Volume 10, Number 18
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011
|Fr. Richard Loehrlein, Bro. José María Alvira (General Administration), Fr. Joseph Mwaura, Fr. Eugene Adingra (Ivory Coast), Fr. Gabriel Kirangah and Fr. André Fétis (General Administration) at Fr. Jomo’s ordination on Sept. 24|
On Sept. 24, Fr. Joseph “Jomo” Maria Kahiro Mwaura was ordained by Bishop David Kamau (auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Nairobi) at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in Nairobi, Kenya. About 400 members of the Marianist Family and their guests participated in the celebration, which included a reception. Fr. Jomo is director of novices for the Region of Eastern Africa.
On Sept. 25, Fr. Jomo celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Regional House in Nairobi. The celebration concluded with a luncheon reception.
|Fr. Jomo celebrates a Mass of Thanksgiving on Sept. 25 at the Regional House in Nairobi. Photos courtesy Fr. Allen DeLong|
PROVINCE DEVELOPMENT TEAM GATHERS FOR ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING
|Fr. Marty Solma, provincial, and Bro. Ed Brink, assistant for education (standing, left), joined the Province development team for dinner in St. Louis on Sept. 20 after the group’s annual planning meeting. At the gathering they outlined goals and strategies including direct marketing, foundation grants, events, and major and planned giving. Seated, Fr. Pat Tonry, Patti Reeg, Allison Hewitt (executive director of development), Colleen Kammer, Bros. Bob Juenemann and Jim Brown; standing, Fr. Marty and Bro. Ed, Kathy Cooper, Bro. Alex Tuss, Fr. Dave Paul, Bro. Don Neff, Linda Hayes (director of the Marianist Mission) and Bro. John Campbell. Photo courtesy Colleen Kammer|
FOURTH ANNUAL MEA RETREAT HELD AT ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY
|Front, Liza Sanchez and Minita Santizo; second row, Kathy Sisoian (presenter and vice president of Student Development), Patricia Garcia, Gloria Montalbo and Wayne Romo; third row, Michael Lecocke, Tom Hoffman, Fr. Jack McGrath (presenter) and Melba Fisher (presenter and honorary MEA); and back row, Ryan Dunning, Paul Uhlig, David Ramirez and Steve Neiheisel. Courtesy Kay Stone|
From Sept. 9 – 11, the Marianist Educational Associates (MEAs) at St. Mary’s University gathered for their fourth annual retreat at TECABOCA in Mountain Home, Texas. Participants spent the weekend reflecting on the Marianist System of Virtues, spiritual renewal and the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They also shared Mass, meals and a panel presentation with fellow MEAs and Lay Marianists. Fr. Jack McGrath and Melba Fisher served as presenters.
DAYTON VOCATION OFFICE HOSTS DISCERNMENT EVENING
|Dayton discernment evening at the Marianist community on Stonemill Road|
On Sept. 23, the Dayton Vocation Office hosted a discernment at the Marianist community on Stonemill Road in Dayton. Bro. Tom Pieper led the evening prayer, which was followed by dinner. Bro. Bob Jones and Novice Mark Motz shared their discernment journey with the 22 students who attended. Both stressed taking time for God in our busy lives to actively hear God’s call. After an hour for quiet reflection, the students shared thoughts and insights. Sr. Nicole Trahan closed the event with a prayer.
LIGUSTRUM COMMUNITY IN SAN ANTONIO HOSTS “VOCATIONING”
|Front, Sr. Gretchen Trautman, Fr. Bernie Lee and Bro. Tom Suda; back, Sr. Marcia Buchard (second from right) with participants|
On Sept. 22, the Ligustrum Marianist Community near St. Mary’s University in San Antonio hosted “Vocationing,” a discernment-focused evening that fed body and soul. Participants included three young professional adults and six St. Mary’s students. After evening prayer, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal compliments of Fr. Bernie Lee. Frs. Rudy Vela and Bernie Lee and Sr. Marcia Buchard shared the stories of their discernment journeys.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS BLESSED AT MYSTICAL ROSE ORATORY
|On Sept. 25, Fr. Joe Lackner blessed new Stations of the Cross, designed and created by Bro. Mel Meyer, at the Mystical Rose Oratory on the campus of Chaminade University of Honolulu/Saint Louis School. Courtesy Kay Stone|
BRO. STANLEY ZUBEK CELEBRATES 50TH JUBILEE
|From left, Bro. Daniel Odero, Novice Nhan Nguyen, Bro. Stan, and Bro. Patrick Wanderi Kagai. Bros. Daniel and Patrick are from the Region of Eastern Africa where Bro. Stan ministered for many years. Courtesy Bro. Daniel|
On Sept. 25, members of the Marianist Family and parishioners of St. Aloysius Parish in Cleveland celebrated Bro. Stanley Zubek’s 50th jubilee. A special Mass at St. Al’s was followed by a reception in the parish hall featuring music by The Zubek Family Music Band.
