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Saturday, 31 October 2015 18:51

The World Needs Maryknoll Affiliates

Written by

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Adapted from Bob Short’s presentations at the 2015 Western and Midwest Regional Affiliate Conferences.

A phone conversation with Celine Woznica, the Chicago Central Chapter contact person, inspired this title. She and her husband Don are my friends from our days as Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Latin America. When asked if the Affiliate movement was beginning to wind down, she immediately replied, “No! It can’t wind down; so much in the world needs people with our vision and commitment.” 

Join me in examining the impact of the Affiliate Movement from three perspectives: (1) the outer reality, (2) the inner reality, and (3) the Affiliate Pillars.

David Stocker – NSFA Editorial Board

The free flow of global capital and the restriction of migrants desperate to escape violence is a paradox for today. It is impossible to understand the tragedy of poverty, corruption, and violence in Latin America without placing in context the systems of economic extraction and oppression that have gripped the region for five centuries. Knowing our own part in the history of empire, we can begin to discern critical connections, for example, between wildly gyrating global financial markets and millions of refugees in Europe; between the US War on Drugs and the disappearance of 43 students in Ayotzinapa-Mexico; between US rapprochement with Cuba and the immense US military build up in Colombia. 

Saturday, 31 October 2015 18:15

An Appreciation of Ann Carr

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Ossining, New York – October 24, 2015

The October 2015 Board meeting completed Ann Carr’s final year as chair of the Maryknoll Affiliate Board. At a reception that weekend, Board members and many other Maryknoll missioners expressed gratitude for her dedicated service. 

Below are statements drawn from a collection of tributes to Ann that were presented to her that evening. If you would like to add your remembrances of Ann not only during her tenure as Board president, but from any time in her life as a missioner, please feel free to post them on our Maryknoll Affiliates Facebook page.

Ann’s dedication to the Affiliates has kept us going, on track, and growing. I can only imagine the amount of time she has spent in thorough, thoughtful and respectful emails, phone calls, and meetings, late into the night.—Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss

Saturday, 31 October 2015 18:07

When New Orleans Affiliates Meet...

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A Chapter Profile

Affiliates of the New Orleans/Gulf South Chapter eagerly shared what being an Affiliate means to them and how they maintain an active chapter.

New Orleans Affiliates say: 

  • There’s a spiritual energy in this group.
  • For me the Affiliates can be summed up by Peace through Christ. We’re all in this together. We need to be active pursuing that peace.
  • Maryknoll for me is a faith community that crosses borders, locally and globally.
  • Maryknoll nurtures my faith; I learn about and work for social justice in other parts of the world.
  • I like to hear about the missions, what’s happening, how we can help.
  • We are all on a faith journey.
  • I may not be able to go on the immersions but hearing about the missions of others helps me be in solidarity, to have the Maryknoll Affiliate global vision.
  • Affiliates are a family. We need to be a family to everyone.
Saturday, 31 October 2015 18:03

Hunthausen’s Struggles

Written by

Al Drinkwine – Seattle Chapter

A review of:  A Still and Quiet Conscience,  by John A. McCoy, Orbis Books

If you seek factual insight into how papal policy, teamed with political power, can instill fear as it controls the populace, then John A. McCoy’s book, A Still and Quiet Conscience—The Archbishop Who Challenged a Pope, a President, and a Church, should be at the top of your Must Read list.

Saturday, 31 October 2015 18:01

New Northwestern Regional Coordinators

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We are pleased to introduce our new Northwestern Region Co-Coordinators, both from the Seattle Chapter. They may be new to you, not having attended many conferences, but their resumes are impressive, filled with the quiet work of dedicated Affiliates.

Ralph Maughan – As an active Maryknoll Affiliate since 1996, Ralph Maughan has volunteered locally and globally. Br. Tim Raible learned that Ralph could be relied on to “table” for Maryknoll at various conferences and gatherings and called on him repeatedly. The Food Bank and the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center also appreciate his ongoing volunteer work.

Saturday, 31 October 2015 17:58

Pope Francis Prays

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Pope Francis, asking us to pray with him, has suggested these special intentions:

November: That we may be open to personal encounter and dialogue with all, even those whose convictions differ from our own.


