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International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities (IO-MLC) 

Region of North America, Asia, Australia, and Ireland  
NOVEMBER 2011

In This Issue
FOCUS ON IRELAND
AROUND THE REGION Philippines
Haiti
Let Us Pray
AROUND THE WORLD Friday Magnificat
Via Latina
ARCHIVES/SIGN UP
Quick Links
Greetings!,   Susan photo
The State of the World

People aren't numbers but numbers can represent people. At the November 2011 meeting of the Intl. Organization of MLC we saw the Lay Marianist world captured in numbers. You are not alone. 

 

MLCS & LAY MARIANISTS WORLDWIDE 

Country           MLCs  Lays   National Responsible

ARGENTINA

22

250

Luisa Conforti

 

AUSTRALIA

 1

  10

Julie Aherne

 

AUSTRIA-GERMA

 4

  42

Helga Zerbe


BRAZIL

 6

  75

María Perezim de Mattos

 

CAMEROUN  

 1

  26

Cyrille Ebabe

 

CANADA-French

 1

  11

Josée Roberge

 

CANADA-Englilsh

 4

  55

Valerie Bergeron

 

CHILE

82

900

Marta T Tella/Sergio C Rifo

 

COLUMBIA

14

109

Nidia Isabel Rod. Salazar

CONGO-Braz

 2    

  55

Maman Cathy

CONGO-Kins    

17

315

Donatien Kitenge

CÔTE D'IVOIRE

  6

225

Marie Louise Memeledje

ECUADOR

  9

  70

Juan Sem. Leon Cristobal

FRANCE-BELG.

47

576

Béatrice Leblanc

HAITI

  4

  86

Wesly Etienne

INDIA

  3

  40

Jinius Bara

IRELAND

  0

  10

Susan Buckley

ITALY

12

197

Marica Testa

JAPAN

15

130

Hiroshi Kawaguchi

KENYA

  4

  83

Josephine Njeri

MALAWI

15

317

Mark Dziko

MEXICO

13

  86

Mireya Isabel M. Ramirez

PERU

24

198

Miguel Agüero B.

PHILIPPINES  

  2

  40

Johneleen Lardera

POLAND

  2

  14

Ryszard Koszczyński

SOUTH KOREA

22

220

Eun Hee (Theresa) Kim

SPAIN-CEMI

17

200

David Menéndez Fuster

SPAIN-Madrid

33

358

J. Ramiro/M. Orusco

SPAIN-Zarag

60

495

Boris Giambanco

SWITZERLAND  

  7

  50

Roland Carrupt

TOGO

 11

150

Komi Agbezou

USA

102

1587

Rudy Reyes

ZAMBIA

   1

  25

Francisca Jeref

TOTALS:

563

 

7,005  

 
United across the miles and kilometers,
Susan Vogt,
Regional Rep: N. America, Asia, Australia, Ireland
Headshot - Buckley 2011
Susan Buckley
FOCUS ON IRELAND

  

The USA through Irish eyes

In a reverse kind of news from Ireland, National Responsible, Susan Buckley, tells of her recent visit to the USA.

My October trip to the USA was the trip of a lifetime. I spent time with several Marianist friends, and in the process met many new Marianist friends.  After spending a few days sightseeing in Washington DC with Bro Robert Metzger SM, my next stop was the Marianist Community in Eldersburg, Maryland where Fr. Neville O'Donohue is living and working in St. Joseph Catholic Community. I was invited to say a few words at their "Autumn Journey in Marianist Spirituality," series on the topic was Mary.  I spoke briefly on my Marianist journey and how Mary is very much part of that journey.

New Jersey was my next stop where I stayed at the home of Joanne and Ray McCracken. Joanne and I are members of the Lay Marianist Online Community - Our Lady of the Round Table (OLRT). Joanne and Chris Suriano took me on a tour of Philadelphia, stopping off first at the Marianist offices in Philadelphia where we joined Pati, Bro. Steve and the rest of the staff for Morning Prayer and breakfast. Brian Reavey took time out from his new job to say hello.  

Our Lady of the Round Table
Chris Suriano, Marceta Reilly, Patti Jarvis, Joanne McCracken, & Susan Buckley
On my last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Marianist Women's Spirituality Retreat at the Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May NJ, led by Joanne and Chris and their friend Patti Jarvis. The theme for the weekend was "Crossroads." Among the 40 women who participated were Marceta Reilly (OLRT) and her friend Mary Ellen who had flown in from Kansas. With four of our community here we had a mini OLRT reunion.

What an amazing experience this trip was, sightseeing in Washington, parish and community life in Eldersburg, my first visit to Cape May, our OLRT mini reunion, and meeting and connecting with so many people through the common bond that is the Marianist Family.  

AROUND THE REGION  

 

PHILIPPINES

Recently I reported that Johneleen Lardera, National Responsible for the Philippines had moved from Davao to Manila. Well, it was true but is no longer. Johneleen has just returned to Davao to take a better job. She shares one of the recent Davao MLC activities below.Davao TREEbute run   


Some of the MLC members with Bro. George,SM joined the 5K fun run for a cause called, "TREEbute Run." (right photo) The run started at 5:30 in the morning followed by a great breakfast at the Marianist house. MLC members then attended Sunday Mass with the streetchildren at the Balay Pasilungan with Fr. Pablo,SM presiding. It was a great experience and blessing to all of us.
 

Love and Prayers,
Johneleen Lardera


Davao breakfast 2011
Davao MLC share a snack with the streetchildren of Balay Pasilungan.
 

 

HAITI    

Florian Royer-Chabot, SM provided Gifts & Tasks with this recent edition of Le P'tit Marianiste d'Haïti (a newsletter about Marianist happenings in Haiti).  

Click here to read (in French) and see photos.  

Cliquez ici pour lire et voir les photos

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LET US PRAY  

  • For immigrants everywhere, especially those seeking a path to citizenship in the USA.
  • For the people of war-torn countries, especially those in Egypt, Afghanistan, and Iraq.   
AROUND THE WORLD  
FRIDAY MAGNIFICAT - Chaminade Anniversary Year

During 2011, each Friday Magnificat features an historical moment in Fr. Chaminade's life. It also includes a photo of a work of justice within the Marianist Family to remind us of our call. November highlighted women learning sewing as a way to support themselves at the Imani (Faith) project sponsored by the Marianists in Nairobi, Kenya.  

AFRICA-Kenya-Nairobi Imani project sewing  


Via LatinaVIA LATINA - Online  

The following articles are found in the November#208 issue of Via Latina 22, the newsletter for the General Administration of the Society of Mary.

- General Council visit to Eastern Africa

- World COuncil of the Marianist Family - Annual Meeting

- All-Asia Marianist Seminar - Bangalore

- Update on the Centers for Marianist Formation

- XXXIV Chapter Logo

- Propositions to the General Chapter

 

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