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The response of the Maryknoll family to the Volcano of Fire (Volcán de Fuego) that erupted on June 3rd in Guatemala was a wonderful expression of solidarity. 

In response, the Guatemala Chapter formed the Volcano of Fire Committee composed of Sister Dee Smith, MM and Affiliates Cecilia Garcés, Rosa María de León, Ana Garcés and Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios. This committee, with the support of the Chapter, analyzed the situation of the victims; the needs already met; the organizations involved, and the government response. The immediate needs were covered but the conditions for settling again and moving forward have not yet been resolved. There is still a long way to go, requiring time, government decisions and financial support. The committee agreed, after giving assistance to the purchase of medicines and medical material, to work with the Firefighters and focus on addressing future situations that have a more lasting effect.  In the week of July 15, a donation of 25% of the donations received was given to four areas below.

  1. Community Studies and Psychosocial Action Team (ECAP). Prevention/attention to cases of violence against women and girls in shelters.
  2. Support for the Hernández-Sánchez Family: Three brothers and one sister, thirteen children. In the tragedy they lost their mother Olivia Sánchez and her sister Saida Lisbet Hernández, both identified and buried. The fund will be used to cover health care. One of the children, aged twelve, was hospitalized for five weeks because of burns on his feet and legs. The woman, who lost two teenage daughters, has needed gynecological attention. The child who suffered burns will need a wheelchair
  3. TECHO – an organization present in Latin America and the Caribbean that, through joint actions of its residents and young volunteers, seeks to overcome the situation of poverty that thousands of people are exposed to in precarious settlements. They have been working with Los Lotes for those who have experienced 100% damage in their respective communities.
  4. Community Councils for Urban and Rural Development (COCODE). This entity brings together various representatives from different socio-economic sectors of the population. They belong to the national system of Development Counselors of Guatemala, which is constitutionally created.

Based on their access to help and benefits, the COCODES locate and maintain communications with the inhabitants of Los Lotes, Alotenango,

In the month of August, the committee will evaluate the management of the funds delivered and will make the rest of the money available to the projects that are considered reliable and capable of dispersing the funds.

In solidarity




Maryknoll Affiliates in Action

While saber-rattling and violence makes the news, Portland Maryknoll Affiliates urge you to take action positively by joining them for Mission Nonviolence, Sept. 21-23. This free regional conference if open to all Affiliates and Maryknollers. Come to learn and experience more of our tradition of nonviolence, its beauty and effectiveness. Come and share your story of growth and reconciliation with organizations who are working nonviolently for the Beloved Community. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or with this completed RSVP form.

Mission Nonviolence  – RSVP           

Maryknoll Affiliates Mini-Regional Conference

              Portland, Oregon   Sept. 21-23, 2018

Moving our Broader Community to Nonviolence and Peace

We explore Active Nonviolent approaches for addressing the challenges before us.

Bring information about your causes.

Email this document as your RSVP to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please provide your information below and mark each event you will attend.

Date__________ Email_________________________________ Affiliate Chapter _______________

Name_________________________________________   Phone _____________________________

Suggested free will donation: $10 to Spirit of Grace.  Donations are appreciated and help cover our costs 

____ Friday, Sept. 21, 6 PM – Maryknoll Affiliate social and casual dinner at the Hotchkiss home.

         Location: 35 NW 107th Ave., Portland OR 97229.  Food and beverages are provided.

         FOCUS: Share your ideas about Maryknoll Spirituality and Community.

____ Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 AM-4 PM – Active Nonviolence Workshop Open to the public.

           Rivera Sun, Active Nonviolence trainer will provide strategies for addressing change.  

           Location:  Spirit of Grace, Mission of the Atonement                  Lunch is provided.

                         7400 SW Scholls Ferry Rd., Beaverton OR 97008       MAP link  

          5:30 PM Catholic Mass at Spirit of Grace.

____ Sat. Sept. 22, 7:00 PM: Affiliate Open Mic – enjoy pizza and share stories, songs, skits, etc.

 ____ Sunday, Sept. 23, 12:30 PMMaryknoll Affiliate gathering and catered lunch.

           Location to be announced at the workshop on Saturday, Sept. 22.

