Maryknoll Affiliate News (211)

The latest news about the Maryknoll Affiliates

The Maryknoll Mission Institute Advisory Board met last week.  Beth Begley is a member on behalf of the Affiiates. Plans for the coming year once again offer outstanding speakers ( and Affilates are most welcome.

Sr. Peg Donovan, Director has recorded the M.I.  program on Compassion: Witness to Love” given by Sr. Nonie Gutzler, President of the Maryknoll Sisters. The set of five DVDs is available to Affiliates for $20 plus postage& handling (about $3).

To order, please complete the following information

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Maryknoll Mission Institute

Rogers Building (#529)
Maryknoll Sisters Box 311
Maryknoll, NY, USA 10545-0311


Wednesday, 11 November 2015 13:18

Developing Global Consciousness - Prayers

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Approximately every other month, Sr. Theresa Baldini of the Maryknoll Sisters' Contemplative Community sends us a new "Living into a New Consciousness" reflection.  The content varies greatly, but is always insightful, evocative and often beautiful.  This month's reflection is on  Eucharistic Prayer or Communion Service: Giving Thanks in the 21st Century

You can find the "Living into a New Consciousness" reflection on the opening page of the website under: Developing Global Consciousness in the QUICK LINKS blue box.


Saturday, 19 September 2015 12:53

Why Pope Francis wants us to stop worshiping capitalism

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Pope Francis has bluntly criticized unbridled global capitalism for causing environmental destruction and tragic consequences for the world's poorest citizens. Click on the video link to see more of with he has to say (note that you might be requested to confirm your local PBS station):

 [Marie Dennis, member of the Maryknoll DC Affiliate Chapter and former Executive Director of MOGC appears in the video]

Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:00

Ronni Gilligan - to New Life

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(l-r) Jim Coady, Agnes Walsh, Ann Coady and Ronni

Veronica (Ronni) Gilligan, Contact Person for the Long Island Chapter and dedicated Maryknoll Affiliate for many years passed on peacefully to new life - as Ron Guidry put it on Saturday evening 8/22.

In an email on Monday Jack Sullivan MM wrote of Ronni:

I was shocked and saddened to learn of Ronni's death when I opened my email just a while ago.  I worked with Ronni when I was first with the Affiliates as Co-coordinator with Fred Goddard and Janet Srebalus; Ronni was a member of the Affiliate Board then.  She was always deeply committed to the Affiliates and to Kin-dom of God values.  We all now have a very active member of the "Heaven-Here-and-Now" Chapter.  I will be remembering her in memory images, prayer and Eucharist.

She is not "resting" but very much ALIVE in peace...Jack Sullivan


Sunday, 16 August 2015 00:00

Ronni Gilligan

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From Agnes Walsh

Veronica(Ronni) Gilligan, contact person for the Long Island Affiliate Chapter was admitted to a Hospice House on August 13th. Ronni requested prayers so it would be a source of comfort and consolation for her to know that Maryknoll Affiliates across the land are praying with her at this time. 

In the July/ August 2015 Not So Far Afield Newsletter John Moritz (Regional Coordinator with his wife Mary from Florida) agreed with Steve Judd, MM that there are three traditional traits that characterize Maryknoll Spirituality and Maryknollers - affability, availability & adaptability.  Ronni attracted people because of her affability, availability,and adaptability.

Please pray for Ronni


Sunday, 16 August 2015 00:00


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Everyone please note - yes, you do have to register for the new U.Lab course. Otherwise you will not receive any email updates about U.Lab, nor will you be able to access any of the new videos (including a whole module on SPT - which we're really excited about!).


You can register here:


Friday, 03 July 2015 00:00

Chapter Spotlight Feature

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Cordelia OntiverosAbout every other month we post one of the more than 50 Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters in the “Chapter Spotlight” feature of our website.  It is one way for readers to get a sense of the wonderful diversity and level of commitment within the movement.  Since the new website was launched in March of this year, three Chapters have appeared: Albany, Houston and, most recently, Greater Los Angeles.   We’re hoping to spotlight one of our international Chapters next.

The photo above is of Cordelia Ontiveros (on the right), Contact Person for the Greater Los Angeles Chapter.  Cordelia is pictured with Dolores Huerta, co-founder of United Farm Worker Union along with Cesar Chavez.

To see the latest posting on that Chapter and more photos, go to the Affiliate website: – click on the WHAT WE DO tab at the top and click on “Locations” in the drop down menu. You can also get there by clicking on the url:


Thursday, 02 July 2015 00:00

Living Global Vision-July/August NSFA

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Global Vision is one of the 4 pillars of the Maryknoll Affiliates, along with Community, Spirituality, and Action. This issue recognizes the charism of Global Vision in the special connections between Affiliates and the peoples of the Americas. On our cover Gail Kelley describes Resurrection at the US border. Victor Maqque, from Puno, Peru, now working at Notre Dame University in the US, tells a moving story of attending the beatification of the Salvadoran martyr, Oscar Romero. The profile of the Houston chapter displays their work at the border and in other countries. Another Affiliate searched out a program that gives youth in Costa Rica a jumpstart.

