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This month we have enough news to fill two newsletters!

We are continuing our summer book sales to commemorate the beatification of Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. This month we are featuring Walking with Adèle which is one of our more popular publications.

We also have a new podcast focusing on the friendship between Adèle and Jean Diché. We have changed our format a bit with members of the NACMS staff reciting a skit that was originally performed for a Marianist Manna program.

"The Mother of Jesus is Here: Building a Marian Church" is the topic for MSP 2.0 2018/19. Read below for more information and links to the application to participate in this program.

Continue reading to get details as to how to submit prayers for the updated Marianist Prayer Book or to order our newest publication Landscape by Brother Donald Geiger.

Plus, discover links to articles regarding the life of Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon on our webpage as we anticipate her upcoming beatification on June 10.
This special episode of "Sharing Our Marianist Stories" is in honor of the Beatification of Mother Adèle on June 10, 2018.

Listen here as we re-create, through fictionalized letters, Adele's relationship and collaboration with her best friend, Jeanne Diché. Jeanne was also an important support to the Marianist Sisters in their early foundation years. You will hear how their friendship unfolds, even as they choose different vocations: religious life for Adèle and marriage and motherhood for Jeanne.

Click here to listen to all previous episodes of "Sharing Our Marianist Stories."

Here are links to subscribe to this podcast so you never miss an episode:
Subscribe and listen to us on Stitcher:
You can also search for Sharing Our Marianist Stories on whatever podcast app you like to use.
Walking with Adèle
Author: Marie-J ö elle Bec, FMI

Introduced by an excerpt from one of Adèle’s letters and closed with a prayer summarizing Adèle’s thoughts on a subject, each chapter in this little book invites the reader to see the subject with Adèle’s heart and spirit. Each chapter offers, in flowing narrative, excerpts from Adèle’s letters encouraging a deepening in the chosen virtue, devotion or attitude deemed important to her. .

Sale price: $7.00 - now through June 30, 2018.

Click here to purchase.
MSP 2.0 2018/19
 "A Marian Church remains standing by the Cross. It is exposed, and vulnerable to the ridicule of the executioners. But it remains upright beside the Cross."
~ Sister Marie-Luce Baillet, FMI
We are all called to remain standing at the Cross in some manner. The challenges of our modern world make that a challenge. Knowing that we are not alone, that we are standing with Mary in a community of believers, we are filled with hope.
What is a Marian Church? How does the concept of a Marian Church resonate with the Marianist charism? How can we, as Marianists, contribute to the building of such a Church?
We invite you to participate in the 2018/19 Marianist Studies Program (MSP) 2.0 to grapple with these questions, to explore how the Marianist Charism offers hope to our Church and world, and to consider ways to meet the challenge of proclaiming “The Mother of Jesus is Here.”
Why MSP 2.0?
In the 1970s, the Marianist Studies Program brought together lay and religious Marianists for summers of study in a community context. NACMS has developed a 21 st century update, MSP 2.0, which includes several of the key elements of the original Marianist Studies Program in a format more compatible with today’s lifestyles.
What is MSP 2.0?
As a participant in MSP 2.0 you will engage in a year-long program of inquiry both as an individual and within a scholarly community. The topic for this year is The Mother of Jesus Is Here: Building Today’s Marian Church. Background reading, video, and conversation will help prepare you for monthly virtual meetings where you will interact with experts and share your developing ideas. As you begin to focus on a particular aspect of the topic NACMS personnel will guide you to appropriate resources. A centerpiece of the program is a week at NACMS where you will finalize your research in our extensive library while continuing to build community with your colleagues. You will then have about six weeks to synthesize your learning into a final product, print or other media, to be published by NACMS.
This sounds serious. How much time is required?
It is serious. We are interested in developing an ever-widening circle of scholarship in Marianist Studies and in high quality, publishable products. That takes time. We have designed the program with an expected time commitment of approximately 10 hours per month, including the virtual meetings, plus the week of in-person time at NACMS, planned for July 2019.
  I’m interested, but I’m not a scholar. Could I be a candidate for MSP 2.0?
You do not need to be a scholar, but you do need to be willing to engage in serious study under the guidance of NACMS personnel. You should have a basic knowledge of things Marianist (e.g. the Marianist Founders, the Marianist charism) would be helpful, but can be supplemented by the provided materials. Primary requirements are a desire to learn and the ability to participate fully in the program.
What does it cost?
The cost of the program is $250. This includes transportation, food, and lodging for the week at NACMS, access to NACMS personnel throughout the program, and all materials, including shipping. The materials alone represent an over $250 value. Financial aid is available.
How can I find out more about MSP 2.0?
Contact Patti Gehred, NACMS Program Coordinator, at for more information. The application and tentative schedule can be found on our webpage: . The deadline for applications is August 1, 2018.
Got Prayer?

Attention modern mystics, music makers, and prayer-filled pilgrims, NACMS is seeking your help with a new prayer project. We are creating a new prayer resource, and we want your help. (Our apologies for the abundance of alliteration, but we wanted to make a pronounced point!)

Seeking Prayers
If you have written original Marianist or Marian prayers or music, please send them to NACMS. We are creating a new version of our popular The Marianist Family Prayer Book , and we welcome your contributions.

Prayer material may include Marianist-inspired prayers or songs pertaining to our holy Marianist forbearers/founders, Marian and Marianist feast days, Mary, community, or various life stages and situations viewed through a Marianist lens (such as family, elderly, diversity, inclusivity, and social justice).

Submissions can be—but are not limited to— praise, intercessions, contemplation and meditation, feast days, dedication/commitment, and lamentations.

Material submitted must consist of original content or a contemporary adaptation of current Marianist contents, such as a new wording for The Three O’clock Prayer or Marianist prayers of dedication.

Music submissions must include both lyrics and musical notation.
Note : All material must comply with US copyright law.

R eview
A panel of Marianist experts will review submissions and make recommendations to NACMS for prayers to include in the new prayer book. The panel is comprised of the following people:

·  Margy Lisjak: Office of Spirituality for MLC-NA
·  Sister Laura Leming: Office of Spirituality for the Marianist Sisters (USA)
·  Father Dave McGuigan, Representative for the Office of Spirituality for the Society of Mary, USA.

Submission is not a guarantee of publication.
Deadline and Submissions
Submissions must be received by Sunday, July 22. Email all material to Dan Jordan, , or mail to Dan at the NACMS office.

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We have created a special resource page on our website in anticipation of the beautification of Adèle.
Resources include:
Join Clotilde Fernández del Pozo, FMI, as she examines "time" through the eyes of Adèle and the words of Pope Francis.
Using the words of Adèle and Pope Francis, Sister Blanca Jamar, FMI, has crafted a resource for reflection and prayer as we prepare for Adèle's beatification.
Click here for more.

NACMS Office Closed
June 18-22, 2018
NACMS will be hosting a workshop for our MSP 2.0 participants from June 18-22 so will not be holding office hours during that week. Our bookstore will be open on our website, so you will be able to make book purchases.
New Publication

 In  Landscape: A History of Mount St. John , Brother Donald Geiger, SM, takes the reader on a historical journey of this beloved Marianist sacred space. In words and in pictures Brother Don charts how the Mount has “developed” as apostolic needs have shifted. From a firsthand perspective, Brother Don, a plant biologist, also tells the story of how parts of this beautiful landscape became protected land.

Cost: $5.00
Purchase Here.
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