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As you well know, we are now 9 days into Lent. Most Catholics have settled into their Lenten routine by now whether it be prayer, fasting, almsgiving or all three. In case you are a procrastinator or a glutton for penance, however, I have four Lenten ideas for you:

1. 40 Days to Change the World
This project originated with the Marianist Foundation in Spain. After clicking on the above link:
*click on the blue link.
*Next go to the bottom and click on Cuaresma 2010
*Next click on the PDF flag button of your language under the red Date bar.

2. Letting Go of Stuff - For Lent or Forever
I've started a blog about giving one thing away a day in order to live more simply and be in solidarity with the poor. A translate button is on the bottom right. Day 1 was shoes. Day 9 is tops.

Advent Wreath3. This Time of 40 Days
This avant-garde youtube video follows a young adult as he sings his reflections on Lent. Worth checking out as a fresh look at an old season.

4. Pray for Haiti - 12 for 12
The Taize Community invites us to pray on the 12th of each month for 12 months in memory of the January 12 earthquake in Haiti - a reminder that Haiti needs our help both now and for quite awhile.

Advent WreathFrom my home
(with this enchanting winter snow)
to yours,
Susan Vogt
Regional Responsible
N. America, Asia, Australia, and Ireland

Etienne, Wesly 1Since Haiti is still on all our minds, I decided to make it the featured country for this issue. Here's a little background. Wesly Etienne is the National Responsible. Before the earthquake they had 8 lay Marianist Communities totaling about 100 members. French or Creole is their national language.

Before the earthquake:
It is a great joy for me to share with you on the current situation in Haiti CLM.
At a Carrefour: the CLM has 6 active members, not only in the activities of the Marianist family but also within their Parish. This CLM has just completed a film about the life of St. Paul in order to present the family Marianist community carrefouroise.
Haiti SM Formators

The community in Croix-des-Bouquets, contains 15 members who try to live the Marianist spirituality. This CLM is the most active in Port-au-Prince.
LEFT: Mass
at Croix-des-Bouquets
November, 2009

There are two communities in Cayes and Camp-Perin. They have about 15 members.
Cap-Haitien: Despite the difficult circumstances facing the CLMs, 13 members are still there and they seek to deepen their Marianist spirituality.
We have a CLM has Pilette in the North East of the country. This CLM this works quite well. We're trying to see to what extent we can help with modules, translating them into creole. They have 20 participants
St. Mark CLM is exceptional in that there are mostly young members. They number 31. In the next days the group will split in two for a better communication.
Hinche CLM has 10 members.

Haiti dinner
The MLC's of Haiti have difficult circumstances but with the assistance of the Holy Spirit we hope to grow.
Brotherly, Eddy

RIGHT: Dinner at
November, 2009


Etienne, Wesly 1Wesly sent the following updates on February 4, 2010.
: Chere Susan,
J'ai bien apprecie votre intervention face a notre probleme en Haiti, notre situation devient de plus en plus complexe, recemment on vient de recencer un cas regretable, c'est Belmond un membre actif qui a perdu femme et son unique fille.des membres a carrfour et a Lalu a Croix des bouquets sont sans abris et sans moyen pour prendre meme un repas par jour, ils vivent dans des conditions difficiles, pour le moment, comment pouvez vous nous aider concretement? Aide nous chere responasble a aider nos soeurs et freres en difficultes. Au secour mes feres et soeurs. ILs sont entrain de mourrir de la faim.
Ton frere Wesly

ENGLISH: Dear Susan,
I really appreciate your responding to our problem in Haiti. Our situation becomes increasingly complex. We just recently heard of a regrettable case. Belmond is an active member who lost his wife and only daughter. Members of the Carrfour CLM and Croix des Bouquets CLM are homeless and without means to take even one meal a day. They still live in difficult conditions. Help us to help our sisters and brothers in need. Help my brothers and sisters. They are about to die of hunger.
Your brother, Wesly.
- and later -
Merci a vous aussi les clm des EUA et tout le monde qui ont contribue pour les clm et sm en Haiti et que l'argent est entre les mains des freres au canada. Un grand merci a vous tous qui ont donne une participation assez significative. Je vais au nom du comite national  rentrer en pleine communication avec eux pour pouvoir planifier la facon dont on va aider les plus touches et les plus necessiteux. Nous comptons sur vos prieres.
Ton frere Wesly.
Thank you and all the CLM's of the USA and the world who have contributed to Haiti. The money is in the hands of the SM in Canada. A big thank you to all of you who gave significant contributions. I am back in full communication with the national committee to plan how to help the most affected and most needy. We count on your prayers.
Your brother, Wesly

We invite you to visit the Marianist Family website at:  for a special section on the Marianists of Haiti.

For information about psychosocial support to Haitian people, Charles-Henri Moulin shares the following with us. "On the Website of "Santé et Service Sociaux du Québec" I have found 4 sheets about psychosocial support."

Dollar signDONATIONS
Donations continue to come in from members of the Marianist Family throughout the world. Although I don't know of all the donations, I can report at least the following:
$12,000+ from Marianist Lay Network of North America (MLNNA)
$  2,000   from University of Dayton Campus Ministry
$  2,000   Euros from the MLC's of Italy
$  2,000   from the MLC's of Japan through Masami Hayashi
The MLNNA and UD donations are being funneled through the Marianists in Quebec with the counsel of a committee made up of lay and religious Marianists in Quebec, USA, France, and Haiti.
If you still want to donate you can:


Paul Bredestege, SM wants to alert everyone that Governor's Island, Ohio has a new address:
"Gov's Island is open to ALL associated with and considered in the Marianist Family. We are not a retreat house, but a private residence, a Marianist home that has a 24 bed guest house, complete dining service and a variety of recreational facilities specifically for Family of Mary folks. We ask guests to cover the cost of food, utilities, etc. with a suggested donation. Members can contact me at the above address or by phone, 937.842-4902 for information."

Friday Magnificat - Chaminade Institute  Chaminade Institute Peru French
The Society of Mary created the Chaminade Institute, located in Santa Rosa Callao, Peru, as a response to the wave of violence and extreme difficulty in youth obtaining employment in Peru. Chaminade Institute offers a three-year program in computer science and a variety of technical programs. Their training focuses on what makes the youth more employable: skills, attitudes, and values

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March Feasts

Feasts 2010-2March 17 - St. Patrick
Patrick's 30 years as a wandering bishop in Ireland are wrapped in legend, but the scope of his achievements is a matter of historical record. Within 10 years he had established the primatial see of Armagh and a network of churches and monasteries throughout the country, all in the hands of native clergy. He personally baptized thousands of the faithful and ordained hundreds of priests. Although he was not alone in his work of evangelization, he is the patron of Ireland.
See Fr. George Cerniglia's reflections and other March Feasts.

Via Latina 22 Online

Haiti SM Formators
The following articles are found in the February #188 issue of
Via Latina 22, the newsletter for the General Administration of the Society of Mary:
  • Causes of Saints: Chaminade and Vicente López
  • Gratitude to Tim Phillips, SM
  • Establishment of the Region of Eastern Africa
  • Ordination of Sudhir Kuhur, SM
  • Mixed Composition: Next Steps

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