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Volume 16, Number 9

Sept. 7, 2017

OCT. 2: JOIN THE MARIANIST FAMILY IN SIMULTANEOUS PRAYER!
The Society of Mary — Marianist brothers and priests — encourage you to join the entire U.S. Marianist Family in a simple way to help mark the 200th anniversary of their founding. 200 fol 1
On Monday, Oct. 2, Marianists across the Province of the United States will simultaneously pray a short prayer written especially for this commemoration by Bro. Tom Wendorf. Everyone at Marianist ministries, including schools, retreat centers and parishes, plus all those with a fondness for or connection to the Marianists, are encouraged to join in.
Please mark your calendar and plan to join us in prayer at the time based on your time zone. See the prayer and details.

MARIANIST STORIES CAPTURED FOR PODCASTS

At the Marianist Lay Assembly this summer, Patti Gehred captures the Marianist stories of Bill Hirt and Marge Cavanaugh.

At the Marianist Lay Assembly this summer, Patti Gehred captures the Marianist stories of Tony Garascia and Marge Cavanaugh.

Stories can be the glue that binds families together. Stories explain – sometimes with wit and wisdom – how important events and relationships connect people with each other.

With this in mind, Patti Gehred and Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau, employees of the North American Center for Marianist Studies, decided to record Marianist stories from attendees at the summer Lay Assembly and turn them into podcasts.

The idea, which was inspired in part by National Public Radio’s StoryCorp project, took flight when WYSO, a public radio station serving Southwest Ohio, agreed to help with the recording sessions.

More than 30 people – some as young as 22, others as old as 90, both lay and religious – showed up to tell their stories during the assembly.

“It was an extraordinary and humbling experience to hear people’s stories,” said Sr. Gabrielle. “There is an emotional intimacy conveyed in audio like no other.”

The stories are being edited into podcasts for a series called Sharing our Marianist Stories. “We are scheduling more recording sessions in the future. This is an ongoing project,” said Patti. 

Listen now to the podcast from the conversation in the photo above. For information about the project or sharing your Marianist story, please contact NACMS.

THREE QUESTIONS WITH …
Fr. Bill Meyer
Fr. Bill is the assistant for religious life for the Marianist Province of the United States. In the light of recent events, he offers ideas and solace.
Bill Meyer 4.17 fol How do we respond to events like the violence in Charlottesville and terror attacks in Spain?
While our hearts are once again broken with this recent eruption of racism and violence, our natural instinct as members of the Marianist Family is to turn to prayer and community. Prayer, because we know that God is the author and sustainer of all life. It is in prayer that we grow in the confidence needed to respond. Community, because it provides the framework we need to discern the appropriate response.
How do we learn and grow from these events?
When we spend time in prayer and in faith-sharing community, we’ll realize the need for a spirituality for charity and justice. The Church’s rich tradition of social teaching has never been more crucial or timely. It will prove to be an effective plan of learning and growth.
Where do we find hope?
We find hope in the real presence of Christ when we gather in community, desiring to respond as he did with justice and love to all situations. And there is always hope in the goodness and heroism of our brothers and sisters who in the midst of sinful chaos continue to reach out in love.
HONORING OUR BICENTENNIALS – A PAGE FROM THE FAMILY ALBUM
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To celebrate the bicentennials of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary, FamilyOnline is featuring occasional peeks into the past.
The Feast of the Queenship of Mary, Aug. 22, is a special day on the Marianist calendar, and many Marianist Sisters entered the novitiate on that date. This photo was taken on Aug. 22, 1967. It includes second-year novices, as well those entering the order. Familiar faces in the photo include Sr. Gretchen Trautman, second up from the bottom in the left row, with Sr. LaVon Kampf (in glasses) behind her. Sr. Eileen Cehyra is at the top of the photo a white veil. Novice director Sr. Stephanie Morales, who is next to Sr. Eileen in a black veil, died in June. Photo courtesy of Connie Ordower, formerly a Marianist Sister.

