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Volume 12, Number 7
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

BRO. NORB KARPFINGER SERVES DAY CARE — ONE LETTER AT A TIME

Bro. Norb Karpfinger in front of the Catholic Daycare Center in East St. Louis, Ill. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat of The New York Times

Bro. Norb Karpfinger (East St. Louis, Ill.) was the subject of a profile that appeared in The New York Times on March 22, 2013. “Letter by Letter, Keeping a Catholic Outpost Alive,” by Samuel G. Freedman, tells of Bro. Norb’s decades-long dedication to the Catholic Daycare Center in East St. Louis, Ill.

Bro. Norb writes letters to raise money for the center. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat of The New York Times

Bro. Norb, 80, has been a vowed Marianist for 62 years. He served as a teacher, coach and administrator at schools in St. Louis, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and East St. Louis until he turned 65 and began ministry with the Catholic Daycare Center there.

Bro. Norb hand-writes an average of 600 letters per year – on a clipboard he’s used since 1955 – seeking donations in support of the center’s efforts.

“The center is one of the handful of outposts of the Roman Catholic Church left in the city, where Catholic social teaching about service and the preferential option for the poor can still be enacted. That center was the subject every time Brother Norbert set pen to paper,” said the article. His queries generate about one-fifth of the center’s budget, enough money to fund tuition for several children.

Bro. Norb has already received donations resulting from the story. A few days after it was published, a man from North Carolina who was visiting St. Louis drove to East St. Louis to personally deliver a donation.

“Bro. Norb is a stellar witness of our Marianist call to advance justice in our world today. As he lives and works in solidarity with the poor and marginalized of East St. Louis, he is proof that the Marianist charism is alive and well,” said Brian Reavey, Province assistant for justice, peace and the integrity of creation. “Bro. Norb embodies our founders’ mission of building a community of communities to change the world.”

The article concludes, “At the pinnacle of the Catholic Church, a new pope has now been installed and has spoken of serving ‘the poorest, the weakest, the least important.’ At a table in a convent, beside a vacant lot on a potholed street, Brother Norbert has more letters to write.”

Read a story about Bro. Norb that aired on KMOX Radio as a result of The New York Times article.

FIRST PROFESSIONS SCHEDULED IN UNITED STATES AND INDIA

Novice Mark Motz will profess first vows in the Society of Mary on May 18 in Dayton. Mark, 22, was born in Cincinnati. He graduated from Archbishop Moeller High School in 2006 and graduated from the University of Dayton in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in religious studies.

Five Indian novices will profess first vows on May 1: Pratap Beck, Praveen Kumar Antony Cruz, Jerin Johny Pananthanam, Telesphore Sorengand Arockia and Felix Raja Susainatha. “Special thanks to Fr. Chris Wittmann, Bro. Charlie Johnson, Fr. Ignatius Arulappen and his formation team in Ranchi for their careful and diligent accompaniment of these young men in the initial stages of their religious vocations,” said Provincial Marty Solma.“Theirs is a most important ministry and the Province is deeply grateful for their care, generosity and religious spirit.”

Congratulations and best wishes!

PROVINCE SEEKS DIRECTOR OF NEW SPONSORSHIP OFFICE

The Marianist Province of the United States seeks a director for the newly formed Office of Sponsorship. The full job description is available at www.marianist.com/jobs. Those interested should email their résumés to marianist@marianist.com by April 11, 2013.

OHIO BROTHERS TURN OUT FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL WORKSHOP

Brothers from Ohio gathered in Dayton at the Bergamo Center March 22 – 23 for the fifth Province Spiritual Renewal Workshop during the first year of “Reflect | Renew | Respond.” Presenter Susan Komis spoke on “The Human Condition” and “Stages of Prayer as Related to Faith Development.” One brother said, “The workshop was excellent in going through the stages and lived experiences of the spiritual life.” Fr. Bill Meyer, Fr. Rich Villa, Dan Donnelly and Diane Guerra represented the Province Task Force. About 65 brothers attended. The final workshop is scheduled for Honolulu (May 3 – 4).

