International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities (IO-MLC) 

Region of North America, Asia, Australia, and Ireland
August -- 2020
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The Year of Shared Discernment

An exciting initiative will begin this fall on Mary's birthday, September 8th. MLC-NA is inviting Marianist Laity and Communities to take part in a Year of Shared Discernment. 

The purpose is for Marianist Laity to deepen understanding of the Marianist charism and to intentionally connect with other laity throughout North America.  We want to strengthen how we collaborate with each other and the other branches to keep the Marianist spirit alive and vital within the Church and the World.
Embers Commitment 2007
Marianists, both as individuals and communities, are called into continual discernment. This process enables us to interpret the signs of the times, so that we may best determine how to live our charism and missionary calling in the world.
This Year of Shared Discernment is special because it provides intentional time for discernment not only for individuals within communities, but also collectively as a region, or world-wide community.
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MLC-NA is developing five modules with guiding questions and action to use as common discussion material. As you proceed through each module, there will be opportunities to share your insights and growth with the others in the larger Marianist Family through surveys, Zoom or in-person meetings, and interactions through pairing with other Marianist laypersons or communities.
By listening to each other and sharing insights and reflections, MLC-NA will be able to identify collective goals and offer more opportunities for Marianist Laity to support one another within the Marianist Family. It will help us all live lives of action inspired by the Marianist charism.

We hope many of our Marianist Laity and Communities will get involved in the Year of Shared Discernment initiative this year!

Look for the materials to arrive in your inbox in late August with a suggested start date of September 8.
For more information contact:
Matt Dunn, Chair MLC-NA

Margy Lisjak, Chair-Elect MLC-NA
Sarah Gray, Staff Administrator of MLC-NA

Marianist World Day of Prayer
Sunday, October 11, 2020

Shrine of Our Lady of El Salto,
Latacunga, Ecuador
On October 11, 2020, Marianists around the world will celebrate a World Day of Prayer. 

The location chosen this year is the diocesan Marian Shrine, Our Lady of El Salto, in Latacunga, Ecuador. 

Click here for the handout to learn about the history of the Shrine and a suggested prayer service to go with it. I am sending the materials a month early so that MLCs can plan how they want to use them.

We recommend that all MLCs take this opportunity to join together in mid-October to learn about and celebrate the Marian Shrines highlighted each year in different parts of our Marianist world. And join in using the Family prayer service sometime during the month of October.
Marceta Reilly,
Regional Responsible
North America, Asia, Australia, Ireland

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Let Us Pray...
Prayer to Our Lady of El Salto

Mary, Virgin and Mother,
who hast made God present in the midst of us,
look upon us with kindness,
help us in our needs,
deliver us from selfishness.
Transform us into the image of your son Jesus,
to build here on earth
God's kingdom in justice,
in fraternity,
and in peace.

May the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit
be glorified in all places
through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.

Upcoming Marianist Feast Days

  • September 5 Mary, Queen of Apostles

  • September 8 Nativity of Mary

  • September 12 Most Holy Name of Mary

  • September 15 Our Lady of Sorrows

  • September 16 Celebration of Marie Therese de Lamourous

  • September 18
  • Blessed Carlos Erana
  • Blessed Fidel Fuidio
  • Blessed Jesus Hiya

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