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Volume 11, Number 21

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

BRO. TOM FARNSWORTH PROFESSES PERPETUAL VOWS

Fr. Bill Meyer, Provincial Marty Solma, Bro. Tom Farnsworth, Bro. Joe Kamis and Fr. Paul Marshall at Bro. Tom’s perpetual vow profession on Oct. 27. Courtesy Skip Peterson

Bro. Thomas O’Neill Farnsworth professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary on Oct. 27 at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of the University of Dayton. Provincial Marty Solma presided at the Eucharist and gave the homily. Fr. Bill Meyer concelebrated. Bro. Tom’s mother Mary and his Aunt Barbara from Toronto were among the 260 guests who attended the Eucharist and reception, which was followed by a celebration dinner in UD’s Kennedy Union.

Originally from San Francisco, Bro. Tom holds a doctorate in clinical psychology. For the past five years, he has ministered at the University of Dayton in the areas of counseling, community wellness, Greek life, leadership and sexual violence prevention. He is a full-time lecturer in UD’s Department of Psychology.

Congratulations, Bro. Tom!

Clockwise from top left, Fr. Marty Solma witnesses Bro. Tom’s signature; Fr. Marty places the ring on Bro. Tom’s finger; Joan McGuinness Wagner and A.J. Wagner, Bros. Tom, John Lemker and Sean Downing; Marianists offer Bro. Tom the Kiss of Peace after his profession. Photos courtesy Skip Peterson

EAST COAST VOCATIONS SUMMIT HELD IN PHILADELPHIA

 
Attendees of the East Coast Vocation Summit, held Oct. 12 – 13 in Philadelphia

Twenty-four members of the Marianist Family attended the East Coast Vocation Summit in Philadelphia from Oct. 12 – 13. Bro. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, executive director of the National Religious Vocation Conference, facilitated the event. He led reflections about participants’ vocation journeys and discussed the recent CARA study of religious vocations in the United States. Read more about vocations with the Society of Mary.

Above, Fr. Neville O’Donohue, Joanne McCracken, Pati Kraskensky and Bro. Steve Glodek; below, Bro. Stan Zubek, Bro. Timothy Driscoll (Province of Meribah) and Sr. Grace Walle

NE MARIANIST FAMILY COUNCIL GATHERS FOR BI-ANNUAL MEETING

Northeast Marianist Family Council members, standing, Toni Mesina, Bro. Stan Zubek, Phil Forte, Jim Vogt, Fr. Paul Landolfi, Steve Goldhammer, Kevin Weiler, Bro. Jesse O’Neill and Bro. Steve Glodek. Seated, Linda Zappacosta, Fr. Rich Kuhn, Marilyn Goldhammer, Julie Nagasako and Pati Krasensky

The Northeast Marianist Family Council held its biannual meeting on Oct. 20 at the Marianist Center in Philadelphia. The council welcomed Jim Vogt and Julie Nagasako of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative who presented a pilot program, “The Marianist Call to Advance Justice.” The program will be made available to Marianist Family members in the near future.

The council represents five Society of Mary communities and 10 Lay Marianist communities. The council seeks to promote unity and collaboration among all the branches of the Marianist Family in the northeast region of the United States (and with the broader Marianist Family in general) and to make the founders’ vision of “creating a community of communities to change the world” a lived reality.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Pati Krasensky, Fr. Paul Landolfi and Jim Vogt; right, Julie Nagasako. Photos courtesy Linda Zappacosta, chairperson, Northeast Marianist Family Council
FROM THE OFFICE OF JUSTICE, PEACE & INTEGRITY OF CREATION
Faithful Citizenship  “Responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation.” — Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. Please remember to vote on Nov. 6! Read more pre-election resources, including the U.S. Bishops’ document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.”
“Marianist Call to Advance Justice”  The Province JPIC office is partnering with the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) to develop a national formation program, “Marianist Call to Advance Justice.” The program will launch nationally in early 2013. (See above story.)  
“Walk with Adele”  The most recent “Walk with Adele” program took place at Mount St. John in Dayton. Sponsored by the MSJC’s Adele Social Justice Project, the walk is a half day of prayer and reflection connecting the everyday lives of participants with the call to social justice. Similar programs are in the works for other parts of the country, including St. Louis and San Antonio. Email program leaders for information about hosting the program in your area.
 “Walk with Adele” participants

GLBT Initiative  At the GLBT Initiative’s annual meeting, Fr. Ken Overberg, SJ, a theologian from Xavier University, spoke about the team’s basis in Catholic social teaching. Conversation revolved around the dignity of the human person, the common good, and the call to justice. During the meeting, team members elected Matt Dunn as chair and thanked Beth Garascia for her service as outgoing chair and founder of the team.

