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Foundation Stones IV

 

The 4th Annual Foundation Stones took place in early June 2016. It was a retreat designed to build a community from which Marist vocations may be nurtured and grow. The goal was to initiate, create, foster, and nurture relationships that will help us to deepen our understanding of what it means to be Marist, and mutually sustain each other on our vocational journeys. The intent was to provide an opportunity for people from across the Marist spectrum to gather, pray, play, work and eat together, learn from each other, and thereby establish a network of support for one another.

 

There were 40 participants all together this year, including a cross section of Brothers, Young men considering consecrated life, Marist Volunteers, Marist Young Adults, and Lay Marists. Participants were representative of our ministries at: Mt. St. Michael, Christopher Columbus, Roselle Catholic, Molloy, St. Mary’s, St. Joseph’s (Montvale), Marist (Bayonne), Marist (Chicago), Marist College, Central Catholic, and the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus. The retreat also had some international flavor with two Venezuelan Lay Marists and two Brothers from Africa joining the retreat.

 

 

The 5-day retreat consisted of prayer, conferences, sharing meals, working together, team-building activities, and recreating together.

 

The prayers throughout the retreat were a diverse sampling of multiple different ways to pray and incorporate prayer into ones everyday life. Prayers were led by: Luis Ramos – “Centering Prayer”; Br. Brice Byczynski – “The practice of the presence of God”; Fr. Richard LaMorte – Mass in an informal style where some of the rituals and ceremonial proceedings were explained as the Mass went along; Br. Dan O’Riordan – “The Christian Office”; Br. Rene Roy – “Devotion to Mary”; Br. Al Rivera – “Tai Chi Prayer”; and Br. Owen Ormsby – “A Marist meditative walk at the outdoor chapel”.

 

The conferences were given by: Br. Michael Flanigan – “The Founder and the Charism”; Br. Rene Roy – “Living a Marial Devotion”; Br. Sean Sammon – “Marists worldwide”; and a discussion forum of today’s Marist stories with: Br. Dave Cooney, Br. Todd Patenaude, Matt Fallon, Jonathan Rivera, and Nina Lokar.

 

Another highlight of the week was the great meals prepared by: Chef Henry Miller, Br. Hank Sammon, and Br. Brice Byczynski.

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