Volume 14, Number 6
Friday, June 5, 2015

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Allen Paquing Vow Ceremony  5-23-15

Bro. Joe Kamis, assistant provincial, and Fr. Chris Wittmann, director of novices, applaud Bro. Allen Pacquing as he receives a copy of the Marianist Rule of Life and is welcomed into the Society of Mary.

There were smiles all around on May 23 in Dayton, Ohio, when Allen Pacquing professed first vows as a Marianist brother at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Mount Saint John. Fr. Martin Solma, provincial, celebrated the Eucharist and received the vows. Fr. Chris Wittman, director of novices, gave the homily.
Before beginning Marianist formation in 2012, Bro. Allen served as a pastoral associate at the Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa in the Diocese of Honolulu. He has a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Santa Clara University in California. Bro. Allen will begin his service as a Marianist as part of the campus ministry team at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
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Joe and Erlinda Pacquing join their son in laughing at Fr. Chris Wittmann‘s homily. All photos by Skip Peterson.

Members of the novitiate community, including Fr. Chris Wittmann, aspirant Joo Choi, Bro. Allen, novice Justin Quiroz and Bro. Charlie Johnson. As a reflection of his heritage, Bro. Allen wore a traditional Filipino shirt made from pineapple fiber.

Members of the novitiate community, including Fr. Chris Wittmann, novice Joo Choi, Bro. Allen, novice Justin Quiroz and Bro. Charlie Johnson. As a reflection of his heritage, Bro. Allen wore a traditional Filipino shirt made from pineapple fiber.


Members of Parent Association Lay Marianist community: seated, Jay McGillick, Annette Kovarik, and Maureen Hoock.; back row, Melanie Vonarx, Anne Albers, Lisa Magee, Jane Goff, associate principle, and Kevin Hacker, principal of St Mary’s High School.

Members of Parent Association Lay Marianist Community. Seated: Jay McGillick, Annette Kovarik and Maureen Hoock. Standing: Melanie Vonarx, Anne Albers, Lisa Magee, Jane Goff, associate principal, and Kevin Hacker, principal of St. Mary’s High School. Photo by Mike Hoock.

When it comes to Marianist Lay Communities, it’s not about the numbers. “Start small” is Maureen Hoock’s advice. It’s the most important lesson Maureen has learned since becoming involved in the Parent Association Lay Marianist Community, a group for parents of students at St. Mary’s High School, a Marianist-sponsored school in St. Louis. Fr. Mitch Doyen, former president of St. Mary’s, launched the community three years ago because he wanted to share the Marianist charism. Faculty and staff who are Lay Marianists have offered guidance to the fledgling community.
The community has about 10 members, with a core group of four. “I used to be disappointed by the turnout,” says Maureen, mother of two. But she says she doesn’t count success by numbers, instead finding satisfaction in the depth of conversation and spiritual support she receives from the group. “It feeds my soul,” she says. Maureen, who became a Lay Marianist a year ago, says, “I promised, like Mary, to bring Jesus to the world. But that process always starts small —one person at a time.”
Interested in starting a Marianist Lay Community? Contact Pati Krasensky at 215.634.4116 or by email.
Carol Ramey
Carol Ramey is director of the North American Center for Marianist Studies. Based in Dayton, Ohio, NACMS (commonly pronounced Nak-Mis) provides resources about the Marianist charism, its history and its founders. NACMS offers programs, online courses, research and print materials through its website.
Carol Ramey fol What is NACMS’ goal?
We are charged with providing educational and formational resources to the Marianist Family. We link the vision of our founders to concrete expressions of Marianist spirituality and apostolic approaches.
What was the path that led you to this organization?
While I was attending the University of Dayton, I became a lover of history in general and the Marianist charism in particular. For me, joining the NACMS staff was the chance to combine my personal and professional lives around my core commitments.
What do you find gratifying about your work?
I have the opportunity to work with wonderful people who have lots of creative ideas. I enjoy the variety of tasks that challenge me every day, and I like that I’m part of addressing the needs of the times. I believe NACMS will continue to evolve, becoming more global in scope and serving more diverse audiences — that’s very gratifying for me.
During May, six U.S. Province seminarians accepted new ministries of service on their paths to the priesthood. Bro. Josephraj Rymond was ordained a deacon. Bros. Mariandu Belevendiran and Sean Downing, who are now third-year seminarians, were installed to the ministry of acolyte. Second-year seminarians Bros. Armando Añeses, Sebestian Bara and Raj Mohan have been installed as lectors. Congratulations, brothers!

