Marie-Roseline, CLM Haiti

Josee Rosaline Marcel

Josée Roberge, Rosaline, Marcel Dion - Québec 2007



Dear friends,

Here are recent news coming directly from Marie Roseline who is in Haiti. Thank you, Marie Roseline, for sending this message which gives us news about Marianist Family and all your dear relatives. It also gives us possible contact with Joséphine. Thank you, Agnès for having passed on the contact request with the Marianist Family and with Joséphine.

We are very close to you by prayer. Hold on!

Warm fraternal kisses.


Hello Dear Agnès and Christiane of the Marianist Family,

Thank you for standing firm with us in Haiti, at Léogane, the town most hit by the earthquake, with 90% of the houses destroyed and 5,000 to 10,000 dead, according to the United Nations, information that I even experience for I have lived it daily from the 12th up to this day, in this difficult situation.

I have no information about Sr. Josephine [Joséphine Mathieu, Alliance postulant] , but I have her telephone number, try, if it is still working.

Concerning the MLC, of Port-au-Prince certainly Yvelyne André, the Morisseau family, Jocelyn Louis, Myriam Arnault, Vastie Jasmin, Jean Manson Jasmin, and 8 other members of the MLC of Carrefour have given me news.

The majority of the houses are destroyed, that of the mama of Yveline, that of Myriame and others. At Léogane, for example, the five houses which housed the different members of the Rogené family are all destroyed.  We are in temporary shelters made with sheets, with plastic tarpaulins, old pieces of iron sheets, anything we can find.  But we are all in good health except for those with slight injuries. We say thanks to the Lord, for the most precious possession we have is his presence in us and around us.  We share what we have by way of food, found under the rubble with our group, for our refugee camp in the  area where we are, has not received any help up til now.  There are still mild aftershocks which plunge the population into a lot of stress and confusion. And the negative rumors of all sorts just complicate the situation.  But we are standing firm.  We ask for your prayers day and night, especially an intention for peace for our people, for insecurity shows up under all its forms.

Thank you dear sisters for your availability and care in this difficult situation.

Marie Roseline Rogené (Haiti)

Prayers for Haiti

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

Dear friends,

Tomorrow, January 22, we will unite as a Marianist family to commemorate the death of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. The feasts of our founders are a time for gratitude for their lives, and gratitude for the rich heritage left to us. It is also an acknowledgment of our deep Catholic faith and certainty in the communion of saints. As our own family, friends, and mentors leave us to enter into eternal glory, we know that we are united with them in prayer and hope. They are truly with us as we pray, giving us confidence in the power of prayer across the miles and across eternity.

This year, our thoughts and prayers are certainly with our sisters and brothers in Haiti. I have begun a separate PRAYER page on this Blog. The link is at the top. I’ve posted a prayer from my own MLC, Our Lady of the Round Table (OLRT). We are a cyber-MLC community that gathers each day from around the world to share our lectio prayers and reflections via email. The Prayer for Haiti is a composite of some of the prayers we have been offering these past days. I invite you to add your own prayers to the post.

Blessed Chaminade and all you Marianists saints…..pray for us!

SM Emails from Haiti


Brother Michael McAward has chronicled the email correspondence from Fr. Florian Royer-Chabot (Canada) and Br. Hervé Guillo du Bodan (France) from Haiti. The letters share the personal experiences of our brothers during the earthquake, the sadness of their departures, and their on-going efforts to maintain contact with our Marianist family in Haiti. This 2nd special edition of Via Latina is available at in three languages:




Haiti News – 17-01-2010

Dear friends,

I’m re-posting a comment that our friend in Rome, Charli, wrote below…

According to the very new phone call that the youngest Hervé’s sister received and transmited to us, they are in Pointe à Pitre (Guadeloupe, French Antilles), in a hostel.
They are supposed to arrive in Paris on monday, Jan. 18, morning (French time).
They = Hervé, SM, France ; Stanislas, SM, Togo ; Agnès Dumas – Bonkoungou, Haïti-France, CLM). I haven’t any recent news abour Florian (SM, Canada) but he is in good health and he is supposed to go to Canada. Wesly (CLM Responsible, Haïti), is in good health, as you know. Chevalier and Jean-Eddy (SM, Haïti) had gone to their families to confort them. It is the same for novices and prenovices. The other four scholastics from Haïti are currently studying in Abidjan. Eugène Côté has arrived, as it was expected, in Abidjan. One of the scholastics has no news about his family.
Let’s keep on praying, supporting all these poor Haiti persons in such a drama.
Thanks to everybody.

We thank God for the safety of our SM Brothers and Agnès Dumas. (The CLM, founded by Agnès, were the first Marianist presence in Haiti.) We will do all that we can to maintain contact with our lay Marianists in Haiti, and will share all news as it becomes available. I invite you to post any messages or news on this blog, or to email me at

Today’s gospel is the Wedding at Cana….a gospel dear to all Marianist hearts. We put our trust in Jesus. May He guide all leaders, aid workers, survivors, and generous souls around the world to work together to transform the devastation into new life. And may each of us follow Mary’s call to “do whatever He tells you.”

