Dear Members of the Greater Marist Community,
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Michael Flanigan.
I was just elected Vice Provincial of the Poughkeepsie province.
I am writing to you on behalf of Brothers Leo Shea, Don Neary, and Rob
Clark, the provincials and vice provincials of the two U.S. provinces.
In a recent discussion we began talking about the Greater Marist Community
and the gifts that our brothers, formerly vowed, have given and still
give to the Institute, as well as what their wives and families bring
to us. What occurred to us is the same thing that has occurred to many
previous administrations. We have a tremendous potential out there of
our previously vowed members that we are not utilizing in the best way
that we can. Yes, there is the annual picnic at MSM, and most recently
the Marist Family Institute of Spirituality at Marist College that was
begun originally by Larry Keogh and which now involves so many of you.
In our discussion, we looked at what we have done and not done in cooperation
with you. We feel that we could make a stronger bond than there has
been in the past on our part. I believe some of that discussion has
But, now, we would like to hear directly from you. What are your ideas?
What are some of the things that we should be doing and are not. Also,
what might you do to help us out, that we may continue to share in the
charism and spirit of St. Marcellin Champagnat?
We will be continuing to discuss this, but we would like some input
from you. Although I have been designated the "coordinator"
of this effort, please feel free to contact any one of us directly,
either through email or by mail or phone.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Michael Flanigan, FMS, '80, Vice Provincial, Poughkeepsie,<Flani@aol.com>
|Bro. Leo Shea, '52, Provincial,
| Don Neary, '68, Provincial,
| Robert Clark, ’75, Vice Provincial,
First Avenue, Pelham NY 10803-1452
Kennedy Boulevard, Bayonne NJ 07002-228
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