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Dear friends,

Romero MK Chapel

I want to thank the coordinating committee for the time and work that went into planning the two day celebration of the beatification of Oscar Romero at Maryknoll. This celebration was sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners and Maryknoll Affiliates.

We knew it was going to be a challenge to get people to join us on Memorial Day Weekend and the Vigil of Pentecost. However, approximately 90 people gathered in the Asia Room on Friday evening to "experience" the film Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero, directed by Ana Carrigan and Juliet Weber, and produced by the Kellogg Institute at Notre Dame.

I am including a good friend and the main force and producer of this incredible film, Fr. Bob Pelton, CSC from the University of Notre Dame on this note. This film is a gift to the church and the entire world community. In my estimation it is one of the best resources on Beato Oscar Romero and will help carry his legacy into the future and share it with generations to come. One person commented after the showing on Friday, "I come out of this presentation feeling like I knew him personally." We were privileged to have Larry Rich ('80 Peru, US) and Fr. Leo Shea present for the showing to introduce it and lead the discussion. Larry helped produce it and Leo is a long time friend of Bob's. Thank you Bob for this treasure!

If you would like to purchase the dvd and I encourage you to do so, you can purchase it on line from Ave Maria Press (Notre Dame / CSC). The cost is $27.00 and it comes with a free discussion guide available in English and Spanish.

Yesterday we had a well attended Eucharistic Liturgy in the chapel at the Society Center to celebrate the beatification of Monseñor Romero hours after it took place in San Salvador. We produced 120 booklets and we ran out fairly early on. There were probably about 180 people present at the lively celebration that closed with shouts of "Oscar Romero, Presente!". Harry Florentine and Debbie Northern have posted a number of pictures of the celebration on Facebook.

We also had a distinguished guest present at the liturgy but she preferred to remain anonymous. Holy Childhood Sister, Megan Rice joined us with some other friends from Long Island. 85 year old Sister Megan was released last week after serving over two years in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York for protesting nuclear weapons. Her story can be found by going to the following: 

Thank you again to all who helped to pull these events and celebrations together. May the spirit of Beato Oscar Romero give us energy to continue to work "for a more just and compassionate world."

Pentecost peace,


Thursday, 14 May 2015 00:00

Fr. Joe Thaler - Letters from Nepal

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Father Joe Thaler MM returned to Nepal just days after the first earthquake. Below are two excperpts of email letters he wrote to Father Ray Finch MM, Superior General.


NepalDear Ray,


Excerpt 1: Greetings from Kathmandu... The dreary day matches the mood of the people here.


This morning was out in the neighborhood. This destruction is close to my place, and there are a number of tent villages in the area. Many of the people continue to be very much afraid to enter into any structures and so would much rather sleep in the open spaces, even in the rain and cold.


Thanks for all your prayers and support...blessings, Joe



Dear Ray,


Excerpt 2: Was able to get out and take a few photos. I have been overwhelmed with folks telling their stories. Three out of the four major Maryknoll employees are still living in tents in open spaces out of fear for more aftershocks. One has completely lost his home. Two of the photos are from my neighborhood of downed buildings. By the grace of God my place is still standing, albeit with a few more cracks.


Namaste, Joe

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Consensus Statements & Action Items (March 2015)

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Maryknoll Affiliate Board

Consensus Statements and Action Items

Meeting #55 March 26-29, 2015

1) The Affiliate Board by consensus has accepted a proposal from the JML that a Maryknoll entity member will no longer serve on the Board Executive Committee.

2) Maryknoll entity membership will continue on the Affiliate Board for now. In the Spring of 2016, the Affiliate Board will revisit the issue and consider a process of evaluation of the experience.

3) MAC 2017-The Affiliate Board strongly affirmed the proposal by the Guatemalan Chapter offering to hold MAC 2017 in Guatemala! Specific details include: a. An early November 2017 date tbd; Thursday to Sunday time frame b. The Board will offer a $1000 forgiveable loan to the Guatemalan Chapter c. The exploratory group of Patty B, Rich, Dave along with Bob will now continue as the Board liaison group to the MAC 2017 Planning Committee named by the Guatemalan Chapter d. Patty B will communicate some suggested conference themes to the Guatemalan MAC 2017 Planning Committee but they will ultimately decide the theme. e. The 2017 Board RC Meeting will be linked to the MAC.

4) The Affiliate Board agreed to officially recognize the Cochabamba 2 and Santa Cruz Chapters of Bolivia. Ann C (and Patty B) will write letters to welcome them.

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 00:00

Affiliate Survey 2015

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A committee composed of Board members, Regional Coordinators and the Executive Coordinator crafted an individual survey that focuses on three main themes: Maryknoll Affiliate Identity & Visioning – How do you understand the unique Affiliate expression of the Maryknoll Charism? What is your/our vision for the future of our movement? Engagement & Connection – How do we define and strengthen our relationships as Affiliates to Affiliates, Affiliates to Maryknollers? And, Mission Experiences & Demographics.


Why a Survey Now?


1. The Board, Regional Coordinators, and Executive Coordinator want to strengthen connections with the Affiliate membership and to invite members’ greater ownership in shaping our future. We are seeking new and creative ways to foster communication among the Board, Regional Coordinators, and Affiliates.


