Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy

Terms and Conditions

The following document outlines the terms of use of Marianist Connect. Before using Marianist Connect, you are required to read, understand, and agree to these terms.


The words of which the initial letter is capitalized have meanings defined under the following conditions. The following definitions shall have the same meaning regardless of whether they appear in singular or in plural.


For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions:

  • Application means the software program provided by the Company downloaded by You on any electronic device, named Marianist Connect
  • Affiliate means an entity that controls, is controlled by or is under common control with a party, where "control" means ownership of 50% or more of the shares, equity interest or other securities entitled to vote for election of directors or other managing authority.  
  • Account means a unique account created for You to access our Service or parts of our Service.
  • Country refers to: Texas, United States
  • Company (referred to as either "the Company", “MLC-NA”, "We", "Us" or "Our" in this Agreement) refers to Marianist Lay Community of North America, PO Box 19444, Cincinnati, OH 45219.  The Marianist Lay Community of North America(MLC-NA) is a local entity of the Marianist Lay Communities.  The Marianist Lay Communities are an international association of the faithful established by the Holy See as a juridical person under the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church.  MLC-NA is a nonprofit corporation registered in the State of Texas of the United States of America, and is tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Marianist Lay Communities are an affiliate of MLC-NA.
  • Content refers to content such as text, images, or other information that can be posted, uploaded, linked to or otherwise made available by You, regardless of the form of that content.
  • Device means any device that can access the Service such as a computer, a cellphone or a digital tablet.
  • Feedback means feedback, innovations or suggestions sent by You regarding the attributes, performance or features of our Service.
  • Service refers to the Application.
  • Terms and Conditions (also referred as "Terms") mean these Terms and Conditions that form the entire agreement between You and the Company regarding the use of the Service.
  • Third-party Social Media Service means any services or content (including data, information, products or services) provided by a third-party that may be displayed, included or made available by the Service.
  • You means the individual accessing or using the Service, or the company, or other legal entity on behalf of which such individual is accessing or using the Service, as applicable.


These are the Terms and Conditions governing the use of this Service and the agreement that operates between You and the Company. These Terms and Conditions set out the rights and obligations of all users regarding the use of the Service.

Your access to and use of the Service is conditioned on Your acceptance of and compliance with these Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions apply to all visitors, users and others who access or use the Service.

By accessing or using the Service You agree to be bound by these Terms and Conditions. If You disagree with any part of these Terms and Conditions then You may not access the Service.

The Service is intended for users who are at least 13 years of age.  All users who are minors in the jurisdiction in which they reside (generally under the age of 18) must have the permission of, and be directly supervised by, their parent or guardian to use the Service.  If you are a minor, you must have your parent or guardian read and agree to these Terms and Conditions prior to you using the Service.

Your access to and use of the Service is also conditioned on Your acceptance of and compliance with the Privacy Policy of the Company. Our Privacy Policy describes Our policies and procedures on the collection, use and disclosure of Your personal information when You use the Application or the Website and tells You about Your privacy rights and how the law protects You. Please read Our Privacy Policy carefully before using Our Service.

User Accounts

When You create an account with Us, You must provide Us information that is accurate, complete, and current at all times. Failure to do so constitutes a breach of the Terms, which may result in immediate termination of Your account on Our Service.

You are responsible for safeguarding the password that You use to access the Service and for any activities or actions under Your password, whether Your password is with Our Service or a Third-Party Social Media Service.

You agree not to disclose Your password to any third party. You must notify Us immediately upon becoming aware of any breach of security or unauthorized use of Your account.

You may not use as a username the name of another person or entity or that is not lawfully available for use, a name or trademark that is subject to any rights of another person or entity other than You without appropriate authorization, or a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene.


Your Right to Post Content

Our Service allows You to post Content including, but not limited to, text, images, video, documents, Your profile name, Your profile image, and Your relationship to the Marianist Family. You are responsible for the Content that You post to the Service, including its legality, reliability, and appropriateness.

