MEETING OF THE MARIANIST EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATES
February 19, 2008 6:45 to 7:45 P.M.
Members Present: David Coleman, Barbara Belle, Mike Fassiotto, Aulani Kaanoi, Sharon LePage, Kay Stone, Curtis Washburn, Val Coleman, Peggy Friedman, Bro. Frank Damm, and Bro. Jerry Bommer.
The discussion continued around the question of membership in the MEAs. Are we losing potentially ambitious, creative members because we are limiting the membership? Should there be a more open invitation? Should it include adjuncts? Should we provide a formal method for withdrawing from the MEAs? Hopefully, we can discuss these questions with President Sue at our March meeting.
David Coleman presented us with a tentative plan for John Carr’s visit, March 29 to April 6, 2008. Some areas of the visit are still in the early planning stages. However, there are two specific areas where we are involved: assisting with the hosting for the April 2, Wednesday, 5 to 7 p.m., Presidential Presentation and Reception; and a potential MEA meeting with John Carr on Friday, April 4 for dinner and discussion. David will get out bulletins to us on these two events and on the others as they evolve into more specific plans. John Carr works for the U.S. Bishops; his areas of expertise are world peace, development and justice.
Kay Stone led us in a brief discussion about the article she had found on the internet: Life After High School: What Campus Ministers Wish Youth Workers Understood About Christians at College. The article emphasizes the need to have students engaged and proactive about their faith during their first days on campus. The transition from high school to college can leave them adrift from their spiritual roots unless they make a conscious effort to establish their spiritual priorities from the start of their college career.