FEATURED COUNTRY - USA
The North American Lay Marianists have been very active so far this year. The continental leadership team recently met in Dayton, Ohio and included Br. Ray Fitz, SM for a discussion about lay ecclesial movements and looking at the Family of Mary as the "Marianist Movement." We talked about the importance of the MLCs in this regard. The ideas from our discussion encouraged us to be bold as we reviewed the many initiatives we have been working on as part of our 2014 Strategic Plan, especially formation and identity.
USA Natl. Resp.
Preparations for our 2017 Continental Lay Assembly are well under way and we expect to draw a large group. To help with the Assembly and improve overall communication with our members, this summer we will be completing a census of MLC's in North America.
In February, a group of 13 people from the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative (MLFI) completed their 1-year formation. (MLFI is co-sponsored by the SM, FMI, and MLNNA.) In March, a new group of 10 began their MLFI journey.
And as always, many MLC's continue to actively serve in their local parishes, communities, and Marianist sponsored ministries.
|LET US PRAY
As I reflect on all the ongoing problems of the world (wars, nasty politics, natural disasters, the gap between the rich and the poor, looming environmental degradation, bullying, injustice...) it can all feel so heavy and overwhelming. Sometimes I just want to cry. I can't fix everything. I can't even fix my own computer. This drives me to prayer...
But it also drives me to dance. Sometimes the two merge. Dance is a movement of the spirit usually done with 2 or more people. The more people, united in an action of the Spirit, the more the possibility of positive change.
Hopefully the video at right will lift your spirit, remind you of our solidarity not only with the Marianist world, but the whole world. Let us move forward together. Together we are a genius.
(Besides, it's been a slow news day.)
Your dancing Regional Responsible
FRIDAY MAGNIFICAT - MAY
Rebuilding from Rubble
Five years after the devastation caused by the 2011 earthquake & tsunami, our brothers and sisters in the Tohoku regions of Japan still continue to rebuild. They are not alone, as they receive support from the Marianist Community in Tokyo.
VIA LATINA - ONLINE
The following articles are in the May #251 issue of Via Latina 22, the newsletter for the General Administration of the Society of Mary.
-First Professions of Vows in the District of India
-The Cause of Ven. Adèle de Trenquellèon
-General Council Visits Region of Eastern Africa
-Website for Marianist Resources