Paula Schaffner

Paula Schaffner

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:33


Resources and Links

Housing for Haitian women - Kay pou fanm ayisyen yo

Building Resilience Through the Child-to-Child Approach

 Syncretism and Vodou Religion

 Video on Partners in Parenting

 Teaching For Change


Mark Schuller's Starfish and Seawalls

Responding to Haiti's Earthquake, Now and Long-Term

Food security in Haiti July 2008 to December 2008 (French)


Mariama Williams - The Consequences of Globalization (english)


The Consequences of Globalization (Kreyol)

Prospects for Development in Haiti and the Wider Caribbean in the context of Globalzation and Trade Liberalization

Globalization as Re-traumatization: Rebuilding Haiti from the Spirit Up

A look at Haiti, globalization, and mental health issues along with the development of a community based mental health program in Jeremie, Pwogwam Sante Mantal.

Analyse de la situation humanitaire Evaluation Ex-Ante Haïti 2007

A comprehensive analysis of the current humanitarian situation in Haiti (french)

An Interview with Paul Farmer

Can quality health services be "scaled up" in countries like Haiti?

Une Fenetre D’Opportunite Pour Haiti

An article (in French) from the IMF on ways to alleviate poverty in Haiti

Actions That Empower

A look at foreign aid by Matt Rousso of Gulf South

Debt Consolidation

A brief report on the impact of Haitian debt by Mark Schuller and Debayani Kar

Father Rick's Account of a Summer in Haiti

A chronical of Father Rick Frechette's summer visit to Haiti

Haiti Poverty Profile

An overview of the demographics of Haitian poverty

Marie Dennis Talk

The text of Marie Dennis's talk from the Port-au-Prince Conference on Job Creation

Jeremie entre la beaute et la poesie HAITI


Frederick Douglass lecture on Haiti (1893)


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Easy Meeting:  Family – The Affiliate Community – The Kin-dom of God

(To reprint this Easy Meeting on two pages, go to the Download: Not So Far Afield – Supplemental Material – 2016 09 10 Easy Meeting.)


Begin by reading “Family of God” (Maryknoll Book of Prayer, page 18):

“I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”—John 13:34-35

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts. … If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is part of it.-—1 Corinthinians 12:12, 26-27

     Nothing can separate us from the love of God and nothing can separate us from each other. We are made in the image and likeness of God.

     Prayer begins with the awesome recognition of our oneness with God. It continues with the realization of our unity with each other. We are all members of one family—the family of God. Let us Pray.

Read the articles mentioned below from the September/October 2016 NSFA, and consider these questions:

1. Compare your experience of family with that in the article from NTLH, “Family in Guatemala.”  

2. How do the statements from the Greater Los Angeles and North Texas chapters relate to your Affiliate community? (See LA Chapter Reflects on Survey Topics and Talking Points.)

3. How does your Affiliate community prefigure the Kin-dom of God?

Close with the prayer,  “God made us a family” (Maryknoll Book of Prayer, page 19):

God made us a family

We need one another

We love one another

We forgive one another

We work together

We play together

We worship together

Together we use God’s word

Together we grow in Christ

Together we love all people

Together we serve our God 

Together we hope for Heaven

These are our hopes and ideals.

Help us to attain them, O God,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. 

—Florence Sossong, Pittsburgh, PA

Wednesday, 29 June 2016 17:43

July/August 2016 Notices

Register Now 

Affiliates connect at 2005 South Central Region Conference.

South Central Region Affiliate Conference 
New Orleans - September 30 to October 2, 2016

Contact: Jim Huck – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or
    Janet Rousso – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.







Girlie Gary visiting a Guatemalan home, 2013

Only Two spots  Left

Registration for the upcoming Maryknoll Mission Immersion Program in Guatemala, October 9 - 17, closes on August 15th. 

Check Guatemala Immersion for full information. 






Take Action!

Has your chapter planned an action for Campaign Nonviolence week, September 18-25? In the past, several chapters have joined the hundreds of other groups around the world who take action nonviolently to abolish war, end poverty, reverse climate change, and challenge all violence. See for ideas or to find a local action to join.


Maryknoll Mission Institute 2016

The Mission Institute offers six-day programs (Sunday-Friday) May-October, 2016. Upcoming  programs:

July 10-15 Robert Ellsberg, MA

Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time will challenge us to think more creatively about being faithful and active in our own historical context.

July 17-22 Maria Teresa Davila, PhD

Embodying the Option for the Poor explores the theological insights in the context from which the phrase sprang and in our current contexts.     

July 24-29 John F. Haught, PhD

Religion and the Cosmic Story: A Look Inside studies the new framework for understanding our species’ ageless religious quest, in conversation with both Christian Theology and contemporary scientific naturalism.

Sept. 25-30 in Monrovia, CA and  Oct. 3-6 in Los Altos, CA: Margaret Silf, MA

Living God’s Dream                                                                              

Online registration is available, or write for forms:

Maryknoll Mission Institute, Maryknoll Sisters
P.O Box 311, Maryknoll, NY 10545-0311
Tel: 914-941-7575 @ 5671  
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


In support of Education

Emusoi Center in Arusha, Tanzania (, founded by Sr. Mary Vertucci MM, continues to help Maasai girls get an education and delay marriage and child-bearing until they’re ready, but needs scholarships for fees and books for secondary school and college. Donations should be sent through the Maryknoll Sisters.

Caminando Por La Paz – Guatemala ( needs angels! $500/year or $50/month supports the education of one student. Angels receive periodic  information from the student they sponsor. Your contributions in any amount will assist greatly in Caminando’s efforts to continue the wonderful work initiated by founder Father Thomas Goekler, MM.  