Hot topics in the press recently include Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, racism, the honey bee crisis, and coal/oil/gas concerns, but we did not receive items on these issues from Affiliates. We encourage you to write us about these or your other passions, or a reflection if you were able to attend an Affiliate regional meeting this summer, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Articles in this issue:

Resurrection At the Border – “We visited all of the community centers where members spoke of heart-wrenching experiences and the reasons they came to the US. Children shared their hopes and dreams for their future in this country.“—Gail Kelley


Saint Dorothy Day? – Ellsberg delves into not only the pros and cons of canonizing Dorothy Day, but also the whole concept of sainthood. 


The Three A’s of Maryknoll Spirituality – “So, for us Affiliates, I would like to present his challenge: How do we, both as individual Affiliates and as chapters, live out affability, availability, and adaptability?”—John Moritz

Campaign Nonviolence – The CNV web site reports that over 100 actions are already planned to connect the dots between war, poverty, and climate change.


Be the Community – “We grow our own food, live electricity-, car-, and fossil-fuel free, offer classes and workshops on the gift economy, and are of service in a variety of ways.”—Kyle Chandler-Isacksen


Pilgrimage in El Salvador – “All of us attending the beatification were on a pilgrimage. We walked to the sacred places in San Salvador, encountering so many friends, and, most importantly, companions in the faith.”—Victor Maqque


Houston: an Inspiration – "Since many of the Affiliates go to various mission sites, chapter meetings are planned when people are in town."—Robert Guice


JumpStart Needed in Costa Rica – "The students realized that learning English could be fun, that they could learn by making mistakes."—Gabriela Maertens


Global Vision in Phoenix – We are doing what Pope Francis is calling us to do, to go to the margins.”—John Meyer


Survey responses will be tallied through August 31st. Please complete the survey online at: or ask your Regional Coordinator for a paper mail-in version.

Don’t miss the opportunity to gather with Affiliates this summer! 
Go to Events for details on:            

     Western Region Affiliate Conference – "Love in Action – Mission on the Margins"            

     Midwest Gathering – a retreat in Wisconsin

And look in the Features section

for poetry, prayer requests, and links to Maryknoll Sisters’ and MOGC news and events.


Tuesday, 30 June 2015 00:00

Marie Parmly March 24, 1924 - June 30, 2015

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        Marie Parmly

I received a call this Tuesday morning (6/30) from Deacon Larry Hart that Marie Parmly (91) of the Northeast Florida Affiliate Chapter passed away very early this morning.  Larry, also an Affiliate from her Chapter, relayed that Marie was "peaceful and ready".  She was surrounded by friends and family members.  

Just last month Marie hosted an Affiliate Chapter meeting at her home in Saint Augustine.  For anyone who knew Marie - I did when she joined the Maryknoll Lay Missioners at age 60 and went to Mexico - this is not surprising.  Her level of energy and commitment were boundless.

Marie was also a member of Pax Christi.  The excerpt below was written by Judy Sharpe for Pax Christi on the occasion of Marie's 90th birthday, March 18, 2014.

“Looking back, she is very grateful for her unique and blessed life that nurtured a deep relationship with God and a strong ethic for discipline and responsibility….”

“I met Marie in the early 1990’s when we were both members of Pax Christi St. Augustine and participating in “Neighborhood Conversations on Racism.” Marie’s input was vital, to say nothing of her brownies. Her commitment to our projects was exemplified by her showing up in the “Halo” while her broken neck was healing. Since then, she can be seen working to help improve conditions for our migrant farm workers at the local migrant camps, carrying banners for demonstrations on issues promoting peace (including protesting the stockpiling of nuclear arms), and frequent death penalty vigils while Florida steps up its pace of executions. Marie supplies and writes birthday cards for all the Florida death row inmates so members of the Diocesan Social Justice Committee can sign, and she has never stopped her pace for letting those in power know her views on human rights issues.”

"I have often heard Marie mention how important having good friends has been in her life. What I am not sure about is just how much Marie is aware of the importance and difference she has made in the lives of so many in the world who are grateful and honored to call her “friend”, and who love her"

Thursday, 18 June 2015 00:00

Pope Francis' Encyclical on the Environment

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pope francisIn his much-awaited 183 page encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si (Be Praised), Pope Francis presents a comprehensive, uncompromising and engaging document which has strong words for the global market economy, accusing it of plundering the earth at the expense of the poor and future generations. Pope Francis intended the encyclical not just for Catholics, but to “every person living on this planet.” The document is available at:

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