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Volume 11, Number 7
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MARIANIST FAMILY WELL REPRESENTED AT L.A. RELIGIOUS ED. CONGRESS

 
At the L.A. Religious Education Congress, Bro. Dennis Schmitz (far left) and Fr. Ken Templin (far right) talk with students at the Marianist Family’s vocations booth. Courtesy Bro. Jim Wisecaver

Members of the Marianist Family attended the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress from March 23 – 25 in Anaheim, Calif., and Province staff and Marianist religious hosted three booths: vocations; the Marianist Mission; and the Association of Marianist Universities. Some 40,000 Catholics attend the annual Congress for liturgical celebrations, networking, workshops and talks given by leading Catholic educators, writers and activists.

Bros. Dennis Schmitz, Tom Wendorf, Jim Wisecaver, Frs. Ted Cassidy, Ken Templin and John Thompson, and Srs. Nicole Trahan and Gretchen Trautman staffed the vocations booth and engaged with visitors. “We come here to talk with young men and women who are interested in religious life,” said Bro. Tom Wendorf, national vocations director. “We collect contact information and keep in touch with many.”

The Marianist Mission and the Association of Marianist Universities each hosted a booth at the Congress for the first time and raised awareness about their ministries. The Mission’s booth was staffed by Allison Hewitt, Province executive director of development, and Linda Hayes, director of the Marianist Mission. Bro. Tom Giardino, executive director of the AMU, Kay Stone and Chelssi Matsuda (Chaminade University of Honolulu), Bro. Brian Halderman and Chris Cantu (St. Mary’s University) and Robert Durkle (University of Dayton) handed out materials regarding their respective institutions.

View a slideshow of photos from the Congress.

 Photography by Bro. Jim Wisecaver, Michael Bittner & Sr. Nicole Trahan

Clockwise from top left, Srs. Gretchen Trautman, Nicole Trahan and Bro. Tom Wendorf; Contact Andrew Giles and Bro. Dennis Schmitz; Fr. Ted Cassidy and an inquirer; an inquirer and Fr. Ken Templin

BROS. BOB JONES AND SEAN DOWNING APPROVED FOR SEMINARY STUDIES

 
Bro. Bob Jones Bro. Sean Downing

Congratulations to Bros. Bob Jones and Sean Downing, who have been approved for seminary studies. Bro. Bob will be heading to Rome the first week in June to begin his study of Italian. Bro. Sean will begin philosophical studies at the University of Dayton this summer.

A MESSAGE FROM THE MSJC’S DEATH PENALTY ISSUE TEAM

Bob Stoughton, Fr. John Manahan, Bro. Jerry Sullivan, Sr. Grace Walle and Karen Clifton; front, Mary Hallinan, Jim Vogt, Lauren Olson and Bro. Brian Halderman

Jim Vogt, director of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, and members of the MSJC’s Death Penalty Issue Team share a letter with the Marianist Family. The members suggest that as we all consider the death and resurrection of Jesus, we consider justice in our times. The letter also includes a Good Friday reflection, the status of the death penalty in several key states, and information about how you can help abolish the death penalty in your state.

NEWS FROM INDIA

REDS (Ragpickers Education & Development Scheme) Bangalore celebrated Women’s Day on March 8. Women gathered for awareness programs, games and other activities. Courtesy Bro. Lucian Tigga
 
On March 19, REDS students celebrated the feast of St. Joseph with a procession, at left. The celebration ended with a blessing by Fr. David Fleming and a cake for the many “Josephs” of the community. Right, on March 21, the students at Deepahalli Educational Center participated in an art festival, directed by Fr. Joseph Lackner. Read about Marianist ministries in India

BLOG POST FROM BRANDON PALUCH

Read the blog post “How do you start your morning?” by Novice Brandon Paluch about his experience in the Marianist Novitiate. “I sit and pray, my eyes closed, breathing deeply and trying to focus on our God of love,” he writes. “This is not the way most people start their day.” Learn more about Marianist vocations.

