Maryknoll Affiliate News (217)

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Saturday, 27 August 2016 15:11

Collaboration & Gratitude

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Greetings Maryknoll Affiliates,

We just want to express our gratitude to Dave and Paula Schaffner for a tremendous service they provided Maryknoll Lay Missioners the weekend of July 30/31. We had two church dates to cover in the LA archdiocese for Maryknoll Lay Missioners that weekend. We try to plan two on a weekend in order to travel together and cover two dates as well as other events. Normally the parishes are fairly close but on this occasion they were more than two hours apart so that created a big logistical question and challenge. But, Affiliates Dave and Paula Schaffner came through and helped develop a solution.

I was speaking in Camarillo, CA and Cecilia in Guadalupe, CA which is about 20 minutes from the Schaffner’s home. They graciously picked Cecilia up from the train, took her to their house for lunch, then to the parish to cover two masses on Saturday, back to their house for dinner to sleep then back to the parish on Sunday morning. We both had late afternoon masses on Sunday and Dave returned to the parish to pick Cecilia up and started south to meet up with me and make the exchange and then we headed back to LA. Wheee. It was indeed a tremendous help and we are very, very grateful! This is a prime example of collaboration.

Thanks Dave and Paula!!!

In Maryknoll,

Cecilia & Sam

Saturday, 27 August 2016 15:09

MAC 2017 Invitation Letter

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Dear Maryknoll Affiliates

As the hosts of MAC 2017, we, the Guatemala Maryknoll Affiliates Chapter, cordially invite you to the gathering that will take place from November 9-12, 2017 in the Verbo Encarnado Retreat Center in Guatemala, Central America (

Since 1993, on celebrating the first gathering in Chicago, USA, the Maryknoll Affiliates movement has met every two to three years in the United States to comment on the past, present, and future of the Maryknoll Affiliates and to celebrate significant events of the Maryknoll family. Although the home of the gatherings has been the United States, on March 28, 2015, we received the good news from the Maryknoll Affiliates Board that the proposal that the Guatemala Chapter presented at MAC 2014 had been considered and evaluated with the subsequent decision that now is the moment to hold the gathering outside of the United States, specifically in Guatemala, in this case.

The inspirational theme of the MAC 2017 gathering is BUEN VIVIR, literally “good living.” This consists of an invitation to enter into harmony with the Andean peoples and great majority of indigenous peoples of the world so that we also may begin a search for new paths for humanity. BUEN VIVIR has much to teach us: learning how to listen to one another, thinking and walking together, searching for harmony and equity for the well-being of all people, community, Mother Earth, and the Cosmos through a sharing and a celebration filled with warmth and affection.

In MAC 2017 we will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Maryknoll Affiliates. This will be a moment to thank the grandfathers and grandmothers who began each entity of Maryknoll and for the Affiliate chapters to recognize our existence, parting from the four pillars that define us and give us our identity: spirituality, community, global vision, and action, thus reaffirming the presence of God who invites us to live a full life that prioritizes being in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed and excluded.

The NSFA and NTLH bulletins, the Maryknoll Affiliates website (, the MAC 2017 Blog (, and the Maryknoll Affiliates Guatemala Chapter Facebook (Capítulo Guatemala Afiliados Maryknoll) will keep you informed and will make known the specifics of MAC 2017. On registering as a participant in the gathering you will be sent more details via e-mail.

We hopefully anticipate that this gathering will be an opportunity for respectful dialogue, that we will seek spaces that will help us create solid bonds as a single Maryknoll family that wants to strengthen mission through the love of God, to dream, and to act on the basis of new alternatives that at the moment seem impossible to achieve.

