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Friday, 20 May 2016 19:28

New Regional Coordinators

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We are very happy to announce that two regions - California and the Northeast - now have new Regional Coordinators (RCs).  The new RCs will be replacing two foundational figures in the Affiliate world - Joe Santos (along with his wife Peggy) of California and Beth Begley of the Northeast.  Joe will remain the Affiliate liaison to the exploratory Cuba initiative and Beth the liaison to Just Faith Ministries and the Sisters' Mission Institute.  Un millón de gracias to these  wonderful, committed people.

The new Regional Coordinators will be:

CALIFORNIA - Hugh and Jean Menton of the Los Angeles Chapter.  Joe Santos provided a brief bio from which the following is extracted:

In 1970 Hugh began working in Pomona Unified School district, where he worked for 36 years as a teacher and administrator.  Jean was at home with the children until their youngest was a preschooler and then she began a journey towards returning to teaching.  This time she was attracted to preschool and a 20 year career as a Head Start teacher followed.  Both worked primarily with students, families and schools in poorer neighborhoods serving immigrant, low income and diverse linguistic, racial/ethnic neighborhoods.

They have been active in their parish, Our Lady of the Assumption, since the early 1970s.  Besides the usual religious, educational and social activities their four children drew them into, they have been involved in a variety of social justice activities beginning with the Christian Family Movement, Outreach Coordinating Council of the Parish Leadership Council, JustFaith programs, actions and development, St. Camillus Spiritual Care Center in Los Angeles, serving LAC+USC Medical Center (county hospital) and the Claremont Homeless Advocacy Program.  They joined the Greater Los Angeles, Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter a few years ago after a Maryknoll Lay Mission Immersion with other JustFaith program graduates to lay missioners’ projects in El Salvador.

They spent time discerning the invitation to become California Region Coordinators.  Their belief that the Spirit works in communities and linking communities increases the affect of the Spirit’s work lead them to say yes to this role.    

NORTHEAST - Santa Orlando of the Albany Chapter. 

Many of you will remember Santa from her extensive work on the 2014 MAC at Stony Point.  You might also remember her son, Kevin, who was the DJ for our wild parties during the Conference.  Santa is originally from Long Island (her NY - down city - accent will confirm that) where she began her career as a medical technician doing lots of work in chemistry.  She then moved to the greater Albany area where she started a lab for drug and alcohol rehabilitation.  Santa now teaches high school biology. Any one who has who have come to know Santa is inevitably struck by her straightforward charm.  There is no pretense in Santa, but there is a strong commitment to Maryknoll's mission charism.

Last year she took a Friends Across Borders trip to Bolivia and wrote about that in a thoughtful and moving article for NSFA.  She has also taken three trips to Guatemala as part of the sister relationship the Albany Chapter has there.  Perhaps what stands out most about Santa is the energy, insight and integrity she brings to anything she believes in.  And, she believes in the Affiliate movement a great deal.

Welcome aboard Santa, Jean and Hugh




Sunday, 29 May 2016 14:59

Guatemala Immersion Trip - October

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 Maryknoll Mission Immersion Guatemala

Quetzaltenango/Esquipulas - October 9-17, 2016

Sponsored By:
Maryknoll Mission Education Center - New Orleans
Directed by: Mr. Matt Rousso and Fr. Gerry Kelly M.M.

The Mission Immersion Program will begin in Quetzaltengango, the 2nd largest city of Guatemala situated near several volcanoes in the heart of the Sierra Madres, 200 kilo- meters west of Guatemala City. We return to Guatemala City to visit Caminando Por La Paz, a Maryknoll neighborhood program and to participate in a visit/prayer service at San Sebastian Parish, the site of Bishop Girardi’s martyrdom. . .Participants then will go to Esquipulas, the pilgrimage town where hundreds of people gather daily to venerate the famous sculpture of El Cristo Negro, enshrined in the beautiful basilica of Jesu- Cristo Crucificado. . . .During their time in Esquipulas, participants will live in a rather simple mission house, Casa Nazareth, located in the very poor barrio of Santa Ana.

Each day will include morning prayer and evening theological reflections. . . .There will be some time each day for private meditation and/or free time and some occasions to celebrate Eucharist.

