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Richard Younkin Ordained as a Permanent Deacon

Rich Younkin surrounded by Maryknoll Affiliates at his ordination

On Sunday, June 24, Maryknoll Affiliate Rich Younkin was ordained to the diaconate for the diocese of San Francisco, culminating his five years of study for it. It was a joyful time as his family, friends and Maryknoll Affiliates assembled in the packed Cathedral to witness the ordination of twelve deacons. Archbishop Niederaur officiated with three other bishops from the diocese, and many priests and deacons attended and welcomed the new deacons. Rich will minister in his parish, St Isabella's, in San Rafael.

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Richard Younkin to be ordained as a Permanent Deacon

We are pleased to announce that Richard Younkin, longtime Bay Area Maryknoll Affiliate, will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate for the Archdiocese of San Francisco on Sunday June 24 at 3:30pm in the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA. All are invited to attend and there is a reception afterwards in Patron's Hall, Cathedral lower level.

This is a very special occasion for Maryknoll Affiliates to have one of our own ordained to the diaconate after many years of studying for it—we encourage you to attend and joyfully celebrate with Rich.

Join the North Bay Chapter for a Conversation with John Dear S.J.

Where: Dominican Sisters Gathering Place
Dominican University 1520 Grand Ave. San Rafael

Date: February 16th, 2012

Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Admission is Free

Lazarus, Come Forth book coverLong time peace activist, Father John Dear offers a compelling new reading of the story of Lazarus, which calls us all to pursue a life of peace.

If Lazarus represents humanity, the story of his raising is about the God of Life confronting the power of death itself, calling humanity to walk out of its tomb—the culture of violence and war—and into "the new life of resurrection peace."

John Dear S.J.

John Dear, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and peace activist whose many books include Living Peace: A Spirituality of Contemplation and Action (Image, 2004) and The Questions of Jesus (Image 2004). His Orbis titles include You Will Be My Witnesses (2006), and, as editor, Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings (2002) and Daniel Berrigan: Essential Writings (2010). Dear writes a weekly online column for The National Catholic Reporter.

Co-Sponsored by Pax Christi of Marin and the North Bay Maryknoll Affiliates. For more information contact: Nancy McFarland at (707) 773 – 0904

A Note From North Bay Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter

Although small in number, we remain active. In Feb., we hosted John Dear at Dominican University with an audience of 60. In exploring ways to raise the consciousness of local folks with regard to social justice issues, it occurred to us to try to meet people where they are. We worked together to sponsor a 3-part series of talks on Catholic Social Teaching, entitled, "The Church's Best Kept Secret: Catholic Social Teaching," which Matt Dulka will conduct at a parish in Marin County where we meet, open to people in the churches in Marin, as well as the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Rich Younkin, one of the founding members of our Chapter, will be ordained a Deacon on June 24th. Leslee Coady recently visited the Philippines and saw first-hand the effects of poverty and corruption as well as the resilience of the people who live under such hardship. Bob and Nancy recently gave another presentation of their experiences in Palestine to a newly forming Affiliate chapter in Concord where they also heard the stories of Srs. Nancy and Ruth who had spent years in war-torn Sudan. While we are active, our monthly meetings are centered in prayer and reflection, led by Rich Younkin. It has continued to be the very "highlight" of our gatherings, and not incidental to them. It is what sustains us as we try to live out Gospel values in ALL that we do. Marie Wren and Nancy and Bob McFarland will attend the Maryknoll on the Hill event in May.

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