Volume 13, Number 10
Friday, Oct. 3, 2014
FR. RAYMUNDO DOMÍNGUEZ GONZÁLEZ INSTALLED AS MEXICO SUPERIOR
|At the installation of Fr. Raymundo Domínguez González as superior of the Sector of Mexico on Sept. 13. His Council includes Bros. Régulo García Hernández (far left, Education) and Gobi Torres Nazarío (second from right, Temporalities); Provincial Marty Solma is shown, right|
On Sept. 13, the morning following the feast of the Holy Name of Mary, Fr. Raymundo Domínguez González was installed as superior for the Sector of Mexico. His council includes Bros. Régulo García Hernández (Education) and Gobi Torres Nazarío (Temporalities). Congratulations, Fr. Raymundo!
|Antonio De Jesus Mariano and Jorge Alberto Fiscal Cota|
In Mexico, Bro. Ed Longbottom will supervise the prenovitiate program of Antonio De Jesus Mariano, 25, and Jorge Alberto Fiscal Cota, 27, who took promises of the prenovitiate on Aug. 15 at the Marianist community in Amanecer Balvanera, Querétaro. Both men are from Veracruz. Welcome to Antonio and Jorge!
MARIANIST MISSION REDEDICATED, BLESSED
|Above, the new home of the Marianist Mission at Mount Saint John in Dayton, courtesy Dohn Roush. Below, Bro. Robert Hughes, Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, Bro. Patrice Comoé (Ivory Coast), Fr. André Fétis (General Administration) and Allison Hewitt (Executive Director of Development).|
On Sept. 27, the renovated Marianist Center at Mount Saint John was rededicated and blessed as the new home of the Marianist Mission. More than 200 Marianist Family members attended the event, which included Eucharist at Queen of Apostles chapel followed by a tented reception on the lawn of the building. Provincial Marty Solma served as the principal celebrant and blessed the building, and Fr. André Fétis blessed the Madonna and child artwork that hangs in the foyer. Fr. Pat Tonry served as the homilist. Bro. Mike McAward from the General Administration was also in attendance. He spoke on behalf of the General Administration, offering his thanks and appreciation for the generosity of our Marianist collaborators and donors.
Mission employees led guests on tours of the building, which was originally the scholasticate for the former Cincinnati Province. The larger portion of the building was torn down around 1990 and renovated for the offices of the Province of Cincinnati. NACMS has been using it since 2002. Artwork from Marianist artists is displayed throughout and includes art from Africa donated by Bro. Dave Schmitz. Bro. Don Smith created the art in the chapel.
“Many thanks to Allison Hewitt, Linda Hayes and their team for bringing this project to completion,” said Fr. Marty. “Special thanks to Bro. Jack Somerville for overseeing the renovations.”
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION VISITS PROVINCE OFFICE IN ST. LOUIS
|The General Council and the Provincial Council at the Province office in St. Louis: Bros. Joe Kamis, Ed Brink, and Dennis Schmitz; Frs. André Fétis and Manuel Cortés; Bros. Max Magnan and Charlie Johnson; Frs. Bill Meyer and Marty Solma; Bros. Michael McAward and Francisco González|
The Provincial Council met with members of the General Administration at the Province office in St. Louis on Sept. 15. They joined the West Pine staff for prayer and met with the Provincial Council. Frs. Manolo Cortés, André Fétis, Bros. Max Magnan and Mike McAward then traveled to Hawai’i and from there will work their way across the Province. The first part of their visit will conclude on Nov. 1 when they return to Rome for a month. They return to the Province for the first three weeks of December, ending their visit with a meeting with the Provincial Council on Dec. 19. Welcome to the General Administration!
MOVING FORWARD: NACMS ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF STRATEGIC PLAN
|Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI and Fr. Marty Solma at last year’s Autumn Assembly|
Like the seasons changing, the North American Center for Marianist Studies is transforming. The result is NACMS: Moving Forward, a new strategic plan to guide the organization during the next five to 10 years. The document was created by consultant Maureen Gallagher and Bros. Ed Brink, Steve Glodek and Tom Giardino, Joan Wagner, Pati Krasensky, Janine Scott, and Mike Sievers.
“During our 30 years of existence, the mission of Mary always has been at the heart of NACMS’ mission,” said Carol Ramey, director. “We want to ensure we continue to innovate to meet the needs of today’s Marianist Family.”
The announcement of the new strategic plan coincided with NACMS’ second-annual Autumn Assembly, which featured Lay Marianist Paul Gehred, a meteorologist and space physicist, and Bro. John Lemker, a nature photographer. They presented “Wild Weather Watch: What’s Next?” on Sept. 27 in Dayton.
