Dear Marist Family and Friends,
Below is the email I sent to Michel Macquet, coordinator of the WMLC (World Marist Laity Coordination) on
October 31st to report on events which occurred locally in Michigan and Florida last September as well as
celebrations for the anniversary of 150 years of presence of the Marists in the US. They occurred throughout the
year 2013 in Virginia, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, California and Louisiana.
Report from Angela Laesch: "The Marist Third Order (Laity) in Michigan met with Fr. Albert DiIanni on Saturday,
September 7, at St. Barnabas in Eastpointe, to celebrate the feast day of Mary's birthday. There were about 25
from the Detroit area. We celebrated Mass, prayed the rosary, had benediction and Fr. Al DiIanni, s.m. gave two
talks on Marist spirituality. Judy Ciarimataro, Basia and I gave brief sharing on "Who is Mary to Me." There was
lunch provided by the Marist Sisters and time for small group discussions. We also filled out a survey on follow up
actions to be taken. O yes, we sung "Happy Birthday" to Mary and had birthday cake. A couple of pictures were
taken by Sr. Constance."
Report from Sheila Barrett: On Saturday, September 21, took place "the South Florida Marist Way 7th annual
blessing of Children & Commitment Ceremony with renewed member consecration to the Most Holy and Blessed
Trinity through Our Lady. The program was the following:
I. Consecration prayer for our Children, born and unborn.
II. Father Perales receives new members.
III. Marist renew consecration.
IV. Picture follows
V. Simple reception outside at Mary's Grotto."
And the invitation stated: "Invite a friend. By "gracious choice" Mary "reinforces" our prayers by giving Marists her
name and spirit to use for our Holly Mother Church, our family needs and the urgent needs of our world family. If
you cannot attend, we will miss you! Wherever you are, unite your Marist consecration renewal to Mary in union
with Marists worldwide."
Report from Ann Brown (Arizona, Washington)
The Marist Parish in San Francisco, Notre Dame des Victoires, hosted a day of celebration in honor of the Marist
arrival in the USA 150 years ago. There were several talks in the afternoon by Marist Fathers sharing the
missionary experiences of the early Fathers who went to the South Pacific as missionaries. The day ended with
sharing stories of the over 100 years that the Marists have been in San Francisco and a wonderful dinner. A
great addition to the gathering was a number of large very creative panels of pictures, news articles and writings of
the early days of NDV, both the church and school, decorated the room.
Report from Pete Huber (Georgie)
“The four active members of the Christ the Redeemer Marist Way Laity Community in Dawsonville Georgia
attended the 150th anniversary celebration of the Marists in the United States that took place at Sacred Heart
Basilica in downtown Atlanta. Sacred Heart was originally a Society of Mary-Marist parish. The Mass was attended
by approximately 200 guests, made up of Lay and Professed men and women from around the Southeast. Several
speakers, including the Provincial, told of the history of the Marist in this country, including Atlanta. It was followed
by a wonderful reception held at the Church.”
Report from Fr Edwin Keel, S.M.
"We celebrated in the West Virginia region here in Wheeling on Monday May 13. We had a concelebrated Mass
at Good Shepherd Nursing Home. All West Virginia Marists were present. We invited Marist Laity members and
other friends of the Marists. The Mass was followed by a catered luncheon.
Here is a report on the celebration in Boston: On May 19th, Feast of Pentecost, Cardinal O’Malley and Provincial
Ted Keating SM joined Marists in Boston for the rededication of Our Lady of Victories Shrine. Parishioners and
other friends gathered for Mass and a reception to celebrate the Society of Mary’s 150th anniversary of arrival in
the United States. Marists have been serving at OLV since 1884.
Here is a report on the celebration in Tampa: “Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish in Tampa, Florida’s Ybor City,
with the guidance of pastor Roland Lajoie SM, made the commemoration of the Marists’ 150th Anniversary a
parish-wide celebration. Held on Sunday, September 8, 2013, the Feast of the Nativity of Mary.”
Here is a report on the celebration in Convent LA [about 50 miles West of New Orleans]: September 12, 2013
marked not only the Marist patronal feast of the Holy Name of Mary this year, but also a joyous and well attended
celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the Marists in the United States at St. Michael’s Church,
Convent, Louisiana, the very spot where they began their ministry in the U.S. in 1863. The Church was filled with
good friends of the Marists from all over the River Road on the Mississippi River in Convent and other parts of the
Baton Rouge and New Orleans areas [as well as from Houston TX].
In a beautifully planned Eucharist, the St. Peter Chanel School children’s choir sang an inspiring song dedicated to
St. Peter Chanel, the first martyr of the countries of Oceania in the Pacific and a Marist canonized Saint professed
in the earliest days of the Society. In honor of the occasion, Fr. Ted Keating SM, Marist Provincial, donated a
statue of St. Peter Chanel to the School.
The parish Bell Choir joined in the praise of Mary as did the Parish Choir. Fr. Keating presided and preached,
joined in concelebration by Frs. Vincent Dufresne and Frank Uter, the pastor and former pastor, respectively, of
the cluster of Churches on the River Road, as well as local diocesan clergy, and other Marists who came for the
occasion.The Eucharist was followed by a reception in the parish hall with food representing some of the finest
Cajun dishes from the area.The entire celebration was planned and organized by the lay people of the area led by
Jay Bienvenu and Martha Nosacka both very connected to Marist Laity of the U.S. Province. It appeared that much
of the communities of Convent, Paulina, Gramercy, and other towns had devoted time, food, and resources to the
planning. It had all the feeling of a rich and unexpected gift to the Marists in remembrance of more than century
and half of shared history there."