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Volume 14, Number 4
Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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MARIANIST FAMILY GATHERS AT LA RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONGRESS

Members of the Marianist Family gather at the annual event in California.

Members of the Marianist Family gather at the annual event in California.

The Anaheim Convention Center was loud and lively March 12 -15 as nearly 40,000 religious educators gathered for the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, an event billed as the “largest annual gathering of its kind in the world.”

Marianist Family members Ismael Ruiz, Jessica González and Bro. José Julián Matos-Auffant were among those gathering in Los Angeles for the event.
Marianist Family members Ismael Ruiz, Jessica González and Bro. José Julián Matos-Auffant were among those gathered in Los Angeles for the event.

Following recent tradition, the Marianist Family was at home in the throng, hosting a booth that included the Association of Marianist Universities, the Marianist Mission and vocations for both the Society of Mary and the Marianist Sisters.

“It’s important for us to attend because we are a national organization, and we need to share our gifts with the Church,” said Bro. Tom Wendorf, vocations director. “We talked with a number of young adults seeking guidance on how to live out their vocations. It’s a great opportunity for the Marianists to be present and available to them.”

The gathering also included a thank-you event for West Coast donors. See photos!

SOCIETY OF MARY ANNOUNCES NEW PROVINCIAL COUNCIL

Following a consultation with members and ratification by the Marianist General Administration in Rome, the Marianist Province of the United States announces its new Provincial Council. The councilors will assume their appointments on July 1 and serve for three years.

“I am grateful to these brothers who bring competence and willingness to serve the mission of the Province,” said Fr. Marty Solma, provincial. Fr. Marty and Bro. Joe Kamis, assistant provincial, have been approved to extend their tenure and will continue in their roles until 2018.

Fr. William Meyer ASSISTANT - RELIGIOUS LIFE

Fr. William Meyer
RELIGIOUS LIFE

Bro. Tom Giardino ASSISTANT - EDUCATION

Bro. Tom Giardino
EDUCATION

Bro. Ron Overman ASSISTANT - TEMPORALITIES

Bro. Ron Overman
TEMPORALITIES

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Bro. Dennis Bautista
COUNCILOR

Bro. Charlie Johnson COUNCILOR

Bro. Charlie Johnson
COUNCILOR

Fr. John Thompson COUNCILOR

Fr. John Thompson
COUNCILOR

The Offices of Religious Life, Education and Temporalities (finance) are full-time administrative roles, and so Fr. Bill, Bro. Tom and Bro. Ron will serve at the Marianist Provincial offices in St. Louis. Those serving in the role of “councilor” also hold other positions of responsibility in the Province but attend all Council meetings. Council responsibilities include voting on admission of candidates to the novitiate, budget approvals, appointment of community directors and other tasks outlined in the Marianist’s Rule of Life.

THREE QUESTIONS WITH …

Bro. Mike Sullivan

Sullivan Michael folBro. Mike Sullivan is a professor and director of the music department at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. A Marianist for nearly four decades, he holds a doctorate in musical arts.

How does being a Marianist inform the way you teach?

Teaching is integral to my Marianist vocation. I try to bring the Marianist charism into my classroom every day. We begin class with a prayer; I ask the students what they’d like to pray for. I often ask them to think of how they can take their St. Mary’s University education and go out and make the world a better place. I try to teach tolerance and understanding.

What are the challenges of being both a musician and a Marianist?

The biggest challenge is finding time to work on my compositions, especially since almost all my energy during the school year goes into my classes.

You taught at Assumption High, in the impoverished community of East St. Louis, Ill. How did that experience shape you?

I taught at Assumption for seven years. The faculty and administrators were inspiring; I was deeply impressed by their dedication to their students and the school. I had great admiration for all the parents who were doing everything they could to support their children. And I learned how subtle and powerful racism is in our country.

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS

Children of the St. Martin de Porres Parish, a Marianist congregation in coastal Kenya.