           FOCUS: Share your ideas and plans for Global Vision and Action.

To honor the practice of Active Nonviolence and Care for Creation, all provided meals are meatless.

____ I have a special diet and I will bring my own food. (Refrigerator and microwave are available.)

The conference does not provide housing. A few motels close to the meeting location:

     Peppertree Inn (503) 641-7477;    Embassy Suites (503) 644-4000;    Marriot Courtyard (503) 641-3200  

     Staying with friends in the Portland area? Invite them to RSVP and join us!

____ I need local transportation. My cell phone: __________________________

____ I can provide local transportation. My cell phone: _______________________

(We may share phone numbers between those who need/can provide transportation.)

I am happy to help with: (Please mark all that apply.)

Friday:   Greeter ____    Set-up ____     Clean-up ____

Saturday Workshop:   Greeter/Door person____     Song leader____     Set-up/Clean-up____  

Saturday Mass:   Lector____   Eucharistic Minister____  Music leader/Music selection ____  

Saturday Open Mic:  MC ____   List organizer ____    Entertainment ____     Clean up ____

Sunday 12:30 Lunch:  Greeter____   Set-up/clean-up____   Other:____________________ 180703

Tuesday, 17 July 2018 17:50

Free Webinar: Rejoice & Be Glad

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Date: July 24, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm Eastern
Presenters:        Deacon Matt Dulka (green hat)
                        Associate Director
                        Maryknoll Church Engagement
                        Fr. Bob Jalbert, MM (white hat)
                        Maryknoll Church Engagement
Cost: Free. Registration is required.
  We need a spirit of holiness capable of  filling both      our solitude and our service, our personal life and      our evangelizing efforts, so that every moment can    be an expression of self-sacrificing love in the         Lord’s   eyes. (Gaudete et Exsultate, para. 31)
Sunday, 15 July 2018 22:19

Our Relationship - Maryknoll Affiliates

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Dear Affiliate Community,

As members of the Maryknoll family we are blessed by the over 100 year legacy of Maryknollers bringing social justice and ministering to the spiritual and physical needs of peoples around the world. 

We all need to recognize our individual and collective responsibility in protecting the Maryknoll name and insuring that it is not misused in any way. The attached statement titled, "Maryknoll Relationship" summarizes our responsibilities. While it has been in place for many years, this is probably a good time to refresh our memories. Please print this document and take it to your next Affiliate meeting for a short discussion.

If questions arise where you need counsel, please contact Executive Coordinator Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or, for Maryknoll positions on many global issues, Gerry Lee, Executive Director, Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Best wishes and peace,

Dave Schaffner, Board Chair, Maryknoll Affiliates

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Maryknoll Affiliates Our Maryknoll Relationship

The relationship between the Affiliates and other Maryknoll missioners is to empower all parties to be connected to the people they both serve—in global vision, spirituality, community, and mission action.


Maryknoll Affiliates commit themselves to the mission goals of Maryknoll through an Affiliate relationship. All who respect Maryknoll’s Catholic identity are welcome to participate in this Affiliate relationship. Maryknoll Affiliates are respectful of the human dignity of every person.

At all times, Maryknoll Affiliates strive to conduct themselves with integrity and in a responsible manner that will reflect positively on the reputation     of Maryknoll. This includes all dealings with Maryknollers, other Maryknoll Affiliates, and especially with all the people whom Maryknoll serves. Additionally, from time to time, Affiliates work with Maryknoll missioners in mission education and promotion in schools and churches and participate in short-term mission service. In those situations, Maryknoll Affiliates abide by all policies and procedures of the responsible Maryknoll entity.

Maryknoll Affiliates assume their own financial and legal responsibilities. As Maryknoll Affiliates, members are not agents, employees, representatives, or members of any of the three Maryknoll entities and are not under legal  or financial obligation to Maryknoll (except for the Executive Coordinator or others who are employed by Maryknoll). Maryknoll does not compensate a Maryknoll Affiliate for gifts or talents shared with any of the Maryknoll entities or for injuries, sickness, or death incurred when acting within the Affiliate relationship or otherwise.