You represent and warrant that: (i) the Content is Yours(You own it) or You have the right to use it and grant Us the rights and license as provided in these Terms, and (ii) the posting of Your Content on or through the Service does not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyrights, contract rights or any other rights of any person.

Content License

Your Content will preserve whatever copyright it had before posting to the Service.

However, we need certain legal permissions from you (known as a “license”) to provide the Service.  When You share, post, or upload Content to the Service, You grant Us the right and non-exclusive license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content on and through the Service. You retain any and all of Your rights to any Content You submit, post or display on or through the Service and You are responsible for protecting those rights. You agree that this license includes the right for Us to make Your Content available to other users of the Service, who may also use Your Content on and through the Service subject to these Terms.

Additionally, when You share, post, or upload Content to the Service, You grant Us the right and non-exclusive license to use, modify, publicly perform, publicly display, reproduce, and distribute such Content in media or publications that is not for sale and is intended to promote or educate Marianist content to the general public. Such media or publications may include, but are not limited to, use on or in newsletters, websites, or social media.

Content Restrictions

The Company is not responsible for the content of the Service's users. You expressly understand and agree that You are solely responsible for the Content and for all activity that occurs under your account, whether done so by You or any third person using Your account.

You may not transmit any Content that is unlawful, offensive, upsetting, intended to disgust, threatening, libelous, defamatory, obscene or otherwise objectionable. Examples of such objectionable Content include, but are not limited to, the following:

·        Unlawful or promoting unlawful activity.

·        Defamatory, discriminatory, or mean-spirited content, including references or commentary about religion, race, sexual orientation, gender, national/ethnic origin, or other targeted groups.

·        Containing any images containing nudity, or containing and images or text that are sexually suggestive, obscene, lewd, or pornographic.

·        Spam, machine – or randomly – generated, constituting unauthorized or unsolicited advertising, chain letters, any other form of unauthorized solicitation, or any form of lottery or gambling.

·        Containing or installing any viruses, worms, malware, trojan horses, or other content that is designed or intended to disrupt, damage, or limit the functioning of any software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or to damage or obtain unauthorized access to any data or other information of a third person.

·        Infringing on any proprietary rights of any party, including patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity or other rights.

·        Impersonating any person or entity including the Company and its employees or representatives.

·        Violating the privacy of any third person.

·        False information and features.

The Company reserves the right, but not the obligation, to, in its sole discretion, determine whether or not any Content is appropriate and complies with these Terms, refuse or remove this Content. The Company further reserves the right to make formatting and edits and change the manner of any Content. The Company can also limit or revoke the use of the Service if You post such objectionable Content. As the Company cannot control all content posted by users and/or third parties on the Service, you agree to use the Service at your own risk. You understand that by using the Service You may be exposed to content that You may find offensive, indecent, incorrect or objectionable, and You agree that under no circumstances will the Company be liable in any way for any content, including any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of your use of any content.

Restrictions on the Solicitation of Donations

You agree not to solicit donations for any person or entity except as permitted in this section.  You may solicit a limited number of donations for an organization, ministry, school, or university that is explicitly affiliated with the Marianist Lay Communities, the Society of Mary (Marianists), the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, or the Alliance Mariale.

The limit of donations You may solicit may not exceed three solicitations for the same event, fundraiser, opportunity, or occasion, and You may not solicit more than twelve donations for any cause per calendar year on the Application.  You may not coordinate with others to post more than three solicitations for the same event, fundraiser, opportunity, or occasion.

Content Backups

Although regular backups of Content are performed, the Company does not guarantee there will be no loss or corruption of data.

Corrupt or invalid backup points may be caused by, without limitation, Content that is corrupted prior to being backed up or that changes during the time a backup is performed.

The Company will provide support and attempt to troubleshoot any known or discovered issues that may affect the backups of Content. But You acknowledge that the Company has no liability related to the integrity of Content or the failure to successfully restore Content to a usable state.

You agree to maintain a complete and accurate copy of any Content in a location independent of the Service.

