Volume 13, Number 8
Friday, Aug. 8, 2014



More than 130 participated in the MLNNA’s triennial continental assembly from July 24-27 in San Antonio.

Like a magnet, the Marianist Lay Network of North America drew more than 130 participants — from all four corners of the country — to its triennial continental assembly from July 24-27 at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Rudy Reyes, Jr. serves as president of MLNNA. Eileen Kleffner and Paul Combest co-chaired the event.

A key session of the assembly was the presentation of a strategic plan and leadership proposal that will take MLNNA into the future. “Participants were eager to learn more and to step up to the plate to get involved,” said Matt Dunn, MLNNA communications coordinator.

“The energy generated from gathering as family was electric — and so is our spirit of mission,” said Diane Browne, one of more than 50 first-time participants. “Mary has called us and our Lay Marianist family is ready to follow her!”

“Over the next three months, we will elect new leaders who will assume the work of fulfilling the strategic plan presented at the assembly,” said Rudy. “Please join us in prayer for the growth of our family as the Marianist laity respond to God’s call to leadership.” Read the full story>>>

View more photos from the assembly>>>

At the Lay Assembly, above left, President Rudy Reyes Jr.; top right, Pati Krasensky and Amy Reaman; bottom right, Frs. Ted Cassidy, John Manahan and Bernie Lee. MLNNA photos courtesy of Paul Schirmer and Rudy


In July, the Marianist Mission relocated to the Marianist Center (above).

Most of the crates are unpacked. The desks have been arranged, then rearranged.

After more than a year of planning, the Marianist Mission has completed its move from downtown Dayton to Mount Saint John.

The Mission is a card and gift ministry that provides significant outreach and income for Marianist ministries. It was established by Fr. Joseph McCoy in 1961 and had been housed in a four-story former manufacturing and warehouse building near Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.

In mid-July, the Mission relocated to the Marianist Center. The remodeled facility enables a more efficient workflow, allowing the Mission’s 39 employees to better serve their customers.

“Our facility now reflects what our ministry is about – it really feels like a place of hope and illumination,” said Linda Hayes, Mission director. “It’s had a positive effect on employees — psychologically and spiritually — and I think that comes through when we’re talking to donors on the phone.”

The Mission has approximately 400,000 active donors and receives more than 310,000 prayer intentions each year by phone or mail.

The remodeled facility is the final project supervised by Fr. Paul Marshall, Provincial assistant for temporalities, before his death. It will be dedicated during a visit by members of the Marianist General Administration this fall.

Learn more about the Marianist Mission>>>


At the Sector of Mexico assembly, front, sitting, Juan Pablo Espinoza, Regulo García, Juan Manuel Azamar, Nereo Ramírez, Ed Longbottom; front, standing, Karina Marquez Martinez and José Luis González; back, Fermín García, Raymundo Domínguez González, Gobi Torres, Esteban Reyes, Jesús Ruiz, Tom Giardino, Francisco González, Quentin Hakenewerth and Rigoberto Martinez

Members of the Sector of Mexico gathered in Querétaro from July 1-3 to discuss future direction and ministry developments. The workshop, “Walking with Mary: Developing our Unity and Apostolic Mission,” was facilitated by Bro. Tom Giardino and Karina Marquez Martinez, a local consultant. Members of the sector are focusing on three goals: Marianist community life, vocation and formation ministry, and the development of a common mission and ministry.

“The brothers spent intense days in conversation, teambuilding exercises and analysis about their commitments to work together for their future,” said Bro. Tom. Provincial Martin Solma and Bro. Francisco González also attended the assembly.

Fr. Raymundo Domínguez González was introduced as the new sector leader, effective Aug. 1, with his official installation on Sept. 12. Fr. Raymundo will follow Bro. Ed Longbottom who has served in this capacity for the past six years.


