Thursday, 28 December 2017 13:46

Buen Vivir – Living in Harmony

Written by Kitty Schiltz
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Kitty Schiltz – Seattle Chapter

Kitty sent her reflection as she and Roger were preparing to leave for Africa to attend the graduation of one of the children they have been helping with school since they were Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Tanzania.

Noted Mayan spiritual guide Daniel Caño led us in the Mayan
Ceremony in Thanksgiving to the Grandmothers and Grandfathers.

Harmony seems like a stretch in these days of super egos and partisanship, but I saw it develop and flourish over the four days of the MAC 2017 in Guatemala. The deepest feeling I have about the conference is oneness. It wasn’t an invasion of North Americans telling Central Americans; it was complete sharing. The celebration of Mayan spirituality brought us together as a sharing in the cosmos. We arrived as individuals and left as one.

All the ceremonies/liturgies, group work and celebrations brought us together. Language was not a problem—there were words spoken in Spanish translated into English and English into Spanish but no need to translate the smiles and good will of all. Singing, dancing, walking, eating together blossomed into a unity of purpose and engendered a new Maryknoll Affiliate essence. At 25 years, we are still beginning.

We will aspire to “be of one heart” be at peace, in harmony and in balance with ourselves,
with others, with Mother Earth, and with the Cosmos.



We celebrated
the oneness of all Maryknoll:
Lay Missioners, Fathers & Brothers, Sisters, and Affiliates.


MAC 2017 – Inspiring from beginning to end!

Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios, left, and two committee members finalize details of Opening Ceremony
as Fr. Bill Mullen and Affiliate Steve Barrett prepare to pray and translate for the gathering crowd of Affiliates.
Maryknoll and gifts from Affiliate regions. Behind are the organizing committee. Third from left, coordinator
Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios and Executive Coordinator Bob Short, who assisted from the US,
listen as Board chair David Schaffner says thanks. Steve Barrett, far right, translates.


At MAC 2017, 120 Maryknollers came together to reflect, analyze, and dream about the present moment and the future for Affiliates, for all of Maryknoll. Read the results (in Spanish or English) at


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