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Deacon Josephraj

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Bro. Armando

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Bro. Raj


jubilee hawaii fol The Diocese of Honolulu recognized Fr. Paul Fitzpatrick and Bro. Gary Morris who are celebrating their golden (50 year) jubilees. The pair also were honored on May 17 at Mystical Rose Oratory on the campus of Chaminade University of Honolulu. Congratulations to Fr. Paul and Bro. Gary on a combined century of Marianist ministry!
Eden Tim fol Fr. Tim Eden (left) will become vice president for mission and rector at St. Mary’s University later this month. He takes the reins from Fr. Rudy Vela, who has served in the post for six years. Fr. Rudy, who is credited with expanding and deepening the university’s Marianist identity, is taking a sabbatical. Fr. Tim currently serves as St. Mary’s chaplain. Fr. Rudy
Bro. Bob Politi has been deservedly well-celebrated in recent weeks as he marked 50 years of service at Purcell Marian High School. He stepped down from a full-time role at the close of the school year. He is credited with creating a ground-breaking instructional program for students with learning disabilities. Read more from P-M. Watch a testimonial video by his colleagues. Bob Politi fol
Fleming Dave fol Fr. Dave Fleming recently completed two years of service at the Marianist novitiate in Ranchi, India. He will take up residence at the Marianist General Administration in Rome, where he will serve as a resource person, working in research and publications about the Marianist charism. Fr. Dave will continue to teach college courses to men in Marianist formation at the Deepahalli campus in Bangalore one semester each year.
Maureen O’Rourke has been selected to be the coordinator of the new Marianist PULSE volunteer program. PULSE stands for Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education. Based in Dayton, Ohio, PULSE is a post-graduate leadership program that involves service in urban areas, living in community, and rich Marianist formation. Maureen, who currently serves as coordinator of Marianist activities and scholarship with the University of Dayton’s Office for Mission and Rector, is charged with helping establish the new program. Read more. O'Rourke Maureen fol

Bro. Victor Forlani, right, with Daniel Sterkenburg of  Cedarville University athe recent AWOP meeting.

Bro. Victor Forlani, right, with Daniel Sterkenburg of Cedarville University at the recent AWOP meeting.

Bro. Victor Forlani was a speaker at a recent meeting of At Work On Purpose, a group dedicated to helping businesspeople incorporate their faith values at work. The May 28 meeting at the University of Dayton was the inaugural gathering of the group in the Miami Valley. “Our faith should inform every aspect of our lives, and work is a central and often neglected dimension,” Bro. Victor says. He is a professor and director of the Center for Integration of Faith and Work at UD’s School of Business Administration.


Front row: Ann Walker, Alma Mandeville, Lori Criscione, carol Sheehorn, and Carol King. Second row: Father Al McMenamy, Donna Berte, Kate Rossi, Loretta Reisinger and Betty King. Back row: Terry Rossi, Cliff Sheehorn and Bob Mandeville.

The Springfield Marianist Affiliates. Front row: Ann Walker, Alma Mandeville, Lori Criscione, Carol Sheehorn and Carol King. Second row: Fr. Al McMenamy, Donna Berte, Kate Rossi, Loretta Reisinger and Betty King. Back row: Terry Rossi, Cliff Sheehorn and Bob Mandeville. Photo courtesy of Alma Mandeville.

On May 14, a Marianist Affiliate group in Springfield, Illinois, welcomed new member Lori Criscione. Fr. Al McMenamy serves as the group’s spiritual director. For information on Marianist Affiliates, please contact Pat Wheadon.

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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 few months, we will dedicate a section of FamilyOnline to honor these men and their commitment to their ministries. We invite you to join us in prayers of celebration for them.

