International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
After years of preparation, the Catholic Church of Quebec is ready to celebrate the 49th International Eucharistic Congress from June 15 to 22, 2008.
The year 2008 marks the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, the first permanent French settlement in North America.
The 2008 International Eucharistic Congress will be "the Assembly of the Church of Quebec hosting the Universal church to celebrate the Living Christ. It's theme will be The Eucharist Gift of God for the Life of the World." More information can be found at:
Many of our Marianist friends in Quebec are actively involved in the Congress. We join them in prayer that the Eucharist, the sacrament of true communion, be a source of strength, peace, and love for us, our families and communities, and the world.
Isabella Moyer, MLC
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
|CLM Haiti General Assembly
|by Aneil Ulysse (CLM Haiti, Secretary)
translated by Richard Thibault (CLM Quebec)
April 25-27, 2008 the MLC's of Haiti held their first General Assembly in Port-au-Prince ending the interim
mandate for the leadership team. Thirty six members from seven communities out
of a possible ten, were present; Br. Stanislas Limdeyou, the spiritual assessor
and Madame Agnès Dumas, national counselor were also present.
participant expressed their views and expectations for the new leadership team
to be elected. Some of these were: the need for formation of MLC's in Haiti, for unity throughout all MLC's of Haiti and
also between the religious and the MLC's. They also discussed the orientation
for each MLC's on the ecclesial, spiritual, cultural and financial point of
to the leadership team are:
National Coordinator - Etienne Wesly
Vice-Coordinator - Jocelyn Louis
Secretary - Aniel Ulysse
Treasurer - Ilionès St-Fleur
celebrated Sunday mass with all the St-Vincent community. After mass, Br. Stanislas gave a talk on the fundamentals
of MLC's, followed by a presentation with Agnès Dumas on the theme of "Building
community" from the document of the
International Meeting of Philadelphia in 2001.
Etienne Wesly Ilionès St-Fleur
National Responsible -elect Past - National Responsible
|Marianist Lay Formation Initiative |
by Pati Krasensky (Director of MLFI)
Twelve people gathered in Dayton, Ohio April 18-20, 2008 to begin the one year formation process
sponsored by the North American Marianist Family Council. The Marianist Lay Formation Initiative was
developed 3 years ago to support laity who are passionate about the Marianist
charism and desire to spread the Marianist spirit in their area by building
small faith communities in the Marianist tradition.
Attending were: Rudy Reyes,Jr;
Chiree Souza; Carol Weiss; Linda Flores-Tober; Madge Hempsey; Tina Bauman;
Jeannie Pinpin; Chris Roe; Joanie Roe; Serina Souza (center); Anna Tusim; Pati
Krasensky (Director of the MLFI) and Beth Woods (front
row). The weekend was highlighted by presentations from Bro Tom Giardino and
Patti Gehred, as well has shared prayer and community fellowship.
Circular on Adèle
Sr. Marie Joelle Bec, FMI, Superior
General, has published Circular #22 on the Anniversary of the Foundation of the
Daughters of Mary Immaculate, May 25, 2008. This Circular addresses the centrality
of the Word of God in the life of Mother Adèle. It ties together the
reflections of the last FMI Chapter and the upcoming Synod of the Word of God
in Rome, October 2008.
During the last
Chapter, "we were struck by the power of the Word of God, given to each of
us in the Liturgy. Having learned from Mary, we feel called to always listen to
the Word of God, the center of our lives. We can never stop entering more
deeply into this attitude with an open heart, deeply rooted in reality, invited
at each moment to the obedience of faith." Chap. Doc. #5
As an echo to this
double invitation of the Universal Church and the General Chapter, today I want
to listen with you to the Words of God that have been light, strength,
audacity, and an impulse of love in the life of our Foundress. In effect,
Mother Adele, who had no theological studies nor ever held the entire Bible in
her hands, knew how to find in the proclaimed Word of the liturgy what and how
to animate her first friends, then later sisters.
The Circular is available online at www.marianist.org:
|Pontifical Council for the Laity - Promoting Women
Figueroa, Responsible for the Women's Section at the Pontifical Council for the
Laity, has opened a web-site to share resources and writings on the role of women in the
Church and in the world. This initiative continues the work of the Women's
Congress in Rome of February, 2008: "Woman and Man, humanum in its entirety".
To encourage a wide-ranging and
Figueroa has invited all ecclesial movements and associations who actively
promote the role of women to submit papers. Please contact Isabella Moyer at email@example.com for more information.
papers, in several languages, can be accessed at the Pontifical Council for the
Laity web-site at www.laici.org. Click on
the Donne e uomo logo, and look for the heading "ARTICOLI DI INTERESSE".
|Via Latina 22 - May 2008|
The May issue of Via Latina 22, News from the General Administration of the Society of Mary, is available at www.marianist.org. Articles in this issue include:
- News from the Philippines
- Education for Justice and Peace and the Integrity of Creation
- Recent visits of the General Council
- First Professions in India
|Support Kenya 2009|
International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities will be held in Nairobi,
Kenya in 2009. Approximately 50
delegates from 29 countries will be invited to attend.
Because of rising
fuel costs, travel to the meeting will be expensive. Also, over half of our delegates reside in
developing nations .
We are setting up a
Scholarship Fund for Delegates to
help with travel and meeting costs. Please consider donating to this fund.
Lay Network and in the annotation line write "International Meeting
Fund" and mail to:
1341 N. Delaware Avenue, # 406
PA 19125 USA
you a frequent traveller and would like to donate airmiles for
delegate travel? Please contact NACMS intern, Ben Dougherty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
you for your generosity, we will keep you up to date concerning the progress of
Tony Garascia, MLC
Marianist Lay Communities
Ireland, and Australia
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