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International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
August,  2008
In This Issue
Davao City
Haiti Hurricanes
World Day of Prayer
MLNNA Meeting
Friday Magnificat
Magnificat Editor
USA Delegates
Support Kenya 2009
Gifts and Tasks
Quick Links

Dear Friends,


Autumn colours are arriving in North America, but our friend and MLC National Responsible, Julie Aherne, reminds us that it is spring in Australia! Thank you Julie for this wonderful photo of bursting spring blossoms.

As we are blessed in enjoying nature's glories, we are also saddened by nature's devastation in Haiti and the USA with the recent, horrific hurricanes. May we be generous in our prayers and support, that lives may be healed and restored to wholeness.



Isabella R. Moyer, MLC
Regional Responsible
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
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News from Davao City, Philippines
by Johnleen Lardera


Luis Cañal Gamboa, a lay Marianist of Spain, visited us here in Davao,Philippines last August 8, 2008. We were glad to meet him and he gave us an insight about their community in Spain. And we also introduced to him the activities of our community.


Little by little we are establishing our Marianist Lay Community here. We have organized plans and activities for this year. We started last January 2008 to have monthly formation, every 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. We have also a quarterly formation, for our recollections and retreats. In every activity we've done we invited some of our friends, including the Society of Mary aspirants. We are journeying spiritually and growing together as Marianist family .


first row seated L-R:Michelle,Jenalyn, Johnleen, Jessa & Cristine.
2nd row seated: Bro.Oscar, Bro. Hugh, Fr.Pablo & Misai.
3rd row standing: 
Robert, Carlo, Richard, Roy(holding Mary' statue), Glen, Ronnie, Jerry, Archie, Gerry & Ramiro

Attached herewith is the picture when we celebrated the feast day of the Holy Name of Mary last September 12, 2008 at the Marianist residence in Doña Vicenta, Davao City.

Thank you, and God bless us and all our endeavors!

Hurricanes in Haiti


Here in Haiti, things are not doing so well since the hurricanes seem to be trying to destroy us. In Port au Prince it rained so much that some parts of the city are flooded, many families are striken, without any help and are left to themselves, bringing still more misery to our small country. Outside the capital, the damages are terrible, especially in the Gonaives region where it is still worse than three years ago when hurricane Jeanne hit. In the North and North-East the damages are so great that we can't describe them. In St-Marc, where there is a very active MLC, some people are also hit by the storms.

Please pray for the Haitian people and our Marianists brothers and sisters.

Wesly Etienne

National Responsible, CLM Haiti

(Translation - Richard Thibault, MLC Quebec, Photos - Bro. Hervé Guillo du Bodan, SM)



 HAITI'S HEARTBREAK - Video link to
 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, October 12, 2008.

Bro. Domingo Fuentes, SM has provided a link to photos of Marianist Life in Brazil and the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida. These photos can be viewed as a slide-show, making them a great resource for local World Day of Prayer celebrations. Thank you, Bro. Domingo!


 MLNNA Leaders Meet in Dayton, OH


The MLNNA (Marianist Lay Network of North America) Leadership Team met with Area Reps and Marianist Ministry Leaders in Dayton, Ohio from September 5th to 7th.

Click here to view a group picture and article by AJ Wagner (President) in the


Saturday evening was graciously hosted by
Joan McGuiness Wagner.



Feasting and enjoying friendships at the Wagner's Table.

PresidentsPondering Presidents!

AJ Wagner- MLNNA
Tony Garascia- IO/MLC

Canadians unite in Dayton!

Sr. Leanne Jablonski, FMI from Dayton with Isabella Moyer and Val Bergeron (Area Rep, Winnipeg), friends since the early days of MLCs in Winnipeg - 30 years ago!!

Friday Magnificat - Goal 7


The 7th Millenium Development Goal is to "Ensure Environmental Sustainability". The Friday Magnificat focusing on this theme, and all in the MDG series, are available at

The Friday Magnificats are a wonderful resource for both individual and communal prayer, reflection and action.

Speaking of Friday Magnificat!


While in Dayton for the MLNNA meeting, I was thrilled to visit with Dan and Bridget Jordan and meet their new daughter, Claire Marie. What a beauty!

Dan is the faithful editor of the Friday Magnificat, a monthly gift for the World Marianist Family.

USA Delegates for Kenya 2009
by AJ Wagner
The Marianist Lay Network of North America has received an incredible gift. The gift of unabated enthusiasm! Six people have been designated as delegates for the USA to the  5th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities in Nairobi, Kenya next year and the "Yes" couldn't be louder nor the smiles broader. Each delegate has not only accepted with cheer, but has also promised to attend the meeting at their own expense. Thanks be to God for the dedication these souls have for God's Mission within the Marianist Family!

The six USA delegates are:

Michael Pera of Saint Louis, Missouri and member of the Brook Community. Mike will represent the Young Adults of the United States,

Lisa Vega of Honolulu, Hawaii a member of the Companions on a Journey Community is an employee of Chaminade University and also a Young Adult Delegate.

Pati Krasensky of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a member of the Cor Maria Community and Director for Community Development for the North American Center for Marianist Studies (Wishes she were a young adult because she is young at heart!)

Susan Vogt of Covington, Kentucky is a member of the State Community and Executive Secretary for MLNNA.

Jacqui Griswold of Indianapolis, Indiana is also from the State Community and Editor and Communications Coordinator for MLNNA.

A.J. Wagner of Dayton, Ohio is a member of the Grand Walkers Community, President of MLNNA and National Responsible for the United States.

We all look forward to meeting our brother and sister delegates from around the world!

peace and love,

(The MLNNA also includes Canada and Haiti. Winnipeg, Quebec, and Haiti are allowed one delegate each. Delegate selection is in progress.)

 125th Anniversary in Hawaii

The Marianist Family in Hawaii is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the arrival of the Society of Mary on the islands with year long festivities.

On September 28th, the Mackey Lecture will be hosting a discussion on the Marian Dimension of Church. Presenters are Carol Ramey, Bro. Jack Ventura, SM and Isabella Moyer.

More information about the Lecture can be found 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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