Bros. Joel Kaira, Elvis Mwewa and Kondwani Chimpikizo addressing the community during the vow ceremony. Courtesy Bro. Timothy Phillips

Bros. Kondwani Chimpikizo (Malawi), Elvis Mwewa (Zambia), and Joel Kaira (Malawi) made their first profession of vows in the Society of Mary at the Marianist Novitiate in Limuru, Kenya, on July 12, 2014.

Fr. Gabriel Kirangah, regional superior, was the main celebrant and homilist and received the vows, assisted by Bro.Valentine Chola, member of the regional council. Sr. Franca Zonta, FMI, superior general of the Marianist Sisters, also attended.

Bro. Kondwani has been assigned to the Faustino aspirancy formation community in Lusaka, Zambia; Bro. Elvis to the Davis House community in Nairobi with ministry at Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School; and Bro. Joel to the community in Mombasa, Kenya, with ministry at the Marianist Development Project.


Trinidad photo Welcome Trinidad Tejadas Agosto, who has joined the Marianist Aspirancy. Trinidad, 22, is from El Paso, Texas, and graduated from St. Mary’s University in May with a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance. He met the Marianists through Bro. Mike Sullivan in St. Mary’s music department. Trinidad has considerable experience as a church choir leader and singer. On Aug. 15, he will begin his aspirancy with Bro. Dennis Bautista, aspirancy director, as a member of the Casa Maria community.
Members of this year’s Dayton novitiate community: Bro. Charles Johnson (assistant director of novices), Novices Allen Pacquing and Justin Quiroz, Aspirants Joo Sung Hyuck Choi and Peter Seung (Region of Korea), and Fr. Chris Wittmann (director of novices).


Read the Summer issue of ALIVE magazine, which includes the Province’s 2013 annual report. “The Marianists are deeply grateful for the kindness and generosity of their donors, and in this issue we are pleased to include a report of donations received during the past year,” writes Provincial Marty Solma in his message to readers. “You make all the difference! Giving a gift that opens a door for a student, a single mother or a street child is a gift that will keep on giving in the lives of those we serve. Thank you. We pray for you daily.”


The Governor’s Island community in Ohio hosted a Marianist Family Fun Day on Aug. 2. See more from this event on FamilyOnline’s flickr site!  It includes reader-submitted snapshots that you can download to keep. Please share your snapshots of parties, gatherings and other events. Email them to Editor Amy George Rush. Photo courtesy Bro. Charlie Wanda


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. Bill Bolts, 60 years of profession: “I am thankful to God and Mary, my family, my nurturing home parish, and my fellow Marianists. As I look back, I could never have imagined most of this in my wildest dreams.” Read more>>>
Bro. Jim Contadino, 50 years of profession: “I have learned that we are not alone in this world. We are all in this together. If we are to do good, it will be by working together, building together.” Read more>>>
Fr. Larry Doersching, 50 years of profession: “I have been taught great lessons about living life with great gratitude, and living in accord with God’s will, which has become less and less mysterious over the years and more and more evident in its simplicity.” Read more>>>
Bro. John Totten, 80 years of profession: “I went one year to St. Mary’s and became convinced that it was to the Society that I was called. I was deeply impressed by the family spirit of the Brothers there.”  Read more>>>
Fr. Steve Tutas, 70 years of profession: “A few years ago I learned that the legendary Road to Hana in Hawai’i (with its 617 curves) was opened on the same day, month and year that I was born. I now look back on my life as a personal Road to Hana, with many turning points and many surprises along the way.”  Read more>>>
Bro. Irwin Wachtel, 60 years of profession: “The Rule of Life gives a clear indication of how a Marianist is to fulfill the will of God. The mutual respect and support accorded by our community life has made observance of the Rule of Life less challenging. I have enjoyed my status as a working brother since I could contribute to the community effort and still do the work I find satisfying.”
Bro. Leo Willett, 70 years of profession: “From early in life, I believe I have tried to see in others a person to be respected, to be helped if possible, with whom to be honest and caring, and to be given the benefit of the doubt when not understood. I believe this is why I considered seriously, ‘Was I being called to be a Marianist religious?’” Read more>>>


U.S. participants, front, Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Bros. Ed Brink, Tom Wendorf, Charlie Johnson, Fr. Dave Fleming and Fr. Tom Cardone; back, Bro. Tim Driscoll, Bro. Dave Herbold, Fr. Chris Wittmann, Bro. Les Kaehler, Fr. Bill Meyer and Bro. Dennis Bautista.

