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Wednesday, 28 February 2018 04:19

Announcements - March/April 2018

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Friends Across Borders to Tanzania

Maryknoll Affiliate and Returned Lay Missioner Bertha Haas will lead the FAB trip to Tanzania from August 17-26, 2018!

Application deadline is April 17. For details, see Friends Across Borders.



Catholic Leadership encourages Action on these issues:

  • The US Conference of Catholic Bishops calls on Catholics to take action for Dreamers. See the February 18, 2018, issue of America Magazine.

  • “For many years, the Catholic bishops of the United States have been urging our leaders to explore and adopt reasonable policies to help curb gun violence.”—Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida

    See the complete article at USCCB News


Buen Vivir

Revive your spirit of Buen Vivir by getting together:

  • Plan a special chapter gathering.
  • Ask friends to join you in an action.
  • Contact an Affiliate you haven’t seen in a while.
  • Visit another Affiliate Chapter.
  • Host or attend a Regional Affiliate meeting.


Coming Soon!

Refugees and immigrants, racism, ecology, different ways of doing mission, and nonviolence are themes for future issues of NSFA. Please send us your actions or reflections in these areas—or tell us about your passions for Community, Spirituality, Global Vision, and Action.


Wednesday, 28 February 2018 01:05

Looking for a Book Club?

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Our fourth Book Group session will begin soon after Easter. We need your help to determine good times to meet and to select a book to read and discuss. The committee has come up with four possible titles: 

  • Faith in the Face of Empire
  • A Sense of Wonder
  • Thomas Berry, Selected Writings
  • Flannery O’Connor, Spiritual Writings

Check out these and more at Orbis Books. We also welcome your suggestions. To join a group, please contact Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If our telephone book group doesn’t work for you, an alternative is available. Robert Ellsberg, Orbis Books publisher, has recently announced:

For those who enjoy Orbis books, and look forward to the type of spiritual and theological engagement reflected in this month’s new titles, we invite you to join our new Orbis Book Club

Next month we’ll be launching this new reading club on our Facebook page, beginning with Jim Forest’s acclaimed work, At Play in the Lions’ Den: A Memoir and Biography of Daniel Berrigan.

Members will receive a discount and an opportunity to interact with the author and other readers. Help us spread the word!


Tuesday, 27 February 2018 19:47

Maryknoll Mission Institute 2018

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Once again, the Maryknoll Sisters are offering a full slate of pertinent workshops. Does one of these topics offered in May-June have your name on it? Register soon to obtain a space. (A limited number of tuition scholarships are available.) 

*   May 6-10 (four-day program)

Navigating Life’s Transitions:  

Resilience and the Pilgrims’ Journey

Mariette Danilo, PhD

*   May 13-18

Future Dreaming:

21st Century Possibilities for Christian Living 

Alice L. Camille, M.Div  and Rev. Paul Boudreau

*   June 3-8

Spiritual Resources for Interfaith Peacemaking 

Yehezkel Landau, D. Min

*   June 10-15

Under the Baobab Tree:  Spirituality Nourished by Nature 

Janice McLaughlin, MM, PhD

*   June 17-22

Facing into Chaos: Deepening Communal Contemplation, Transforming Consciousness  

Nancy Sylvester, IHM, MA

*   June 24-29

Mission, Margins and Intercultural Living

Anthony Gittins, CSSp, PhD

See the July-August topics at maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute.

Application forms, on-line registration, and program descriptions are also available there. Or you may  obtain information by telephone: (914) 941-0783 ext.5671, or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Thursday, 28 December 2017 13:38

We Are Corn and Beans

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Daniel Caño – Mayan Spiritual Guide

Here we are.

I am the corn

and you are the bean plant.

Your roots intertwine with mine


and embracing

we flourish together

in this field

that is life.

Originally published in Daniel Caño’s Spanish/Mayan/English book of
poetry, Savage Prayer. Reprinted with permission.


Thursday, 28 December 2017 09:42

Immersion Experience on the Border

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Are you trying to make sense of the immigration debate or do you know someone who is? If so, Maryknoll’s Spring Immersion trip (April 16-22, 2018) to the Texas Rio Grande Valley may be for you.

Father Gerry Kelly, MM, and Matt Rousso will be directing an innovative and exciting mission immersion program in the Rio Grande Valley in April, 2018.  To learn more, view the flyer. A few spots are still available; interested persons should apply soon. Just fill out the registration form on the flyer and mail it to the New Orleans Maryknoll Mission Office.


Thursday, 28 December 2017 09:36

A Buen Vivir Lent

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Patty Hinton – Midwest Regional Coordinator, St. Louis Chapter

Buen Vivir—“living in harmony and equilibrium with the cycles of Mother Earth, the cosmos, and life in all its forms,” caused me to reflect on Lent in some different ways.  This Lent, we might do a few things to connect with all creation:

Take a walk at least once a week and appreciate the beauty of nature—listen and let it speak to your heart.

Connect with an Affiliate you don’t know well—if possible, someone outside your own country.

Prayer for International acceptance of the Nuclear Ban

The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons opened for signature at United Nations headquarters in New York on 20 September 2017 and will remain open indefinitely. Once 50 nations have ratified or acceded to it, it will enter into force. The US has not yet ratified.

This prayer service is derived from Pax Christi International’s Interfaith Prayer Service for Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty Negotiations, conducted on March 28, 2017, at the Isaiah Wall, NYC. Your chapter might use it at a chapter meeting or arrange an interfaith prayer service in your area.

CONVENER: Peace, Salaam, Shalom to all gathered here in support of a Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty.”

Monday, 30 October 2017 03:38

Spread the Word

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Sr. Arlene Trant MM, recently returned from mission in Macau, reached out to us for ideas and help with Mission Education in the US, her new assignment with the Maryknoll Sisters. She offers a few areas for brainstorming:

  • Get Maryknoll magazine to schools/parishes?
  • Diocesan Mission Office—aware of Maryknoll?
  • Mission education in Catholic schools?
  • Maryknoll related service hours for confirmation
  • Work with Catholic colleges/universities or Newman Centers/campus ministers?

We will be talking with her and developing ideas. If you could help, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Monday, 30 October 2017 02:57

Remembering Affiliates

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These Maryknoll Affiliates passed away in 2017:

Warren Bowhall, Albany Chapter, April 17

Mary D’Arcy, Subway Chapter, NY, August 2

Carrolyn Williams, New Jersey Chapter, September 16

If we have missed someone in your chapter, or to report future deaths, please contact Bob Short
(This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to include their names in an annual Mass of Remembrance.


Monday, 28 August 2017 22:56

Last Call for Readers!

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This fall, book groups will be reading Trails of Hope and Terror by Miguel de la Torre (http://www.orbisbooks.com/trails-of-hope-and-terror.html). The seven conference call “meetings” run from Sept. 8th (Friday 1:00 pm ET … 10:00 am PT) through October 20th. Email Bob Short: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Join us if you can!


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