A CELEBRATION OF PEACE, MUTUAL RESPECT IN SAN ANTONIO
Mere hours before the horrifying shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, there was an event in poignant contrast. It was a gathering of warmth and community; a gathering that celebrated interfaith dialogue and mutual respect.
On June 11, the Marianist Sisters in San Antonio opened their home for an iftar dinner with members of the Raindrop Turkish House, a charitable and cultural organization for Turkish-Americans. Iftar is the ceremonial dinner breaking the Ramadan fast each evening.
Several members of the Turkish group joined Lay Marianists and Marianist brothers and priests at the sisters’ community.
Iman Beytullah Colak launched the evening with a presentation on the Gulen Movement, a Turkish Muslim initiative that celebrates interfaith cooperation, service, and the relationship between science and faith. Iman Colak also shared a letter from Pope Francis, asking members of the Gulen Movement for prayers and commending the movement for its work in education.
After the sun went down, the Muslim guests had prayers in the chapel. “And then we all gathered to feast on the wonderful Turkish food,” said novice Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau. “It was an opportunity for peacemaking as Christians and Muslims came together to share faith.”
|THREE QUESTIONS WITH …|
|Fr. John Thompson|
|Fr. John Thompson has been serving in the Mexican state of Querétaro for nearly one year. The Marianist Sector of Mexico is part of the Province of the United States.|
|Why are you in Mexico?||
|I’m in Mexico to help start an educational ministry. Right now, the Mexican brothers operate two chapels, which function much like parishes do in the states. My role is to help them expand their ministry.|
|Several of the brothers recently finished a six-month educational leadership training program, so things are underway.|
|You’ve ministered in a variety of places. What have you learned?|
|Marianist life is expressed differently in different locations, but the underpinnings are constant: A love for Mary; a love for the founder and the charism. And things like hospitality, openness and a desire to be spiritually mature — those are the same.|
|Your blog is called “The joys and challenges of ministering in another culture.” How about one joy and one challenge?|
|I find joy in that people respond to me — they call me “Padre Amen,” because when I preach a homily, I’ll often ask for an amen, and they’ll respond. That’s fun. A challenge is the language, no doubt. I’m always a little hesitant, a little unsure. The Mexican brothers are kind, and they correct me when I misspeak — as I’ve asked them to. I misspeak a lot, but I am getting better.|
|HONORING OUR BICENTENNIALS – A PAGE FROM THE FAMILY ALBUM|
|To celebrate the bicentennials of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary, FamilyOnline is featuring occasional peeks into the past.|
|A REVOLUTIONARY TALE: FR. CHAMINADE UNDERCOVER|
|With the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789, and the anti-Church legislation that followed, it became impossible for Fr. William Joseph Chaminade, then age 28, to continue normal ministry.|
|Catholic priests were required to pledge an oath of allegiance to the government, instead of to the pope. About half did. Chaminade did not.|
|This refusal to align with the government could be fatal. A good friend and mentor of Fr. Chaminade’s, Fr. Jean Simon Langorian, was stabbed to death by a mob in July 1792. It was a desperate, dangerous time.||
|Chaminade became a member of the underground clergy. Working with a network of faithful co-conspirators in Bordeaux, Chaminade continued a clandestine ministry.|
|At times, he disguised himself as a tinker – a mender of pots and pans – so that he might move among his flock. During this shadowy existence, Chaminade performed baptisms and marriages, and he visited the sick and dying. (See a depiction of this in the comic book excerpted above.)
|Eventually, Chaminade was forced into exile in Saragossa, Spain. There he conceived of a plan to restore Christianity in France. It is the progeny of this plan – the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary – we celebrate in these bicentennial years.
|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 third group of 2016 jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.|
|BRO. WILLIAM HALLOWAY – 50 years of profession|
|I am from a family of seven, growing up in Cleveland, Ohio. There was always a lot of religious faith in our home from my parents, grandparents and siblings. It was during my high school years that I became attracted to the Marianists. There was a wonderful sense of family and community among the 35 brothers and priests teaching at St. Joseph High. Read more.|
|BRO. JOSEPH KAMIS – 50 years of profession|
|The celebration of this golden jubilee causes me to pause and reflect back in thankfulness on the many blessings I have received in the past 50 years. I am most grateful for our loving God and his mother Mary for weaving themselves in and out of my life in good times as well as not-so-good times. Yet, God’s merciful, loving kindness is always present. Read more.
|FR. BERNARD LEE – 60 years of profession|
|Bernard Lee joined the Marianists after finishing college at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. After his graduate work (Greek and Latin) at Catholic University, he taught in Marianist high schools in St. Louis: at McBride High School, five years before seminary; and at St. Mary’s High School, two years after ordination. Read more.
|FR. JOSÉ RAMIREZ – 60 years of profession|
|It has been said that “our God is a God of surprises.” My reflections on my vocation as a Marianist bring me to a similar conclusion. If God could surprise Mary and invite her to be the Mother of Jesus, and if God could surprise Joseph to accept her and become the foster parent of Jesus, then — on an entirely different scale —why could not God surprise me and call me to be a Marianist over 60 years ago? Read more.
|BRO. KEN THOMPSON – 60 years of profession|
|I was born in 1937, in Detroit, Michigan. I attended St. Francis de Sales for eight years of grade school and was taught by the IHM nuns. In 1951, while I was in the eighth grade, I was recruited to attend the Marianist Postulate in Beacon, New York. After completing high school at the postulate, I went to the novitiate in Marcy, New York, where I professed my first vows on Sept. 8, 1956. Read more.
|WHO'S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
MANN OH MANN! A MILESTONE BIRTHDAY FOR FR. LARRY
As the Society of Mary celebrates its bicentennial, it’s appropriate to offer special recognition to a Marianist who was around for the centennial.
