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International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
July,  2008
In This Issue
MLC Europe
Friday Magnificat
Via Latina 22
Marianist NGO
Support Kenya 2009
Gifts and Tasks
Quick Links

Dear Friends,

My family and I are relishing the greenness of summer, the abundant fields, the glorious lakes, and the warm sun. Oh, how we love the warm sun!

The season beckons us to take time to play.

The glory of creation beckons us to take time to pray - to be still, and know the love of our God.

Wishing you blessed times of leisure throughout the year!



Isabella R. Moyer, MLC
Regional Responsible
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
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Marianists at WYD2008


Visit to view a great blog full of pictures and reflections by young Marianist pilgrims of the Meribah Province in the US.

If you have photos or stories from Pilgrims attending WYD2008 from your country, please send them to for next month's issue of Gifts and Tasks.

Meeting of MLC Europe

Ana Blazquez Ubach

Ana Blázquez Ubach, Regional Responsible for Europe, will be joining representatives from Zaragoza, Madrid, CEMI, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria for the III European Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities from August 18-21, 2008 in Geisinhof, Austria.

We pray for our sisters and brothers in Europe as they gather to pray, reflect on the past and present, and vision for the future of the MLC.

We remain united in Family Spirit across the many miles!


Friday Magnificat Online

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The World Council of the Marianist Family encourages the entire Marianist Family to pray the Magnificat on Fridays as a sign of our commitment to justice in our world. In 2008 the "Friday Magnificat" is dedicated to the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and in particular to living and praying these Goals through the lens of Catholic Social Teaching.
As such, "Friday Magnificat" uses the theological reflection tool of "see, judge, and act" as prescribed by Caritas Internationalis.
(Taken from "Friday Magnificat")

Dan Jordan, a lay Marianist and editor for NACMS, continues to gift the international Marianist Family with this wonderful monthly resource for prayer, reflection and education. Each issue is formatted in Spanish, French and English, thanks to translators Ana Blázquez Ubach, Bro. André Vernes, SM, Mary Harvan Gorgette, and Richard Thibault,

The Friday Magnificat is now available online at  on the home page (Who Are We?) for each language.

If you would like to receive the Friday Magnificat by email, please contact Dan at

Via Latina 22 - July 2008Via Latina

The July issue of Via Latina 22, News from the General Administration of the Society of Mary, is available at Articles in this issue include:

  • GA Appointments
  • Marianists at the Eucharistic Congress
  • 2 Ordinations in Spain
  • Hunger, When Will It End?
 Marianist NGO at the UN
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Youth and Climate Change: Time for Action is the theme of International Youth Day, August 12, 2008. 

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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