Registration Form

Name _________________________________________________________ Address _______________________________________________________
City/State ______________________________________________________ Phone No: _____________________E-Mail: __________________________

Maryknoll Mission Ed Center 7730 Walmsley Ave
New Orleans, La 70125
For More Information Contact: Matt Rousso (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Phone: 504-866-8516 Cell: 504-376-4142
[please send this completed form and check to above address]

• Requirements: Though fluency in Spanish would be good, it is not a requirement; however, a commitment and willingness to try to communicate is expected; signed waiver of liability; health precautions according to advice provided to participants; familiarity with articles and reading materials provided.
??Cost: Program fee of $600 plus airfare fees/taxes. Program fee covers all costs – including meals, accommodations, transportation in Guatemala, facilitation and stipends. [refunds given if we under spend the budget]
??Registration: Complete the Registration Form and mail along with $200 - balance of $400 due by August 15 ... (we can only accommodate a maximum of 10 participants)
• Airfare: Approximate cost of airfare will be $800 based on flight to Guatemala originating in New Orleans or Houston, making whatever travel arrangements are necessary to assure connections in NO or Houston.

Maryknoll Mission Immersion Retreat
Guatemala/Quetzaltenango - October 9-17, 2016
* to give missioners (from U.S. as well as from Guatemala) an opportunity to meet each other in an overseas mission experience while engaging together in prayer and reflection.
* to enable participants to have a profound experience of mission as “being with” rather than “doing for.”
* to engage participants in study/reflection on Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Caring for Our Common Home.”
* to provide an opportunity for participants to get to know the work of CEIPA by inter- acting with staff, volunteers and participants of CEIPA programs.
* to provide an opportunity for participants to be live in a simple mission house im- mersed with the people living in the hills of barrio Santa Ana.
Planned Activities:
* 2 nights/days in Quetzaltenango interacting with staff and volunteers of CEIPA; participate in CEIPA’s education projects and trade-school workshops. (cf: below)
* 1 night/day in Guatemala City: Visit/prayer service at San Sebastian Parish, the site of the martyrdom of Bishop Girardi, director and author of “Guatemala: Nunca Mas”
* Visit to neighborhood mission center, Caminando por la Paz: short tour of house and neighborhood; catechetical program with neighborhood children.
* 4 nights/days in simple mission house, Casa Nazareth, on the periphery of Es- quipulas in barrio Santa Ana; home visiting, programs with children of barrio and orphanage, working in community garden, nutrition and cooking school with mothers of the barrio.
* Veneration of El Cristo Negro and Mass in the beautiful Basilica of Jesus Christ Crucified.
* Engage in several sessions of study/reflection/prayer on Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Caring for Our Common Home.”
CEIPA: The Ecumenical Center for Pastoral Integration (CEIPA) was founded in 1989 as an outreach ministry of Saint Mark's Episcopal Church in Quetzaltenango, for the purpose of providing assistance to child victims of the internal armed conflict. CEIPA is a non-profit, civilian, social welfare association that contributes to the dissemination of child laborer rights and hazards. CEIPA's purpose was modified when a study undertaken by the Univer- sity of San Carlos determined that a sector in need of urgent attention was that of child and youth laborers. Since 1989 CElPA has oriented its programs toward alternative education, health and nutrition, vocational training and the promotion of children's rights for child laborers.



Tuesday, 03 May 2016 15:09

Hot Off the Press!

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Don't miss the latest news—the May/June 2016 issue of Not So Far Afield is now available. We're talking about virtual communities, a new book group, plans for Maryknoll Affiliate conferences in New Orleans and ¡Guatemala!—and more!

For easy access to articles by, about, and for Affiliates, go to Spring Into Action!

Thursday, 28 April 2016 01:00

NEW - Maryknoll Affiliate Book Adventure

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Join the Affiliate Book Group?

A new book discussion group, open to all Maryknollers, is forming. In response to the Affiliate survey and inspired by the new series from Orbis Books, Catholicity in an Evolving Universe (, several Affiliates suggest discussing “Making All Things New: Catholicity, Cosmology, Consciousness” by Ilia Delio, OSF (

Participation does not require travel because the discussions will be through free conference calls and/or on-line, but email and a telephone are needed. Participants will determine the group’s timeline and format. If you’re interested, send your name, email address, and phone number to Bob Short at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. When enough folks have replied, we will send an organizing email with further information and questions.

Do your fellow Affiliates enjoy discussing books? Perhaps your Chapter could also read Ilia Delio’s book together, enriched by your involvement in the Affiliate group discussion.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 11:58

Lay Missioner Informational Dinner

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Maryknoll Lay Missioners Informational Dinner, Washington D.C.
Friday, May 6th at 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Join us for dinner and learn about becoming a Maryknoll Lay Missioner! Learn about the admissions process, benefits, etc.  Meet returned Maryknoll Lay Missioners in the D.C. area, hear what their mission experience meant to them, what they have done after returning from mission. Share with others who have an interest in overseas service.  Affiliates are invited.