At the workshop, clockwise from top left: Fr. Al McMenamy, Bro. Bill Grundish; Fr. Kip Stander; Bros. Peter Kiama and Bob Politi; Bros. David Schmitz and Charles Gausling; presenter Susan Komis and Sr. Marcia Buchard; and Bro. Jim Facette and Fr. Cris Conlon

PERSONNEL UPDATES

Upon his return from India, Fr. Joe Lackner will join the Stonemill-Kiefaber community with ministry at the University of Dayton.
Bro. Peter Pontolillo has accepted the position of “assistant to the president for mission integration” at Chaminade-Madonna College Prep in Hollywood, Fla., and will soon move to his new community in South Florida.
Fr. Jim Schimelpfening will return from his three-year commitment in the District of Mexico and will serve as university chaplain at the University of Dayton. He will join the Alumni Hall community.

“CALLED TO BE A WITNESS OF SAINTS”: ENRICHMENT THROUGH CREATIVITY

Fr. Paul Landolfi, U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes, shares his April message with readers of FamilyOnline. “This month I offer something to stimulate your artistic creativity around our Marianist ‘saints.’ These items – a portrait, a poem, a homily, a prayer – show what our own Marianist Family members have done through the years to honor our Founder. Perhaps these offerings will stimulate our contemporary artists, musicians, poets, preachers, and all of us to enrich the Marianist Family even more.” Read more about the Marianist saints.

WEST HILLS COMMUNITY HOSTS DISCERNMENT DAY

Jonathan Lee, Emily Sandoval, Bro. LeRoy Viera and Jason Mora at the West Hills, Calif., discernment day on March 24. Courtesy Bro. Jim Wisecaver

On Palm Sunday, the West Hills, Calif., Marianist community hosted a discernment day for three guests: Emily Sandoval, Jonathan Lee and John Jason Mora. Fr. Jim Mueller was the celebrant, and Bros. Tom Oles and Skip Matthews also attended. Brunch was prepared by Bros. LeRoy Viera and Jim Wisecaver.

ST. ANTHONY’S STAGES 5-MILE STATIONS OF THE CROSS PILGRIMAGE

Participants in St. Anthony’s Stations of the Cross pilgrimage

Youth group and LIFE team members at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Wailuku, Maui, led a 5-mile Stations of the Cross pilgrimage for confirmation candidates and parishioners on March 24. The walk ended at neighboring St. Ann’s parish in Waihe’e. A luncheon followed in St. Anthony’s cafeteria.

WHO’S DOING WHAT
   Bro. Bob Donovan (DeSales Crossings, Cincinnati) received a Health Care Hero award on Feb. 26 for his work as medical director for the Center for Respite Care in Cincinnati. The award was sponsored by the Cincinnati Business Courier. Congratulations, Bro. Bob!
 Bishop Larry Silva (seated) made a pastoral visit to St. Anthony parish in Wailuku, Maui, in March. He’s shown with Frs. John Klobuka (associate pastor) and Roland Bunda (pastor). Courtesy Fr. Roland
 Welcome to Sandy Barnett, the new social media donor specialist for the Province. In addition to managing the development portion of the website, Sandy will help grow the Province’s social media presence and online giving strategies, working closely with the Marianist Mission and the Office of Communications. Best wishes, Sandy!
PRAYERS

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF…

Fr. Norbert Brockman  Fr. Norb

Fr. Norbert Brockman (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 79, who died March 29, 2013, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. The Marianist Residence community had a visitation and prayed the rosary for Fr. Norb on April 3 at the Marianist Residence. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on April 4 in Guadalupe Chapel in Treadaway Hall at St. Mary’s University. Fr. Marty Solma will be the presider and represent the Provincial Council. Fr. William Behringer will be the homilist. Burial will be private at the Marianist Cemetery at St. Mary’s University. Fr. Norb’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Janet Cisar, Leo Goubeaux, Innocent Jeje and Monsignor John J. O’Connor. Read more.

