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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Marian Alliance

by Michelle Héraud (edited)

When Father Chaminade first founded the Sodality at Bordeaux, France, in the early 1800's religious orders were banned in the country. Not until the French Restoration could the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary be officially born. As early as 1808, however, a few members of the Bordeaux congregation vowed privately to live a religious state in the world. In effect it filled the notion of a secular institute long before the concept actually came into official existence.

In the early 1960s, a group of young Marianist affiliates from France, who shared the will to dedicate their lives to God by taking vows while living in the world, got together and founded the L'Alliance Mariale.

Today the Alliance is self-governed, with a General Directress for a five-year term, assisted by a Council of four elected members. The Directress and the Council have a Priest Advisor, who must be a Marianist chosen jointly by his Provincial and by the Council itself. As a Marianist priest, he is a witness to the founder's charism, and, serves as a token of the ties that bind the organization together with the Marianist Family.

The current General Directress is noted on the Alliance Home Page.

NOTE:The charism that inspired the World Marianist Family today animates the four branches Society of Mary (SM), Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI), Alliance Mariale (AM), and Marianist Lay Communities (MLC).

The members of the Alliance are found in France, Switzerland, Chile, and lately in Africa. No common institutional mission is assigned to members of the Alliance Mariale. Each one lives out her mission in her own professional and family sphere, but always in accordance with her alliance with Mary and the Marianist charism.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Chaminade Beatification

The beatification took place on September 3 2000. Sixty five Marianists including Lay Marianists were present. The two photos below were taken from The Marianists in Korea 50 Years page 300. At the podium is Superior General David Fleming. The color photo was found by a Google Image search for "Beatification Chaminade"

Monday, August 20, 2012

International MLC Meeting

"August 23, 2012

Feast Day of St. Rose of Lima

Dear Marianist Family,

On this Feast Day of St. Rose of Lima, it gives us great pleasure to announce the 6th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities will be held in Lima, Peru from January 26 to February 2, 2014.

The Marianist Lay Communities in Peru have graciously accepted the task of preparing the site for this next meeting. Isabel Duarte Quapper (Regional Responsable for Latin America) will be coordinating their efforts. We thank Isabel and our sisters and brothers in Peru for their generous and faith-filled response to this challenge."
(IMLC website.)


Isabella R. Moyer (MLC President)
Isabel Duarte Quapper (Regional Responsible Latin America)
Félix Arqueros Pérez (Regional Responsible Europe)
Susan Vogt (Regional Responsible North America, Asia, Australia, Ireland)
Ernest Kasongo (Regional Responsible Africa)

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Korean's China Mission

After the Mass of sending: Bro. Stephen Lee (이영재) just left of center; Bro. John Woo (우비호) center; Fr. Timothy Kim just right of center.

At the March 3-17 2001 visitation to Korea of General Fr. David Fleming and Japan Provincial Fr. Louis Shimizu and the Koreans considered a Marianist Foundation in Asia.

A hint about this foundation was given in a sermon by Provincial John Russi at the Mass of Christian Burial for Bro. John O'Donnell on September 12, 2001 at the Marianist Center Chapel. (PAC Sept 15 2001): Provincial Fr. John Russi gave the homily which touched on a possible foundation in China:

"Just recently, our Society had its General Chapter in Rome. As we were looking toward the future, one of the areas that we saw as being very important for the future of the Church and the mission of Mary, is for the Society of Mary to expand in places where the gospel is not preached and not well known. And so we are looking into China, Eastern Europe, Cuba, India, Africa, Mexico and elsewhere..."

Years later China was chosen for the Asian foundation. At last on August 15 2004 a Missionary Blessing Mass was held for Bro. Stephen Lee (이영재) and Bro. John Woo (우비호) who were to implant the Order in China.

ACEMS August 2011 Seminar

"From August 8-20 2011, an all-Asia Marianist seminar was held under the auspices of ACEMS (the Asian Center of Marianist Studies) on the Deepahalli campus at Bangalore, India. ACEMS was founded in 2008 by the SM zonal conference of Asia, with encouragement from the General Administration."

"For the first time in history, religious and lay Marianists, men and women, from all countries of Asia, were invited to come together to become better acquainted with Marianist themes, as well as pray and reflect on them."