With best wishes on behalf of the Planning Committee of MAC 2017,

Rosa Beatriz Castañeda de Larios Maryknoll Affiliates Guatemala Chapter Conference Coordinator

Maryknoll Affiliates Guatemala Chapter

Guatemala, June 2016


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Saturday, 16 July 2016 19:51

Making All Things New - Affiliate Book Club

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We launched the Affiliate Book Club about a month ago and chose Ilia Delio’s Making All Things New- Catholicity, Cosmology & Consciousness as our first book.  When the planning team – Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Paula Schaffner and Bob Short – first thought of the book club, we anticipated that 6 to, optimistically, 10 might sign up.  By the time we launched the first session, 41 had requested to join.  It would be fun to speculate why so many latched onto this initiative – 1) Ilea Delio 2) interest in new cosmology 3) virtual community 4) following through on a New Year’s resolution to shut off the TV and read more 5) etc. – In the end, we don’t know, but are very encouraged by such a positive response.

We divided the full complement of participants into 3 groups on separate days and to date have covered three chapters of the book.  Anything by Ilia Delio and authors like her is challenging.  She speaks of quantum consciousness, evolution and emergence, Big Bang catholicity, Jesus and creative wholeness and much else.  Nevertheless, what I found in the Friday group of which I am a part (and I’m sure this is true of the other two groups), is that all are enthused, engaged and, on an intuitive level, very much concur with what we are reading.  I think that must have a lot to do with the life experience, faithfulness, interior center and developed critical sense of the participants

Essentially, like Teilhard de Chardin, Thomas Berry and others who came before her, Ilia speaks to us about a new paradigm for understanding our God, faith, Church and the human community.  In the end, it might actually be a very old paradigm. 


Thursday, 07 July 2016 12:49

Talking Points...Why Be a Maryknoll Affiliate

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Ken Eppes, South Central Regional Coordinator, "Got to thinking" about talking points for 'Why I should be a Maryknoll Affiliate/Why I should form an Affiliate Chapter?  He brought this to his Chapter in North Texas (Dallas/Fort Worth area) and they came up with the following talking points. 

Can you think of others?

Being a Maryknoll Affiliate:

  • 1.     Gives you the opportunity to be a part of Maryknoll, a world-wide American mission society. 
  • 2.     Gives you the opportunity to be part of an international network of lay people who spread the Good News of God’s love in the way their unique circumstances permit. 
  • 3.     Gives you the opportunity to be educated and spiritually formed in mission.
  • 4.     Gives you the opportunity to rub elbows with veteran, lifelong missioners and draw on their wisdom.
  • 5.     Gives you the opportunity to meet regularly with like-minded people.
  • 6.     Gives you the opportunity to find support for your current involvements.
  • 7.     Gives you the opportunity to help others to answer their baptismal call to mission.
  • 8.     Gives you the opportunity to participate in a rich dialogue about mission.
  • 9.     Gives you the opportunity to engage in a continuous mission formation process.
  • 10.  Gives you the opportunity to grow in solidarity with the poor people of the world.

Sr. Peg Donovan, Director of Maryknoll Mission Institute, invites us to consider attending this important Mission Institute Program: EMBODYING THE OPTION FOR THE POOR which will be held July 17 – 22, 2016. Maria Teresa Davila is a dynamic presenter giving many talks to CALL FOR ACTION and in her teaching at Andover Newton.

Maryknoll Affiliates are eligible for 1/2 off the tuition charge.

Contact Information:
Sr. Peg M. Donovan, MM
Maryknoll Mission Institute
P.O Box 311
Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311
(914) 941-0783 Ext.5671 (direct line)
(914) 941-7575 Ext. 5671
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 13:26

MK Affiliate Southern Regional Conference

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The New Orleans Affiliates are hosting this regional conference - "Mission as Accompaniment" - from September 30 - October 2, 2016.  Housing will be at the Archdiocesan Retreat Center on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain in Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans.  See a complete description at: 

Regional conferences provide a wonderful opportunity to build cohesiveness among Affiliates and Chapters in the region and beyond; and, for Affiliates to connect with Maryknollers from all the entities.  The also help to broaden our perspectives on mission today.  For a brochure, write to Matt Rousso at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To register, fill out the form below and send it with your check to the address listed:

Name___________________________________________________  Address_________________________________________________

