Volume 13, Number 11
Friday, Nov. 7, 2014
ADMINISTRATORS OF SPONSORED MINISTRIES GATHER IN ST. LOUIS
It’s an autumn ritual: Every year the administrators of Marianist high schools gather for presentations and networking. But this year there were new faces at the meeting – leaders of all sponsored institutions, which includes three universities, four retreat centers and other partners in mission. “This year’s conference brought together more than 50 administrative leaders from all of our sponsored ministries,” said Dan Donnelly, director of the Office of Sponsorship.
The 2014 “Marianist Administrators Conference,” held Oct. 26 – 28 in St. Louis, focused on the document, “Principal Characteristics of Marianist Administration” — what it means to live and articulate the Marianist charism. “Marianist sponsorship is a collaborative effort to help form people in our Catholic faith and the Marianist charism,” Dan said. “Like Blessed Chaminade, we are working to help transform society through education. The opportunity for administrators of each of the sponsored ministries to network and learn from each other is a great blessing.”
Joe Conti, president of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, said he gained clarity that will help him lead with better understanding. “The gathering helped me get ‘it’ – that indefinable something that makes an institution Marianist.” See more photos.
BRO. RIGOBERTO MARTÍNEZ HERNÁNDEZ PROFESSES PERPETUAL VOWS
On Saturday, Nov. 1, Feast of All Saints, Bro. Rigoberto Martínez Hernández professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary at the chapel near the community residence in Querétaro. Sector Superior Fr. Raymundo Domínguez González presided, Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth gave the homily, and Fr. Marty Solma, provincial, received the vows. Bro. Rigoberto, 28, professed first vows with the Marianists in 2008.
Bro. Rigoberto is from an indigenous Huasteca community in San Luis Potosí State. He earned a technical degree in administration with bookkeeping and computer skills, and is working on a four-year degree in philosophy. Bro. Rigoberto is interested in teaching high school and would like to be a formator. He works with lay groups. Congratulations, Bro. Rigoberto!
MARIANIST LAY NETWORK OF NORTH AMERICA ANNOUNCES NEW LEADERSHIP
The Marianist Lay Network of North America has elected Mike Wasno to serve as chair for a three-year term. Mike takes the reins from past president Rudy Reyes Jr. Under a new leadership model, Matt Dunn, an existing council member, will lead the office of spirituality. Newly elected council members Kate Beskid will serve as head of the office of education and Mallory Green as head of the office of temporalities (finances). The new team is charged with implementing the strategic plan adopted in July.
“The strategic plan is our guiding star,” says Mike Wasno. “It is chock-full of goals and wishes of our MLNNA members. Our theme is to breathe new life into our Marianist ministries and build on the energy and enthusiasm of our members.”
Mike, a Lay Marianist, is COO of Tiresias Technologies, a high-tech startup company, and has staffed retreats and served on the board of governors for the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.
Learn more about MLNNA.
THIRD MARIANIST WOMEN’S SUMMIT CONVENES IN DAYTON
Inspired by the vision of Marianist founders Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon and Marie-Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous, Marianist sisters and lay women gathered Oct. 17 – 19 in Dayton, Ohio, for the Marianist Women’s Summit. The event encouraged participants to discover fresh perspectives on the charism by examining the lives of these revolutionary women and how their actions affect women in ministry today.
“People are interested in the women founders because they haven’t heard as much about them,” says Sr. Laura Leming. “Part of Chaminade’s genius was that he recognized these women’s gifts and contributions. Through his collaboration with them, the Marianist Family took on its unique shape. Today, it is still an attractive model for the Church.”
This is the third women’s summit to convene since 2012. Twenty-four women representing 18 Marianist communities from five states and Canada attended the meeting. See more photos.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH …
Sr. Grace Walle
Sr. Grace Walle, FMI, is campus minister at St. Mary’s University School of Law, providing personal and spiritual counseling for aspiring lawyers. She connects law students with service opportunities that challenge their minds and hearts.
What do you love about law school students?
There is a lot I’ve come to love about law students in the 20 plus years I’ve been serving. They are enthusiastic, funny, responsive in a crisis and committed to meeting the legal needs of low-income people. Plus, they are more organized than I am! When they become alumni, they support the law school, especially law ministry.
What is uniquely Marianist about your approach to your work?
Family spirit, of course! I try to create an atmosphere where every person’s gift is welcome and appreciated. I also provide opportunities for prayer, socializing and service.
What aspect of your work gives you joy?
It’s gratifying to witness the relationships that are forged in law school and extend as alumni. It’s a joy to see students on the first day of classes and observe them as they develop their vocation as attorneys. I also get to travel to China and Austria for law school summer study abroad programs.
CHAMINADE CAUSE FOR CANONIZATION MOVES TO NEXT STEP
Earlier this fall, a summary – 727 pages in length – was delivered to the medical council of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints at the Vatican. The summary details the medical and personal testimony in support of St. Louisan Rachel Baumgartner Lozano’s cancer cure in 2004. Her survival is the basis of the claim of a miracle through the intercession of Marianist founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.
