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Friday, 24 January 2020 01:08

In This Interim Time - MAC2020

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The Theme for MAC2020 is Witnessing Love in The Interim Time.

In October, 2019 Russ Feldmeier MM, who will be with us at the MAC, attended the Religious Formation Conference in Louisville.  Russ was excited to report that the title of the keynote presentation, by Rev. Bryan Massingale was: Courage for An Interim Time That Does Not Yet Know Its Name. Hearing that let those of us on the MAC2020 team know (as we had suspected) that we were onto something when we chose the theme & title over a year ago.  In a recent address to an Italian youth gathering, Pope Francis expressed the same understanding when he declared that we are not living in an “era of change,” but rather “a change of eras.”

We on the MAC team are very much looking forward to hearing our keynote presenter Nancy Sylvester IHM, who, utilizing different dynamics, will speak to the MAC theme in her presentation on The Transformative Power of Love. In her synopsis Nancy begins… How do we witness to love in a time of chaos when all of 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? To read more, go to: and scroll to Nancy’s synopsis aside her photo.


Bryan Massingale, priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, is a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University in New York. He is the author of Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis, 2010).

Sunday, 19 January 2020 16:23

Updates: MAC2020 & New Website

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MAC2020 - during the warm days of early summer (June 25 – 28) is now just a little over 5 months away.  While a few elements are still in progress, most is complete.  Everything you need to know is on the MAC website:  Just scroll down or click on “English” or “Español” at the top and registration, schedule and more will drop down.  Double occupancy is $360 and includes every aspect of the Conference - all activities, room, food, materials.  As single occupancy rooms ($410) have been going faster than anticipated, we’ve taken that option off until we can assess if more are still available.  In addition to the Keynote speaker, there are six workshops and a special session with invited young adults.  Agnes Walsh, along with several other members from the Long Island Chapter have already submitted an outline for prayer, reflection and liturgy.  


The new Affiliate website is coming together well.  As we are waiting for better quality photos and are also adding new features, the anticipated January launch will be put off for about a month.  It will be more outward focused than our previous two websites and much easier/simpler to scroll through.  COMING SOON

Article translated from the Boletín Mensual (enero) of the Guatemala Affiliate Chapter.  Original Spanish version follows. Very Moving 2.48 minute follows at the end.

We celebrate moments of community - revealed in a shared meal wherein we give ourselves to each other.

Since the end of last year Sister Helen Werner MM has been in a celebratory mode knowing that on January 5, 2020 she will celebrate her 100th birthday. WOW! BRAVO Sister Helen! We thank God for her life, for her wisdom, her love for all people, especially the vulnerable in society and those who live in Lemoa. Our gratitude to her for coming to Guatemala after the internal armed conflict and being a support through her prayers and actions for the community of Lemoa, El Quiché is immense. She is very happy to celebrate her birthday with different groups. On Saturday, February 22, we will celebrate Sr. Helen’s birthday with the Guatemala Chapter at our monthly meeting. More information will follow about that day and in the next Newsletter (No Tan Lejos del Horizonte – NTLH).

May joy and solidarity lead us to recognize ourselves as an alive community of human persons made by God and Nature, who make explicit the reality of Living Well (Buen Vivir) to create a better world.

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Celebrar momentos comunitarios y manifestar en la comida nuestra entrega de unos con otros.

Desde finales del año pasado Sister Helen Werner ha estado celebrando que el 5 de enero cumple un CENTENARIO DE AÑOS. ¡WOW! ¡BRAVO por Sister Helen! Damos Gracias a Dios por su vida, por su sabiduría, su amor a todas las personas, especialmente a los vulnerables de la sociedad y quienes viven en Lemoa. Nuestra gratitud a ella por venir a Guatemala después del conflicto armado interno y ser un apoyo desde sus oraciones y acciones para la comunidad de Lemoa, El Quiché. Está muy contenta de celebrar con diferentes grupos su cumpleaños. El sábado 22 de febrero lo celebrará con el Capítulo Guatemala en nuestra reunión mensual. Aparte el día y en el próximo Boletín recibirá mayor información.

Que la alegría y la solidaridad nos lleve a reconocernos como una comunidad de seres vivos hechos por Dios y la Naturaleza que hacemos realidad el Buen Vivir al crear un mundo mejor.

Video of Sr. Helen:


In dangerous times like these, . . . we have to produce generations of dedicated, courageous, and creative contemplative activists who will join God to bring radical healing and change to this damaged world, before it’s too late. We need this movement—not someday, maybe, but right now, definitely. (Brian McLaren) 

Many of us Affiliates/Maryknollers receive Richard Rohr’s meditations each day. [So do well over 300,000 others.].  I’m pretty sure too that many of us, each in her/his way, wonder if our Church, if Christianity can be a spiritually transformative force in the world… as it once was.  McLaren points out three shifts in Christianity that will need to take place for it to be a truly transformative force.  Click on the link to see the full meditation for January 3, 2020:

Affiliate Board member, Ginny McEvoy spotted this recent article from Nancy Sylvester, our MAC2020 keynote presenter .  In it Nancy expresses her fear about what she is seeing in our present day culture.  

