International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
|A NEW YEAR'S REFLECTION
If you want to build a ship, don't herd people together
to collect wood
and don't assign them
tasks and work but rather,
teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
is for us, a gift and a task. Marianists are very good at tasks. Too good! We
travel many miles to gather and meet. We connect by emails and conference
calls. We evaluate past goals, and
strategize future challenges. We make lists of tasks and parcel them out.
support of community energizes us, but the burden of too much work and too few
hands can overwhelm us.
Chaminade, Mother Adèle, and Marie Thérèse all had a greater vision that fueled
their work, a vision of faith-filled women and men gathering together to build
the Church and work for peace and justice in our world.
We are called to continually re-vision the Marianist charism to meet the needs of our present time and place. Our vision becomes an invitation to others to join us in our work.
As 2009 begins, our writing team in Spain continues drafting our 5th international document,
"Marianist Lay Communities in the Church and in the World". This document will attempt to
articulate our vision, a vision that acknowledges our unique gifts and challenges us with ever new tasks.
International Meeting of MLC in Nairobi in August will be a graced time to
continue and affirm this vision
conversation around a truly global table of participants.
My hope and prayer as this New Year begins, is that we
will all take time to ponder the boundless potential our Marianist charism
holds for the world today. And, as we go about our tasks, may we be nourished and
inspired by our "longing for the endless immensity of the sea".
May the love of God, the peace of Jesus, and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit guide us as we go forward in mission with Mary.
North America, Asia,
Ireland and Australia
(Image of Stella Maris from the University of Dayton, Mary Page)
|World Council Report
News from the Philippines
ALIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES
is a wonderful newsletter full of stories and photos of the Marianist Family and their many good works in the Philippines. The joy and generosity of heart is infectious!
|Alliance for Marianist Lay Formation|
Back Row: Bro. Jack Ventura, Bro. Tom Giardino, Bro. Dennis Schmitz, Fr. Bert Buby, Brian Reavey
Front Row: Pati Krasensky, Isabella Moyer, Sr. Mary Louise Foley, Carol Ramey
The Alliance for Marianist Lay Formation (AMLF) held its annual meeting December 5-6 in St. Louis, MO. This was the fourth meeting of AMLF. Members reflected in thankfulness for the valued peer support and the inter-weaving of formation initiatives that has taken place since our first meeting in 2005.
A big thank you to Bro. Jack and the brothers of the Maryland Ave. and Lindall Blvd. communities for providing us with such wonderful hospitality!
|Haitian Women Begin Formation
Sr. Marie Joelle Bec, FMI, Superior General of the Daughters of Mary writes:
December 21, three young women, members of a CLM in Haïti, will leave Port au
Prince for Togo (Kara). They will arrive on December 23 in order to begin
in a few months their initial formation as Marianist religious. The women are Rose Myrtha, Rose Guerlyne and Guerda. Please pray for
them and for our Sisters in Togo who will welcome them!"
|Marianist International Volunteers
Dear friends of the MIV,
Here's the last edition of our MIV Newsletter of the
year 2008, in which you will find not only stories written by our volunteers in
different corners of the world (Argentina, Kenya, Peru) but also the report of
the people in charge of our volunteers about the difference they make in their missionary
We hope you enjoy reading it, and please don't
hesitate to forward it to all those people you may know who are interested in
volunteering with the MIV.
Merry Christmas to you all!
José Luis Pérez
VLCFF Winter Courses
|Via Latina 22 Online
The December issue of Via Latina 22 includes articles on
- Perpetual Vows in USA and Togo
- Superiors Named for Peru and Korea
- Education Assistants Gather in Rome
- New Oratory at Via Latina 22... and more.
|Support Nairobi 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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