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Saturday, 07 January 2017 01:07

Foundation Day 2017 - A Unique Perspective

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Happy Foundation Day to each one of you.  105 years ago today three pioneer women, Mary Louise Wholean, Sara Sullivan and Mary Dwyer came to Hawthorne.  And it marked the birthing moment of a new mission community.  It was then that they began the journey, as Fr. Walsh called it, the journey of faith.

Our Foundation Day remembrance is closely related to Epiphany.  This might be surprisingly to some but Epiphany is not one single event, but a series of events. The morning prayer of Epiphany refers to three mystery moments.  It reads; today the Star leads the Magi to the infant Jesus. Today Jesus wills to be baptized by John in the Jordan River to bring us Salvation.  And today water is changed into wine for the wedding feast.

During this week these events are remembered here but each of them celebrated separately.  The Visit of three Magi is celebrated on this coming Sunday, officially named as the Epiphany.  And today we read the Gospel account of Jesus’ baptism.  The account of the miracle at Cana is read tomorrow. 

So this morning I am going to take these three mysteries, as moments of one organic process called Epiphany and see how this process gives a different tone and shade to our Foundation Day remembrance.

Let us begin with the first mystery, the visit of the Magi.  We know the story very well.  Three Magi came from Persia, traveling possibly over 1000 miles, on  Camels,  a they came following a bright star.  They recognized the Infant as the New Savior and Divine and honored him with gifts.  This is the first Epiphany moment! 

So what is new about this story?   Let us visit the scene once again, maybe with deeper reflective consciousness.  Three Magi have just arrived after a  long journey through the desert.  They are telling their stories that they are men of healing and transformation with backgrounds  in alchemy, astrology/cosmology and medicine. They know the story of Buddha’s re-incarnation: that after 500 some years of Buddha’s death, a Flower star will appear and guide the searchers to the reincarnation of the Great Teacher. Truly the Star guides them to the New Born. In their telling of their desert journey, which started as a solo quest, but now became  a communal process, the world view of the Magi is shifted:  From re-incarnation to incarnation,  and circular to evolutionary history.  Through their reflective consciousness they become aware of a new cosmic relationship that included all, with the Stars and with the hidden power of water that gave birth to the star.  In Jesus something new is emerging, a new consciousness, a new relatedness, a new intimacy of God’s presence. Through the desert they are led to the Living Water, to the Divine in the New Born child.   A sudden insight into the divine reality!  The first Epiphany moment! 

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Friday, 06 January 2017 22:18

MAC 2017 - Buen Vivir

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As you are reading this, the MAC 2017 Conference - November 9 - 12, 2017 - is just under 10 months away.  The Guatemala Planning Committee has already put in place all major elements of the Conference and those of us who have seen it are very impressed and very excited by the thoughtfulness and creativity of all aspects.

The theme is Buen Vivir - Living Life to the Full - and, as with all our international conferences, a primary purpose will be to bring together Maryknoll Affiliates (and other Maryknollers) from Chapters around the world to discuss the past, present and future direction of the Affiliates.

The MAC2017 website will be up by the end of this month with the registration form and other details.  As you think of planning your airplane flights, know that the trip from the airport to the beautiful Verbo Encarnado venue (about 1/2 hour) will be arranged by the committee and is covered in the tuition. See  Additionally, the Maryknoll Center House is very close to the airport and some will be initially taken there to wait for other passengers and then be taken to the venue. Excursion mission trips for those who wish to stay longer in Guatemala will also be detailed on the website.  Scholarship details will soon follow.

Please give this once in a lifetime opportunity serious consideration. 








Friday, 16 December 2016 13:15

Multi-Faith Vigil for Our Home Mother Earth

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Beth Begley, of the New Jersey Chapter, has held a strong commitment to issues of justice and peace throughout her adult life.  Below is notice of an important vigil that she referenced from the GreenFaith movement.

If you have concern about the president-elect’s nominees for EPA Administrator and Secretary of State and their projected stance (in contrast to Pope Francis’ Laudato Si), on issues of climate and the sustainability of our home, planet earth, please consider the activity below as a way to affirm our vision for the earth’s future.

To plan a multi-faith vigil in the new administration’s first 100 hours, register for a webinar on

Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 3:00 pm ET

As part of the People’s Climate Movement’s (PCM) actions during the first 100 hours of the new administration, we want to help coordinate 100 multi-faith vigils around the country between Jan. 20-24.  We’ll show, publicly, that we will not accept the Earth’s degradation and that we’ll stand together for a sustainable future. The vigils will kick off our planning for a major, national, distributed mobilization on April 29. 

