Volume 13, Number 3
Friday, March 7, 2014
LAY MARIANISTS CONVERGE ON PERU FOR GLOBAL ASSEMBLY
|In Peru, Lay Marianist Susan Vogt, from Covington, Ky., describes to the assembly the work of the local organizing team behind her. Susan was re-elected as the delegate for North America, Asia, Australia and Ireland.|
The languages were disparate but the charism was unifying when more than 70 members of the worldwide Marianist Family gathered in Lima, Peru, in late January for the assembly of the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities.
The purpose of the global assembly, which occurs every five years, is to build and strengthen Lay Marianist communities. About 40 of the attendees were delegates from their regions, numbering in proportion to the Lay Marianist presence. The balance included advisors, translators and guests and observers. Bros. Steve Glodek and Jack Ventura were among the Marianist brothers attending the event.
“The joy of the assembly was contagious. For as many countries and languages that were represented—which could have proven to be barriers—we left not only as newfound friends, but as one family,” says Matt Dunn.
Read the current newsletter of the Marianist Lay Network of North America, which includes a story about the assembly.
Read an article by Isabella Moyer, past president of the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities, in the National Catholic Reporter.
|New officers of the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities include Francisca Jere (Africa); Isabel Duarte Quapper (Latin America); Felix Arqueros Perez, president; Susan Vogt (North America, Asia, Australia and Ireland); and Beatrice LeBlanc (Europe).|
MARIANISTS ATTEND “SPIRITUALITY OF TRANSITION AND CHANGE”
|Bros. Paul Michalenko, Stephen Glodek and Rich Thompson|
Marianist brothers and sisters attended a workshop on “The Spirituality of Transition and Change” Feb. 14 – 15 in San Antonio. The workshop is part of a three-year spiritual renewal with the theme, “Reflect | Respond | Renew.” Bro. Paul Michalenko, ST, was the speaker. The same workshop was held in Honolulu Feb. 28 – March 1; Dayton is scheduled for April 4 – 5. Bro. Stephen Glodek is the chair of the Spiritual Renewal Committee. See more photos of the workshop on our Flickr photo page (see below).
A CALL TO ACT: A NEW MINISTRY TAKES ROOT IN OAHU
Back, Bro. Dennis Schmitz, Wayne Fujita, Toni Bisson, Barb Belle, Kapono Ryan and Richard Ryan; front, Bianca Fujita, Little Miss Bisson, Rosemarie Giasolli, Grissel Benitez-Hodge and Michelle Tuzon
In 2013, members of the Faith of Heart Lay Marianist community in Oahu, Hawai’i, attended a Province-sponsored workshop on social justice, where they experienced a collective call to act. “As a group, we felt compelled to do something,” explains Grissel Benitez-Hodge, Faith of Heart member and dean of students at Chaminade University of Honolulu. After discernment, they decided on that something: ministry to incarcerated women.
Faith of Heart invited a representative of a local non-profit, the Incarcerated Women’s Project, to attend one of the group’s meetings. Based on traditional Hawaiian values and culture, the project assists groups of 20 women at a time who are scheduled for parole. It helps women prepare for upcoming transitions by providing appropriate clothing, job search skills, resume writing, and spiritual and personal counseling. “The representative’s passion and commitment for the work rubbed off on us,” said Grissel. “The rest is history.”
Faith of Heart members have taken active roles in prison events, including a children’s day event and a toiletry drive. “We are attending the project’s monthly planning meetings to better understand the population’s needs,” said Grissel. “Learning about the project and the women it serves has been eye-opening. We are very inspired.”
MARIANIST BROTHERS SHARE APPRECIATION ONE PHONE CALL AT A TIME
Fr. Richard Loehrlein
How many times did you express thanks last year? In 2013 alone, eight Marianists communicated more than 1,400 messages of gratitude and prayer to donors who support the Marianist Mission. That’s about 175 “thank-yous” per brother!
The brothers who participate in this “Ministry of Gratitude” place phone calls to donors, whom they call “co-workers” in the Mission of Mary, to thank them for their gifts and to offer prayers. Often this simple act makes the co-worker’s day — and the brother’s. “I get more out of it than the donors do,” says Bro. Joe Barrett. “They are precious to me.”
Fr. Richard Loehrlein has a debt of gratitude to the people who have supported him throughout his Marianist life. “From many experiences of trial, I have had joy-filled experiences, too,” says Fr. Richard. “Persistence in doing work in a spirit of prayer eventually brings fruit. And the fruits are giving.”