 

WHO'S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE
Heft fol The Church needs to look beyond ordained clergy for leadership, said Fr. James Heft during an address at the annual meeting of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men in Phoenix in early August. Read more about Fr. Jim’s address in this article in the Jesuits’ America magazine
Pacquing Allen fol Bro. Allen Pacquing has been named director of campus ministry at Chaminade University of Honolulu. He has a bachelor’s degree from Hawai’i Pacific University and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Santa Clara University. He professed first vows as a Marianist in 2015.
gretchen trautman fol Sr. Gretchen Trautman has been named provincial of the Marianist Sisters in the United States. Sr. Gretchen recently completed five years of service on the General Council (international leadership) of the Marianist Sisters in Rome.
HEAVENS ABOVE! EVENT ECLIPSES A TYPICAL MONDAY
Heavenly events should not go unwitnessed. So when a total solar eclipse skated its way across the continental United States on Aug. 21, members of the Marianist Family went outside to gape in awe. See more photos.
Top left: Provincial office employees Deanna Snyder and Pat Wheadon appreciate the view from St. Louis. Top right: Science buffs Bros. John Lemker and Dan Klco traveled west to capture the eclipse at the the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Missouri. Bottom: At the Marianist Community in California, brothers watched the eclipse as a projection from a pair of binoculars onto a whiteboard held by Sue Marion. In the back row are Bros. Jack Somerville, Jim Leahy, Bob Hackel, Ed Longbottom. In front are Bros. Leroy Viera and Eugene Frank.
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NEW LAY FORMATION ADVISORY GROUP MEETS IN DAYTON
Members of a new advisory group for the Marianist Center for Lay Formation met recently with center directors Bros. Jack Ventura and Steve Glodek. The group will be assisting Bros. Jack and Steve in setting goals for initial and ongoing formation for Lay Marianists, among other initiatives.

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Members of the advisor group include, in back, Alex Datoc, Bro. Steve Glodek, Marg Van Herk-Paradis, Patti Gehred, Matt Dunn and Paul Combest. In front are Sr. Angela Ann Zukowski, MHSH, Diane Browne, Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau and Bro. Jack Ventura.

JUBILARIANS
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Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes the brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the fifth and penultimate group of 2017 jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.
More than 20 Marianists celebrated jubilees in New York and Ohio in August. See photos.
St. Mary’s University recently produced a video of the San Antonio jubilarians. Watch it now.
Mueller James 2015 FR. JAMES MUELLER – 50 years of ordination
I have always been impressed with the family spirit of the Marianists. As a child, I attended Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve at St. Mary’s University with my family. My grade school and high school educations were by the brothers. Read more.
Murphy David 2015 BRO. DAVID MURPHY – 50 years of profession
I met the brothers at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland. On my senior retreat, I thought about religious life, but I dismissed it. I had planned to go into some type of business or sales career. Read more.
Ploeger Bernard 2015 BRO. BERNARD PLOEGER – 50 years of profession
When asked to reflect on my life as a Marianist, I am very much drawn to John’s account of the call of the first apostles: they ask Jesus, “Where do you stay?” and he answers, “Come and see.”  Read more.
Schmitz Dennis 2015 BRO. DENNIS SCHMITZ – 50 years of profession
Growing up in Los Angeles, California, I was first exposed to the Marianists when I attended Junipero Serra High School in Gardena. My favorable impression of the brothers was one major factor in my decision to join the Society of Mary. Read more.
Wallace Donald 2015 FR. DONALD WALLACE – 50 years of ordination
I believe that the Lord and his Blessed Mother called me to the Marianist life through the example of the Marianist Community of my high school, Chaminade, Mineola. The fraternity, happiness, dedication to community life and professional excellence of the brothers made a great impression on me. Read more.

 

FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES
Dr-Lynn-Babington CHAMINADE WELCOMES NEW PRESIDENT
Last month, Chaminade University of Honolulu officially welcomed its 10th president, Dr. Lynn Babington. Most recently, she had served as interim president at Fairfield University, a Jesuit university in Connecticut.
She takes the reins from Bro. Bernie Ploeger, who was Chaminade’s president since 2009. Read more.
MARIANIST PULSE BEGINS SECOND YEAR OF VOLUNTEER MINISTRY

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The 2017-2018 PULSE community includes DeMarcus Davis, Kierstyn Oshita, Peter Evans, Jess De Groot, Lauren Wolford, Ricky Garcia, Kateri Dillon and Hannah Sablan.

