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Volume 15, Number 9

Sept. 8, 2016

NEW THIS FALL: YOUNG FACES AT A TIME-TESTED SCHOOL

Kindergarten teacher Tasha Castro with her students at Saint Louis School in Honolulu.

Kindergarten teacher Tasha Castro with her students at Saint Louis School in Honolulu. Derek Miyahara photos

“Are you ready to make history?” asked Glenn Medeiros, president of Saint Louis School (SLS), as teacher Tasha Castro was preparing to greet her class of 23 kindergarten students. With resounding support from parents, teachers and alumni, the answer could only be “yes!”

Last month, Saint Louis School in Honolulu, the oldest sponsored school in the U.S. Province, opened its doors to the youngest students ever enrolled – the first kindergartners in the school’s 170-year history.

Even the youngest SLS gentlemen wear ties on special days.

Even the youngest SLS men wear ties on special days.

The kindergartners joined first through fifth graders this fall at the former junior-senior high. It’s been 66 years since the all-boys school offered a complete elementary program.

This expansion will help SLS do a better job of forming students in Marianist values and SLS traditions by starting them at an earlier age, according to Christopher Casupang, principal of the lower school.

“We also know that the families of our children grow in faith when grandparents, parents and alumni participate in school activities with their children,” said Christopher. “This is a way to build Marianist family spirit throughout our school.”

MARIANISTS CELEBRATE JUBILEES IN DAYTON
Marianist Jubilee 2016
In the final jubilee celebration of 2016, 11 Marianists were honored at the University of Dayton’s Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on August 13. All of them were marking significant anniversaries of their first profession of vows. Combined, their service totals 560 years! The jubilarians included, in front: Bro. Don Schaaf, 60 years; and Fr. Paul Reich, 70 years. Middle row: Bros. Gary Marcinowski, 50 years; Ken Thompson, 60 years; Nick Rufo, 25 years; Paul Jablinski, 60 years; Jeff Sullivan, 50 years; and Joe Kamis, 50 years. Back row: Bros. Tom Oldenski, 50 years; Larry Cada, 60 years; Peter Kiama, 25 years; and Fr. Marty Solma, provincial. See more photos.

THREE QUESTIONS WITH …
Fr. Oscar Vasquez

A native of San Antonio, Fr. Oscar is now associate pastor of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish and chaplain at Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis.

What was your path to becoming a Marianist?

Marianist Fr. Oscar VasquezIt started when I was in high school at Central Catholic in San Antonio. The Marianist brothers at Central Catholic were so active at the school. They really knew the students … and they supported us and challenged us. They helped me see that I could be a leader.

You’re now both an associate pastor and a high school chaplain. Is that as busy as it sounds?

It’s busier! But for a Marianist, it’s the best of both worlds. Being a teacher has made me a better pastor, and being in pastoral ministry makes me, I think, more effective among the students. I have a broader experience of the Church, and that’s a gift I can give.

What’s the best thing about being a Marianist?

Being part of a community. In my community, we challenge each other to be faithful. We pray together every day. I know my brothers are expecting me to be there, so I’m going to be there. Plus, coming from a family of three sisters and no brothers, I now have plenty of brothers!

HONORING OUR BICENTENNIALS – A PAGE FROM THE FAMILY ALBUM
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PAYING THE ULTIMATE PRICE: THE MARTYRS OF CIUDAD REAL
On Sept. 18, we will honor three Marianists, Bros. Carlos Eraña, Jesús Hita, and Fidel Fuidio, who were executed in 1936 as part of a brutal anti-Church campaign during the Spanish Civil War.
Bro. Carlos, 52, was a principal of a Catholic primary school in Madrid, but had fled to Ciudad Real in 1933 when the turmoil began. Marianist martyrs Ciudad Real Spain
He was arrested on Sept. 18, 1936, along with seven laymen, and executed by firing squad.
Bro. Jesús, 36, and Bro. Fidel, 56, both educators, met the same fate shortly thereafter. They were shot near a cemetery wall on the outskirts of Ciudad Real. Their bodies were later discovered in an abandoned well.
These three Marianists were beatified in 1995 by Pope St. John Paul II.
A total of 15 Marianists were executed in Spain in 1936, all of them because of their devotion to Christ and loyalty to the Church.
Bro. Fidel expressed what many of them fervently believed: “If it would be necessary that I sacrifice my life for the cause of religion and my country, I offer my head gladly.”