NAZARETH LAY COMMUNITY SKYPES MEETING WITH MEMBERS IN MEXICO

 
The Nazareth Marianist Lay Community in Dayton held a meeting via Skype on March 14, connecting local members Cathy Emmers and Sr. Marie Abmayr with Jean and Bud Nickleman in Manzanillo, Mexico. Jean led the meeting, a discussion of Bro. Tom Giardino’s recent book, “The Promise and the Path: Starting and Sustaining Marianist Communities.” Courtesy Bro. Jack Somerville

ST. LOUIS AFFILIATES GATHER FOR LENTEN RETREAT

 
On March 11, St. Louis Lay Marianist Affiliates gathered in the Curé of Ars community house for their Lenten retreat, led by Fr. Tim Kenney.

APRIL FEAST DAYS

Sunday, April 29, is Good Shepherd Sunday. Read a full list of April Feast Days.

HARVEST WOMEN MARIANIST LAY COMMUNITY HOLDS “AT THE CROSSROADS”

 
The Harvest Women Marianist Lay Community, front Kathy Devlin, Lannette Zeller, Rebecca Taylor and Darlene Haug; second row, Doris Foster, Arlene Lingo, Pat Keesis, Drusa Wabaunsee and Cornelia Donahue; third row, Joanne McCracken, Babe Bell, Regina Butts, Alberta Lierz, Mary Ellen Slattery, Laura Thackery and Jeanette Little Sun; fourth row, Joanne Berns, Belinda Flynn, Pam Zeller, Joann Walker, Jo Reilly and Chris Suriano. Photo courtesy Marceta Reilly

The Harvest Women Marianist Lay Community hosted its sixth annual Women’s Lenten Retreat on March 9 – 10 at St. Francis Xavier Church in Mayetta, Kan. Joanne McCracken and Chris Suriano from the Marianist Family Retreat Center at Cape May Point, N.J., served as facilitators for the retreat, which was titled “At the Crossroads.” Twenty-two women from six parishes in northeast Kansas examined choices about family, careers, education, friends and faith.

Read more about Lay Marianists. Learn about the characteristics of a Lay Marianist, about Lay Marianist formation and how to start a community, and about the Marianist Lay Network of North America.

MUSP CLEVELAND SEEKING PROGRAM DIRECTOR

The Marianist Province of the United States is seeking a program director for the Marianist Urban Students Program (MUSP) at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland. MUSP assists qualified students in achieving success in their education within the Catholic Christian atmosphere of a Marianist high school. Read the job posting. Read a more detailed position description.
MUSP at Central Catholic High School, San Antonio

“LIVING GREEN” ART SHOW: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Marianist Environmental Education Center’sLiving Green” art show will run from May 23 – June 17 at Gallery Saint John in Dayton. Visual artists, writers, musicians and educators are invited to enter. Download a submission packet. Fill out an intent to submit form. Intents are due April 6; artwork is due April 26. Contact meec@udayton.edu or 937.429.3582.
WHO’S DOING WHAT
 Bro. Bob Moriarty (Vernon, Conn.) reports that the Pastoral Department for Small Christian Communities has received a grant for $15,000 from the Koch Foundation to support small church community development in the Archdiocese of Hartford. The grant will provide support for several projects, including retreats for young adults.
 Bro. Gary Morris (Chaminade Pohaku, Hawai’i) was inducted in February into the Hawai’i chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. On March 12, he gave the keynote address at the NSAL meeting and luncheon at the Pacific Club in Honolulu. His speech was entitled, “Get Them Involved! Educating Youth to Appreciate and Participate in Performing Arts for Life.” Congratulations, Bro. Gary!
 Fr. Dave Schuyler (Cupertino, Calif.) will replace the late Fr. Jack Russi in caring for Lay Marianist Affiliates in the west coast region of the Province.   
 Bro. Don Smith (Meyer Hall, Dayton) was commissioned by the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company to create this award, a terra cotta bowl surrounded by ivy leaves. The award was given to nine families who have worked to improve the Dayton community.
 Bro. Mel Meyer (Curé of Ars, St. Louis), was recently awarded the “Downtown Kirkwood Enhancement Award” for his artistic enhancement contributions to Downtown Kirkwood, Mo. His work is the focus of a current show at Saint Louis University, “Providential Journey: The Art of Brother Mel.”
 Fr. Bill Backherms (Mercy Siena, Dayton) is profiled in an article on pg. 6 of Engaging Aging, the spring 2012 newsletter from the National Religious Retirement Office. The article was reprinted from the Fall/Winter 2011 issue of ALIVE, the magazine of the Marianist Province of the United States.
 The Chambers and Sawmill Marianist communities in Dayton hosted Bro. Ed Brink, Province assiant for education, for dinner on March 21. Clockwise from left, Bros. Jim Facette, Ed Brink, Alex Tuss, Larry Cada, Frs. Norbert Burns, Chris Conlon and Bro. Gary Marcinowski, who served as cook. Courtesy Bro. Phil Aaron
 Several members of the Marianist community in Cupertino, Calif., and their friends toured the Intel Corporate Museum in Santa Clara, Calif. At the museum, Bro. Gene Frank, Les and Jo Gremett, Bros. John Samaha, Tom Deasy, Jim Leahy and Frank Spaeth
 On March 12, Bros. Gary Marcinowski, Phil Aaron and Chris Conlon (Chambers Street, Dayton) hosted University of Dayton students for dinner and dessert. Courtesy Bro. Phil 

