Volume 14, Number 1
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
MARCUS MARIOTA: MUCH MORE THAN THE HEISMAN TROPHY
Without impressive stats on the field, Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota would not have won college football’s highest honor, the Heisman Trophy, last month.
Yet nearly every media account of his achievement also highlights his character. Humble, unselfish, authentic, gracious, tireless and devoted are a few of the words used to describe this 2011 alumnus of Saint Louis School, a Marianist-sponsored school in Honolulu.
“(Marcus) won’t raise his voice at anyone. He’d be the first guy running sprints, the first guy to finish, the first guy on the field, last guy to leave. He was that kind of leader,” said his SLS coach, Vince Passas.
“If this guy isn’t what the Heisman Trophy is all about, then I’m in the wrong profession … If you want your son or daughter to have a role model, pick this guy,” said Mark Helfrich, Oregon Ducks coach.
At SLS, Marcus was an honor student and a recipient of the Blessed Chaminade Award, which is given to those who truly live the characteristics of Marianist education. His parents, Toa Mariota and Alana Deppe-Mariota, are graduates of Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Marcus will lead the Ducks against Ohio State on Jan. 12 in the college football championship game.
MARIOTA SCORES THE THIRD “MARIANIST HEISMAN”
Marcus is the third Marianist school alumnus to earn a Heisman. He follows in the cleatsteps of Desmond Howard, a 1988 grad of St. Joseph High School (now Villa Angela-St. Joseph) in Cleveland, who played for the University of Michigan, and the legendary Roger Staubach who graduated from Cincinnati’s Purcell High School (now Purcell Marian) in 1960 and played for Navy.
On a particularly Marianist note, Staubach is credited with popularizing the term “Hail Mary Pass.”
INDIA HOSTS ASSEMBLY, CELEBRATES PERPETUAL VOWS
Recent weeks have marked important events in the District of India. The District Assembly, which included presentations and discussions on vocations, formation and financial sustainability, was held Dec. 28 – Dec. 31 in Bangalore. On Jan. 1, a new District Council was installed. The following day, Bros. Balaswamy A., George Hans and Peter Paul K. professed perpetual vows of chastity, poverty, obedience and stability.
Fr. Jack McGrath was the main celebrant for the vow ceremony, and Fr. Ignase Arulappen gave the homily. Bro. Augustus Surin and Fr. Marty Solma witnessed the profession. To prepare for their profession, the three brothers participated in a month-long renewal of Marianist spirituality and studies with Fr. Jack, and spent the month of November in the “Spirit of Saragossa” retreat at the novitiate in Ranchi. “The District and the entire Society of Mary are blessed with these shining examples of lifelong commitment and religious spirit,” said Fr. Marty, provincial. “I am heartened by the religious commitment and desire to see the gift of the Marianist charism flourish in India.”
NEW LEADERSHIP IN INDIA
THREE QUESTIONS WITH …
Bro. Gary Marcinowski
Bro. Gary Marcinowski is a sculptor, a maker of liturgical furniture and an associate professor of art and design at the University of Dayton.
How did your background lead you to your current career?
I’ve been working in wood since high school. I earned a degree in tool and die design, joined the Society of Mary, and then taught drafting at Purcell High School (now Purcell Marian) in Cincinnati for nine years.
I went back to school to study furniture design. Following that, I had my own studio for 10 years and began doing liturgical furniture. I’ve done commissioned pieces – altars, lecterns, tabernacles – for churches in Canada, on the East Coast and across the Midwest.
What was a particularly memorable project for you?
I’ve had the opportunity to create two bishop’s crosiers (the staff shaped like a shepherd’s crook), including one for Cincinnati Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk. Crosiers are such special ceremonial symbols – it was a real privilege to create them.
What is it about working in wood that appeals to you?
I like that I can establish an idea, and then take a pile of wood and transform it from start to finish into a final product that matches my vision.
IMMERSION TRIP AN EYE-OPENER FOR UD STUDENTS
It’s one thing to read about India’s 700 million people living in poverty. It’s another to drive from the airport in Ranchi into the heart of the city and experience firsthand what that means: open pit cooking fires, the stench of raw sewage, the huddled dwellings made of tarps and corrugated metal.
This was an eye-opening, life-changing experience for eight University of Dayton students who participated in a month-long cultural immersion trip last year. The group, plus one faculty adviser, visited Marianist schools and ministries across India.
