Not So Far Afield is a bimonthly publication of the Maryknoll Affiliates. The name is a play on the title of the original Maryknoll Magazine: The Field Afar.

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Monday, 02 May 2016 18:50

Lynn Houston, the first Affiliate

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Often credited with being the first Maryknoll Affiliate, Lynn Houston passed away on February 18th. We share stories of her Affiliate leadership over 25 years to remind ourselves what one person can do. 

Lynn was a:

  • Youth Chapter leader
  • Affiliate Global Concerns chair
  • Affiliate Board member
  • New Chapter mentor, and
  • Proponent of virtual chapters
Monday, 02 May 2016 18:32

MAC 2017 – ¡Guatemala!

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Calling all Affiliates to

MAC 2017 – ¡Guatemala!

November 9th – 12th, 2017

Buen Vivir —Living in Fullness

The concept of Buen Vivir is rooted in the indigenous cosmologies and traditions of thought of Latin America.

We will be hosted by the Guatemala Chapter at the Verbo Encarnado Retreat House, an hour from Guatemala City. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, the center is operated by the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Verbo Encarnado, out of Houston, Texas. 

In November, at above 6,000 feet, San Lucas, Sacatepéquez, Guatemala, is cool and comfortable.

Simultaneous translation into English will be provided.

The cost of the conference—fees, rooms, and meals—will be similar to previous MACs. Additional tours and visits can be arranged at a reasonable cost.

The Maryknoll Affiliate Board encourages each chapter to send a member and will again offer travel grants to promote broad attendance. 

MAC2017 promotes greater unity and sharing of Maryknoll Spirituality and seeks to be inclusive and to broaden the circle among the Maryknoll entities.

Come help us celebrate the
25th Anniversary of the Maryknoll Affiliates.

Monday, 02 May 2016 17:21

Join the new Affiliate Book Group

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A new book discussion ..group, open to all Maryknollers, is forming. In response to the Affiliate survey and inspired by the new series from Orbis Books, Catholicity in an Evolving Universe 

(http://www.orbisbooks.com/category-234/), several Affiliates suggest discussing Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, by Ilia Delio, OSF (http://www.orbisbooks.com/making-all-things-new.html)

Participation does not require travel because the discussions will be through free conference calls and/or on-line, but email and a telephone are needed. Participants will determine the group’s timeline and format. 

If you’re interested and want to learn more, send your name, email address, and phone number to Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When enough folks have replied, we will send an organizing email with further information and questions.

Monday, 02 May 2016 17:09

State of the Heart, April 2016

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Dave Schaffner – Affiliate Board Chair

 As the Affiliate Board and Regional Coordinators (RCs) met at Maryknoll for their combined Spring meeting, the atmosphere in the meetings matched that outside, with renewal and promise, where the daffodils and tulips were leading the budding of shrubs and trees. Of many decisions taken by the Board/RCs that are promising and exciting, I will highlight two.

Tuesday, 01 March 2016 15:36

Affiliate Seeds

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Maryknoll Affiliates persist in planting seeds knowing that we might not see the harvest. We grieve when we lose someone—but we can rejoice when we find new ways of mission, such as the Coadys endowing a chair to continue their mission work. We admire and want to work with all those who follow their own diverse paths, searching for the transcendent, such as those at the Parliament of World Religions, or those who join other religious orders.

Seeds planted by Affiliates last summer in a survey are now springing forth in plans and action from the Board and Executive Coordinator. At our 25th anniversary, we are in young adulthood, poised for continued evolution and development. Executive Coordinator Bob Short reminds us that, “Only love can transform us.”

We Affiliates persist in planting seeds with love even as the media abounds with shouts of walls, fear, exclusion, and hate, warping the truth and heralding the short-comings of others. Our love will lead to a win/win. Spring is coming!

Be sure to share your seeds of change and growth with your greater Affiliate community at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue:

The Endowed Chair – "It was time for me to get out of the way."—Jim Coady

25 Years and Growing – "The Affiliate model is said to have enough structure to hold it accountable and provide solidity and form but not so much as to make it burdensome."—Bob Short

Parliament of the World's Religions—Awesome – "So much peace and goodwill showed in everyone’s faces, and we shared the same mood of cheerful greeting."—John Martin, MM

Survey Report Posted – "To connect with Affiliates more directly, the survey asked what being an Affiliate means to them, how they relate to other Maryknollers, and their deeper heart wishes, passions, and abiding commitments."—David Schaffner

New England Retreat – "[It] reinforced the need to keep the three A’s of Maryknoll Spirituality front and center in our daily lives."—James Comes

Affiliates Need Your Help – "If you could serve, or know someone who needs a special invitation, please contact Bob Short."

Regional Conference in New Orleans – "Spend a weekend on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain with fellow Affiliates and other Maryknollers."—Matt Rouso

Hello, Affiliates – "Thank you, all who welcomed me so kindly to the Affiliate meetings and who gave me insights into your mission trips overseas."—Paul Wilkins

To read this issue in its print version, you may access and download the pdf at Downloads- Not So Far Afield - 2016 03 04 NSFA. And don't miss the entries in this issue's Features and  The Board and EC Speak!