THREE QUESTIONS WITH…
Bro. Earl Leistikow, Archivist
Marianist Archives, San Antonio
Bro. Earl with the Mission Concepción monstrance
What is the mission of the Marianist Archives?
It’s to collect, preserve and make available for research material related to the Marianists and their communities.
What is the oldest item you have in the collection?
We have documents and books from the time of Fr. Chaminade. The oldest item is probably the monstrance from Mission Concepción, which we acquired in 1854 when we were given the mission property by the Diocese (now Archdiocese) of San Antonio. The monstrance is made of wood and probably was made by native Americans from the early mission community, which was founded in 1713.
Among the many unusual items we have is a wood carving from Africa that belonged to the late Bro. Art Cherrier. It depicts two figures, one male and one female, joined by five links chained together, carved from a single piece of wood. When extended, it would be three or four feet long.
What is the toughest challenge in maintaining the archive?
These days, it’s keeping up with the technology for preserving and making available materials, while preserving the originals.
2014 LAY ASSEMBLY: BREATHE LIFE INTO THE CHARISM TOGETHER
|Join Marianist Family members from across the country at the 2014 Lay Marianist Assembly, July 24-27 at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. “We encourage participation from vowed and Lay Marianists, LIFE alumni, Marianist Educational Associates, members of integration teams, teachers, MLFI cohorts, social justice issue team members and anyone else who might be interested,” said Matt Dunn, communications coordinator. View the assembly’s web page>>>
START THINKING ABOUT SUMMER – IN CAPE MAY!
|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 accommodate eight to 10 families each. Scheduled recreation and free time, with ocean swimming one-half block away, and visits to historic Victorian Cape May, are features of all family retreats. Sign up online>>>|
Welcome to our new feature, FamilyOnline’s flickr site! As the year unfolds, we’ll add reader-submitted snapshots to this online album, which will allow you to view fun photos and download any you’d like to keep. You do not need to open a flickr account to view and/or save the photos. To see a full-screen version of the photo, click on it. To save the photo, right-click the image, decide what size you want, and download the image to your computer. Have any snapshots you’d like to share? Parties, gatherings, group photos? Email them to Editor Amy George Rush. Enjoy!
|WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
|Congratulations to Bro. Skip Matthews, who received the “Celebrating Chaminade Service” commendation from Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, Calif. In addition to serving in campus ministry for the middle school, Bro. Skip ministers at a hospice, a women’s shelter, and a homeless shelter. Read more about Bro. Skip>>>|
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF…
|Bro. Richard Olsen (St. Clair Marianist Community, Cleveland), 76, who died Feb. 22, 2014, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Visitation and the Mass of Christian Burial for Bro. Dick was March 1 at Queen of Apostles Chapel in Dayton. Fr. Paul Marshall was the presider and represented the Provincial Council along with Bro. Joe Kamis, assistant provincial. Read the homily by Fr. Theodore Cassidy. Burial was private at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount Saint John. Read Bro. Dick’s obituary. See more photos of Bro. Dick on our Flickr photo page (see above).|
Bro. Dick Olsen, 1962
Bro. Michel Dupuy-Roudel (Province of France), 85, who died Jan. 30, 2014, in Sucy, France. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Michel’s obituary.
Fr. Jacques Beaud (Province of France), 99, who died Jan. 19, 2014, in Colmar, France. May he rest in peace. Read Fr. Jacques’ obituary.
Bro. Pedro Javier Ascacibar Urrutia (Region of Columbia-Ecuador), 80, who died Jan. 1, 2014, in Bogotá, Columbia. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Pedro Javier’s obituary.
Joseph Becker, Sr. Rebecca Betz, OP, Peter W. Daino, Mrs. Martha, Forest Millikan, Sylvester Moyer, Roberta Oleniczak, Archbishop Emeritus Benedict John Osta, SJ, Jason Rosario, Barb Bond Singleton and Rita Summerhill. Read more >>>
Individuals in need of prayers for healing. Read more >>>
Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests since 2007. Read more >>>
|FROM OUR MARIANIST SCHOOLS|
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ENRICH CHAMINADE-MADONNA COMMUNITY
|Janna, Mona and Unico of Chaminade-Madonna’s International Student Program at Homecoming|
Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory’s International Student Program is in its second year —and is a multi-cultural success! In August, C-M welcomed 19 students from the People’s Republic of China, 15 of whom are new to the school community.
An orientation week offered students and host families opportunities to learn more about C-M, American culture, and their local community. Since then, the students have embraced their new home by participating in school events and host-family traditions.