FR. NEVILLE O’DONOHUE CELEBRATES 25TH JUBILEE
|Clockwise from top left, Fr. Neville O’Donohue with Phillipa Brady and Nicholas Conlon; Sean and Mary McBride (chaplain at St. Laurence College); Jennifer Mohan, Rob and Paula Kearns, and Susan Buckley; Toni (Neville’s sister) and Muriel Wells. Courtesy Bro. Jim Contadino.|
On Sept. 11, the Marianist community in Dublin, Ireland, celebrated Fr. Neville O’Donohue’s 25th jubilee. At a special Mass, Fr. Michael Reaume and Pastor Alex Conlon concelebrated the liturgy and Fr. Neville renewed his vows. A reception followed the Mass and included Fr. Neville’s friends and family, some of whom had traveled from Brussels and London to attend the celebration.
BRO. WILLIAM FACKOVEC RETIRES AFTER 50 YEARS OF SERVICE
|Bro. Bill Fackovec at work in The Marian Library on the campus of the University of Dayton|
On Sept. 25, the Alumni Hall Marianist community hosted a farewell party for Bro. William Fackovec, who has retired from The Marian Library in Dayton after more than 50 years of service. In honor of his service, The Marian Library has named its rare books collection after Bro. Bill. He has spent years amassing the library’s collections, knows 12 languages and served as one of the library’s translators. Fr. Johann Roten, library director, called Bro. Bill a “walking computer” in a 2005 ALIVE magazine article about the library. Over the years, Bro. Bill scoured antiquarian bookshops throughout Europe and researched and purchased much of the library’s collection, more than 40 percent of which is unique to the library. “People have the impression that Rome has everything, but that’s not true,” said Bro. Bill. “Thre is always something new that strikes me. I’ve never gotten bored.” Bro. Bill now resides at Mercy Siena in Dayton. Congratulations on your retirement, Bro. Bill!
ST. LOUIS-AREA MARIANIST SCHOOLS CELEBRATE ANNUAL MASS
|Mike Loyet, president of St. John Vianney High School, Tim Dilg, principal of Vianney, Jane Goff, associate principal of St. Mary’s High School, Judy Talleur, principal Our Lady of the Pillar, Mike Bander, middle school principal of Chaminade College Prep, Dr. Louis Peters, principal of Chaminade, and Fr. Ralph Siefert, president of Chaminade|
Faculty and staff from the four St. Louis Marianist Schools (Our Lady of the Pillar Catholic School, Chaminade College Preparatory School, St. John Vianney High School, St. Mary’s High School) gathered at Our Lady of the Pillar on Oct. 3 for their annual Marianist Schools Celebration. After celebrating Mass together at Our Lady of the Pillar Church, they gathered for fellowship and brunch at the Parish Center. Judy Talleur, principal of Our Lady of Pillar School, welcomed everyone and introduced Provincial Marty Solma, who spoke to the group about Marianist education throughout the world highlighting the Marianists’ work in Africa where he served for many years.
