Features (78)

Monday, 05 May 2014 00:00

Please Pray for Her Family…

Written by

Mary Logan – Red Bank Chapter

Kelly Gordon, my former student and a Red Bank Maryknoll Affiliate for three years, was killed on April 10th as she attempted to cross 84th street in New York City.

Kelly, a senior at Boston College due to graduate in May, was in NYC with her sister to interview for a job. Kelly was a quiet and wonderful young woman who had a deep sense of compassion for all, but especially for children.




Saturday, 03 May 2014 00:00

Where Am I Eating? – A Review

Written by

Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter

Where Am I Eating? by Kelsey Timmerman, published by Wiley, 2013.

Author Kelsey Timmerman, having previously taken readers through the question, Where Am I Wearing?, next tackles food products (Wiley, 2013). Traveling to countries that are major exporters of coffee, chocolate, bananas, lobster, and apple juice, Timmerman seeks to experience a day in the life of the grower/harvester of each product. 

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

May/June 2014 News from the Knoll

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Sr. Rose Duchesne Debrecht, MM, a Maryknoll sister since her entry in St. Charles, MO, in 1940, died Feb. 22, 2014. Serving the youth in Hong Kong for over 60 years, she was a teacher, principal, spiritual directress, journalist, and English tutor.

Sr. Rosemary Bass, MM, a Maryknoll Sister for 64 years, died March 16 at the age of 88. She taught English to Japanese students at all levels, in Los Angeles and in Japan. In the 1970s, she was in charge of the Center’s Direct Mail Department and then cared for her ailing mother.

Sr. Agnes Cazalé, MM, after a long illness, died on April 8th. Born in New Orleans, LA, in 1923, she entered Maryknoll in 1943 and was a Maryknoll Sister for 71 years. She served in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, primarily in spiritual direction and counseling.

Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

March/April News from the Knoll

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Sr. Eleanor Keeney, who died on Nov. 29, was born in NJ, trained as a nurse and then joined Maryknoll in 1948. Her medical expertise took her to Ceylon, Thailand, Zimbabwe, and the US, where she established various programs: AIDS support, rural clinics, hospice, home care, and more.

Sr. Joan Campbell died on Dec. 14, 2013, after 66 years as a Maryknoll sister. Born in NJ and educated in PA, she served in Tanzania as a teacher/headmistress.


Sr. Elizabeth Lee, a Maryknoll sister for over 70 years, died on Feb. 4, 2014. Teaching gradeschool, ESL, and teachers of ESL, she worked mostly with Chinese populations in the US and Taiwan.

Saturday, 11 January 2014 00:00

Excerpt from “The Pilgrim”

Written by

Joseph Honerkamp – Maryknoll Lay Missioner, class of 1975, who served in Western Samoa, Bolivia, and the US

What was the magic of their secret?
Was it the memory of the busy and noisy, strange City?
Was it the color and beauty of exotic flowers and sunsets?
Was it the unbelievable sweetness and richness of wines grown and ripened on the other side of the globe?
Was it the aftertaste of the spices which strange foods had left on their tongues?
What was it all about?
Was it the laughter echoing through their souls?
Was it a song, a melody?
Was it just a memory of the face they could not forget?
Was it a smile that had warmed their hearts?
Who will ever know?
So they returned to their cobblers’ benches and broken shoes...
To their trading stores and wares...
To their oxen, ploughs, and farms...
To their sick-houses and their dying...
To their schools and books and students.
And it followed them.
Because now it had gone to their very center.
Somehow they lived on. But...sometimes they still wondered...and




Saturday, 04 January 2014 00:00

Project Unspeakable

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Review by Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

Like many Affiliates, I have an indelible memory of hearing that President Kennedy had been shot. On November 22, 2013, in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Kennedy's assassination, we and people across the country, including some at the SOA Watch Vigil in Columbus GA, attended Readers Theater performances of Project Unspeakable. ProjectUnspeakable.org was inspired by the Orbis hardcover book, JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters, by James W. Douglass.

Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00

Notices – January/February 2014

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Special Prayer Request

Fr. Jim Madden, who founded the Maryknoll Affiliate Movement with Sr. Ellen McDonald, has notified us that he has cancer and asks for our prayers. Father Jim has remained in close contact with the Affiliate family since stepping down from his leadership position and has continued to offer support to us on many, many levels.  It is difficult to find the words to express our gratitude to Jim or our concern in learning of this diagnosis.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with you, Father Jim, throughout this time.

Our Readers Comment:

  • Nancy McFarland: Just wanted to let you know I appreciated your review of Ilia Delio’s most recent book in NSFA. I’ve read and loved all 3 of her recent books. I think she is spot on! It’s always nice to read a review that gets to the heart of a book.
  • Beth Begley: Kudos to the communication committee -- new online format for NSFA is very inviting and attractive.

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Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

What's So Blessed about Being Poor?

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Reviewed by Bertha Haas – Portland Chapter

Order this one now! (By L. Susan Slavin and Coralis Salvador, Orbis, 2013.)  And while you’re at it, order copies for your family and friends!  You’ll want to share it without losing your copy.

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