Volume 13, Number 4
Friday, April 4, 2014



Marianist Family members at the L.A. Congress, including Marianist university and high school graduates and teachers, employees, vowed religious and contacts

It was a lively, spirit-filled scene when some 38,000 Catholics descended on the Anaheim Convention Center in mid-March for the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. It is the largest event of its type, and draws religion teachers, directors of religious education and campus ministers from across the country.

The Marianist Family was a significant presence, exhibiting on behalf of the Association of Marianist Universities, the Marianist Mission, the Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation; and vocations for the Society of Mary and the Marianist Sisters.

“The L.A. Congress is a great tool for building relationships with an audience that’s receptive to our message,” said Allison Hewitt, executive director of development. “It helps us connect with hundreds of people we might not otherwise reach.”

Fr. Jim Heft was among the Congress’ many notable speakers. His presentation, “Reconciliation: the Forgotten Sacrament,” drew a standing-room-only crowd of about 200 attendees.

See more photos from the event>>>


Library in the former Dayton novitiate (date unknown). Courtesy Marianist Archives
“We shape our buildings;
thereafter they shape us.” 
Winston Churchill

It is said that “all good things must come to an end.” This saying holds true for the Dayton novitiate. After more than 100 years of housing Marianist life, it is being razed to make way for a structure more suitable to the Province’s needs. Read a history of the building, courtesy Bro. John Habjan of the Marianist Archives.

Here several brothers share fond memories of the building – a structure which no doubt shaped the men who lived and worked there over its long tenure.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill: “My fondest memory from the Dayton novitiate was the evening we made our novitiate promises in the chapel. It was an emotional evening for all in my class. Through many twists and turns in life we were led to a place we called home, a place where we began our journey as Marianists.” Read more from Bro. Jesse>>>

The Dayton novitiate (date unknown), which is being razed. Courtesy Marianist Archives

Bro. Charles Johnson: “I am reminded of the blessing of living with Bro. John Soehnel in the Dayton novitiate before he passed away in 1986. Bro. John was blind and a longtime member of the novitiate community. I was very homesick my first night at the novitiate. I was sitting on the green benches right outside the door and Bro. John came out and sat with me.” Read more from Bro. Charles>>>

Read more memories from Bro. Bob Weithorn and Fr. Norb Burns>>>

View photos of the building being razed, courtesy Bro. Jack Somerville>>>


A timely workshop created for Marianist religious serving on boards was presented by the Office of Formation for Mission March 27 – 30 in Dallas. Bro. Stephen Glodek, director of the Office, and Bro. Jack Ventura, assistant director, invited the 50 Marianist religious who serve on boards to the workshop called “Sustaining the Marianist Mission.” Also in attendance were members of the Office of Sponsorship, including Dan Donnelly, director, and Carol Ramey, director of the North American Center for Marianist Studies.

At the workshop: members of the Office of Formation for Mission: Bro. Stephen Glodek, director; Bro. Jack Ventura, assistant director; and Francine Cruz, administrative assistant

The Office of Formation for Mission surveyed the group prior to the meeting and found that key concerns included the role of Marianist religious on boards in our sponsored works; for whom a Marianist religious board member speaks; and ongoing formation of Marianist board members and Marianist boards.

Among the speakers were Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, who spoke on “Accountability for the Ministry: The Sponsor Role” and “Stewarding Ministry in a Time of Change”; Bro. Ernest Miller, FSC, “Co-Responsibility for Mission: a Lasallian Approach for Accountability and Stewardship”; and Fr. John Thompson, SM, “Characteristics of a Marianist Board Member” and “The Role of the Marianist Charism in Decision-Making on Boards.”

Bros. Stephen and Jack said the workshop provided excellent presentations and dialogue among the participants, a clear picture of challenges for Marianist religious representation on our boards, and a good sense of the direction needed for ongoing formation of boards and board members.

