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International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
November  2008
In This Issue
President's Message
Spanish Martyrs
WDP Celebrations
Family Visits
Support Kenya 2009
Gifts and Tasks
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The Annunciation - Oratory of Via Latina

Dear friends,

November was a busy month with our annual meetings in Rome. And, as is the case with meetings, we all arrived home with a long list of tasks ahead of us. As Fr. George writes in his Advent reflection, it's easy to be overwhelmed with the busyness of life.

Advent invites us into the stillness of God's presence to ponder with hearts open to the Spirit like Mary. To pray, knowing that she and all God's holy people are praying with us and for us. To be renewed in faith and hope, knowing that the Word became flesh, dwelt among us, and continues to be with us. To believe that in the midst of all the anxieties of our world, all shall be well and all manner of things shall be well.

I wish you Advent stillness, and peace of heart.

United in prayer and friendship across the miles,


Isabella R. Moyer, MLC
Regional Responsible
North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
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International Team Meets in Rome

Back: Ezequiel Reggiani, Ana Blázquez Ubach, Tony Garascia
Front: Bro. Domingo Fuentes, Lorna Mueni, Isabella Moyer

The International Team of Marianist Lay Communities gathered in Rome, November 2-8, 2008. Annual reports were shared from all our regions. The main topic of discussion was the 5th International Meeting of MLC in Nairobi, August, 2009. A full report of the meeting will be available shortly.



The team met with Prof. Guzmán Carriquiry, undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. Prof. Carriquiry offered his support for our Nairobi meeting, and gave us valuable fund-raising information to ensure that all our delegates will be able to attend. Our conversation also included the uniqueness of the family spirit in our Marianist charism - a reality not found in other Private Associations of the Lay Faithful.


Meeting with the Marianist seminarians at Via Latina has become a wonderful, annual tradition. It's an opportunity to discuss our challenges and to vision together how to collaborate in our mission as a Marianist family.

World Council of the Marianist Family Meets


Ezequiel Reggiani MLC, Marie Joelle Bec FMI, Domingo Fuentes SM, Ana Blázquez Ubach MLC, Lorna Mueni MLC, Isabella Moyer MLC, Susanna Kim S. FMI, Manuel Cortés SM, Anthony Garascia MLC, José María Alvira SM, André Fétis SM, Estella Ibarra FMI, Marcella Quezada (translator),José Antonio Muguerza SM (translator), Timothy Phillips SM.

The World Council of the Marianist Family held their annual meeting November 6th and 7th in Rome. In attendence were members of the General Administrations of the Daughters of Mary and the Society of Mary, and the International Team of Marianist Lay Communities. Ms Christiane Barbaux, the newly elected Director of the Alliance Mariale, was unable to attend this year but sent a report. 

A full report of the meeting is still being translated, and will be available soon at

This is the fourth, and last WCMF meeting for the present International Team of MLC. We would like to thank the Brothers at Via Latina for the warm welcome and hospitality that we received each year.


And, thank you also to the Sisters at Via Jenner for hosting our annual celebratory wind-up dinner. Our time together was always Marianist family spirit at its finest!


WCMF Christmas Message

The World Council of the Marianist Family
Christmas Message 2008

is available at

Friday Magnificat

The latest Friday Magnificat,
8. Develop a Global Partnership for Development, is now online along with the full series of Magnificats focused on the Millenium Goals.

Advent Reflection

Advent Wreath
Fr. George Cerniglia, Assistant for Religious Life for the Province of the U.S. writes:

If we are ever going to examine simplicity and how to become more Christ-centered during Advent and Christmas, this might be the year.  The economy presses on us; time slides past us fast and furious. We multi-task, juggle, rush to get things done and speed our way through each moment. Sometimes our demeanor is compromised. We get short with people we love; we cheat ourselves and neglect our health and are stressed by small things. We are tired of Christmas before it even arrives.
Yes, this might be the year to seriously consider the way we prepare in the weeks before Christmas. After all, this is our season to get ready for the Messiah.
Mark's Gospel for this Advent begins by quoting the prophet Isaiah: Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way.  John the Baptist is the first to appear in Mark's Gospel and to prepare the way for the coming Messiah. This Advent, it's our turn!


FMI Circular

S. Marie Joelle Bec, FMI has published her 23rd Circular. She takes as her theme the inspiration of St. Paul on the writings of Mother Adele.

My Dear Sisters,

On this Pauline year to which we have been invited to celebrate with the Universal Church, I thought it would be interesting to see in the letters of Mother Adele, the texts that nourished her prayer and the advice she gave her friends and later on her sisters. This will inspire us, I am certain, to re-read the letters of Paul, the apostle of the gentiles who, as Adele desired so much, seeked ways to make known the Gospel of Christ "from East to West."

I can do all with Him that gives me strength. Phil. 4:13

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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