Where: 1233 10th Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20001
 3 blocks from the Mt. Vernon/Convention Center Metro station)

Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 914-236-3489 to RSVP by Monday, May 2
Visit: for more info



Maryknoll Affiliate Board

Consensus Statements and Action Items

Meeting #57 April 15-17, 2016

The Affiliate Board and Regional Coordinators met at Maryknoll, April 14-17th. A number of action items were approved, including the endorsement and support of the Guatemala chapter in hosting the MAC2017 and the establishment of pilot Virtual Affiliate Communities/Chapters. These and other initiatives are contained in the Consensus Action Statements that follow. Watch for the latest on these developments in the upcoming issues of Not So Far Afield.

# 1.  We enthusiastically support and affirm the Guatemalan proposal for the MAC 2017. 

# 2.  We affirm John Moritz’s formation work.  The Board calls for action to assist John in revising the formation program.  The formation program is to be known as a formation/renewal program.  Ken Epps and Ginny McEvoy will assist John Moritz in this effort

# 3.  The Board requests its members to visit (in person, via conference call, Skype, etc.) at least one Affiliate Chapter besides their own per year and report on the visit via Not So Far Afield. 

#4.  Bob Short will create an Affiliate Chapter contact person database to include location, chapter contact person, the contact person’s street address, phone, and email address.  This database will be made available to the Society (Russ Feldmeier), Congregation (Norie Mojado/Teruko Ito), and Lay Missioners (Margo Cambier).

#5.  Ginny McEvoy will work with Bob Short to create an Excel database of Affiliates, combining the existing databases.  Bob will maintain the database.

#6.  Bill Murphy and team (to be identified) will develop and pilot a one-day reflection program for people returning from immersion trips. 

#7.  The Board affirms the concept and approves the establishment of pilot virtual communities:

A.     Contemplative community: John Moritz

B.     Chapter communities:  Mary Massaro will explore forming a community with three women who are interested but live distant  from any chapter or each other.  Beth Begley will explore a virtual community of existing Affiliates who do not have local chapters.

#8.  The Board wholeheartedly recognizes the Emaus group in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as a new chapter and welcomes them.

#9.  The Board welcomes and supports the continued presence of representatives of all three Maryknoll entities on the Board.

#10.  The Board approves Rich Lessard for a second term on the Board.

#11.  The Board will search/advertise for new Board members and reopen the search for the finance person.

#12.  The Board approves the revised Organization Document.  The document will be distributed to the Board for final review before being distributed to the Regional Coordinators and Chapter contact people.  A copy of the final document will be made available to the Joint Members of Leadership (JML) upon request.

#13.  For reasons of continuity, the Board extends Dave Schaffner’s term so he may continue as Chair of the Board through November 2017.

#14.  Bob Short and Mary Massaro will revise the Affiliate Board Handbook. 

#15.  The Board named committee members for 2016:                 

A.     Executive Committee:  Dave Schaffner, Rich Lessard, and John Meyer.

B.     Nominating Committee:  Mary Massaro and Gerry Mullaney.

C.     Finance Committee:  Dave Schaffner, Ginny McEvoy, and Bob Short (ex officio).









Saturday, 02 April 2016 14:06

Laudato Si - Northeast FL Chapter

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“Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home” Program

The Northeast Florida Maryknoll Affiliates will sponsor a program on the encyclical, “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home,” led by Maryknoll Mission Educator Matt Rousso, to be held on May 7, 2016 from 9am to 3pm, at Stratton & Company, 7807 Baymeadows Rd E., Unit 402, Jacksonville FL 32256. A light lunch will be provided.  TO REGISTER: Contact Mary Moritz at 904.536.0356 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







Monday, 21 March 2016 17:24


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 Unhealed Wounds By Ann Hayden, MM

 Jesus lives!  Yes, the tomb is empty and the bindings

are clean and folded neatly where he laid.

Jesus is raised, transfigured, and changed forever.

Yet, when he comes among us, and come he does,

his wounds are fresh and deep.

And how could we doubt it is he, since the wounds

shown us would swallow you or me?

Wounded Jesus, hot with pain...we build walls to keep you out;

we lock you away in prisons, psych wards, old-age homes;

in rooms of torture, tent cities, earthquake ruins,

refugee camps, alleys, slums, brothels, temporary housing, and...