The medical council will evaluate the summary and determine whether Rachel’s survival can be considered a miracle. It is not known when the medical council will consider this case or make its determination.
Read more about Fr. Chaminade’s Cause for Canonization.
MARIANIST FAMILY CELEBRATES WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
On Oct. 12, Marianist Family members celebrated the 2014 World Day of Prayer in Dayton, India and many other sites across the world. In Dayton, Fr. Manuel Cortés presided at the Eucharist, Fr. André Fétis concelebrated and Fr. Callistus Jeje delivered the homily. Later the Dayton Marianist Family Council shared its activities with the GA and Fr. Cortés and Bro. Michael McAward discussed the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima at Villa Soldati in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In India, more than 200 members of the Marianist Family gathered in Ranchi for a day of recollection including Eucharist, cultural programs, a rosary prayer service and a fellowship meal. Ranchi Auxiliary Bishop Telesphore Bilung, SVD, was the main celebrant. Fr. James Dungdung and Sr. Sunity Tirkey guided the day.
Read more about the 2014 World Day of Prayer.
BRO. BOB: THE ARTIST AT THE FRONT DESK
It’s rare to hear a human voice when you call an organization. But when you call the Province office in St. Louis, you’ll hear the voice of Bro. Bob Resing. In addition to being the “voice of the Province,” he orders supplies, greets visitors and assists staff members.
But Bro. Bob’s influence on the world goes much deeper: He’s a photographer, fiber arts artist, and, now, a jewelry maker.
His work in fiber arts was a natural transition to jewelry. “What ties them together is taking parts – single fibers or beads – and rearranging them to form a new creation,” he said.
Bro. Bob attended Covington Catholic High School in Kentucky, conducted by the Marianists, which led to his vocation to Marianist religious life. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Dayton and the Dayton Art Institute.
On Saturdays during grade school and high school, Bro. Bob visited a Notre Dame nun who taught art at a local girls school. “I learned how to use different media and techniques. She exemplified for me a person of respect for creation and created things both human and divine.” Read more.
There will be a show of Bro. Bob’s work Nov. 7 at the North American Center for Marianist Studies at the University of Dayton’s River Campus. See more of his work on his blog. Bro. Bob accepts commission work.
YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE BEGINS SOON
Marianist sisters, brothers and priests, and members of other Catholic religious orders worldwide, will have special cause to celebrate beginning later this month, as the Vatican launches the Year of Consecrated Life in the Church.
This special year, which begins Nov. 29 and extends through Feb. 2, 2016, has a threefold purpose:
• Renewal for men and women in consecrated life
• Thanksgiving for the service of sisters, brothers, priests
• Invitation to young Catholics to consider a religious vocation
Read more about the Year of Consecrated Life.
OLN GRADUATES RECEIVE NURSING DEGREES
From the desperate streets of a Nairobi slum to “best overall student” at nursing school, Michel Githae Maina is an undisputed Our Lady of Nazareth success story. Michel and Mildred Adhiambo Ikeya, another high-achieving OLN graduate, received diplomas Oct. 17 at Mater Hospital’s Catherine McAuley School of Nursing in Nairobi. Michael earned a degree as a registered nurse. Mildred earned a degree in midwifery.
“Michael lived for two years on the streets and would probably be dead by now had we not helped him get back in school” said Provincial Fr. Marty Solma, former director of OLN. “Michel’s story is a great testimony to how sponsoring a child can radically transform a person’s life.”
Br. Joseph Maricky, director of OLN, attended the ceremony to celebrate Michel’s and Mildred’s success.
Learn more about sponsoring a child at OLN.
A LOOK BACK
Americans at Villa St. Jean, Fribourg, Switzerland, 1949, where many Marianists attended seminary.
FRONT: Bro. Justin Burghoff, SM, Bro. Warner Rohrbach, SM, (not known), Bishop Charles Helmsing, Archbishop Joseph E. Ritter, Fr. Emil Neubert, SM (rector of the seminary) and Fr. Carl Dreisoerner, SM (vice rector). BACK: Bro. Charles Neumann, SM, (not known), Bro. Bernard Meyer, SM, (not known). Joseph Ritter was archbishop of St. Louis 1946 – 1967; he integrated all Catholic schools and hospitals in the archdiocese.
|WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON RENAMES BUILDING FOR BRO. RAYMOND FITZ
To salute its longest-serving president, the University of Dayton renamed a prominent building in his honor on Oct. 15.
The former College Park Center is now officially Raymond L. Fitz Hall, which was blessed by Bro. Ray’s brother, Fr. Jim Fitz, UD’s rector and vice president for mission.
Bro. Ray, who served as UD’s president from 1979 – 2002, is now the university’s Fr. Ferree Professor of Social Justice and works in the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.
