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01/04/2015: United States


March 2015
Dear Fellow Marists,
Luis I hope that you are enjoying a blessed and reflective Holy Week. This time of the Church calendar is always very interesting to me, and it is also very unique. There is a heightened sense of waiting, of urgency, and an awareness of Christ during this time.



I was very aware of the specialness of this week as I listened to the passion narrative at the Palm Sunday mass. During a period of communal, silent reflection I thought to myself "Holy Week and Easter REALLY are the basis of Christianity."  For a Christian, one defining characteristic of faith is a belief in the sacrificial death and glorious resurrection of our Lord and God!


While I knew this before, it came to me in a new way at that moment. What is our faith without the passion and resurrection? What is our faith without Jesus Christ? At the start of this school year, I entered an RCIA program at my college. Already a Christian, this process helped me to renew my knowledge of the faith and deepen my understanding of the Catholic tradition. This Holy Week, and for the rest of the year, let us make it a point to rediscover our faith in a variety of ways!






With warm spring days upon us, nature will reveal new life. On Easter Sunday, Christ will call us to new life through His resurrection. In an effort to rediscover our faith, and bring new life to it, let us research and reflect upon something that we question or something that catches our interest such as the Bible (or a portion of it), the meaning of the Eucharist, or a review of prayer styles. Or maybe... simply try something new!


Best wishes for a blessed and Happy Easter!  God bless you all, and keep living Marist!








 Luis Ramos


 Co-Chair, Marist Young Adult Advisory Committee


















April 2-5 - Easter Triduum - Esopus, NY
April 7-10 - LaValla Service Days - Esopus, NY
April 11 - Hiking Retreat
May 2 - Hiking Retreat
May 22-25 - Marist Youth Leadership Conference
June 4-6 - MYAAC Summer Meeting
June 6-7 - Champagnat Reflection Day
Dan O'Reilly, Jon Rivera and Allison Terranova pose for a photo prior to Taize prayer. 
Marist Young Adults joined other members of the Marist family for dinner and Taize Prayer at Mount St. Michael Academy in the Bronx...The young adult team participated in a "Retreat within a Retreat" during the March Encounter.  They explored the story of "Doubting Thomas" in the context of their own faith life and their role as leaders through reflection, journaling and music
Jess Domingquez and Christine Demetillo reflect during the "Retreat within a Retreat
videos...The KAPS (Kitchen and Program Support) team at the March Encounter participated in a retreat entitled "Martha, Mary, Marcellin and Me" in which they reflected upon servant leadership...Other young adults joined the Encounter on Saturday for a "Retreat outside a Retreat" in which they examined their own faith journey and ways to continue to encounter Christ. 
Edwin Casimir and Natalie McDonald journal during the "Retreat outside a Retreat".
Online activities continued throughout the month of March.  "Daily Devos." continue to be shared via social media as well as special reflections for St. Patrick's and St' Joseph's Day...The Online Lenten Retreat was well received  The video for the first week received over 250 views.  The retreat culminated in a reflection on the Passion
Marist Young Adult Lenten Retreat 2015 Week 6, featuring a reflection on the Passion according to Mark's Gospel.
according to Mark...Luis Ramos and Kevin Macalos contributed new blog posts...The revamped Marist Young Adult website is scheduled to go live after Easter...Many other prayers, notices and pictures are routinely posted, tweeted and shared or "pushed" via the MYA appJoin, follow and download the app!  




In This Issue
April 22nd will mark the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.  On this day people around the world will celebrate and demonstrate the need for environmental protection and good stewardship of the earth and all of its resources.
The Earth Day Network offers information on ongoing projects to protect and sustain the earth.  Its website also offers a "climate petition" that you can sign to urge local, national and international leaders to phase out carbon.  To visit their website and to sign the petition, click on the icon above.
The website for Earth Day 2015 offers suggestions for organizing and participating in Earth Day activities this year.  You can simply submit your zip code and receive a list of Earth Day events in your area.  To visit their website, click on the image above.




Esopus Service Dates



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


April 7-10

(Service Days with Marist Youth)

April 17-19

April 22-23


May 8-9 


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





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The 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.    
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