December: That all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.

Saturday, 31 October 2015 03:38

Survey–A Rich Harvest

Written by

Rich Lessard – Affiliate Board Member, Albany Chapter

With 81 respondents, the Maryknoll Affiliate Board survey completed in August reaped 65 pages of rich data. A short summary will be on the website and in the NSFA in the coming months. Responses to the survey will guide the Board’s future actions in many areas, from development of a new brochure to expanding opportunities for mission experiences. From just one question—visioning, the Board has listed  concerns/ideas and created committees to take action in the areas of communication, collaboration, and growth.



Saturday, 31 October 2015 03:26

Whose Prophet Am I? 

Written by

John Moritz – Southeast Regional Coordinator, Northeast Florida Chapter

In this series of articles on Formation, we are intentionally not looking at the five themes in the order listed in the website: Affiliate Identity, Mission, Spirituality of Mission, Community, and Prophetic Witness. These themes are not linear or sequential; they are all relational with the other themes and build on each other. In upcoming articles, we will look at how the themes of Community and Mission contribute to our identity as Maryknoll Affiliates. Today, we look at the Formation theme of Prophetic Witness

We are all prophets, every day. By where we live, what kind of car we drive, everything we do, we proclaim what we hold dear to us. As with all five Formation themes, Prophetic Witness is not so much about knowing things but is a process of discernment.We all make choices about how we live, and that speaks volumes about who we are. Both individually and communally, what we announce and denounce in word and action is what identifies us to the world around us.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

The Spirit is Moving [Us]

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Wherever two or three are gathered...but especially when Affiliates have a conference...the Spirit is moving. This issue gives just an inkling of the Spirit of this summer’s conferences. If you weren’t able to make it to one of the two Conferences featured in this issue—The Midwest Regional Retreat Conference or the Western Regional Affiliate Conference—see the advance notice on this page from the New Orleans/Gulf South Chapter. As with any regional conference, all are welcome.

You may have received the NSFA attached to a new email. Our updated database means more people than ever are receiving the NSFA. If you haven’t already, please send your updated chapter contact list to the NSFA and to our Executive Coordinator, Bob Short  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), so that everyone in your chapter will receive the NSFA and other important Affiliate communications.

The NSFA still hasn’t received an Affiliate reflection on the Pope’s environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, but we have heard that one chapter is supporting a Campaign Nonviolence action themed, “Caring for our Common Home.” They stand in solidarity with Pope Francis as he addresses the US Congress on September  24th. 

Write us with your reflections and news at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Articles in this issue:

Renewing the Joy of Mission—Shifting into the Future – "Our approach to developing the schedule may be a key to why the weekend was so satisfying."—Kathleen Gribble


Western Regional Affiliate Conference – "The Seattle Affiliates worked as a team, making the weekend flow smoothly for all of us. They looked like they enjoyed being together, and they worked as a single unit, like honeybees."—Kitty Schiltz  


Missing Affiliate Marie Parmly – "Although 85 years old when our Chapter first formed, Marie came to our meetings faithfully and often got others to come with her."—Mary Moritz

Friends Across Borders in Brazil – "I set out imagining a country with some native Indian tribes, having been colonized by the Portuguese. I ended up visiting a multi-ethnic, diverse country with a large Japanese population (invited to come as farmers), Italians, Germans, Syrians, people from different countries in Africa, and an indigenous Indian tribe (the Guarani Mbya)."—Mary Morris Williams

Planting Seeds of Nonviolence – "Mary [Hanson] cautioned us to not cross the blue line on the pavement marking the edge of federal property. Crossing would be considered criminal trespass."—Manny Hotchkiss

My Visit to the Casa Materna in Matagalpa – "I thought it would be wonderful to actually see for myself the operation of this wonderful Maternity Home."—Gabriela Maertens

A Day in a Lay Missioner’s Life – "My job title [Communications Coordinator] is hilarious to me, as I feel that at any given moment I am lucky if 80 percent of the conversation is understood by both parties."—Karen Bortvedt

And don't miss the entries in this issue's Features, Events, and The Board and EC Speak!


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