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Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:51

LA Chapter Reflects on Survey Topics

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14 Members of Greater Los Angeles Chapter

Hearing other Affiliate Chapters share...

  • Leads us to think outside the box. 
  • Shows that each Chapter is a unique personality.
  • Highlights that each Chapter has liberty to focus more strongly on any one of the 4 Pillars; i.e., some are mission-sending (short term), others are local service groups, others stress prayer, support, or social groups. 

What is a Maryknoll Affiliate? 

Being an Affiliate member...

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:44

Talking Points

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Ken Eppes – South Central Regional Coordinator

I got to thinking about talking points for the questions,

•  Why I should be a Maryknoll Affiliate?

•   Why I should form an Affiliate Chapter?”  

I asked my Chapter in North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area), and they came up with the following talking points. 

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:36

FOSNA/Maryknoll Links

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Manny Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

At a Friends of Sabeel ( Leadership Conference this July in Portland, Oregon, we were happy to see that Sabeel, the voice of the Palestinian Christians, intersects with Maryknoll. Naim Ateek, an Episcopal priest from Nazareth, founded the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem over 25 years ago. Orbis has published several of his books: Faith and the Intifada: Palestinian Christian Voices was published in 1992; Justice and Only Justice, and A Palestinian Christian Cry For Reconciliation discuss liberation theology as it pertains to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:30

Book Group Suggestions

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Participants in the first Maryknoll Affiliate Book Group session this summer replied to a survey sent by Executive Coordinator Bob Short, giving feedback about their positive experiences and making some suggestions. Some participants would prefer being in a smaller group or meeting at another time. Smaller groups could allow more time choices. 

Gabriella Maertens wrote: “I wondered how a book club by phone could work. I agreed before I received the book and then I wondered how we could discuss such a difficult book—Making All Things New. But I have been really happy with the group discussions that have taken place and impressed with the insights of our group. I look forward to “seeing” everyone each week.”

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:26

Welcome Home Party for Bertha!

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An African music group serenades Bertha Haas, right.

As a Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Bertha Haas founded the Huruma School for children with disabilities in Mwanza, Tanzania in 2004. Now, in her retirement, she spends about a month each year at the school, reconnecting with the teachers and children, working with the Tanzanian Board that oversees the school, seeing the progress, and dreaming with them about the future. 

To welcome Bertha home, the Portland Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter hosted a fund-raiser party complete with an African music group. Supporting the Huruma School is an important outreach for the chapter.

Saturday, 27 August 2016 00:21

Option for the Poor in County Jails?

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Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Stored Value Cards, Inc., doing business as Numi Financial, targets county jails. In an August 2016 article, Arun Gupta noted that Numi contracts with counties to provide debit cards to return inmates’ money upon their release. (

In 2013, over 11 million people were released from county jails, making it a preferred market. The problem is that over 80 percent of the Numi debit cards end up paying onerous fees. The article states, “The terms for the card used in Multnomah County (Oregon) lists 11 possible fees—the $5.95 monthly fee, a $2.95 fee for ATM withdrawals, $0.95 for a declined transaction, $1 to check the balance, and $9.95 to have the balance refunded by check.” 

An estimated 30 percent of the debit cards holding released prisoners’ own money are never used and are completely consumed by the fees. Inmates who may be deported by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) suffer additional problems with the cards due to English-only written directions and customer service and higher international fees. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Electronic Funds Transfer Act do not cover this type of cards.

Numi Financial and similar companies should also be targeted by campaigns against for-profit prisons and the exploitive jail telephone systems.

Who gets preferential treatment in your county?

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 17:34

Nonviolence Conference

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An Appeal to the Catholic Church to Re-Commit to the Centrality of Gospel Nonviolence


The May–June 2016 issue of NewsNotes from the Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns (MOGC) contains the full statement affirmed by participants at the Nonviolence and Just Peace conference held in Rome, April 11-13, 2016. Working and planning for many months beforehand, Pax Christi International, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, UISG/USG, and many other international Catholic organizations, including MOGC, co-convened the landmark conference on nonviolence and just peace in the Catholic tradition. 

Maryknoll Sister Teresa Hougnon represented the Maryknoll Sisters’ African peace-building team. Her reflection on the conference, “Nonviolence and Just Peace: The way of Jesus,”* also appears in NewsNotes.

Nonviolence and Just Peace, a new global initiative launched at the conference, reaffirms the centrality of active nonviolence to the vision and message of Jesus, to the life of the Catholic Church, and to the long-term vocation of healing and reconciling both people and the planet. 

The web site gives further background and notes that the conference’s final statement calls on the Church to: 

  • Continue developing Catholic social teaching on nonviolence 
  • Integrate Gospel nonviolence explicitly into the life, including the sacramental life, and work of the Church
  • Promote nonviolent practices and strategies
  • Initiate a global conversation on nonviolence
  • No longer use or teach “just war theory”
  • Lift up the prophetic voice of the Church. 

*The statement is also available online at  

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 16:54

Calling All United States Christians

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The statement—“An Appeal to Christians in the United States”—reflects a growing alarm that our country is entering a very dangerous period in which some political leaders and some media are directly challenging our most fundamental Christian convictions. The statement is consequently a theological affirmation. We hope that you will read the statement carefully and join those who have already signed their names.* The full text is available at

An Appeal to Christians in the United States

Because of fear we too easily caricature or condemn those who are different from us. Politicians and too many in the media stereotype African Americans, Asian Americans, people from Hispanic background, and followers of Islam. If we follow their lead, we slander our neighbors and blaspheme against the one God of all peoples. We resist such stereotypes and pledge to work for laws and practices that honor the dignity of all people. 

We …... pledge that we will seek to limit the proliferation of guns in the U.S.

We ……pledge to be advocates for laws that regulate in a just and orderly manner the flow of refugees and immigrants.

We …... pledge  to work for systems of security that guard human dignity and protect the vulnerable as well as the strong.

Let us help shape the character of our much loved land not by an abandonment of our most cherished Christian convictions but by following the counsel of the Prophet Micah--to act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. 

* This excerpt from Groundswell (an online social action platform powered by Auburn Theological Seminary) much of which was published in April 2016 Sojourners Magazine, is also at

Remembering Berrigan: Priest, Poet, and Prophet


Barbara LaCombe at May 11 vigil

Fr. Daniel Berrigan, SJ, died on April 30th. He had taught theology at Le Moyne College and Fordham University, New York, and was known for opposing the Vietnam War and later criticizing US nuclear policy. The Washington County, OR, Peace Vigil noted his passing and honors him by continuing his work for peace and nonviolence. Peace Vigil participants included Mary and Manny Hotchkiss, Barbara LaCombe, and Gerald Osacho of Holy Trinity Parish.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 15:28

Are You a Teacher?

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This spring, Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center,,  surveyed approximately 2,000 teachers, asking them how the presidential campaign was affecting their students and their teaching. The results indicated that the campaign is having a profoundly negative impact on schoolchildren across the country, producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. The full report and survey responses are at

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