Volume 14, Number 11
Friday, Nov. 6, 2015
EVENT CONNECTS MARIANIST FAMILY IN PRAYER, SERVICE, SOCIAL MEDIA
Using the social media hashtag #MarianistsInAction, far-flung members of the Marianist Family joined in a collective “shout out” to the power of service and prayer.
The week-long initiative sponsored by the Marianist Lay Network of North America encouraged Marianist Family members to convene for service activities and prayer, and then post stories and photos on social media as a way to showcase “who they are and what they are committed to,” according to MLNNA leader Mallory Green.
“We wanted Marianist Family members to connect, celebrate our Marianist identity and learn what others are doing,” Mallory said. The event began Oct. 4 and ended with the Marianist World Day of Prayer on Oct. 11.
Among the activities tagged with #MarianistsInAction were meals for the homeless in Philadelphia, a blood drive in San Francisco, a charity 5K walk/run in Dayton and a neighborhood cleanup day in St. Louis.
“We enjoyed praying and working together, especially since it connected us with our Marianist brothers and sisters in our mission to bring Christ to the world,” wrote Barbara Miller, a staffer at the University of Dayton’s Center for Catholic Education. Her department collected and donated kitchen items for refugees served by Catholic Social Services.
INSPIRATION FOR ADMINISTRATION: MINISTRY LEADERS GATHER IN ST. LOUIS
Nearly 40 top leaders of Marianist-sponsored ministries gathered for their annual meeting late last month. The event brought together secondary school presidents and principals, retreat center directors and the director of Marianist LIFE with members of the Marianist Office of Sponsorship.
“The conference is an excellent opportunity for administrators to reconnect with their peers, to learn from each other and to grow spirituality,” said Dan Donnelly, director of the Office of Sponsorship. This year’s conference featured a workshop led by Ann Garrido, author of the book, Redeeming Administration: The 12 Spiritual Habits of Catholic Leaders. See more photos.
|THREE QUESTIONS WITH …|
|Fr. George Cerniglia|
|Fr. George Cerniglia has served as rector of Chaminade University of Honolulu since 2010. His role is to represent and advance the Marianist identity on campus.|
|You’re an Italian from New York City. How does island life suit you?|
|My ministerial life has led me many places, all of which have been a gift from God. I find the cultures of Hawai’i and the Marianists intersect in so many ways. The hospitality to which we are called as Marianists is evident here. In short, I find that island life suits me just fine.|
|What aspect of your work gives you joy?|
|Joy comes in sharing my faith and seeing how it resonates in the lives of others. I am constantly awed by the way God works in the lives of my fellow brothers, my colleagues and Chaminade students. Even in our secularized world, the search for God continues, and that makes me happy.|
|What do you want Chaminade students to know about the Marianists?|
|I want them to know that the Marianist way of life – both lay and religious – has value now and into the future. I want them to see how the Marianist way helps them to be whole persons who strive to build a better world. I want them to see Marianists as people of joy and hope.|
|MARIANIST WORLD DAY OF PRAYER: CELEBRATIONS OF UNITY
|Members of the Marianist Family marked the 31st Marianist World Day of Prayer on Oct. 11 with varied events in a celebration of unity. Gatherings across the globe had common elements combined with local traditions.|
|In Ranchi, Jharkhand, India, for example, approximately 180 Marianist brothers, priests, sisters and lay people assembled to take part in a procession beginning at Morning Star School and concluding at Blessed Chaminade Parish, where Mass was celebrated. A luncheon, cultural dancing and Marian hymns and prayers at Our Lady of Jharkhand Shrine rounded out the day’s events.|
|Roughly 8,000 miles to the west, about 50 friends and members of the Governor’s Island Community in Huntsville, Ohio, dedicated a new Marian Shrine. Bro. Don Smith designed the shrine’s ceramic image of the Blessed Mother, Bro. Charles Gausling made its frame and Fr. Mike Nartker celebrated the morning’s Mass. The shrine will feature new landscaping and a bench for retreatants and area residents to rest and pray.|
|WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
|Fr. Jim Heft presented a major paper at the University of Notre Dame’s conference “Transcending Orthodoxies: Academic Freedom in Religiously Affiliated Universities.” The conference, which concluded earlier this week, brought together scholars from various backgrounds and religious affiliations. Fr. Jim’s paper was titled The Open Circle: The Catholic University and Academic Freedom.|
|A certain amount of celebrity seems appropriate for the oldest member of the Society of Mary in the United States. Birthday greetings for Bro. John Totten, who turned 102 on Oct. 21, had nearly 12,000 views on a widely shared Facebook post. Thousands of people viewed this video, which was shot earlier this year.|
|The Society of Mary was recognized for its contributions to Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School at the school’s Hall of Fame awards ceremony on Oct. 11. Bro. Tom Giardino, Province assistant for education, accepted the award on behalf of the Province.|
|ON THE RUN FOR A GOOD CAUSE IN DAYTON|
NEW AFFILIATES WELCOMED IN PHILADELPHIA, CUPERTINO
|The Marianist Family welcomed new Marianist Affiliates last month.|
|On Oct. 10, Diane Browne celebrated her commitment at a Mass at St. John’s Parish in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. Fr. Pat Tonry presided.|
|Four women became Marianist Affiliates at a ceremony in Cupertino, California on Oct. 12. Marites Johnsen, Elisa Montepio, Grace Pancipanci and Nancy R. made commitments following a year of formation under the guidance of Bro. David Betz. Bro. Tom Redmond received the commitments.|
|FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES|
|MEEC, UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON SPONSOR AUTUMN RETREAT|
|Inspired by Pope Francis‘ encyclical Laudato Si’, the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) and the University of Dayton hosted a retreat on Oct. 24 to help people deepen their relationships with God’s creation. “This requires humility,” said Sr. Leanne Jablonski, director of MEEC. “It means looking beyond our own desires and making lifestyle choices that are in step with our faith and convictions.”|
|The retreat opened with a keynote speech about Pope Francis’ environmental theology by Dr. Kelly Johnson, associate professor of religious studies at UD. The 35 participants could then choose among breakout options.|
|For one session, Bro. Don Geiger, MEEC founder, led an autumn hike on the Mount Saint John nature preserve.
