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International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
October  2008
In This Issue
President's Message
Spanish Martyrs
WDP Celebrations
Family Visits
Online Courses
Via Latina
Support Kenya 2009
Gifts and Tasks
Quick Links


Aloha, friends!

No, this is not one of the photos taken from my kitchen window in Canada!

Last month, I traveled to Hawai'i with my husband David. The beauty of the island was mirrored in the hospitality and warmth we received from the Marianist family. I also traveled to Dayton, Ohio to attend a retreat with the State and Miryam communities. It was a blessing to visit with all these communities; some relatively new and some with a deep and long history.

I remain united in prayer and thanksgiving for our global family!



Isabella R. Moyer, MLC
Regional Responsible
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
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President's Message


Dear Friends,


I want to ask your prayers for the upcoming meeting of the International Team of Marianist Lay communities as we meet in Rome, Italy from November 3-8. 

One of the important topics that we will be discussing and planning is the upcoming 5th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities, planned for August 2-9, 2009 in Nairobi, Africa.  The topic for this meeting will be "Marianist Lay Communities in the Church and in the World".  We are excited about planning for this meeting and inviting delegates from the 28 countries where MLC's exist. 

We are a global reality, united in serving Mary's mission of spreading the message of her son, Jesus.  United in Mary as our Mother and apostolic model of action may all of us be inspired to be people of the Spirit.  Please keep the international team in your prayers as we plan for the upcoming international meeting.



Tony Garascia,


International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities

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Aloha from Hawai'i


Members of Marianist Lay Communities in Hawai'i gathered at Ewa Beach on September 27th for their annual day of meetings and reflection.


Colorful strands of yarn passed around the room to show the intertwining of connections in the Marianist Family on the local, national, continental, and international levels. This was followed by the singing of "Weave One Heart from the Many Strands".


On September 28, Isabella Moyer, Carol Ramey, and Bro. Jack Ventura, SM presented the Mackey Lecture on "The Marian Dimension of Church".

The Mackey Marianist Lectures are named after the late Fr. Robert Mackey, S.M., one of the founders and the first president of Chaminade University. Fr. Mackey dedicated his life to using his Christian and Marianist principles to making the world a better place for all -- especially for the poor and the marginalized.

A special thank you to Bro. Dennis Schmitz, SM, our host. And also to Chaminade University, the Marianist Center of Hawai'i and St. Louis School, the sponsors of the Mackey Lectures.

CLM Quebec Elects New Leadership


Jacqueline Carrier, Marie-Paule Guénette and Richard Thibault (Bordeaux 2005)

Eleven members from the Quebec CLM's gathered at the Marianist Center for Faith Education in Saint-Henri for their annual meeting on October 5, 2008.

Jacqueline Carrier was elected the new CLM National Responsible for the International Organization of MLC. The outgoing National Responsible is Josée Roberge.

Marcel Dion was elected the new MLNNA Area Representative for Quebec, replacing Richard Thibault. Richard will continue on as the MLNNA liason with the CLM in Haiti.


Josée Roberge and Marcel Dion

Liturgical Celebration for Newly Beatified


On Oct. 28, 2007, the four Marianist Martyrs of Madrid were beatified. November 6 has been designated for the liturgical celebration of Fr. Miguel Léibar and Brothers Joaquín Ochoa, Sabino Ayastuy and Florencio Arnáiz.

World Day of Prayer Celebrations

Marianist communities around the world united in prayer and spiritual communion at the shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brazil for the 2008 Marianist World Day of Prayer.

In Nairobi, Marianists spent the day praying for countries that have experienced war and civil unrest. Five countries specifically named included Somalia, Sudan, Congo, Kenya and Cote d'Ivoire.



The gathering in Winnipeg, Canada had a Portuguese flavor provided by songs and prayers from the Circulo de Boa Nova MLC.


More international pictures from World Day of Prayer celebrations may be found at www.

Marianist Family Visits


Back Row: Fred, Benjamin, and Mary Gorgette, Susan Buckley
Front Row: Nicholas and David Gorgette, Neil and Joe Buckley

It's always grand to connect with family on our travels. When Sue Buckley (MLC National Responsible, Ireland) took her family for a visit to Paris, they stopped by to visit the Gorgette clan. Sue and Mary are both members of the cyber-MLC, Our Lady of the Round Table.

Marianist International Volunteers
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Dear friends of the Marianist Family,

I    In the  new edition of the MIV on-line Newsletter we would like to share with you some of the latest news about our Marianist volunteers around the world:

  • John, from the University of Dayton, United States, in Callao, Peru.
  • Miguel, lay marianist from Spain in Otuzco, Peru.
  • María, marianist English teacher from Spain, in Kenya, for the fourth time!  
  • Elizabeth, volunteer from the Untited States, also in Kenya!
  • Marianist volunteers in the United States


The MIV is very happy to confirm that the call to international volunteerism is moving so many people of the Marianist Family around the world to serve the less privileged.


In Union of Spirit,

José Luis Pérez

MIV Coordinator

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Via Latina Online
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The October issue of Via Latina includes articles on

  • 5 Units Celebrate Professions
  • Ordinations in Columbia and USA
  • Mariological Congress in Lourdes
  • Korea-Japan Meeting and more.

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Visit the International Organization of MLC-CLM web-site at for the latest updates:

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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