THIS SUMMER, SPEND TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY AT THE SEASHORE

The Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J., is offering a full lineup of family programs this summer (grandparents are welcome, too). The week-long programs feature Masses and other liturgies tailored to the family complemented by skits, presentations, sharing, peer group discussions and recreational activities. Retreat themes focus on family enrichment and spiritual development through affirmation, communication, reconciliation, commitment and spreading the “Good News.” The retreats begin each Monday throughout the summer starting June 25.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY AROUND THE PROVINCE

Clockwise from left, Fr. Mike O’Grady prepares the corned beef for the Casa Maria (San Antonio) St. Pat’s celebration; Bro. Bill O’Connell (Cupertino, Calif. ); Bros. Fred Rech and Jim Contadino (Dublin, Ireland,) and Bros. Patrick McMahon and Jim Leahy (Cupertino)
 
Bro. Frank Spaeth, Fr. Joe Stefanelli and Bro. Tom Deasy (Cupertino)
On March 17, Marianist Family members gathered for an Italian dinner at the New Ways Ministry Conference in Baltimore. Clockwise from left, Beth and Tony GarasciaBros. Frank O’Donnell, Dick Olsen, Brian Zampier, Linda Zappacosta, Brad Leger and Matt Dunn. Courtesy Bro. Brian
PRAYERS
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF…

 Fr. John McEnhill

 Fr. John, recent

Fr. John McEnhill (Marianist Community, Cupertino, Calif.), 83, who died March 22, 2012, in Cupertino. May he rest in peace. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on March 30 at St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish. Fr. William Meyer will be the presider and represent the Provincial Council. Fr. William A. O’Connell will be the homilist. Burial will be at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on March 31. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Fr. John at 5:30 p.m. on May 20 at the Blessed Chaminade Chapel at Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, Calif. Fr. John’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

 Fr. John McEnhill (facing camera) at the final vow ceremony for Fr. Allen DeLong (kneeling) in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 1957. Seated is Marianist Provincial Fr. Leonard Fee; standing is Fr. William O’Connell.

Bro. Cándido Ortiz de Elguea (Province of Spain), 89, who died March 24, 2012, in Madrid, Spain. May he rest in peace. Bro. Cándido’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Dottie Altstadt, Margaret Metzger, Dolly Remar, Grace Rinaldi, Len Silva, Rahil Surin and Jean Tally. Read more.

READ THE OBITUARIES OF MARIANIST BROTHERS AND PRIESTS SINCE 2007.

