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International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
August,  2008
In This Issue
Haiti SM First Vows
MLC Europe
World Day of Prayer
MLNNA Meeting
September Feast Days
Support Kenya 2009
Gifts and Tasks
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Dear Friends,

Next week I will be attending the MLNNA meeting in Dayton, representing the International Organization of MLC. In preparation for our meeting, AJ Wagner (MLNNA President), sent out a message to members of the Marianist Family in North America asking the question, "What can MLNNA do for you?"

It seemed like a simple question. The wisdom was in the asking! Many thoughtful and caring responses have been received. These will nourish our discussions, and strengthen our commitment to be truly connected to those we serve.

The International Team is beginning to prepare agendas and reports for our annual meeting in November. I humbly ask the same question to our Marianist Family: "What can the International Organization of MLC-CLM do for you?"

Please send your responses to your MLC-CLM National Responsible to include in their National Report, or to me at

Australia: Julie Aherne
Haiti: Wesly Etienne
India: Veronica Dorothy Thekkethil
Ireland: Susan Buckley
Japan: Seiko Sakano
Korea: Eun-he Kim Theresa 
Philippines: Noemi Ardon

Quebec, Canada: Josée Roberge
USA: A.J. Wagner
Winnipeg, Canada: Valerie Bergeron

In thanksgiving for the gift of our Family Spirit, circling the globe and connecting all our hearts!



Isabella R. Moyer, MLC
Regional Responsible
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
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Haitian Brothers Profess First Vows

Wilquince ST LOUIS and Frantzy PERIER

Brother Hervé Guillo Du Bodan, SM and  the SM Novitiate in Haiti joyfully announce the celebration of First Vows of Brothers Wilquince ST LOUIS and Frantzy PERIER. This is the second religious profession for Haitian Brothers since the founding of the Marianist Family in Haiti in 2000 and the Society of Mary in 2003. In Mid-September, they will rejoin the two first Haitian professed Brothers, Jean-Eddy PIERRE and Yxnold CHEVALIER at the Marianist Scholasticate in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. They will study with Brothers from Togo, Ivory Coast and the Congo.
Brother Hervé writes, Merci de les accompagner de votre soutien fraternel et priant pour que la Fondation SM d'Haïti s'établisse sur des bases solides.

Haiti SM Formators

SM Formation Team (Pre-Novitiate and Novitiate)
with Bro. André Fetis (Assistant for Religious Life, GA)
Brothers Hervé Guillo Du Bodan, Dieudonné Cizungu, André Fetis, Stanislas Limdeyou, and Fr. Florian Royer-Chabot.

More Marianist Pilgrims at WYD2008

US at WYD08

The Marianist Province of the US sponsored a group of more than 40 members of the Marianist Family to attend World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia, July 15 to July 20. They joined over 225,000 pilgrims from 170 countries. Bro Jack Ventura, Office of Religious Life, organized the pilgrimage.

A full article, plus links to pilgrims' reflections, photos, and a letter from Manual J. Cortés, SM, Superior General of the SM, can be found in the August 19, 2008 issue of Family Online.

3rd European Meeting of MLC


The 3rd European Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities took place  from August 18-21, 2008 in Geisinhof, Austria.

Daily bulletins in English, Spanish and French and Power Point Presentations from CEMI, Italy, and Zaragosa can be found on the MLC Region of Europe web page at


 Marianist World Day of Prayer 2008

The Marianist Family of Brazil has the pleasure of presenting the Patron of Brazil, Our Lady of Aparecida and her sanctuary, for the Marianist World Day of Prayer in 2008.

5. Intentions Suggested by the Marianist Family of Brazil for the World Day of Prayer

We, the Marianist Family of Brazil, inspired by the document of Aparecida of the Fifth Conference of Latin American and Caribbean Bishops propose the following intentions for our day of prayer:
· To live our Christianity with the joy and conviction of the first missionary disciples of Christ
· To form communities of faith, which, like Mary, are able to stir up a more Marian Church
· To advance the participation and the role of women as key figures in the Church
· To renew our zeal and preferential option for the poor and outcast
· To accompany youths in their formation and mission
· To value and respect indigent peoples and those of African descent
· To care for our mother earth, preserving ecosystems in fidelity to God's project
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 MLNNA Meeting
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The MLNNA Leadership Team will be meeting with Area Reps and Marianist Ministry Leaders in Dayton, Ohio from September 5th to 7th.

Look for news and photos in next month's issue of Gifts and Tasks.

May we unite in prayer and family spirit: that wisdom, faith and love will guide us all in our ongoing mission with Mary for her Son!
September Feast Days and Reflection

Dear Sisters and Brothers,
For many of us, September marks another round of new beginnings. We embark on a new community venture, perhaps, or we find ourselves in a new ministry. We make plans and schedule events. In some ways, it is like the train leaving the station, slowly speeding up and then hitting a maximum stride.
As we get caught up in these new beginnings, new projects and new plans, let me encourage you to ponder the words of the American humorist Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), a distinguished alumnus of the University of Dayton. Her fine wit produced many memorable works, but few are as poignant as the words she wrote after finding out that she had a fatal disease:
"If I had my life to live over, I would have talked less and listened more. I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded. I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains. Given another shot at life, I would seize every minute, look at it and really see it,live it, and never give it back."
The busy-ness of beginnings sometimes diminishes the importance of people over things and lessens our commitment to others over self. Bombeck's words are an impetus to us to rethink our priorities and to allow the Holy Spirit to move each of us to sort out our lives and our loves. 
September also is a very Marianist month. We commemorate events of our history in the Society of Mary, and we join together to celebrate with joy our patronal feast, The Most Holy Name of Mary. Let us begin this ministerial year with great hope, and let us pray together for this beloved Marianist Family of ours that it may continue to spread far and wide!
George J. Cerniglia, S.M.
Assistant for Religious Life 

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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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