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International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
September, 2007
In This Issue
Visitors to the Philippines
World Day of Prayer
Online Courses
World Youth Day 2008
Beatification, October 28
Upcoming Meetings of IO/MLC
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Autumn 2007

Greetings, friends!

In Canada, on October 8th, we'll be celebrating our Thanksgiving holiday - a time to reflect on all the gifts that our loving Creator has given to us. And, we have much to be thankful for.

The following week-end, I will be travelling with my husband, David, to Quebec for the Marianist World Day of Prayer on October 14th. As we unite together across the miles, know that I will carry you all in my heart as we pray together for our Marianist Family, for our Church, and all the many needs of our world.

On October 28th, we are all invited to celebrate as four Marianist Martyrs from Madrid are beatified in Rome. May their heavenly prayers guide us to heroic virtue in our own lives.

Peace to all,

Isabella Moyer, MLC
Regional Responsible
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
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Visitors to the Philippines

Philippines Aug.07 Group

Br. Richard Joyal writes:

We recently had the visit of two members of our General Administration, Br. Ed Violett and Fr. Andre Fetis. Sister Fumiko Yamada FMI was here also. You can see them all with the Manila MLC in the above picture, taken Saturday, August 31. Ed is to the left, Andre to the right and Fumiko is in the center in grey and white. I am behind the camera.

Naomi and S. Fumiko

Naomi Arden and Sr. Fumiko visit Balay Pasilungan's rural land.
Marianist World Day of Prayer- October 14, 2007

Notre Dame du Cap Scenes

Information can be found at
 Up-coming Marianist Online CoursesVLCFF logo

It often is rewarding to take a broader look at life, including Marianist life. Day-to-day living is enriched by a deeper picture of "why" and "how."

To assist you in this process, the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) offers the following virtual learning communities (vlc) for the fall.

  • Marianist Charism
    *Develop a deeper and broader understanding of how to live out the Marianist charism, spirituality, and mission in the wider Church and global community

  • Marianist Community
    *Enhance your ability to form community in the Marianist spirit as you learn about the roots, expression, and unique characteristics of Marianist communities

  • Marianist Prayer
    *Explore various "methods" or practices of prayer, including both individual and group prayer. Notice how the Spirit of God is always at work, everywhere--including your own heart.

Each vlc course begins on October 14 and ends on November 17, 2007. (Note: Registration for fall vlc closes on October 10.)
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Class size for each vlc will be limited to 12 participants, and the course fee for each Marianist vlc is $40. Basic computer skills are required.

To register for a course, visit Select the "North American Center for Marianist Studies" selection in the drop-down menu of the profile form, which is listed in the drop-down menu after all of the dioceses.

(Note: It is important for participants to keep up with course content.)
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Patti Ghered
For more information on Marianist virtual learning communities, contact Patti Gehred at or 937/429-2521.

NACMS vlcs are conducted in partnership with the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives at the University of Dayton.


World Youth Day 2008


Bro. Jack Ventura invites you to help create a Marianist presence at World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia, July 15 to July 21, 2008.

Registration and a $600 per person deposit must be returned no later than Oct. 15, 2007.

The Marianist Office of Religious Life is coordinating two tours, one leaving from Los Angeles and another leaving from Honolulu, and offers special invitations to campus ministries, LIFE programs, high schools, parishes, retreat centers, and to those who are temporary professed. A "Marianist Day" is scheduled for all pilgrims from Marianist ministries attending World Youth Day.

The Province is offering financial assistance. For more information visit the Marianist World Youth Day Web site for a brochure, trip itinerary, costs, and financial aid and registration forms. If you have questions, email Br. Jack at:

Beatification of Madrid Martyrs
Madrid Martyrs Photo

Pope Benedict XVI, has approved

four Marianists Martyrs for beatification

on October 28, 2007 in Rome.



Miguel Léibar, Joaquín Ochoa Salazar, Sabino

Ayastuy Errasti and Florencio Arnáiz Cejudo will be beatified along with 494 other martyrs of the religious persecution in Spain during the years 1936-1939.


Madrid Martyrs Logo

· Four blots of color revealing interconnected crosses and a central "M" which unites these crosses.
· Red, the color of fire, passion and of blood. Dark red, the color of blood spilt on the ground.
· A flame of fire over a fragile clay lamp.
· An impetuous wind that stirs the flame and retells the story.
· A tree leaf that falls by this violent autumn wind in Madrid.
The four crosses hold the delicate leaf together amidst the storm.
· A claw print that recalls the clawing of a wild animal. And over the print, the Cross, many crosses.
· Four names that explain it all, without any other references - without saying where, nor when, nor who. Four names written in capital letters, firm and stable, which invite us to remain strong in faith at the foot of the Cross, of our crosses.

José Eizaguirre, SM, Province of Madrid

More details may be found in a special edition of Via Latina 22. Click on the links below:


International Team Meeting in NovemberIO/MLC logo

The leadership team of the International Organization of MLC is preparing for its annual meetings in Rome during the first week of November. Three days will be dedicated to the work of the IO/MLC and three days for our collaborative work with the World Marianist Family Council.

Annual reports are an important part of our meeting, as we share both the joys and struggles, the areas of growth and the ongoing needs within our regions. I will be contacting the National Responsibles within our region for reports on the Marianist Lay Communities within your country. Please feel free to contact your National Responsibles if there are any special issues or concerns that you would like them to forward to the leadership team.

We humbly ask for your prayerful support during our preparations - that we may do all in the service of Mary, united in the mission of her Son, Jesus....



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