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08/07/2013: United States



Summer 2013

Issue No. 4 


Evangelization Dear Member of the Marist Family,

We are pleased to share with you the summer edition of our Marist Evangelization newsletter.  The current issue features our spring programs and includes a calendar for the 2013-2014 school year.

We are excited about the upcoming year and look forward to offering new services and programs as we continue to implement our Plan for Marist Evangelization.  If you have any suggestions or ideas, please feel free to contact us.

Thanks for your participation and support of our programs during the 2012-2013 academic year.   

Br. Steve Milan                                  Br. Dominick Pujia

Sharing Our Call 2:
Growing Deeper in Marist Spirituality


Kevin Ryan, Leatrice BradfordMyra Nolan and Chris Lesher walk the labyrinth while processing input from the first day of SOC 2.

Seventeen members of the Marist family gathered in Esopus from March 3rd-5th for Sharing Our Call 2.  The program, formerly known as Embracing Our Call, invites participants to explore Marist charism and spirituality more deeply.  Participants learned about  the spirituality of Champagnat and Mary and examined their own spirituality in light of the Marist Marks and the five characteristics of Marist education.  Presenters included Lindsay Irwin and  Brs. Ben Consigli and Don Bisson.  Prayer and processing were facilitated by Brs. Dan ORiordan, Owen Ormsby, and Steve Milan.  Participants included  Bobby Ringuette and Br. Jerry Dowsky from Central Catholic High School; Dan Ciocca  and Andy Chacon  from Christopher Columbus High School; Letty Davila, Leatrice Bradford and Melissa Valadez from St. Joseph Academy, Myra Nolan and Sr. Joan Whittle, OP from Mount St. Michael Academy;  Shannon Winters from Archbishop Molloy High School; Olivia Olsen from Marist High School - Bayonne; Chris Lesher from Marist High School - Chicago; Jo Patrone and Kathie Douglass  from Roselle Catholic High School; Kevin Ryan, Champagnat Hall volunteer and Brs. Jim McKnight and Norbert Rodrigue. The next session of Sharing Our Call 2 is scheduled for March 2nd-4th, 2014.

Marist Evangelization Advisory Board:
Advancing the Plan for Joint Formation


Adam Wouk (C) shares his thoughts with he Marist  Evangelization Advisory Board. Also pictured are board members  Vinny Caramele (L)and Richard Karsten (R).

The Marist Evangelization Advisory Board met in Esopus, NY on April 20th to continue to advance the province plan for Marist Evangelization.  The group reviewed strides made in the four target areas identified during the summer meeting:  spiritual programs and workshops, formal association, local faith sharing groups and online resources.  The board was joined by younger faculty members Tim Hagan, Fernando Portilla, Mike Power and Adam Wouk who shared their dreams for the future of Marist life in the United States.  The conversation helped the board to set goals for the 2013-2014 academic year.  These goals include increased use of the microsite, the creation of a Sharing Our Mission for alumni and development directors, the scheduling of a Sharing Our Call for those not working in a school, ongoing formation for newly hired staff and the development of the Marks of a Lay Marist.

The board is made up of Jeanne Burns, Vinny Caramele, Matt Fallon, Lindsay Irwin, Richard Karsten, Valerie Savino and Brs. Owen Ormsby  and Dan ORiordan. The next meeting of the advisory board will be  on August 17th.


MYAMarist Young Adults Connect Virtually and in Person


Participants share prayer at "Is There L.I.F.E after High School?" in Miami.

The spring semester was a busy one for the Marist Young Adult community.  The program continued to offer service, spiritual and social events to help those 18 to 30 years of age grow as Marist Christians.  Activities took place both online and in real time and ranged from monthly days of reflection and service opportunities to an online Lenten retreat and online chats.  Events to welcome recent high school graduates are planned for the summer.

The Marist Young Adult Program continues to publish a monthly newsletter, and provides social networking through facebook, LinkedIn, and twitter, and maintains a website and mobile app.


MYMarist Youth Encounter Christ

David Nikac
portrays a clown who gives everything away at the February Encounter.

Over 100 young people from Roselle Catholic High School, Marist High School - Bayonne, St. Joseph Regional High School, St. Marys High School, Archbishop Molloy High School, Bishop Donahue High School and Mount St. Michael Academy gathered in Esopus for the February and March Encounters. The participants built community, learned more about their Marist family and deepened their relationship with Christ through witness talks, small group discussions, group games, and communal and shared prayer.  As a follow-up to the retreats, the encounterites engaged in local prayer gatherings and a regional Taize prayer.  Facebook groups were created to keep the groups connected and to offer mutual support.


MYMarist Youth Called to Lead for Life


Participants at the MYLC worked together on the "trolley" to learn teamwork.

Over seventy young people from Marist schools in Canada. Mexico and the United States gathered in Esopus, NY for the biennial Marist Youth Leadership Conference.  Participants learned about servant leadership through the use of games, social activities, presentations and small group activities.  Marcellin Champagnat. in the person of Luis Ramos, shared stories that shaped his leadership style.  Presenters and small group facilitators helped the students to discover the leadership style of Jesus.  The event concluded with each individual making a commitment to embody the Marist Marks and to "Lead for Life"


 Did You Know that...


Members of the St. Joseph Academy faculty and staff reflect on the story of Br. Hyppolytes jug during a gathering at the Marist Brothers residence.

...the Evangelization Office facilitated a faculty retreat at Marist High School - Chicago in April and a faculty meeting at St. Joseph Academy in May? ...school liaisons organized local gatherings as a follow-up to Sharing Our Call and will be hosting gatherings in preparation for the Marist International Assembly throughout the upcoming academic year? ...the Hermitage at the Marist Brothers Center in Esopus is available for individual retreats? ...campus ministers, religion teachers and the Marist Evangelization Office shared resources through a weekly e-mail via the Evangelization microsite? ...follow-up materials for the Sharing Our Call programs and resources to use with newly hired staff members are provided on the Evangelization microsite?



Province Retreat - July 15-18
Marist Leadership Institute - July 25-29
Marist Evangelization Advisory Board Meeting - August 17
Meeting of School Liaisons - September 22-24
Sharing Our Mission for Campus Ministers & Religion Staff - Oct. 6-7
LaValla Work Weekend - October 12-14
Marist Youth Encounter Christ - October 24-27
Sharing Our Call (Non-School) - November 1-3
Sharing Our Call - November 10-12
Online Advent Retreat - December 1-22
Sharing Our Mission for Alumni & Development Directors - Dec. 16-17
Marist Youth Encounter Christ - January 30 - February 2
Sharing Our Call 2 - March 2-4
Online Lenten Retreat - March 9 - April 20
Marist Youth Encounter Christ - March 27 -30
Marist Youth Gathering - May 23-26
Pilgrimage to Hermitage - July 25-31

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