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International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
June,  2008
In This Issue
Eucharistic Congress
MLNNA Meeting
Marianist Summer Courses
Marianist LIFE
Via Latina 22
Support Kenya 2009
Gifts and Tasks
Quick Links
African MadonnaDear Friends,

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
Regional Responsible
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
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The Eucharist: Gift of God for the Life of the World

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by Marie-Paule and Richard Thibault (CLM Quebec)

What 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.


Two 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.

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Jean 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"


Throughout 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.


We 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) NewsVIM logo

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 (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 November 2007.
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
MIV Coordinator

Jose Luis Perez
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Patti Gehred
Coordinator Virtual Learning and Curriculum Innovation

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Marianist LIFE


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 LIFE
Via Latina 22 - June 2008Via Latina

The June issue of Via Latina 22, News from the General Administration of the Society of Mary, is available at 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
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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

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The next 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.

Make checks to:  Marianist Lay Network and in the annotation line write "International Meeting Fund" and mail to:

Marianist Center
1341 N. Delaware Avenue, # 406
Philadelphia, PA 19125 USA


Are you a frequent traveller and would like to donate airmiles for delegate travel? Please contact NACMS intern, Ben Dougherty at


Thank you for your generosity, we will keep you up to date concerning the progress of the fund. 



Tony Garascia, MLC
International Organization
of Marianist Lay Communities 


Isabella Moyer, MLC
Regional Responsible
North America,
Ireland, and Australia

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