Eight members of the second Marianist PULSE community were officially commissioned at a ceremony on Aug. 4. PULSE, which stands for Partners in Urban Leadership, Education and Service, is a year-long, post-graduate service program. The new PULSErs will serve at a variety of local nonprofit organizations. (See the list.) PULSE began in 2016 and has now expanded to include a second community house in Dayton.
ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL RECEIVES SURPRISE $2.5 MILLION GIFT
St. mary's logo In mid-August, St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis received surprising and welcome news: it was the recipient of a $2.5 million bequest from the estate of Mr. Harry B. Sieker, a former architect and city planner who grew up in the area but did not attend St. Mary’s. Read more.
NACMS HONORS ESTEEMED MARIANIST SCHOLAR
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The North American Center for Marianist Studies recently dedicated its conference room in honor of eminent Marianist author and translator, Fr. Joseph Stefanelli. The room is the central meeting and educational space for NACMS. Fr. Joe, who turns 96 this fall, has written definitive biographies of Marianist founders and translated multivolume Marianist works from the original French.

SUMMER LIFE CAMP VIDEO FROM MARIANIST LIFE

If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, have a look at this video from Marianist LIFE (Living in Faith Experience). It includes photos from each of the three summer LIFE camps.

PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS

WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS

Recent deaths and those in need of prayers for healing in the Marianist Family

Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests (U.S. Province) since 2007.

A MOMENT WITH BLESSED CHAMINADE
My ambition is to enkindle the fire of divine love throughout France.”
RESOURCES
MARIANIST MOMENT: Fr. Vicente López de Uralde
This is part of a series on Marianists who are on the path to sainthood. We thank Bro. David Betz and Marianist Affiliate Mary Kay Fitzpatrick for preparing these articles.
Fr. Vicente López de Uralde was born in Vitoria, Spain, in 1894, and died Sept. 15, 1990, in Cádiz, Spain.
He professed first vows as a Marianist in 1911 and was ordained in 1925. He dedicated his life in service to the people of Cádiz.
Nicknamed “the confessor of Cádiz,” Fr. Vicente dedicated the greatest part of his time to the ministry of the sacrament of reconciliation with the children and adults who would approach him for reconciliation with God. This work was a priority in his priestly life, a “priestly zeal that consumed him.”
Bishop Anoveros asked him, “Why does half of Cádiz confess with you?” He responded with his familiar good humor: “It might be because of my blindness, Bishop, and if I were deaf, perhaps the other half would come, too.” Read the article.
BLACK, HISPANIC THEOLOGIANS DECRY HATE CRIMES
Earlier this week, the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States issued a joint statement on the recent surge in racist hate crimes in the United States. These groups stand together in condemning this legitimized hatred.
diversity hands raised 2 Among the authors of the statement is Dr. Neomi DeAnda, a Lay Marianist and professor of religious studies at the University of Dayton. Read the statement.
FREE ONLINE MARIAN FORUM: ‘MARY IN ASIA AND AFRICA’
The International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton presents another in its free, online forums on the Blessed Mother. mary
“Mary in Asia and Africa” examines how Catholics on these immense continents view Mary through their own cultural lenses.
The forum is on Oct. 20; please register by Oct. 6. Learn more.
YOU’RE INVITED! CELEBRATIONS IN ST. LOUIS, PHILADEPHIA,
St. Louis: Events in September and October bring together members of the Marianist Family for fun and fellowship. On Sept. 17, there will be a Mass, dinner and the local premier of the original musical Spectacle, about the founding of the Society of Mary. On Oct. 8,  enjoy the Marianist Family Festival, which includes music, activities for children of all ages, tours and more. Both events are at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center. Learn more!
Philadelphia: You’re invited to join in a celebration of the Marianist bicentennial and the centennial of Marianist ministry in Philly. The Oct. 14 event includes a Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, followed by a banquet. Learn more!
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
Sept. 8: Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sept. 12: Most Holy Name of Mary
Sept. 14: Death of Marie Thérèse de Lamourous, 1836
Sept. 18: Blesseds Carlos Eraña, Fidel Fuidio, and Jesús Hita
Oct. 2: Holy Guardian Angels

BLOGS

Bro. Phil Aaron
Fr. Mike Nartker
Susan Vogt

Bro. Brian Zampier

NEWSLETTERS

District Updates from the Marianist District of India
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

Magnificat from the World council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
OLN News from Our Lady of Nazareth Marianist School, Nairobi, Kenya

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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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