Tuesday, 28 June 2016 17:12

Book Group Divides

Paula Schaffner – NSFA Co-Editor

It had to happen! With about forty respondents to the Book Group invitation, multiple discussion groups became necessary. The organizing team of Bob Short, Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss, and Paula Schaffner offered several options, and participants were grouped by choosing their preferred meeting time. The first meetings of the resulting Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday groups, via telephone conference calls, occurred starting June 20th.  As of July 1, most groups will have discussed Chapter 1 of Ilia Delio’s Making All Things New. 

If you can’t participate in a Book Group, you could read the book on your own or with your chapter and see the updates and comments on the Maryknoll Affiliates’ Facebook page. You could even add your own comments on Facebook.

It’s exciting to have this opportunity to build community among far-flung Affiliates and other Maryknollers as well. If you have a suggestion for the next book to be read by the Book Group, please contact Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marie Venner – Denver Chapter

A review of Julian’s Gospel: Illuminating the Life & Revelations of Julian of Norwich,
by Veronica Mary Rolf, published by Orbis*, 2013.

Veronica Mary Rolf is a most interesting writer. A recent podcast with America magazine reveals she spent much of her life in the professional theatre, as a playwright and actress. She also trained and directed professional actors around the world. Now, Rolf teaches Christian meditation and the history of Christian mysticism. She brings her dramatic sensibility and vivid descriptions of Julian’s context and time to Julian’s Gospel in a unique approach to the favorite spiritual guide of Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, and many others.  

Friday, 10 January 2014 00:00

Easy Meeting: Trailblazers in Habits

Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

We offer these pages as a quick meeting format or for you to enjoy by yourself. 


  1. In your meeting announcement, suggest to chapter members that before the meeting they go to the DVD web site:, and preview the video clips. Someone in your chapter might want to order and own the video and show it in its entirety at your gathering. The video could also be used later as part of an educational effort in your parish or school.
  2. For background information, read the two short articles at and 
  3. Read this page and preview the video clips online or on the DVD. Locations of the video clips on the DVD are noted in parentheses. You may wish to download the two-page pdf of this Easy Meeting article at 2014 01 02 Easy Meeting - Trailblazers in Habits.
  4. Equipment: If using video clips from the website, an Internet connection will be needed. Gathering around a computer screen may be adequate for a small group. A larger group could use a video projector or television. Determine what you will need and arrange to have the appropriate equipment and connecting cords available. 
  5. Test the equipment and Internet connection beforehand. 
Tuesday, 07 January 2014 00:00

MKLM Reverse Mission in California 

Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter

Our chapter was blessed in November by a visit with Maryknoll Lay Missioners Kathy Bond and Flavio Rocha. We learned how they live in mission in Brazil and were inspired to find new ways to be missionaries in our own area. During and after a potluck dinner, they shared their experiences.

Kathy and Flavio are long-time Maryknoll Lay Missioners in Sao Paolo. Kathy has been a Lay Missioner for 20 years and Flavio for 10. Meeting in Brazil, Flavio’s native country, they married 13 years ago, and have a daughter, Maya, 8.

Thursday, 02 January 2014 00:00

Notices – January/February 2014

Special Prayer Request

Fr. Jim Madden, who founded the Maryknoll Affiliate Movement with Sr. Ellen McDonald, has notified us that he has cancer and asks for our prayers. Father Jim has remained in close contact with the Affiliate family since stepping down from his leadership position and has continued to offer support to us on many, many levels.  It is difficult to find the words to express our gratitude to Jim or our concern in learning of this diagnosis.  Our thoughts and our prayers are with you, Father Jim, throughout this time.

Our Readers Comment:

  • Nancy McFarland: Just wanted to let you know I appreciated your review of Ilia Delio’s most recent book in NSFA. I’ve read and loved all 3 of her recent books. I think she is spot on! It’s always nice to read a review that gets to the heart of a book.
  • Beth Begley: Kudos to the communication committee -- new online format for NSFA is very inviting and attractive.

Share Your Skills?

The Maryknoll Affiliates need volunteers with web skills  (or the willingness to learn a few) for site upkeep and maintenance. For more information, please contact Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





Saturday, 01 March 2014 00:00

March/April News from the Knoll

Sr. Eleanor Keeney, who died on Nov. 29, was born in NJ, trained as a nurse and then joined Maryknoll in 1948. Her medical expertise took her to Ceylon, Thailand, Zimbabwe, and the US, where she established various programs: AIDS support, rural clinics, hospice, home care, and more.

Sr. Joan Campbell died on Dec. 14, 2013, after 66 years as a Maryknoll sister. Born in NJ and educated in PA, she served in Tanzania as a teacher/headmistress.


Sr. Elizabeth Lee, a Maryknoll sister for over 70 years, died on Feb. 4, 2014. Teaching gradeschool, ESL, and teachers of ESL, she worked mostly with Chinese populations in the US and Taiwan.

Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00

May/June 2014 News from the Knoll

Sr. Rose Duchesne Debrecht, MM, a Maryknoll sister since her entry in St. Charles, MO, in 1940, died Feb. 22, 2014. Serving the youth in Hong Kong for over 60 years, she was a teacher, principal, spiritual directress, journalist, and English tutor.

Sr. Rosemary Bass, MM, a Maryknoll Sister for 64 years, died March 16 at the age of 88. She taught English to Japanese students at all levels, in Los Angeles and in Japan. In the 1970s, she was in charge of the Center’s Direct Mail Department and then cared for her ailing mother.

Sr. Agnes Cazalé, MM, after a long illness, died on April 8th. Born in New Orleans, LA, in 1923, she entered Maryknoll in 1943 and was a Maryknoll Sister for 71 years. She served in China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan, primarily in spiritual direction and counseling.

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