 

Monday, 29 February 2016 00:03

Planting Seeds of Wisdom

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Phil and Kathy Dahl-Bredine recently presented their new book, Milpa! From Seed to Salsa, to enthusiastic audiences on the East and West coasts of the US. Milpa is a four-year work of love, done with the indigenous people of Oaxaca, Mexico, where they have lived and worked for 15 years, first as Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and since 2010 with Instituto Paz. The book, written with campesino leader Jesus Leon Santos, with photos by Judith Haden and recipes arranged by Susana Trilling, heralds the values of the indigenous communities: respect for all beings—including Mother Earth, mutual aid, community service, complementarity, and buen vivir—alternatives to development focused on living well in a broad sense. The Dahl-Bredines say these indigenous values could be a way to save all of humanity from the over-consumptive, exploitive, and violent Western culture that is drowning us. Pope Francis echos this idea in Laudato Si, citing the important values of the indigenous peoples of the planet. 

The bilingual book has striking photos on almost every page and enticing, traditional recipes for holidays and specialties of the villages. The book is available through their nonprofit, Instituto Paz en Las Americas, 2645 Mountain View Rd. Silver City, NM 88061;
$40 covers purchase, shipping, and handling. 

Sunday, 28 February 2016 23:57

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2016

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The Mission Institute offers six-day programs (Sunday-Friday) May-October, 2016. The June programs are:

June 5-10 Robert J. Wicks, PsyD
Strengthening Your Inner Life in
Challenging Times  (3-day retreat and
3-day Reflection w/Resource Persons

June 12-17 Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD
Fire and Radiance of Teilhard      

June 19-24 Larry Lewis, MM. PhD
Mercy, Within Mercy, Within Mercy:
God’s Love Awaits our Response  

Jun 26-Jul 1 Christine M. Bochen, PhD
Spirituality of Thomas Merton

For the complete 2016 schedule, go to:  https://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute-2/

A tuition scholarship is available for any Affiliate who would like to attend but needs assistance. To inquire, use the Mission Institute email address below.

Even if you cannot attend a session, you may still enjoy Sr. Nonie Gutzler’s recent presentation. A six-CD  set of her talks is available for a donation of $20 to cover the cost of making/mailing them. To order, please contact Beth Begley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Online registration is available, or write for forms:
     Maryknoll Mission Institute, Maryknoll Sisters
     P.O Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311
     Tel: 914-941-7575 @ 5671  
     E-mail:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday, 28 February 2016 23:40

Hello, Affiliates!

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Paul Wilkin – Salvatorian Novice
Former Seattle Chapter Affiliate

Paul obliged boys he met in Philippine slums with a photo.

You may remember that I attended Seattle Affiliate meetings in 2010 and 2011. I lived on Vashon Island, ran my design company from home, and was discerning religious life as a priest or brother. That discernment process brought me back to my hometown of Cincinnati, OH, to find out how close I needed to be to my family. Through my experiences in 2012, I came to realize that I could live in any county, state, or country and still receive great family support. With that settled, I continued to look into approximately 25 religious orders. 

In 2011, the Markyknolls were one of my first orders to contact; however, I am a late vocation,so my age kept me out. That same year, I found the Society of the Divine Savior (SDS)—Salvatorians, at vocationnetwork.org. When I saw their mission statement: the SDS “proclaims and teaches by all ways and means the goodness and kindness of Jesus the Savior,” it hit home since I am a jack-of-all-trades. A second draw to the Salvatorians was that they are international and part of what they do is missionary service. This missionary spirit is what is calling me. 

Sunday, 28 February 2016 23:33

Regional Conference in New Orleans

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The New Orleans Chapter of Maryknoll Affiliates invites all Affiliates to their Regional Conference! Spend a weekend on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain with fellow Affiliates and other Maryknollers. Hear and discuss the messages of the keynote speakers:

  • Matt Rousso will talk about “Mission as Accompaniment” and the role of dialogue in mission.
  • Felicia and Jason Gehrig, returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners living in Ft. Worth, TX, will be “Telling Our Mission Stories.” 

The schedule includes time for prayer and reflection, as well as many opportunities to connect with others during community-building activities, over meals, and at a Cajun fais do do and talent show. You will also gain access to Fr. Gerry Kelly, MM’s Third Wave resources for mission education.

  • When: Friday evening – Sunday morning, September 30 – October 2, 2016
  • Where: Archdiocesan Retreat Center, 5500 St. Mary St., Metairie, LA 70006
  • Cost: Registration – $10; Room/Meals for two nights – $150 

(Arrangements may be made to extend your stay before or after the conference.)

  • Contact for more information: 

               Matt Rousso – 504-866-8516 or 504-376-4142

               Registration:  Jim Huck –  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Janet Rousso – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Take advantage of this opportunity to see a different side of vibrant  and historic New Orleans. 

Sunday, 28 February 2016 06:33

New England Retreat

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James Comes – New England Chapter

Among retreat attendees were (l to r) James Comes, Tom Kelly, Monique Cerundolo, Mark Huntington, and Myra Plant.

The Maryknoll Affiliates New England Chapter met for our annual retreat at Watch Hill, RI, Nov. 13-15. Rather than follow a formal framework, attendees shared life events and spiritual insights related to the theme of the three A’s of Maryknoll Spirituality.

“Retreat master” Myra Plant instructed us to define the relevance of the three A’s which characterize Maryknoll Spirituality:  affability, availability, and adaptability. Three groups took an hour to define these terms and compare the definitions with our daily lives and sense of mission. These are some of the thoughts and phrases that emerged:

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