Volume 13, Number 12
Friday, Dec. 5, 2014
WHEN IN ROME – THE LIFE OF A MARIANIST SEMINARIAN
Conversing in Italian, trekking by the Colosseum on the way to classes, knowing there will be pasta for pranzo – lunch. It’s all part of daily life for one diverse community of Marianist brothers.
Currently there are 13 Marianist brothers studying for priestly ministry at the Marianist seminary in Rome. “Home” may be Kenya or India, Korea or Spain — or the United States. For the three years of their studies, however, home is a sprawling building that also houses the General Administration of the Society of Mary.
Each seminarian has taken a crash course in Italian. “We need to have a common language for community life,” says Bro. Sean Downing. “None of us spoke Italian before coming here, so that levels the playing field,” he says. “We laugh at our mistakes.”
Daily seminary life revolves around group prayer, university classes, shared meals, community meetings and individual studies. It is a busy but grace-filled time.
“I feel very at home here in the community, because it’s our Marianist culture,” says Indian Bro. Raj Mohan. “Rome, of course, is very different for most of us,” he says. “When I return home, I hope that I can touch the lives of brothers who may never leave India so they can understand they are part of something much bigger.”
See more photos of the seminarians on our Flickr page.
PROVINCE OFFICE DIRECTORS GATHER IN ST. LOUIS
For the first time, directors of all Marianist offices and programs gathered in St. Louis Nov. 16 – 18 to learn, share and get to know each other better.
Bro. Ed Brink of the Office of Education, together with Carol Ramey and Brian Reavey, organized the meeting. The meeting’s purpose was to continue formation in the Marianist charism, strengthen communication and deepen engagement with the Province’s mission.
“The meeting was informative, spiritually renewing . . . and fun!” said Pati Krasensky, director of the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative. “I have a new sense of my mission, as well as remembering that we are not on this journey alone.”
Among the offices represented were development, MSJC, the Marianist Mission and archives. Fr. Marty Solma, Fr. Bill Meyer and Bro. Ed from the Provincial Council spent a long session with the group. See the list of attendees.
“The meeting was vocationally and spiritually refreshing,” said Tim Neary, director of the Marianist Urban Students Program (MUSP) at Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Cleveland. “I left feeling proud because I met so many people who are as passionate and committed to the Marianists as I am.”
50 YEARS OF FAITH AND MINISTRY
This fall, Sr. Marcia Buchard commemorated her 50th jubilee surrounded by her fellow Marianist Sisters as well as Marianist brothers, priests, Lay Marianists, and many other friends and family members. Fr. Jim Schimelpfening celebrated the jubilee Mass; Sr. Evangeline Escobar, provincial of the Marianist Sisters, witnessed the renewal of vows.
Sr. Marcia celebrated the jubilee in her hometown of Dayton, Ohio, where her faith was nurtured from a young age. Her father was a University of Dayton graduate, and Marianist brothers were among the family’s closest friends. In time, Marcia’s devotion to the Blessed Mother grew into a vocation with the Marianist Sisters.
Sr. Marcia has served in San Antonio; Toledo, Ohio; and Querétaro, Mexico. She’s been a teacher, administrator and missionary, among other roles. Now back home in Dayton, she’s embarked on a new mission as director of the Annunciation House Community, accompanying young women who are discerning a vocation to the Marianist Sisters.
BRO. TOM: VOCATIONS CHEERLEADER
The start of Advent marked the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life in the Church, declared by Pope Francis as a way of celebrating women and men who have answered the call to religious life.
Bro. Tom Wendorf is pleased for this promotional boost.
Bro. Tom, Province vocations director for the Marianist Province of the United States, is always looking for ways to encourage men to consider life as a Marianist brother or priest. It’s a ministry he’s led since 2010, but it’s not a job he does alone. “I’m often a cheerleader for the Province, encouraging all our members to engage in vocation ministry.”
Attracting others to the religious life requires a personal touch, says Bro. Tom “It’s about sharing our lives with others,” he says, noting that it’s critical for young men interested in religious life to spend time with professed Marianists. “It’s also about helping prospective Marianists consider: ‘How is God calling me? How do I keep God in the picture as I decide what I’m doing with my life?’”
Learn more about Bro. Tom’s role and his own vocation journey beginning on p. 18 of the Fall/Winter ALIVE magazine.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH …
This fall, Mike Wasno was elected chair of the Marianist Lay Network of North America, continuing his 35-year connection with the Marianist Family. Mike and his wife Annette live outside of Washington, D.C. He is co-owner of a computer engineering firm.
How did you first encounter the Marianists?
I first met the Marianists as a freshman at St. James High School in Chester, Pa., when Fr. Bob Backherms invited me to a retreat. Over time, I became friends with many of the brothers. Every Marianist I’ve known – religious and lay – is a joyful person.
What do you see as the biggest challenge MLNNA faces?
Our biggest challenge will be to balance our resources of people, finances and time with our priority goals. We want to address big issues like Lay Marianist identity and formation process, and at the same time sponsor activities to build our community of communities.
What do you want others to know about Marianist Lay Communities?
What makes a community is not where you are but how you share your life and faith. People are creative in forming communities! There are international cyber communities, regional, parish and locally based communities. People in all walks of life maintain communities through social media, email and teleconferencing. Anyone interested in joining a community should contact us!