The Rev. Fletcher Harper, Executive Director



Wednesday, 07 December 2016 14:08

AmazonSmile - No Cost Donations

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Several of you have suggested AmazonSmile as an easy & no-cost-to-you way of automatically making a donation to Maryknoll (Sisters or Lay Missioners or Fathers & Brothers) or to another of your favorite charities.  Here are the details:

What is AmazonSmile?

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Maryknoll or another of your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support.

How do I shop at AmazonSmile?

To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile.

Can I use my existing account on AmazonSmile?

Yes, you use the same account on and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

How do I select a charitable organization to support when shopping on AmazonSmile?

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation. NOTE: AMAZON MIGHT ARBITRARILY ASSIGN YOU A CHARITY.  YOU CAN NAVIGATE THE SIGHT TO CHANGE YOUR CHARITY. 


Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:54

Affiliate Book Group - Session 2

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The Maryknoll Affiliate Book Group restarts in early January.  Participants from last year’s group told us that it was a very positive experience for just about everyone. Not only was it substantive with a good deal of learning taking place, but in many ways it (all three groups) became a kind of virtual community with a sense of camaraderie and trust.  Here’s what we propose for the next session:

·    Meeting (call) times will be the same as before – see below. However, we will try to accommodate another time, if there are sufficient requests. 

·    Format – we will use the same format as last year: A weekly conference call using free UberConference with approximately 1 hour for each call.  Participants will, if possible, take turns identifying 3-5 questions for each session that will be submitted 3 or 4 days before the upcoming session.  Participants on the call are mindful to allow appropriate time for each person to speak.  Participants will each obtain their own book. Also, we will limit the number of participants in any group to 12. 

·    Book Selection – after receiving over 25 suggestions from book group participants, we have listed two books to choose from – see below.  Please choose your preferred book between these two.  We will correlate the books chosen with the respective group, i.e., if, arbitrarily, there are 12 people in the Sunday group and 4 choose book A and 8 choose book B, we will go with book B for the Sunday group.  We realize this could mean that you might want to change to a group that selected the book you prefer.  This is not a perfect arrangement, but we will do our best to accommodate as many as possible.  Note: ORBIS BOOKS provides a 40% discount to all Affiliate Book Group participants.  Just mention "Maryknoll Affiliates".

·      Expanding the participants – Please forward this notice to your Chapter, friends, parish community, etc. if you wish to invite them. 

To sign up, please complete the associated form and paste it into your email and reply to Bob at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If the form is not writable for you, please simply send Bob your name, the time (day) and book preference without using the form.


Thank you,

Paula Schaffner, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Bob Short

Book Group Committee

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 13:46

Book Club Session 2 SIGN UP SHEET

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Affiliate Book Club

Sign Up:

1.                   Name_________________________________________(indicates that you plan to participate)

2.                   Preferred time/group:

                                          ______ Sunday – 8:00 pm ET (7:00 CT/6:00 MT/5:00 PT

                                          ______Tuesday – 11:00 am ET....etc.

                                          ______Friday – 1:00 pm ET

                                          ______ Other day/time (provide) ____________________

3.                   Book Preference (select only one)

___A. Living Cosmology, edited by Tucker and Grim - Exploring the Christian responses to the Universe Story and its implications for the contemporary environmental crisis. Beginning with excerpts from recent statements by Pope Francis and the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the book draws on the contributions of leading theologians, ethicists, scientists, and activists, including John Haught, Ilia Delio, Catherine Keller, Larry Rasmussen, and more than twenty-five others. (

___B. Abounding in Kindness, Elizabeth Johnson - Elizabeth Johnson is widely regarded as among the most influential and creative Catholic theologians in the world. Among her books are path-breaking works on God, Jesus, the church, Mary, and the communion of saints. This volume is the first collection of these writings. It offers an overview of her essential work. You can find her book on (

Orbis offers a 40% discount to Affiliate Book Club members.

4.                   If there are more than three Book Groups are you willing to be a group organizer? ______ yes or no?

5.                   Suggestions or comments____________________________________________________________




Monday, 21 November 2016 21:06

Appeal Letter - November 2016

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Maryknoll Affiliates

P.O. Box 311 Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311

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It’s November—time to ask you to help support our 2017 Affiliate Operational Budget. Remember, the Affiliates are funded cooperatively by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and us. We Affiliates pay for Executive Coordinator travel, printing, website technical assistance, and other day-to-day expenses, such as paper clips and rubber bands. The other Maryknoll expressions fund the salary and benefits of our Executive Coordinator. Without their steadfast commitment to the Affiliate movement, we would not be.