"There were 35 participants sent by the leadership councils of each Asian branch of the Marianist family:

Daughters of Mary Immaculate

5 from Korea, 3 from Japan. and 1 from India, One sister from Japan was of Vietnamese origin.

Society of Mary

6 from Korea, 4 from Japan, 9 from India, 2 from the USA, and 2 from the Philippines. Three of the brothers from Korea have lived in China. and one of those from India works in Nepal.

Marianist Lay Communities

1 from Korea and l from India.

Five additional participants and resource persons"

"The participants tirelessly served as simultaneous translators, allowing everyone to be able to express themselves freely in Japanese, Korean or English."

"Resource-persons and speakers included the team of Marianist - Bro. Ray Fitz, Bro. Tom Giardino, Fr. Dave Fleming, and Mr. Savio Franco (MLC-Bangalore); assisted by Fr. Jacop Parappally (MSFS), Fr. Ambrose Pinto (SJ) and Fr. Emmanuel Uppamthadathil (MSFS). Bro Jack Ventura, SM, Executive Director-Designate of the ICMF was also present."(Via Latina #208 - November 2011)

Friday, August 17, 2012

Independent Region of Korea 2005

District Fortieth Anniversary

On Thursday May 25 2000 the Korean District appointed Bro. Matthew Woo (우상선 미태오) as Dependent Regional Superior. At the celebration Bro. Peter Shin was to be honored for 25 years of Marianist life.

Concurrently the Provincial visit took place from May 22nd to June 4th. The provincial visitors were Fr. John Russi, Assistant Provincial Gary Morris and Temporalities Assistant Bro. John Haster. Everyone gathered to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Marianist presence in Korea...

Independent Region

On May 15 2005, The District of Korea became the independent Region of Korea. This event was solemnized at a Mass with the presence of US Bro. Provincial Stephen Glodek, US Assistant Fr. John Russi, Fr. Eugen Mensdorff-Pouilly of Austria, the Regional Superior of Japan and US Bro. Dennis Schmitz.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ordinary of Seoul Archdiocese

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk was born on Dec. 7, 1931 in Seoul. He was ordained a priest on March 18, 1961, and appointed Bishop of Cheongju on June 25, 1970. The episcopal ordination was on Oct. 3, 1970. He has been appointed Archbishop of Seoul since May 30, 1998. His installation was on June 29, 1998. He was also appointed Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang Diocese on June 6, 1998. Pope Benedict XVI elevated him to the rank of cardinal on March 24, 2006....

Previous Ordinaries

Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan, LL.D., D.D.(1968-1998)
Bishop Victorinus Youn Kong-hi (apostolic administrator), S.T.D., D.D. (1967-1968)
Archbishop Paul Ro Ki-nam, D.D. (1942-1967)
Bishop Adrien Larribeau, M.E.P., D.D. (1933-1942)

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chaminade House

Retreat Center Renovation

On October 2nd 1984 the Chaminade Retreat Center was completed. As time went on many changes were made in the mission of the House. Following the dictum of Father Chaminade, It was decided that a renovation was needed more fitting to the new “Signs of the Times”. The Korean Retreat Center would be remodeled as a Senior Center called “Chaminade House”. (노인전문요양원)

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Initial remodeling began on September 1st 2005 ending March 29th 2006. Further changes were needed to construct the building as a Senior Center. A ground breaking ceremony was opened by a talk by Regional Superior Fr. Timothy Kim.

Blessing of Chaminade House

On Nov 29 2007 Bishop of Incheon Boniface Choi presided at the blessing of the Chaminade House. By this time other buildings on the property such as a new community house had been completed.

Bishop Boniface Choi

Bishop Boniface Choi was ordained a priest on Dec. 6, 1975 and appointed as Coadjutor Bishop of Incheon on Oct. 29, 1999. He was installed as Bishop of Incheon on April 25, 2002 on the same day that Bishop McNaughton resigned.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Final Olympic Medals

LONDON (Yonhap News) ― At this year’s Summer Olympics, which wrapped up Sunday (August 5 2012), South Korea finished in fifth place with 13 gold medals ...easily meeting its stated goal of finishing in the top-10 with at least 10 golds. Gold medals came from seven different sports, led by three each from archery and shooting.... (The Korean Herald August 8 2012)