 

Front, Nancy Mascotte, Beth Garascia and Jim Vogt; middle, Hank Mascotte, Matt Dunn, Laura Collins and Dominic Garascia; back, Fr. Terry Weik and Brad Leger. Not picutured, Bro. Dick Olsen and Fr. Dave McGuigan, who joined the meeting via Skype.

“CALLED TO BE A WITNESS OF SAINTS: MARIANIST MARTYRS

Fr. Paul Landolfi, U.S. Province liaison to the Postulator General for Marianist Causes, shares his November offering, which features information about Marianist martyrs Blessed Carlos Eraña, Fidel Fuidio and Jesús Hita. Read more about the Marianist saints.

“PILGRIMAGE AS A WAY OF LIFE” SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER AT MFRC

Ray McCracken shares news of an upcoming retreat for men, “Pilgrimage as a Way of Life.” The Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J., will host the event from Nov. 16-18. Call Ray at 609.654.5621.

MARIANIST FAMILY RETREAT CENTER ANNOUNCES 2013 PROGRAMMING

The Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J., shares its 2013 program brochure with FamilyOnline readers. The center offers retreats for families, youth, young adults, men, women, widows and widowers, and married couples. Call 609.884.3829 for more information.STORM UPDATE: As of publication time, the MFRC did not sustain severe damage from Sandy. Joanne McCracken writes, “Every thing is fine. Just got off the phone with Bro. Al, who said that Cape May Point looks okay, although there is no beach left. The water came right up to the dunes but the dunes held. Thank you God and the Army Corps of Engineers!”

FR. TOM STANLEY’S “THE GARDEN WAY OF THE CROSS” IN CERAMIC TILE

Fr. Tom Stanley, who wrote “The Garden Way of the Cross,” enjoys the piece’s sculptural interpretation, created by Louise Tessier of Regina, Saskatchewan. Mercy Siena Woods hosted a show of the pieces, curated by Paulette Buening, from Oct.12 – 18. Photos courtesy Bro. Bob Wiethorn

NOVEMBER FEAST DAYS

Nov. 21 is the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin. “Though it cannot be proven historically, Mary’s presentation has an important theological purpose. It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from the beginning of her life on Earth continued through her early childhood and beyond.” Read a list of feast days.

CHAMBERS COMMUNITY INSTALLS NEW ARTWORK OF VISITATION

An image of the visitation, depicted by 15th-century Italian artist Pontormo, was installed at the Chambers Street Marianist community in Dayton. Community members chose the image to complement the theme of the Province renewal program. Bro. Gary Marcinowski, who selected and framed the image, and Chris Conlon with UD students Connie, Catlin and Vicky, members of the Neighborhood Fellows Community. Courtesy Bro. Phil Aaron
FROM ALIVE MAGAZINE: “THE HAWAI’I MOST PEOPLE NEVER SEE”
Read an article about Chaminade University of Honolulu’s spring break immersion program, created by the school’s campus ministry department. The experience underscores the realities of poverty in a way a newspaper or classroom lecture never could. “You can read about the plight of the poor and the homeless, but to bag food for the children drives the message home,” says Kay Stone, campus minister. Subscribe to ALIVE. Need extra copies to share with family, friends or your ministry? Email marianist@marianist.com.
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WHO’S DOING WHAT
 Sr. Nicole Trahan has been named vocation coordinator of the Marianist Sisters, U.S. Province.  She has served on the Dayton vocation team and assisted in national vocation efforts. Sr. Nicole will work with Srs. Grace Walle in San Antonio and Laura Leming in Dayton to continue the sisters’ team approach to vocations. Congratulations, Sr. Nicole!
 Bro. Peter Pontolillo is being honored by The Catholic School Administrators Association of New York State as part of the organization’s 40-year anniversary celebration. Bro. Peter served as CSAANY’s first director from 1972 – 1976. Read more.
 Fr. John Leies blessed the newly renovated Marianist Guesthouse at St. Mary’s University. The space had been used for university offices during the renovation of St. Louis Hall. Thanks to Becky Day, vice president for administration and finance for overseeing such a fine renovation.
 After facilitating a retreat for affiliates in St. Louis, Melba Fisher spent a few days with the Curé of Ars community. Melba is Fr. Joe Uvietta’s sister. 
Fr. Tim Kenney, Grace and Melba
PRAYERS