The cultural jolt did exactly what immersion trips are designed to do, says Marianist Fr. Jack McGrath, former assistant district superior of India. “You learn so much from experience — things you could never learn from a book,” he says. “An immersion trip opens new worlds and challenges students to reflect on who they are and what they value.”
Read the story on page 4 of the current issue of ALIVE magazine.
|WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
|The late Bro. Don Boccardi, a noted scholar and musician who died in 2002, loved musicals. He wrote a piece that referenced the popular musical Into the Woods, now a feature-length film. The North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) is featuring his article, “Spirituality in the Woods,” on their website. Read it here.|
|Fr. Patrick Philbin has been awarded the “Fr. Thomas F. Mahar Outstanding Alumni Award” from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. The award recognizes professional achievement and outstanding service to school, church and youth. Fr. Patrick spends half his year in Vietnam teaching seminarians and cloistered Carmelite nuns, and celebrating Mass for the Carmelites. He also assists two medical mission teams that serve the “poorest of the poor.” Congratulations, Fr. Patrick! Read the speech from the banquet.|
|Fr. Paul Landolfi reports that Bro. Stan Zubek (right) has composed musical versions of the “Three O’Clock Prayer,” two versions of the Act of Consecration and two of the Marianist Doxology, among others. Thanks, Bro. Stan! We invite you to use these prayer-hymns, especially on Marianist feasts. Please send Fr. Paul your articles, poems and projects by email.
Brian Reavey, the Province assistant for peace, justice and the integrity of creation, was the featured speaker at a Jan. 8 meeting of the “Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice” organization in St. Louis. Brian’s topic was “Investing for Good: Changing Corporations through Shareholder Engagement.”
Brian also was interviewed on the topic earlier that day on KWMU radio, the local NPR affiliate. Listen to the interview.
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
REMEMBERING OUR BROTHERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE WALKED IN FAITH
|Fr. John Melloh: 71, who died Dec. 31, 2014, in Palm Beach, Fla. May he rest in peace. The wake and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Jan. 13 at the Chapel of Our Lady’s Assumption in Mineola, New York. Fr. William Meyer will be the presider; Fr. Gerald Chinchar will be the homilist. Burial at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, N.Y. Read Fr. John’s obituary. See photos of Fr. John.
Patricia Flood, Antoinette Graupe, Isabel Guzmán, John Koch, Daniel Luepke, Carolyn Markel, Jeannette Ortmann, Michael Rouen, Christopher Teijelo, Rose Thomas, Robert Valentine, Raymond Wuco and Joseph Zampier. Read more.
Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.
Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests since 2007. Read more.
|FROM OUR MARIANIST SCHOOLS|
STUDENTS EXPERIENCE JUSTICE ISSUES FIRST HAND IN LOS ANGELES
“The Spirit brought us together.”
A group of 12 students from all three Marianist universities — Chaminade University of Honolulu, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and the University of Dayton — have joined forces in Los Angeles this week to experience social justice issues first hand.
The group, with moderators Bros. Mark Motz and Brandon Paluch, have visited ministries that address the needs of the poor, former gang members, the homeless and victims of domestic violence.
Read about the group’s experiences — and the background of that first sentence — on their blog.
|UD OFFERS YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE EVENTS|
|The University of Dayton has planned a series of events recognizing the Year of Consecrated Life in the Church. This webpage provides a calendar of events, along with a prayer and useful links.|
|Remember to check out Marianist Family photos on Flickr!|
POPE SPEAKS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING
“No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters” was the title of Pope Francis‘ message for the World Day of Peace Jan. 1. The message focused on the evils of slavery, human trafficking and the subjugation of fellow humans. Read it here.
WORLD COUNCIL OF MARIANIST FAMILY UPDATE
The World Council of the Marianist Family met in Rome in November and described their discussions, progress and challenges in this report. The group also released a statement of its objectives for the next two years. Many blessings to this dedicated group working to further Mary’s mission through the Marianist charism!
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
|Jan. 10: Death of Venerable Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, 1828
Jan. 11: Baptism of the Lord
Jan. 22: Death of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, 1850
Feb. 2: Presentation of the Lord
The Beacon from the Marianist Family Retreat Center
Gifts & Tasks from the Marianist Lay Network of North America
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Via Latina from the Marianist General Administration
Cupertino Community Newsletter from Fr. Steve Tutas
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