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Region of North America, Asia
Ireland and Australia

April 2009
In This Issue
5IM Participants
Support Nairobi 2009
May Feast Days
Via Latina 22
Gifts and Tasks
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The Sun is Risen. ALLELUIA!
Easter morning, Killiney Hill, Ireland

In the darkness of tomb's unknowing


In the revelations of garden encounters


In the friendship of Emmaus journeys


In the living of Easter joys and hopes


A Happy and Blessed Easter season to you and your families and communities.

Isabella Moyer

Regional Responsible
North America, Asia,
Ireland and Australia

Easter Morn in Ireland
by Susan Buckley
MLC National Responsible


The Easter Moon with the Dublin mountains in the background, taken from the top of Killiney Hill, Easter Sunday morning 6.20am.

We celebrated Easter Vigil at St Columba's.  There were about 20 people there including a visitor from Texas, Andrew Hill, a distance learner studying at Trinity College Dublin.  The Vigil was lovely.


The start of the sun rising over the horizon on the Irish Sea taken from the top of Killiney Hill, looking down unto Dalkey Island. The sea is like glass. 6.22am

Next morning I was up at 5.45am.  Bro Jim collected me at 6.00am to go and see the sunrise.  We have done this for over 20 years. Last year we were at Mullaghmore.  This year we went up to Killiney Hill.  All the local churches take part in a sunrise service.  There were 6 priests and ministers.  Sunrise was at 6.34 am.  This was the best morning we've had.  It was a lovely mild, calm morning.  We welcomed the sun with song and prayer. It was magnificent! 

Easter Fire Ireland

The Easter Fire, on top of Killiney Hill  6.45am

Boa Nova, Winnipeg


The Circulo da Boa Nova MLC of Winnipeg is known for its generousity, warm hospitality and culinery talents! On Palm Sunday, April 5th, the community sponsored and hosted the soup kitchen at the Immaculate Conception Drop-In Center in downtown Winnipeg. Dinner was shared with 250-300 people. Local Marianist Lay Communities collaborated with financial support.

5th International Meeting


The list of Regional participants to the 5th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities in Nairobi is growing!


Johneleen Lardera - PHILIPPINES
Eun-Hee Theresa Kim - KOREA
Jin Bong - KOREA
Wesly Etienne - HAITI
Jacqui Griswold - USA
Lisa Vega - USA
Michael Pera - USA
Susan Vogt - USA
Julie Nagasako - USA
Marg Van Herk - Paradis - CANADA
Marie-Paule Guénette - CANADA-QUÉBEC


Bro. Jack Ventura, SM (USA)
Fr. Dominic Park, SM (KOREA)


Richard Thibault (CANADA-QUÉBEC)


Tony Garascia PRESIDENT

"Meet" some of our participants online at:


5º Encuentro Internacional

de las Comunidades Laicas Marianistas


(Please send photos to Email addresses will not be included if requested.)

Support Nairobi 2009



The 5th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities will be held August 1-7, 2009 in Nairobi, Kenya.  Approximately 50 delegates from 29 countries will be invited to attend along with guests and observers.

A Scholarship Fund for Delegates has been started for delegates who require aid for travel and/or registration costs.

Please consider making a National, Local, Community, or Individual donation to this fund.



Thanks to the MLNNA (Marianist Lay Network of North America), online donations to the International Organization of MLC may be made through their Network for Good account. In the PROGRAM DESIGNATION box, click "International Organization". In the DEDICATION box, you may specify if you want the donation to go to the general International Organization of MLC fund, or the Scholarship Fund for Delegates. International donations are accepted. All donations are in US Dollars.


Cheques and Money Orders in US Dollars can now be made out to

"International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities"

and mailed to:

Isabella R. Moyer
Box 395

Neepawa, MB
R0J 1H0



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
May Feast Days
Madonna from India

George J. Cerniglia, SM (Assistant for Religious Life, US Province) offers this reflection for the month of May:

Since the 13th century it has been a Christian custom to dedicate the month of May to the Blessed Virgin. This devotional practice has been especially recommended by the popes. Pope Paul VI wrote an encyclical on the Month of May in which he states: "During this month, Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. In this month, too, the benefits of God's mercy come down to us from her throne in greater abundance."
For us in the Marianist Family, there are a number of Marian feasts, some of which mark anniversaries of special occasions in our history. We also celebrate Mother's Day during this month, a day to give thanks for our mothers, both living and deceased. This is also the month when many of our ministries and communities will mark the closure of the year. Let us commend all of these events to Mary, the Woman of Faith in our lives.


Deepahalli Scholasticate News

DeepahalliOnlineThe Deepahalli Scholasticate community in India has published a wonderful newsletter full of photos and articles.

Here is a photo of students participating in an online course on Marianist Prayer sponsored by NACMS and the Virtual Learning Community of Faith Formation at the University of Dayton.

Online Marianist courses are a wonderful way for us to connect across the miles.

Via Latina 22 Online
Via Latina

The following articles are found in the April issue of Via Latina 22, the newsletter for the General Administration of the Society of Mary:

  • Mixed Composition Project
  • Novena Prayer for Fr. Gabriel Arsenault
  • Appointments of Regional Superior of Canada and Assistant Provincials of Italy and France


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