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, 15 January 2014 00:00

Have You Seen "Justice for My Sister?"

Written by

Kathee Hennigan Bautista – Greater LA Chapter

One joy of being an Affiliate is walking together in the expression of our Global Vision pillar. Sometimes we support one another without fully realizing the full extent of our contributions. One project that Affiliates have encouraged has blossomed into a multinational campaign to eliminate domestic violence.

My daughter, Kimberly Bautista, is an activist filmmaker. Since the Greater Los Angeles Chapter was an early contributor during a kick-starter campaign, she shared a screening of a rough cut of her documentary film, Justice for My Sister, at the Western Regional Affiliate Conference in San Diego in 2010. The film explores the problems of femicide (murder of women) and impunity in Guatemala by following the lead character, Rebeca, as she seeks justice for the murder of her sister. A rich discussion was held after the screening regarding the themes in the film. As a result several Affiliates made financial contributions towards the completion of the film. 

Monday, 13 January 2014 00:00

Thank You, Affiliates! 

Written by

David Schaffner – Board Finance Committee

For the third consecutive year, your contributions have fulfilled our budgeted goal of around $21,000. This budget funds operations, the only section of the budget pie the Affiliates provide. Our Maryknoll partners—the Society, Congregation, and Lay Missioners—pay for the Executive Coordinator’s salary and benefits. 

This year, the Annual Appeal received over 190 responses, an increase of over sixty percent from three years ago! It is most heartening to see this increase, which occurred at all levels of participation. My take on the increase is that you see the Affiliates as an important part of your faith and life journey.

For 2014, our budget goal is a modest $20,600. These funds cover the daily necessities of the Affiliate movement at the international level: travel for our Executive Coordinator, Bob Short; publication of Not So Far Afield; and other necessary expenses. Your contributions, in addition to the generosity that you show both locally and globally, keep the Affiliates robust. 

The 2014 Appeal Letter and form were mailed in late October. We hope you have responded or have them in a place where they will float up to the top of your to-do list. If you do not have them, the letter and form are on the Affiliate website at: If the phone is easier for you, call the Fathers and Brothers at 1.888.627.9566 and say that you are giving to the Affiliates Mission Account 4014. Thanks for the ways that you give.



Sunday, 12 January 2014 00:00

Us and Them

Written by

Manny Hotchkiss and Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter


“Who do you say that I am?”

Have you met the thems? Did they speak another language? Do they have AIDs? Do they observe another faith? Are they mentally ill, immigrants, disabled, homosexual, felons, or a different race or economic class? 

The Maryknoll Affiliate Mission Statement asks us to cross borders, geographic and otherwise. The Maryknoll Lay Missioners say they build bridges connecting us to others. 

During our brief time with Bertha Haas in Mwanza, Tanzania, she told us that when she was a Lay Missioner through 2011, she saw disabled children being regarded as them. That treatment inspired her to found the Huruma Centre School for handicapped children. David and Caitlin Rosser, MKLM, carry on her work. 

Some parents from an adjacent school asked Caitlin, “Will my child get sick if he plays with them?” A principal at a public school was incredulous when she saw that a young girl with misshapen arms was not only able to type on a keyboard but could actually read what she typed. Some other Tanzanians doubted that any teachers would be willing to work with disabled children not their own.

Saturday, 11 January 2014 00:00

Fab(ulous) trip to Kenya

Written by

Kathie Gribble - Board Member, Fox Cities Chapter

These are just a few of the highlights of my Friends Across Borders (FAB) journey to Kenya with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners in September 2013. I think I have always wanted to visit Africa because I feel African music and dance express all the best emotions of life with the whole body. This trip immersed us in the lives of the people of Kenya in Eastern Africa and the ministries of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners. 

