It is an exploratory committee of lay representatives associated with all four vowed Marist congregations.
It was set up to investigate ways in which lay Marists can serve one another.

Following the First National Conference of Marist Laity in New Orleans in November 2000, Father Ed Keel SM gathered some
interested Marist laity and religious from the four Marist congregations - the Marist Fathers (SM), the Marist Brothers (FMS), the
Marist Sisters (SM) and the Marist Missionary Sisters (SMSM) - in Framingham, Massachusetts. That group of two dozen people
decided to appoint a small group of lay Marists whose mandate included investigating ways that we laity could help one another.

Those present were responding to the more than 150 participants at New Orleans whose answer to the question on the final
evaluation form: (What help are you looking for in your life as a Marist?) were:

1. They wanted more communication and more collaboration
2. They wanted resource materials to assist them in implementing the Marist concept and to grow spiritually
3. They wanted ways to do Mary's work, to implement the Marist way.

The committee was instructed to consider such things as a possible web site, another national conference, the sharing of
information and printed materials, and the organizing of workshops. In general, the committee was charged with investigating how
to serve as a conduit for information and how to be of service to all lay Marists. To do all these many tasks and more, the small
original group of seven lay people need the support and help of many other lay Marists. There is a need for several subcommittees
to begin work on some of these tasks, and this work will demand the assistance of many more people. There is a need for YOU,
the Marist laity, to help.

A first committee was formed during the weekend of October 3-5, 2001 in Framingham
It ended its work by producing the 2004 Marist Laity Conference in Quincy, MA.
A new committee was formed during a week-end in Darien, IL on October 2005. Its first meeting was in October 2006
(see below)

Lay Marists would include any lay person following a Marist spirituality including - but not limited to - members of the
third order, Marist Associate Members, alumni, faculty, parishioners in Marist parishes, etc.

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This meeting gathered both Vowed and Lay Marists from all four branches of the family:
Sisters (SM), Fathers & Brs (SM), Missionnary Sisters (SMSM) and Brothers (FMS).
Its purpose was to decide whether or not the Family committee would continue to exist and what would be its mission.
At the end of the meeting, the following guidelines were accepted:
The MFLSC serves all Lay Marists. The purpose of the
Committee is to foster communication and collaboration through the sharing of resources and ideas, thus facilitating a greater
understanding and living of Marist Spirituality and furthering the Work of Mary.


This meeting was the first one of the new MFLSC, as established in Darien, IL, in October 2005.
Lay Marists from all four branches met for a week-end at the Marist House in Massachussets
to determine the short terms and long term goals of the committee.
A discussion on Marist Spirituality was led by a facilitator, Sr Joanne at the beginning of the week-end.
The Committee officers were elected and the following sub-committees were formed:
-finance and budget
-revision of the guidelines of the previous MFLSC
-work toward a formulation of Marist Spirituality for laity
-formation of leadership for Marist Laity (deferred until the guidelines have been revised)
-recruitment of new Lay Marists (deferred until later date)
-National Laity Conference (deferred until later date)


Report to follow...

To see the list of the current members of the re-formed MFLSC and of the
vowed laity contact persons,
click here

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Obviously, if we are to serve lay Marists, our first tasks must include contacting as many Marist laity as we can in order
to determine what are their needs, their wishes. The committee needs your input, your cooperation, your suggestions.  
Why not write to us with your ideas? We need all the help that we can get if we are to serve all the Marist lay groups.

Our object is to enable the various Marist lay groups to interact more easily and to share resources. This could be the
beginning of great things for Marist laity, and we seek, encourage and welcome the participation of all!
Click here to write to us

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