Bro. Phil Aaron took this photo at Cox Arboretum MetroPark in Dayton, Ohio. Read Bro. Phil’s blog.
|“…dark, etched out with snow, standing in obscurity and in a kind of spaciousness I had never seen before.” Thomas Merton|
|WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
‘CATHOLIC AND MARIANIST IN THE SOUTHWEST’
Fr. Rudy Vela was one of three authors of an article that appeared recently in Collegium News. The article describes St. Mary’s University’s unique mission of being Marianist and Catholic in the southwestern United States. Fr. Rudy is vice president of mission and identity at St. Mary’s. Read the article.
A MESSENGER FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
A guest column by Sr. Leanne Jablonski recently appeared in the Dayton Daily News. The column recounts the extinction of the passenger pigeon as a modern-day cautionary tale. A recognized climate ecologist and director of the Marianist Environmental Education Center, Sr. Leanne seeks to promote awareness of climate change. Read the column.
TIMELINE OF FR. CHAMINADE’S LIFE
Fr. Paul Landofi has created a wonderful timeline of the life of Marianist founder Fr. William Joseph Chaminade, complete with references. Don’t miss this one!
Fr. Paul is the U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes.
The work of Bro. Mel Meyer recently was featured in an article in the University of Dayton’s Campus Report and in UD Quickly. Many of Bro. Mel’s colorful sculptures and paintings grace the UD campus. Bro. Mel died in October 2013.
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
REMEMBERING OUR BROTHERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE WALKED IN FAITH
Fr. Michael Barber (San Antonio), 73, died Nov. 17, 2014, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. Visitation and rosary for Fr. Mike was held on Nov. 23 in the Marianist Residence chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 24 in the Marianist Residence chapel. Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth was the celebrant and homilist. A memorial Mass for Fr. Mike is being held today (Dec. 5) at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in St. Louis. Read Fr. Mike’s obituary. See more photos of Fr. Mike.
Bro. Ambrogio Albano (Region of Italy), 89, who died Oct. 26, 2014, in Rome, Italy. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Ambrogio’s obituary.
Bro. Jimmi James Masuura (Region of Japan), 89, who died Nov. 14, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Jimmi’s obituary.
Ralph Hamm, Peter Martin and John Rice. Read more.
Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.
Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests since 2007. Read more.
|FROM OUR MARIANIST SCHOOLS|
PUERTO RICAN NIGHT AT COLEGIO SAN JOSÉ
Members of the Colegio San José school family in San Juan, Puerto Rico, celebrated in grand style on its “Puerto Rican Night” in late November.
The event commemorated the Feast of the Virgin of the Divine Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, and the anniversary of the arrival of Cristobal Colón (Christopher Columbus) on the island.
Students from each grade presented on the theme of the feasts of patrons in various towns in Puerto Rico. The event included native Puerto Rican food and drink and artisans selling their wares.
The event is the largest school activity of the year and celebrates the Marianist charism and family spirit.
FEEDING BODIES AND SOULS AT CHAMINADE JULIENNE
All students and staff at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton took part in the annual “Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week” in November.
As part of the effort, faculty and staff members bagged 150 lunches for those served by St. Vincent de Paul, and prepared hot meals to feed students at after-school programs run by Dayton’s House of Bread. Among those helping out was Teresa Spanel, a 2010 grad (and 2014 University of Dayton alumna), who recently joined the CJ staff as alumni relations coordinator.
“These people set the example for me when I was a student at CJ. They inspired me to work for justice and peace,” Spanel says. “It is amazing to see so many familiar faces continue to make service to others a priority in their personal and professional lives.”
OHIO MARIANIST-SPONSORED SCHOOLS RANK IN TOP 100
All four Marianist-sponsored high schools in Ohio ranked among the top 100 private schools in the state, according to the 2015 Niche Rankings. Congratulations to Archbishop Moeller, Chaminade Julienne, Purcell Marian and Villa Angela-St. Joseph high schools! See the list.
NATIVITY EXHIBIT AT UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON
The University of Dayton’s Marian Library annual Nativity exhibit, “At the Manger: And Now the World” runs through Sunday, Jan. 25, and features four displays of more than 200 Nativities, also called crèches, from the extensive collection of UD’s Marian Library.
The library holds the world’s largest collection of printed materials and other artifacts devoted to Mary, the mother of Jesus, and includes nearly 3,000 crèches. Fr. Johann Roten is the library’s director of research and special projects. Read more.
MARIANIST ONLINE LEARNING
Give yourself or a friend the gift of learning and faith development! Enroll in a Marianist online course. The five-week classes begin Jan. 18 and include:
Each class is $40. Register by Jan. 14, and select the North American Center for Marianist Studies in the diocese/partner section of the registration form to receive this price.
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
Dec. 8: Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
THE MARIANIST DOXOLOGY
Many members of the Marianist Family are familiar with the Marianist Doxology. We plan to include it at the end of every issue of FamilyOnline. Here’s a little history, courtesy of Carol Ramey and Teresa Trimboli of the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS):
The Marianist “doxology” (an expression of praise to God) dates to 1818, when it appeared in the first rule of the Religious of Mary, Institute of Mary. This rule was drawn up by John Lalanne, with the approval of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Historians think it was used by the early Sodalists, memorized by many, and used frequently by the members of the new community of male religious (SM).
Source: The Marian Doxology used by the Followers of W.J. Chaminade by Emilio Cardenas, SM.
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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