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Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Mission Institute 2015 – CALIFORNIA

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A forum of adult learning and reflection on world church and mission

Upcoming events:

Sept. 16-19  Edwina Gateley, MA – Our Call to Personal and Global Transformation (Los Altos, CA)

Sept. 20-25  Edwina Gateley, MA – Soul Sisters: Women Called to Connect, Bond and Heal in a Broken World  (Monrovia, CA)


For details, see: http://maryknollsisters.org/maryknoll-mission-institute.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

New Formation Program Posted

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The new Initial Formation program (and process) has been posted on the Maryknoll Affiliates website. The links to materials associated with each module are posted, and some materials can be downloaded for printing.

To open the Formation program, go to the website, maryknollaffiliates.org, and click on the Who We Are tab. On the Who We Are page, go to the Quick Links blue box on the right, click on Chapters and Formation, and look for “Initial Formation 2015.”


We especially thank John Moritz, Southeast Region co-coordinator with his wife Mary, for heading up this initiative.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Regional Coordinators—Change Is Coming

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At the Western Region Affiliates Conference in Seattle, Jerrie Drinkwine announced that nominations have been received for a new Northwest Regional Coordinator (RC) and that ballots will be distributed September 12. We will announce the new Northwest RC in the next NSFA. RCs serve the Affiliate movement by connecting and communicating with the Board, Executive Coordinator, and chapters. They’re the glue that holds us together.  

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Pray with Pope Francis

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Pope Francis, asking us to pray with him, has suggested these special intentions:

        September: That opportunities for education and employment may increase for all young people.


       October: That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Affiliates from Lima in Maryknoll Magazine

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See the August 2015 Maryknoll Magazine for a story about and quotes from several Maryknoll Affiliates in Lima, Peru. US Affiliates met some of these Affiliates from Peru at the 2014 Maryknoll Affiliates Conference in New York. 

Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Survey Update

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The Affiliate Board sends its thanks to all who completed Survey of Individual Affiliates which was conducted by your Maryknoll Affiliate Board this summer. The survey results will be discussed at the next Board meeting in October, and a report will be published online and in the NSFA before they move into the next stage of this “getting to know you” process with the Chapter Reflection.


Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

The Spirit is Moving [Us]

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Wherever two or three are gathered...but especially when Affiliates have a conference...the Spirit is moving. This issue gives just an inkling of the Spirit of this summer’s conferences. If you weren’t able to make it to one of the two Conferences featured in this issue—The Midwest Regional Retreat Conference or the Western Regional Affiliate Conference—see the advance notice on this page from the New Orleans/Gulf South Chapter. As with any regional conference, all are welcome.

You may have received the NSFA attached to a new email. Our updated database means more people than ever are receiving the NSFA. If you haven’t already, please send your updated chapter contact list to the NSFA and to our Executive Coordinator, Bob Short  (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), so that everyone in your chapter will receive the NSFA and other important Affiliate communications.

The NSFA still hasn’t received an Affiliate reflection on the Pope’s environmental encyclical, Laudato Si, but we have heard that one chapter is supporting a Campaign Nonviolence action themed, “Caring for our Common Home.” They stand in solidarity with Pope Francis as he addresses the US Congress on September  24th. 

Write us with your reflections and news at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 Articles in this issue:

Renewing the Joy of Mission—Shifting into the Future – "Our approach to developing the schedule may be a key to why the weekend was so satisfying."—Kathleen Gribble


Western Regional Affiliate Conference – "The Seattle Affiliates worked as a team, making the weekend flow smoothly for all of us. They looked like they enjoyed being together, and they worked as a single unit, like honeybees."—Kitty Schiltz  


Missing Affiliate Marie Parmly – "Although 85 years old when our Chapter first formed, Marie came to our meetings faithfully and often got others to come with her."—Mary Moritz

Friends Across Borders in Brazil – "I set out imagining a country with some native Indian tribes, having been colonized by the Portuguese. I ended up visiting a multi-ethnic, diverse country with a large Japanese population (invited to come as farmers), Italians, Germans, Syrians, people from different countries in Africa, and an indigenous Indian tribe (the Guarani Mbya)."—Mary Morris Williams

Planting Seeds of Nonviolence – "Mary [Hanson] cautioned us to not cross the blue line on the pavement marking the edge of federal property. Crossing would be considered criminal trespass."—Manny Hotchkiss

My Visit to the Casa Materna in Matagalpa – "I thought it would be wonderful to actually see for myself the operation of this wonderful Maternity Home."—Gabriela Maertens

A Day in a Lay Missioner’s Life – "My job title [Communications Coordinator] is hilarious to me, as I feel that at any given moment I am lucky if 80 percent of the conversation is understood by both parties."—Karen Bortvedt

And don't miss the entries in this issue's Features, Events, and The Board and EC Speak!


Midwest Regional Retreat Conference

Green Lake Conference Ctr., Green Lake, WI
August 14-16, 2015

Kathleen Gribble  – Fox Cities Chapter
& Jackie Maggiore – Milwaukee Chapter

Mission accomplished and then some! Thankful, grateful, joyful, responses praising the Midwest Affiliate Chapters’ gathering keep coming in: 

  • Wonderful meeting of “kindred souls.”
  • Sparks conversation for future chapter meetings. 
  • Looking forward to continued connections!
  • Feeling blessed, connected, informed, refreshed, affirmed in individual gifts, renewed in hope on the journey, and loved!
  • We really liked that the weekend wasn’t rushed, and we had time to walk and reflect.
  • When we gather, the spirit is so evident!
Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

Western Regional Affiliate Conference

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Seattle University, August 7-9, 2015

Kitty Schiltz – Seattle Chapter

Beginning on Friday evening with a welcome from Northwest Regional Coordinator and Seattle Affiliate Jerrie Drinkwine, on through Sunday morning Mass, the Western Regional Affiliate Conference was a journey into mission, social justice, and community among attendees. We learned of those on the margins: migrant farm workers; trafficked men, women and children; the people of Haiti and El Salvador. Conference goers experienced an atmosphere of community, meeting and making friends.

Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

Missing Affiliate Marie Parmly

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By Mary Moritz – SE Regional Co-Coordinator, NE Florida Chapter

My husband, John, and I met Marie and Lee Parmly when we made our Cursillo weekends some 40 years ago.  Marie and Lee were active in Cursillo, Marriage Encounter, and the Charismatic Movement.  We knew their five children were grown and they were retired, but we still marveled at all that they did in service to God.  

Several years after we met them, Lee and Marie were in a serious car accident.  Lee died and Marie was injured.  Marie’s faith sustained her during this difficult time, and after she recovered, she felt called to be a Maryknoll Lay Missioner.  Eventually, Marie convinced the Lay Missioners that she wasn’t too old.  

Marie went to Mexico as a Lay Missioner, and we didn’t see her for a while.  Then we heard that Marie had been shot in Mexico and was returning to the states to recover. Finally, she came back to Florida and we would see her from time to time.  

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