SPRINGTIME BLOSSOMS

Courtesy Bro. Phil Aaron

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF…

Bro. Paul Bredestege (Governor’s Island, Huntsville, Ohio)

Bro. James Fitzgibbons (Washington Street Marianist Community, Dayton)

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

Fr. James McKay (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Bro. Paul Metzger (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Fr. James Mueller (Marianist Community, West Hills, Calif.)

Bro. Jesse O’Neill (Marianist Community, Eldersburg, Md.)

Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Andy Gilliard, Don Larkin, Anne Marie Morehart, Sheila Parente, Angela Pinto and Eileen Webster. Read more.

FROM THE SCHOOLS…
READ MORE ABOUT MARIANIST EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, OHIO. On March 13, a group of 20 UD students sat with President Barack Obama and Prime Minister David Cameron at an NCAA First Four basketball tournament game at the UD Arena. Read a story from Jacob Rosen, editor of the Flyer News, UD’s student newspaper
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, WEST HILLS, CALIF., Congratulations to President James V. Adams, who will receive the 2012 Catholic Secondary Education Award from the Secondary Schools Department of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). During his tenure, Chaminade has instituted a one-to-one student tablet educational experience, and constructed a  science and technology center, an arts and athletics center and performing arts center. Read more from the school.  
CHAMINADE JULIENNE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, DAYTON. Catherine Meixner, a CJ senior, has been awarded a silver medal for her poetry submissions in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Catherine’s father is Dan Meixner, CJ’s president. Congratulations, Catherine!
During a nine-day tour of Spain, CJ students toured the Spanish countryside and visited with pen pals at Colegio Santa Ana y San Rafael, a Marianist sister school in Madrid.
CHAMINADE-MADONNA COLLEGE PREPARATORY, HOLLYWOOD, FLA., honored distinguished alumni and dedicated faculty and staff members MaryAnne Turrie-Karcher, Jeffrey Caballero, Julius “Skip” Farinhas, Luigina “Gina” D’Onofrio Billisi, Kevin Rieth, Carol Manzella and Donna Fierro Wagener at the school’s annual Alumni Hall of Fame Mass, induction ceremony and dinner on March 10.
On March 13, CM’s Lady Lions volleyball team presented a check for $5,000 to the Michael & Dianne Bienes Comprehensive Cancer Center at Holy Cross Hospital. For the past four years, the team has planned, hosted and played in the Chaminade-Madonna Cares Girls’ Volleyball Invitational, a charity tournament to benefit breast cancer research and awareness.
COLEGIO SAN JOSÉ, PUERTO RICO, students participated in an event for “Cancer Pediatrico” (Spanish for Pediatric Cancer) to help raise funds and awareness for the cause. These students shaved their heads in solidarity with pediatric cancer patients.  
DANIEL J. GROSS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, BELLEVUE, NEB. In early March, 14 Gross Catholic students participated in a service trip to rural Lacoochee, Fla., where they worked with Habitat for Humanity for a week on the school’s annual service mission trip. Read more.
NEWSLETTER CENTRAL

CAPE MAY. Read the March 2012 issue of The Beacon, from the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.

GIFTS & TASKS. Read the March 2012 issue of Gifts & Tasks, from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities.

MARIANIST LIFE. Read the March 2012 issue of The Fulcrum, from Marianist LIFE.

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

MLNNA. From MLNNA’s President Rudy Reyes Jr., read Time to Weigh In and Embrace of Community.

NIRMAL DEEP. Read the March 2012 newsletter from the Nirmal Deep Novitiate Community.

PROVINCE BIRTHDAYS

March

28 Roland Bunda
29 Michael Sullivan
30 Frank Damm
Stephen Glodek
Joseph Uvietta

April

1 Joseph Mariscalco
2 Thomas Farnsworth
Robert Wood
4 Richard Kuhn
Ronald Luksic
Robert Wiethorn
6 Kathy Cooper
George Hans
7 Renny Markose
Louis Mason
David Quigley
9 Jack Ventura
10 Ralph Siefert
11 Joseph Okoth Maricky
12 Mary Ellen Garcia
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 publication 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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