BRO. BOB MARKS AN ANNIVERSARY
Congratulations to Bro. Bob Moriarty, who is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Pastoral Department of Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn. Bro. Bob has served as director of the department for 25 years. On Oct. 8, Archbishop Blair presided at a banquet marking the anniversary, followed by a presentation introducing “Christ Renews His Parish” retreats. They hope to attract young people to these retreats, which would be followed up by an invitation to a small Christian community in the parish.
The Dayton Daily News profiled Bro. John Lemker and his “Awesome Autumn” photo exhibit at Gallery St. John in Dayton. Read the article.
A SUPERIOR MOMENT
MISTY MORNING AT THE MONASTERY
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
REMEMBERING OUR BROTHERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE WALKED IN FAITH
Bro. Patrick McMahon (Cupertino, Calif.), 79, who died Nov. 1, 2014. May he rest in peace. The wake and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Nov. 13, 2014, at the Cupertino Marianist community. Interment will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, Calif. Read Brother Pat’s obituary. Read the community remembrance. See more photos of Bro. Patrick.
Fr. Daniel Doyle (Hollywood, Fla.), 77, who died Oct. 29, 2014. May he rest in peace. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Nov. 8 at the Church of the Nativity in Hollywood. Fr. Bill Meyer will be the presider and Bro. Paul Fitzpatrick will be the homilist. Interment will be on Nov. 12 at Cemetery of the Holy Rood, Westbury, N.Y. Read Fr. Dan’s obituary. See more photos of Fr. Dan.
Fr. Joseph Priestley (Honolulu), 89, who died Oct. 11, 2014, in Honolulu. May he rest in peace. Visitation and eulogies for Fr. Joe were Nov. 4 at the Mystical Rose Oratory at Chaminade University. The Mass of Christian Burial followed the visitation and eulogies. Fr. George Cerniglia was the presider and Fr. James Orsini was the homilist. Fr. Joe’s cremains will be interred at a later date. Read Fr. Joe’s obituary. See more photos of Fr. Joe.
Fr. Henri Mougel (Province of France), 88, who died Oct. 8, 2014, in Guebwiller, France. May he rest peace. Read Fr. Henri’s obituary.
Fr. Juan Ramón Roa Apiñániz (Province of Spain), 102, who died Oct. 10, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. May he rest in peace. Fr. Juan’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.
Mildred Betz, Bruna Bonutti, Dolores Dempsey, William Dempsey, Isidro García, Marge Gawlik, Helen Grazulis, Charles Hrabik, Thomas Marshall, Robert Metzger, George Remar, Anne Sullivan, Sr. Patricia Van Schaik and John Ward Wallace. 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|
FERGUSON: A “TEACHABLE MOMENT” FOR CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREP, ST. LOUIS
Race relations have been an omnipresent topic in the St. Louis area following the shooting death of an 18-year-old African-American by a white police officer in the suburb of Ferguson.
At Chaminade College Preparatory School, discussions in teacher Dan Stout’s theology classes were featured on KWMU, the local National Public Radio affiliate.
“People don’t want to hear about race, but they have to,” Stout said in the interview. “If we say we’re living the Gospel message, we’ve got to listen.” Listen and read more.
Stout, along with Dietrich Smith, Chaminade’s director of diversity, accompanied a group of six students at a forum on Ferguson hosted by another St. Louis Catholic boys school.
Chaminade junior LeRon Green‘s grandfather is a state representative and a pastor near Ferguson. He told the forum audience that his grandfather said, “We can march. We can protest. But true power is how we vote.”
“We know people will have different opinions,” said Roderick Campbell, another Chaminade student. “We talked about having that certain level of respect … listening … and having an open mind.”
ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH FEATURED IN ARCHDIOCESAN PAPER
“Marianist Identity Continues as a Riordan Hallmark” was the title of an article in Catholic San Francisco.
ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY HOSTS PRESTIGIOUS LAW TOURNAMENT
HEAD OF SCHOOL: Saint Louis School, an all-boys private Catholic school in Honolulu sponsored by the Marianists, is seeking a head of school. Résumés, cover letters and salary requirements are due by Nov. 30. Read more.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR: The Marianist Urban Students Program seeks a new director at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati. MUSP identifies high-potential elementary school students from low-income families and offers them financial, academic and social support to succeed at Marianist-sponsored high schools. Read more.
FROM FR. PAUL LANDOLFI
In late 1942, Bro. John Perz, SM, wrote several articles about the Marianist Spanish martyrs for a publication called Apostle of Mary. It’s fascinating reading about their deaths, the persecution of the Church and the causes of the civil war. Read the articles.
Learn more about Marianist saints. Fr. Paul is U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes.
NEW MARIANIST “INFOGRAPHIC”
How well do you know basic facts about the Marianists and Marianist ministries?
Check out the new infographic produced by Bro. Tom Wendorf in the vocations office.
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UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
Nov. 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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.
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