Happy Easter to all! I have a new Marianist friend here in Canada. Michael Chiuri is an SM Aspirant and has just spent his first winter in Winnipeg while waiting for a visa to the USA. He will join other aspirants in Dayton to begin his novitiate. Michael is originally from Kenya, and has studied and worked in California. He has just spent his first winter in Winnipeg. We have all teased him about his true exile experience! But, surviving a long, cold winter makes you appreciate the warmth and new life of spring – our traditional Easter symbols. We are still waiting for the buds to appear, but the snow is gone and we are rejoicing in the promise of warm days ahead and the bursts of color to come!
The work of the International Organisation of Marianist Lay Communities continues to keep our leadership team busy. We are finalizing our financial reports for 2009. It has been a bit more difficult during the transition time between the old and new leadership teams. But we hope to have it completed soon. In Nairobi, the assembly agreed to work together to encourage all countries to give annual dues for the work of the IO-MLC. And we, as a team, are committed to producing a regular annual report. Once we have this first report completed, the following reports should be much easier. Thank you to Iñaki Barrio (past European Responsible) for his continued help with our finances!
Our Regional Responsibles -Félix, Isabel, Ernest and Susan – continue to work hard within their regions sharing news, making connections, and forming strong relationships with national responsibles and others in our Marianist family. There is much work to do, and much to learn in the first year of their term….and they are all doing a super job.
Progress is being made slowly but steadily on our web site at www.clm-mlc.org. We want to first post the basic information on each of our countries. We also want to post more national news, resources, and links to projects. We need your help! Information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have just posted the information for the CLM Columbia at http://www.clm-mlc.org/Columbia.html . Gracias Diana!
The World Council of the Marianist Family (WCMF) has started a new initiative this year for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations. Responsibility for producing a reflection and prayer resource will rotate annually among our branches. The Society of Mary graciously agreed to produce the resources for this first year. Fr. Manuel Cortez was the author, and what a wonderful resource it is! The letter from the World Council explaining the initiative and the prayer resource can be found at www.clm-mlc.org on the home page for each language.
Work is also being done by the WCMF to produce resources for the Chaminade Year (beginning January 2011) to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Blessed Chaminade. Fr. André Fétis has been the moving force behind this work. A calendar of themes and resources for each month of the year is being finalized. We will soon be asking communities from each of our branches to produce the reflections and prayers for a specific month. Stay tuned!
There is lots of work, but the tasks are made lighter and more manageable by the prayerful support of our Marianist family. Thank you to all who sent warm and inspiring Easter greetings during this holy season. Your faith in our work gives us much energy. May the joy of the risen Jesus help us all to face our tasks with a radiant heart!