|CELEBRATING CHAMINADE, MARKING MARIANIST HERITAGE WEEK|
|Marianist schools and ministries across the country marked Marianist Heritage Week with Masses and special celebrations. The annual event commemorating the death of Marianist founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on Jan. 22 often includes special recognition for those who continue Chaminade’s mission.|
|Read about the celebration at CCP, which included a Mass for more than 2,000. See photos from Semana del Fundador at Colegio San José, as well as more photos from St. Mary’s University celebration. Watch a lei ceremony at Chaminade University of Honolulu.|
|THREE QUESTIONS WITH …|
|Bro. Dennis Schmitz|
|Bro. Dennis Schmitz serves at the Marianist Center of Hawai’i in Honolulu. He also makes a month-long visit three times a year to the Marianist District of India, which is a dependent unit of the Province of the United States.|
|What is the Marianist Center of Hawai’i?||
|The Marianist Center serves as a “landlord” for the campus that includes Chaminade University and Saint Louis School. I plan spiritual events for the center, and I’m part of a team that invites prominent Catholic figures to give lectures, workshops and conferences.|
|What do you do in India?|
|My official title is “Provincial Visitor.” I visit all of the communities and their ministries, and I work with the district administration. The Indians are marvelous religious. My job is simply to walk with and encourage them.|
|What do you admire most about the Indian Marianists?|
|The Indian brothers are dedicated to the poor and are very faithful to a life of prayer. Meditation is in common in the mornings and evenings in almost all of the communities. In many ways, they guide me more than I guide them.|
|WHO'S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
|Fr. Ralph Siefert will be honored with the 2017 “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” award from the National Catholic Educational Association. Fr. Ralph will receive the honor at the NCEA convention in St. Louis in April. Fr. Ralph is president of Chaminade College Prep in St. Louis.|
|In light of recent national events, University of Dayton President Eric Spina wrote about how Marianist values call the UD community to embrace its Muslim students, faculty and neighbors. Read the article.|
|Fr. Kujur Sudhir will become district superior for the Marianist District of India effective in June. Fr. Kujur assumes the leadership role from Bro. Augustus Surin, whose term is expiring. Fr. Kujur currently is serving as the district’s assistant superior. The district is a dependent unit of the Province of the United States.|
|12th MLFI COHORT COMPLETES PROGRAM||
|The 10 members of the 12th Marianist Lay Formation Initiative cohort completed their formation program with a retreat at Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning in Dayton on Jan. 8.|
|As part of their retreat, group members learned about the work of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative and celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany with the Marianist Sisters.|
|It was the final group shepherded by longtime MLFI coordinator Pati Krasensky, who has moved on to a new role.|
|FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES|
MARIANIST SCHOOLS CONNECT GLOBALLY
That was the question Jack Wilson and his faculty colleagues at Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis were kicking around. Jack coordinates the Global Reach program at CCP and is always looking for ways to connect students with the larger world.
The quest has morphed into an online community called the International Marianist School Consortium. With a secure platform designed by computer specialists at Chaminade, students and teachers are beginning to interact online with those from Marianist schools across the globe.
While using technology to connect the schools offers new learning opportunities, one of the main benefits is that students will gain “a much bigger notion of what it means to be part of the Marianist Family,” Jack said.
He envisions a variety of projects. “I am most excited about our teachers sharing ideas promoting the Marianist charism and collaborating on curriculum,” he said.
Nineteen schools from seven countries are now part of the IMSC, according to Jack. “We’re hopeful that others will come on board as they see the benefits of these global connections,” he said.
|SURROUNDED BY MATH AT ST. JOHN VIANNEY|
|Everyone’s at the board in Bob Prost‘s math classes at St. John Vianney High in St. Louis. Bob has implemented a program called “360 Math,” which involves all students solving equations on dry-erase boards around the room.|
|The approach makes it clear who needs assistance and enables students to easily get help from their teacher and their peers. The program was featured in a recent article in the local archdiocesan paper, the St. Louis Review.|
|TAKING THE ‘CULTURE OF LIFE’ ON THE ROAD|
|Nearly 50 students and chaperones from St. John Vianney High School joined the throngs in Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life Jan. 27. “I am proud of the culture of life we have created at Vianney,” said Fr. Tim Kenney, the school’s chaplain and director of campus ministry. “‘Generation Life’ is a movement among young people to witness to the Gospel values of life from womb to tomb,” he said.|
|SHARE THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT MARIANIST-SPONSORED MINISTRIES|
|FamilyOnline is eager to share the good news about events and programs at Marianist-sponsored schools and ministries. Send information and photos to Carol Dexter.
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS
|Bro. John Haster, age 77, died Jan. 16. He was a Marianist for 58 years. Bro. John was a longtime teacher and principal at Marianist high schools in California, and also served in administration for the former Province of the Pacific. Read his obituary. See more photos of Bro. John.|
|Recent deaths of Marianist Family members and friends.|
|Those in need of prayers for healing.|
|Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests (U.S. Province) since 2007.|
|JOIN US! MARIANISTS OFFERS TWO 2017 EUROPEAN TRIPS
|As part of the celebration of the Marianist Bicentennial, the Marianists are offering two European trips in 2017.|
|SPAIN AND FRANCE WITH FR. TIM|
|From April 22 – May 2, Fr. Tim Kenney will guide a trip through Spain and France, with stops in Madrid, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Lourdes, Bordeax and Paris. It will include a special focus on the life and work of Marianist founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. The all-inclusive trip costs $4,299. Learn more.|
|SPAIN WITH FR. RUDY
|From May 21 – 31, Fr. Rudy Vela will host a more academically oriented trip to Spain, with a focused study of Fr. Chaminade’s time in Zaragoza. Other stops will include Madrid, Siguenza and Barcelona. This all-inclusive trip costs $3,899. Learn more.|
ORIGINAL BICENTENNIAL HYMN
St. Mary’s University chapel choir director Maria Smith created an original composition in honor of the Marianist Bicentennial. The work has been shared at a prayer service for the visit of the bicentennial icon, and was featured at the university’s Marianist Heritage Mass last week. Check it out in the video below! Get the sheet music.
|MARIANIST LAY ASSEMBLY: ‘YES, GOD!’|
|Registration is now available for the Marianist Lay Assembly July 13 – 16 at the University of Dayton.|
|This family-oriented event is open to all who embrace the Marianist charism. Learn more.|
|LENTEN SERIES: WITH MARY, TOWARD RACIAL JUSTICE|
|St. Louis-area members of the Marianist Family will want to make plans to attend a series of presentations on Wednesday evenings at St. Mary’s High School.|
|The series begins March 1 and is sponsored by the Growing with Mary Marianist Lay Community. It includes a presentation by Bro. Mike Murphy. Read more.|
|UPCOMING FEAST DAYS|
|Feb. 2 – Presentation of Our Lord
Feb. 11 – Our Lady of Lourdes
Mar. 1 – Ash Wednesday
Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
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