“The change of seasons can be a metaphor for us as we continue to transform to meet the needs of today’s Marianist Family,” said Carol. “Blessed William Joseph Chaminade often spoke of providential moments, and this seems to be one for us.”
|Fr. Paul Fitzpatrick|
THREE QUESTIONS WITH…
Fr. Paul Fitzpatrick
Fr. Paul Fitzpatrick is a professor of Scripture at Chaminade University of Honolulu and also teaches Scripture to deacon-candidates in the Diocese of Honolulu. Last summer, he led a group of 18 that included one deacon, four deacon-candidates and Bro. Al Kuntemeier on a tour of Israel. It was Fr. Paul’s 18th trip to the region.
For the deacon-candidates, what was the value of visiting the Holy Land?
It’s like experiencing a fifth Gospel. We visited 20 to 25 sites that appear in the lectionary. These deacons will be preachers, and I wanted to give them vivid images. To see the sheer size of the Sea of Galilee, to actually visit the Pool of Siloam — it really helps you connect the dots.
What about the trip had the greatest impact on you?
The energy with which the group participated. One woman said, “I’m exhausted, but I don’t want to miss a minute. I can rest when I get home!”
Is there a particular moment from the trip you’d like to share?
If you make prior arrangements, you can remain in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on a Saturday evening for three hours after the church closes. There are only three places in Jerusalem where it can be said for sure that Jesus was, and this is one of them. This was not a tour — more like a retreat. It was a beautiful time to pray at the Rock of Calvary. One of the group members said, “Father, from now on, every time I enter a church, I will remember being here this night.”
SPOTLIGHT ON 2014 MARIANIST JUBILARIANS
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.
ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY HONORS MARIANIST JUBILARIANS
|On Sept. 12, St. Mary’s University hosted a celebration in honor of the Marianist jubilarians affiliated with the school. See more images on FamilyOnline’s flickr site. Please share your snapshots of parties, gatherings and other events. Email them to Editor Amy George Rush.|
|Bro. John Totten and guests at the St. Mary’s University jubilee celebration|
WALK WITH ADÈLE: THE BEATING HEART OF THE ADELE SOCIAL JUSTICE PROJECT
|The Adèle Social Justice Project’s core leadership team: Rob Brodrick, Clare Acosta, Michela Buccini and Lauren Farrell|
Inspired by the idea that young adults can be a tremendous resource, the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative launched the Adèle Social Justice Program 10 years ago. ASJP taps into the energy of young adults who are passionate about Marianist spirituality and Catholic social justice issues.
The beating heart of the ASJP is “A Walk with Adèle,”a half-day of reflection offered four times a year in cities across the United States. Inspired by excerpts from Adèle’s writings, participants create a personal “act” or mantra they use as guidance in their daily lives. They also discuss strategies for deepening their commitment to social justice. The most recent “Walk” was held Aug. 9 at Lourdes University in Toledo, Ohio.
Allison Fuerst, one of the participants, reflected on the experience: “There is so little time in this busy world to take a step back and reflect on one’s life and one’s place in the world. I was very blessed to have this time during this retreat. I now have a better understanding of what it means to work toward social justice and what anyone and everyone can do to further the cause.”
|UPDATE FROM THE OFFICE OF JUSTICE, PEACE AND INTEGRITY OF CREATION|
MARIANIST FAMILY MEMBERS PARTICIPATE IN PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH
About 400,000 participated in the People’s Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York City. Simultaenous events were held worldwide. All told, more than 675,000 people marched in 2,646 events in 162 countries, creating the largest environmental mobilization in history. The march’s mission is universal: raise awareness, march in solidarity with the poor and vulnerable affected by our changing earth, and promote the integrity of creation.
“When we come together as a civil society, we can transform policies and change old ways of doing things,” said Bro. Jim Facette, who participated in the march. “We can and must be that pressure, and as Marianists we can contribute something more.”
Lay Marianist Pati Krasensky traveled from Philadelphia for the event, where she marched with her daughter and granddaughter. “Marching as three generations was important for me,” said Pati. “Climate change is an inevitable reality of a planet that is always changing. But if we don’t take responsibility for our part of the equation, what do we tell our grandchildren? What do they tell their children?”
The Province continues to promote the integrity of creation through the Marianist Environmental Education Center, corporate dialogues and socially responsible investing, a renewable energy pilot program, and engagement at the United Nations via the NGO, Marianists International.
SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN!