READ THE OBITUARIES OF MARIANIST BROTHERS AND PRIESTS SINCE 2007.

MAGNOLIAS, WEST HILLS, CALIF.

Courtesy Bro. Jim Wisecaver

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF…

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

Fr. Joseph Lynch (Hewlett, New York)

Fr. Lawrence Mann (Cupertino Marianist Community, Cupertino, Calif.)

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

Bro. Raymond Martin (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Fr. Jack McGrath (District of India)

Fr. Patrick Philbin (Orange, Calif.)

Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Bro. Robert Politi (DeSales Crossings Community, Cincinnati)

Fr. Joseph Priestley (Marianist Hall Community, Honolulu)

Archbishop Raymond Roussin (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Bro. Edwin Shiras (San Anselmo, Calif.)

Fr. Kenneth Sommer (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Charles Awalt, Tom Brinkman, Mary Ann Hefti and Barbara Rodgers. Read more.

FROM THE SCHOOLS…
READ MORE ABOUT MARIANIST EDUCATION
ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO. St. Mary’s Computer Science Department recently unveiled a certificate program in educational computer gaming, making St. Mary’s just the second university in the nation to offer this certification. The certification will prepare graduate students for careers in the emerging industry of game-based learning. Read more. 
CHAMINADE-MADONNA COLLEGE PREPARATORY, HOLLYWOOD, FLA., honored four distinguished alumni and two dedicated faculty and staff members at the annual Alumni Hall of Fame Mass, induction ceremony and dinner on March 9. From left, Gregg Rossman, Judge David Haimes, Monica Gallego Nebel, Blanca Suarez, Joseph Catalano and President Fr. Larry Doersching. (Not pictured: Dr. Deborah Bradley Wilbur). Courtesy Lifetouch
ST. JOHN VIANNEY HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS. Vianney students recently completed a project supporting the Marianist ministries in Africa. The project generated $2,547, which will provide food and schooling to 20 Kenyan students for a full year at Marianist-sponsored Our Lady of Nazareth in Nairobi. The Vianney LIFE team and Matt Dailey served as project leaders.
Our Lady of Nazareth student
VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL, CLEVELAND. Congratulations to the VASJ boys basketball team, which won the Division IV Ohio state championship. Watch post-game interviews, and read press coverage of the victory.  
THE CLASSIFIEDS

HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL. The Diocese of Pittsburgh is seeking a principal for Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School. Read a job description.

NEWSLETTER CENTRAL

CUPERTINO. Read the April 2013 update from Fr. Steve Tutas in Cupertino, Calif.

IN FORMATION. Read the Spring 2013 issue of In Formation from the International Center for Marianist Formation.

IO-MLC. Read the March 2013 issues of Gifts & Tasks and La Madeleine from the International Organizaion of Marianist Lay Communities.

MSJC. Read a special edition of Justice Jottings about Holy Week and the death penalty from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.

JUST ONE MORE…

High fashion never really goes away … especially when you’re talking about the Prince Albert frock coat. An unidentified Marianist brother circa 1910 at St. Stephen’s in Cleveland is not quite as natty as our model from The New York Times Style Magazine, but has a much greater sense of purpose! Idea courtesy Bro. Joe Barrish
BLOGGERS
PROVINCE BIRTHDAYS

APRIL

4          Richard Kuhn, Ronald Luksic, Robert Wiethorn

6          Kathy Cooper, George Hans, Bineet Tirkey

7          Renny Markose, Louis Mason, David Quigley

8          José Luis González Molina

9          Jack Ventura

10        Ralph Siefert

11        Joseph Okoth Maricky

12        Mary Ellen Garcia

14        David Fleming, Rigoberto Martínez Hernández

16        Sylverius Kerketta

17        Robert Backherms

18        William Fackovec

19        Donald Neff

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 2013 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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