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03/12/2012: United States


Marist Young Adult Program
 November 2012

Hello Marist Young Adults!Chair


During the past month, many in our Marist family have faced challenges. Hurricane Sandy caused much destruction and disruption. With devices in each hand that we are rarely separated from, the power outages left many feeling disconnected, uneasy and even scared. However, in the midst of the darkness, with no light glowing from our televisions, computers and phones, the kindness of others shone brightly! There were many opportunities to be negative or depressed but facing these hardships were easier because of the love shared by many in our communities.


Our Marist community was no different. I was struck by how many of you posted on facebook that you were heading to the affected areas to offer help. Some of you participated in or organized relief efforts in your areas and others gathered things to be sent to those in need. It is amazing how you made Jesus known and loved just by the love and prayers that you sent to others.


Look for more opportunities to be of service to those in need and to be a light in the darkness.   We will be having opportunities to gather in each region during Advent and  throughout the semester break! I also hope  that you will take advantage of our upcoming Online Advent Retreat. You can find the retreat videos on our website, www.MaristYoungAdult.com, or on our new Marist YAP app. available in Blackberry, iOS, and Android platforms.


As always, if you have any suggestions for an event or if you have any questions. please feel free to email me at Matt@MaristYoungAdult.com.







Matt Fallon


Chair, Marist Young Adult Advisory Committee











Throughout the month of November, Americans traditionally give thanks for the all that they have.  This awareness often encourages people to give generously to those who have less, but poverty exists all year long.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops have two websites that educate about poverty and offer suggested actions.  The website for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development,
www.povertyusa.org,  presents the facts about poverty in the United States while offering stories of hope.  The website for Catholic Relief Services,
poverty.org, addresses the causes of world-wide poverty while offering suggestions for using social media to raise awareness and an opportunity to sign up for action alerts.  To access the website for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, click on the icon above.  To visit the website for Catholic Relief Services, click on the image below. 


December 1st is World AIDS Day.  To mark that day, one.org has begun a campaign called "It starts with me" to develop awareness and to encourage people to sign a petition to make suport continued funding for global AIDS programs. To visit the website and sign the petition, click on the image above.
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Upcoming Events
December 2 - Advent Online Retreat - Week 1
December 2-4  - Sharing Our Call
December 9 - Advent Online Retreat - Week 2
                     Taize Prayer - Archbishop Molloy High School
December 16 - Advent Online Retreat - Week 3
December 18 - Service Day in Esopus
December 22 - Advent Day of Reflection - Esopus
December 23 - Advent Online Retreat - Week 4
Throughout the month of December, Ryan's Toy Round Up
January 6-7 - MYAAC Winter Meeting
January 7 - Peace Pole Dedication - Esopus
January 23 - New Year. New Semester College Chat
Opportunities for service are available in Esopus throughout the year.  To volunteer or to explore opportunies, contact Br. Owen Ormsby at boofms@gmail.com.
Please visit Marist Young Adults on facebook for event details and local service opportunities.    

All chats take place in the chat room at www.MaristYoungAdult.com.
DCMarist Young Adults throughout the country participated in a Day of Fasting to raise their awareness of hunger...Marist Young Adults in the Washington, DC area - Mike Bourie, a Central Catholi alum., and Kristen Laubacker, a Lourdes alum.,  met with Matt Fallon...New blogs have been posted by Danny Chomat, Stanley De La Cruz, Luis Ramos and Catherine Weening...Joe LoGiuidice, Joe Tavera and Caroline White have been organizing Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the New York area...Valerie Savino, Erin Sisk, Mike Power and Maria Acevedo will be offering reflections during the online Advent Retreat...The Marist Young Adult mobile app. has been  downloaded over 1100 times in its first month and was featured on the Marist Brothers international website, www.champagnat.org


PatsyHome Town:  Orland Park, IL
High School:  Marist High School - Chicago
College  Marquette Uviversity
Interests:  Playing piano, traveling, going to concerts and Blackhawks games, hanging out with friends, playing soccer and mission trips
Accomplishments:  First female Student Council President at Marist; Scholarship Recipient at Marquette
How did you get involved with Marist?
At Marist High School there were many things to get involved in.  I participated in Student Council all four years and served as president during my senior year.  I went on two mission trips to New Orleans, being a leader my second time there.  I was able to do local service through Marist Youth, serving sandwiches to the less fortunate.  I also played piano at school masses and for charity events.
Why are you still involved with the Marist community?
I am still involved with the Marist community because being Marist lasts for life.  The Marist community has impacted my life so much that it is something I cannot get  enough of.  The faculty, staff, brothers, teachers, coaches and students that I have met have taught me so many life lessons.  I have been blessed to experience things that many high school students don't have the opportunity to experience, such as service and a sense of family spirit.
How do you live out your Marist identity today?
Marist still lives within me.  "To make Jesus known and loved." is the motto I live by.  It is a guide to me to be respectful always, even to my enemies and to those different from me, and to treat others the way I want to be treated.  To me, one can make Jesus known and loved through something as simple as a smile.  Besides wearing my Marist Youth necklace and having my Marcellin pin on my backpack, I live out my Marist identity by being an agent of justice, love, respect, faith, and service.

For more information about events in the midwest or to suggest an activity, please contact Patsy at




myaThe Marist Young Adult Program invites interested young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 to further explore their Christian faith. Through spiritual, social and service activities, both online and in person, young adults can experience an alive and vibrant faith rooted in the Marist tradition.  Facebook Group:  Marist Young Adult

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