Children of the St. Martin de Porres Parish, a Marianist congregation in coastal Kenya.

At first, there was no building. People gathered anyway, seeking shade under a canopy of trees to pray, sing and celebrate the Eucharist. Then, in 1995, a few Marianist brothers joined this humble outpost called St. Martin de Porres parish in the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. Before the year was up, the Marianists were invited by the Mombasa archdiocese to staff and run the fledgling parish. It was a turning point.

“This parish has become a strong witness to the people of Mombasa,” says Marianist Fr. Stephen Wanyoike, who has served as pastor for six years. “It stands out from other parishes in the area,” he says, pointing to the energy and enthusiasm of its youthful members.

It also has grown exponentially. Starting with a handful of families, the church now serves roughly 7,500 people. The reasons for its explosive growth are many, but Lay Marianist Josephine Njeri Njeru believes Marianist spirituality is at the core. “It may not be visible from the outside, but Marianist spirituality has changed the whole church,” she says. “It transformed and awakened it.”

Read this story by Jan Dixon on p. 18 of the spring issue of ALIVE magazine.

 

WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE
First-year novice Justin Quiroz and aspirant Trinidad Agosto are featured in the current issue of Gold & Blue, the alumni magazine of St. Mary’s University. The article by Alex Salinas examines what it means to be a young man in Marianist formation and includes comments by Bro. Dennis Bautista and Fr. Marty Solma.

Read the story.

Marianist aspirant Trinidad Agosto; Bro. Dennis Bautista is to his left.

Marianist aspirant Trinidad Agosto was featured on the cover of St. Mary's Gold & Blue magazine.
Bro. John Samaha

Bro. John Samaha was honored in March at an annual Founders Day Mass at Chaminade College Preparatory in California. He was among the Marianists who helped found the school in 1952. Also honored was Joseph Rauser, who’s currently serving his 50th year at Chaminade as teacher and coach. Bishop Gerald Wilkerson celebrated the outdoor Mass, which included all 2,043 CCP students.

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“Not your typical consecrated religious” reads the headline of an article about Bro. Bob Moriarty in the Catholic Transcript, the publication of the Archdiocese of Hartford in Connecticut. The story describes how Bro. Bob combines the secular with the sacred as director of the archdiocese’s Pastoral Department for Small Christian Communities. Read the article.

Bro. Ed Loch receives the FitzSimon Award from Dr. Marian Barber, head of the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin.

Bro. Ed Loch receives the FitzSimon Award from Dr. Marian Barber, head of the Catholic Archives of Texas in Austin.

In early March, Bro. Ed Loch was awarded the “Laurence J. FitzSimon Award” from The Texas Catholic Historical Society for “extraordinary pastoral service and professional excellence as an archivist of the Catholic Church in the State of Texas.”

Bro. Ed has been archivist for the Archdiocese of San Antonio for many years.

Bro. Adam Becerra, FSP, director of mission integration and ministry at Chaminade College Preparatory, recently was named “Brother of the Year” by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. “The award is given to a brother who has done outstanding work in the archdiocese,” says Bro. Larry Moen, CMF, who serves as chair of the Brother’s Council, adding, “Brother Adam’s name really jumped out.” Read the article.

Bro. Adam Becerra. FSP

Dr. Tim Dilg, principal at St. John Vianney High School, recently was named “Principal of the Year” by the St. Louis Association of Principals. Dr. Dilg was selected from among more than 200 secondary school principals to receive this honor. The award recognizes his innovative approaches to curriculum, educational programs and student life at Vianney.

 

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Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes the brothers and priests who are celebrating milestones of their first profession of vows, or their priestly ordination. For the next several months, we will dedicate a section of FamilyOnline to honoring these men and their commitment to their ministries. We invite you to join us in prayers of celebration for them!

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BRO. FRANCIS HEYER, 75 YEARS PROFESSION

“Oh, what a life of blessings! What gifts God strewed in my Marianist path! For every quirk in my character, He gave me a way out; for every fault, He doled out mercy; for every psychosis, He granted me release.” Read more.