SM News from Haiti

Curia Generalizia Marianisti

Via Latina 22


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Grâce à plusieurs messages sms, nous savons que nos frères sont tous en bonne santé mais la situation à Port-au-Prince est très éprouvante. Le Prénoviciat est totalement détruit et le noviciat inhabitable. Il faut vivre et dormir dehors. Les répliques des secousses continuent. Les secours s’organisent très difficilement.

Après discernement nos frères ont décidé de faire rentrer en famille les pré-novices, les novices et les deux profès temporaires haïtiens présents au pays (Eddy et Chevalier). Il y a dans leurs familles plusieurs blessés ou même des personnes décédées.

Les formateurs rentrent aussi dans leur pays pour un temps de repos et de reprise : Florian Royer-Chabot au Canada, Stanislas Limdeyou en France puis au Togo (si le trajet lui est accordé jusque là) et Hervé Guillo du Bodan en France. Ces deux derniers devraient être à Paris samedi vers la fin de journée.

Le Père Gustave Lamontagne qui était venu pour un séjour de deux mois en Haïti demeure à St-Louis-du-Sud où il se trouvait au moment du tremblement de terre.

Prions pour nos frères, prions pour nos candidats, prions pour le futur de notre fondation en Haïti, rendons grâce aussi pour la protection accordée. Prions bien-sûr pour tout le peuple d’Haïti et invitons à la générosité pour l’aider à se relever. Faisons monter intensément cette intention en ce temps de célébration de nos Fondateurs, tout spécialement ce 22 janvier, fête du Bienheureux Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade.



Thanks to several SMS messages, we know that all our Brothers are in good health, but the situation in Port-au-Prince is very difficult.  The Prenovitiate house is totally destroyed and the Novitiate uninhabitable.  They must sleep outdoors.  The aftershocks continue.  Emergency services are being organized, but with great difficulty.

After careful discernment, our Brothers decided to send the pre-novices, the novices and the two Haitian temporary professed in the country (Bros. Eddy and Chevalier) home to their families.  In their families there are several injured and even some dead.

The formators are returning to their own countries for a time of rest and for restoration of their strength:  Father Florian Royer-Chabot to Canada, Brothers Stanislas Limdeyou to France and then to Togo (if he can get there) and Hervé Guillo du Bodan to France.  The two latter should be in Paris Saturday by the end of the day.

Father Gustave Lamontagne, who had gone for a two-month stay in Haiti, is remaining at St-Louis-du-Sud where he was at the time of the earthquake.

Let us pray for our Brothers, for our candidates, for the future of our foundation in Haiti, and let us be thankful for the protection they have already received.  Let us pray also, of course, for the people of Haiti and invite the generosity of others to help them recover.  Let us put that intention foremost in our prayers at this time of celebration of our Founders, especially on January 22, the feast of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.



Gracias a varios mensajes sms sabemos que nuestros hermanos están bien, pero la situación en Puerto Príncipe es desastrosa. El Prenoviciado está totalmente destruido y el Noviciado ha quedado inhabitable. Hay que vivir y dormir en las calles. Se siguen produciendo réplicas del terremoto. La organización de las ayudas está resultando muy difícil.

Tras considerar atentamente la situación, nuestros hermanos han decidido que los prenovicios, los novicios y los dos profesos temporales haitianos que están en el país (Eddy et Chevalier) vayan con sus familias. Entre sus familiares hay varios heridos o muertos.

Los formadores van a volver también a sus respectivos países para pasar un tiempo de descanso y recuperación: Florian Royer-Chabot a Canadá, Stanislas Limdeyou a Francia y después a Togo (si consigue un pasaje hasta allí) y Hervé Guillo du Bodan a Francia. Estos dos últimos posiblemente llegarán a París el sábado por la tarde.

El Padre Gustave Lamontagne, que había ido a pasar dos meses en Haití, se queda por el momento en St-Louis-du-Sud, en donde se encontraba en el momento del terremoto.

Recemos por nuestros hermanos y por nuestros candidatos, recemos por el futuro de nuestra fundación en Haití, demos gracias también por la protección que les ha salvado. Y, por supuesto, recemos por todo el pueblo de Haití. Hacemos un llamamiento a la generosidad de todos para ayudar a su reconstrucción. Tengamos presente esta intención de manera muy particular en este tiempo de celebración de nuestros Fundadores, especialmente el próximo día 22 de enero, fiesta del Beato P. Guillermo-José Chaminade.