Her article begins:

If we ever needed the Incarnation, we need it today. As the year draws to a close, I can't help but feel sad and a bit fearful for our future. Something seems to be infecting us as a people.

There seems to be a blindness and a deafness to see and hear each other as we truly are and to understand our place within the whole Earth community. Because we can't see or hear, we are stuck right where we are and no amount of facts, moral persuasion or even personal experience of another's suffering is enough to move us.

To read Nancy's article, go to:

Sunday, 22 December 2019 16:27

Christmas Message from Srs. Maureen and Gloria

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Sharing a beautiful Christmas message from the Sisters' Vocation Team

Dear Affiliates Family,

May Jesus, the Reason of this Season continue to grant you the graces you need, especially in the coming year 2020. Know we hold you and your family close in our prayers. We are one with you as you journey lovingly in the Grace-filled mission of Jesus Christ, where the Holy Spirit patiently teaching each one of us the art of Love. Mother Mary Joseph often spoke of the Maryknoll Spirit “as being a reflection of the Love of God – nothing more nothing less than that – a reflection of the Love of God.” (MMJ 1932) Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and Joyful New Year.

With love and Prayers, Maureen Hanahoe Gloria Ardenio Agnes Vocation Co-Directors

Monday, 16 December 2019 00:53

Gail's Life Message Lives on in NSFA

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Could it be serendipity, a playful gesture from the Spirit, or…?

Co-editors of NSFA, Mary Hotchkiss-Ryan and Paula Schaffner, could have had no idea that Gail Kelley would die just days before the article about her work with refugees was published as the lead article in the latest NSFA.  If you don’t get the paper copy of NSFA, click on the link below for the article:  If you'd like to receive the paper and.or digital version, email Mary Hotchkiss Ryan at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Here is a quote from Gail’s that appears in the article, "As a Maryknoll Affiliate, I am proud to be part of this ministry to vulnerable people from whom I learn so much."—Gail Kelley

Thank you, Good Woman!!  Your commitment inspires us.

Friday, 13 December 2019 21:15

MAC2020 - December Update

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  Stock Photo to give a glimpse of a generational mix.

The MAC 2020 team – Ann & Jim Coady, Ginny McEvoy, Celine Woznica and Bob Short – continue to develop the Conference details – small and large.  At our last gathering we spoke about the Saturday morning session with young people (20’s & 30’s) present.  We believe it will be an especially exciting and important session for all of us... How do we of different generations understand and experience commitment, rules, Church (any institution), mission, authority, religion, the digital world, sexuality, vocation, and more?

Registration – people have begun signing up for MAC2020.  Several have have signed up for a single room ($410).  That’s perfectly find.  However, as it will limit the number of participants, there is a limited number available of single rooms available.  Of course, this does not apply to couples.  Gracias.

To register, or simply get a sense of the keynote, workshops, schedule or overall flow, go to:

Wednesday, 04 December 2019 19:23

New Website - Pillar Photos!

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After a little over 6 years with the present website (that served us well), we are in the process of creating a new one for the years ahead.  The new website will have a different look and, in several areas, a different focus.  However, the four pillars – Spirituality, Community, Global Vision & Action – which have always been a core part of the Affiliate commitment will be given even more emphasis – especially through visual renditions. To do this, we’re asking for photos or brief videos from all our chapters. 

So, please send your photos illustrating Spirituality, Community, Global Vision, Action, with a short caption if possible to Bob Short at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can use Google Docs or Dropbox if the photos have too much memory to send via email.  Contact Bob if you have any questions.

Thanks very much!!

Sunday, 01 December 2019 16:06

Coffee with a Cause

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Ron Covey, Affiliate from both the Houston and Guatemala Chapters, has been involved with the Caminando Por La Paz, initiative (see description below) for many years now - traveling from the Houston area to Guatemala many times each year.  Several Affiliate chapters and individuals purchase Family Coffee each year.  It's premium coffee. If you'd like to help out, go to:

     Family Coffee is a project of Missioners Caminando Por La Paz - Guatemala..The project was founded by Maryknoll Mission Father Thomas Goekler ,MM.  Maryknoll affiliates continue various projects in Guatemala City including an Education Program which places marginalized youth in local schools and universities. Although we receive donations from a small core of dedicated donors we  continuously strive to find helping individuals.  When these individuals purchase our coffee they provide materials for our tutoring sessions that we offer to the children we serve. The parents of many of these poor kids can not afford to offer then any other educational opportunity.

    The sale of Family Coffee provides funding to our partners "Productores de café la familia" The group grows this premium coffee in Yauner, San Pedro, Copan, Honduras.   They grow the coffee at an altitude of 1,400 meters (1,593 feet) an excellent altitude for growing coffee.

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