Thursday, February 5, 2009


Starting in March, 2001 and the following 4 years I was a board member of Maryknoll Affiliates. Late in that period the Affiliate Board decided to restructure the Affiliate Leadership model and thus to migrate from 3 full time Maryknoll Member Co-Coordinators to eight part time volunteer regional coordinators and one full time paid Executive Coordinator. Therefore in 2005-2008, while the Affiliate Leadership transition was in progress I decided to examine how computers could help Maryknoll Affiliate Regional Coordinators. The Regional Coordinators need to facilitate community relationships between physically separated Maryknoll Affiliate Chapters in a region covering several states.

At that time, also social transition to internet was building in computers prior to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterist and explosion of social networks. MSN Groups was, it seems, the foundation of this movement in computer-land. One of the groups I found in the Microsoft Network of groups was Maryknoll Mission in Japan. At some time during this period someone in Maryknoll created this website. 

In October 2008, Microsoft Networks, added the following message to all users of the thousands of groups in  The MSN Groups service will close in February 2009

The documents in this MSN Groups site with the title Maryknoll Mission in Japan had  a very large number of documents. I did not know how to find someone in Maryknoll to claim this wonderful material on Maryknoll history in Japan. Thus, on February 2, 2009 I started copying the many documents from

This blog was created on February 5, 2009 from data on web site ''. 

MSN Groups was shut down on February 21, 2009 as part of a migration of online applications and services to the Windows Live brand.

The following link will take you to the top of this blog, Maaryknoll Mission is Japan.

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