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Monday, 12 August 2019 00:28

9 Months to MAC 2020

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The MAC 2020 website will be up in September. It will include a registration sign-up, Conference schedule, Travel Grant Form, workshops, open space, Keynote speaker, unique elements and much else.  The Graymoor Spiritual Life Center is an attractive site and, for those traveling long distances, quite assessable from NYC airports by train.

Please mark the date (June 25-28) and plan to be with Affiliates and the Maryknoller family from throughout our Global home.

Commemorating 400 years of African American History and Culture:
 An invitation to participate in Healing Day National Bell Ringing

August 25 at 3:00 pm EDT

[This message comes to us from Beth Begley - NJ Chapter & member of Pax Christi]

Watch Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message here.
“The National Park Service is commissioning, and asking, churches and people from around this country to commemorate and remember that landing and the bringing of those first enslaved Africans to this country by ringing bells. And if possible, by tolling the bells of churches and to do so on August 25 at 3:00 in the afternoon,” said Curry. “I’m inviting us as The Episcopal Church to join in this commemoration as part of our continued work of racial healing and reconciliation. At 3:00 pm we can join together with people of other Christian faiths and people of all faiths to remember those who came as enslaved, who came to a country that one day would proclaim liberty. And so we remember them and pray for a new future for us all.”
This national bell ringing is among the Healing Day events being held at Fort Monroe National Monument to commemorate the 400th anniversary of that landing.

Hello Affiliates,

 Last Fall, by way of introducing myself as the new Chair of the Affiliate Board, I wrote an article sharing some of my initial thoughts about the Maryknoll Affiliates.  In it I emphasized the importance of what I think are two necessary characteristics of a successful movement; connection and communication.  These are equally and importantly directly related to key responsibilities of the Affiliate Board.  Namely:

  • to discover and embrace the wisdom and ever emerging life of the Affiliate movement, and
  • to engage in deep listening with the wider Affiliate movement.

I think anyone would agree it would be quite difficult to come close to achieving these without connection and communication, especially considering the nature and loose structure of the Affiliates.  With that said, however, to be successful will require the effort and commitment of both Affiliate leaders and members.  It will require dialogue.  I can’t emphasize this enough!

So, to honor my personal commitment to this dialogue, I wish to continue an ongoing effort to reach out and connect with Affiliates.   All Affiliates and/or Chapters are invited to participate.  If you are reading this; you are invited.  Participation can be one-on-one conversations or connecting during a Chapter meeting.  We’ll connect either by phone or over the internet using either Zoom video conferencing or Skype.  If okay, I’d like to expand this connection by inviting another Board member and/or Regional Coordinator to the call, as well.

So, if you are interested in participating in this dialogue, please e-mail me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can arrange the particulars.  This will be a continuous effort, so be on the lookout for reminders in the future.

Again, the purpose of these conversations is just one attempt for mutual dialogue and engagement between leadership and the wider Affiliate movement. 


I hope you can join with me in this effort.  Let’s have morning coffee or a nightcap together!

Blessings.........Rich Lessard

Friday, 02 August 2019 13:49

Question of the Month (QTM) #5

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Question of the Month # 5

What story do you tell when people ask you about Maryknoll Affiliates?

We thank Tom McGuire of the Chicago Chapter for submitting this month's QTM!

Click here to answer the question.  We look forward to and thank you for your participation in helping to make our Maryknoll Affiliate movement strong


To see previous QTM's, click pdf QTM Catalog (210 KB)  


 For a more detailed explanation of the QTM dynamic, see below:

Question of the Month explained?

Do you ever wonder what other Affiliates think about a particular topic?  Curious about how alike or different Affiliates are from each other?  Are there things that other Affiliates are doing that could have some impact on you personally or your Chapter life?  As members of the Maryknoll Affiliates, we belong to different Chapters separated by distance, attitudes, traditions, culture and language, so these questions may be similar to questions we sometimes ask ourselves and/or other Chapter members.

Sunday, 28 July 2019 18:10

Immigration - Volunteering at the Border

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Thank you to all of you who have already sent in information on volunteer opportunities at the border.  We have already received detailed information on several sites.  More information is coming in.  We will post the comprehensive list once we've collected the full complement.  