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FR. PAUL LANDOLFI, 60 YEARS ORDINATION

“Before I went to the seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland, my confessor advised: “One thing is very important — getting to know and love Jesus.” I have tried to remember that. In the seminary, a few of us Americans studied the Scripture commentaries before breakfast. Preparing homilies and presenting conferences to the community helped keep the focus on Jesus.” Read more.

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FR. LAWRENCE MANN, 70 YEARS ORDINATION

“Long ago, back in 1916, I was conceived in love and born in Cleveland, Ohio. When I was only a year old, I fell out of the high chair on my head. Panic set in, but grandpa calmly said, ‘He’s dead. Don’t worry, Emma,’ he told my mother, ‘you have another one coming.’

‘But I want Lawrence.’ She promised God, ‘I’ll give him to You, if you let him live.’” Read more.

Middleton, Richard FOL BRO. RICHARD MIDDLETON, 70 YEARS PROFESSION

“I have been very pleased to follow the call of God through my service in Marianist schools. In this life, I have always had a sense of vocation. I believe God called me to give to other people through the Marianist life. I came from a religious family. I had a brother who was a diocesan priest. My family was the source of these vocations.” Read more.

PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS

REMEMBERING OUR BROTHERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE WALKED IN FAITH

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Fr. George Abmayr

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Fr. George, date unknown

Fr. George Abmayr died March 31 in Dayton. Fr. George was 87 and had been a Marianist for 68 years. He served many years as a teacher and chaplain at Chaminade High School (now Chaminade Julienne) and as librarian at St. Joseph High (now Villa Angela-St. Joseph). His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. See funeral arrangements. See more photos.
Bro. Joseph Grieshaber died March 24 in San Antonio. He was 76 and had been a Marianist for 58 years. Bro. Joe was a high school teacher and principal who also served many years as a community director. He is remembered for his cheerful sense of humor and willingness to serve wherever asked. Read his obituary. See more photos.

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Entered the postulate at 15

Bro. Joe Grieshaber

Bro. Joe Grieshaber

Sr. Marcy Loehrlein, FMI

Sr. Marcy Loehrlein

Sr. Marceda (Marcy) Loehrlein died March 11 in San Antonio. She was 78 and had been a Marianist Sister since 1957. Sr. Marcy held a doctorate and two master’s degrees. She taught and served as principal at a number of schools in Texas, and also held leadership roles at St. Mary’s University and with the Marianist Sisters. Read her obituary.
Bro. James McCaffrey, 92, died March 4 in San Antonio. Photos appeared in March issue of FamilyOnline. Read Bro. Jim’s obituary.
Sr. Jeanne Ann Collis, CSJ, Hugo da Silva, Bro. Martin Issenlor, Debbie Larkin, John Marcinowski, Charles Nields, David Reisinger and Dolores Rourke. Read more.
Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.
Obituaries of Marianist priests and brothers since 2007. Read more.

 

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ADVANCING JUSTICE AT ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY

Recent accomplishments at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio highlight the school’s commitment to social, environmental and legal justice.

Fair trade FOLLast month, St. Mary’s became the first institution of higher education in Texas to achieve Fair Trade University status. Fair trade is a social movement that helps producers in developing countries work in safe conditions, improve the lives of their families and earn extra money to invest in their communities.

St. Mary’s is the 28th institution of higher education in the nation to receive the designation by Fair Trade Colleges and Universities. (We note that Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton earned fair trade designation last year, leading the charge among high schools.)

“What we buy, eat and drink impacts people and the environment around the world,” said University President Thomas Mengler, “This is a vital step in living our Catholic and Marianist mission on campus.”

In addition, the university also unveiled in March a new rainwater conservation system. The system, designed by earth sciences professor Dr. David Turner and his students, will capture rainwater and use it to irrigate campus landscaping. Read more.

