Maryknoll Affiliate News (297)

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Thursday, 24 October 2019 20:36

Travel & Tuition Grants - MAC2020

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Will Your Chapter Be Represented?

Coming in June 2020 is the Maryknoll Affiliate Conference—a once-in-three-years experience not to be missed. MAC 2020 will be held at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in the Hudson Valley, New York, from Thursday through Sunday, June 25-28. To learn more about what is planned, see the conference website, 

To encourage broad attendance, the Maryknoll Affiliate Board is again offering grants for full or partial coverage of the conference fee and travel costs. Ideally, every chapter of the over 45 chapters worldwide will have a representative at the Conference. Would you attend if finances were not an issue? 

To apply for funding, go to and click on either English or Spanish at the top. On the drop-down menu, chose Register.  On that page, click on the Travel Grant option. Following instructions, fill out and submit the form. Ask your Chapter Contact or Regional Coordinator to send a letter of recommendation to the address shown on the form. 

Along with the Travel Grant, we encourage you to explore and consider other supplemental funding sources. For example, some chapters may help with either funds or frequent flyer miles. At recent MACs, as many as 15 attendees benefited from grant assistance, and we hope that as many or more will be assisted through the 2020 program. 

Questions? Please email Executive Coordinator Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, 20 October 2019 15:46

Joining a Chapter - Becoming an Affiliate

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In the last few months several people have written to ask about joining a chapter.  Three have already done so.  One person is presently looking into starting a new chapter in the southeast. All good news.

Directives are in place about how to facilitate processes for joining and starting a chapter.  With regard to joining a chapter, some, though not all, chapters have incorporated these advices. Three of the primary components are listed below.

  1. Name an Affiliate within the chapter to accompany the new person
  2. Provide an overview of the Affiliate movement including structural delineations, the Affiliate Covenant (presently being updated), regional and international meetings, etc.
  3. Initial Formation – the original formation piece was redone several years ago. The new formation (content and process) is a substantive and important part of the process of joining a chapter. Some Affiliate chapters have even incorporated it into their meetings as a way of renewing their commitment.  It is given below - you’ll need to click read more to see the entire document.





We would like to animate, inform and engage participants in the formative process in order to help them discern if the Maryknoll Affiliate world and its mission is a place in which they can find a spiritual home.  This initial formation is a process of mutual discovery.

 An “Accompaniment Person” will be identified to assist in the formation process.  This would potentially be a Regional Coordinator or Maryknoll Affiliate in the area.  The Accompaniment Person would serve as the contact for the potential Chapter, by answering any questions, working with them during the formation process and linking the people in the potential Chapter to any needed resources.

The formation process includes five core themes.  It provides a framework to begin an ongoing journey of exploration wherein the group grows in appreciation of and commitment to our Maryknoll Affiliate Mission as lived out in the four pillars of Spirituality, Community, Global Vision and Action. 

Monday, 14 October 2019 00:39

BLOG - An Early Morning Contemplative Ride

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The first blog post on the MAC2020 website is a recent article by the Keynote Speaker, Nancy Sylvester IHM.  It's entitled, "An Early Morning Contemplative Ride".  Go to: and click on blog - in English or Spanish.   The first Registrations already came in last week.  Go to the website to register, or to just get a better sense of what the Conference offers.

Sunday, 13 October 2019 16:11

Consider Becoming an Affiliate Board Member

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As stated in the Maryknoll Affiliates Organization document: The Affiliate Board is the authoritative body that coordinates and unifies the Maryknoll Affiliates. 

Two sentences in the Roles & Responsibilities document give a deeper and more spirited description: In Seeking to be faithful to servant leadership, the Board commits to engage in deep listening with the wider Affiliate movement, to bring the voices at the margins to the center and to always seek the greater good, both within and beyond our global movement.    

The Affiliate Board meets twice a year at Maryknoll to plan, reflect and share mutual camaraderie together.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to come together with others (including representatives of the Sisters, Lay Missioners, Fathers & Brothers on the Board) to help the Affiliate movement remain vital, faithful and moving forward.

    Roxanne - Foreground

For more information, contact Board member Roxanne Hughes-Wheatland at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sunday, 13 October 2019 15:22

Affiliates & Amazon Synod

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Ann Carr wrote: Not sure if you have been following the Amazon Synod, but I believe this is a beautiful, important moment for our church. Could we consider joining our brothers and sisters in the Amazon in prayer during this important time?

Maryknollers who have worked with indigenous peoples over the years have taught me to respect their wisdom and the great gifts they have to offer us. Now more than ever, with our planet on fire and in peril, I hope we can hope our hearts and consciousness to receive their many gifts. Despite some of the backlash and stirrings of opposition, I believe (hope) that the spirit of the holy is very much with the church of the Amazon and it feels important to stand with them in joy and solidarity. 

