Maryknoll Fathers and BrothersMission Education & Promotion 
  Western Region Events Reminder
January 2014

In This Issue
Bay Area Social Justice Forum
Los Angeles Religious Ed Congress
Sabeel Conference
Maryknoll Mission Symposium
Mission Education Training
Gautemala Immersion Trip
Lunch with Jesus
Quick Links
Dear ,
We hope you had a blessed Christmas celebration and that your new year is off to a good start!  Things are buzzing around the Maryknoll Mission House and we have many opportunities to become involved in mission. 

We started off the year with installing a Peace Pole in the front yard.  Two kind supporters of Maryknoll donated a pole to us and one to the Buddhist Compassion Meditation Center just three blocks away. On January 19, a group walked from the Maryknoll house to the Temple to join the Vietnamese community there for the dedication of their Peace Pole.  Buddhists and Catholics share a common desire for all people to walk gently upon the earth, to treat each person with dignity and to work for peace in our everyday lives.   
On March 9th Maryknoll will dedicate its own Peace Pole and we would love you to be a part of the celebration! Please join us for Mass at 9:30am followed by the blessing in front of the Mission House at 16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo 94580.  Refreshments will be served afterwards.  To RSVP and for directions or questions, please contact Kris East at (510) 276-5021 or  
Join us for our West Coast Maryknoll Mission Symposium with Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSp., Ph.D. on March 25th.  Read the details below.
Keep reading below for details on other events that are coming up soon.  We hope to see you around the Mission House!
Kris East, Mission Promoter
510-276-5021 | 
Bay Area Social Justice Forum 
Saturday, February 15, 2014
Holy Names University    3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, CA 94619
Join Maryknoll at the 4th Annual Bay Area Social Justice Forum at Holy Names University in Oakland, CA.
In the morning keynote session, Dr. Clayborne Carson will deliver an inspiring talk on Dr. Martin Luther King's Global Vision for Human Rights.
In the afternoon keynote session, Rev. Deborah Lee, Rev. Phil Lawson, and a Holy Names University Alumnus will share their journey to being social justice activists.
To learn more about the speakers, the workshops offered and to register:  
If you have questions about this event, contact Javier De Paz at
(510) 436-1323 or
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress 
Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 16, 2014
Anaheim Convention Center
800 Katella Ave., Anaheim, CA 92802


Maryknoll is happy to announce that we will once again be at the L.A. Religious Education Congress!  
Come to the Congress and stop by at the Maryknoll booths (#348, 350, 352) to pick up your gift from us and to enter our FREE raffle.  
We have lesson plans and our Classroom Program for teachers and catechists that we still offer at no cost to you!  
If you are a teacher, catechist, DRE or deacon be sure to ask us about our mission immersion trips to Latin America, Asia and Africa.  We hope to see you there! 
Northern California Friends of Sabeel Conference
Friday, March 21 to Saturday, March 22, 2014
Christ the King Catholic Church 
199 Brandon Rd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
(925) 682-2486
What is the situation on the ground in Israel and Palestine?  What can civil society and religious communities do to create a just peace?  This conference will be a unique opportunity to hear from and talk with activists, scholars, and historians about the situation in Palestine and Israel focusing on a vision for its future and its place in the region.  For more information and to register, please visit
While at the conference, come by the Maryknoll table and say hi!
2014 Maryknoll Mission Symposium with 
Fr. Anthony Gittins, CSSp., Ph.D.
Going Forth with Joy: Mission in the 
Spirit of Jesus and Pope Francis
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
9am - 3pm
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Parish Hall)
264 E. Lewelling Blvd., San Lorenzo, CA 94580
The words "mission" and "evangelization" are two of the most important -- and sometimes misunderstood -- notions that are foundational to the Church. Join us as we explore their meaning, looking to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Guadium as a road map.

Accepting Jesus' invitation to carry on his mission means creating and living a culture of encounter. Fr Gittins will guide us in exploring the essential discipleship themes of pilgrimage, accompanying the poor, working in the margins and crossing borders.
Lunch is included and overnight accommodations can be requested.

