Volume 14, Number 9
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

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Sr. Evangeline Escobar and Sr. Laura Leming conduct the ceremony welcoming novices Gabrielle Bibeau and Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch. Photo courtesy of Sr. Gabrielle.

It was a joyful Feast of the Assumption for the Marianist Sisters as they welcomed two novices. On Aug. 15, Gabrielle Bibeau and Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch stated their intention to live in the spirit of the vowed life of the Marianist Sisters as they explore their vocations. The ceremony took place at Our Lady of the Pillar Convent in San Antonio.

Sr. Evangeline Escobar, provincial of the Marianist Sisters, and Sr. Laura Leming, who is serving as novice director, presided over the ceremony.

“We have been very excited about this event,” said Sr. Evangeline. “These young women are intelligent, engaging and energetic. It’s a hopeful time for us.”

The novices will not have a commitment to a full-time ministry during the first year of their novitiate. “They will spend time in study, and in prayer and contemplation,” says Sr. Evangeline. She noted that the pair is taking a Marianist history class through the North American Center for Marianist Studies via Skype. Novices from the Society of Mary join them online for the class.

The women may now be addressed as Sr. Gabrielle and Sr. Caitlin. They will be novices for two years while they discern taking temporary vows. Congratulations Sr. Gabrielle and Sr. Caitlin! See more photos.


Marianist Lay Communities come in many forms and sizes. There are a number of ways you can find or create a community that meets your needs. Photo by Kylene Cleaver

“It’s possible to feel alone, even in a crowd,” wrote Lay Marianist Susan Vogt in a recent issue of “Gifts & Tasks,” a Marianist online newsletter. By participating in a Marianist Lay Community (MLC), people can grow in faith and overcome feelings of isolation.

But what do you do when a there isn’t a Marianist Lay presence in your area? Susan offers these suggestions:

Start a community. This may seem challenging, but don’t dismiss it too quickly. Look for others in your community or parish who seek to deepen their faith. Explore your mutual yearnings. Discuss the possibilities. For training in how to start an MLC, contact Pati Krasensky.

Go virtual. If a local MLC is not possible, use technology to connect. This takes commitment to sustain, but as Blessed Chaminade taught, new times require new methods! Contact Joanne McCracken for suggestions.

Take leadership. You may find an enriching sense of community by taking a leadership role in a Marianist organization on a regional or national level. For information on leadership positions, contact Mike Wasno.

Blessed Fr. Chaminade taught that people learn, serve and pray most effectively in community. Don’t have a community? Create one where you are.

Bro. Mike O’Grady

OGrady folBro. Mike O’Grady is the director of the Marianist Residence in San Antonio. He is responsible for overseeing the health and community life of nearly 50 elderly Marianists, ranging from men who are active in part-time ministry to those who need nursing care.

Before your current ministry, you were assistant novice master. What’s similar about these roles? In both situations, it has been important to remember that everyone is different and hears, sees and reacts to things differently. It is the same for both young and old. I am constantly learning how to trust in our gracious God because I don’t know how situations are going to develop and resolve.

What aspect of your ministry gives you the greatest satisfaction? The job asks me to help my fellow brothers in a variety of ways. Being of service is rewarding. Sometimes demanding, but always rewarding. Plus, I get to hear some fabulous stories. The men in our community are loaded with experiences, and it’s absolutely delightful to listen to them.

What is the most important thing you do on a daily basis? I keep the information flow constant and, I hope, clear to the community. This is a large community with many things going on and people are involved in different ways. It is important to keep people informed.

The Marianist Lay Network of North America is launching an initiative to encourage members of the Marianist Family (that means you!) to work together to build community and provide service to others in the Marianist spirit.
hashtag folThe event, called #MarianistsInAction, runs Oct. 4 – 11 and takes place everywhere and anywhere an individual or group decides to participate. MLNNA encourages you to gather with friends, pray the Magnificat and engage in service. Be sure to take a photo and post it on social media with the hashtag #MarianistsInAction. The week culminates with the Marianist World Day of Prayer on Oct. 11. Plan now to take part. Read more.


Alex Jiya, Peter Mtika and Joseph Ndura professed first vows on the Feast of the Assumption. Photo courtesy of Bro. Tim Phillips

Alex Jiya, Peter Mtika and Joseph Ndura professed first vows on the Feast of the Assumption. Photo courtesy of Bro. Tim Phillips

On Aug. 15, the Region of Eastern Africa celebrated the first profession of vows by Bros. Peter Mtika and Alex Jiya from Malawi, and Joseph Kamau Ndura from Kenya. The ceremony took place at the novitiate chapel in Limuru, Kenya.

