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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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 13:56

You’re All Invited!

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The Guatemala Maryknoll Affiliates Chapter cordially invites you to the Verbo Encarnado Retreat Center ( in Guatemala from November 9-12, 2017, for MAC 2017.

For the first time ever, our global vision takes us outside the US for the international Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC). 

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 05:38

Calls to Mission

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Mary Massaro – Board Nominating Committee 

Long ago, I responded to that call to mission, not sure of what I had to offer but eager to try. As so many missioners discovered, what we had to offer paled in comparison to what we received. And so it was that I spent nine years in Tanzania learning what it means to be in dialogue and community with those whose experience of God was different from mine but no less grounded in the Divine, people whose life struggles were so very immediate, and whose culture was so rich in affirming one’s connection to and sense of belonging in community.

My life’s journey then shifted from religious to married life, but never did I, or my husband, doubt that call to mission. I was blessed to continue service in partnership with Africans in their local communities through the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). This Catholic learned so much from the Peace Testimony of Quakers openly and courageously responding and giving voice to communities ravaged by civil wars and the lack of basic necessities, nearly forgotten by the world community.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:22

Affiliates Work for Wholeness

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Lenore Smith-Aman – New Jersey Chapter

At a recent meeting, the New Jersey Affiliate Chapter explored what might be an Affiliate’s response to the present political climate, and ways to elevate the level of discourse. As people of faith and hope, imbued with the values of Maryknoll, what can we offer?

Our small group listed the concerns that are most pressing to us:

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:12

Book Group Divides

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Paula Schaffner – NSFA Co-Editor

It had to happen! With about forty respondents to the Book Group invitation, multiple discussion groups became necessary. The organizing team of Bob Short, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, and Paula Schaffner offered several options, and participants were grouped by choosing their preferred meeting time. The first meetings of the resulting Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday groups, via telephone conference calls, occurred starting June 20th.  As of July 1, most groups will have discussed Chapter 1 of Ilia Delio’s Making All Things New. 

If you can’t participate in a Book Group, you could read the book on your own or with your chapter and see the updates and comments on the Maryknoll Affiliates’ Facebook page. You could even add your own comments on Facebook.

It’s exciting to have this opportunity to build community among far-flung Affiliates and other Maryknollers as well. If you have a suggestion for the next book to be read by the Book Group, please contact Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 17:26

See You in New Orleans?

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Enjoying the last Southeast Regional Conference, Gerry Kelly, MM, Maureen
Thiebaud (decd.), and Manny Hotchkiss, Portland Chapter, demonstrated the
fun to be had at a gathering in New Orleans.

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.” 
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 03:07

New Mission Education Workshop

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Maryknoll Lay Missioner Debbie Northern visited the April Affiliate Board/Regional Coordinator meeting and encouraged Affiliates to schedule workshops in our communities.

The Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers a Mission Education Workshop to parishes and groups who want to explore every Christian’s baptismal call to mission. Pope Francis has urged the Church to be missionary in nature, but what does this mean? The format of the workshop includes sharing our own experiences, learning the “See, Judge, Act” model, and reflecting on the call to mission in the world, both locally and globally. 

The workshop can be adapted to the group’s needs, running from one to three hours in length or expanded into a longer retreat version. If at all possible, a Maryknoll Lay Missioner will conduct the workshop, but if none is available, the workshop plan will be shared with a Maryknoll Affiliate chapter that wants to conduct its own workshop. 

For more information, phone or email: 

  • Joanne Blaney – 914-762-6364, ext. 122 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or 
  • Debbie Northern – 914-762-6364, ext. 123 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Tuesday, 03 May 2016 02:08

LA Chapter—See How They Partner

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A Chapter Profile

Affiliate Kathee Bautista spoke with one of our NSFA editors about what makes the Los Angeles Chapter tick. For them, collaboration is the key to powerful action.

Catholic Youth Organizations. A number of Affiliates have worked with Tijuana Mission Outreach, which hosts high school students who experience mission and make heart connections with the locals. They have also joined families from various high schools and other groups in an Epiphany Outreach, collecting needed items for impoverished families served through the San Eugenio Mission in Tijuana.

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels sponsors the Adopt-a-Family—LA Affiliates contribute to this program both financially and through their volunteer work. 

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:53

Visiting the Contra Costa Affiliates

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Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – NSFA Co-editor

Meeting attendees (l to r): Herb Casey, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Monica Gallicho, Manny Hothkiss, Mimi Gallicho, and Peggy Casey

The Contra Costa County (CCC) Maryknoll Affiliates meet periodically, and they attended a quick dinner meeting in Walnut Creek, CA, to visit with my husband Manny Hotchkiss and me.