|Dayton musician and visual artist Michael Bashaw led an improvisational workshop based on the encyclical. The Visitation Marianist State (Lay) Community hosted a panel discussion featuring Sr. Leanne and Andy Badinghaus of the Mission of Mary Cooperative.|
|MARIANIST UNIVERSITIES IN TOP 25 OF CATHOLIC COLLEGE RANKING|
|All three Marianist Universities were among the top 25 in Niche’s 2016 rankings of the “100 Best Catholic Universities.” The University of Dayton earned the number seven spot, St. Mary’s University came in at 14, and Chaminade University of Honolulu ranked 25th. The list is compiled based on key statistics and student reviews. See the rankings.|
|CHAMINADE JULIENNE ON THE AIR WITH RADIO ROSARY|
|“You are listening to Radio Maria, a Christian voice in your home. We are joining you live from Dayton, Ohio, at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.”|
|On the fourth Monday of each month, you can hear those words before students and faculty of Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School pray the rosary as part of Radio Maria programming. The group broadcasts live from the St. Mary Conference room in Marianist Hall.
|A parent of four CJ graduates runs all of Radio Maria’s Dayton operations. She contacted religion teacher Tim O’Loughlin about this opportunity.
|“All prayer is good, but this prayer group is special to me,” said Tim. “It’s special because we’re not only praying as individuals, but we’re also praying as a CJ family, and we’re praying with one million Radio Maria listeners worldwide. How cool is that?” Read more.|
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
|Fr. James McKay died Oct. 15, 2015. He was 98 and had been a Marianist for 81 years. A scholar of languages, Fr. Jim served as a high school teacher, administrator, chaplain and parish priest over the course of more than six decades. Read the funeral homily by Fr. Tom Schroer. Read his obituary. See more photos.
Bro. James Wisecaver died Oct. 17, 2015. He was 73 and had been a Marianist for 54 years. A creative, energetic man, Bro. Jim ministered as a high school teacher and principal, a college professor and a member of the Marianist vocation team. Read his obituary. See more photos.
|We Ask For Your Prayers|
|Recent deaths of Marianist brothers and priests in other international areas: Fr. Joseph Hilgers, Fr. Alois Leitner, Fr. José Luis Otaño, Fr. Bernard Truffer.|
|Recent deaths of Marianist friends and family members: Agnes DeRego Asue, Fr. Carl Bauer, Adrian Bumbac, Gwong Uuh Zacharia Choi, Ruth Cornelison, Marie Cuellar, James Fitzpatrick, Flavio Gianotti, Danny Heller, Mary Muthukattil, , Kevin O’Toole, Jean Schmit and Patrick Tavares. Read more.
|Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.|
|Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests (Province of the United States) since 2007. Read more.|
|A Moment with Blessed Chaminade|
|“Keep yourself in the presence of God… keep yourself united to our Lord Jesus Christ and to the Blessed Virgin. What strength you will derive from this union!”|
|MARIANIST PULSE APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE|
|The application for Marianist Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education (PULSE) is now available. PULSE, a new servant-leadership program based in Dayton, will begin evaluating applicants in January. The inaugural cadre of PULSE volunteers will begin service in mid-2016. Read more.|
|Do you believe in the communion of saints? According to Fr. Paul Landolfi, “it is right and just to place our ‘saints’ in a special category, give them special honor, pray through their intercession, but we should never forget the ‘unknown Marianist Family saints’ who lived and died in the presence of God.” Read more from Fr. Paul.|
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
|Nov. 6: Blesseds Miguel Léibar, Florencio Arnáiz, Sabino Ayastuy and Joaquín Ochoa
Nov. 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Nov. 26: Thanksgiving
Nov. 29: First Sunday of Advent
Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
MLNNA eNews from the Marianist Lay Network of North America
InFormation from the International Center for Marianist Formation
Nirmal Deep Chronicles from the Marianist Novitiate in Ranchi, India
MARIANIST BIRTHDAYS - November and December
Editor: Carol Dexter; assistant: Ann Mueller. This monthly 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. Send news, digital photos and comments and suggestions to editor Carol Dexter using “FamilyOnline” as your subject line.
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