Saturday, 11 January 2014 00:00

Excerpt from “The Pilgrim”

Written by

Joseph Honerkamp – Maryknoll Lay Missioner, class of 1975, who served in Western Samoa, Bolivia, and the US

What was the magic of their secret?
Was it the memory of the busy and noisy, strange City?
Was it the color and beauty of exotic flowers and sunsets?
Was it the unbelievable sweetness and richness of wines grown and ripened on the other side of the globe?
Was it the aftertaste of the spices which strange foods had left on their tongues?
What was it all about?
Was it the laughter echoing through their souls?
Was it a song, a melody?
Was it just a memory of the face they could not forget?
Was it a smile that had warmed their hearts?
Who will ever know?
So they returned to their cobblers’ benches and broken shoes...
To their trading stores and wares...
To their oxen, ploughs, and farms...
To their sick-houses and their dying...
To their schools and books and students.
And it followed them.
Because now it had gone to their very center.
Somehow they lived on. But...sometimes they still wondered...and




Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

Easy Meeting: Trailblazers in Habits

Written by

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

We offer these pages as a quick meeting format or for you to enjoy by yourself. 


  1. In your meeting announcement, suggest to chapter members that before the meeting they go to the DVD web site:, and preview the video clips. Someone in your chapter might want to order and own the video and show it in its entirety at your gathering. The video could also be used later as part of an educational effort in your parish or school.
  2. For background information, read the two short articles at and 
  3. Read this page and preview the video clips online or on the DVD. Locations of the video clips on the DVD are noted in parentheses. You may wish to download the two-page pdf of this Easy Meeting article at 2014 01 02 Easy Meeting - Trailblazers in Habits.
  4. Equipment: If using video clips from the website, an Internet connection will be needed. Gathering around a computer screen may be adequate for a small group. A larger group could use a video projector or television. Determine what you will need and arrange to have the appropriate equipment and connecting cords available. 
  5. Test the equipment and Internet connection beforehand. 
Thursday, 09 January 2014 00:00

Guatemala Revisited

Written by

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator

In early November, I  participated in the Latin American Maryknoll Society’s Regional Assembly and Retreat. Also invited were Sr. Jane Buellesbach, representing the Maryknoll Sisters, and Sam Stanton and Fr. Bill Voss for the Lay Missioners. It was an especially positive meeting wherein Maryknoll hospitality, genuine collaboration and easy, unadorned camaraderie were manifestly present every day. We can’t know for sure if this was a foretaste of things to come within Maryknoll, but it was very encouraging.

Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

A Maryknoll-JustFaith-Maryknoll Story

Written by

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Karen seated, center (blue sweatshirt), is surrounded by our Portland, OR, Just Peacemaking group.

Being Maryknoll Affiliates has connected us with peace-building, so we were primed for the new JustFaith module, Just Peacemaking. Karen Bortvedt, who was back home visiting her parents and recuperating from a broken foot, also joined the group.  

Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

MKLM Reverse Mission in California 

Written by

Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter

Our chapter was blessed in November by a visit with Maryknoll Lay Missioners Kathy Bond and Flavio Rocha. We learned how they live in mission in Brazil and were inspired to find new ways to be missionaries in our own area. During and after a potluck dinner, they shared their experiences.

Kathy and Flavio are long-time Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Sao Paolo. Kathy has been a Lay Missioner for 20 years and Flavio for 10. Meeting in Brazil, Flavio’s native country, they married 13 years ago, and have a daughter, Maya, 8.

Monday, 06 January 2014 00:00

Kirumba Vocational School 

Written by

Veronica Holland – Lay Missioner & Seattle Affiliate

After arriving in Tanzania in early 2013, I began assisting at the Kirumba Vocational School at St. Joseph Parish, Mwanza, for teenagers who are not able to pursue further academic studies. They learn cookery, tailoring, knitting and embroidering, as well as hospitality, hotelier, and wait service, hoping these skills will help them get a job. Some students may intern as a hotel maid or wait staff person while continuing to  take English and mathematics classes.

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