For the fifth year in a row, our fund raising effort has met and surpassed our operational budget goal of around $22,000. We have been fortunate to receive several large gifts, including investment distributions and estate bequeaths. We are most appreciative of all contributions, but we hope to develop a diverse donor base. A generous donation came from the Seoul Korea Chapter. While we do not actively solicit donations from our international chapters, we appreciate their desire to fully participate in the Affiliate life. .   감사합니다 – Thank you!
Our gift to you is the enclosed bookmark for the MAC2017 Conference hosted by the Guatemala Chapter. We will be at the beautiful retreat house and grounds at Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado, in the mountains above Guatemala City, from Thursday through Sunday, November 9th the 12th. Post-conference, we will have the opportunity to visit Maryknoll missions in the area.

Two Guatemalan Affiliates came to our fall Board meeting with a preview of the planned program. The theme, “¡Buen Vivir!—To Live Fully,” will be joyously fulfilled at the conference. Many of you are already planning to attend, and ideally every chapter will have a representative at MAC2017. Has your Chapter looked at ways to help make that happen? To encourage broad attendance, the Affiliate Board approved a travel grant program made possible by your generosity. Details on MAC2017 and travel grants will be available after the first of the year.

I prefer a church that is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out in the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security. – Pope Francis

As I read the stories of Affiliates in Not So Far Afield and No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, I am moved by the actions of Affiliates “…out in the streets…” From Claudia Samayoa, tireless fighter for human rights in Guatemala, and Renate Schneider, working with the poorest of the poor in Haiti, to Affiliates championing a local food pantry, interfaith dialogue, or help for Alzheimer’s caregivers, all are witnesses to an outward facing church, not one clinging to its own security.

We need your financial contribution to the Affiliates to provide a communication network where you can connect. Through the website, newsletters, and the executive coordinator’s efforts, you can share your experiences, ideas, invitations, and concerns with the larger Affiliate community.

Ideally, all Affiliates will contribute, as they are able. The enclosed giving form offers alternatives: a one-time donation or periodic contributions, either from a checking account or by credit card. We urge you to contribute today. However, if you are unable to make a monetary contribution at this time, you can always help through prayer and volunteering your time and talent.

In peace and thanksgiving for the many ways you give, 

David Schaffner                                                                    Virginia McEvoy

Chair, Affiliate Board                                         Finance Committee

Monday, 21 November 2016 20:51

Appeal Form - November 2017

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Affiliate November 2016 Appeal – 4014

Please complete the appropriate section and return the form to:

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, PO Box 302, Maryknoll NY 10545-0302

Please make check payable to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers and write Maryknoll Affiliates Annual Appeal in the memo line of your check.

Contribution from: ________________________________________  Date: _________________________

Address: ________________________________________________

City: ______________________ State: ___________ Zip/Postal Code: ____________ Country: _______________

Amount:   $25  $50  $100  $200  Other $__________

  Credit Card:  VISA  MasterCard American Express Discover

Name as it appears on card: _________________________________________________________

Card# ___________________________________________________ Expiration Date ___________

You can have donations directly charged to a debit card or credit card or debited from your checking account on a monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis.

I would like to enroll

YES! I would like to make regular automatic transfers to Maryknoll for the Maryknoll Affiliates 4014 Mission Account using my credit or debit card in the amount of $ __________. Should I decide to cancel, I will call Maryknoll. I understand that my donations will be recorded on my statement, which will serve as my receipt.

Debit date is either the 5th or 12th day of the month. Please circle one: 5th or 12th

Your full signature is required here: _______________________________________________________

Please check the giving option you prefer: Monthly Bimonthly Quarterly Semi-Annually  Annually

Name as it appears on card: ________________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________

City ____________________________ State _________________

Zip/Postal Code: __________________ Country: ________________

VISA MasterCard American Express Discover     Card # ____________________________________

Expiration Date ________________

YES! I would like to make an automatic transfer from my bank account to Maryknoll for the Maryknoll Affiliates 4014 Mission Account in the amount of $ __________.

Should I decide to cancel, I will call Maryknoll. I understand that my donations will be recorded on my bank statement, which will serve as my receipt.

Debit date is either the 5th or 12th day of the month. Please circle one: 5th or 12th

Your full signature is required here: ______________________________________________________

Please include voided check along with your donation.

Please check the giving option you prefer: Monthly Bimonthly Quarterly Semi-Annually  Annually

Name: __________________________________________________

Address: ________________________________________________

City ____________________________ State ___________________

Zip/Postal Code _________________________  Country: _______________________________

*  If you are a new enrollee to Maryknoll Mission Direct, please enclose a check for your next donation. After that, your donations will be transferred to Maryknoll electronically.