Maryknoll is not under legal or financial obligation to a Maryknoll Affiliate and is not legally responsible for any action or representation of a Maryknoll Affiliate unless such act or representation is specifically authorized by the responsible representative of Maryknoll leadership.

Maryknoll Affiliates’ Responsibilities

Maryknoll Affiliates:

  • participate in the mission goals of Maryknoll by joining with others in a local or virtual Affiliate
  • after an appropriate period of discernment, may be officially recognized as a Maryknoll Affiliate by the local Affiliate
  • participate in local Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter meetings faithfully attending at least three each
  • respect and participate in the four Affiliate pillars of: Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, and

Maryknoll Affiliates strive to be respectful and loving to all and will not:

  • participate in any harassing behavior including epithets, slurs, negative stereotyping or threatening, intimidating, or hostile
  • display or circulate material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward any individual or
  • make intimidating, hostile, derogatory, contemptuous or otherwise offensive conduct or remarks.
  • engage in any behavior that may be harmful to the health and safety of the
  • engage in any behavior that may be detrimental to
  • discriminate against any other person on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, or the presence of any physical, mental, or sensory

This behavior is affirmed primarily in the local Affiliate Chapter, where fellow Affiliates encourage one another to live in a spirit of mutual commitment, trust, and accountability. Should a Maryknoll Affiliate violate the above standards, which may have potential legal ramifications and/or may harm the name of Maryknoll, the Regional Coordinator and Executive Coordinator should be contacted immediately.

Sunday, 08 July 2018 15:42

Regional Event - Mission Nonviolence

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Inviting all Maryknoll Affiliates to

Mission Nonviolence:

Moving our Broader Community to Nonviolence and Peace

Regional Maryknoll Affiliate Conference

Sept. 21-23, 2018

Rivera Sun, noted author, activist, and Active

Nonviolence trainer will lead us to address change.

Learn from nonviolent activist organizations.

Friday, 6 PM – Maryknoll Affiliate Social and casual dinner

Bring your ideas about Maryknoll Spirituality and Community.

Saturday, 9 AM – 4 PM – FREE Active Nonviolence Workshop Saturday workshop

Open to the public – bring a friend!

Saturday workshop followed by 5:30 PM Affiliate Mass, pizza, and Open Mic

Sunday, 12:30 PM – Maryknoll Affiliate gathering and lunch. Share your ideas

and plans for Global Vision and nonviolent Action.

To practice Active Nonviolence and Care for Creation, all provided meals

are meatless.

Special diet? Bring what you can enjoy and eat with us!

Housing and transportation are NOT provided.

All events and meals are FREE! Free-will offerings will be gratefully accepted.

Hosted by the Portland Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter

Contact Mary at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

or 503 317-2185 to RSVP for each day



Sunday, 01 July 2018 17:35

Families Belong Together!!

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Families Together - New London CT June 30, 2018

On Saturday 6/30 Paula and Dave Schaffner participated in the Families Belong Together March/Rally in San Luis Obispo, CA with 500 – 1000 others who came out to express their voice against the administration policy (one of too many) that is separating children from their families.  The photo above was taken by Bob Short as people were gathering for a rally he attended in New London, CT. with 400-500 others from around that small city. 

If any of you had the chance to participate in a March or Rally in your local area for this cause, please send photos with captions to NSFA editor Paula Schaffner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Saturday, 30 June 2018 12:52

Gracias de Guatemala

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The Guatemala Chapter of Maryknoll Affiliates

Is very thankful for the commitment, love and expressions of solidarity from the Maryknoll family during the current crisis and resulting consequences from the volcano. Your thoughtful concern for our brothers and sisters brought to mind Jesus’ words: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.” (Mt. 25, 40)

We formed the Fire Volcano Committee that will study which project will best bring a sense of dignity to those who are most vulnerable.  The donations sent by you will make possible the relocation of many people who have lost their homes.  Once we determine the specifics of the project, we will be in communication about the process from beginning to end.

Your solidarity keeps alive our HOPE!

Saturday, 30 June 2018 12:35

What's Happening in Nicaragua

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Below is a letter, slightly abridged, from Julio Martinez, nephew of Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books.  Kitty Madden provided the initial paragraph in italics. 