On Aug. 1, Fr. Larry Mann will celebrate his 100th birthday, joining Bro. John Totten, 102, in the exclusive ranks of U.S. Marianist centenarians.
Fr. Larry was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and met the Marianists at Cathedral Latin School. He and his older brother, Leonard, professed first vows together in 1933. (Bro. Len Mann died in 1995.)
Early in his career, Fr. Larry taught at Purcell High School, now Purcell Marian, where Fr. Joseph Stefanelli was one of his students. (Fr. Joe, 95, now lives in community with his former teacher.)
Fr. Larry was ordained in 1945 and was sent to teach at Saint Louis College – now Saint Louis School – in Honolulu, 14 years before Hawai’i became a state. Among many other ministries, he was associate pastor and pastor at Holy Family Parish in Pearl Harbor for 25 years, and was head of campus ministry at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California, for 16 years.
Fr. Larry now lives at a Marianist health care community in California. He attends Mass and morning prayer several times each week. Although frail, he spends as much time as possible “with the brothers.” He recently provided a special blessing to Bros. Michael Chiuri and Brandon Paluch who were on retreat at the community.
Fr. Larry welcomes birthday greetings. Please send them by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|William Cervenik assumed the role of president at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland on July 1. He is a 1972 graduate of predecessor school, St. Joseph, and was formerly mayor of Euclid, Ohio. He succeeds Richard Osborne, who has retired after serving at VASJ for five years. Read more.|
|Bro. Jim Maus completed his first year as the Marianist Province of the United State’s representative for the Midwest Coalition for Responsible Investment. MCRI addresses issues of corporate social responsibility by working for justice in economic systems and corporate engagement. Read Bro. Jim’s report on a meeting with leaders at agricultural giant Monsanto.|
|Fr. Joe Uvietta recently was honored by the Sisters of Mercy for 50 years of service to their order. In 1966, Fr. Joe assisted at a retreat for the sisters. He’s been a spiritual adviser, confessor and retreat leader for the sisters ever since. He has been chaplain at the sisters’ retirement home in St. Louis for 10 years. Fr. Joe also recently was named to the Hall of Fame at St. John Vianney High School.|
|Joan McGuinness Wagner is retiring after many years of service as the director of Marianist Strategies in the Office of Mission and Rector at the University of Dayton. “Joan has been a wonderful colleague in promoting our Marianist identity at UD,” said Fr. Jim Fitz, UD rector. “She will be sorely missed.”|
|Michael Wohlfarth became the new principal of Central Catholic High School in San Antonio on July 1. He most recently served as director of secondary education for the Schertz-Cibolo Universal City Independent School District, and principal at Byron P. Steele High School. Read more.|
|FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES|
UNIVERSAL SHOPPING LIST: A TOOL FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING
In his landmark environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis calls on people to rethink their habits as consumers. “An awareness of the gravity of today’s cultural and ecological crisis must be translated into new habits,” he said.
Tara Poling, an educator at the Marianist Environmental Education Center, teaches workshops on sustainable living. A favorite topic is people’s relationship with things.
To change ingrained buying habits, she suggests using a “universal shopping list” that includes five questions:
1. Do I really need this? Is there something I can use instead?
2. Will this item bring enjoyment and beauty into my life?
3. Is the cost of the item worth the time it takes to earn the money to buy it?
4. Could I buy it used? Borrow it? Rent it? Share the purchase with someone else?
5. How will this purchase affect the environment?
“Sometimes I use a ‘reverse shopping list,’ said Tara. “If there’s something I suspect I want more than need, I’ll put it on the list and wait a couple of weeks. Usually, I’ll find the desire has passed.”
|VIANNEY NAMED AMONG ST. LOUIS’ “TOP WORKPLACES”|
|St. John Vianney High School has been named among the top workplaces in a competition sponsored by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Employees rated their work environment highly in response to statements such as: “My job makes me feel like I am part of something meaningful.” Read more.|
|LIFE SUMMER PROGRAMS GET UNDERWAY|
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|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
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|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.|
|NEW! BICENTENNIAL ONLINE|
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|Find information and resources on the bicentennial of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary.|
|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. Learn more.|
|POSITION OPENING: DIRECTOR OF MARIANIST STRATEGIES AT UD|
|The University of Dayton seeks a dynamic individual to work in the Office of Mission and Rector. The rector’s office is responsible for promoting UD’s Marianist identity and for creating and delivering educational and spiritual opportunities across campus. Learn more.|
|SAVE THE DATE: COMMISSIONING OF PULSE COMMUNITY|
|Friends and members of the Marianist Family are invited to attend the commissioning ceremony for the inaugural group of Marianist PULSE volunteers. PULSE — which stands for Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education — begins later this summer in Dayton.|
Aug. 5 at 7 p.m.
Queen of Apostles Chapel, Dayton
|The “PULSErs” include Ha’Ani Artero, Kateri Dillon, Martin Jimenez, Dominic Sanfilippo, Sarah Wilker and Ellen Yoder. Learn more about Marianist PULSE.|
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
|July 11 St. Benedict, patriarch of the Society of Mary
July 16 Our Lady of Mount Carmel
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
MLC-NA 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 - July and August
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