Jesus, wounded in body and spirit, you hang on a

tree today in our living rooms, our stadiums, and

in forests and fields half-a-globe away.

Jesus, I hear you calling me into dark and scary places to meet you,

places I would rather not go.

Text Box: Photo-Ann Hayden, MMWhere else am I to go?  You have the words of life.

 You are the bread of life, broken and given for ALL

You are invited to join…   
When:  Holy Thursday, March 24th at 3pm to Easter Sunday, March 27th at 10am
Where:  Maryknoll Campus – Ossining, New York
If you are contemplating a commitment to overseas service, please consider joining us for a Holy Week Mission Discernment Retreat with the Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Maryknoll Fathers and Maryknoll Sisters!

The Holy Week Mission Discernment Retreat is an opportunity to reflect on one’s call to mission, to learn more about what a commitment to overseas service entails and to consider whether this might be the next step in your own mission journey. Retreatants will meet current and returned Maryknoll missioners; listen to mission stories from those who have worked in Asia, Africa, and the Americas; and engage in small group reflection and discussion. There will be Holy Week liturgies, Stations of the Cross, and Easter Vigil celebrations.  There will be time to socialize and also time for individual reflection.  Retreatants will receive one-on-one guidance from Maryknoll mentors and will also learn about the admission requirements, application process and placement options.

The cost is $60 which includes 3 days of food and lodging on the Maryknoll campus.  All retreatants will have individual rooms.

Space is limited and registrations will be made on a first come, first served basis.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit to complete the registration form by Friday, March 11th.    If you have specific questions about the event, please contact:

Lindsay Doucette
Maryknoll Lay Missioners     
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Dear Friends,
As Maryknoll Affiliates you have been nourished by the four pillars of spirituality, global vision, community and action.  These values are also deeply shared by the men, women, couples and families who join in international service as Maryknoll Lay Missioners.  We invite you to consider whether you might be called to join us overseas mission. Perhaps now is the time for you to come and see what God has in store for you!  
Maryknoll Lay Missioners offers U.S. Catholics the opportunity to respond to the call to mission by serving the poor in Africa, Asia or Latin America.  Through MKLM you can give back from the skills and gifts with which you have been blessed and work for sustainable change in an overseas community as part of our global church.  
We are now accepting applications for the class of 2016.
If you, or anyone you know, feels called to live and work with the global poor, we encourage you to visit our website click on "Become a Missioner," and let the adventure begin!
In mission,
Lindsay Doucette
Recruitment Manager
Maryknoll Lay Missioners
(914) 236-3489
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Monday, 22 February 2016 17:41

Lynn Houston

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Word came last week from Fred Goddard and Jack Sullivan MM that Lynn Houston passed on to new life.  She played a very special role in the Maryknoll Affiliate movement.  For those of us who didn't have the privilege of meeting Lynn, Ann Carr, Ginny McEvoy and Mary Moritz help us in the words and photos that follow to know her and why she will be so missed.  Look for a more complete article about Lynn in the next NSFA.

lynn houston et al
         Lynn, Cecilia, Fr. Carl MM, Ann

She was often credited to be the first Affiliate, having contacted Jim Madden in early 1991 before he started organizing chapters. She was also a member of the first Affiliate Board.

Lynn worked as an RN in an inner-city school in Hartford, CT and started a small youth group there, serving as a wonderful mentor to the young students and continuing to keep in touch with them after they graduated.  Lynn and Celine Woznica (Chicago Central Chapter) along with Joe Thaler MM organized a parallel youth conference at an early MAC in 1997.  

After several years in Hartford, she and her husband Harrison moved to Nantucket.  Lynn worked on getting a Chapter started there on the island, but the relative isolation made that difficult. Eventually, she and Harrison moved to Florida and Lynn wasted no time starting the Florida Space Coast Chapter.  Particulars are a bit elusive, but due to travel distances, a second Chapter was formed in the Jacksonville area.  That Chapter - Northeast Florida - is home to Regional Coordinators John and Mary Moritz. Mary wrote, "Lynn shepherded us as we formed.  She only could come to the first couple of meetings we had before her back problems prohibited that travel up from the Space Coast.  However, she called after every meeting to 'keep tabs' on us and offer suggestionn.

We end with Ann Carr's moving words about Lynn: "She was one of the kindest, most dedicated people I have had the privilege of meeting in our Maryknoll Affiliate movement over the years.  She had such a great heart for Maryknoll and was always looking for ways to deepen and widen the circles of the Maryknoll Affiliate family." 

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