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF…

   
 Fr. Eugene Sweeney, recent  Fr. Gene, 1962

Fr. Eugene Sweeney (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 79, who died Oct. 27, 2012, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. The Marianist Residence community had a visitation and prayed the rosary for Fr. Gene on Oct. 29. A Mass was celebrated on Oct. 30 in the chapel at the Marianist Residence. Fr. John Leies was the presider and homilist. A visitation and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Pillar in St. Louis on Nov. 5. Fr. Paul Marshall will be the presider and homilist. Burial will follow the Mass at the Maryhurst Cemetery on the campus of St. John Vianney High School. Read Fr. Gene’s obituary.

Fr. Luigi Favero (Province of Italy), 91, who died Oct. 25, 2012 in Rome, Italy. May he rest in peace. Read Fr. Luigi’s obituary.

William Davis, Lawrence Schellman, Boniface Surin, Dorothy Venturella, Don Weimert and Chester Zaremba. Read more.

READ THE OBITUARIES OF MARIANIST BROTHERS AND PRIESTS SINCE 2007.

TAR HOLLOW STATE PARK AND FOREST, LAURELVILLE, OHIO

Courtesy Bro. Phil Aaron

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF…

Bro. Paul Bredestege (Marianist Community, Huntsville, Ohio)

Bro. William Callahan (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Fr. Theodore Cassidy (St. Clair Marianist Community, Cleveland)

Bro. Paul Fennelly (Cupertino Marianist Community, Cupertino, Calif.)

Bro. James Fitzgibbons (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Fr. Michael Lisbeth (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Fr. Joseph Lynch (Hewlett, New York)

Bro. Joseph Mariscalco (Meyer Hall Marianist Community, Dayton)

Fr. Joseph Mary Marshall (Casa San Juan, San Antonio)

Bro. Mel Meyer (Curé of Ars Community, St. Louis)

Bro. William O’Leary (Chaminade Community, St. Louis)

Fr. Dave Paul (St. Louis)

Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Fr. David Schuyler (Cupertino Marianist Community, Cupertino, Calif.)

For all those affected by the storm Sandy, and thanks to God for protecting the Marianist Family Retreat House in Cape May, N.J.

Maribeth Dykehouse, Dave Fitz, Mark Moore and Mary Otiende. Read more.

MARIANISTS HONORED ON 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF ORPHANAGE FIRE

 
Bro. Brian Halderman with Sr. Yolanda Tarango, CCVI; Fr. Joseph Ei

At a Mass on Oct. 28, the Marianist Family was honored by the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio on the 100th anniversary of a tragic fire at St. John’s Orphanage on Oct. 30, 1912. Five sisters and three children died in the fire. More than 90 boys needed housing, and the Marianist brothers assisted by hosting 20 boys at St. Louis College. The school was under the direction of Fr. Joseph Ei (1875-1961). Fr. Joe also served the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word as confessor, retreat master and spiritual director. Fr. John A Leies delivered the homily during the liturgy, in which he shared details of the event and the Marianists’ involvement.

