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Colin calendar:   2021

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Chavoin remembered

Foundress of the Marist Sisters, Jeanne-Marie Chavoin, was born on Aug 29, 1789. For more on this annivesrary click here                               [Aug 29]

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Cry of the Earth, Cry of the poor

The Australian Bishops' Conference has issued an important statement, 'Cry of the Poor, Cry of the Earth', for Social Justice Sunday, Aug 29, 2021.Click for : For Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor   |   Prayer Card     |     Video                               [Aug 28] 

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Myanmar solidarity

Eighty Australian religious gathered by Zoom on Aug 24 for an hour of prayer and reflection in solidarity with the people of Burma/Myanmar. Organised by Catholic Religious Australia, the session included sharings by Australian religious born in Myanmar and was led by CRA's president, Br Peter Carroll FMS. A moving reflection by Yangon's Cardinal Charles Maung Bo was read by Sr Geraldine Kearney SGS.

Images of the Zoom are pictured below.                             [Aug 25]

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Provincial Circular

The latest issue of the Provincial Circular is available at the Members' Page.                               [Aug 25] 

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Assumption Zoom

Once again, a Zoom session organised by Marist Laity Australia, gathered Marists from all Family branches from ten countries. Celebrating the Vigil of the Assumption the session was led by MLA's Andrew Dumas. Participants expressed their appreciation of the simple and prayerful format, and further Zoom gatherings are envisaged for the future.                                  [Aug 20]

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Marist Laity Australia

The August edition of MLA's e-Bulletin contains a range of articles on Marist events, spirituality and related themes. Go to the MLA website: click here.

Following the success of the recent Fourvière Zoom event, MLA is conducting a session on Sat, Aug 14 (7 pm EAT) to mark the Assumption solemnity. To register click here or for more information click here.                                [Aug 10]

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From Paris, the latest issue of Euroinfo reports on La Neylière re-opening and Fr Ray Chapman's planning for the 'Marist Camino', Marist Laity events and the annual Walsingham pilgrimage.  Click here or go the Members' Page.                                [Aug 10]

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O God, source of all goodness, who have shown us in Saint Mary a woman of faith
living by the power of the Cross, teach us, we pray,
by her example to live the gospel in changing times
and to respect and defend the human dignity of all in our land.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

 Collect of the Mass of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Aug 08.

Founder's birthday

Jean-Claude Colin, Founder of the Society of Mary, was born on Aug 07, 1790, in the Beaujolais district of France.

Two resources are available to celebrate the anniversary. Click: 'A liturgy to honour Jean-Claude Colin' and 'Remembering Jean-Claude Colin - a moment of prayer'. For more information about Jean-Claude Colin, go to the Colin website: click here.                                    [Aug 06]

Pictured below: The memorial cross erected in 1936 marking the site of the original Colin home on the slope of Crest in the hamlet of Barbery, Department of Rhône, France,   |   The nearby village of St Bonnet-le-Troncy where Jean-Claude Colin spent most of his boyhood.

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Name change for GCCM

Tomas Insua, executive director of the former Global Catholic Climate Movement, announces a change of name for the worldwide ecological organisation to Laudato Si' Movement. Tomas (pictured below with Pope Francis) comments: 'Together, with Laudato Si’ Animators, member organizations, Catholics across the globe and Church leaders, we rejoice in the blessings this movement has received during the past six years and are excited about what awaits us!'

For Laudato Si' Movement's (lengthy) video annoucng the name change click here.                          [Aug 04]

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Cause dossier in Rome

A significant milestone in the Cause for Beatification of Jean-Claude Colin was reached recently when dossiers supporting the process were delivered to the Vatican.

On Jul 27 Abbé Pierre Peyret, episcopal delegate for the causes of beatification and the canonisation in the diocese of Lyons, formally delivered the two boxes of documents, prepared by the diocesan authorities, for the Cause Jean Claude Colin, to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

From Rome, Fr Ben McKenna reports: 'Abbé Peyret then came to the General House where we enjoyed the gift of his presence, and the account of his work in regard to our Founder’s Cause.  He celebrated the Eucharist with and for us and met with our postulator, Fr Carlo Maria Schianchi, who will take up the work to be done with the Congregation after the normative August summer holidays.'                                 [Aug 03]

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Above:  Abbé Peyret delivers two boxes of Cause documents to the Vatican.   |   Abbé Peyret at the Marist General House with Frs Ben McKenna, Carlo-Maria Schianchi and Superior-General, Fr John Larsen, in front of the official icon of Fr Colin.   Below:  Abbé Peyret with Fr Juan-Carlos Piña.   |   ...with the community of Villa Santa Maria.   |    .... in the General Archives with Fr Carlo-Maria Schianchi who is both Archivist for the Society of Mary and postulator of the Cause of Jean-Claude Colin.
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Oceania News Bulletin

News from the Marist Oceania Province for July includes updates on the COVID situation in Fiji and on the Council of the Province. Click here or go to Members' Page.                                [Aug 01]

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SM Bulletin

This week's SM Bulletin from Rome announces the reappointment of Fr Albert Kabala as District Superior of the African Mission District, and reports on a significant step in the Beatification Cause of Jean-Claude Colin and on the ministry of Notre Dame de France, London, during pandemic times. Click here or go to the Members' Page.   

SM Bulletin and the Superior-General's monthly reflection will not be published during the Roman summer month of August.                           [Aug 01]

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