Not So Far Afield is a bimonthly publication of the Maryknoll Affiliates. The name is a play on the title of the original Maryknoll Magazine: The Field Afar.

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Friday, 04 July 2014 00:00

The Pillar of Community

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We experience mission as connection with other humans, at times in far-off places, but first in our own communities.

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

The Fly on the Wall

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Paula Schaffner – CA Central Coast Chapter

For the last few years, as the spouse of a Board member, I have been asked to act as scribe so that the person writing the minutes could fully participate in the Maryknoll Affiliate Board meetings. Thus I’ve had the privilege of observing the meetings while not participating. Would you like to hear what the “fly on the wall” has learned at these meetings?

Wednesday, 02 July 2014 00:00

July-August 2014 News from the Knoll

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Opportunities in Cochabamba, Bolivia—  Language study: Steve Judd announced new plans to keep the Language Institute open in a restructured manner since an earlier announcement of indefinite closure. Watch for news at or Facebook for the Maryknoll Language Institute—Centro Misionero Maryknoll en América Latina

Volunteering: To volunteer in Cochabamba, Bolivia, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and see


Rev. Edward M. Wroblewski, MM, who passed away on April 16, 2014, was 88 years old and a Maryknoll father for 61 years.

Rev. Daniel D. Dolan, MM,  passed on April 24, 2014 in Sleepy Hollow, New York.  He was 92 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 59 years.

Rev. Richard R. Fries, MM, passed away on April 26, in Las Vegas, Nevada.  He was 66 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 37 years.

Rev. Donald J. Vittengl, MM, was 83 years old and a Maryknoll priest for 57 years when he died on May 11, 2014 at Mission St. Teresa, Maryknoll, NY.



Tuesday, 01 July 2014 00:00

Sending Homily for MAC 2014

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Sr. Connie Posipsil, MM 

“Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him or her.”

Today we often hear, “We become what we eat.” Let’s take this seriously. When we eat the body and drink the blood of Christ we become the hands, feet, eyes, and ears of Christ.

Saturday, 01 November 2014 00:00

Survey Results Are In!

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Mary Ryan-Hotchkiss – Portland Chapter

You spoke and we hear you!

Thank you, media survey respondents. Looking at the results of the survey, we received some surprises, but in other cases our suspicions were confirmed. We weren’t surprised that most of you use email and that most chapters use email for their communications, but we were surprised that very few of you routinely go to Facebook.

Wednesday, 05 November 2014 00:00

Sept 21 Events

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People’s Climate March – New York

Jo Albright – Subway Chapter

Two days before the People’s Climate March, I learned that groups were to meet at specific locations, such as religious groups at Columbus Circle. Riding there in a half-filled subway car, I was relieved to immediately see a Maryknoller! I didn’t see many more until the march started, when Beth Begley and I were trying to maintain a curbside seat.

The “biggest climate march in history” left Central Park and headed toward lower Manhattan and the NYC waterfront on 6th Avenue. Crowds watched and cheered us as we went by. It was hard to keep up with the banner-carrying Maryknollers, mostly priests. I saw Affiliates Margaret and Adel, with a group from their parish.

Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

LA Affiliates and Campaign Non-violence

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Kathee Hennigan Bautista – Los Angeles Chapter

Greater Los Angeles and San Diego Chapter Affiliates became familiar with peace activist Fr. John Dear’s work while preparing to co-sponsor the 2010 Western Regional Affiliate Conference. Since Fr. John was our keynote speaker, both chapters began studying his latest book. He spoke passionately about following the non-violent Jesus and offered us the opportunity to take the vow of non-violence. Many of us continued studying his work and listened to his speeches when he spoke in our area.

Friday, 07 November 2014 00:00

Maryknoll Today and the Maryknoll of Tomorrow

Written by

Sr. Ann Hayden, MM – Affiliate Board Member

It is clear that Maryknoll’s role in God’s mission is, like many human endeavors in these times, arriving at a “profound historical turning point.” This phrase was used by Joe Holland in his presentation at the 2012 “Mission in the Future” symposium, held at Maryknoll, NY. The event was prepared by the four Maryknoll entities: the Affiliates, the Lay Missioners, the Fathers and Brothers, and the Maryknoll Sisters.

John Moritz – Southeast Regional Coordinator, Northeast Florida Chapter

John Moritz, Peg Vamosy, MLM, and Jack Sullivan, MM at the General Assembly John Moritz, Peg Vamosy, MLM, and Jack Sullivan, MM at the General Assembly

I thank the Affiliates and our Board for the privilege of representing them at the General Assembly (GA) of the Maryknoll Sisters. 144 voting Sister Delegates came to set their directions and policies and to elect new leadership for the Congregation. Other official but non-voting participants included: Fr. Jack Sullivan – Society, Margaret (Peg) Vamosy – Lay Missioners, and Mary Elizabeth (Mef) Ford –Full Circle.

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