FROM THE SCHOOLS…
READ MORE ABOUT MARIANIST EDUCATION
SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO. The Princeton Review, an education services company, has again named St. Mary’s University’s Bill Greehey School of Business an outstanding business graduate school. TPR describes the program as one that offers “innovative programs designed to graduate conscientious global business leaders.” Read more.
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON. Members of the first-year class of University of Dayton Marianist Leadership Scholars (MLS) recently gathered for retreat at Governor’s Island in Hunstville, Ohio. The retreat was facilitated by a student leadership team and Maureen O’Rourke, coordinator of Marianist activities and scholarship. Fr. Jim Fitz, vice president for mission and rector, joined the students for Mass. Read more about the MLS program.
COLEGIO SAN JOSÉ, PUERTO RICO. On Oct. 18, Bro. Reinaldo Berríos presented his recent study, co-authored by Dr. Alicia Rivero-Vergne, “Prostatic Cancer: A couple’s experience.” The study analyzes how 10 Puerto Rican couples navigated life with prostate cancer. The authors presented their work at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS. The Southside Dragons, a group of St. Mary’s student authors, sold signed copies of their book, “More Than A Message,” at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in St. Louis on Oct. 13-14. Book proceeds were donated to the Society of St. Vincent DePaul.
Southside Dragons Luke Guy, Stephen Showers and Jack Ruzicka

His Excellency Roman Kirn (sixth from right, blue tie), ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Slovenia, poses with former Sen. George Voinovich, Councilman Mike Polensek, Slovenian businessman Robert Grah, Lorie Howley and VASJ’s Howley Scholars.

VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL, CLEVELAND, hosted His Excellency Roman Kirn, ambassador to the United States from the Republic of Slovenia, during his three-day visit to Cleveland as part of the Our World Today program at the school. On Oct. 10, the ambassador met with Mayor Frank Jackson at Cleveland City Hall. Also at the meeting were Slovenian Consul General Jure ZmaucRichard Osborne, VASJ president; and John Lecky, executive director of Our World Today. The meeting focused on business prospects in the local community and the multicultural makeup of Cleveland.

JUST ONE MORE

Brian Reavey (left), Province assistant for justice, peace & integrity of creation, and Novice Mark Motz (right) recently joined an adult kickball team in St. Louis. Christopher Cantu (center), director of the Marianist Leadership Program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, stopped by the game. Courtesy Brian
NEWSLETTER CENTRAL

IO-MLC. Read the October 2012 issue of Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities.

MSJC. Read the October 2012 issue of Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.

PROVINCE BIRTHDAYS

BRO. JOHN TOTTEN

On Oct. 21, the Marianist Residence in San Antonio celebrated Bro. John Totten’s (seated) 99th birthday with Mass followed by a social and dinner. Happy birthday, Bro. John!

BRO. KEN JUNG

Happy birthday to Bro. Ken Jung (seated), who turned 90 on Oct. 18. Photo courtesy Fr. Tim Kenney

BRO. JERRY BOMMER AND FR. JOHN THOMPSON

Bro. Jerry Bommer and Fr. John Thompson celebrated their birthdays on the same day—Oct. 18. Happy birthday, Bro. Jerry and Fr. John!

OCTOBER

31        Robert Maruyama, Eugene Meyerpeter, Christopher Wittmann

NOVEMBER

1          Oscar Vasquez

2          James Contadino

3          Cletus Behlmann, Federic Kujur

7          Daniel Stupka, Joseph Tedesco

8          Samuel Kerketta

10        Brian Halderman, Edward Jach

11        Joseph Hartzler

12        Rajesh Lakra

14        James McKay

15        Paul Prakash J., Thomas Redmond

Editor: Amy George Rush; assistant: Ann Mueller. This biweekly email newsletter produced by the Society of Mary features news about the Marianist Family: Marianist Brothers and Priests (Society of Mary), Marianist Sisters; and Lay Marianists. Fr. Martin Solma, SM, provincial; Bro. Joe Kamis, SM, assistant provincial. Read the 2012 FamilyOnline production schedule. Read hints about submitting photos and copy. Send news, digital photos and comments and suggestions to editor Amy George Rush at arush@sm-usa.org and use “FamilyOnline” as your subject line. Download a submission formTECHNICAL PROBLEMS: If you’re not able to view this newsletter, please contact the editor. CHANGE IN EMAIL ADDRESS: Send to marianist@marianist.comBACK ISSUES/SEARCH (August 2011 and earlier): Visit www.marianist.com/fol.
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