If you have not already completed the survey, it is accessible online at
http://goo.gl/forms/ VcWTa6fikB.(You might need to copy and paste this link for it to open)

Wednesday, 08 April 2015 00:00

Celebrating Our Maryknoll Family

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In recent months the Chicago Chapters have been developing a closer relationship with Maryknoll Society and Congregation formation programs in their area. On Sunday April 26, the Chicago Affiliates will be hosting a sending ceremony and blessing for Shaun Crumb who will be ordained this spring, the seminarians entering their OTP, and Sister candidate, Mara Rutten who will be leaving Chicago to return to Maryknoll for the next stage of her Sister formation.

Celine Woznica, the Contact for the Chicago Central Chapter wrote that, “My thoughts are that it would be very nice if the various Affiliate groups would send short 2-3 sentence blessings and good wishes to Sean, the OTP students, and Mara. They can send them in any language, as among the Maryknollers in the area, we have a lot of languages covered! We could then incorporate these blessings in the ceremony”

The names and assignments of those involved are:

Shaun Crumb, to be ordained in the spring and is assigned to the Asia Region.

Ryan Thibert is assigned to OTP in Latin America. Jonathan Hill is assigned to OTP in Africa. Thomas Fagan is assigned to OTP in Africa.

Mara Rutten will be returning to Maryknoll, NY to continue her formation

This is a wonderful opportunity to express our solidarity with our Maryknoll family. Please send your sentences to Celine at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Whether you live in the Western Region or anywhere else in the world, you are cordially invited to attend the Western Regional Affiliate Conference to be held in Seattle this August.

Registration forms for this summer's Western Regional Affiliate Conference are now available. You may register online or by mail. Click on Seattle Conference for more details and for links to the registration forms.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 00:00

MAC 2017 in Guatemala!!

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MAC 2017 Venue
We are elated to announce that the next Maryknoll Affiliate Conference (MAC 2017) will take place in Guatemala. The date is scheduled for early November when the weather is optimal and airfare prices are typically lowest. The specific date will be determined shortly. It is anticipated that the conference will take place at the at the beautiful Casa de Retiros owned by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word in San Lucas Sacatepéquez - on the way to Antigua and on the route to Quiché. For more information go to: http://www.casaderetirosverboencarnado.com.

We are especially grateful for all the members of the Guatemalan Chapter for attending to this so carefully and for volunteering to bring it to fruition in November of 2017.
Korean Affiliates
In August 2001, ten lay people attended a gathering at the Seoul Sisters’ house and formed the basis of an “unofficial Affiliate Chapter” that has continued to meet monthly for almost 14 years. Five out of the original ten were in the group that met this weekend for the Covenant signing. In 2014, approval came from the Affiliate Board to form an official Affiliate Chapter. February 8, 2015 was chosen as the date to sign the Affiliate Covenant. All members of the Chapter were present for the retreat, Eucharist and Signing Ceremony. The retreat started with personal sharing in groups of two wherein each person shared about a significant mission experience. Sharing then continued in groups of six and finally in the total group. From that sharing, insights were gathered as a first step in writing a Mission Vision. Each member was given a card of Our Lady of Maryknoll with the Affiliate promise and a place for his/her signature printed on the back. THE AFFILIATE COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT THE WORLD THANKS YOU FOR YOUR MANY YEARS OF COMMITTED MISSION SERVICE AND CONGRATULATS YOU FOR THIS BEAUTIFUL COVENANT CEREMONY.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00

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By John Sivalon


I am delighted to be here today and to take part in this conference. I want to thank the Affiliate chapter of Albany for their invitation and for their patience in working with me to prepare for this conference. With them, I am grateful to Ann Carr and the Affiliate Board for their support and to Bob Short who in his own writings has stimulated us all to think of doing mission in terms of a new paradigm. I also want to thank Ellen McDonald, Jack Sullivan and Gerry Kelly for their commitment and dedication to the vision of the Affiliates. As the first conference of affiliates after the death of Jim Madden, this conference is even more significant and profound for me, as I believe it is for you. Jim left us with words of encouragement about his own vision, and advising us to search out new ways of being a movement into the future. Not only his words, but his lived example, encourage us to appreciate the abiding presence of God in cultures.


With his words and vision in mind, we come together to wrestle with the mysterious call we have all received: “to participate in the mission of God.” Most important, I come here today, not to offer answers, but to raise questions for all of us that we might work together for some glimpse into how the Maryknoll movement will be carried into the future. Part of that process, for which I am deeply appreciative, is the responses of Sam Stanton, Mary Ellen Kempken and Robert Ellsberg to my own presentation. I am sure their additions will be very helpful in clarifying the weaknesses of my presentation and more importantly they will add their own wisdom, perspective and experience to help all of us in opening our hearts and minds to God’s wisdom.


The theme of this conference is "Maryknoll Affiliates: The Third Wave Emerging into the Future.” Contemplating that theme, I imagined myself sitting on the beach looking out at the beautiful ocean and counting the waves. I asked myself what is a wave, and how do you count them. When was the first wave and what wave is this really? It became clear to me that, while I am not sure what wave this is, I am confident that the world in which we live today is dramatically different than the world in which I was raised and I am confident that it is a “New Wave.”


The language of “Third Wave” entered most prominently into the vocabulary of the Maryknoll world with a talk given a few years ago by Robert Shreiter on “Mission ad Gentes.” In that talk he associated the “Third Wave” with some changes in contemporary society related to globalization. But I believe that besides these socio-political-economic changes, a much deeper change has taken place. Our whole understanding of the universe has been turned upside-down since the 1970s especially in the West, but spreading throughout the world. And, paraphrasing St Thomas, if our view of creation is distorted, our view of God will be distorted, and by implication our view of mission and church.

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