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Intl. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities (IO-MLC)
Region of North America, Asia, Australia, and Ireland
We begin where we left off last month - the Marianist World Day of
(WDP) October 11, 2009. Although the official site of
the WDP was Congo-Kinshasa, many Marianists celebrated in many places in many different ways.
One unique way of connecting people from different parts of the world didn't involve planes, trains, or cars - but rather the internet.
A "SKYPE World Day of Prayer
" was suggested by lay Marianists in Spain. For those not familiar with the latest technology, Skype is a free internet service that allows people to hear (and sometimes see) each other through their computer's internet connection. Lay Marianists from Spain, Kenya, the USA, Canada, and the Philippines participated in the World Day of Prayer virtually. Have you experimented with using technology in creative ways to connect the Marianist Family?
Don't forget to check out our president, Isabella Moyer's new blog. Her latest entry is on the Synod of Africa. http://clm-mlc.org/blog
(with this gorgeous fall tree)
N. America, Asia, Australia, and Ireland
Focus on South Korea
Eun Hee Theresa KIM (National Responsible for S. Korea) welcomes us to South Korea - our featured country for this issue. There are 24 MLCs in South Korea totaling about 200 lay Marianists. They value conversations on spirituality and make an effort to live out the Marianist Mission in their community meetings. Their challenges are similar to many MLCs around the world: Discouragement with decreasing membership, lack of Marianist identity, and the lack of young Marianists.
On October 10, the Korean Marianists held a joint Marianist Family meeting with representatives from the Japanese Marianist Family. The president of
Japanese MLCs, Hiroshi Kawaguch, 2 MLC members, 4 Fathers, and 3 Sisters came to Korea for the meeting. Sr. Joelle Marie and Sr. Sussana Kim of the
World Council attended as a observers. We talked about the
relationship between Korean and Japanese Marianists. We found that we understood each other deeply and that Korea and Japan have similar problems: few
young Marianists and aging lay and professed
Marianists. We are committed to taking steps to solve these problems. We also grew in understanding of each other's customs and cultures. In 2011 we will meet in Japan to follow up on these concerns.
The next day Korean and Japanese Marianists joined in the World Day of Prayer. (See above.) Below are just some of the 400 participants.
Thanks to Jin Bong Sebastian LEE, trusty translator,
who provided photos and background information
for this feature.
|AROUND THE REGION
: (News from they eyes of travelers)
On their way home from the 5th IM in Nairobi, the Korean delegation (Kim Eun Hee, Lee Jin Bong, and Fr. Dominic Park) visited Bangalore
and Ranchi in India. Their purpose was to encourage and donate to the two Korean Sisters, Juliana Hong
and Golumba Yu, who have worked for the poor in the slums of Ranchi since 2007.
They work together with Sr. Franka from Italy and Sr. Teresa from Spain. They
take care of the children and provide them with lunch. Their love
and service really impressed the Koreans.
The Marianists in India also manage the REDS project
(Ragpickers Education & Developements Scheme). There are 11 care centers in Ranchi and 11 centers in Bangalore. REDS serves people who are dependent on
ragpicking. The main focus of REDS is basic education - developing literacy skills, cleanliness, health care, and encouraging parent involvement. We were surprised at the good
organizing and devotion of the REDS staff.
The Koreans also visited at Deepahalli Religious House and SM center in Bangalore. where they had the opportunity to meet many good Marianists and learn more about the Indian culture. As Lee Jin Bong relates, "These
experiences freshen up my spirit in these terribly hot days!"THE PHILIPPINES Floods
Most of us have read of the recent Tropical Storm Ketsana and Typhoon Ondoy that flooded the Philippines, especially around Manila. Robert Gomez of the Davao City MLC reports that, "This is a lesson for us Filipinos to value the role of
trees in our environment. The more we cut trees, the greater the
chance of flash floods. Another thing this will teach us is to be aware of proper waste management. The flash floods
here were partly caused by trash that was dumped into the canals by insensitive Filipinos so that the water could not move through the water passages. In
short, this is a GREAT LESSON. Special Education materials needed
: Robert Gomez
is also a special education teacher in Davao City. Robert writes, "I am creating a program to help special children learn basic academics realizing that they learn differently from traditional educational methods. I am hopeful that somebody outside our
country can help. I need training or even just books about special education.
I read on the internet how good western programs of special
education are.The MLC in Davao City is planning to establish a
center/school that could help parents and their children with special needs. We pray that it will materialize and that other MLCs can help. Contact Robert at: firstname.lastname@example.org
|AROUND THE WORLD Nairobi is over, BUT...
For those who could not attend the 5th International Meeting of MLCs in Nairobi last August, you can experience some of the sights and sounds by watching this video
. You'll enjoy it. If you want to sing along, the words are:
JAMBO, JAMBO BWANA!!! (Hola, Hola Señor// Hello,
Hello, Sir// Bonjour, bonjour monsieur)
HABARI GANI? (Tienen ustedes alguna novedad?// Any
news y'all?// Avez-vous des nouvelles?)
NZURI SANA (Muy bien// Very well// Très
WAGENI (vistantes// visitors//
MWAKARIBISHWA (sean bienvenidos// may you all be
welcome// soyez les bienvenus)
KENYA YETU (a nuestra Kenia// to our Kenya// au
HAKUNA MATATA (no hay problema// there's no
problem// il n'y a pas de problèmes)
Marianist International Volunteers (MIV)
Current MIVs are:
* Luciana, from Argentina in
* Mike 1, from the USA in
* Mike 2, from the USA in
* Maria, from Spain in
* Liz, from the USA in
* John, from the USA in
* Miguel, from Spain in
to find out what they are doing to change the world.
Click on FRIDAY MAGNIFICAT
to see more about
the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative in North America.
Friday, November 6 - Memorial of
Blessed Miguel Léibar
and Companion Martyrs Father Miguel Léibar and
Brothers Florencio Arnáiz, Sabino Ayastuy and Joaquín
Ochoa were members of the Society of Mary in Spain,
all dedicated teachers
respected by colleagues and
students. When the religious persecution broke out at
the time of the Civil War in Spain, they hid in the homes
of friends. Father Miguel was arrested on July 28, 1936,
and shot by the revolutionary militia. Several weeks later, Brothers Florencio, Sabino and Joaquín were shot as well. They were beatified in 2007.
Click hereto see Fr. George
Cerniglia's list of other November feast days.
The following articles are found in the October issue of
Via Latina 22, the
newsletter for the General Administration of the
Society of Mary:
- Professions and Ordination
- Intl. Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities- Nairobi
Vocation Bulletins for the Society of Mary are also now online.
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