|Thank you to the 897 readers who took the recent FamilyOnline survey! We produce this letter for you — so it’s important for us to know who you are and what you want to see. Here’s a quick peek at the results: 27% of survey respondents are Marianist religious within the United States; 68.4% of respondents read for news about Marianist brothers, priests and sisters; and 89% of respondents feel that the length of the newsletter is “just about right.” Check the November issue of FamilyOnline for a more in-depth report of the survey findings.|
A LIFE-GIVING SUMMER IN PHOTOS AND SONG
|Participants in the Marianist LIFE Pacific program|
Wondering how LIFE went this summer? This year’s theme song, Speak Life by tobyMac, inspired participants to speak and act in ways that are life-giving. Watch the video for the song. Learn more about Marianist LIFE>>>
|WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
|“In Living Color,” an article that appeared in the Dayton City Paper, profiles Bro. Joe Barrish and his life as an educator and artist. Bro. Joe’s new exhibit, “Color: Impressions and Innovations,” is on display at the Glen Helen Atrium Gallery in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Bro. Joe is planning a springtime exhibit using woodwork to portray Dayton architecture. He is also completing stained glass windows and paintings for the Samaritan Homeless Clinic.“I feel like getting up every morning – every day is exciting,” Bro. Joe says. “If you’re really enthusiastic about anything, you’ll stay alive.”|
|Photo courtesy the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation|
|“Awesome Autumn,” a show of photography by Bro. John Lemker, is on display through Oct. 26 at Gallery Saint John in Dayton.|
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
REMEMBERING OUR BROTHERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE WALKED IN FAITH
Fr. Isacio López Ortiz (Province of Spain), 93, who died July 18, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Fr. Isacio’s obituary.
Bro. Valentín Sopelana (Province of Spain), 85, who died July 30, 2014, in Madrid, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Valentín’s obituary.
Bro. Segundo Eguiluz Guinea (Province of Spain), 91, who died Aug. 8, 2014, in Logroño, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Segundo’s obituary.
John Achbach, Peter Jach, Francis Xavier Marty and Jesús Reyes Delgado. Read more>>>
Individuals in need of prayers for healing. Read more>>>
Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests since 2007. Read more >>>
|FROM OUR MARIANIST SCHOOLS|
|CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY OF HONOLULU received its largest grant ever, $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education renewable annually for five years for a total of $10 million. The grant is part of the department’s Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian Serving Institution program. It will improve academic and student support facilities and provide next generation information technology systems. “I couldn’t be more pleased to share this good news,” said Chaminade president, Bro. Bernie Ploeger, PhD. “The grant will be transformational for the campus and for the Native Hawaiian students we serve.” Read more>>>|
|ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO. The U.S. Department of Education awarded St. Mary’s nearly $2.9 million to expand and enhance offerings to graduate students. Last month, the university received more than $2.6 million for its “Fostering Success in STEM Education” project through the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) Program. Read more>>>|
|St. Mary’s students work on a STEM project|
|CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, ST. LOUIS.
Educators David McCoy ’86, Matt Dailey and Andrew Schmitt ’95 took vows as Lay Marianists at Chaminade’s Opening of School liturgy.
|ST. JOHN VIANNEY HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS, has been recognized by The Cardinal Newman Society on this year’s Catholic High School Honor Roll as a 2014 School of Excellence. Read more from the St. Louis Review. Congratulations!|
|VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL, CLEVELAND, was profiled in an article, “Colorblind and Rising: What’s Behind The Surprising Success of Cleveland’s Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School?,” which appeared in Belt Magazine. “VASJ is suddenly the fastest-growing private school in Ohio. This is happening in a city that has lost about 20 percent of its population in the past few decades, and on a side of town that has one of the highest poverty rates in the country.” The story explains the myriad reasons for VASJ’s success, including a more competitive admissions process, a commitment to a higher quality education, and fostering unity among a diverse student body.|
ALUM OF TWO MARIANIST SCHOOLS FEATURED ON MAGAZINE COVER
|Michael Hyde, a graduate of Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis and the University of Dayton, was profiled in Catholic St. Louis, the magazine of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Read the story>>>|
MARIANIST WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
|The World Day of Prayer on Oct. 12, 2014, will focus on the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima in Villa Soldati, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Read more from the World Council of the Marianist Family.|
YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE
|Pope Francis will launch the Year of Consecrated Life with a prayer vigil and Mass in Rome on Nov. 29-30. The year continues until Feb. 2, 2016, when the Holy Father celebrates a closing Mass on the World Day of Consecrated Life. The National Religious Vocation Conference website offers resources for this special year, including the Church’s tentative schedule, an official logo and a song commissioned by NRVC.|
|For those who plan music for Sunday Eucharist, Bro. Jack Somerville recommends the National Association of Pastoral Musicians’ website. “It makes the process of choosing music very simple,” says Bro. Jack.|
CANDIDATES FOR SAINTHOOD
|Fr. Paul Landolfi, U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes, shares his October message about the three o’clock prayer. “From the early days of the Marianist Family there is one moment which is sacred each day. It is a moment to stop, regroup, remember and rendezvous with the whole family,” he writes. Learn more about Marianist saints >>>|
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
|Oct. 7: Our Lady of the Rosary
Oct. 12: Marianist World Day of Prayer
Oct. 13: Our Lady of the Pillar (transferred)
Nov. 6: Blesseds Miguel Léibar, Joaquín Ochoa, Sabino Ayastuy and Florencio Arnáiz, martyrs
Nov. 21: The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
- The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
- Adele Social Justice Project newsletter
- In Formation from the International Center for Marianist Formation
- Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
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