May 2021
In this newsletter find out how to register for the upcoming Marianists Write Now!, read our "Staff Spotlight" featuring Brother Andrew Kosmowski, discover the topic for our next Marianist Studies Program (MSP 2.0), and download the newest Marianist Community Meeting Kit.
Reflection Topic: What is the role of the Marianist Family in the future of the Church and of society?
To encourage thoughtful writing about the Marianist charism and in support of the Year of Shared Discernment sponsored by the Marianist Lay Communities of North America (MLC-NA), NACMS is offering the final opportunity to participate in this series of reflections for Marianists Write Now! on Friday evening, June 11 and all day Saturday, June 12 (ET). Written reflections are to be completed within the weekend program and will be posted on the NACMS website. We will meet via Zoom. We hope you will join us for this opportunity to have some designated personal writing time, as well as gather together for prayer, peer consultation, and writing exercises.
To read past reflections click here. For more information click here.
To register click here. (Registration deadline: June 4).
Staff Spotlight
Brother Andrew Kosmowski, SM
Congratulations to Bro. Andrew Kosmowski, director of library services at NACMS, who has been named vice-president/treasurer of Catholic Library Association (CLA). This is ultimately a six-year commitment, as the first two years are vice president/treasurer, the next two are president, and the final two are past president. He also serves as chair of CLA's finance committee and of the academic libraries, archives, and library education (ALALE) section. 
Bro. Andrew has been an active member in CLA. He first attended the Saint Louis Chapter's conference in 2014. Since then, he has attended occasional Greater Cincinnati Chapter conferences as well as the CLA conferences since 2017, when he became vice chair of the ALALE section. Since 2019, he has served as chair of that same section. As part of his major responsibilities of this section, he has prepared nominations and presented recipients of the Saint Jerome Award, named after the patron saint of libraries and awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution and commitment to excellence in scholarship which embody the ideals of the Catholic Library Association. He has also presented "Religious Orders and Their Libraries: Pursuing the Mission of the Church" with a library school classmate at CLA's October 2020 conference as a result of his cataloging work with the NACMS library.
Our topic of study for MSP 2.0 2021/22 is Marianist Prayer: Listening, Pondering, and Responding. This topic feels especially relevant at this moment as we emerge from the COVID19 pandemic. How can Marianist Prayer help us be stronger people of faith? How is God calling us to offer the gift of Marianist Prayer to the Church as the world is changed and changing? Join us as we explore how Marianist Prayer transforms us, our communities, the Church, and the world.
To learn more about MSP 2.0 click here.
Applications will be available in June.
This justice themed MCMK was created by the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative in partnership with NACMS and focuses on "help[ing] and transform[ing] the lives of our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters through living lives of inclusion and love. We can also enrich lives by intentionally welcoming others and inviting them to use their gifts, talents, and backgrounds. Through this message of inclusion, mutuality, and love, we can create communities where all are welcomed and affirmed for who they are." (MCMK)
To download this meeting kit click here.
To learn more about our online MCMKs click here.
A Prayer for Spring: Daffodils
Wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills.
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a boy:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance
The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company;
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils
- William Wordsworth
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