Copyright Policy

Intellectual Property Infringement

We respect the intellectual property rights of others. It is Our policy to respond to any formal claim that Content posted on the Service infringes a copyright or other intellectual property infringement of any person.  However, because We believe in the good faith intentions of Our Application users, We also offer You the option of mediating an informal request to the original Content poster for the original Content poster to remove copyrighted material from their post.  The intention of the informal request process is to allow for a less juridical and hopefully more expeditious resolution of any infringement, real or perceived, through common decency.

Informal Request:  If you believe in good faith that your work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please submit an informal request by email to techsupport@mlc-na.org including:

·        Your name, address, telephone number, and email address (if any);

·        A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed;

·        A description of where on the Service the material that you claim is infringing may be found

If the original post or publication is Ours, we will review the request.  If the original post or publication belong to an Application user, we will endeavor, but are not under obligation to, contact the user with your claim and a request to remove the copyrighted content.  Through this informal request, neither the original user nor the Company is under any obligation to remove any material.  The removal of any post or publication as the result of an informal request is not an admission, declaration, or agreement as to the ownership, licensure, or permissions pertaining to any material whatsoever.

Formal Claim: DMCA Notice and DMCA Procedure for Copyright Infringement Claims

The Company has registered an agent with the United States Copyright Office in accordance with the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and avails itself of the protections under the DMCA.  The Company reserves the right to remove any Content that allegedly infringes another person’s copyright.  In appropriate circumstances, 500px will terminate the accounts of users who infringe copyright.

If You are a copyright owner, or authorized on behalf of one, and You believe that the copyrighted work has been copied in a way that constitutes copyright infringement that is taking place through the Service, You must submit Your notice in writing to the attention of our copyright agent via email at director@mlc-na.org and include in Your notice a detailed description of the alleged infringement including:

·        A statement by You that You have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

·        A description of the copyrighted work that You claim has been infringed.

·        Identification of the specific location on the Service where the material that You claim is infringing is located.

·        Your address, telephone number, and email address.

·        A statement by You, made under penalty of perjury, that the above information in Your notice is accurate and that You are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

·        An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright's interest.

You can contact our copyright agent via email atdirector@mlc-na.org. Upon receipt of a notification, the Company will take whatever action, in its sole discretion, it deems appropriate, including removal of the challenged content from the Service.

You may be held accountable for damages (including costs and attorneys' fees) for misrepresenting that any Content is infringing Your copyright.


Intellectual Property

The Service and its original content (excluding Content provided by You or other users), features and functionality are and will remain the exclusive property of the Company and its licensors.

Marianist Connect, Marianist Lay Community of North America, Marianist Lay Communities, and other logos and service names are trademarked by the Company.

Our trademarks and trade dress may not be used in connection with any product or service without the prior written consent of the Company.

Your Feedback to Us

You assign all rights, title and interest in any Feedback You provide the Company. If for any reason such assignment is ineffective, You agree to grant the Company a non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, royalty free, worldwide right and license to use, reproduce, disclose, sub-license, distribute, modify and exploit such Feedback without restriction.

Links to Other Websites

Our Service may contain links to third-party web sites or services that are not owned or controlled by the Company.

The Company has no control over, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, privacy policies, or practices of any third party web sites or services. You further acknowledge and agree that the Company shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any such content, goods or services available on or through any such web sites or services.

We strongly advise You to read the terms and conditions and privacy policies of any third-party web sites or services that You visit.


We may terminate or suspend Your Account immediately, without prior notice or liability, for any reason whatsoever, including without limitation if You breach these Terms and Conditions.

Upon termination, Your right to use the Service will cease immediately. If You wish to terminate Your Account, You may simply discontinue using the Service.

Limitation of Liability

Notwithstanding any damages that You might incur, the entire liability of the Company and any of its suppliers under any provision of this Terms and Your exclusive remedy for all of the foregoing shall be limited to the amount actually paid by You through the Service or 100 USD if You haven't purchased anything through the Service.

