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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Zaragoza Community Renew Consecrations

Nov. 6, 2011

Korean Lay Marianists of the Zaragoza Community renew their Consecration to Mary.

In Alliance with Mary

4.1. We recognize the mission of Mary in the history of salvation. In Mary, God shows us a way to be present in the world. Sensitive to the needs of humankind, we want to fulfill her command: "Do whatever He tells you." (Jn 2:5)

4.2. Our mission is inspired by Mary's attitudes of listening to the Word of God, openness to the Spirit of God who guides us to prophetic action, availability to the will of God, simplicity and fidelity. United with her in her Magnificat, we want to be witnesses in the world to God's preferential love for the poor.

4.3. Consecration to Mary within the Marianist Family witnesses our commitment, in union with her, to make Christ present in the world. (In Alliance With Mary)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Eightieth Birthday Celebration

Nov. 4, 2011

Woo Im Soon (Agnes), a member of the MLC Bordeaux Community celebrates her 80th birthday on November 4, 2011. She has been a member of the Bordeaux Community since 1987. The Bordeaux Community was the first of many MLC groups in Korea. Her birthday was celebrated after Mass.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Marianist Lay Community Chapter

Dec. 10, 2011

One of the discussion groups at the 6th Korean MLC General Assembly on December 10, 2011.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Family of Mary Korea-Japan

Oct. 12, 2012

Vietnam Sisters of the province of Japan offer a song at the celebration of the World Day of Prayer 2012

The North East Asian Council of the Family of Mary (NEACFM) met in Tokyo from October 12-14, 2012. Council members from all branches in Japan and Korea attended the meeting.

In the 2007 NEACFM meeting it was decided that every two years an invitation would be extended to all council members from each branch to meet for the World Day of Prayer. As a result, the World Day of Prayer was observed.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mary's Evening at Regional Center

May 19, 2012

Celebration of Mary's Evening in the basement of the Regional Church in Progress at Goyang City.

This photo is of the Second Reading at the Mass.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Marianist Sisters in India

FMI foundation in India

Dec. 2, 2006

Srs. Marie Joëlle Bec, superior general in Rome, Franca Zonta (Italy), Juliana Hong (Korea), Columba Yu (Korea) and Teresa Ferre (Spain). I assume the Photograph was taken by Sister Laura Lemming. NOTE: The Korean Sisters arrived a day later.

The founding Sisters arrived in Delhi and continued to Ranchi.

In Ranchi, before claiming our luggage, we saw a hand greeting us. It was Sr. Laura Leming, our Sister from the United States, who came from Bangalore to Ranchi to welcome us...  She returns to the United States on December 12.

With Sister Laura were two Brothers who offered us leis; one for Sr. Teresa, one for Sr. Marie Joëlle, and one for me (Sr. Franca Zonta from Italy) as a welcome from the Marianist Sisters of Ranchi.

Our new residence was the house of the Ursuline Sisters who gave us a marvelous welcome..(Edited: Newsletter #1 from the Ranchi Community, December 6, 2006.)

195th Anniversary of FMI

May 25, 2011

May 25, 2011, the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, marked the 195 anniversary of the foundation of the Daughters of Mary (FMI) and also a major historical event for the life of the FMI’s mission to India: the pronouncement of first vows by Renna Kerketta and Chameli Tiru as Daughters of Mary Immaculate. Both Daughters had many members of their families present, along with other friends from their villages and from their apostolic activities where they had served.

At 7:30 PM people began to move towards the chapel to be seated for the arrival of the procession that included tribal dancers, the soon-to-be professed Sisters, and he con-celebrants.

Father Iggie’s homily touched on the historical importance of the day for the Indian Family of Mary, stressing how happy a family feels when its membership is finally complete as it had on this day of vows of these two Indian sisters.

Father also paid tribute to the four Marianist Sisters who laid the foundation for this important day: Sisters Franca Zonta, Teresa Ferre, Juliana Hong, and Columba Yu, pioneers from 2006 when their first community was established.

An Indian vow day would not be complete without a formal program of songs, skits, and dances. For the most part the FMI novices and pre-novices provided the very creative presentations in all three of the above.

