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Volume 14, Number 2
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

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BRO. BOB JONES ORDAINED AS DEACON IN ROME

In Rome, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrar performs the "imposition of hands" in the rite of diaconate ordination of Bro. Bob Jones.

In Rome, Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrar performs the “imposition of hands” in the rite of diaconate ordination of Bro. Bob Jones.

In a final step toward the priesthood, U.S. Province member Bro. Bob Jones, along with three other Marianist seminarians, was ordained a deacon in Rome on Jan. 10.

Bro. Bob was ordained in the Our Lady of the Pillar chapel adjoining Seminario Internazionale Chaminade, where he has been studying for the past three years.

He was nervous at the start of 90-minute ordination Mass, Bro. Bob says, but his feelings evolved. “There was a sense of peace that came over me as we gently moved through the ritual, especially as the bishop laid his hands on me,” Bro. Bob says.

When the new deacons joined the celebrants at the altar for the Liturgy of the Eucharist, they got their first real look at the chapel overflowing with smiling friends and family members. “I was reminded of all the support I have received, not only from those present for the Mass, but from the Marianist Family around the world,” Bro Bob says.

Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrar presided at the ordination. Other newly ordained Marianist deacons include Gautier Somé (Burkina Faso), Daniel Odero Osino (Kenya) and Javier Sanz (Spain).

The new deacons will return to their home Provinces later this year for ministry and priestly ordination.

See more photos from the ordination!

BRO. RAY FITZ RECEIVES TOP ACCU HONOR

Fellow Marianists joined Bro. Ray Fitz in Washington, D.C., as he received the ACCU honor. From left, Fr. George Cerniglia, Bro. Ed Brink, Fr. Jim Fitz, Bro. Ray, Bro. Bernie Ploeger and Fr. Marty Solma.

Fellow Marianists joined Bro. Ray Fitz in Washington, D.C., as he received the ACCU honor. From left, Fr. George Cerniglia, Bro. Ed Brink, Fr. Jim Fitz, Bro. Ray, Bro. Bernie Ploeger and Fr. Marty Solma.

Bro. Ray Fitz was honored Jan. 31 at the meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) as the recipient of the Hesburgh Award, the highest recognition for service in Catholic higher education. He was introduced at the award ceremony by Dr. Daniel Curran, president of the University of Dayton.

“Bro. Ray’s contributions to Catholic higher education are both local and global,” says Michael Galligan-Stierle, president of the ACCU. “He lent his insights to the Vatican as a consultant during the drafting of Ex corde Ecclesiae (an apostolic constitution on Catholic universities issued by Pope John Paul II in 1990); he informed the writing of the Application of Ex corde Ecclesiae in the United States; and he has significantly transformed the University of Dayton.

“Given the range of his accomplishments, Bro. Ray’s humble posture remains,” Galligan-Stierle continued. “When you are around him, you realize his Marianist formation has taken root in a substantive way. Like Mary, he has made a fundamental contribution to society by saying ‘yes’ to what has been asked of him.”

Bro. Ray served as UD’s president from 1979-2002. He now serves as the university’s Ferree Professor of Social Justice.

JUST WHAT IS THE “PROVINCE OF THE UNITED STATES”?

FamilyOnline is a publication of the Marianist Province of the United States. Yet you often see news of brothers in India and Mexico, and mentions of brothers from Eastern Africa or Korea. Why?

Prov US graphicThe Society of Mary is global, and has changed in organic and sometimes unusual ways over time. The Province of the United States, which is one of 17 Marianist units worldwide, was created in 2002 in a consolidation of four regional U.S. Provinces.

In 1957 and 1960, American Marianists began serving in Eastern Africa and Korea respectively. The goal for these geographic areas was to build up sufficient numbers of local Marianists and financial resources to become independent regions. Korea became independent in 2005; Eastern Africa followed in 2010.

A similar process is underway in India, where American Marianists have served since 1980. For now, India is a “dependent district” of the U.S. Province. Mexico, with a smaller number of Marianists, is called a “sector” of the U.S Province.

Today, the Province of the United States sponsors or co-sponsors 18 middle and high schools, three universities, four retreat centers and seven parishes.

While distinctions are necessary for governance, we tend to err on the side of inclusion. Family is family!

THREE QUESTIONS WITH …

Fr. Jim Heft

Heft FOLFr. Jim Heft is president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, which promotes interreligious dialogue, research and publications rooted in Catholic intellectual tradition.

