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, 06 July 2014 00:00

The Lord said, “Go”

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This reflection was movingly presented by Noel Krebs (Goshen) and Mary Beth Buchner (Albany). 

And the Lord said, “Go!

        and I said, “Who, me:”

        and God said, “Yes you!

Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

My Mission is…

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The Pillar of Spirituality

We pray with and for those in mission and those in need, for our earth, and for the softening of our own hearts.

Reflecting on the conference theme that we are the “Third Wave” of mission, MAC 2014 attendees wrote their personal missions on the backs of “wave” cards and hung them in our communal prayer space.

Saturday, 05 July 2014 00:00

The Pillar of Spirituality

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We pray with and for those in mission and those in need, for our earth, and for the softening of our own hearts.

Many of you responded to our survey of Affiliate communication preferences on the last page of the May 2014 NSFA, as did the MAC conference attendees. If you haven’t yet completed it, we want to hear from you! Please complete the survey which can be found at 




Gerry Mullaney, Pam Cibik, and Kathy Ress - NE Ohio Affiliate Chapter

The Northeast Ohio Chapter attended our first Maryknoll conference as a newly recognized Affiliate chapter. The new ways of thinking about mission resonate with our personal and professional lives—especially with the emphasis on relationship. Our chapter is largely comprised of mental health therapists, and so our lives are all about the healing power of close encounters and personal connections. Thinking of mission as essentially the encounter—the relationship—with the poor and marginalized is truly inspiring.

Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00

The Pillar of Community

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We experience mission as connection with other humans, at times in far-off places, but first in our own communities.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

The Fly on the Wall

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Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter

For the last few years, as the spouse of a Board member, I have been asked to act as scribe so that the person writing the minutes could fully participate in the Maryknoll Affiliate Board meetings. Thus I’ve had the privilege of observing the meetings while not participating. Would you like to hear what the “fly on the wall” has learned at these meetings?

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

July-August 2014 News from the Knoll

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Opportunities in Cochabamba, Bolivia—  Language study: Steve Judd announced new plans to keep the Language Institute open in a restructured manner since an earlier announcement of indefinite closure. Watch for news at or Facebook for the Maryknoll Language Institute—Centro Misionero Maryknoll en América Latina

Volunteering: To volunteer in Cochabamba, Bolivia, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and see


Rev. Edward M. Wroblewski, MM, who passed away on April 16, 2014, was 88 years old and a Maryknoll father for 61 years.

Rev. Daniel D. Dolan, MM,  passed on April 24, 2014 in Sleepy Hollow, New York.  He was 92 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 59 years.

Rev. Richard R. Fries, MM, passed away on April 26, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was 66 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 37 years.

Rev. Donald J. Vittengl, MM, was 83 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 57 years when he died on May 11, 2014 at Mission St. Teresa, Maryknoll, NY.



Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Sending Homily for MAC 2014

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Sr. Connie Posipsil, MM 

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him or her.”

Today we often hear, “We become what we eat.” Let’s take this seriously. When we eat the body and drink the blood of Christ we become the hands, feet, eyes, and ears of Christ.

We especially sense the Spirit when Affiliates are gathered. Read about the excitement when Maryknoll Affiliate small mission communities gather: at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress; in Lima, Peru, with the Niño Jesús Afiliados; in Boston; and of course, at MAC 2014, the big triennial Maryknoll Affiliate Conference at Stony Point, New York, June 19-22nd. The July/August issue of NSFA will be slightly delayed to include photos and stories from the MAC 2014. Please send your reflections on MAC 2014, or on your recent Affiliate gatherings to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will see you at Stony Point!

We keep encountering Pope Francis in the press, surprising us with his eminently sensible statements. Look for more on Papa Francisco in this NSFA.

Thank you for “gathering” with us through the NSFA. With the help of today’s technology we can have virtual, electronic gatherings, whenever we want. Have you “Liked” the Maryknoll Affiliate Facebook page? Are you following it? 

Future NSFA issues will cover the updating of the Affiliate web site to enhance our communications and the forming of our community. Please participate by completing and returning page 11 of this issue (pdf available at Maryknoll Affiliate Use of Media, which asks about Affiliate use of media.


Use the side menu, or click on the title:

   Dream and Do the Possible – "First you do what is needed, then you do the possible. Then the impossible will happen." – Roger Schiltz

   MAC 2014 Update – MAC 2014 is almost here ... We've planned a slate of enriching activities.

   Pope's Thoughts on Formation Apply to Maryknoll Affiliates – "Formation is a work of art, not a police action."—Pope Francis

   Servir a Vecinos – Serving Our Neighbors"La ayuda de los pobres para los mas pobres – Help from the poor for the poorer" from the Comunidad Niño Jesús PowerPoint presentation.

   Justice and Nonviolence - Nonviolent living is threefold:
- Nonviolence towards oneself,
- Nonviolence towards others, and
- Taking nonviolent public action.     —Fr. John Dear

   Affiliates Meet in Anaheim – We had a great time at the Congress. I worked at the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers booth ... – Kathee Bautista

   Playing Big"Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure"—Marianne Williamson

   A Chapter Meeting to Remember – "We heard a deep gratefulness for current interfaith leadership in our area and for the gift of having both Muslim and Jewish presence on our community organizing-for-justice group—the ESTHER Board."—Kathie Gribble

   Slice of Oaxaca Life: A Photo-Essay – "I did not have a life of hard physical labor like Don Adrian still has to this day." – Pat Denevan




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