International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
Summer is upon us here in Canada, and my thoughts are already on next summer and our 5th International Meeting of MLC-CLM in Nairobi, Kenya. The months are going by so quickly! Lorna Mueni and the organizing team in Nairobi are already busy with preparations.
We are grateful to all the individuals and communities who have already donated to our Delegate Scholarship Fund. We pray that you will be richly blessed for your generosity of heart!
The International Team has begun planning for our annual meeting in November, knowing there is much work to be done.
Ongoing financial support is needed for the work of the International Organization of MLC. We would like to extend our gratitude to the MLNNA for their recent donation of $2000. The MLNNA is working actively to greatly increase their fund-raising efforts to support both the work of the MLNNA and the International Organization of MLC. We thank AJ Wagner (President) and the MLNNA for including the work of the International Organization in their development strategy and vision.
May peace be with you and yours,
Isabella R. Moyer, MLC
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
The Eucharist: Gift of God for the Life of the World
and Richard Thibault (CLM Quebec)
a blessing we received in being called to be volunteers, during the 49th
International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec
City from June 15th to 22nd
. We never anticipated to live such an
experience of the Love of God; indeed, we encountered during this special week
so many gestures of love and kindness from people coming from more than 60
countries. We were serving as guides for the many Congress pilgrims who came to
our booth for information on the many different activities going on each day.
events touched us in a special way: the procession in the streets of Quebec with over
20 000 persons and also the ordination of 12 priests by the papal legate
His Eminence Jozef Cardinal Tomko. The procession was a demonstration of faith
and a sign of hope for our Church and especially our Quebec Church.
The ordination had a special touch for us as a very good friend of us who did
his practical in our parish during the last two years was ordained.
Vanier, founder of l'Arche communities was amongst the many witnesses with a
message to "Change the world, but one
heart at the time, and starting from our own"
the week, we were witnesses to so many beautiful persons of all age groups
sharing a common faith and working towards a better understanding and a
stronger belief in the Eucharist as THE way to change the world. Adoration
chapels were set up on the site of the congress and also in different places
across the city and all day and all night, people came to worship and to adore.
came out of this experience more convinced of the love of God for His creation
and for His Church. We praise the Lord for giving us this opportunity to serve
in such a great event!
|MLNNA Leadership Team Meets |
Mike & Paula Zeimski (Financial Development Co-Directors), Jacqui Griswold (Editor and Communications Director), Kay
Stone (Community Development), Tony Garacia(Treasurer), Susan Vogt (Executive Secretary) and AJ Wagner (President).
The leadership team of the Marianist Lay Network of North America (MLNNA) met at the home of Susan and Jim Vogt in Covington, KY from May 30- June 1, 2008. Click here to read the President's message and other MLNNA happenings in the latest MLNNA E-news.
Marianist International Volunteers (MIV) News
Dear friends of the Marianist Family,
The 12th edition of the MIV (Marianist International Volunteers)
Newsletter, which will give you a general update of all the lastest news
concerning marianist volunteers throughout the world is now available on our
web-page at www.marianist.org. (Click on 'Family'/ 'Volunteers'.)
We have included
- the stories of three volunteers sent by the MIV from
Spain, Haiti and France, who are currently working in three different countries
in Africa (Congo RDC, Congo-Brazzaville and Kenya)
- two articles about the
Marianist Volunteer's Program (MVP) in the United States
- and an article about
the Nature and Mission of the MIV program, which was clarified and redefined by
the World Council of the Marianist Family in Rome in their last meeting in
You will see that the format of our Newsletter has been modified so as
to make it easier to read on the PC in case it's not printed out, and
if it is, this version has fewer pictures and less colored pages, so that
printing it out can be easier and more economical.
Once again, we ask that you help us distribute this material, so that it
can reach out to all the people interested in volunteering internationally with
the Marianist Family. Only your collaboration can make this possible by simply
forwarding this document to your contacts as soon as you have received and read
it, or if you can, by printing it out and posting it up in schools, parishes,
communities newsboards, etc.
We truly appreciate your support of the MIV mission. Please don't
hesitate to make comments or suggestions about this Newsletter (content and
format), and about the nature and mission of the MIV, hopefully more clearly
presented in this Newsletter.
In solidarity with the poor and marginalized of this world.
José Luis Pérez
Coordinator Virtual Learning and
North American Center for Marianist Studies
E. Patterson Rd.
Dayton, OH 45430
(937)429-2521, ext. 2102
Marianist LIFE invites you to attend one of three "Marianist Family
Gatherings" happening in conjunction with our summer LIFE
programs. Join us for either a prayer service or Mass, and a social with
the LIFE community in either California, Ohio or Texas.
California - July 5, 2008 - (6:45pm) at
Presentation Center in Los Gatos, CA; RSVP requested
Ohio - July 12, 2008 - (7:00pm) at
Bergamo Center in Dayton, OH
Texas - July 26, 2008 - (6:30pm) at
TECABOCA in Ingram, TX
For more information, click here
Peace to you and your communities,
Brian F. Reavey
National Coordinator, Marianist LIFEwww.marianist.com/life
|Via Latina 22 - June 2008|
The June 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:
- First Vows in US
- Brother Tom Giardino and the ICMF
- Homage to Fr. Jean-Baptiste Armbruster, SM
- JPIC - Seeds of Peace
| Marianist NGO at the UN
June 12, 2008 was the World Day Against Child Labor. Click here
to read an article on this and many other current issues that Marianist International is actively involved in at the UN. The reports are available in English, Spanish and French.
If you would like to subscribe to monthly email reports from Marianist International contact Bro. Steven P. O'Neill, SM at:
|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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