Thank you Ann.

To get more information go to:


Sunday, 06 October 2019 14:34

MAC2020 - Website Launch

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Initial comments & some things to look for:

  • The website, in English & Spanish, is intuitive and should be easy to maneuver and get to wherever you’d like. Click the dropdown menu for your preferred language or simply scroll through the site to view the theme, presentations, schedule, blog, Graymoor, etc.
  • It is a dynamic website – updates and new information…e.g., the youth segment, blog articles will be added periodically. There is a blog article now on the site from Nancy Sylvester IHM
  • Correction – the MAC2020 logo list the dates at June 25 – 29. It should be 25 – 28 and will be corrected soon. 
  • Registration/Payment – this is the first MAC wherein payment can be made by credit card…checks too. Full payment is $360.  That covers tuition, room, board, all processing charges and is still less that the cost for MAC 2017. Single occupancy is $410.  There are a limited amount of single rooms.
    • To limit excess paperwork, there is no provision for deposit this time. Payment is made in full.  However, should you need to cancel, your full payment will be returned if we’re notified by May 1, 2020.
  • Travel Grant - There are some funds set aside for Travel/Scholarship grant funds.  Click on Register to begin the application.
  • THANK YOU – the MAC2020 website team (Santa Orlando, Paula Schaffner, Mary Moritz and Bob Short) wish to give a gigantic thank you to Lisa Marie Stengel, our new website design & marketing person. I think you’ll see from this website some of her abundant gifts in website design and in understanding our Maryknoll Affiliate culture. Lisa, who is Santa’s daughter, will also be working with us in the complete redesign and function of the main Affiliate website.

      Check out the site now:



Saturday, 28 September 2019 18:58


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Nancy Sylvester IHM will be the the keynote speaker at MAC 2020 - June 25-28 - at Graymoor Spiritual Life Center.  Here is a synopsis of her presentation:

Synopsis: How do we witness to Love in a time of chaos when all our structures and systems are breaking down? How do we witness to Love in a time when polarities continue to separate us—as family, friends, citizens and members of the planetary community? How do we witness to Love at this time in our evolutionary journey? Believing that responding to these questions needs to emerge from a new consciousness, Nancy’s presentation integrates how consciousness develops with the transformative practice of contemplation. She explores the unique call we have as Maryknoll Affiliates, as persons committed to the spiritual dimension of our lives, to witness to Love in ways that are so needed at this time.

Note:  The MAC2020 is ready to launch.  We are just waiting for bank clearance in order to process credit cards.


Affiliates from the Albany, Goshen and New Jersey Chapters came together to participate in the National Action in Newark, NJ on September 4 to protest against the inhumane treatment and detention of children and families at immigration centers across the country. In part, this demonstration and the one on July 18 in Washington, DC was a call to all Catholics to raise our voices and stand together in solidarity.

Here’s the link:

Sunday, 15 September 2019 23:46

Dorothy Day Symposium - mark the date

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Maryknoll Symposium [MKLM, Sisters, Fathers/Brothers, Affiliates]

Dorothy Day An Undivided Heart


  • Kate Hennessy, youngest granddaughter of Dorothy Day
  • Robert Ellsberg, Editor-in-Chief of Orbis Books, who worked with Dorothy at the NYC Catholic Worker
  • Patrick & Kathleen Sutter Jordan, members of the Catholic Worker from 1968 - 75

Saturday, November 16th 8:30am - 4:00pm

Maryknoll Society Asia Room 

55 Ryder Road Ossining, NY 10562

Lunch Included 

Must RSVP - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 915 236 3454


Saturday, 07 September 2019 20:33

Youth at MAC 2020

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The MAC 2020 Planning Team has scheduled a session ON AND WITH youth for Saturday morning 9/27.  Admittedly, we have a rather expansive definition of youth – essentially, any human between the ages of 16 – 39. That chronological span encompasses three generations – X 1954-80, Y (millennium) 1981-2000 and Z (Boomlets) 2001 – present.  While those generational dates and the characterizations attributed to each are social constructs and need to be taken with some skepticism, it does provide perspective. It’d be a good bet that the majority of those attending MAC 2020 are of the Silent Generation 1925–45 or Boomer 1945-1964. Should be interesting.

The specific format for the session is not yet solidified but the hope is to engage the youth in a creative forum and get a sense of what they’re thinking (or not) about such things as faith, commitment, Church & institutions in general, the digital world, relationships, mission and more. The word is already out that the “mission” is in question. Perhaps the best way to frame this is to bring to mind the theme and simply ask the young people to respond to how they witness love in this interim time.

If this forum comes to realizing what we’re hoping for, it could be a pivotal moment.

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