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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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Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Affiliates from Lima in Maryknoll Magazine

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See the August 2015 Maryknoll Magazine for a story about and quotes from several Maryknoll Affiliates in Lima, Peru. US Affiliates met some of these Affiliates from Peru at the 2014 Maryknoll Affiliates Conference in New York. 

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Pray with Pope Francis

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

        September: That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.


       October: That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Mission Institute 2015 – CALIFORNIA

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A forum of adult learning and reflection on world church and mission

Upcoming events:

Sept. 16-19  Edwina Gateley, MA – Our Call to Personal and Global Transformation (Los Altos, CA)

Sept. 20-25  Edwina Gateley, MA – Soul Sisters: Women Called to Connect, Bond and Heal in a Broken World  (Monrovia, CA)


For details, see: http://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

A day in a Lay Missioner’s Life

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Karen Bortvedt – Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Cambodia

My brain often feels like a station wagon from a 70s movie, loaded down with people, noise, and commotion, cruising along an empty highway until, suddenly, someone notices smoke seeping from under the hood. It pulls over, and someone opens the hood, no doubt burning his or her fingers, and releases a great cloud of steam. At this point, the whole gang realizes they are going nowhere soon or fast. 

On a good day, I can make it until lunch without my brain fizzling out—from overheating either literally or metaphorically. Often, I have to push it from behind just to keep it moving forward. Either way, I am going nowhere fast in Cambodia – it is just not the culture.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

My Visit to the Casa Materna in Matagalpa

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Gabriella Maertens – Portland Chapter

After my volunteer assignment in San José, Costa Rica, I traveled by bus to visit Kitty Madden, a Maryknoll Affiliate in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. She has lived there for 29 years, putting her heart and soul into serving the needs of high-risk pregnant women. Casa Materna, established in 1991 as the very first maternal care center in Nicaragua, offers food, shelter, education, medical care, transportation and support for high-risk pregnant women from rural areas for one to two weeks before and after childbirth.  

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

Planting Seeds of Nonviolence

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Manny Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Mary and Manny Hotchkiss at the entry of the Ground Zero Center For Nonviolent Action.

Only a few miles from Seattle, Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action shares fence line with the third largest nuclear arsenal in the world, Naval Submarine Base Kitsap-Bangor. This base contains more nuclear weapons than the countries of Israel, North Korea, China, India, Pakistan, England, and France combined. Ground Zero, founded in 1977 by Jim and Shelley Douglass, offers ongoing training in nonviolence and resistance to nuclear weapons. Ground Zero distributes leaflets to folks entering the base almost every week and has influenced some of them to support Ground Zero.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

Friends Across Borders in Brazil

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Mary Morris Williams – Northeast Florida Chapter

Imagine this: You are in a foreign country, waiting for a van in front of your hotel. You notice a woman who was on the bus from the airport the night before and at breakfast. She smiles and you start talking, haltingly in a combination of gestures, some English and assorted, memorized foreign phrases. You learn that she is on her way to Rome to study Italian for 15 days, leaving her husband behind for this short trip. You try to explain that you are there on a mission trip and are waiting for a van to pick you up. When the bus for the airport arrives, she smiles and gives you a hug “goodbye.”

This was one of my first experiences in Sao Paulo, Brazil, waiting for Catherine Heinhold, the Maryknoll Lay Missioner who would be our guide for 11 days. A hug at the end of a brief conversation! What kind of people are these Brazilians? I told this story to Catherine shortly after she picked up my husband Bryan and me. She commented that the lady I spoke to probably continued to think of me on her way to the airport and wonder about my life. 

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

Missing Affiliate Marie Parmly

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By Mary Moritz – SE Regional Co-Coordinator, NE Florida Chapter

My husband, John, and I met Marie and Lee Parmly when we made our Cursillo weekends some 40 years ago.  Marie and Lee were active in Cursillo, Marriage Encounter, and the Charismatic Movement.  We knew their five children were grown and they were retired, but we still marveled at all that they did in service to God.  

Several years after we met them, Lee and Marie were in a serious car accident.  Lee died and Marie was injured.  Marie’s faith sustained her during this difficult time, and after she recovered, she felt called to be a Maryknoll Lay Missioner.  Eventually, Marie convinced the Lay Missioners that she wasn’t too old.  

Marie went to Mexico as a Lay Missioner, and we didn’t see her for a while.  Then we heard that Marie had been shot in Mexico and was returning to the states to recover. Finally, she came back to Florida and we would see her from time to time.  

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

Western Regional Affiliate Conference

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Seattle University, August 7-9, 2015

Kitty Schiltz – Seattle Chapter

Beginning on Friday evening with a welcome from Northwest Regional Coordinator and Seattle Affiliate Jerrie Drinkwine, on through Sunday morning Mass, the Western Regional Affiliate Conference was a journey into mission, social justice, and community among attendees. We learned of those on the margins: migrant farm workers; trafficked men, women and children; the people of Haiti and El Salvador. Conference goers experienced an atmosphere of community, meeting and making friends.

Midwest Regional Retreat Conference

Green Lake Conference Ctr., Green Lake, WI
August 14-16, 2015

Kathleen Gribble  – Fox Cities Chapter
& Jackie Maggiore – Milwaukee Chapter

Mission accomplished and then some! Thankful, grateful, joyful, responses praising the Midwest Affiliate Chapters’ gathering keep coming in: 

  • Wonderful meeting of “kindred souls.”
  • Sparks conversation for future chapter meetings. 
  • Looking forward to continued connections!
  • Feeling blessed, connected, informed, refreshed, affirmed in individual gifts, renewed in hope on the journey, and loved!
  • We really liked that the weekend wasn’t rushed, and we had time to walk and reflect.
  • When we gather, the spirit is so evident!
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