One of the most exciting things about attending the Maryknoll Affiliate Conferences (MACs) is the opportunity to talk with people about what is happening in the countries where they live. While you’re at the MAC, don’t miss visiting with these people:     

Kitty Madden – Having spent the last 34 years in Nicaragua, Kitty can fill you in on current conditions there.    

Renate Schneider – To learn what Haiti is like these days, Renate can report on changes since her article in the January NSFA.  

Peruvian Affiliates – Several have applied for visas. (Pray for their success.)     

Rosa Beatriz, Rosa Maria de Leon, and Anabella Penados – They can talk about various aspects of mission in Guatemala.    

Sun Shil Theresa Kim – She can speak to what it means to be an Affiliate in South Korea.          

Fred and Jet Goddard –What has our previous executive coordinator been doing in Philippines?

There will probably be even more worldwide representatives, not to mention folks from other regions of the US.

Be sure to enhance your global vision by attending MAC 2020 and joining in the conversation. Better yet, enrich that conversation by encouraging other Affiliates you know to attend as well.

For details and to register, go to


Published in Articles
Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:56

The Affiliates’ Interim Time

Bob Short – Executive Coordinator,, MAC 2020 Committee member

At some juncture in our lives, a good number us have dithered over what would be a fitting, engaging title for a term paper, article, or workshop. It can be a grueling process. In one moment, there’s inspiration, and the next, exasperation; bouts of energy, then tedium; feelings of “I’ve got it” followed in short measure by doubt. So it was with the title for MAC2020: Witnessing Love in the Interim Time.

Witnessing Love was an easy sell. But several on the MAC2020 team initially asked what the heck “Interim Time” meant. Ultimately, we all came to see that this phrase, inspired by John O’Donohue’s poem, For the Interim Time, was actually key to understanding the place we find ourselves in these days. You might have an intuitive sense of this yourself. Something is fundamentally different. As posted on the website a few weeks back, Pope Francis said, “…it’s not an era of change, but a change or eras.”

Published in The Board and EC Speak
Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:49

Will Your Chapter Be Represented?

Coming in June 2020 is the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference—a once-in-three-years experience not to be missed. MAC 2020 will be held at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in the Hudson Valley, New York, from Thursday through Sunday, June 25-28. To learn more about what is planned, see the conference website,

To encourage broad attendance, the Maryknoll Affiliate Board is again offering grants for full or partial coverage of the conference fee and travel costs. Ideally, every chapter of the over 50 chapters worldwide will have a representative at the Conference. Are finances keeping you from attending?

To apply for funding, go to and click on either English or Spanish at the top. On the drop-down menu, choose Register.  On that page, click on the Travel Grant option. Following instructions, fill out and submit the form. Ask your Chapter Contact or Regional Coordinator to send a letter of recommendation to the address shown on the form.

Along with the Travel Grant, we encourage you to explore and consider other supplemental funding sources. For example, some chapters may help with either funds or frequent flyer miles. At recent MACs, as many as 15 attendees benefited from grant assistance, and we hope that as many or more will be assisted through the 2020 program.

Questions? Please email Executive Coordinator Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Published in The Board and EC Speak
Thursday, 31 October 2019 04:13

Looking Forward to MAC 2020

Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter

On, I read that Nancy Sylvester, IHM, will be the keynote speaker at MAC 2020 next June. Not being well-read in theology or contemplation, I had not heard of her before, and I wanted to get a feel for what wisdom she will be offering to Maryknoll Affiliates. Following the link to, I explored her website, finally landing on the Resources page. There I found lists of Downloads, Readings, Poetry and Art, and Talks. Spinning the proverbial wheel of fortune, my pointer landed on her essay, “Finding Our Balance in the Political Landscape,” written in 2017. 

Published in Articles
Monday, 18 February 2019 23:42

Notices - March/April 2019

So Many Books, So Little Time...

Because of a light response and busy schedules, Book Group 2019 is being delayed until fall. 

We encourage Affiliates to read Choosing Peace, edited by Marie Dennis, on their own, and comment on Facebook, or send comments to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We’d also appreciate book suggestions for the Fall Book Group, and book reviews for the NSFA.

Be with us at the

Maryknoll Affiliate Conference!


June 25-28, 2020

The site, Graymoor Spiritual Life Center at Garrison, NY has easy access from the Metro-North train line and is less than 25 minutes from the Maryknoll Center.

A small, initial Planning Team of Celine Woznica (Chicago Central), Ginny McEvoy (Long Island) and Bob Short (Greater Boston) will provide updates as plans evolve.

Watch for invitations to contribute your skills and help make this conference memorable in the fine MAC tradition!

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Visit and LIKE or FOLLOW us. Post your Affiliate photos, activities, or an inspiring quote or article you’ve seen.

Do you enjoy communicating on Facebook? The Affiliates need someone to nurture our Facebook page as 
their special mission. Contact Paula or Bob at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Another View of Leadership

Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter Movement founder, says,  “We are not leaderless, we are leader-full.” ...It is difficult to infiltrate, undermine, or disrupt an organic movement that draws its power from regenerating communal cells.

—Richard Rohr, 4/13/18



Published in Features