For questions or directions, contact Kris East at (510) 276-5021 or 

Continuing Pentecost:Mission Education Training
Mission Education Training Program and Retreat
Friday April 4 (5:30pm) - Sunday April 6 (1pm)
Maryknoll Mission House
16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo CA 94580 
Jesus passed his mission on to his disciples and for almost two thousand years the mission has been passed down from generation to generation. It's now up to us to make sure that this gift of mission is given to the next generation. 

We are excited to offer a Mission Education Training Program for teachers, principals, DREs, lay ecclesial ministers, catechists, priests, deacons and wives, and Maryknoll Affiliates.  Beginning on Friday evening with dinner and ending at 1pm on Sunday, this program is offered in a retreat-like format with in-depth instruction, materials for you to use in your ministry, and certified CE hours. Accommodations are available and meals are included.

Click here to learn more and to register 
Guatemala: Maryknoll Mission Immersion Experience for Teachers, Catechists, and other parish ministers
 June 17-26, 2014

Bring the world into your ministry and programs.  Teachers, catechists, DREs, and diocesan ministers play a key role in helping Catholics to grow in Christ's love and experience the world beyond their borders.  Through Maryknoll's Immersion Program, Catholic educators and ministers have the opportunity to find God in new and unexpected places, and to bring that experience of mission back to their parish and diocese. 


For more information and to apply, please click here 

"I thought I had come to give but I received so much in return!" - Lolita "Girlie" Gary, Maryknoll Affiliate and participant in Guatemala immersion 2013
Save the Date!
Maryknoll Mission Immersion Experience in the Tenderloin district of San Francisco in collaboration with the St. Anthony Foundation 
July 14 - 18, 2014

Do you have to go overseas to experience mission?  What is the connection between poverty in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world?

This program is designed for teachers, DREs, catechists, deacons, wives and others who minister in the Church and who wish to increase their awareness of their baptismal call to mission and to pass that mission on to others.  Join us as we explore how mission begins at home but extends to the ends of the earth. Participants will stay at the Maryknoll Mission House in a retreat setting and travel daily on BART to St. Anthony's Foundation to encounter God in the poor, elderly and homeless who struggle to survive in the Tenderloin area of San Francisco.

Registration opens soon!  
For more information please contact Kris East at (510) 276-5021 or
Taizé Candlelight Prayer Gathering
Second Wednesday of the Month at 7 pm  
Mission House, 16642 Ashland Ave.  San Lorenzo, 94580  

Taizé-style prayer is a meditative common prayer using song, chants, scripture, reflection and periods of contemplative silence, a prayer that does not end, but continues in the silence of the heart. Within this sacred space one is drawn into a deeper awareness of God's presence; it is a prayerful opportunity for self-reflection.

Contemplative prayer is seen as a critical path in mission.   It is through prayer that we are connected with God and it is in the silence of our hearts that God communicates and shares with us God's mission of love for the world.


The Taizé gathering will be held the second Wednesday of every month in the Chapel at the Maryknoll Mission House at 16642 Ashland Avenue, San Lorenzo. Admission is FREE.  Sorry, no wheelchair access.

The hour long service will start at 7:00 p.m. with Ruth Picha.  Ruth is a Spiritual Director, who trained at Mercy Center in Burlingame. 

Jesus at Table Lunch with Jesus Liturgy and Potluck  


12:00pm Liturgy

12:30 pm Potluck Lunch

 Mission House 

16642 Ashland Ave., San Lorenzo, 94580

One of the most significant ways in which Jesus did mission was around table, sharing a meal.  Join us at our weekly liturgy (Mass if a priest is present, otherwise Liturgy of the Word with Communion) in our Chapel, followed by a potluck lunch in our Dining Room. Sorry, no wheelchair access. 

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16642 Ashland Ave.
San Lorenzo, California 94580 
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