Members of seven English-speaking units gathered for the “Seminar for Marianist Formation” at the Curia Generalizia Marianisti in Rome from July 7-17. The event was created in response to the call from the General Chapter in 2012 to make formation a priority. Steering committee members Frs. David Fleming and Joseph Mwaura were assisted by members of the General Administration, who facilitated the seminar.

Participating Marianists were those specifically involved with vocation and formation ministry and included the assistants for religious life and education from Eastern Africa, India, Korea, Japan, Meribah and the United States.

  Provincial Marty Solma (back row, left) visited the Chaminade Rural Development Project in Budakata, India. Also pictured are Bro. Tom Oldenski (back right), Bro. Augustus Surin (district superior), Fr. Rajesh Kandulna, Bro. Pratap Guria and Bro. Libin Minj. Learn more about Marianist ministries in India>>>
 Bro. Andy Kosmowski will join the staff of the Marian Library at the University of Dayton on Aug. 18 and will be a member of the Meyer Hall community. He recently completed a degree in library science at the University of Missouri.
 Congratulations to Bro. Steve Glodek, who has been asked by the National Religious Retirement Office to direct the development of educational opportunities and resources in effective property management and utilization for those leading religious institutes. This initiative by NRRO is being funded through a three-year grant from the Hilton Foundation. Recognizing Bro. Steve’s national status and networking, the Provincial Council supported this involvement as a contribution to religious communities in the United States. His engagement with NRRO will be extensive but not full time. Bro. Steve will continue to be involved in the Office of Formation for Mission.
 Bro. Jack Ventura has been appointed to a second term as executive director of the International Center for Marianist Formation. The ICMF is under the Office of Religious Life of the General Council and serves all branches of the Marianist Family. Its mission is to promote resources and programs in the Marianist charism. Visit ICMF’s website. Congratulations, Bro. Jack!



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 Fr. Paul Marshall

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Fr. Paul Marshall (St. Louis), 66, who died July 17, 2014, in Ranchi, India. May he rest in peace. Visitation and the Mass of Christian Burial for Fr. Paul was July 26 at Ascension Church, Kettering, Ohio. The presider was Fr. Martin Solma. The homilist was Bro. Michael O’Grady. Bro. Joseph Kamis gave the welcome and introduction. Burial followed at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount Saint John. Read Fr. Paul’s obituary. Read Joan McGuinness Wagner’s reflection about Fr. Paul, which she delivered at a farewell reception in his honor at the University of Dayton. View a video of Fr. Paul’s funeral liturgy. (Bro. Mike’s homily begins at 43:15.) Read about a prayer service held in India in Fr. Paul’s honor. See more photos of Fr. Paul>>>

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Bro. Thomas Oster (Dayton), 81, who died July 12, 2014, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Visitation and the Mass of Christian Burial for Bro. Tom was July 19 at Queen of Apostles Chapel. Fr. James Fitz presided and delivered the homily. Burial followed at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount Saint John. Read Bro. Tom’s obituary. See more photos of Bro. Tom>>>

Fr. Isacio López Ortiz (Province of Spain), 93, who died July 18, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. May he rest in peace. Fr. Isacio’s obituary will be in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Elena Añeses, Charles Awalt, Christian Baker, Jane Halloway, Thomas Holzwarth, Benedetto “Ben” Mannino, Patricia Meeker, Joseph O’Connell, Marion Vanderhoof, Fr. Joseph John Welschmeyer, Eleanor Zamierowski and John ZappacostaRead more>>>

Individuals in need of prayers for healing.

