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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 04:41

Growing into Buen Vivir

Connecting with Affiliates is one of the joys of being an editor of the NSFA. An Affiliate called me recently, emphatically saying, “We’ve got to keep that spirit of Buen Vivir in our Affiliate community. How can we do that?” We offer the NSFA as one way for Affiliates to connect and share living in harmony. We hope that articles in this issue will inspire your and your chapter’s growth in harmony. Several boxes in this issue offer specific ideas to nourish Buen Vivir.

We recognize that we are living in changing times. Octavia Butler, an award-winning Black, science-fiction author writes, “All that you touch You Change. All that you touch Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change.”  We need to see and question the change that engulfs us. Bill Murphy (page 5) and the Easy Meeting (pp. 6-7) question, “Where are you going?” May we ask the questions to help guide the change. 

Share your stories of growth and change in the NSFA (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Articles in this issue:

Maryknoll Affiliates in Hawaii - "This Affiliate chapter began more than 10 years ago after Jack Sullivan recognized their Maryknoll connections, and that they were already meeting..." — Roseyn Devlin

Save the Date - "Hope to see you at the Maryknoll Sisters’ campus in April."— Santa Orlando

The Challenge of the Joyful Poor - "We come away feeling evangelized (or “re-evangelized”) through encounter with people whom we are socialized to dismiss or pity."—Kevin Foy

Living Buen Vivir in LA - "Over lunch we had rich conversation with Daniel [Caño], Teresa, and Ana about Mayan spiritual practice."—Hugh Menton

Earth Dayis Sunday, April 22.  

Pope Francis on Climate Change - "Last November Pope Francis pointed out four perverse attitudes to avoid."—Marie Venner

Beyond the Jubilee - "And so it remains to be seen how well the various facets of the Maryknoll Movement will continue to be adaptive and attuned to the spirit."—Bill Murphy

Easy Meeting: The Power of QuestionsThis Easy Meeting will use questions to help your chapter explore and unpack two issues or concepts.

Nurturing Seeds Planted by Maryknoll Sisters“We need to be bringing more young folks into our Maryknoll Affiliate Movement. They are our future.”—Patti Shannon

Who is the Stranger? - 'Whom do we consider and treat as outside our tribe?'—Met Ford 

ICE Harasses a Permanent Resident - "William and his lawyers said the support of 40 letters and over 30 people at the hearing positively influenced the judge..."—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

The Roots of Our Movement - "The general consensus was that this film is a valuable piece of Maryknoll Affiliate history, especially in light of the passing of Fr. Jim in 2014."—Sharon Mitchell

 Learn the latest

News from the Board: Paying it Forward and Board Meeting Agenda

 And don't miss our Features:

Maryknoll Mission Institute 

Looking for a Book Group 


To view this issue in its print form, download the March/April 2018 Not So Far Afield PDF.  

Published in This Issue
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 04:19

Announcements - March/April 2018

Friends Across Borders to Tanzania

Maryknoll Affiliate and Returned Lay Missioner Bertha Haas will lead the FAB trip to Tanzania from August 17-26, 2018!

Application deadline is April 17. For details, see Friends Across Borders.



Catholic Leadership encourages Action on these issues:

  • The US Conference of Catholic Bishops calls on Catholics to take action for Dreamers. See the February 18, 2018, issue of America Magazine.

  • “For many years, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been urging our leaders to explore and adopt reasonable policies to help curb gun violence.”—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida

    See the complete article at USCCB News


Buen Vivir

Revive your spirit of Buen Vivir by getting together:

  • Plan a special chapter gathering.
  • Ask friends to join you in an action.
  • Contact an Affiliate you haven’t seen in a while.
  • Visit another Affiliate Chapter.
  • Host or attend a Regional Affiliate meeting.


Coming Soon!

Refugees and immigrants, racism, ecology, different ways of doing mission, and nonviolence are themes for future issues of NSFA. Please send us your actions or reflections in these areas—or tell us about your passions for Community, Spirituality, Global Vision, and Action.


Published in Features
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 04:06

Maryknoll Affiliates in Hawaii

Roseyn Devlin – Hawaii Chapter
and Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Several Hawaiian Affiliates and their visitors at the December gathering:
back row l to r. Sr. Earnest Chung MM, Ginny Klein, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss and Manny Hotchkiss, visitors from the Portland Affiliate Chapter; 
front row, Sr. Rosalinda Barrozo MM, and Roseyn Devlin.

Six long-time residents of Hawaii with deep Maryknoll connections shared their stories over lunch at the home of Roseyn Devlin in Kailua, Hawaii, on the island of Oahu. This Affiliate chapter began more than 10 years ago after Jack Sullivan recognized their Maryknoll connections, and that they were already meeting, and suggested they form a chapter. Several of the members knew some of the Maryknoll Sisters and the 25-year Affiliates honored at the recent Conference in Guatemala. Roseyn has also attended a couple of Maryknoll Affiliate Conferences in New York and while there visited some Maryknoll Sisters she knew.

