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May , 2007
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5th International Meeting of MLC
Karibu Kenya!
Marianist International Volunteers
Via Latina
Family Retreat - Hawaii
MLC General Assembly - Haiti
Pentecost Prayer Chain - Haiti
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Dear friends,
Spring blossoms and abundant greenery have arrived here in Manitoba. Recent rains have nourished the newly planted fields, giving us much to be thankful for.
This issue of Gifts and Tasks opens with the exciting news of the 5th International Meeting in 2009. We ask for your prayers and support as preparations unfold.
Peace to you and your communities,
5th International Meeting of MLC

The International Team of MLC is pleased to announce that the 5th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from August  2 - 8, 2009.  The Marianist Lay Communities in Africa have graciously  accepted the task of preparing the site for this next meeting.  Lorna Mueni (Regional Responsible for Africa) will be coordinating their efforts. We thank Lorna and our sisters and brothers in Africa for their generous and faith-filled response to this challenge.


The Comunidades Laicas Marianistas in Spain have also graciously accepted the task of preparing the working document for our upcoming meeting.  Ana Blázquez Ubach (Regional Responsible for Europe) is coordinating this work. The theme for the next meeting and document is:  Marianist Lay Communities in the Church and in the World.


All of us on the International Team are excited about the upcoming meeting and ask our worldwide Marianist Family to join us in prayer for the success of this endeavor.  May we continue to walk with Mary in the way of her Son, Jesus.


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International Team

Marianist Lay CommunitiesTony





Karibu Kenya!

LornaDear Friends,

It is with great joy that on behalf of the
International Team I would like to inform you that the
5th International Convocation will be held in Kenya.
This is information I am passing to you as the
Representative of Africa and I am requesting your
prayers and support so that this event can be a


We ask for the intercession of Mary our Mother, Blessed Chaminade, Mother Adele, Marie-Therese de Lamourous, and all the holy women and men in heaven.


Lorna Mueni
Regional Responsible for Africa
More greetings....

It is my hope and prayer that God will see us through all our plans and preparations. God bless you all as you prepare to come. I am in Mombasa and I hope that I'll have a chance to be with those who will come for the meeting, and at last have a chance of seeing how big our family is.


Karibu Kenya, this means welcome to Kenya!

Josephine Njeri

C'est vraiment formidable Lorna !!! Merci de ton labeur, de tes efforts, de ta disponibilité. Les CLM de notre zone t'adressent toutes leurs chaleureuses félicitations. Nous sommes très fiers de toi au nom du continent africain.


Nous prions la Vierge Marie et son Divin Fils d'assister les CLM du Kenya pour que la rencontre soit belle, fructueuse  et très porteuse d'avenir.


It is very wonderfull Lorna !!!! Thank you for your hard work, your efforts, your availability. MLC from our area congratulate you very very much with a lot of enthusiasm. We are proud of you for the continent of Africa.


We pray Mary and her Holy Children to assist MLC from Kenya and East Africa so the meeting can be beautiful, productive and bringing hope for the future.


God bless you.


Marie-France Zoro-Bi pour Marie-Louise Memeledje.



Marianist International Volunteers (MIV/VIM)
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Dear friends of the Marianist Family, 


Here is a new edition of the On-Line MIV Newsletter, with the latest news of our Marianist International Volunteers in Congo, Bangladesh and Brazil.  You will also read here about the activities and agreements established by the MIV coordinator upon his visit in France at the beginning of the year.


Remember that some of the stories you will read here (two out of the three in fact) are about people who decided to become MIV volunteers thanks to this very same Newsletter, which at the time inspired them.  Even though it will never be the same as a direct testimony from either the MIV volunteers or from the Coordinator, this is still a very direct and inexpensive way to make the MIV known. It is also very effective, since some people end up volunteering after being appealed by the stories published here, so help us spread the word!


Don't forget that this edition is also available in French and Spanish, so feel free to request them if you need them.


In favor of the globalization of solidarity and the international cooperation.


José Luis PEREZ

MIV Coordinator

May 2007






Via Latina - May 2007
Via Latina
The latest issue of Via Latina can be accessed online. Articles include:
  • Visit of GA to Chile and Argentina 
  • Focus: Bangladesh - Institute of Integrated Rural Development 
  • News from Chaminade International Seminary in Rome
  • Extended General Council Meets in Rome


Marianist Family Retreat in Hawaii
Hawaii Family Retreat
The Hawaii MLC's (Marianist Lay Communities) started the Marianist Family Retreat program in Hawaii on May 5 - 6.  Families from Sacred Heart elementary school in Lahaina, Maui asked the Hawaii Marianist Lay Communities to run a retreat for them.  Vince and Laura Morigliani, long time Marianists from Philadelphia, came to teach the "how to's" to the Hawaii retreat team.  Coordinating all of the logistics and planning between the mainland and two islands was formidable.  Nonetheless, the Spirit was at work and all went beautifully for the five families of retreatants.  Bros. Dennis Schmitz from Honolulu and Jim Vorndran from Maui took supportive roles on the team. Strategizing is now beginning for the next retreat in September on Oahu and for eventually expanding the retreat program around the state.
Puppets were a major ingredient for the skits.  They joined their alter ego's for the team picture of the Marianist Family.  (Puppet names are in italics.)
Back Row, left to right: Bro. Jim Vorndran, Digger (hiding local coordinator for the retreat, Barb Belle,) Lani, Christy Bryant, Uncle, Bro. Dennis Schmitz
Front Row, left to right: Kimo, Rick Collins, Jayne Mondoy, Jeannie Pinpin, one of the young retreatants, Lisa Vega, Laura and Vince Morigiliani
MLC General Assembly in Haiti 
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A General Assembly of the MLCs of Haiti took place on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at the local MLC of Haiti in Delmas, Port au Prince. Twenty-six lay Marianists were in attendance.


A new provisional team of national coordination was elected for the duration of one year from April 28, 2007 to April 28, 2008.


1) Ilionès ST-FLEUR, CLM à Croix des Bouquets, (Port au Prince) National Coordinator

2) Elisson JEAN,  animateur CLM à Pilette, (Fort liberté), Secretary

3) Eugénaque THERMIDOR, animateur CLM à Hinche (plateau central), Treasurer

4) Jean Renaud DORCINVIL, CLM à  Petite Anse (Cap Haitien), Delegate

5) Saül DAMESTOIR, CLM à St Marc, Advisor

6) Paulène ETIENNE, CLM à Petite Anse (Cap Haitien) Advisor

7)   Roseline ROGENE,  CLM à Carrefour (Port au Prince) Advisor


(From the Report of Louis JOCELYN, CLM Port au Prince)

Pentecost Prayer Chain - Haiti
Lay Marianists in Haiti formed a 24 hour prayer chain during the Vigil of Pentecost for the intention of the Marianist Lay Communities in Haiti.


Bonjour a tous nos freres et soeurs marianistes. La chaine de priere aux intentions des communautes laiques marianistes d Haiti commencera  le samedi 26 mai 6h et termine le dimanche 27 mai a 6h  - heure d haiti   Une messe  sera celebree au local des clm a port au prince vers les 16h - 4h p m heure d haiti, Nous demandons a tous de prier avec nous, l eglise notre mere et tous les membres des clm et toute la famille marianiste compte sur la priere de tous et de chacun.  bonne fete de la pentecote  a tous,  que l'esprit saint nous envahisse, qu il descende sur nous ! 


Agnes Dumas Bonkoungou




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