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International Organization of MLC:
Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia
January 2009
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Canada Web-Site
Le Marianiste Canadien
Le P'tit Marianiste d'Haiti
FMI in India
Hawaii 125th
Via Latina 22
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Dear friends,

I'm blessed to be part of an international, cyber-Marianist Lay Community called Our Lady of the Round Table. Along with our daily sharing of lectio prayer and reflections, we chat about life in our part of the world.

This past month, I've been grumbling about -40C temperatures in Manitoba. Meanwhile, Lorna and Julie described extreme high heats and drought conditions in Kenya and Australia. And Susan told us that the first buds of spring are appearing in Ireland. We didn't believe her, so she sent this photo as proof!

We also shared the excitement of the US inaugural celebrations with Marceta, Joanne, Chris - and Mary, the American export to Paris.

Each month, when I sit down to edit the Gifts and Tasks, my mind takes an international trip. The newsletters, articles, and photos offer a wee window into the world of our global Marianist family. I'm filled with gratitude for the ties that unite us across these many miles. It also increases my excitement for the upcoming International Meeting of MLC in Nairobi, where some of us will have the opportunity to meet in person.

There is still much work ahead for all of us. As delegates are chosen, money is raised, documents are drafted, meeting preparations planned, and travel arrangements made, may we remain united in prayer....

that all shall be well,
and all shall be well,
and all manner of things shall be well!
(Julian of Norwich)

Isabella Moyer

Regional Responsible
North America, Asia,
Ireland and Australia

5th International Meeting of MLC
Nairobi 2009

The 5th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities is fast approaching. Participants will arrive on August 1st and depart on August 8th.

The meeting will begin on the evening of August 1st, and conclude the evening of
August 7th.

A package of initial registration forms and  communications have been sent to the National Responsible in each country. These forms include:

  • Communication 2: Organizational Aspects
  • Form F1: General Application Form
  • Form F2: Application for Financial Assistance
  • Form F3: Permit Request for a Lay Observer
  • Form F4: International Team Candidates Proposal Form
  • Form F5: Future Challenges Proposal Form
The forms are also available at






or your Regional Responsible
Marianiste du Canada

Vous pourrez lire dans le site les activités d'évangélisation et d'éducation menées par les Marianistes depuis leur arrivée au Canada et jusqu'à ce jour,et celles du temps présent.


The Marianist Family in Quebec has launched a new web-site at:
Take time to explore the site and discover the evangelization and education efforts
of the Marianists in Canada, both past and present.

Le Marianiste Canadien

LE MARIANISTE CANADIEN is a well established newsletter that shares the activities of the Canadian Marianist Family throughout Canada and across the world in Haiti, Cote d'Ivoire and beyond. It is now available online at

Click here to read the Janvier 2009 issue.


Le P'tit Marianiste d'Haïti

Also available online at is a newsletter for the Marianist Family in Haiti. Click here to read the latest issue of Le P'tit Marianiste d'Haiti.


FMI Visit to India

Sr. Marie Joelle Bec, FMI, Superior General of the Daughters of Mary and Sr. Marie José Jaurégui,FMI, Assistant for Education visited India in December. Their travels included visits with the sisters, pre-novices and candidates in the community of Ranchi and other members of the Marianist family in India.

The latest issue of ECHOS OF THE VISIT is full of photos reflecting the joy of the visit. They also record the good news of continued growth for the sisters in India. The FMI are building a new clinic and a community home.

125th Anniversary Celebrations in Hawai'i


On January 24th, the Marianist family in Hawai'i celebrated the 125th anniversary of Marianist presence on the islands. Almost 450 guests were in attendance. At the mass, 25 women and men made their first commitments as lay Marianists. In addition, 35 lay Marianists renewed their commitments, and 2 Marianist Sisters and approximately 30 Marianist Brothers renewed their vows. What a wonderful statement of the rootedness and growth of the Marianist charism in Hawai'i!
We hope to have more photos and reflections from the celebration for the next issue of Gifts and Tasks.

Via Latina 22 Online
Via Latina

The January 2009 issue of Via Latina 22 includes articles on the latest profession of Vows in India and Mexico and other other news.

Support Nairobi 2009



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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