To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, in no event shall the Company or its suppliers be liable for any special, incidental, indirect, or consequential damages whatsoever (including, but not limited to, damages for loss of profits, loss of data or other information, for business interruption, for personal injury, loss of privacy arising out of or in any way related to the use of or inability to use the Service, third-party software and/or third-party hardware used with the Service, or otherwise in connection with any provision of this Terms), even if the Company or any supplier has been advised of the possibility of such damages and even if the remedy fails of its essential purpose.

Some states do not allow the exclusion of implied warrantiesor limitation of liability for incidental or consequential damages, which meansthat some of the above limitations may not apply. In these states, each party'sliability will be limited to the greatest extent permitted by law.

"AS IS" and "AS AVAILABLE" Disclaimer

The Service is provided to You "AS IS" and"AS AVAILABLE" and with all faults and defects without warranty ofany kind. To the maximum extent permitted under applicable law, the Company, onits own behalf and on behalf of its Affiliates and its and their respectivelicensors and service providers, expressly disclaims all warranties, whetherexpress, implied, statutory or otherwise, with respect to the Service,including all implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particularpurpose, title and non-infringement, and warranties that may arise out ofcourse of dealing, course of performance, usage or trade practice. Withoutlimitation to the foregoing, the Company provides no warranty or undertaking,and makes no representation of any kind that the Service will meet Yourrequirements, achieve any intended results, be compatible or work with anyother software, applications, systems or services, operate withoutinterruption, meet any performance or reliability standards or be error free orthat any errors or defects can or will be corrected.

Without limiting the foregoing, neither the Company nor anyof the company's provider makes any representation or warranty of any kind,express or implied: (i) as to the operation or availability of the Service, orthe information, content, and materials or products included thereon; (ii) thatthe Service will be uninterrupted or error-free; (iii) as to the accuracy,reliability, or currency of any information or content provided through theService; or (iv) that the Service, its servers, the content, or e-mails sentfrom or on behalf of the Company are free of viruses, scripts, trojan horses,worms, malware, timebombs or other harmful components.

Some jurisdictions do not allow the exclusion of certaintypes of warranties or limitations on applicable statutory rights of aconsumer, so some or all of the above exclusions and limitations may not applyto You. But in such a case the exclusions and limitations set forth in thissection shall be applied to the greatest extent enforceable under applicablelaw.

Governing Law

The laws of the Country, excluding its conflicts of lawrules, shall govern this Terms and Your use of the Service. Your use of theApplication may also be subject to other local, state, national, orinternational laws.

Disputes Resolution

If You have any concern or dispute about the Service, You agree to first try to resolve the dispute informally by contacting the Company.

For European Union (EU) Users

If You are a European Union consumer, you will benefit from any mandatory provisions of the law of the country in which you are resident in.

United States Legal Compliance

You represent and warrant that (i) You are not located in a country that is subject to the United States government embargo, or that has been designated by the United States government as a "terrorist supporting" country, and (ii) You are not listed on any United States government list of prohibited or restricted parties.


If any provision of these Terms is held to be unenforceableor invalid, such provision will be changed and interpreted to accomplish theobjectives of such provision to the greatest extent possible under applicablelaw and the remaining provisions will continue in full force and effect.


Except as provided herein, the failure to exercise a rightor to require performance of an obligation under these Terms shall not effect aparty's ability to exercise such right or require such performance at any timethereafter nor shall the waiver of a breach constitute a waiver of anysubsequent breach.

Translation Interpretation

These Terms and Conditions may have been translated if We have made them available to You on our Service. You agree that the originalEnglish text shall prevail in the case of a dispute.

Changes to These Terms and Conditions

We reserve the right, at Our sole discretion, to modify orreplace these Terms at any time. If a revision is material We will makereasonable efforts to provide at least 30 days' notice prior to any new termstaking effect. What constitutes a material change will be determined at Oursole discretion.

By continuing to access or use Our Service after thoserevisions become effective, You agree to be bound by the revised terms. If Youdo not agree to the new terms, in whole or in part, please stop using thewebsite and the Service.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these Terms and Conditions, You can contact us:

·        By email: techsupport@mlc-na.org