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2017 Marianist Lay Community of North America Continental Assembly

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Conference Overview

Join us for a weekend of inspiration, prayer, education and fun as we come together in community to share, support, challenge and celebrate our efforts to embody the Marianist Charism as Lay Marianists.

The Assembly is an opportunity to deepen your faith, listen faithfully to God’s call, connect (and re-connect) with Marianists of all ages and backgrounds, learn about Marianist communities and challenge ourselves to expand our collective impact as members of the Marianist Movement.

The words of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade call us to be Christians whose aim would be to live the Gospel in “the full exactness and vigor of its letter and spirit.” Speakers, workshops liturgies, and entertainment have been carefully chosen to help us form and be formed as we deepen our commitment to the Marianist Movement and prepare to say Yes, God again as we follow the example of Mary.

Conference Highlights:

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Thursday, July 13: Free Pre-Conference Session*

*Registration for Pre-Conference required

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Keynote Address:Saying "Yes" in an unfinished Universe. Keynote Speaker: Sister Ilia Delio, OSF is a Franciscan Sister of Washington, DC and American theologian specializing in the area of science and religion, with interests in evolution, physics and neuroscience and the import of these for theology.

Opening session and Mass with celebrant Fr. Marty Solma, SM

Friday, July 14

Keynote Speaker: Sister Simone Campbell, SSS has served as Executive Director of NETWORK since 2004. She is a religious leader, attorney and poet with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. In Washington, she lobbies on issues of economic justice, immigration reform, and healthcare. Around the country, she is a noted speaker and educator on these public policy issues.

Workshops/Breakout Sessions
  • Afternoon Tours of Marianist Sites
  • Staged reading of selections from the musical "Spectacle! The Marianist Story," directed by Michelle Hayford (THR) and David Sievers (MUS)

Saturday, July 15

Keynote Speaker: Bro. Ray Fitz, SM the Father Ferree Professor of Social Justice and former President of the University of Dayton will address how to say YES to “The Marianist Movement”.

Workshops/Breakout Sessions
  • Marianist Lay Keynote Speakers: Matt Dunn and Marg Van Herk
  • Evening Celebration Mass with Fr. Chris Wittmann, SM
  • Night Celebration of the Marianist Movement Banquet

Sunday, July 16

MLCNA Business Meeting: Next Steps for the Marianist Movement
Closing of Assembly

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Breakout Sessions

Please select your top 5 sessions to attend during the Assembly breakout sessions using the link below. This information is helpful so that we can do our best to accommodate interest with our space and timing constraints. We are not expecting attendees to pre-register for specific breakout sessions. You will be able to choose which to attend when you are at the conference as the sessions progress.

Breakout Sessions Survey

Optional Tours

Optional tours of local Marianist sites are listed below and are available on Friday, July 14, 12:30-3:30pm. Pre-registration is required. If interested, please select one of the tour options in the "Social Events and Extras" section of this registration.

Mt. St. John
  • Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC)
  • Prairie
  • Marianist Novitiate
Marian Library
Mission of Mary Farm

All members of the Marianist Family are welcome and encouraged to attend. Prepare to be engaged, challenged, and inspired to live as we are called: to be Christ’s hands, feet, and voice in today’s world.

Conference Registration Fees

To allow for flexibility and meet the varied needs of participants and families Registration fees, housing and meal options are separate. Please remember to select options for each. Also, while the Thursday, pre-conference is FREE, registration is required.

  • For a registrant, 39 years old or younger = $100
  • For a registrant, 40 years old or older = $150
  • Children 18 and under accompanying a conference attendee = free
  • Pre Conference with Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF = is sponsored by the Visitation Marianist State Community so there is no charge. Registration is required.

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