Fr. Gabriel Kirangah presided at the Eucharist and received the vows. Fr. Michael Ochieng’ was the homilist and Fr. Joseph Maria Mwaura, director of novices, presented the candidates. Congratulations to these new brothers! See more photos.


Bro. LeRoy Viera with former Chaminade drama director Paula LaBrot. Photo courtesy Chaminade College Prep

Bro. LeRoy with former Chaminade drama director Paula LaBrot. Photo courtesy Chaminade College Prep

More than 100 friends and fans of Bro. LeRoy Viera gathered Aug. 22 to salute him as he moved from his long-time ministry at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California, to the Marianist Community in Cupertino. Bro. LeRoy, 88, served the school in maintenance roles for more than 20 years.
He is especially beloved by the alumni and faculty of the Chaminade drama department for the countless hours he spent guiding teenagers in set construction. Read more about the tribute and see photos from the event.
Over his long career, Bro. LeRoy also served at Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California, at the Marianist General Administration in Rome and with the Coast Guard during World War II.
A generous, anonymous donor recently honored Bro. Robert Wood with a $1 million pledge to a scholarship fund at St. Mary’s University. The donor called Bro. Robert “an embodiment of Marianist values and education.” The gift creates a new endowed scholarship. Read more. Wood Robert 2015 fol
Bro. Jack Dempsey has been appointed to a three-year term to represent religious brothers on the San Fernando Regional Pastoral Council. Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Gerald Wilkerson made the appointment. Bro. Jack is director of the Marianist Community in West Hills, California, and also serves at Chaminade College Preparatory. Dempsey Jack fol
Flaherty,Robert fol Bro. Bob Flaherty is experiencing celebrity as the star of Archbishop Moeller High School‘s #FlatFlaherty campaign. The campaign involves having your photo taken with #FlatFlaherty, posting it on social media and making a contribution to Moeller’s fall campaign against hunger. Bro. Bob serves in pastoral ministry at Moeller. Read more and join in the fun for a great cause! FlatFlaherty-2 fol
Sierra fol The North American Center for Marianist Studies and Marianist LIFE welcome Sierra Christian as their new administrative assistant in the Philadelphia office. Sierra is a graduate of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania and has a bachelor’s in communication studies.
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Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes the brothers and priests who are celebrating milestones of their first profession of vows or of their priestly ordination. This is the final group of jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline. We invite you to join us in prayers of celebration for them.
Resing,Bob 2015 fol BRO. ROBERT RESING – 50 years of profession
I was the fifth son born to my parents, Albert and Elizabeth Resing. I perceived us as a “typical” family in our mainly German ancestry neighborhood of Covington, Kentucky. My father operated a lathe in the candlestick factory for a few years, and then worked at Bavarian Brewery until his retirement. My mother was a stay-at-home mom. Both, for me, were great examples of faith-filled people. Read more.
Scrivani,Lawrence 2015 fol BRO. LAWRENCE SCRIVANI – 50 years of profession
When I joined the Marianists, people told me I would spend my life teaching high school, and this is what I expected to do. But my future unfolded differently, one step at a time. I did indeed begin, in 1969, teaching high school only a mile and a half from the campus riots then raging at San Francisco State University. Read more.
Thompson,Richard 2015 fol BRO. RICHARD THOMPSON – 50 years of profession
In my 50 years of Marianist religious life, I have had the opportunity to experience many facets of our Marianist educational ministry. I have had 10 different “assignments,” and each has presented challenges to my personal and religious growth, and brought great joys. I have served as principal, president, dean of discipline and academics, a classroom teacher, guidance counselor and coach in our schools. Read more.


Immaculate Conception Chapel UD REDEDICATES ICONIC CHAPEL
The big story last month at the University of Dayton was the rededication of its landmark Chapel of the Immaculate Conception after a 14-month renovation process. The chapel was reopened Aug. 16 with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph R. Binzer of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati.
“The Chapel of the Immaculate Conception is more than a treasured landmark on campus. Its long-overdue renovation goes beyond bricks and mortar to the heart of our identity. We are — and will always be — a community of faith,” said Dr. Daniel Curran, UD president. Read more from UD. Watch a TV news story about the event.


advent-wreath_folSchool has just started, so it’s a good time to think about Advent! For many families, Advent can creep up suddenly and then get lost in the busyness of the season. “Many families would like to focus on Advent, but there are so many demands placed on them in the days leading up to Christmas,” says Jessica Sherwen, program director for the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, New Jersey.

