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Instruments of Mercy in Daily Life
November 2017

Dear Marists and friends,

Hi everyone, Special thanks to Mary Anne Carr-Neil for this month's Reflection.

Chapter News

Michel Macquet of France and I spent four days at the Society of Mary General Chapter. Laity presented 4 papers which were the collated responses of Lay delegates from Madrid 2015 and these papers were integrated into the overall work of the Chapter. The papers were well received but it was up to the Chapter to make their decisions which we have no information about until they are published possibly in December.

New Superior General:

Fr John Larsen, a Kiwi who has been in Asia for over thirty years, was elected as the new Superior General and the new General Council is John Harhager (Vicar General), Ben McKenna, Juan Carlos Piña and Paul Walsh.

We congratulate them and assure them all of our prayerful support and also express our thanks and appreciation to all the outgoing council.

At the Marist Family Mass, Marist Laity presented Fr John Larsen with a NZ Prayer Cloak made by Grace Bower, reminiscent of a Maori Korowai. It was blessed by Pope Francis and carries many symbols of Religious life, leadership and the vision of Marists and Pope Francis for a revolution of tenderness.

Information about it is on the website.


Advent is looming and if your group is not meeting for Advent prayer please let us know.

We also wish those of you who are concluding this month a Blessed Christmas and Happy New Year and remind you that newsletters resume in February 2018.

November Marist Dates

1st All Saints

2nd All Souls

15th 1845: Marie-Francoise Perroton sails for Oceania.

15th 1875: Fr Colin's death.

Hawkes Bay Retreat

Special thanks to Frs Chris and John Allardyce for leading the retreat. Around 50 attended the day.

Please pray for the repose of the souls of:

Eileen Patricia Clune: aged 91 from Gisborne.

10th October: Sr Eva Horkan SM of Ireland

Sr Mareta Nai Raikivi SM of Fiji. 

More News:

There is more news, but an edition of the World news will be out soon so more information and pictures will be available there and on our website.

At the Chapter papal audience, Pope Francis extended his blessing to everyone we held in our hearts, so I hope you all feel blessed.

God Bless, Bev & Vanessa

Living the Word:
Living the Word:

Many of you know Fr Frank Bird SM. He set up a weekly Scripture Guide for the Sunday readings called "Living the Word".

Marist Laity NZ has accepted responsibility for this Resource, freeing Fr Frank for other initiatives. You can sign up for reflections at

These are ideal for either individuals or groups and can be used equally well before or after each Sunday Mass. Check it out and share it in your parish. While targeted to younger adults it is ideal for all age groups.

Social Media

There is a good Youtube reflection just added to the Marist Laity Facebook page about discernment, which you may like to share with your young people.

Information without application is fascination.
Information with application is transformation.

Prayers for expectant Mothers

We love the feedback we get from those who requested prayer for expectant mothers – usually when difficulties have been overcome, but also in thanks to Mary for the birth of a baby:

"They had a boy, ... The good things and blessings that occurred at the time were overwhelming."

"A girl was born at 32 weeks ... This baby is a miracle baby ... 'Nothing shall be impossible to God'."

Thank you for your prayers at meetings and at home for these mothers and babies.


Please Pray for the Society of Mary Chapter 2017

The Chapter is an important meeting of Delegates from all the Provinces to discern and decide the direction of the Society of Mary for the next 8 years,
Here are two decisions regarding Laity from the 2009 Chapter.
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This general administration will engage in a process to enable every Marist to recognize the Marist laity associated with us as integral to the Marist family and so show the Marian face of the Church.
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To achieve this ... search for and encourage new ways of inviting and forming Lay Marists in communion and collaboration in mission.

The Chapter Prayer can be found here:
Click here to download the document which includes the prayer.

A Prayer composed by St Peter Chanel
A Special prayer that carries weight...

Pope Pius X, on 17th June 1908 granted an indulgence to members of the Association of Mary / Third Order of Mary every time they recite this prayer, composed by St Peter Chanel:

"Through you O Mary, may the name of the Saviour of mankind, be known and adored throughout the whole world." Amen

We can also ask the Lord that these indulgences be applied to the holy souls in purgatory. A mission of mercy!

Music of Fr Chris Skinner SM

While Fr. Chris Skinner is spiritual director for Marist Laity NZ. he also has a renowned music ministry and has happily shared several of his songs on the audio tracks for our monthly reflections which adds something special to them.

His web site has a list of all his albums & prices, with music clips available.

To contact him:
Rev. Chris Skinner sm, PO Box 68627, Newton, Auckland, 1145, New Zealand.

Here is an excellent article on the current relevance of being Marist.

Well worth reading!


This prayer has been issued by the General Administration for use by those who wish to pray to the founder to ask his intercession.

God our Father, in your servant Jean-Claude Colin you gave your people a zealous priest and religious founder dedicated to serving the Church in the spirit of Mary.
We ask you for the glorification of your faithful servant in the midst of your Church and grant us the favour which we ask through his intercession. (…………….)
This we ask through Christ Our Lord.

Icon of Marist Founder completed

The Studio of St John the Baptist, Auckland, NZ, has finished work on an official icon of Marist Founder, Jean-Claude Colin.
The icon features Fr Colin receiving a script from the Blessed Virgin indicating how the congregation he was to found would live 'under Mary's name' ('Sub Mariae Nomine').
The icon will be used on materials to promote the Cause for Beatification of Fr Colin.
For more details and a high definition copy of the image, see the Australian province web site.

Note about icons:
You will see how in the image, Fr Colin is looking at the Blessed Virgin. It is a convention in iconography that only a canonised saint is pictured looking out at the viewer. Other subjects look in towards the one who is in heaven.

Helping Our Work
Prayer is your most important gift, but finances are a fact of life.

If you have already sent us a donation Thank you!
You may wish to consider a collection at your meetings, every bit contributes to the cost of our production and mailing.

If you wish to make an online transfer please include your group name on the transaction and send a covering email to the office.

New Zealand Bank Account Number:
(BNZ) 02-0585-0079358-00

Thank you.

Marist Laity Office Location

Bev's office in Auckland is in a building shared with Logos Marist Ministry for Youth.

Address: 25 Virginia Ave East, Eden Terrace, Auckland.
Please note this is the street address,(where you are welcome to visit) not the postal address.

For all Mail to Bev please send to
P.O. Box 108027, Symonds St Auckland 1150

The phone is shared with Logos
Ph: 09 307 2712

A Certain Way

This wonderful easy to read book containing snippets of Marist history and spirituality, all combined to form a coherent 'whole' is now available to read on the internet. There is a link from our web site (on the 'Links' page) or you can go there directly.
For those who prefer a 'real' book—we still have some copies available of this book - cost $30 each, including NZ postage.(extra for overseas or you could obtain a copy from your local Province of the Society of Mary.)