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, 11 January 2015 00:00

My Adventures in Mission

Written by

 Carolyn Trumble – Portland Chapter

From the newsletter of former Maryknoll Lay Missioner Carolyn Trumble, on mission in Brazil as an Affiliate

In June, 2014, I returned to Brazil as a Maryknoll Affiliate. I work at Afya, a Holistic Healing Center in a marginalized neighborhood on the periphery of the city of João Pessoa, Brazil. Afya, run by women from the nearby communities, receives many people from these communities who have suffered daily stress due to domestic and urban violence, extreme poverty, drugs, alcohol abuse, etc. The holistic healing therapies at Afya enhance awareness and wellness for many people.

Saturday, 10 January 2015 00:00


Written by

Cecilia Quijano - Regional Coordinator, Mérida, Yucatán, México

Recently we have heard or read of to incredible violence by organizations founded to protect the people: the killing of young black men by police in Ferguson and elsewhere, the militarization of police organizations, a published report on the use of torture by the CIA, and the disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. This disturbing pattern of violence has spawned widespread demonstrations and pledges of investigative action. We need to be in solidarity with those who protest against and attempt to remedy this violence.

This translation of Cecilia Quijano’s article in the December, 2014, issue of No Tan Lejos del Horizonte* discusses the disappearance of the 43 students.

Friday, 09 January 2015 00:00

Daring to Dream Anew

Written by

John A. Meyer – Phoenix Chapter, Maryknoll Affiliate Board Member

It was an honor and privilege to represent the Maryknoll Affiliates as an observer to the 13th General Chapter of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers held September 2014.

The entire Chapter proceedings were imbued with the spirit of prayer to discern what the Spirit is calling Maryknoll to today in her mission endeavors. Pope Francis, in Joy of the Gospel (#262) states that good discernment requires “the ability to cultivate an interior space which can give a Christian meaning to commitment and activity.” The Chapter meetings included an opening Eucharist and retreat, daily Morning Prayer, and a meditation from Joy of the Gospel. Each day closed with a Celebration of the Eucharist and special evening prayer services which recognized the Maryknoll martyrs, Fr. Gerard Donovan martyred in 1938 in China to Sr. Maura Clarke and Sr. Ita Ford martyred in 1990 in El Salvador.

Thursday, 08 January 2015 00:00

Angels Come in All Sizes

Written by

Dave Schaffner – Affiliate Board Finance Committee

Knock, knock.
Who’s there? – Dave!
Dave who? – Dave Schaffner, the appeal letter guy.
Oh, I got your letter!
     ... (Where did I put it?)

 I’m pleased to say that Maryknoll Affiliates have responded generously to our annual appeals, meeting the goal for the last four years. You should have received your letter in November, opening the Affiliate appeal year, which runs from November 1 to October 31 (Available at: Appeal Letter and Form) Our goal this year is $21,900, to fund the 2015 operating budget. This covers expenses such as travel, printing, and costs of communication. Our partners—Maryknoll Sisters, Fathers and Brothers, and Lay Missioners—provide the salary and benefits for our Executive Coordinator.

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 00:00

You Are Invited

Written by

Fr. Gene Toland, MM, of Cochabamba invites you to a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) offered by MIT & the Presencing Institute.

Learn the principles and practices of Theory U. The Maryknoll Mission Formation Center in Cochabamba (where Toland is currently based) uses the  TU methodology in a number of its programs. Innovative in its format and intention, this free course is potentially revolutionary. It helps organizational/system leaders focus and sharpen their leadership attention for transformative change in their local environments.

Tuesday, 06 January 2015 00:00

A Tanzanian Seminary for Girls

Written by

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Agnes asked us at the gathering of Maryknoll Affiliates in Mwanza, Tanzania, “Have you ever heard of a seminary for girls?” Agnes Menard is the director of the St. Joseph Seminary for girls in Mwanza and is proud that she attended a college organized by the Maryknoll Sisters in Tanzania. Her work with the girls is one way she gives back. She invited us to visit her school the next day. 

Bertha Haas accompanied Mary and Manny Hotchkiss in July 2013 throughout Mwanza, where she had been a Maryknoll Lay Missioner for about nine years. Besides attending the Mwanza Affiliate chapter gathering with us, Bertha had arranged for us to visit other Maryknollers and projects in Mwanza.

Photo by Sean Sprague, courtesy of Maryknoll Magazine
Bertha Haas inspired Portland Affiliates to take on the project of helping disabled children in Mwanza, Tanzania. The Huruma Special Unit, a school for disabled children, direly needs funds. Bertha knows the school very well because she founded it over ten years ago when she was a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Tanzania. Now we all hope the Taste of Tanzania fundraiser will be a major help to the school and the children.
Sunday, 04 January 2015 00:00

The Way & Maryknoll

Written by

The Way & Maryknoll

Carol-Ann Black – NE Florida Chapter

A “mission trip” to a neighboring county? Northeast Florida Maryknoll Affiliates would say, “Yes, indeed.” On August 14, with no suitcases, no passports, we boarded our transports and headed from Jacksonville, FL, to Green Cove Springs, FL, perhaps an hour’s drive. Once there, we visited The Way, Free Medical Clinic. The Way embodies the meaning of mission. Here the uninsured, indigent, and undocumented can receive high quality medical care, for many, for the first time in years.

Saturday, 03 January 2015 00:00

Let There Be Light

Written by

We recently received this story from Maryknoll Lay Missioner Curt Klueg in Kenya and were inspired by Curt’s creative use of appropriate technology to address poverty and assist with education.

Curt writes about Peter and Cynthia, students in the HOPE project, whose family of four (one mom and three children) live in a very simple 10x10’ room with one bed, no electricity, and no running water. In the evenings, the children have studies to complete and, like many Christian families in Kenya, they tend to spend some time every evening reading scripture and singing hymns together.

Friday, 02 January 2015 00:00

Visiting Bolivia and Peru

Written by

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

Maria Farfan and Patty in Chiguata plaza

For two weeks in mid December Patty Barneond de Garcia Tres, Affiliate Board member and liaison to Latin America, and Bob Short traveled to Bolivia and Peru to meet with Affiliates and Maryknollers in those two countries.

 The Andean summer’s warmth was mirrored in the warmth of welcome we received from the Affiliates and Maryknollers in Cochabamba, Santa Cruz, Lima, and Arequipa. In Affiliate communities and in Maryknoll center houses in Cochabamba and Lima, the welcome was overwhelmingly gracious—engaging interchange, tours, rides to/from the airport, invitation to participate in post chapter meetings, a special gathering of lay missioners, celebration meals, prayer together—essentially, inclusion on every level. It was very encouraging and registered deeply.
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