Contact the Diocese

Everyone concerned about the future of Marian needs to contact our Diocese to urge them to work collaboratively with our Marian family and restore stability in our school. Write a personal email to the diocese sharing your family’s history with Marian, how you have personally seen our family atmosphere dismantled in recent years, and why it’s so important to prayerfully resolve these problems.

Respectfully ask them to restore the Subsidiarity of the School (by reinstating the existing by-laws and constitution) and meet with leaders of the Marian community to discuss how to end this crisis and create a positive path forward.

Copy your email to the following individuals:

1) Secretary to Bishop MalloyDeacon Thomas F. McKenna - TMcKenna@rockforddiocese.org

2) Chancellor and General Counsel: Ms. Ellen B, Lynch - ELynch@rockforddiocese.org

3) Director of Religious Education: Mr. Michael Kagan - mkagan@rockforddiocese.org

Please be respectful to the recipient and recognize their authority and position within the Church. Our language is a window into our heart.

 

Encourage Your Friends and Family to Join WeAreMC

Over 125 members of our Marian family have publicly lent their names to WeAreMC, and many more are supporting our efforts privately. Our numbers are growing every day!

You can help make our voices even stronger by contacting your friends and family and encouraging them to add their voice to our cause.

Send them to our Who We Are page and encourage them to sign up.

 

Talk About Marian on Your Social Media Accounts

Your network needs to know what is happening at Marian and how we are working to solve the problems facing our school and Diocese.

Using your preferred social media platform, post stories from our Voices page and/or documents from our Supporting Evidence page and encourage your networks to read more.

 

Write a Letter to the Editor

One effective way to drive change is to write letters to the editor in our local media.

Write a short letter sharing your family’s history with Marian, how important our school is to the community, and the problems you have seen arise in recent years. Encourage the community to join you in urging the Diocese to work collaboratively with our Marian family and restore stability in our school.

If you need content for your letter, feel free to gain inspiration from the messaging on our Home page, the stories shared by others on our Voices page, and the documents posted on our Supporting Evidence page. If you have questions or need assistance writing your letter to the editor, contact us and we will gladly assist you.

Once your letter is complete, submit along with your name, address, and phone number (address and phone number will not be listed, they are only used by the paper to verify your identity) to:

Support the Teachers & Staff

The Friends and Families of Marian, parents, students and alumni are grateful for the dedication and commitment of our Teachers, Coaches, Staff and volunteers. You make Marian a place where students feel safe and secure in obtaining a solid education and development of athletic and extra-curricular interests. We stand behind YOU as we are working hard to restore support for local governance and sound leadership from the Diocese that can be trusted and believed.

Parents: Please take a moment to thank a specific teacher, coach, priest or staff member for their dedication and commitment to help make Marian the best school for your child.

Alumni: Please let the development office know how much you value Marian, how it prepared you for College and the work place, and the special memories created.

Students: Please recognize those teachers, coaches or staff members by letting them know how you appreciate their commitment of making Marian the best alternative to public schools.

 

Pray for the Marian Community

This prayer was used by the Leadership Advisory Team and select members from the Council of Administration to help guide them through the process of helping restore trust within the Marian community (from January 2016 to April 2018)

Our Lord asks us in Matthew’s gospel to learn from Him “for I am meek and humble of heart” (Matt 11:29), as he is described in the first line of this prayer below. We ask in this litany, composed by Rafael Cardinal Merry de Val (1865-1930), the Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X, that God fill our hearts and souls with genuine humility, an essential virtue for holiness. After all, as we read in the letter of St. James “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). 

When the litany of humility is prayed in a private setting by two or more people, the lines given in italics below are the responses to a leader. 

 

O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me. 
From the desire of being esteemed,


Deliver me, Jesus. (repeat after each line)

From the desire of being loved, 
From the desire of being extolled, 
From the desire of being honored, 
From the desire of being praised, 
From the desire of being preferred to others, 
From the desire of being consulted, 
From the desire of being approved, 
From the fear of being humiliated, 
From the fear of being despised, 
From the fear of suffering rebukes, 
From the fear of being calumniated, 
From the fear of being forgotten, 
From the fear of being ridiculed, 
From the fear of being wronged, 
From the fear of being suspected, 

 

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That others may be loved more than I, 

Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it. (repeat after each line) 

That others may be esteemed more than I , 
That, in the opinion of the world, 
others may increase and I may decrease, 
That others may be chosen and I set aside, 
That others may be praised and I unnoticed, 
That others may be preferred to me in everything, 
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should

 

The last petition of the litany of humility powerfully suggests what holiness entails: loving God and neighbor above all else, putting others' needs before ours. We are not to worry how we “rank” in godliness. Otherwise we might as well be like the Pharisees our Lord scorned who took more delight in the trappings of religion, rather than in love of God and neighbor, so that “all their works they do in order to be seen” (Matt 23:5). In seeking God’s help to cast out our sins of pride we are in tune with our Lord’s famous Gospel message “He who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Matt 23:12). 

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