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Monday, 29 June 2015 00:00


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Some people enter our lives

like deer

slipping in and out

of the woods.


They touch our earth

and as we stop

to look at them

they disappear as quietly

as they came


But you feel blessed

for having experienced

their gentle presence


And you give thanks

that the world

is a better place

because of the joy

they brought.

—Sr. Joan Metzner, MM

*art work by Sr. Charlotte Smith, MM 

Reno Affiliate Ellie Hays, a military veteran, former pit boss at Harrah’s Casino, special friend of the Maryknoll Sisters, and a dedicated advocate for peace and justice, has made it her personal mission to give laminated prayer cards to whomever she thinks needs some special attention. 

This poem is one of her favorites. Sr. Joan Metzner, who was on mission in Japan, passed away December 31, 2004.



A forum of adult learning and reflection on world church and mission

Upcoming events:

July 5-10  Albino Barrera, OPEveryday Holiness: Sacred Scripture’s Teaching on Economic Life 

July 12-17 Ched Myers, MADenial or Discipleship?  Bioregional Theology and Practice in a World
                                             of Ecological Ultimatums

July 19-24 Antoinette (Nonie) Gutzler, MM – Compassion: Witness to Love    

Sept. 16-19  Edwina Gateley, MA – Our Call to Personal and Global Transformation (Los Altos, CA)   

Sept. 20-25  Edwina Gateley, MA – Soul Sisters: Women Called to Connect, Bond and Heal in a Broken World  (Monrovia, CA)  

For details, visit http://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute


“We are created to read the book of creation
so that we may know the Author of Life.”-

     —Ilia Delio, OSF




Saturday, 27 June 2015 00:00

A Study of Church and State

Written by

Bertha Haas - Portland Chapter

A review of Christianity and the Political Order: Conflict, Cooptation, and Cooperation, by Kenneth R Himes, published by Orbis, 2013.

Himes traces the relationship between church and state from Old Testament times to post-Vatican II. After defining terms, he relates the tug-of-war, each trying to achieve dominance until finally arriving at democracy and separation of church and state under the US Constitution. Then in the final portion of the book, Himes discusses contemporary issues that involve both the government and religion, emphasizing the evolution in the Catholic Church’s teaching. 

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Red Seas

Written by

Al Drinkwine – Seattle Chapter

Each of us

has a Red Sea


Problems so terrifying

no exit we see


When placing our requests

on wings to Thee


Then trusting God,

He parts our sea


Providing safe passage

for you and me


No need to fear

the pounding waves

of life’s problem sea


Upon placing our lives

in the hands of Thee


Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Pray with Pope Francis

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Pope Francis, asking us to pray with him, has suggested these special intentions:


That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbors who suffer, especially the sick and the poor.


That immigrants and refugees may find welcome and respect in the countries to which they come.


Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Philippines: Mamasapano Clash Threatens Peace

Written by

Fred Goddard*

Prior to January 2015, few people in the Philippines had heard of Mamasapano, a small municipality on the southern island of Mindanao...

Read the complete article at: http://www.maryknollogc.org/article/philippines-mamasapano-clash-threatens-peace.

*A returned Maryknoll Lay Missioner who served for several years as the Executive 
Coordinator of the Maryknoll Affiliates, Fred has returned to the Philippines 
and now works with the Mindanao Peacebuilding Institute Foundation, Inc.
Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Selma: More Than Movie for Sister Maddie

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For Sister Madeline Dorsey, it was a day in which she and another Maryknoll Sister were placed on the front lines of that march, representing the Black doctors who worked with them at Queen of the World Hospital, the nation’s first interracial hospital, located in Kansas City, MO. 

Read the back story of her involvement in the May/June issue of Maryknoll magazine, page 20.



Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

Lenten Fast for Climate Justice

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Maryknoll is one of nearly 100 Catholic national and international member groups in the newly formed Global Catholic Climate Movement (http://catholicclimatemovement.global/fast/).

This coalition of laity, religious, clergy, theologians, scientists, and activists agree with scientific findings that humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions contribute to widespread and mostly harmful changes to planetary systems. Its focus is on the moral and spiritual issues involved, and to raise awareness of Church teachings on the care of creation.

Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00

Prayers to Light the Way

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As an NGO with UN consultative status, Maryknoll was present at events aligned with the UN Climate Change Conference held in Lima, Peru in December 2014. World leaders are working to establish the fundamentals of a strong, global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, hopefully to be finalized in Paris in 2015.

The faith-based coalition OurVoices organized #LightForLIMA, a global, multi-faith prayer vigil held in locations around the world prior to the Lima Conference. They now invite us to join in prayers from our Ambassadors to inspire us for the road to Paris (http://ourvoices.net/limaprayers). 

Monday, 02 March 2015 00:00


Written by

Don Foran – Friend of the Affiliates

If I can feel the wood and know who’s whittled,

Read paragraphs and know the author’s name,

Can hear one riff and know Grapelli’s fiddled,

Or sense in silhouettes the dancing flame,

Why can’t I scan for style erratic lines 

And temperamental scribbling on earth’s page:

Consistent inconsistencies, design,

Caprice, rich legacies of tenderness and rage?

Perhaps the world I cherish is chaotic,

Perhaps its pedagogy is insane,

But if it is sufficiently quixotic,

The signature, for students, will be plain.

Ah, crazy-witty worldlings, pitch a tent,

Absorbing and translating sacrament.


“Attribution” appeared in America, (Feb. 8, 1992)
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