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01/10/2014: United States


September 2014
Dear Fellow Marists,
Autumn has officially begun, and soon the visible changes of  the season will come. This year my coursework has given me a new appreciation of nature. If we observe nature, we can observe a magnificent example of a system with components full of purpose - a lot like life and the Church.


Fallen leaves are a "nuisance" to many. They are easily overlooked, unless you're picking them up! Do we ever take a moment to think that the beautiful leaves we see are dead? That took a dark turn, sorry! In all seriousness, however, these leaves still have a purpose! They can become great fertilizer, or be composted. We are also a part of nature. We regularly separate ourselves from it, but we need nature to survive! Why not think of ourselves as part of the "life community" instead of dominators of Earth?


What about young people? We can be overlooked as "inexperienced" or not "mature enough". Is that the truth? NO! Young people are essential to the Church today! In service and spreading the Gospel through our actions, we play a part in the work of the Church. 1 Timothy 4:12 reads "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." We are one part of the Body of Christ, with many pieces... all important.


Continually remember your purpose, and never stop discovering aspects of your call! You are important!


God bless you all, and keep living Marist!






Luis Ramos

Chair, Marist Young Adult Advisory Committee



P.S.  I hope you like the new format of our newsletter, the first "visible sign" of the changes taking place in our Marist Young Adult Program this year.  Coming soon is a new app., a new look to our website and a new campaign.

Oct. 1 - College Transitions Chat - Midterms
Oct. 4 - Hiking Retreat with Marist College
Oct. 11-13 - LaValla Work Weekend - Esopus, NY
Oct. 23-26 - Marist Youth Encounter Christ
                   Retreat within a Retreat - Esopus, NY
Oct. 25 - Retreat outside a Retreat - Esopus, NY
Nov. 2 - Hiking Retreat with Marist College
Nov. 23 - MYA National Day of Fasting
Nov. 26 - Chicago Regional Event
Nov. 30 - Online Advent Retreat Begins
Post Kayaking Dessert
Marist Young Adults in the New York and New Jersey area enjoyed a fun afternoon of building community while kayaking on the Hudson River...The first two College Transitions Chats were held in September and hosted by Luis Ramos and Danny Chomat.  The topics for the chats were adjustment and faith.  The final chat takes place on October 1st at 9 PM Eastern/8 PM Central...Numerous resources to ease the transition into
"got marist?" Nairobi style
college have been shared on the group's Facebook page...Mary Kate Luzzo and Sir Franklin Richards have joined the team of MYA bloggers to share about their experiences as first year college students...Marist Monday Challenges (MMC) continue via social media.  This month's theme for the MMC has been change, ending with a challenge to look at how to be a "New Marist in Mission"...MYA's in the United States followed the happenings at the second Marist International Mission Assembly through regular posts on social media and through the event's blog ..Throwback Thursday this month had MYA's from
#TBT Columbus Encounter
around the country posting pictures from their Encounter and Kairos while offering a prayer for those participating in the first Encounter of the year at Christopher Columbus High School...Keep calm, a new MYA campaign is coming at the end of October!
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You've seen the initials FMS but FMSI?  FMSI is the Marist NGO for international solidarity. 

FMSI has child rights as its primary focus. They seek to promote innovative thinking and practical initiatives for the benefit of children and young people, especially those considered most vulnerable and neglected.  Their hope is to provide opportunities for children and young people to receive a meaningful education and to develop their full potential.  Br. John Healy serves as the United States link to the organization.  For more information click on the image above.  To read the FMSI newsletter, click on the image below. 








Esopus Service Dates




Looking to do some service in Esopus?   Here are some dates when help is needed:


October 10 -12
October 12-13
October 19-21
October 27-29
October 31-Nov. 2


To volunteer for these dates or to get more information about longer service commitments, contact Matt Fallon at






The Marist Brothers




In November the Church will begin its celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life.  Find out more about the consecrated life of the Marist Brothers by clicking on the image above.




GotThe Marist Young Adult Program invites interested young adults to explore further  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
Twitter and Instagram:  @MaristYAdult



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