Summer 2019 Edition
From the National Office

In a week, LIFE Pacific moderators will arrive in California to prepare for their students’ arrival on June 16. In a month, LIFE South moderators will do the same, with LIFE Central following soon after. To say that June and July are busy months for LIFE is an understatement. That is not where all the work is though. Throughout the academic year, LIFE Teams host Marianist LIFE Community Meetings regularly, sponsor some events for charity, and assist with liturgies. I have heard during my visits with LIFE Teams that they provide a safe space for their peers to just be and to grow in their faith. This is what LIFE is all about.
As moderators and LIFErs prepare for their travels to the summer programs near & far, the Marianist Family prays for them all! May their days be filled with prayerful reflection, a lot of fun, and personal growth.
2019 Summer Program Community Prayer
Our LIFErs say the Marianist Three O’clock prayer during the summer program. If you’d like to join them with them, here are days we can all pray as community:
Pacific: June 15 @ 3 pm Pacific
South: July 10 @ 3 pm Central
Central: July 17 @ 3 pm Eastern
2019 Summer Marianist Family Gatherings
Each summer during Moderator Days, the staff welcomes guests to share in prayer and fellowship before the students arrive.

Click the flyer below to print & share!
For specific questions about a gathering, please email the regional coordinator as listed on the flyer. Thank you, and we hope to see you there!
LIFE Team Happenings
Cleveland, OH
In March, the LIFE Team of Villa Angela-St. Joseph hosted a meeting in which they discussed the death penalty and wrote letters to their governor & people on death row. The death penalty is one of the four issues in the social justice module during the summer program. Students also learned about water, immigration and human trafficking. (Photo courtesy of Michelle Trotman)
Bellevue, NE
A community of communities is what the LIFE Team from Gross Catholic fosters. The LIFE Team, comprised of members who participated in LIFE 2017 & LIFE 2018, meet regularly to plan LIFE Meetings, and these planning meetings are truly joyful events. What they coordinate for their peers is a space in which any student can feel like he or she belongs. They also plan activities for Marianist Heritage Week in January, and they have taken on the recycling program at the school.
Hollywood, FL
The new Chaminade Madonna LIFE leaders for 2019-2020 were commissioned at a ceremony in May by campus minister, Antonio Marí, moderator Jeannette Victoria, and Fr. Bob Bouffier, SM. The new team is excited for the summer program in preparation for next school year. (Photos courtesy of Antonio Marí)
Wanted LIFEr Reflections!
We are seeking submissions of one-page personal reflections of your summer experience. Share your thoughts, memories and how you might have personally and/or spiritually changed as a result of the week-long summer experience. Please include your full name, school/parish and indicate if you attended the Central, Pacific or South summer program. Please also include a digital photo of yourself. We accept submissions throughout the year.
Email reflections and photos to tmesina@sm-usa.org .

Support Marianist LIFE
These are just a few of thousands of students enlivened by the Spirit at Marianist LIFE over the last 49 years. LIFE Alumni return as Marianist Young Adult Assistants, Staff, Coordinating Team members and school/parish Moderators year after year. As our current LIFErs describe, their week at the Summer Program had an impact on their lives, which is echoed by numerous LIFE Alumni throughout the years.
To support Marianist LIFE, please click on the image below.
As part of our 50 th Anniversary summer program in 2020, we would like to share photos of summer programs of years past. This is a great way for our LIFErs to see the rich history of which they will be a part. We will use them in videos (which we’ll share via social media and The Fulcrum ), and post them around the campus.
  • Large group photos
  • Small group photos
  • Candids
  • Photos of journals
  • Photos of t-shirts
  • Short personal reflections
  • Include a photo of you as a LIFEr (include region & year), and a photo of you now
Free Resources for MLCs
If your Marianist LIFE Communities need some ideas for your gatherings, please check our website for some resources meeting ideas and prayer services for you and your communities to use throughout the year. We will continue to add more resources as long as moderators and students keep sending them our way! To access this valuable information
1.     Go to our webpage: www.marianist.com/life
2.     Click on “MLC resources” at the bottom of the page