What do you as a Marianist bring to this organization?
Fr. Chaminade saw the great value of schools to prepare teachers for the classroom. We are creating a research institute where scholars can be enriched in Catholicism through dialogue and research, and returned to their universities with a deeper sense of the value of Catholicism. As a Marianist, I bring the conviction that education informed by faith is an important mission.

What aspects of your work do you find most rewarding?
It is demanding and creative. For example, we are in the process of building a $50 million endowment to support 20 scholars a year for nine-month residencies. Catholics, especially faculty at Catholic universities, greatly benefit in their research and teaching through IACS.

Why is involvement with an organization like IACS valuable to the Marianists?
IACS is about the renewal of Catholic intellectual and spiritual life, a vibrant tradition that is 2,000 years old. The Society of Mary draws its substance from that tradition and gives it a unique form emphasizing lay leadership, communities of faith and the integration of the head and the heart. Mary pondered the word; scholars need to ponder it, too.

COORDINATOR SOUGHT FOR NEW MARIANIST PULSE PROGRAM

The Marianist Province of the United States seeks a coordinator for an exciting new program called PULSE — Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education. The program will be based in Dayton, Ohio.

PULSE is a two-year, post-graduate leadership program that involves service in urban areas, living in community, and rich Marianist formation. The goal of PULSE is to develop a group of Marianist servant-leaders working to mobilize the Marianist Family to advance social justice within society and the Church.

The PULSE coordinator will have an instrumental and challenging opportunity to help develop this program from the ground up. Learn more about the PULSE coordinator role on our jobs page.

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE
NEW PUBLICATION
Fr. Dave Fleming recently published a new work, A New Fulcrum: Marianist Horizons Today. The publication examines contemporary questions through the lens of Blessed Chaminade’s quest for the “new fulcrum.” A former superior general of the Marianists, Fr. Dave currently serves as novice master in India. Learn more.
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A HOUSE IN ORDER

Fr. Al McMenamy‘s house is in order at Gross Catholic High School. Fr. Al celebrated Founder’s Day Mass last month at the Marianist-sponsored school in Omaha. Gross recently instituted a house system, with each house named for a Marianist who helped shape the high school.

Other houses are named for Bros. Joe Barrett, Richard Middleton and Leo Willett. Fr. Al received his official “house shirt” from senior Jason Reed.

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At an all-school Mass on Chaminade Day, Fr. Don Cowie (left) received news that an anonymous alumnus of Central Catholic High School in San Antonio made a generous donation to fund a scholarship in Fr. Don’s honor. Fr. Don has served at CCHS for more than a quarter-century. With Fr. Don is CCHS President Fr. Richard Wosman.

FROM FR. PAUL LANDOLFI

landolfi-from-alive-magazine1-180x180This month we focus on relationships, especially the relationship of Blessed Fr. Chaminade with Venerable Marie Thérèse de Lamourous. Marie Thérèse had such a wide influence for good throughout France. When she died, all of Bordeaux came to the funeral in thanksgiving to pay their respects. Fr. Chaminade calls us to be a nation of saints. As saints we are called to make other saints. Read more.

Fr. Paul is the U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes.

BRO. JOHN MWAURA PROFESSES FIRST VOWS

We congratulate John Kamau Mwaura, who professed his first vows in the Society of Mary (Region of Eastern Africa) on Jan. 25. From left are Fr. Joseph Mwaura, Fr. Gabriel Kiranga, Bro. Erick Otiende, Bro. John and Bro. Dingiswayo Soko.

We congratulate Bro. John Kamau Mwaura (second from right), who professed his first vows in the Society of Mary (Region of Eastern Africa) on Jan. 25. From left are Frs. Joseph Mwaura and Gabriel Kiranga, Bro. Erick Otiende, Bro. John and Bro. Dingiswayo Soko.

PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS

REMEMBERING OUR BROTHERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE WALKED IN FAITH

Bro. Howard in 1973

Bro. Howard in 1973

Bro. Howard Lohrey

Bro. Howard Lohrey

Bro. Howard Lohrey, 65, who died Jan. 24, 2015, in Dayton, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Jan. 28 at All Saints Church in Cincinnati. Fr. Martin Solma was the presider and homilist. Bro. Howard was a longtime math teacher at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, where he was beloved for his sharp sense of humor and his commitment to his students. See more photos of Bro. Howard.