Phone __________________________________________________  Email___________________________________________________


Room/Meals 2 nights (no double)................................$150

Commuter (meals only)..............................................$100

Make check payable to Matt Rousso and mail to:

Maryknoll Mission Center c/o Matt Rousso, 7730 Walmsley Ave. New Orleans, LA 70125



Saturday, 18 June 2016 11:34

Reflection on June 12 - Orlando

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the people killed and injured in the mass shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12.  We pray for healing for those who were wounded and for a healing of our world, that we may not continue to have these horrible events. In order that the light of God’s presence may penetrate the darkest places, may each of us discern how we can contribute to a more peaceful world.  We ask God to guide us.  Amen.


In their May meeting, the New Jersey Affiliate Chapter explored “…what might be an Affiliate response to the present political climate, and if there are any possible ways to elevate the level of discourse. In other words, as people of faith and hope, imbued with the values of Maryknoll, is there anything in particular that we have to offer?”

It struck me that these are critical questions for all of us striving to live out the Maryknoll charism. 

In sending along the minutes for this New Jersey Chapter meeting, Lenore Smith-Aman wrote that members listed a sampling of pressing concerns that included:

·      The fact that serous issues are being ignored in favor of inflammatory rhetoric.

Racism, lies, outrageous claims.

·      Fear of polarization.

·      Climate change

·      Supreme court

·      Bullying in international relationships

·      Immigration issues, isolationist trends

·      Influence of Israel on ourMiddle East policies

·      Generalized feelings of anxiety/hopelessness about real solution

·      Tendency to “ escape from freedom” by giving power to demagoguery.

The also included a quote from Richard Rohr that speaks to our present historical reality and reminds us of the kinds of approaches (energies) that won’t help in this regard:

Our collective shadow is on display, exposing fear and bigotry, yet oppositional energies cannot bring about the change we so desperately need.

A much more through look at that Chapter meeting will appear in the next edition of NSFA.  For my part, I wondered if other chapters and others from among all the expressions within Maryknoll have begun to address this concern.  Please send along any of your efforts in this regard.


Friday, 10 June 2016 11:41

Mid-Year Appeal 2016

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Maryknoll Affiliates

P.O. Box 311

Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311


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June 2016




 Dear Affiliates:

First the good news: we have met our budget goals for each of the past four years, and are hopeful of doing the same this year. In recent years, we have reached our goal due to significant contributions through either investment distributions or estate bequests, but we recognize that income from such generosity is not recurring.

At the same time, the number of Affiliates contributing annually dropped from 194 in 2013 to 170 in 2015. We hope this is not a trend—we only ask for help from you who are on the Affiliate rolls. Bottom line: we appreciate our special friends, but we need a solid base of Affiliate contributors. To continue on a sound financial path, we are asking that each member make some contribution.

Our modest budget, in the $21-22,000 range, funds our operating costs, such as printing and distribution of our newsletters, technical assistance on the website, and travel for the Executive Coordinator. Remember, the Fathers and Brothers (Society), Sisters (Congregation), and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners fund the Executive Coordinator’s salary and benefits. Be assured that support exceeding our budget will be used wisely, whether to fund MAC travel grants, keep the website working well, or meet unforeseen expenses. We do all this to serve our larger vision to be in mission to the world, striving to build expanding circles of compassion through our pillars of Spirituality, Global Vision, Community, and Action.

For MAC2017 (to be held Nov. 9-12, 2017 in Guatemala), we hope to again offer travel grants to assure broad attendance. Look for details in Not So Far Afield or the Monday morning email. If by chance you are not receiving these, please contact Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, please consider whether your chapter might be able to facilitate sending a representative.

If you have made a contribution since November 1, we say “Thank you!” for doing your part! We are not requesting a second donation, but if you choose to help a little more, it will be gratefully accepted.

With our thanks and prayers,


David Schaffner                                                                    Virginia McEvoy

Chair, Affiliate Board                                        Finance Committee


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