See more photos from the workshop>>>


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Bro. Tom Wendorf
Director of Vocations

Bro. Tom talks with young men about life as a professed
Marianist at the L.A. Congress

What makes the Marianists stand out for those who are comparing other orders?

Our dedication to Mary and our conviction that we share her mission of bringing Christ to the world. And our real sense of equality and collaboration among brothers, priests, sisters and lay Marianists.

What’s the hardest part of your job?

The pressure, real and imagined, to have something to show for the energy we invest in vocation ministry: meaning we should have many candidates. But it doesn’t produce results that clearly. In a lot of ways it’s like the mysterious unfolding of the Kingdom of God. We don’t always see the seed sprouting, and there are many uncertainties and surprises.

What are some of the reasons a young man might choose not to complete religious formation? 

There are various reasons – including their falling in love with someone, fear of commitment, family expectations and simply the desire to do other things. Some, I think, get disenchanted before they get to know well enough the great promise and hope of Marianist religious life.


Most Tuesday evenings, the Casa Maria Community on the campus of St. Mary’s University has an open invitation to students, faculty, friends, and lay and professed Marianists to join them for food and fellowship. “Called ‘Casa Tuesdays,’ the gatherings are a way for our students to interact with the brothers and experience Marianist hospitality and community first hand,” said Bro. Michael Sullivan.

St. Mary’s students at a Casa Tuesday gathering

There is prayer followed by snacks and a buffet dinner, with desserts courtesy of Bro. Dennis Bautista’s sister, Edna Bautista. It’s not unusual for 50 or 60 people to attend, and quite a few students are regulars.

“I always feel welcomed and at home when in the presence of the Marianists,” says Kayla Janecek, a St. Mary’s junior majoring in elementary education. “It is a nice getaway from daily schedules and struggles. I know that I start off my week right when I attend a ‘Casa’ on Tuesday evenings.”

Thanks to the members of the Casa Maria community for a simple but effective way of being present to the campus community and growing the Marianist Family!

Welcome to FamilyOnline’s flickr site! As the year unfolds, we’ll add reader-submitted snapshots to this online album, which will allow you to view fun photos and download any you’d like to keep. Have any snapshots you’d like to share? Parties, gatherings, group photos? Email them to Editor Amy George Rush. Enjoy!


Each year, the Marianist Family recognizes brothers and priests celebrating milestone anniversaries of their first profession of vows in the Society of Mary. Marianist priests also are honored on the anniversaries of their ordinations. Each issue of FamilyOnline through October will profile jubilarians and pay tribute to their dedication to the Marianist mission.

Bro. Roger Bau, 50 years of profession: “Community life has been mostly a joy for me. I believe community is what one makes of it and I have found challenges and joys in offering my talents and interests to the brothers with whom I have lived.” Read more>>>
Fr. Bert Buby, 50 years of ordination: “God’s love and God’s surprising graces are experienced each day in my life as a Marianist. All that I have is due to those gifts of love and grace.” Read more>>>
Fr. Chris Conlon, 60 years of profession: “Teaching high school was a real joy for me, in fact I was surprised how much I enjoyed that ministry.” Read more>>>
Bro. Lawrence Corbin, 50 years of profession: “I have worked in child care, parish ministry, and youth retreats. During my ministry in St. Francis DeSales Parish, I worked on a master’s degree in pastoral counseling at the Athenaeum of Ohio and graduated in 1990. “ Read more>>>
Bro. William Grundish, 60 years of profession: “I have enjoyed my life as a Marianist. I believe my life as an active Marianist could be seen as a life as a teacher, a life as a counselor, and a life as a coach.” Read more>>>
Bro. James Leahy, 70 years of profession: “I lived for the classroom, and, thank God, managed to enjoy it daily for 62 years. I credit anything I was able to accomplish during these years to the older Marianists with whom I lived during my initial years as an educator.” Read more>>>
 Congratulations to Assistant Provincial Bro. Joe Kamis, who was elected to a second term of three years as chair of Region V of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. Bro. Joe also serves on the national committee for the CMSM. 
 Read “Our Marianist River Steward,” a profile of Bro. Don Geiger published in the Community Leader, a newsletter from the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community.
 Read “Only for God’s service and glory: From teaching science to making rosaries,” a profile of Bro. Frank Spaeth written by Bro. John Samaha. The story appeared in The Valley Catholic newspaper and Vocations and Prayer magazine. Photo of Bro. Frank making rosaries, courtesy Fr. Chris Conlon 
 To mark his 50th jubilee, Bro. Jim Contadino is walking El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James), a pilgrimage route that leads to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. He began the 500-mile trek on March 6 and hopes to conclude it during Holy Week. Follow Bro. Jim’s progress on his blog.
 Fr. Ted Ley gave a presentation, “Preparing Young Adult Eucharist,” to open the spring semester’s Laudable Liturgy program at the University of Southern California’s Catholic Center.
 On March 20, Dr. Steve Neiheisel gave two presentations at Chaminade College Preparatory School in West Hills, Calf. For a faculty audience he delivered “The Gifts of the Marianist Educator,” and for a parent audience, “Marianist Educational Values for Life.” Steve is chair of the Province’s Sponsorship Commission.