Several Affiliates have expressed the hope of participating in this work and this information will be especially helpful.

Sunday, 28 July 2019 14:36


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maryknoll lay missioners 

Ted Miles, Executive Director of the Maryknoll Lay Missioners (MKLM) shared their church date list.  If you are in the area of a given church date, you might want to attend, see if you might help out and otherwise show our solidarity with the Lay Missioners. 

The list is long.  Check out church dates in your area for the rest of 2019 at: Maryknoll Lay Missioner Church Dates August-December 2019.



Sunday, 28 July 2019 14:25

Invitation to MKLM 25th Celebration

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August 15, 2019 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 25 years ago, Maryknoll happily announced the founding of a new association  within the Maryknoll Family

All are welcome to join us for a Celebration Mass at 11:00am

Queen of Apostles Chapel Maryknoll Society 

55 Ryder Road, Ossining, New York 10545

Followed by lunch and program in the Founder’s Room.

Space is limited. Kindly RSVP by July 31 for the lunch. 

Followed by lunch and program in the Founder’s Room.

Space is limited. Kindly RSVP by July 31 for the lunch. 

Contact: Marianne Jerutis, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (914) 236-3450





To date, 24 Affiliates have signed up to offer hospitality to Maryknollers.  The list of available homes covers a good part of the country.  Here's what we have so far:

Petaluma, CA, Clifton Park, NY, Littleton, CO, Jacksonville, FL, Hudson, WI, Portland, OR, Arroyo Grande, CA, Hartsdale, NY, Oak Park, IL, Weeki Wachee Fl, Salem, CT, Houston, TX, Denver, CO, Hatfield, MA, Phoenix, AZ, Southhampton, NY, Rochester, NY, Columbia, MO, Brooklyn, NY, Orange Park, FL, Raleigh, NC, Long Beach, CA

Thank you to all of you for your generosity!

SPECIAL - Katherine McLoughlin of the Westchester Chapter and with a winter home in Las Cruces, NM, is very serious about offering her house in Las Cruces (see link) for any Affiliates (Pax Christi also) who'll be volunteering with immigrants in the area.  Her house is about a 50 minute ride from the closest immigration center but offers a very peaceful & comfortable setting after being involved in the non-stop work in the immigration centers.  Thank you Katherine!  Link:



Saturday, 20 July 2019 23:44

Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ)

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Something to keep in mind... 

Maryknoll priest Joe Healey MM from Nairobi emailed the following:

Just wanted to keep you folks in the loop. We want the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) that will take place at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott near Washington, DC from 16-18 November, 2019 to be a good example of the networking and collaboration of the whole Maryknoll family.

One suggestion is that the various Maryknoll entities, departments and offices (with others) team up during the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) that will take place at the Crystal City Gateway Marriott near Washington, DC from 16-18 November, 2019. One of the main topics is “Environment.” The audience is Jesuit high school and college students.

Many plans are already underway. Orbis Books will have a table. The Maryknoll Lay Missioners will have a table. From my conversation with Chloe we are suggesting that the Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns (MOGC) take the lead and apply for a Breakout Session (50 minutes) on Sunday, 17 November on a topic similar to “Climate Justice: Beyond the Plastic Water Bottle.” If you agree many of us can help: myself, members of the Nova Community, young people in the Washington DC area.

Monday, 15 July 2019 02:14

Affiliates in Solidarity with Immigrants

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Affiliates (Albany, Central Coast, CA, Comunidad Misionera in Wilmington, DL, and more) throughout the country have gathered at different events in support of Immigrants and in protest of U.S Administrative policy in this regard.  The photo here shows 4 members from the Albany Chapter- (LR) Rich Lessard, Santa Orlando, Denise Lessard and Mary Beth Buchner.

4 Albany Chapter Members  Many Affiliates have already travelled to El Paso, Mccallen, and other areas in Texas to help with the migrants.  Others have have expressed a strong desire to do so.  If you have participated in volunteering for immigration in Texas, we'd very much appreciate learning some of the details in doing so...i.e., lodging, work load, your overall experience so that we can pass that on to others interesting in doing so. If you have already participated in that ministry and can provide some details for others who hope to do so., please send that (just a few paragraphs and/or a phone or email address) to Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so that others will have that information.




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