“The International Student Program clearly falls in line with the C-M mission, as ‘Catholic’ means ‘universal’ — and the world in which our students live has become a global village,” said Fr. Larry Doersching, president. “Their mutual sharing of ideas and perspectives has been a positive experience and has given C-M an advantage for which we are grateful.”
|CM host families welcome 19 students from the People’s Republic of China|
|Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, a private Catholic high school in the Marianist tradition located in Hollywood, Fla., provides an education for grades 9-12 with an emphasis on the development of faith, the cultivation of moral values, and the preparation for higher education which will lead to a successful life. Chaminade-Madonna provides a safe and family-oriented environment where students can learn and mature into caring leaders in our society. In 2013, for the fourth consecutive year, Chaminade-Madonna was voted “Best School In Hollywood” in the Hollywood Gazette’s Annual Reader’s Choice Contest. Learn more about the school >>>|
PURCELL MARIAN AN INNOVATOR IN “BLENDED LEARNING”
Purcell Marian students, led by teacher Ben Dougherty, take advantage of blended learning during math class
Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati has been capturing the attention of educators across the nation — and as far away as Scotland — for its innovations in “blended learning,” a new approach to incorporating traditional teaching and technology.
At the beginning of this school year, PM introduced blended learning to students in all grades in math.
This student-centered teaching model looks for the most productive ways to take the best of traditional teaching and support it with technological tools to better meet students’ individual needs.
Already, many students have been able to complete courses they traditionally would have had to attend through the end of the school year, while others have been able to postpone exams until they felt more ready to demonstrate mastery.
Purcell Marian High School is a Roman Catholic co-ed high school serving a diverse population of students from the Cincinnati area. Through a unique collaboration by the Society of Mary and the Sisters of Charity, Purcell Marian was founded to teach the faith and prepare graduates for post-secondary opportunities in a changing world. The school’s rigorous and comprehensive curriculum ranges from advanced and college preparatory level coursework to an individualized educational program with a specialized Student Support Services Team. Learn more about the school >>>
|CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, ST. LOUIS. During Chaminade’s “Mission Week,” Provincial Marty Solma shared stories from his ministry at Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School in Nairobi. The school raised enough money to fund 110 students’ tuitions for the 2014-15 school year. Learn more about the Province’s support of OLN>>>|
|ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS. Students from St. Louis city high schools were invited to participate in a competition to design an entry marker – a gateway for newly revived neighborhoods, commercial and industrial districts being developed in North St. Louis. The St. Mary’s High School team, “SouthSide Catholic,” won the competition’s gold medal. As a result, the students’ design will be built this fall. The award was sponsored by McEagle Construction and the NorthSide Regeneration Project.|
|The Marianists Province of the United States is seeking an administrative assistant to support the assistant provincial, the assistant for temporalities, and the director of human resources. Read a job description. Email a cover letter with resume and salary requirements by March 28 to Mary Ellen Garcia.|
|Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory is seeking a communications coordinator. Read a job description. Email cover letter, resume and two letters of recommendation to Richard Pulido.
|St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School in Maui, Hawai’i, is seeking a director of development and a director of college guidance and summer programs. Email a cover letter and resume to Betsey Gunderson.|
CANDIDATES FOR SAINTHOOD
|Fr. Paul Landolfi, U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes, shares with FamilyOnline readers his March message. “A fresh look at Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon will lead us to a better appreciation of the Marianist Family, especially our Marianist Sisters,” writes Fr. Paul. Learn more about Marianist saints >>>|
“LET’S HEAR IT FOR OUR FOUNDER”
|Bro. John Samaha shares with FamilyOnline readers a reflection about Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, “Let’s hear it for our founder.“|
|Did you know that the Province website hosts a calendar that lists events like holy days, meetings and retreats? Its a useful tool for Marianist Family members. Have an item to add? Email Pat Stephens.|
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
|March 19: Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary March 25: The Annunciation of the Lord (Marianist World Day of Prayer for Vocations)|
- Via Latina from the General Administration in Rome
- The District of India’s newsletter
- The Beacon from the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.
- E-News from the Marianist Lay Network of North America
- La Madeleine from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
|Editor: Amy George Rush; 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. Read the 2014 FamilyOnline production schedule and submission instructions. Send news, digital photos and comments and suggestions to editor Amy George Rush at firstname.lastname@example.org and use “FamilyOnline” as your subject line. TECHNICAL PROBLEMS: If you’re not able to view this newsletter, please contact the editor. CHANGE IN EMAIL ADDRESS: Send to email@example.com. BACK ISSUES/SEARCH (August 2011 and earlier): Visit www.marianist.com/fol.|
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