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The Maryknoll Affiliates are connected to a wider movement that is popularly called “Maryknoll.” Maryknoll is comprised of three distinct entities: the Maryknoll  Fathers and Brothers (officially known as the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America), the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic and the Maryknoll Lay Missioners... 

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Maryknoll Affiliates, while continuing to pursue their own life's journey, commit themselves to the mission goals of Maryknoll in the context of Chapters that gather for prayer, reflection and action. Maryknoll Affiliates challenge one another to witness to mission as a way of life by going beyond borders, locally and globally, walking with the poor and excluded, and striving for peace and justice for all of God's creation.

Four Pillars of the Maryknoll Affiliates

Four Pillars of the Maryknoll Affiliates

Maryknoll Affiliates, as inividuals and in their "Mission Communities" try to live out the Four Pillars of the Maryknoll Affiliates: Spirituality, Global Vision, Community and Action.

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Not So Far Afield Vol 18 No 4 – September/October 2009

A Spirituality for Social Change

Story and photo by Kevin Ahern
Greater Boston/New England

On April 4, the Boston Maryknoll Affiliate Chapter co-organized an event with the National Catholic Student Coalition (NCSC) under the theme, “A Spirituality for Social Change.” The event, which was hosted by Boston College’s new School of Theology and Ministry, brought together dozens of student leaders and Affiliates to reflect upon the integral relationship between Christian spirituality and social action.

The day-long event began with a meditative prayer led by members of the Inner Room, a recently created group for Catholic contemplation and action. The keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Stephen Pope, professor of theological ethics at Boston College. Dr. Pope gave a theological reflection on the present polarized reality of the Church and the need to find spaces of common ground in which spirituality, Church tradition, and social action are all respected.


Mark and Kathleen Morrison at the Spirituality for Social Change event

In the afternoon, a panel discussion continued the morning’s reflections focusing on three subthemes. In the first subtheme, Mission and Social Change, Boston Maryknoll Affiliates Mark and Kathleen Morrison shared their experiences of working as Maryknoll Lay Missionaries in Latin America. Heather Keane, of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, shared her experiences with Service and Social Change. The panel concluded with a reflection by Matt Hamilton, a student at Boston College on Spirituality for Justice.

Over the course of the day, two main conclusions emerged. First, in light of the polarizations in the Church between those who seek a detached spirituality without social action and those who seek engaged social action without much spirituality, there is an urgent need to develop an approach which appreciates both contemplation and social action (praxis). Second, as part of developing such a spirituality, there is a renewed need for dialogue and common ground in the Church, where Christians can learn to be humble and open to the perspectives and experiences of others rather than demonizing them. Interestingly, the event itself was a space for dialogue, not only between Catholics with different faith perspectives, but also between Catholics of different generations.

In the end, the Boston event participated in by the Maryknoll Affiliates and the National Catholic Student Coalition ( was a positive event for all involved and hopefully it can inspire other such collaborative events in the future.

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