To help families draw spiritual meaning from the season, the center started offering Advent Family Retreats more than 20 years ago. “This retreat helps families focus on Advent as a time of spiritual preparation,” says Jessica.

The Center will host three Advent retreats: Dec. 4 – 6; Dec. 11 -13; Dec. 18 – 20. The three-day getaways start with Friday dinner and end Sunday afternoon; they include time for reflection, prayer, cookie baking and family fun. “These retreats fill up fast,” says Jessica, “so we encourage people to sign up now.” Each retreat has room for about 40 participants. Learn more!

The Greater Dayton Conservation Fund of The Dayton Foundation has awarded the Marianist Environmental Education Center a $5,000 grant for the “Conservation Education Partnerships for Urban Habitat Restoration Project.” The grant will promote native habitat conservation in the urban Twin Towers neighborhood and at the Mount Saint John property in Beavercreek, Ohio. Approximately 50 area young people will participate in a one-year educational experience about native habitats and sustainable agriculture, and will install a pocket prairie to attract birds, butterflies and bees.
paul garro fol At Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Paul Garro (left) has been appointed president. He served as principal of Central last year. At Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, Luke Crawford (right) has been appointed principal. He previously was chair of the religion department and dean of students. Crawford, Luke
Sean-Ferguson fol You may remember the miraculous story of Sean Ferguson, a UD student who was struck by lightning on a campus parking lot last spring. His life was saved by a fellow student, Matt Lickenbrock, who had learned CPR just two days before. We’re happy to say Sean’s back at school! Watch this TV news story.

Runners from Chaminade College Prep, St. John Vianney and St. Mary's high schools at the Marianist Meet. Photo by Kris Ranciglio, Lay Marianist teacher and St. Mary's parent.

Runners from Chaminade College Prep, St. John Vianney and St. Mary’s high schools at the annual all-Marianist meet. Photo by Kris Ranciglio, Lay Marianist and St. Mary’s teacher and parent.

Four St. Louis-area Marianist-sponsored ministries converged in late August for the annual Lt. Dan Riordan Memorial cross country meet at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center. Runners from Chaminade College Prep, St. John Vianney and St. Mary’s high schools competed on the hilly, scenic course. No scores were kept for the unofficial, all-in-the-family event, which is named for a Vianney alumnus who was killed while serving in Iraq.

Bro. Richard in 1962

Bro. Richard in 1962

Bro. Richard Middleton

Bro. Richard Middleton

Bro. Richard Middleton died Aug. 18, 2015, in San Antonio. He was 87 and had been a Marianist for 70 years. A St. Louis native, Bro. Richard had served as a teacher and librarian at Marianist schools for more than 40 years. “Middleton House” at Gross Catholic High School is named in his honor. Read his obituary. See photos of Bro. Richard.
Bro. Lorenzo Carrara, Al Gutierrez, William Heft, Dr. Tony & Mrs. Mary Hura, Pat Larken, William Mayberry Sr., Lawrence McGervey, Barbara McNeill, George Phaneuf, Adam Ragsdale, Rick Ruccio, Dr. R.J. Van Koten and Mary Wargo. Read more.
Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.
Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests since 2007. Read more.


Chaminade fol A Moment with Blessed Chaminade
“We are convinced that we shall not bring others back to Jesus except through his most holy Mother, whom the Doctors of the Church acclaim as our only hope, our Mother, our refuge, our help, our strength and our life.”
The 31st World Day of Marianist Prayer will take place Oct. 11. This year’s pilgrimage site is Switzerland, the first Marianist mission outside of France.The event is sponsored by the World Council of the Marianist Family and celebrates the common mission in the Church of the four branches of the Marianist Family: the Society of Mary, the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, Marianist Lay Communities and the Alliance Mariale. Read more.
In this month’s resource, Fr. Paul Landolfi writes about answered prayers and the intercession of Blessed Chaminade, and shares an article about Chaminade called, The Soldier of Mary. Fr. Paul is the U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes.


Sept. 5: Mary, Queen of Apostles
Sept. 8: The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Sept. 12: The Most Holy Name of Mary
Sept. 14: Death of Marie Thérèse de Lamourous, 1836
Sept. 15: Our Lady of Sorrows
Sept. 18: Blesseds Carlos Eraña, Fidel Fuidio and Jesús Hita, Martyrs


Bro. Phil Aaron
Srs. Gabrielle Bibeau and Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch
Fr. John Thompson

Bro. Brian Zampier



Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
MLNNA E-News from the Marianist Lay Network of North America
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
Nirmal Deep Chronicles from the Marianist Novitiate in Ranchi, India

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Friday Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family


MARIANIST BIRTHDAYS - September and October


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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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