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





UD President Dan Curran and CUH President Bro. Bernie Ploeger sign articulation agreements

Chaminade University of Honolulu and the University of Dayton have entered into articulation agreements for qualified CUH students who want to become physical therapists and physician assistants. Via UD’s programming, CUH students will be able to earn a doctorate in physical therapy and a master’s in physician assistant.

“On behalf of Chaminade, we really appreciate the possibilities that this creates for our students,” said Bro. Bernard Ploeger, president of CUH. “This agreement opens new doors for our students who wish to pursue postgraduate degrees in healthcare fields.” Read more>>>


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Tom Contreras (’88) and Leticia Contreras (’89) committed $1,120,000 to St. Mary’s for the construction of a social gathering space on campus. Part of the Louis J. Blume Library veranda will be enclosed for this project, expected to be finished in fall 2015. The remainder will benefit the men’s and women’s golf teams. Read more>>>

SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL, HONOLULU, welcomed Fr. Patrick McDaid as its new chaplain. Shown, Sione Thompson, assistant head of school; Martha Evans, principal; Fr. Pat; Mallory Green, director of campus ministry; and Walter Kirimitsu, president.


By Adam Brown
Junior, St. John Vianney High School

Adam Brown

Heading into the 2014 Marianist LIFE week at my school, St. John Vianney in St. Louis, I had no idea what I was about to get myself into. So I told myself I wouldn’t judge and would instead keep an open mind about the Marianist LIFE experience. Looking back, sometimes I think that is the best way to do things.

I had attended church growing up and I was active in my parish’s youth group. But by the time of the retreat, I had stopped going to church and just about blocked God out of my life. I was going through a rough time where I had no idea what I was doing or why I was doing it. I was even unable to sleep.

Initially I had labeled the LIFE retreat as a waste of my time, and I had just about given up on it as well. Then I heard a speech from a moderator about looking for God in the small ways. I realized that’s exactly what I needed to do. I always read these stories of people and how they found God in big ways, and I guess that’s what I had been doing — waiting for a big parting in the clouds and a messaged wrapped in a golden bow.

All I really needed to do was open my eyes. I had been put on this retreat at a time when life seemed to be going wrong and nothing good was happening. After the moderator’s speech, I really started paying attention and trying to focus. I just needed to slow down and look around.

In the end, the retreat was the message wrapped in a golden bow telling me to look for the good in small things. Now, not only do I recognize that things aren’t so bad, but I get to share that realization with others who might be going through the same things I struggled with.

Read more about Marianist LIFE>>>

St. John Vianney High School is a Catholic high school that transforms boys into exceptional men of character and accomplishment.



SAVE THE DATE: The Marianist World Day of Prayer is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 12.


Fr. Paul Landolfi, U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes, shares with FamilyOnline readers his August message about the Marianist martyrs. “It is very critical for us to understand the criteria for martyrdom,” writes Fr. Paul. “After you read this you will come to appreciate our Marianist martyrs even more.” Learn more about Marianist saints >>>


Aug. 13: Blessed Jakob Gapp
Aug. 15: The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Aug. 22: The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary


  • The July and August issues of Via Latina from the General Administration in Rome
  • The newsletter of St. Joseph Chaminade Academy in Deepahalli, Bangalore, India
  • Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative 


Bro. Phil Aaron
Bro. Bob Jones
Bro. Mark Ormond
Bro. Brian Zampier
Matt Dunn
A.J. Wagner
Susan Vogt



Cleveland Marianists recently attended an Indians vs. Yankees baseball game. (Unfortunately, New York won.) Shown, Bros. Bob Dzubinski, Will Halloway, Fr. Ted Cassidy and Bro. Paul Hoffman. Courtesy Bro. Bob

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