the link below will direct you to an article in the December 2017 issue of America (the Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture) that speaks to some interesting and provocative reasons why the Church has fallen back in several areas.  Additionally, it is a challenge to regain its status for innovation.   [You’ll have to endure some attached advertisements]

Wednesday, 10 January 2018 16:18

While MAC 2017 in Guatemala brought Affiliates and other Maryknollers together from many parts of the world, the geographic distances keep us from hearing much from the international chapters. There is an Affiliate chapter in Mwanza, Tanzania, in Seoul, Korea, two in Philippines, 6 in Peru, 3 in Bolivia and one each in El Salvador, Mexico and Guatemala. For each of these chapters and each member therein there is an accompanying human story of mission.

               Luchie Salcedo

A few weeks ago, Fred Goddard relayed this remembrance of Luchie Salcedo from  one of the Philippine chapters:

Luchie has been in and out of the hospital for some time now with varying illnesses, and at times we thought she would not make it. At one point she needed something like five bags of blood for a blood transfusion. Yet, somehow, she always seemed to pull through. She did not make it this time.

 Luchie lived in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Davao City, and she was always fighting with the people for their rights and their dignity. She was very active in her parish, but lived the liberating message of the Gospel. Above all else, though, Luchie fought for the rights or women alongside other women in Davao and in the Philippines, including Jet’s* sister, Mary Lou (Belo). She will be dearly missed by us, by her community and by the women’s movement.

A difficult way to start the New Year, but her spirit will be with us as we continue her struggles.

* As many of you know, Jet is Fred’s wife

Wednesday, 03 January 2018 18:40

The Maryknoll Affiliate Board gratefully and enthusiastically announces that Rosa Beatriz Castañeda Ramirez of the Guatemala Chapter will be joining the Board as of January, 2018.  All who participated at MAC 2017 know Rosa Beatriz well as the person who, along with her team, provided an amazingly positive (for many transformative) experience there last November at Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado in Sacatepéquez, about ½ hour outside Guatemala City. Rosa Beatriz has many administrative, organizational and personal gifts that are only surpassed by her commitment to mission and to Maryknoll spirituality.  Felicitaciones y bienvenido Rosa Beatriz!! 

We would also like to acknowledge and greatly thank !! outgoing Board members John Meyer (Phoenix Chapter) and Patty Barneond de Garcia Tres (Guatemala Chapter).  Both were with us for six years and both contributed with insight, imagination and personal investment in too many ways to count.  They will be greatly missed. Patty also served as Liaison to Latin America – a role that Rosa Beatriz will assume.  Thank you, Patty & John.



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:

        Email – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

        Phone –  425-821-1737 

Register online now at 2015 Registration Form 
Print the
Registration Form and mail it with your check to:

        Al Drinkwine
        14004 119th Ave NE
        Kirkland, WA 98034

Monday, 15 February 2016 18:25

Dear Friends,

It is always heartening to attend a conference, such as the American Academy of Religion which convened in Boston before Thanksgiving, and receive such affirmation from visitors to our booth. A typical comment: “I just love Orbis Books!” Part of the reason, no doubt, is that our program has such a clear and identifiable mission. In this era that mission is defined on the one hand by Pope Francis—with his call for mercy, care for the earth, and the defense of the poor—and on the other hand by President Trump, with his contempt for those on the margins, his disdain for the earth, and his glorification of wealth and power.
In the first case, we have published such books as Pope Francis’s The Works of Mercy, Cardinal Chito Tagle’s memoir, I Have Learned from the Least, and Martin McGee’s Dialogue of the Heart: Christian-Muslim Stories of Encounter. On the other hand, there are titles like The Problem of Wealth: A Christian Response to a Culture of Affluence by Elizabeth Hinson-Hasty, The Sin of White Supremacy by Jeannine Hill-Fletcher, and of course Faith and Resistance in the Age of Trump—all of them bestsellers in Boston, with the last the subject of two sessions at the AAR.

Yet the Orbis program is not primarily defined by what we oppose! In every copy of every Orbis book you’ll find our mission statement: to publish books that “enlighten the mind, nourish the spirit, and challenge the conscience.” In that light, leading titles this year have included anthologies of bestselling spiritual writers James Martin and Joyce Rupp, and Peter Phan’s celebration of The Joy of Religious Pluralism, as well as Heidi Russell’s engaging reflections on the Trinity, The Source of All Love, and the latest volume of Pope Francis’s Morning Homilies.

But perhaps you are seeking more specific advice for your Christmas shopping? Here are some suggestions: In the end, the spirit of this season is not determined by the gifts we exchange or whether we say “Merry Christmas.” In this season we remember the Prince of Peace, born with the smell of the sheep, who came to bring good news to the poor and to scatter the proud in the conceit of their hearts.


Robert Ellsberg
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Wednesday, 29 May 2013 01:10

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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!"