Volume 11, Number 2
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012
MARIANIST CANDIDATES FOR SAINTHOOD INSPIRE PRAYER, DEVOTION
As Chaminade Year draws to a close, members of the Marianist Family continue to celebrate the founder’s influence. The intercession of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, whose cause for canonization is being considered in Rome, is most recently credited with the healing of St. Louisan Rachel Lozano of terminal cancer. The Vatican is investigating this cure, described in an article from the St. Louis Review from July 2010. Learn more about Blessed Chaminade’s Cause for Canonization.
As the newly appointed U.S. Province liaison to the Postulator General for Marianist Causes, Fr. Paul Landolfi (left) promotes the cause of Blessed Chaminade and those of the other Marianist martyrs and venerables. Thanks to Bro. John Samaha, who served well in this role for 10 years. Fr. Antonio Gascón serves as the Postulator General in Rome.
With the readers of FamilyOnline, Fr. Paul shares an inspiring talk given by Rachel on World Youth Day, Aug. 15, 2011, at the Colegio Nuestra Señora del Pilar in Madrid. Her cure, she said, is “an unexplainable miracle that I attribute to prayers of intercession to Blessed Chaminade and God’s miraculous healing. I cannot express enough how eternally grateful I am for this special gift.”
One of Fr. Paul’s responsibilities is to encourage others to learn about these holy Marianists and to seek their intercession. “These individuals can serve as role models for all of us — religious and lay alike — in living the Marianist charism,” said Fr. Paul. “As members of the Marianist Family, we are called to give witness to the world as a ‘nation of saints.’”
Chaminade Year concludes on Jan. 22, 2012 — the 162nd anniversary of Father Chaminade’s death. FamilyOnline would like to hear how Marianist Family members marked the occasion. Submit photos and information about your closing celebrations.
|On Jan. 4, 2012, Rachel gave a talk to the students at Chaminade Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, Fla. “When I asked a student how she felt about the whole experience, she told me that listening to Mrs. Lozano touched her deeply in her soul,” said Rev. Larry Doersching, president. “Rachel is a true inspiration to our youth.” Read Rachel’s blog.|
FOUR SEMINARIANS ORDAINED AS DEACONS ON JAN. 14
|On Jan. 14, four seminarians were ordained as deacons at the church of Santo Nome di Maria in Rome: Bros. Birendra Kullu,Rajesh Lakra, Nittamaria Varaprasad and Raymundo Dominguez González. Blessings to these men as they begin their new ministries.|
BRO. JOSÉ LUIS MOLINA GONZÁLEZ TO MAKE FIRST PROFESSION
|Bro. José Luis Molina González will make his first profession of vows in Querétaro, Mexico, on Jan. 22. Please pray for him as he prepares for this commitment.|
SIX MEN PARTICIPATE IN PROVINCE CONTACT RETREAT
|At the contact retreat, Bro. Richard Hartz, Sr. Gretchen Trautman, Bro. Daniel Osino Odero (Kenya), Justin Quiroz and Bro. Karl Hornberger|
From Jan. 6 – 8, the Province sponsored a contact retreat in collaboration with the Province of Meribah at the Meribah Retreat House in Long Island, N.Y. Bro. Tim Driscoll (Meribah) led the retreat, which focued on “Discernment in the Spirit of Mary.” Six Marianist contacts participated: Justin Quiroz, a junior at St. Mary’s University; Dan Haslbauer, Chaminade High School-Mineola graduate; Andrew Gerbetz, University of Dayton graduate; Alfredo Guzman, Chaminade-Mineola graduate; Paul Clores, Kellenberg Memorial High School graduate; and Andrew Giles, electrical engineer from Carlsbad, Calif., who met the Marianists at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Also participating in the retreat were Bros. Bob Jones and Tom Wendorf, Sr. Gretchen Trautman, Meribah Aspirant John Kirrane, and Fr. Todd Saccoccia and Fr. Garrett Long (Meribah). On Saturday the retreatants enjoyed the hospitality of the Chaminade-Mineola brothers during evening prayer and dinner. The retreat ended with Eucharist, a celebration of Epiphany.
PROVINCE SEEKS ASST. FOR JUSTICE, PEACE AND THE INTEGRITY OF CREATION
|The Province is seeking an Assistant for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. Read the job description. Deadline is Feb. 8. Send résumés to the Office of Human Resources, 4425 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108.|
MARIANIST FAMILY MEMBERS CELEBRATE GRADUATION
|On Dec. 16, Fr. John Thompson (far right) graduated from the University of San Francisco with a doctorate in educational leadership. At the celebration with Fr. John were Bros. John Haster, Ed Brink, Dr. Gini Shimabukuro (Fr. John’s advisor), Fr. George Cerniglia and Fr. Walter Jenkins, CSC (Fr. John’s classmate, who also earned a doctorate in education). Congratulations to both graduates!|
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR LIFE SUMMER PROGRAMS!
