Volume 15, Number 2
Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
|SECTOR OF MEXICO CELEBRATES PERPETUAL PROFESSION|
|On Jan. 30, about 250 people gathered at the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Querétaro, Mexico, to witness the perpetual vow profession of Bro. Juan Manuel Azamar. Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth was the main celebrant and Fr. Raymundo Domínguez González, coordinator of the Sector of Mexico, gave the homily.|
|Following the vow ceremony, those gathered enjoyed music, food and folk dancing. Bro. Juan’s parents, along with other relatives and friends, made the 16-hour journey from his home state of Veracruz to be part of the celebration. The Sector of Mexico is part of the Marianist Province of the United States.|
|Congratulations, Bro. Juan!|
|NEW DEACONS ORDAINED IN ITALY, NEW PRIEST ORDAINED IN INDIA|
|It has been a joyful few weeks for the Society of Mary, from Bro. Juan’s vow profession (top story), to an ordination of three new deacons in Rome and a priestly ordination in Bangalore.|
|The diaconate ordination of Sean Downing, Bernard Ombima Lugutu and Mariandu Belevendiran took place Jan. 30 at Our Lady of the Pillar chapel adjoining Seminario Internazionale Chaminade, where the trio has been living and studying for the past three years.|
|Deacons Sean and Mariandu are members of the Province of the United States. Deacon Bernard, a Kenyan, is from the Region of Eastern Africa.|
|Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrar presided at the deacons’ ordination.
|A few days later and 4,300 miles away, Bro. Josephraj Rymond became Fr. Josephraj at an ordination ceremony in Bangalore, India. Archbishop Bernard Moras presided at the Feb. 3 ceremony at Holy Infant Church.|
|See more photos.|
|THREE QUESTIONS WITH …|
|Fr. Gene Contadino|
|Over more than 55 years of ministry, Fr. Gene Contadino has served as a teacher, campus minister and administrator. He is currently pastor at St. Francis de Sales in Cincinnati. His brother, Bro. Jim Contadino, also is a Marianist.|
|What are the challenges and rewards of ministering at a parish as old as St. Francis de Sales?|
|This past year we added more than 100 new households, which is a blessing and a challenge – we have to work to create times for old and new members to meet.
|We have an active welcoming committee, a busy parish council, an energetic Marianist spirit committee and an active RCIA program. Our Sunday Masses are gatherings as diverse as I have ever experienced, and the joy and enthusiasm parishioners exhibit is amazing.|
|What aspect of your work gets you energized?|
|It’s the participation of St. Francis parishioners in the life of our church. In every facet of what it means to be Catholic today, from social justice to liturgical engagement, I am finding that the men and women of our parish are filled with passion and willingness to put their faith into action. I am awed at the response I see on a daily basis.|
|When you entered the Marianists, did you know your brother Jim would follow you?|
|When Jim entered the novitiate, I was teaching in Cleveland, some 250 miles away, and I don’t remember him consulting me. Of course, I was happy for him to join us. He has spent the majority of his time in Ireland and has made an invaluable contribution to Marianist ministry there.|
|Honoring our Bicentennials – Images from the Family Album
|The years 2016 and 2017 mark the bicentennials of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianist sisters) and the Society of Mary (Marianist brothers and priests). In celebration of these milestones, FamilyOnline will feature occasional peeks into the past. Read more about the bicentennials here.
|WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
|BRO. RAY FITZ SHARES HIS VISION OF “THE MARIANIST MOVEMENT”|
|Shortly after assuming the papacy, Pope Francis described his ideal: “How I would like a Church that is poor and for the poor,” he said.|
|Speaking to a crowd of about 70 at a meeting of the Family of Mary Lay Community in St. Louis, Bro. Ray Fitz asked, “How can the Marianist Family meet this challenge?” He pointed to recent incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, that underscore the need to address urban poverty and racial segregation.|
|The Marianist Family has an opportunity to address these issues as a faith-based social movement, Bro. Ray said. “Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit,” he said, “we have the power to reshape our ‘sinful urban architecture’ – neighborhoods that separate and polarize us – and become the living presence of Christ for the neediest among us.”|
|Bro. Ray serves as the Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice at the University of Dayton. His Jan. 31 presentation was at St. John Vianney High School. See more photos.
