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Intl. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities (IO-MLC)
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In This Issue
AROUND THE REGION... Pray for the Philippines
AROUND THE WORLD... January - Marian Feasts Via Latina
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Greetings!,Susan photo
And 'the child' comes again to change our world. Merry Christmas!
The World Council has a beautiful Christmas Reflection for you all that says it better than I can. It's worth clicking. This can be your prayer today and for the next 12 days of Christmas.

After Christmas you might want to find out what YOUR MLC International Team accomplished at our November Meeting in Rome. After listening to you all through your international delegates to Nairobi, we discerned that we have two top priorities for the next four years:
1. Formation in Spirituality
2. Working for Justice and Peace
Read all about it.

While in Rome the World Council of the Marianist Family also met. You get extra credit if you read this report too.

Catch me if you can.
Last month I put the wrong date for the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Of course I knew the correct date, I was just making sure you were paying attention (or at least that's what teachers say when they make a mistake). This was not the first mistake I've made in life (my family can tell you plenty) and it surely will not be the last. Luckily, several alert readers caught the mistake. So...I'm starting a contest. The first person to find a mistake in Gifts & Tasks will win a free phone consultation with me. It can be serious or silly; counseling or commiserating about our kids or communities, or just sharing jokes or travel tips.

WCMF2008   United in prayer,
   Susan Vogt

al Responsible
   N. America, Asia,
   Australia, and Ireland

Guide to Lay Life in the Marianist Tradition
Ideally I should keep all the documents from international MLC meetings neatly organized on my computer or in a file cabinet. If you're like me, however, it would take me way too long to find a 12 or 16 year old document so I just contact Isabella Moyer. But Isabella isn't always home or she may be busy writing her blog. Besides, I have to pay to call Canada. Now, there's an easier way. Thanks to NACMS (and the formatting expertize of Joyce Daniels) we have the first four international MLC documents in a free, handy, booklet style which you can download. A Guide to Lay Life in the Marianist Tradition is a great tool for formation and includes:
1. The Identity of Marianst Lay Communities, Santiago, Chile, 1993
2. The Mission of Marianist Lay Communities, (Lliria, Spain, 1997)
3. Being in Community (Philadelphia, USA, 2001)
4. In Alliance With Mary (Bordeaux, France, 2005)
Download it from the website here: ENGLISH  FRANÇAIS  ESPAÑOL


Susan Buckley

This month's focus for Gifts & Tasks is Ireland with 10 lay Marianists. Susan Buckley is the National Representative and "meets" with other lay Marianist around the world through the internet. Following is a note of recent events she sends to all of you.

2009-12 Ireland cookies"On December 3, my friend Jennifer and I, joined the Marianist Community at St Columba's for our annual Cookie Night. This is a 'family' tradition which spans nearly 20 years. For our cookies we use the recipe handed down by Ma Rech (Bro. Fred's mom). It's an evening of hard work and lots of fun. We cut out, bake, and decorate the cookies. We get to eat the cookies after Mass on Christmas Eve.

Reavy in Ireland

I was delighted to spend some time with two visitors to the community. The first visitor was Brian Reavey. Who was on a working trip to Ireland, visiting the LIFE group at St Laurence College (the only Marianist School in Ireland). I originally met Brian through my online Lay Marianist Community - Our Lady of the Round Table - many years ago. We were blessed with a glorious day of bright winter sunshine showing the countryside at it's best. We visited the Monastic site at Glendalough, a magical place.


The second visitor was Andrew Hill who was on a short visit to Ireland studying at the School of Ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. Andrew is a distance learner. He travels to Ireland a couple of times a year. It was a joy to catch up and to share our Marianist experiences.


For me, the Marianist World has become a smaller place as nearly every day I am in contact with 8 women from 4 continents through Our Lady of the Round Table cyber community. The daily e-mails are such a blessing in my life. I am thankful for being a member of the Marianist Family.Wishing you the joys of Christmas."

For the senseless killings in the Philippines...Let us pray
Kahloi Datu of the Davao MLC in the Philippines asks us to "pray the Canticle of Mary or the Magnificat especially now and offer this prayer for the victims of senseless killing in Maguindanao that may they and their families find justice they truly deserve."

January Feasts

Aparecida MadonnaAh, January, so many significant Marianist feasts and beautiful pictures.
January 1 - Mary the Mother of God
January 3 (or 6, if you prefer the traditional date) - Epiphany
January 10 - Death of Venerable Adèle de Batz
                  de Trenquelléon
January 22 - Death of Fr. Chaminade

See Fr. George Cerniglia's New Year's reflections and 10 other January feasts

Via Latina 22 Online

Haiti SM Formators
The following articles are found in the December issue of
Via Latina 22, the newsletter for the General Administration of the Society of Mary:
  • Faustino May Soon be Venerable
  • Three Brothers from the Congo Make Life-Long Commitments
  • New Provincial and Assistant Provincial for the USA
  • New Website - Marianists of Brazil
  • Meeting of Marianist School Directors of Europe
  • Meeting of the World Council of the Marianist Family

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