Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – NSFA Co-editor
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.