|SR. STEPHANIE MORALES HONORED FOR HOSPITAL MINISTRY
|Sr. Stephanie Morales was honored by Nix Hospital in San Antonio on Feb. 1 for her 20 years of service as a chaplain there. The hospital’s chapel was rededicated in her honor at a ceremony that included hospital administrators, medical staff, local Marianist Sisters and members of Sr. Stephanie’s family. Sr. Stephanie also was recognized for her 60th jubilee as a Marianist Sister.|
|MARIANIST SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE TEAM MEETS IN BALTIMORE|
|Members of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative steering committee met in Baltimore over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in mid-January. “Our intent was to better understand the reality of urban violence and racism,” said committee member Jim Vogt. The team met with social justice activists of Viva House, the Baltimore Catholic Worker Community, and also toured Mother Seton Academy, a middle school sponsored in part by the Marianists. Read more in the MJSC newsletter.|
|FAMILY MEMBERS MARCH IN ML KING’S HONOR IN SAN ANTONIO|
|Members of the Marianist Family joined students from St. Mary’s University and roughly a quarter-million like-minded walkers to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in San Antonio Jan. 18. The march is part of a variety of local events that promote the teachings of Dr. King. Read more in the novice sisters’ blog.|
|FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES|
|THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE CENTRAL CATHOLIC FOR BRO. HARRY CORNELL|
|Fifty-eight years. That’s how long Bro. Harry Cornell has spent at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio. “I was 12 when I started here in the eighth grade,” he said. Five years as a student, plus 53 years as a teacher, have made him an icon at the school.|
|“It’s ironic, but when I joined the Marianists I was told, ‘join the brothers and see the world.’ But I’ve never left this school,” he said with a laugh. “I can honestly say this is the best school at which I have ever taught.” But he’s not complaining. “I love this work.”|
|Over the years, Bro. Harry has taught freshman religion and every math course in the curriculum. For 30 years he also taught computer science. Today, at 74, he teaches Advanced Placement calculus. His fondest memories, however, are the years he coached three sports and oversaw the photography and glee clubs. “That’s when you get to know the kids,” he said.|
|“Central Catholic changed my life,” he told students during Marianist Heritage Week in January. “I told them that one day they will appreciate this school and the Marianist values that make it so special.”|
|MARIANIST SCHOOLS PROCLAIM PRO-LIFE STANCE, SNOW OR NO|
|An East Coast blizzard buried the hopes of scores of Marianist high school students when planned trips to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life were abruptly canceled. Groups from Chaminade Julienne (Dayton) and Archbishop Moeller (Cincinnati) were forced to return to Ohio early to beat the impending storm.
|A group from Gross Catholic (Omaha) was among those trapped on a Pennsylvania highway for more than 23 hours, during which they attended a now-famous outdoor Mass. “When life gives you snow, build an altar for Mass,” said one Gross student. Read more about their experience.|
|Students from other Marianist-sponsored schools attended local commemorations, Masses and prayer services. The march is an annual protest of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.|
|MARIANIST SCHOOLS HONOR BLESSED CHAMINADE AT ANNUAL CELEBRATIONS|
|The Marianist Family marked the 166th anniversary of the death of its founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, on Jan. 22. Across the Province of the United States, schools and other ministries celebrated Masses and hosted award ceremonies recognizing those who carry on Chaminade’s mission and reflect the Characteristics of Marianist Education. See more photos.|
HAPPY 170th, SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL
This brief video was created by Saint Louis School in Honolulu in celebration of its 170th birthday. It is a wholly original production — SLS President Glenn Medeiros wrote the song, which was performed by a host of talented students.
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
|WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS|
|Recent deaths of Marianist Family members and friends: Pressoir Annivain, Alice Bellford, Brian Bradmeyer, Santiago “Sandy” Bunda, Michael “Mickey” Connor, Sr. Raquel Diaz, Sally Anne Sweikata Frederick, Owen Kelly, Marie Kuntemeier, George Lazzari, Mercy, Daniel Schoettelkotte, Fr. Antonio Soldà, Kenneth Takacs, Thomas Wees and Fred Wesling. 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|
|“When one possesses God, one possesses all, while in possessing everything without God, one possesses nothing but trouble, bitterness, remorse and despair.”|
|SATURDAY: FAITH FEST AT UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON|
|There’s still time to make plans to attend Faith Fest 2016 at the University of Dayton. The Feb. 6 event is sponsored in part by UD Campus Ministry and features music by Tenth Avenue North and student bands. Bro. Brandon Paluch promises a great evening that also will include spoken word, activities, food and drink. Learn more.
|In honor of the start of the bicentennial year of the Marianist Sisters, Fr. Paul Landolfi shares an essay on Marie Thérèse de Lamorous by Sr. Laura Leming.
|Pope Francis has designated this as the Year of Mercy. So it is especially fitting, notes Fr. Paul, that we honor this Marianist founder who operated a “misericorde,” or house of mercy. Read the essay.|
|Join Fr. Tim Kenney for the trip of a lifetime! The Marianist Mission is sponsoring this 10-day pilgrimage to Scotland and Ireland.|
|You’ll tour beautiful historic sites and enjoy daily Mass with Fr. Tim. Registration closes soon! Learn more.|
|CONFERENCE: CLIMATE, FAITH AND A CALL TO ACTION|
|Sr. Leanne Jablonski will be among the featured speakers March 3 – 5 at a University of Dayton conference titled: “Laudato Si’ – Everything is Connected: Teaching Pope Francis’ Integral Ecology.” Learn more.|
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
|Feb. 10: Ash Wednesday
Feb. 11: Our Lady of Lourdes
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
MLNNA eNews from the Marianist Lay Network of North America
The Open Window from Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning
Via Latina from the Marianist General Administration
MARIANIST BIRTHDAYS - February and March
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