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MARIST MEETING POINT
28/06/2004

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To all our visitors… get involved!
www.champagnat.org,
MARIST MEETING POINT

Joyfully sending you my warmest greetings.

We’ve gone over the 25,000-hit mark at www.champagnat.org, with 180,000 pages visited since April 18, when we launched the Marist Institute’s new official Web page. We’re introducing new items on our Home page every day, which is why many are now stopping by to see us daily. Our plan has a solid basis, but it’s just beginning to unfold. We’re looking to develop and increase the site’s interest and appeal for all whose hearts and minds are in sync with Marist values.

I’d like to note a couple of things right now – update everyone concerning certain aspects of the Home page, and extend an invitation to all to take an active role in producing it rather than just visit, whether regularly or occasionally.

THE DAILY GREETING
Everyone wishing to send a greeting and reflection for the day, similar to those that the Brothers have been writing until now, is encouraged to do so. Along with a text of about 300 characters including spaces (check out “Tools” on your tool bar), please send a credit-card size photo (digital or scanned) with the following information: first and last name, relationship to the brothers (parent of a student, teacher, student, youth moderator, former student, Marist brother, Champagnat Fraternity member…), and your city and country. Send to: publica@fms.it, typing in “Greeting for the Marist Home page” on the Subject line.

LINKS
Our page has a section with links to different Marist educational centers throughout the world. In addition we also feature a link of the day. Those of you with more news and information of this kind, please send it to us. And I ask all Marist web sites to place a link to www.champagnat.org on their page.

THANKS FOR ALL YOUR MESSAGES
We’ve received many messages on various topics – questions, corrections, suggestions, and congratulations… We haven’t been able to reply to each and every one because as you can well imagine getting the site page up and running has been a very time-consuming project. We’re very grateful for your interest and collaboration, which is encouraging us to press ahead with our efforts.

MAILING LIST
We have updated our mailing list for sending the Marist Bulletin Online to our subscribers, and eliminated addresses for mail that’s been sent back.


GIFT SUBSCRIPTIONS
You can sign up everyone interested in receiving the Marist Bulletin Online. We send it out at least once a week and it’s free.

MARIST CALENDAR
The Marist Bulletin Online that was sent out at the end of each month used to include the Marist calendar. Beginning this month this will no longer be the case because the calendar now appears on our web page.

RESERVED AREA
Before the end of June, the Reserved Area, listed on the tool bar at the top of the page, will be activated. This area is for use by the Marist brothers. They will need to use a password to access its contents.
There will also be a space reserved for members of Marist Fraternities (Champagnat Movement of the Marist Family), which will also require the use of a password.

“YOUTH” PAGE
The “YOUTH” page will be launched this coming September 8th, the day we celebrate Mary’s Birth in Nazareth.

NETWORK OF CORRESPONDENTS
The Marist Provinces and Districts have named their correspondents for sending in news and maintaining contact with the Institute’s Communications Service in Rome. These individuals are on the front lines for gathering news that best reflects the spirituality and mission of the Marist charism. This is not a page for advertisements and marketing but a site for sharing our Marist values.

MANY POSSIBILITIES AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
Our Web page intends to accomplish many objectives: to provide the latest Marist news for people making a quick visit, and in-depth information for those having more time and the desire to deepen their understanding of various topics; make available screen savers and the opportunity to send postcards to all your friends; offer music specially dedicated to Saint Marcellin and Marist values; subscribe to our Marist Bulletin Online… and many more services. We earnestly hope our Web page will be a community center for all who love Marcellin and live and breathe his charism – present in today’s Marist brothers, their communities, and countless lay people all over the world!

Again, my warmest fraternal greetings to everyone.

Br. Lluís Serra
Director of Communications

ROME, June 28, 2004

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