International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
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 firstname.lastname@example.org:
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
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
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
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
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 www.clm-mlc.org.
| 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.
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
· 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
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
Sisters and Brothers,CLICK HERE FOR SEPTEMBER FEAST DAYS
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
George J. Cerniglia,
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|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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