If you would like to volunteer time and talent, whether you give financially or not, please fill out this portion of the form. You can also email Fred at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 877-897-2386. Please check any ways in which you would be willing to help.

Through prayer                                                                                                        Help edit Not So Far Afield

Write articles for Not So Far Afield                                                               Any other volunteer work as needed

Help translate from and to Spanish for our newsletter, web or other documents

Help update the Maryknoll Affiliate website (articles, news, links, other items of interest)


Maryknoll Affiliates

PO Box 311

Maryknoll NY 10545-0311

Saturday, 19 November 2016 03:03

Lay Missioner Sending Ceremony - 12/10/2016

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Sending Ceremony, Saturday, Dec. 10


This year's Maryknoll Lay Missioner Sending Ceremony will take place on Saturday, December 10 at 2:30 pm in Annunciation Chapel, Maryknoll Sisters, 10 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining, NY

The eight new Maryknoll Lay Missioners of the Class of 2016 will be called and welcomed to their mission countries.  The Lay Missioner Staff has extended a warm invitation to Affiliates.

If you plan to attend, please contact Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Light reception to follow.

Thank You,



Tuesday, 08 November 2016 14:28

State of the Heart - Fall Board Meeting 2016

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 State of The Heart Message

Fall 2017 Board Meeting

David Schaffner – Board Chair

Driving into the Hudson Valley for our October board meeting, I saw the magnificent and glorious fall colors; seasons are something that elude us here on the California Central Coast. Though basking in the colors, my thoughts were muted by the news out of Haiti and particularly from Chicago Affiliate Renate Schneider. She works with various development projects in Jérèmie, one of the areas hardest hit by hurricane Matthew.

My wife and I have been to Jérèmie twice, in 2011 and just last spring, where I taught Introduction
to Agribusiness, and Paula taught ESL. The classroom where I taught lost its roof and was flooded, and the guesthouse where we lived was completely leveled. While not there to experience the terror of such a destructive force, I still feel a great loss after so many contributed to making UNOGA (University of Nouville Grande’Anse) happen. [To learn more about Renate’s charitable organization, go to Haitian Connection (]

our meeting, I was
heartened by the
presence of Rosa
Beatriz Castañeda
and Claudia
Samayoa who
came from Guatemala to report on MAC2017. This is the first truly international MAC conference— is, taking place outside the US. The program presented to us by Rosa and Claudia wowed us. It is based on the Affiliate four pillars: Action: an opportunity to visit mission projects in conjunction with the conference; Global Vision: applying indigenous people’s ethos to our mission perspective; Community: sharing activities and socials to get to know our fellow Affiliates from around the world; and Spirituality: a particular emphasis on seeing God in all creation and in all peoples.

The board has approved a travel grant program to encourage the broadest possible representation of the Affiliate Movement. Conference registration and information on the travel grant application process will be available after the first of the year. This MAC is going to be very special and I hope you will give serious and prayerful consideration to attending. MAC2017 happens Thursday, November 9th through Sunday, the 12th, at the beautiful Casa de Retiros Verbo Encarnado (http:// in the mountains not far from Guatemala City. Post-conference opportunities to visit mission projects will be offered.

Other board actions were reported in the Monday email sent on November 7th. They include a continued focus on the three committees that were established to act on your responses to the Affiliate Survey of 2015: Communication, Sustainability and Growth, and Connection. These committees will be reporting to you in the NSFA, beginning in January, 2017.

We attended to other organizational tasks that may seem pedestrian to an outsider but are vital to an organization: providing for replacement of members rotating off the board, updating our Roles & Responsibilities statements, revision of the Board Member Manual, reviewing our finances, and approval of budgets and expenditures. Did I mention that we’ll be 25 years old next year?

In my short time as board chair, it is clear to me that it takes a small village to keep the Affiliate Movement moving. I thank my fellow Affiliates on the Board and our Regional Coordinators; and in particular our board members from the other three Maryknoll expressions: Sisters Norie Mojado and Teruko Ito – the Congregration, Marj Humphrey – the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, and Russ Feldmeier – the Society. Executive Coordinator Bob Short provides not only coordination, but wisdom and leadership. Eleanor Swanson serves as our recording secretary. And our major communication efforts, Not So Far Afield and No Tan Lejos del Horizonte, would not happen without Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, Paula Schaffner, Rosa Beatriz Castañeda, and their editorial staffs. Of course the Affiliates would not be the Affiliates without the energy and spirit that all of you bring to all your missions.


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