Bro. Ambrogio Albano, Bro. Isidoro Armentia Ramirez, Fr. Adalbert Muller, Bro. Rafael Robredo Sainz and other family and friends who have died in Christ. Read more.

Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.

Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests since 2007. Read more.

FROM THE JPIC OFFICE

HUMAN TRAFFICKING AWARENESS

Experts estimate more than 20 million people are current victims of human trafficking. The first “International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking” is Feb. 8, the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan. She dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting those who suffer. Learn more about human trafficking. Read more about the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

NEW YEAR’S MEETINGS

The Province Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Advisory Committee met in Dayton, and the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative steering committee met in Hollywood , Fla., in January for goal setting. See photos from the meetings.

MARCH FOR LIFE

Students from St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis were among thousands who attended the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. Fr. Tim Kenney (front row, second from right) led the group of 35 young men on the journey with other young people from the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

See Fr. Tim’s letter to the editor that appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Students from St. John Vianney High School, along with Fr. Tim Kenney, gather in front of the White House during their trip to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life.

Students from St. John Vianney High School, along with Fr. Tim Kenney, gather in front of the White House during their trip to Washington, D.C., for the March for Life.

FROM OUR MARIANIST SCHOOLS

VIANNEY PRINCIPAL EARNS TOP AWARD

Congratulations to Dr. Tim Dilg, principal of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, on earning the prestigious Excellence in Education award from the National Catholic Educational Association. Dr. Dilg is one of just seven educators in the country to receive the award, which will be presented at the organization’s convention in April.

He also was featured in a recent story in the St. Louis Review, the local archdiocesan publication.

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Fr. Rudy Vela was among those leading the charge at the annual service day. Fr. Rudy is vice president for mission at St. Mary's.

Fr. Rudy Vela was among those leading the charge at the annual service day. Fr. Rudy is vice president for mission at St. Mary’s.

SERVICE DAY SUCCESS AT ST. MARY’S

In keeping with Marianist tradition, the St. Mary’s University family turned out in high spirits and big numbers for the school’s annual Continuing the Heritage service day on Jan. 24.

There were 557 participants volunteering at 34 sites and providing 2,432 service hours.

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CHAMINADE NAMED TOP SCHOOL FOR MILITARY AND VETS

Military Advanced Education has awarded Chaminade University the designation of a Top School in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges & Universities, which reports on best practices in military and veteran education. As part of its offerings, Chaminade provides classes at several O’ahu military bases.

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NEW MUSP DIRECTOR AT PURCELL MARIAN

Hannah Terry has been selected as the director of the Marianist Urban Students Program at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati. She is a 2012 graduate of Morehead State University in Kentucky and did her student teaching at Purcell Marian. MUSP identifies high-potential students in urban elementary schools and offers them financial, academic and social support to succeed at Marianist high schools.

CHAMINADE-JULIENNE GETS MENTION ON NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

Why did a main character on a popular TV crime drama say she learned Spanish at Chaminade-Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton? That’s what the folks at CJ were asking, too! Get the story. Watch the clip.

RESOURCES AND OPPORTUNITIES
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ADÈLE SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECT OFFERS PERU ENCOUNTER

ASJP seeks young adult applicants for its Marianist International Encounter in Peru this summer. The encounter will be June 27 – July 5 and will give participants an opportunity to live out the Marianist charism in light of an active search for justice – while experiencing the Peruvian culture.

Approximately 10 – 12 participants from the United States will gather with a similar number of participants from various parts of Peru to spend a week together learning, sharing and growing in an understanding of the Marianist mission. See the brochure. Get the application.

MISSION OF MARY FARM SEEKS INTERNS

The Mission of Mary Cooperative, a Dayton nonprofit organization run by Lay Marianists, is seeking interns for its urban farm program. The 20-hour-per-week internships offer hands-on experience in farm work and community building. More information.

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In celebration of the Year of Consecrated Life in the Church, Vision magazine created a visually engaging timeline of consecrated life, beginning with the letters of St. Paul through Pope Francis’ designation of this special year. Have a look!

UPCOMING FEAST DAYS

Feb. 11: Our Lady of Lourdes
Feb. 18: Ash Wednesday

NEWSLETTERS

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Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

 

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