The Year of Shared Discernment provides intentional time for Lay Marianists to continue their ongoing discernment, not only in individual Marianist Lay Communities, but also collectively as a regional, national, and world-wide community.
Lay Marianists continue to seek more ownership of our charism as well as support for the vocation and mission of our communities. To make this happen, we need a vision. But a Marianist vision cannot come from the top down: we must all create this vision together. That’s where the Year of Shared Discernment comes in.
To help facilitate this shared experience, the leadership council invites you to reflect and be in conversation with other Lay Marianists through a series of five modules starting today on the Feast of the Nativity of Mary. We ask individuals and communities to determine how best to schedule the module discussions in a way that fits your needs and community's schedule. We realize this may look different for individuals and communities due to the variations in how gatherings are scheduled locally. Registration is not required to participate in the Year of Shared Discernment; however, we do encourage you to register at the link provided below to ensure you receive future information as it becomes available.
One of our goals for the Year of Shared Discernment is to increase the relationships across MLC-NA so that Lay Marianists develop a common understanding of our life and mission together and begin to see us as a community of communities as Fr. Chaminade envisioned. At the conclusion of the year, the MLC-NA Leadership Council will gather the insights and desires we learned from you into a strategic plan to support our common goals.