Message from Wesly in Haiti

Wesly Etienne, CLM Haiti (National Responsible)

Wesly Etienne, CLM Haiti (National Responsible)

Susan Vogt shares the following message she just received from Wesly Etienne, CLM National Reponsible for Haiti and delegate to our Nairobi meeting. He thanks us for our concern and prayers. He appears to be unhurt. It is still too soon to evaluate the number of vistims, only that it is severe. He joins us in prayer

Chere Susan

Je te dis un grand merci pour les mots de reconforts,Port au prince est ravage par un seisme c’est un coup dur pour Haiti,jusqu’a present on peut pas evaluer la quantite des victimes. La maison des frere est brisee(le prenovicia).Unions de priere ma soeur.


Donations for Haiti Relief

The Marianist Lay Network of North America (MLNNA) has made their online donation site available for donations for Haiti Relief. A specific PROGRAM DESIGNATION is assigned for HAITI HURRICANE RELIEF.

The CLM of Haiti are members of the MLNNA. The International Organization of MLC fully endorses this effort of the MLNNA and thanks AJ Wagner (MLNNA President) and Susan Vogt (Regional Responsible North America, Asia) for making this possible. All money received will be transferred to our Marianist Family in Haiti via the Society of Mary and CLM in Québec, Canada.

Here are instructions for online donations EN ESPAÑOL and EN FRANÇAIS.

(Thank you to Ana Blazquez Ubach and Charles-Henri Moulin for the translation help.)

Haiti Earthquake

Image from BBC web-site

Image from BBC web-site

We woke up today to hear of the devastating effects of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti. News from our Marianist family spread quickly via emails. Bro. Charles-Henri in Rome was able to speak directly to Brother Hérve in Haiti. This was a miracle in itself, considering the bad state of communications on the island. As this news was being shared, Bro. Michael McAward was busy preparing a special news announcement from the Society of Mary which incorporated these updates. It is available in English Español and Francais.

Susan Vogt (MLC Regional Responsible for North America and Asia) and AJ Wagner (MLNNA President) worked quickly to make the MLNNA Online Donations site available for Haiti donations. There is a drop-down menu at PROGRAM DESIGNATION where you can choose HAITI EARTHQUAKE RELIEF. You can also go through the MLNNA web-site and click on the DONATIONS button.

We will all be following the news carefully in the coming days, and I will try to share any updates with you on this blog. Meanwhile, let us join in prayer with Mary and all our saints in heaven for our sisters and brothers in Haiti. May our loving God look kindly on their horrific suffering and bring them peace in the midst of despair. And, may generous hearts around the world become the hands of God to bring them the necessary relief and aid. Amen.

Global Greetings!

global mailMarianists are great letter writers! I found this out early in my relationship with our local Marianist Brothers. Our dear mentor and friend, Raymond Roussin, faithfully sent holiday and birthday greetings to us all for many years. My home MLC in Winnipeg has its own “Minister of Feast Days”, Valerie Bergeron. A birthday or anniversary does not go by without a card in the post box from Val. (And that includes all our five children!) In my cyber-MLC, Our Lady of the Round Table, Susan Buckley holds this valued position reminding us all when a member’s special day is arriving.

Of course, now I know how deeply rooted letter-writing is in our Marianist story. Through regular correspondence, friendships and communities are maintained and strengthened when miles separate us. Each time we send a warm greeting, share news, and support each other with written words, we follow in the tradition of Blessed Chaminade, Mother Adèle, Marie Thérèse, and all who helped to found and build our Marianist family around the world.

I have always been a lazy letter writer. If a letter has to be written, or a parcel sent, it will sit on my desk for weeks. I stopped sending Christmas cards in 1991, the year that Gracie was born. Taking care of five children under the age of nine left us no energy or time. The internet was a real communication gift for me. A few moments snatched at the computer allowed me to send and receive emails from old friends. And, my Marianist connections began weaving around the world.

It is easy to begin a debate on “snail mail” vs. email. I treasure both. This Christmas I was blessed with wonderful cards picked up at our post office. Envelopes adorned with richly decorated Christmas stamps from around the world. What a long and surprising journey they had before arriving in our frozen prairie town! Hand-made cards, photos, and written messages reflected the loving care of the sender.

My own Christmas card was a simple email greeting sent out to our Marianist family. But what a surprising gift this simple greeting became! All through Christmas and the days following, my Blackberry kept beeping with messages and prayers from around the world. What joy this gave me! Personal greetings were returned with an assurance of prayers for our mission as lay Marianists in the coming year. The emails came in diverse languages, and from all branches within our family. To all who sent them….thank you….mérci….gracias….grazie!

Personal and communal correspondence is not only vital to our mission as a global, spiritual family. It is grounded in our charism. On January 10th, we’ll be celebrating the birth into eternal life of Venerable Adéle de Batz de Trenquelléon, founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate. She is a source of inspiration and a model for me in my Marianist work. She, too, was geographically distanced yet was able to form spiritual friendships across the miles through her letters.

May the example and prayers of all our Marianist saints guide us in this New Year, and inspire us to reach out across the miles in friendship and family spirit!