OUR LADY OF NAZARETH LIBRARY RANKS SECOND IN KENYA
|The library at Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya, placed second in a national award competition in a field of 70 primary and secondary schools! The award honors the library’s management, creativity, innovation, community outreach programs and relevance to its audience. The library received a certificate (left), book vouchers and a cash prize. Congratulations to OLN librarian William Kamotho (whose brother Joseph is a professed Marianist) and Bro. Joseph Maricky Okoth, school manager.|
GERMAN STUDENTS VISIT DUBLIN’S ST. LAURENCE COLLEGE
|Dublin, Ireland, Marianist community members Bros. Fred Rech, Gerry Mc Auley, Jim Contadino and Fr. Michael Reaume (far right) with Mr. and Mrs. Ulrich Kleeman, who escorted students from The Marianum school in Fulda, Germany. The German guests joined the community for lunch during their time on campus. Courtesy Bro. Jim Contadino|
MARIANIST WORLD DAY OF PRAYER SET FOR OCTOBER 9
|The Marianist World Day of Prayer will be celebrated Oct. 9, 2011, at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar in Saragossa, Spain. The event is an opportunity for Marianist communities to pray and join in a unique international event. Read more about the World Day of Prayer.|
|The Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Pillar, Spain|
|Fr. Norb Brockman has written a new book, the “Encyclopedia of Sacred Places.” Purchase from amazon.com.|
Fr. George Montague will present three talks at the 16th Annual Maine State Charismatic Conference on Oct. 15 in Brewer, Maine. Read more.
Fr. Dave Paul will serve as director for a Marianist Mission Italian pilgrimage April 13 – 23, 2012, to Padua, Assisi, Rome, Venice, Florence and Orvieto. The trip will include Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and prayer at the tombs of Blessed Pope John Paul II and Blessed Pope John XXIII. To receive a brochure, email Fr. Dave. Read his letter about the pilgrimage.
|Bro. Jerry Bommer managed the grill at “Prayer, Praise and Barbecue” on Sept. 15 at Kahala Beach Park. The event was sponsored by Chaminade University of Honolulu’s campus ministry department.|
|Rachel Lozano was profiled in a recent article, “Miracle in our Midst.” The Catholic Church is investigating Rachel’s inexplicable recovery from a deadly cancer as a possible miraculous intercession from Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. “Rachel’s cure is beyond anything we could have expected from traditional medicine,” said her oncologist Dr. Bob Bergamini.
|On Oct. 28 – 30, Lay Marianists Ray McCracken, Mike Wasno and Dave Gotha will facilitate the first Male Spirituality Retreat at Tecaboca: A Marianist Center for Spiritual Renewal in Mountain Hill, Texas. The men have facilitated the Male Spirituality Retreats at the Marianist Family Retreat Center at Cape May Point, N.J., for several years. Read more for registration.|
Fr. Jerry Chinchar (Dayton) has created a blog about the new third edition of the Roman Missal which will be inaugurated on the First Sunday of Advent. Fr. Jerry is catechist for the University of Dayton as well as a liturgist and musician. “The Roman Missal is a great treasure for us because it contains prayers that transcend the ages, prayers which give voice to our common faith,” says Fr. Jerry. Fr. Bill Meyer, Province assistant for religious life, says, “Fr. Jerry is pastorally astute and offers insight along with practical hints in our implementation of the new Roman Missal.” Read Fr. Jerry’s blog.
|Bro. Joe Barrish shares this list of events scheduled through July 2012 at Gallery Saint John in Dayton.|
|Fr. James Imhof||Fr. James, early years|
- Fr. James Imhof (Cupertino, Calif.), 90, who died Oct. 5, 2011. May he rest in peace. Funeral arrangements are pending. Fr. Jim’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.
- Bro. José Pérez (Province of Madrid), 86, who died Aug. 7, 2011, in Valladolid, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. José’s obituary.
- Fr. François Petitjean (Province of France), 90, who died Aug. 20, 2011, in Issenheim, France. May he rest in peace. Read Fr. François’ obituary.
- Pam Brissette and Andres (Andy) Zermeno. Read more.
FOLIAGE AT SAN FERNANDO CATHEDRAL
|Courtesy Bro. Ed Loch|
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
- Bro. Paul Bredestege (Huntsville, Ohio).
- Bro. James Fitzgibbons (District of India).
- Bro. Mel Meyer (Curé of Ars, St. Louis).
- Fr. Paul Neumann (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
- Bro. Louis Pinckert (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
- Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
- Fr. Jim Russell (Governor’s Island, Huntsville, Ohio).
- Bro. Jerry Sullivan (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
- Sr. Audrey Buttner (Marianist Sisters, Dayton).
- Dorothy Bau, Ken Dericks, Tony Fitzgerald and Gary Renaud. Read more.
CUPERTINO. Read the Sept. 23, 2011, update from Fr. Steve Tutas.
MLC. Read the September 2011 issue of Gifts and Tasks, the newsletter of the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities.
MSJC. Read the September 2011 issue of Justice Jottings.
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