Herb Casey, a deacon at nearby St. John Vianney parish, and his wife, Peggy, are both volunteer mission promoters for the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. They work out of the Western Regional Maryknoll office in San Lorenzo, CA. The CCC Affiliates and the local parish share a strong social concerns orientation. The Caseys said they were fortunate to participate in a number of immersion trips; the latest was to Jamaica in May of 2015, which touched their hearts. (See "Our Jamaican Immersion Trip – 2015")

We also met other members of the CCC Affiliate Chapter, including Monica Gallicho, who described herself as a lifetime Maryknoll Magazine reader and Maryknoll supporter. She and her daughter, Mimi Gallicho, enjoy mission talks at the nearby Maryknoll House at San Lorenzo and have attended the massive LA Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, CA.

Herb noted that their members miss hearing of and supporting the mission experiences of the three Maryknoll Sisters who had participated in their group. Because of age or medical issues, the sisters have retired to Maryknoll at Ossining, NY, or Monrovia, CA.

Deacon Gustavo Escruceria, and his wife Vickie, along with Doris DeSilva and Vickie Lizarrga, are also members of the CCC Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter but were not able to attend that evening. Their South American connections help provide the group with a Global Vision. This Affiliate community supports one another as they develop their missionary spirit and serve the poor.

Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:39

Spring into Action

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The editors were privileged to attend and energized by the Affiliate Board/RC meetings at Maryknoll in April. Our devotion to all things Maryknoll helps us to survive this election year’s depressing rhetoric.

This issue shows that Affiliates in their various chapters and in their visits with Maryknollers in mission, find much greatness, goodness, and civility. We encourage all Affiliates to reach out to their neighbors, to other chapters, to missioners. We hope you can attend an upcoming Affiliate conference (or two!) to energize yourselves—and share what you find with the NSFA, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you prefer to read the NSFA in its printed form, please go to May/June 2016 Not So Far Afield to read and/or download this issue.
To read articles online, see  Articles in this Issue, below.


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Articles in this issue:

State of the Heart, April 2016 – "Of many decisions taken by the Board/RCs that are promising and exciting, I will highlight two. " – Dave Schaffner

Join the New Affiliate Book Group – ...several Affiliates suggest discussing Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness, by Ilia Delio, OSF.

See you in New Orleans? – Matt Rousso will talk about “Mission as Accompaniment” and the role of dialogue in mission.

MAC 2017 – ¡Guatemala! – The Maryknoll Affiliate Board encourages each chapter to send a member and will again offer travel grants to promote broad attendance.

Lynn Houston—The First Affiliate – ...Lynn had a great heart for Maryknoll and was always looking for ways to deepen and widen the circles of the Maryknoll Affiliate family.

Visiting the Contra Costa Affiliates – "Their South American connections help provide the group with a Global Vision." – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss 

Finding Connections in Southeast Asia – "I was struck by unexpected long-distance links between Maryknoll folks." – Charlie Reilly

Solar Sister – "Sr. Rose Marie now proposes using New Mexico’s plentiful sunshine as an alternative to mined uranium-dependent nuclear power." – Mary Ryan=Hotchkiss

Heartstrings Tied to Tanzania – "Our relationships have grown with the years, sharing spirituality in the progress of children to adulthood..."  Roger Schiltz

LA Chapter—See How They Partner – For them, collaboration is the key to powerful action.

Our Jamaican Immersion Trip—2015 – "Fellowship and presence was such a blessing to all who participated." – Deacon Herb Casey

And don't miss these features: 

New Mission Education Workshop – The Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers a Mission Education Workshop ... to explore every Christian’s baptismal call to mission.

 Maryknoll Mission Items – Institutes, Connections, Ideas for ways to connect with missioners

Mary's Call – Ginny McEvoy shared Mary Murphy’s poem, from the December 1993 Not So Far Afield.






Tuesday, 03 May 2016 00:09

Our Jamaican Immersion Trip – 2015

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Deacon Herb & Peggy Casey – Contra Costa County Chapter

This was our third Maryknoll Fathers & Brothers immersion trip but the first time Peggy and I visited Jamaica. The main purposes of these immersion trips are to experience Christ wherever we go and to be present to all those we encounter. This trip certainly fulfilled these objectives for us. 

The Caseys’ FAB immersion group

It took many of us some time to get acclimated to the heat and humidity that we felt the minute we deplaned, but our accommodations were comfortable and the hospitality provided by our host was wonderful. We plunged right in with songs, prayers, and introductions so that we would get to know each other, since most of the 11 of us had not met each other before.

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