Traditional dancing, essential at any tribal gathering, rounded off this historical day.Chronical of May 25th edited.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012

50th Anniversary Video

Oct. 7, 2010

Bros. John Haster, Dennis Schmitz, and Bill Bolts of the former Pacific Province and Daughters of Mary Sisters joined in.

To stop the video close the TAB above.

Marianist YouTube

Marianist Sisters are now a Province

May 17, 2012

On this date the Marianist Daughters of Mary celebrated the 33rd anniversary of their presence in Korea. The Sisters also celebrated the newly acquired status of Province from their General Administration. They are now the Marianist Province of Korea. (see Sr. Ohori & Sr.Teresa Lee from Japan also attend the celebration.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

The New Evangelists

Video from the Marianist Province of Meribah: Qualities of the New Evangelist

Korea MLC 25th Anniversary

MLC groups are canonical

Brother Vianney Ahn considers January,1972 as the starting date for lay Family of Mary groups (Sodality). Many such informal groups existed in Korea from 1972 to 1982. the final meeting of such a group was the Catholic Lay Community (CLC) with Fr. Augustine Song as moderator. Fr. Song's group held a retreat on October 8, 1982. More information is available in my document My Time in Korea, December 23, 2001.

Marianist Lay Communities "are a canonically recognized private association of the faithful in the Catholic Church. We gather in mission with Mary as our model and guide to bring Jesus into a world in need of justice and peace. Our favored means is by forming communities of faith-filled women and men. Our communities are in permanent mission for the needs of the Church and the world."

Korea MLC 25 Anniversary Mass and celebrations

Aug. 8, 2012 Incheon

In 1987 the first Canonical Korean Marianist Lay Community was formed. This first group took the name "Bordeaux" after the city where Fr. Chaminade joined the underground Church during the French Revolution (1789-1799). A 25th year celebration of these groups was held in Incheon on August 8, 2012.

Preparing for the bazaar

Preparing for the Mass

Mass in progress

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Foundation Day 2012

October 2, 2012

Fr. Francis Chang is celebrant on Foundation Day festivities.

Some words during dinner.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Region Center Belfry

Oct. 8, 2012

This blue structure is a puzzle. Actually it is a bell tower with a great view of the surroundings.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Goyang City

Sept. 17, 2011

Entrance to Regional Complex showing part of Goyang City.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Susan and Jim Vogt

Sept. 4, 2011

Susan Vogt is the MLC Regional Responsible for North America, Asia, Australia and Ireland she also publishes Gifts and Tasks, a monthly e-newsletter for Marianist Lay Communities in her Region. Gifts and Tasks also includes news from the world-wide Marianist Family.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Sprinkling at Ground Breaking

Sept. 4, 2011

Regional Superior Fr. Paschal Lee sprinkles attendees with holy water. After that Fr. Pascal sprinkles the surroundings.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Marianist Sisters at Ground Breaking

Sept. 4, 2011

Daughters of Mary (Marianist Sisters) attending the Regional Center ground breaking.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Sept. 4, 2011

Attendees at the Mass to celebrate ground breaking for the Regional Center.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Foundation Day 2012 Bangalore

Oct. 14, 2012

As part of the celebration of Foundation Day (Society of Mary Foundation October 14th) the scholasticate held an Evening Prayer Liturgy for the Marianist communities in Bangalore, the Deepahalli communities, the MLC, the parish clergy, and the neighboring communities of religious men and women. The Liturgy was followed by dinner. More pictures at

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Korean Regional Center in Progress


November 3, 2011

The foundation is ready for two buildings. On the left there will be a church with 2 basements. There is a place for parking in the basement.

On the right is a small platform for the Community House. The house will have only one basement.

Progress of the Church

December 7, 2011

Basement 1 and Basement 2 under construction.

February 14, 2012

Working on the first floor

September 9, 2012

Progress of the Community House (수도원동)

March 5, 2012

To the left there is no basement, the right lower level is for a basement.

April 17, 2012

View Community House from the top of the Church

September 9, 2012

Overall view of the Church and Community House. Church on the left, Community House on the right.