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"DONS et DEVOIRS"
Helping each other live the Gospel at home & around the world
International. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities (IO-MLC)
Region of North America, Asia, Australia, and Ireland
Merry Christmas - almost. Tomorrow morning you will be receiving a Christmas message from the International Team of lay Marianists, so in the Advent spirit of waiting, I will not rush the message.
For those who like to know what your international representatives were doing in Rome last month, read:
Summary of the International Organization of MLCs:
ENGLISH FRANÇAIS ESPAÑOL
Summary of World Council mtg. & Christmas letter:
ENGLISH FRANÇAIS ESPAÑOL
Today, however, is still Advent.
Click on these today, not tomorrow.
|United across the miles & kilometers|
N. America, Asia, Australia, & Ireland
PS: Each lay Marianist Community in the world should be receiving a 2011 Chaminade Anniversary Calendar. Each person who donates to MLNNA also receives one. If your community did not get one, contact me.
FOCUS ON SOUTH KOREA
The featured country for this month is South Korea.
Below are some of the lay Marianists who spent time serving at a local nursing home as a way of doing service during Advent.
|Sebastian Lee, Paul Kim(president of MKV), Francisco Pae, Theresa Kim (Korean responsible), Advent Candles with Mary, Francisco Park(Inchon MLC President), Emma Kim( FMI) , Ursula Jo, Agnes Woo, Martha Jeong |
In addition, delegates of SM, FMI, and MLC got together on November 27 to evaluate the acivities of this year and make plans for next year. We also handed out the Chaminade Year Anniversary calendars.
| AROUND THE REGION|
A Christmas Message from Haiti
Fr. Florian Royer-Chabot, who is now back in Haiti, has sent a lovely video Reflection on the Nativity and the Empty Crib. Let us pray that we can also bring Jesus back to the world.
New Virtual Learning Courses announced
Mary, Holy Possibilities: Encounter Mary as our gift from God. Mary will become our teacher, a woman of challenge, and our companion on our journey as we continue to grow in holiness. (Course will be offered January 23-February 26 and August 7-September 10, with registration December 20-January 19 and June 21-August 3, respectively).
System of Virtues: Reflect on prayerful and practical ways to incorporate the virtues of Jesus into our daily lives and utilize the virtues to open ourselves to the grace of the Holy Spirit and the presence of Mary. (Course will be offered January 23-February 26 and June 19-July 23 with registration December 20-January 19 and May 3-June 15, respectively).
Three Offices: Based on a talk by Joseph Stefanelli SM, this course reminds us the Three Offices are more than an ingenious organizational tool for Marianist communities; we are also challenged to be Christ in the world. (Course will be offered March 13-April 16 and August 7-September 10, with registration January 25-March 9 and June 21-August 8 respectively).
Visit VLC/University of Dayton for detailed course descriptions and registration. Contact Patti Gehred for specific information on our Marianist Courses.
Let us Pray
- We just received word from Julie Ahern (Regional Responsible for Australia) that "One of our Family of Mary members, Maureen Cornell, died and will be buried tomorrow. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and may she rest in your Light and Love." There are only 10 lay Marianists in Australia so this is an especially big loss.
- We continue to pray for the people of Korea that the tension between North and South be resolved peacefully.
- For the people of the Ivory Coast, including our brother and sister Marianists, that the violence may cease and the election be resolved with justice. (Although the Ivory Coast is in another region, we are all part of the Marianist Family.)
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