Toni Mesina, national coordinator of LIFE Ministries, announces that registration information is now available online for the 2012 Summer LIFE Programs:
MARIANIST EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATES GATHER AT ANNUAL PARTY
|St. Mary’s University MEAs gathered at the annual university Christmas party. Front row, from left, Jim Ball, Santa Claus (David Krause) and Michael Losiewicz; back row, Gloria Montalbo, Ryan Dunning, Céline Jacquemin, Liza Sánchez, David Ramirez, Patricia Garcia, Michael Lecocke and Terri Boggess.|
OUR LADY OF NAZARETH IN NAIROBI CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY
|Our Lady of Nazareth primary school in Nairobi, Kenya, is celebrating its 20th anniversary throughout 2012. School administrators are proud to announce that standardized test scores are now at their highest levels in the school’s history. In addition, Marianist scholarships allow 32 students to receive four years of secondary education. Financial support from PricewaterhouseCoopers and gifts from individuals in the United States, The United Kingdom and Kenya, funds a total of 96 scholarships for high school and university studies.|
GLBT INITIATIVE TEAM PLANS FOR FUTURE
|GLBT Initiative Team members, front row, Dominic Garascia, Laura Collins, Jim Vogt and Beth Garascia; second row, Nancy Mascotte, Brad Leger, Hank Mascotte and Fr. Terry Weik; back row, Matt Dunn, Bro. Dick Olsen and Linda Zappacosta. Courtesy Jim|
From Dec. 2 – 4, the GLBT Initiative Team met in Dayton to plan programming. The team will continue to offer “A Place at the Marianist Table,” a program that helps Marianist communities and ministries increase sensitivity about and openness to gay and lesbian persons. The team will be developing spirituality resources and campaigning to eradicate bullying due to sexual orientation. The GLBT is a ministry of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.
SPRINGFIELD LAY MARIANIST AFFILIATES ATTEND RETREAT
|Springfield Lay Marianist Affiliates, front, Kate Rossi and Fr. Al McMenamy (Spiritual Assistant). Standing, first row, Cindy Ledbetter, Carol Shehorn, Ann Walker and Terri Maze; second row, Loretta Reisinger, Quinto Cimarossa, Cliff Shehorn, Alma Mandeville and Vicki Auth; third row, Terry Rossi, Bob Mandeville, Merle King, Betty King and Bill Ledbetter. Not pictured: Donna Merte. Photo courtesy Carol King|
Lay Marianist Affiliates from Springfield, Ill., held an all-day retreat on Jan. 8 at the home of Affiliate Terri Maze. Cliff and Carol Shehorn served as facilitators. The retreat featured activities inspired by the theme of “Mary” and included conferences, meditations, music, reflections and Mass.
|Fr. Jim Fitz (Kiefaber Street, Dayton) is featured in a recent issue of The University of Dayton Magazine, in which he answers questions from UD alumni. Fr. Jim, UD class of 1968, is vice president for mission and university rector. Read the article.|
|Bro. Leo Slay (Marycliff, Eureka, Mo.) received a 2012 West County Journal award for his commitment to enriching his community. Read more. Congratulations, Bro. Leo!|
Courtesy Suburban Journals
|Bro. Mike Murphy (DeSales Crossings, Cincinnati) was interviewed in a recent article about his work with CoreChange, a collaboration of Cincinnati leaders and citizens intent on improving the city’s urban core.|
Bro. Tom Giardino (Trinity Avenue, Dayton) was profiled in an article on The Catholic Beat. The story focuses on his new role as the executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities.
|On Jan. 6, a 9-foot-tall sculpture by Bro. Mel Meyer (Curé of Ars, St. Louis), “The Glass Tower,” was stolen from the campus of Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill. Read an article about the crime, “The artistic upside to a sculpture heist in Belleville,” published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.|
|Bro. John Haster (Cupertino, Calif.) recently had lunch with California Governor Jerry Brown. Bro. John and Jerry have been friends since childhood.|
|Bro. John Samaha (Cupertino, Calif.) has published two articles: “Appreciating John Paul the Great” and “Career or Vocation?: A Christian challenge for today.”|
|Bro. Brian Zampier (Maryland Avenue, St. Louis) shares that this 4-by-6-foot artwork, which he created from paper towels he uses to clean his paint brushes, was recently purchased by the Union United Methodist Church in Belleville, Ill.|
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF…
- Fr. Eduardo Benlloch (Province of Spain), 84, who died Dec. 15, 2011, in Zaragoza, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Fr. Eduardo’s obituary.
- Bro. Jesús Sáez (Province of Spain), 78, who died Dec. 20, 2011, in Vitoria, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Jesús’ obituary.
- Kristen Barnhart, Jeanette Douglas, Ervin Konieczny, Robert Levstik, Bernie Moeggenberg, Robert O’Rourke, Marie Rosse and Grace Scrivani. Read more.
READ THE OBITUARIES OF MARIANIST BROTHERS AND PRIESTS SINCE 2007.
CONTRAILS, CHAMBERS STREET, DAYTON
|Courtesy Bro. James Facette|
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
- Bro. James Burkholder (Central Catholic, San Antonio).
- Bro. Bill Deanhofer (Governor’s Island Marianist Community, Huntsville, Ohio).
- Bro. James Fitzgibbons (Marianist Community, Dayton).
- Fr. Joseph Mary Marshall (Casa San Juan, San Antonio).
- Fr. James McKay (Mercy Siena, Dayton).
- Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
- Bro. Gerard Sullivan (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
- Fr. Jim Bajorek, Deacon Steve Baugh, Louie Carufel, Marie Farnan and John Lobata. Read more.
GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS. The University of Dayton is accepting applications for graduate assistantships for students pursuing master’s degrees in theology or pastoral ministry. Applications are due March 1. Read more. Email Kelly Adamson.
MARIAN LIBRARY. Read the winter 2011-12 issue of the newsletter from The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute.
FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION. Read the January 2012 issue of Via Latina.
CAPE MAY. Read the January 2012 issue of The Beacon, the newsletter of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.
MLNNA. Read E-News, the newsletter of the Marianist Lay Network of North America.
In the last issue of FamilyOnline, Bro. Bill Bolts (Cupertino, Calif.) was incorrectly identified as a graduate of Serra High School. He is a graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. He served as a teacher, director and principal at Serra.
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