Bro. Hiromi François-Xavier Matsuguchi (Region of Japan), 93, who died March 22, 2014, in Osaka, Japan. May he rest in peace. Bro. Hiromi François-Xavier’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Fr. Giacomo Boggione (Province of Italy), 83, who died Jan. 24, 2014, in Verbania-Pallanza, Italy. May he rest in peace. Read Fr. Giacomo’s obituary.

Patricia Dichard, Sr. Bernadette Glodek, SND, Jackie Golobeck, Renato Madriz, John Marino, Ronald Ostblom, Kenneth Pondrom and Mary WorleyRead more>>>

Individuals in need of prayers for healing. Read more >>>

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


CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, WEST HILLS, CALIF. Robert Webb has been named the school’s fifth president, effective July 1. He is currently vice president of institutional advancement at Chaminade. Read more>>>
ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO. Rubén M. Escobedo (’60) and his wife, Verónica Salazar Escobedo, have given $1 million to strengthen the push to establish a Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s University. Half of their gift will create The Escobedo Saint John’s Bible Lecture Series Endowment, and the second half will establish The Escobedo Endowment for the Marianist Leadership Program. Read more>>>
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, ST. LOUIS. More than 100 Chaminade scholarship students and their generous benefactors shared a meal and fellowship at the school’s 14th-annual scholarship luncheon. Pictured above are the McBride Scholars — students who are receiving scholarships established in the name of McBride High School (a former Marianist-sponsored school in St. Louis).




The Marianists Province of the United States is seeking an archivist. Read more. Submit cover letter, résumé, and list of references with contact information to The application deadline is April 25.
St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School in Maui, Hawai’i, is seeking a director of development and a director of college guidance and summer programs. Email a cover letter and resume to Betsey Gunderson.


Fr. Paul Landolfi, U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes, shares with FamilyOnline readers his April message about Venerable Marie Thérèse Charlotte de LamourousLearn more about Marianist saints >>>


Read an update from Gabby Bibeau, an aspiring Marianist Sister from Dayton.


May 12: The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Mediatrix of Grace
May 25: The Feast of Mary, Help of Christians, and the anniversary of the founding of the Marianist Sisters in 1816
May 31: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


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Editor: Amy George Rush; 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. Read the 2014 FamilyOnline production schedule and submission instructions. Send news, digital photos and comments and suggestions to editor Amy George Rush at and use “FamilyOnline” as your subject line. TECHNICAL PROBLEMS: If you’re not able to view this newsletter, please contact the editor. CHANGE IN EMAIL ADDRESS: Send to marianist@marianist.comBACK ISSUES/SEARCH (August 2011 and earlier): Visit
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