 

JUBILARIANS
Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes the brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first profession of vows or of their priestly ordination. This is the final group of 2016 jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.
Marianist Reinaldo Berrios BRO. REINALDO BERRIOS – 25 years of profession
It is interesting for me to stop and think about the past 25 years. Many thoughts come to my mind, but one stands out from the rest. If I would have the opportunity again to decide what I decided then, I will make again the same decision, without thinking it twice. Today I am very proud to belong to the SM. Read more.
MARIANIST Peter Kiama BRO. PETER KIAMA – 25 years of profession
I come from a family of six sisters. My parents are still living; however, I would say that my faith roots came from both maternal and paternal grandparents. They held me close to their lives, inviting me to join them while going for Sunday prayers. This tradition was passed on to my parents, and truly I see this reflection in my siblings. Read more.
Marianist Bro Bernard Stratman BRO. BERNARD STRATMAN – 50 years of profession
I was blessed with a good family with deep roots in West Point, Nebraska, where I grew up. I have two sisters who continue to be very supportive. My mom and dad passed away but left me a legacy of faith and support. I was put in touch with the Marianists by a sister who was my science teacher at Central Catholic High School in West Point. Read more.
Marianist Bro Tom Suda BRO. THOMAS SUDA – 50 years of profession
I would like to begin my story by simply saying that I recall a normal childhood filled with many sporting activities and ball team memories. Certainly, the decision to attend St. John Vianney High School, a Marianist Catholic school, guided me toward choosing a religious life and my vocation as a religious brother. Read more.
Marianist Bro Jeff Sullivan BRO. JEFFREY SULLIVAN – 50 years of profession
I started my life as a Marianist brother in 1964 when I attended my brother Tim’s first profession at Marcy, New York. I saw something special and attracting about the brothers as they lived their life together. I saw family spirit, hospitality, a deep sense of prayer and a happiness they shared with one another, shown in the short time I was with them. Read more.

 

WHO'S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE
Marianist Father Ignatius Arulappen Fr. Ignatius Arulappen of the District of India is pursuing doctoral studies in Marian theology at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton. He has joined the Stonemill-Kiefaber Community.
Marianist Brother Stephen Glodek Bro. Steve Glodek was unanimously elected president of the Religious Brothers Conference at its annual assembly in late July. The mission of the RBC is to promote an awareness of the calling of brothers in the Church and society.
Marianist Sister Laura Leming An article by Sr. Laura Leming recently appeared in the Global Sisters Report, a project of the National Catholic Reporter. The article is titled, “Living the pattern of Mary’s life as a 21st century religious.” Read the article.
Marianist Brother Jose Matos In August, Bro. José Julián Matos-Auffant received the President’s Award for Excellence at St. Mary’s University. Bro. José was one of just three recipients of the award, which recognizes “outstanding dedication, excellent job performance and ingenuity.” 
Marianist Brother Gary Morris Bro. Gary Morris has reason to be proud. Chaminade University’s Performing Arts Department, under Bro. Gary’s direction, received 10 Po‘okela Awards for its spring musical production of “First Date.” The announcement was made at Hawai’i State Theatre Council’s annual celebration of local excellence in early August. Read more.
MAUI LAY COMMUNITY CELEBRATES ASSUMPTION

Members of the Lay Marianist Community in Maui marked the Feast of the Assumption with a gathering at St. Anthony Parish. The group enjoyed a potluck dinner followed by a candlelight procession to the chapel for a prayer service. Photo by Bro. Fred Silberius.

On the Feast of the Assumption, Rowena Enamoto and Gloria Dulay lead a procession of Lay Marianists. Photo by Bro. Fred Silberius.

Members of the Marianist Lay Community in Wailuku, Maui, marked the Feast of the Assumption with a gathering at St. Anthony Catholic Community. The group enjoyed a potluck dinner followed by a candlelight procession to the chapel for a prayer service.

 

FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES
SERVICE AND BURGERS MARK START AT ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY

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Bro. Dennis Bautista assists at the start of the Burgers with the Brothers chow line. Farther down, in a light blue shirt, is Fr. Jim Tobin. Robin Jerstad photos.

St. Mary's students visit with Marianists at the Burgers with the Brothers event Aug. 23.

St. Mary’s students visit with Marianists at the Burgers with the Brothers event Aug. 23.

Marianist Fr Tim Eden

At the start of the Continuing the Heritage event, St. Mary’s Chaplain Fr. Tim Eden offers a prayer.

