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Wednesday, 23 December 2015 23:58

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2016

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

May 8-13        Ann Braudis, MM, PhD
Evolutionary Spirituality
(Sacred Journey of the Earth)   

May 15-20      Judith Mayotte, PhD
Stewards of Our Earth in a
Changing Climate  

May 22-27       Peter C. Phan, PhD
Living Into Death - Dying into Life       

For the complete 2016 schedule, go to:

A tuition scholarship is available for any Affiliate who would like to attend but needs assistance. To inquire, contact the Maryknoll Mission Institute.

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.



Wednesday, 23 December 2015 23:54

40 Years of MKLM

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Lucy Leety-Wheeler – MKLM Public Relations

Ossining NY: At their August, 2015, 40th Anniversary celebration, the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) highlighted mission outreach in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, emphasizing that all are united in God’s mission. Approximately 150 guests, including other Maryknollers and friends and supporters of MKLM, heard Dr. Susan Nagele’s views on Leading by Example: Shaping the Future of Mission.*

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 23:22

An Act of Mercy 

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Matt Rousso – New Orleans Chapter

Tuesday of Thanksgiving week, my wife Janet, along with a friend and co-volunteer from the St. Vincent de Paul Learning Center, took over our kitchen and began a feverish cooking spree. Several hours later, they filled the trunk of their car with huge pans of bread stuffing, bowls of salad, cranberry relish, etc., and headed for a center in one of the impoverished neighborhoods of New Orleans. There they met up with five other Maryknoll Affiliates and five volunteers from the Catholic Worker House. Along with Janet and Francis’s pans of food, more pans of mashed potatoes, baked turkeys, bread, and desserts were brought in and set up for serving.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 23:16

Martyrs Remembered in the US

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Ellie Hays – Reno Chapter

Photo courtesy of Rev. J. Flynn

In commemoration of the 35th Anniversary of the death of the Martyrs in El Salvador, Ita, Maura, Dorothy and Jean, who died on Dec 2, 1980, I will be taking my 28th annual Vow of Nonviolence at the Carmelite Sisters in Reno.

Jessie Poynton, MM, reminded many of us, “My friend Maura Clark entered Maryknoll the same year I did, in 1950, and was a close friend. And Ita Ford who worked in one of the most difficult missions in Chile for some seven years. Another dear friend. I also knew the other Sister and the lay-person, Jean, because I went to El Salvador when Carla Piette died there about six months earlier, in a flash flood. So I met all those great women. They are people of peace and reconciliation.”

We remember and honor them and hold them close.




Wednesday, 23 December 2015 23:04

Martyrs Live On As Inspiration

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Joe Hastings – Maryknoll Lay Missioner, El Salvador

On December 2, all the branches of the Maryknoll family in El Salvador gathered in the rural town of Santiago Nonualco to commemorate the lives of four churchwomen—Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, and Jean Donovan, a lay missioner for the Diocese of Cleveland—on the 35th anniversary of their martyrdom. All Maryknollers and the people of El Salvador, and many beyond share the inspiration these women offer.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 22:43

Reverse Mission*

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Jesus, perhaps disappointingly, gives no abstract theory of social justice. Instead, Jesus makes his life a concrete parable about how to live in this world. He demands of his first followers that they be living witnesses to a simple life on the edge of the dominant consciousness.

Jesus did not call us to the poor and to the pain only to be helpful; he called us to be in solidarity with the real, for our own transformation. It is often only after the fact we realize that they helped us in ways we never knew we needed. This is sometimes called “reverse mission.” The ones we think we are “saving” end up saving us, and in the process, redefine the very meaning of salvation!

Only near the poor, close to “the tears of things” as the Roman poet Virgil puts it, in solidarity with suffering, can we understand ourselves, love one another well, imitate Jesus, and live his full Gospel. The view from the top of anything is distorted by misperception, illusions, fear of falling, and a radical disconnection from the heart. You cannot risk staying there long.

As Thomas Merton said, “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.”

*Used with permission. Italics added.  Excerpted from the August 26, 2015, reflection available from the Center for Action and Contemplation. To receive daily reflections by email, go to   This reflection was adapted from Richard Rohr’s Dancing Standing Still: Healing the World from a Place of Prayer (Paulist Press: 2014).
Wednesday, 23 December 2015 22:33

Resistance at the SOA

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David Stocker* – NSFA Staff Editor

Photo by Tricia Peters, NIL Justice League

Just back from a week in Georgia, I went to Columbus to attend the annual School of the Americas (SOA) protest and to meet the remarkable and controversial Roy Bourgeois, former Maryknoll priest and founder of the SOA Watch. As a priest, Bourgeois was an outspoken critic of US policy in Latin America. Subsequent to the murder of four American churchwomen, two of whom were Maryknoll Sisters,  by SOA-trained assassins, Bourgeois founded SOA Watch and has maintained a 26-year tradition of civil disobedience and protest, including documentation of atrocities in Latin America linked to SOA training programs. 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015 22:27

Who is My Regional Coordinator?

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Northwest – Ralph Maughan and Janet Quillian 

California – Joe & Peggy Santos/ RC needed

Great Plains/Southwest – RC needed

South Central – Ken Eppes

Midwest – Patty Hinton

Southeast – John & Mary Moritz

Northeast – Beth Begley

Mesoamerica – Cecilia Quijano

Peru – Maria Faran

Philippines – Ed Caharian

To contact your Regional Coordinator, go to To learn about being an RC, contact Bob Short: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:59

Northeast Ohio Views the Border

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Northeast Ohio Chapter

Pamela Cibik – “We must secure the border.” Is this not the refrain we so often hear when US politicians are asked to comment on immigration? Pam Cibik, Kathy Ress, and Gerry Mullaney—Northeast Ohio Maryknoll Affiliates—travelled to Douglas, Arizona, in late April to see the border. It is indeed secure, thanks to huge sums our government is spending on miles of “Keep Out” fencing, surveillance cameras, ground sensors, and the ubiquitous US Border Patrol presence. Our gracious hosts, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, gave us a view of this “border security.”

Tuesday, 22 December 2015 20:51

This Year I Resolve to Read More!

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Orbis Books recommends and has sent copies of:

        All Shall Be Well: Readings for Lent and Easter 

     Faith & Joy: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Priest by Fr. Fernando Cardenal

If you would like to write a review of one of these books, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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