The Maryknoll School in Honolulu was a connection for several Affiliates. Roseyn worked 22 years as the librarian, and Patti Shannon also served there. Ginny Klein’s four children attended the coed school.

Published in Articles
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:59

Save the Date

Attention Northeast Region Chapters

You are invited to participate in the NE regional meeting at Maryknoll on April 21st. The theme of the day-long meeting will be: 

Balance: Balance in our own lives and
Balance in our Affiliate Chapters

Join us for an informative and interactive conference with a contemplative eye on the present and a collective eye on the future. As the Affiliate Board and all the entities look ahead, we believe we must also pay attention to the present—what works, what doesn’t, and what ideas can be shared among the NE chapters. 

Chapter contacts in the region will soon be receiving a conference schedule which will include details on how to register. Hope to see you at the Maryknoll Sisters’ campus in April. 

NOTE: Affiliates from other regions are welcome. If interested, please contact Santa Orlando at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Published in Articles
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:51

The Challenge of the Joyful Poor

Kevin Foy – Maryknoll National Director for Teacher and Catechist Outreach*

A big part of my work is helping people process and relate to encounters with social and economic inequality, and to do so with the intentionality necessary to develop nuanced, respectful responses that engender authentic solidarity. This requires my own continued examination of common reactions by privileged people to encounters with people in more marginalized positions, and to develop intentional language to preempt, challenge, and reframe those reactions.

In that vein, I’ve been thinking a lot about the all too common takeaway, “They’re poor, but they’re joyful.” I’m not unique in feeling that this language is problematic (to paraphrase Paul Farmer in regard to impoverished Haitians: they may have nice smiles and good senses of humor, but they still know they’re living in desperate conditions). But I am finding it necessary to more thoughtfully reflect on what accounts for this reaction, what truths are present within it, and, more importantly, why we need to challenge others (and ourselves) to think and speak differently.

Published in Articles
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:38

Living Buen Vivir in LA

Hugh Menton – Greater Los Angeles Chapter 

If you attended MAC 2017 in Guatemala, you will enjoy reading about the Greater Los Angeles Maryknoll Affiliates Chapter’s recent visitors. We learned that Daniel Caño, the Mayan spiritual guide who presented about Mayan spirituality and led a ceremony at the MAC, would be in the Los Angeles area in February, and after much communication, Tim Moffett, Sr. Kathleen Shannon, Kathee Bautista, and I, and a few others, spent an afternoon with Daniel Caño, his wife Teresa, and his sister-in-law Ana. 

Standing: Tim Moffett, Sr. Kathleen Shannon, Bill (with Tim), Daniel Caño, Kimberly Nuvem Bautista;
seated: Teresa Caño and Kathee Bautista at an Olvera Street restaurant.
Published in Articles
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:34

Earth Day


From the Global Catholic Climate Movement

Earth Day is Sunday, April 22. 
We’re raising a united Catholic voice to make the most of this moment. The Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) is creating a complete resource kit for Earth Day to help your community celebrate, advocate, and educate for creation. The kit ncludes:

  • Materials for a Creation mass, including homily helps and youth lesson plans
  • Materials for an after-mass event to learn why clean energy matters
  • Materials to advocate for your parish or diocese to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect vulnerable people from climate change.

Register now ( to receive GCCM Earth Day updates, first-look materials, and more.


Published in Articles
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:31

Pope Francis on Climate Change

Marie Venner – Denver 

Last November Pope Francis pointed out four perverse attitudes to avoid. First denial and indifference, but also resignation—that temptation to decide some of what is needed is impractical or not possible—and trust in inadequate solutions!

Laudato Si 165 says we must shift off of fossil fuels without delay, in our electricity/utilities and transportation. Now it’s time for moral action inspired by Pope Francis, Maryknollers, and the Global Catholic Climate Movement. Come Holy Spirit!


Published in Articles
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 03:17

Beyond the Jubilee

Bill Murphy – Board Member, Boston Chapter

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with
one wild and precious life?” Mary Oliver

My wife, Jane, and I joined 21 Maryknoll jubilarians, who were marking 65th, 60th, 50th, or 40th anniversaries of ordination last June. The two-day celebration involved small gatherings of families and friends, as well as a huge and colorful liturgy in the chapel. Representatives of the four Maryknoll expressions—the Society, Congregation, Lay Missioners, and Affiliates—attended, and the chapel’s walls and windows reverberated with the sounds of brass horns, basses, and drums in full accompaniment. 

After filling up on the spirit in the liturgy, we feasted on that special Maryknoll hospitality, a picnic with no end to the variety and quantity of food. People may not live by bread alone, but food is a good place to start. 

Published in Articles
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:47

Easy Meeting: The Power of Questions

Poster displayed at MAC 2017

Ask and you shall receive.


  1. Read through this whole Easy Meeting. If your chapter is exploring a particular issue or concept, you could substitute your own issue. 
  2. Plan to have a practice run at the beginning of your meeting, asking questions on a general interest concept or issue. 
  3. Decide who will read the prayers and who will lead the discussions. 
  4. Have available some large pieces of paper and markers to record the group’s questions, and paper and pens for individual use.
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