Two start-of-school traditions at St. Mary’s University have a keenly Marianist mission.
The “Continuing the Heritage” service day and popular “Burgers with the Brothers” cookout combine to serve the community while building community.
On Aug. 20, roughly 800 students and faculty turned out for tasks that included walking shelter dogs, cleaning up graffiti and delivering food to the poor as part of the Continuing the Heritage service day. Since its inception in 2003, the event has provided more than 50,000 hours of service to San Antonio nonprofit agencies.
A few days later, a crowd of more than 500 poured onto the front lawn of the Casa Maria Marianist Community for “Burgers with Brothers,” a cookout welcoming students, faculty and staff back to school. “This is a fun and festive event in the spirit of Marianist hospitality,” said Bro. Dennis Bautista. Members of St. Mary’s Marianist Leadership Program and Student Government Association teamed up with local Marianists to host the big picnic. See more photos!
Chaminade-University logo FOL $1 MILLION GIFT TO BENEFIT NATIVE HAWAIIANS
Last month, Chaminade University of Honolulu received a $1 million donation from the Alaka’ina Foundation to establish a scholarship fund for students of native Hawaiian ancestry. “We are grateful for this truly magnanimous gift from Alaka’ina. This will mean expanded possibilities for our native Hawaiian students, giving them opportunities to pursue the disciplines of their choice,” said Chaminade president Bro. Bernard Ploeger. Read more.
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON SCORES ON PRINCETON REVIEW RANKINGS
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The University of Dayton achieved high rankings in a number of categories in the Princeton Review’s 2017 list of best colleges and universities. Only about 15 percent of the country’s 2,000 four-year schools make the list. Read more.
SPONSORED SECONDARY SCHOOLS BOAST TWO OLYMPIANS
Congratulations to two graduates of Marianist-sponsored schools who competed recently at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Max Holt, a 2005 graduate of Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, helped bring home a bronze medal for Team USA volleyball. 

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Max Holt, Purcell Marian alumnus

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Conor McCullough, Chaminade College Prep alumnus

Conor McCullough, a 2009 graduate of Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California, competed in the hammer throw.

LIFE SUMMER PROGRAM VIDEO

LIFE was great this summer! Watch this video from the Marianist LIFE (Living in Faith Experience) summer programs. 

PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS

WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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Undated

Marianist Dave Conrad

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Bro. David Conrad, 86, died Aug. 28, 2016, with 67 years of Marianist life. Bro. Dave was a quiet, dedicated “working brother” who served in a variety of locations, including 17 years in Africa. He was in Nigeria during the country’s brutal civil war. Read his obituary. See more photos.

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Marianist Father Lawrence Mann

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 Fr. Lawrence Mann, 100, died Sept. 1, 2016. He was a Marianist for 83 years. During his long ministry, Fr. Larry served as a teacher, pastor and campus minister. He was beloved as a counselor and mentor. Read his obituary. See more photos.
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.
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“True missionaries should not count on themselves, their talents, or their industry, but they should put all their confidence in the grace of their mission and the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
RESOURCES

 Printable version of FamilyOnline

FREE, ONLINE FORUM: MARY AND THE CHURCH
All are invited to join in an Oct. 14 online forum sponsored by the International Marian Research Institute and featuring Fr. Thomas Thompson as one of the speakers. The session will cover Mary and the Church in the teachings of Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and Francis. There is no charge, but registration by Sept. 23 is required. Learn more. Register. Mary fol
MLC-NA ENCOURAGES VOTING FOR LEADERSHIP ROLES
The Marianist Lay Community of North America (formerly the Marianist Lay Network of North America), encourages lay members of the Marianist Family to participate in the election of MLC-NA leaders. Lay Marianists who are registered with MLC-NA should have recently received an email with candidate profiles and instructions on voting procedures. For more information, please send an email to: electionteam@mlnna.org. Voting ends Sept. 18.
POSITION OPENING: DIRECTOR OF NACMS
The Marianist Province of the United States is seeking a director for the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS). NACMS creates and provides education and formation resources to assist members of the Marianist Family in sharing the Marianist charism. This key role, based in Dayton, Ohio, is charged with developing the vision of the organization and promoting it to its constituencies. 
“We seek a dynamic, energetic professional whose administrative skills are complemented by a Marianist heart,” says Bro. Tom Giardino, the Province’s assistant for education.  Learn more.

UPCOMING FEAST DAYS

Feast days Sept. 8: Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary
Sept. 12: Most Holy Name of Mary
Sept. 14: Death of Marie Thérèse de Lamourous, 1836
Sept. 18: Blesseds Carlos Eraña, Fidel Fuidio, and Jesús Hita
Oct. 3: Guardian Angels (transferred from Oct. 2)

BLOGS

Bro. Phil Aaron
Srs. Gabrielle Bibeau and Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch
Fr. Mike Nartker
Dr. Eric Spina
Fr. John Thompson
Susan Vogt

Bro. Brian Zampier

NEWSLETTERS
Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
InFormation from the International Center for Marianist Formation
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family

MLC-NA eNews from the Marianist Lay Network of North America

MARIANIST BIRTHDAYS - September and October



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