Rounding out the picture, dozens of students from the university’s School of Law chose to spend their spring breaks working on public interest legal issues and community service projects in cities across Texas and in New Orleans. With the guidance of law school chaplain Sr. Grace Walle, the group racked up 2,480 community service hours.

SHEEN TO RECEIVE HONORARY DEGREE FROM UD

He intentionally failed his University of Dayton entrance exam so he could pursue an acting career. Nonetheless, celebrated actor and human rights activist Martin Sheen will receive an honorary doctorate at UD graduation exercises May 3. Read the story. Sheen is a graduate of Chaminade High School (now Chaminade Julienne) in Dayton.

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NEW PRESIDENT NAMED FOR CHAMINADE-MADONNA

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Dr. Judith Mucheck has been named president of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, Fla., beginning July 1. In her three decades in Catholic education, Dr. Mucheck has served as principal at Notre Dame – Cathedral Latin School in Cleveland, as president of several Catholic schools and as superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Atlanta. She has a master’s degree from the University of Dayton and a doctorate from Georgia State University. She takes the reins from Fr. Larry Doersching, who served in the role since 2008.

‘RECOGNIZING’ SECURITY AT ST. MARY’S HIGH

St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis is among the first high schools in the country to implement a facial recognition security system. The system unlocks doors for faces it “recognizes” – students, staff and regular volunteers, while barring admission to others. “It provides an extra layer of security,” says Mike England, St. Mary’s president. “I want to tell our families we are doing the very best we can to keep everyone safe.” Watch the local news report. Read more.

 

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CSJ teacher Antonio Marí getting shaved by volunteer Jorge Pérez Montes to show solidarity with cancer patients. Photo by Christina Roges.

CSJ teacher Antonio Marí gets shaved by volunteer Jorge Pérez Montes to show solidarity with cancer patients. Photo courtesy of Christina Roges.

CSJ: OVER THE TOP FOR CANCER PATIENTS

In mid-March, Colegio San José in Puerto Rico hosted an activity benefiting the CAP (Pediatric Cancer) Foundation. Students and parents had their heads shaved to show empathy towards cancer patients. They also made donations of $3,000, which benefit pediatric cancer treatment at the University Pediatric Hospital in San Juan.

More than 60 volunteers participated, including four faculty members, 50 students and eight parents and alumni.

FOCUSING ON FAMILIES AT CAPE MAY

Family retreats are the focus of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J. Anthony Fucci, the center’s director, recently received a copy of a letter to the editor penned by a repeat retreatant. She writes: “Always on our ride home my husband and I say, ‘This is the best thing we have done for our family … I always feel I am the best mother I can be when on retreat. All we have to do is be with God, our family and our new friends.” Read the letter.

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RESOURCES

CATHOLIC EDUCATION SUMMIT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON

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The University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education is sponsoring the 2015 Catholic Education Summit on June 24 at UD. The event enables participants to collaborate with presenters and stakeholders to better understand topics related to this year’s theme of Listen, Dialogue, Plan, Act: Catholic School Leadership and Family Engagement. You may participate on campus or online. Information and registration.

JOB OPENING: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – PHILADEPHIA

The Marianists seek an experienced administrative assistant to serve ministries based at our Philadelphia, Pa., offices (Fishtown area). This role requires a detail-oriented person who enjoys being part of a team. Read more here.

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A CONVERSATION WITH CHAMINADE

If we were able to interview Fr. Chaminade today, what would we ask and how would he answer? Fr. Paul Landolfi has imagined such a conversation. Among other topics, the conversation explains the vow of stability, which is a vow taken by Marianist brothers and sisters, along with vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Read the conversation!

UPCOMING FEAST DAYS

April 8: Birthday of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

NEWSLETTERS

MLNNA E-News from the Marianist Lay Network of North America
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Via Latina from the General Administration of the Society of Mary
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family

 

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Editor: Carol Dexter; 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. Send news, digital photos and comments and suggestions to editor Carol Dexter using “FamilyOnline” as your subject line.

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