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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. 
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.

Sunday, 05 January 2014 00:00

Living Our Baptismal Call

Written by

Bertha Haas – Portland Chapter

The Call to Action Conference (C2A) in Milwaukee was a profound renewal of our baptismal call.

From Nancy Sylvester’s pre-conference session on compassionate conversing, to Miriam Therese Winter’s final keynote reminding us that though we have to live institutionally, we must never think institutionally, we were challenged to remember, “We are the Church.”  Therefore, although we can rejoice in the freshness of Pope Francis, it is we who will bring the changes we want to see in the church.  There is no stopping the Holy Spirit if we will just align ourselves with her.

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