As a Maryknoll Affiliate who has been living and working in Matagalpa, Nicaragua for the past 32+years (3 of those years as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner), I totally concur with Julio’s letter of concern and am grateful for the careful documentation he provides as a way of helping to educate the Maryknoll community about the desperate situation of Nicaraguans today.  Please also keep us in your daily prayers. (Kitty Madden)

Hi family, 

As mentioned on the phone, the situation in Nicaragua hasn’t improved over the past 2 months, and the latest death toll has reached 285 since April 18th. I won’t describe the circumstances much, since you’ll read that in the articles, but I’ll at least mention that these deaths have occurred almost exclusively among unarmed protesters who were met by heavily-armed government forces. 

While international press seems to be reporting fairly, we are seeing an unexpected response from progressive groups with historical ties to the Sandinista Party (because of what this party used to be during the 1980s), some of which go as far as touting government talking points and blaming the situation on a right-wing, CIA-funded campaign, rather than a popular uprising against government authoritarianism. This has us in Nicaragua very worried since the situation seems to be getting worse, and it is important for this government to be isolated internationally if it is expected to back down. This is why I was hoping that I could ask you for help. An important objective now is to get as many international progressive groups as possible, especially those that have historical ties to the Sandinista party, to denounce this government repression in Nicaragua, and where applicable, publicly cut ties with the party. If any of you had ties to these kinds of groups, and could help me get this message to them, i would be extremely grateful. I could facilitate any information that they would need in order to clarify, including getting them in touch with former Sandinista leaders (virtually all of whom are now against the regime) if that would help.   

Please let me know if you would have any comments or questions and thank you so much for your help. 

Much love, 


News Sources

The Atlantic: The Unraveling of Nicaragua (June 6)

Amnesty International: Shoot to Kill: NICARAGUA’S STRATEGY TO REPRESS PROTESTS. (May 29)


Sunday, 24 June 2018 11:48

Some Notes on the Future

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In a recent conversation with Teresa Baldini MM on possible new directions for Maryknoll, she shared the thoughts (not the cartoon) below:

I believe the future has invited us to embrace communal contemplation anew so that we can enter the crucible herein our unknown future and the Love that compels us forward are being put to the fire! (Nancy Sylvester, IHM)

Dwell in Possibility…

Not knowing when the dawn will come,

I open every door of my heart this day.

(Emily Dickinson)

Our role is not only to ease suffering, bind up wounds and feed the hungry, but through every form of effort to raise the powers of LOVE upward to the next state of consciousness!  (Teilhard de Chardin, SJ)

Please pray for me, one whose life is filled with many tasks, while her soul is lost in God. (Mother Mary Joseph)

We need to be among those who have courage to go out on a limb, for that is where the fruit is. (Mary Luke Tobin, SJ)

We are called to a new vision of collaboration involving a communion of people with the maximum of diversity. (Cletus Wessels, OP)

Deep within we long for unity because, at the most fundamental level, we are already one. We belong to one another because we have the same source of lover; the love that flows through the trees is the same love that flowers through my being… We are deeply connected in this flow of love, beginning on the level of nature where we are the closest of kin because the Earth is our mother. (Teresa Baldini MM)

The need for justice and peace for the Palestinian (and Israeli) people is way overdue.  We need all of those interested in helping bring about a more just situation to join together and try to make sure the U.S. government becomes a positive player for justice and peace in that region.

To do this, we need many advocates in every Congressional District in the country to let our Senators, Congress people and other pertinent government leaders know what they can do to promote justice and peace in this area of the world and that we oppose U.S. government actions that further the injustice and lack of peace in the area.

Therefore, the Pax Christi International Washington Working Group, of which PCUSA is a key member (along with the Columban Center for Advocacy & Outreach, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd), is setting up a national grassroots advocacy network.  Its initial aims are simple - to get at least two Catholics in as many of the 435 Congressional districts in the country as possible to agree to try to advocate by e-mail (or in other ways) with either their Senators and Congressperson (or another relevant government leaders) at least once per month.  

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