Hackel fol FR. ROBERT HACKEL, 50 years ordination
I was born and raised in St. Louis. I professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1951, in Galesville, Wisconsin, and was ordained on April 3, 1965, at the Marianist Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland. I have always liked the Society of Mary. Requests for me to assist in some of its ministries have been a great grace. As a priest, the sacrament of reconciliation has been a sign of the Father’s love in bringing Christ to all of us. Read more.
Neumann fol BRO. RALPH NEUMANN, 60 years profession
My Marianist life began to germinate at Don Bosco High School (Milwaukee) when in 1950 we students were given a copy of “My Ideal— Jesus, Son of Mary” written by Fr. Emil Neubert, SM. I read it secretly and avidly from beginning to end, and the spirit of Bosco became clear to me. Read more.
Rasky fol FR. JOSEPH RASKY, 50 years ordination
I admired the brothers and priests who taught me at Don Bosco in the late ’40s. I wondered how they could be so happy after giving up everything and joining religious life. I decided to find out by joining. I, too, found my happiness in religious life. I liked the intellectual life, which satisfies my desire to know the truth. The wonderful truths of the Scriptures satisfy my soul and give meaning to my life. Read more.
Thompson fol FR. THOMAS THOMPSON, 60 years profession
My vocation is rooted in the fervent Catholic atmosphere that was part of the family, school and parish life in Pittsburgh in the early 1950s. An uncle, Bro. Joe Meder, was an enthusiastic religious whose weekly letters to his mother (my grandmother) and family described the daily life of a versatile grade school principal. The Sisters of Divine Providence at my home parish, St. Basil’s, provided a rich devotional atmosphere. Read more.
Tonry fol FR. PATRICK TONRY, 50 years ordination
Time is surely a very interesting phenomenon. Here I am, remembering 50 years since I was ordained a Marianist priest in Fribourg, Switzerland, and it does not seem that long ago at all. In addition, I have been professed for more than 60 years, and that time has passed so quickly, I sometimes have to pinch myself. During all of these years, I have been blessed beyond measure, and I am extremely grateful. Read more.




Neighborhood park cleanup organized by Mother Seton.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill joins a discussion with MSA students as part of a day of service and healing at the Marianist co-sponsored school. Recent riots in Baltimore shaped the focus of the event.

Taylor Jackson, an eighth grader at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore, still remembers how scared she felt one night in April when helicopters hovered above her house. Protests and rioting had erupted following the death in police custody of Freddie Gray, a young black man. Taylor listened to the thrum of the helicopters as her city came unglued. A few blocks from her school, a drugstore was set on fire.
Weeks before the unrest, Bro. Jesse O’Neill, director of campus ministry at the school, had been organizing a service day for the MSA community. And with Baltimore still hurting, the event took on special significance. To begin the day, the participants broke into small groups. “We needed space so we could talk and pray about what had happened in our city,” says Bro. Jesse.
Neighborhood park cleanup organized by Mother Seton.

Bro. Tom Trager, right, works with MSA students to clean up a park.

Later, the students and other participants picked up trash in a nearby park and weeded neighborhood garden beds. “It became a symbol of goodness and hope to people in the neighborhood,” says Linda Zappacosta, chair of the Northeast Marianist Family Council and one of the volunteers. In a small way, they could help the city start healing. “Despite what happened, we are going to heal,” says Bro. Jesse.

Chaminade College Prep in West Hills, California, welcomes Dr. Cynthia Colón as its new principal beginning next month. Dr. Colón joins the Chaminade family from St. Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, California. She has a doctorate in education from UCLA. Read more.
For the fourth year in a row, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton, Ohio, has been named among the most challenging high schools in the nation by the Washington Post. Read more.


The Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, New Jersey, was pleased to welcome eighth graders from Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore for a four-day retreat in May. The young teens took part in team-building exercises, beach walks and enjoyed a whale watch boat trip. Cape May MSA fol
The theme of the retreat was How does my life fit into the puzzle of God’s creation?

Graduates of Purcell Marian High School’s Marianist Urban Students Program were among those honored at an awards ceremony last month. We are proud to recognize Dwight Williams (attending West Virginia State University), Jermaine Boyd (attending University of Cincinnati), Hanna Terry, director of MUSP, Jonathan Rose (attending University of Cincinnati) and Dominic Johnson (attending Otterbein University). MUSP helps high-potential students from urban elementary schools succeed in high school and prepare for college.

Graduates of Purcell Marian High School’s Marianist Urban Students Program were among those honored at an awards ceremony last month. Pictured with MUSP Director Hannah Terry are Dwight Williams (attending West Virginia State University), Jermaine Boyd (attending University of Cincinnati), Jonathan Rose (attending University of Cincinnati) and Dominic Johnson (attending Otterbein University). MUSP helps high-potential students from urban elementary schools succeed in high school and prepare for college.

Read more about the Marianist Urban Students Program.
Eugene Becker, Geraldine Doyle, Alex Durand, Helen Gross, Frances (Totaro) Pontolillo, Madonna Schweickart and Mary Elizabeth Sullivan. Read more.
Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.
Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests since 2007. Read more.
Chaminade fol A Moment with Blessed Chaminade
“Mary’s fidelity to the grace of her conception makes her the most perfect model, after Jesus Christ, of our fidelity to grace.”
Flickr-Logo fol Remember to check out Marianist Family photos on Flickr!
To meet the needs of a growing Spanish-speaking audience, the Marianist Mission is now offering several cards and gift items in Spanish. Scroll down on this page to see new featured items.
Questions? Contact Jessica González, the Mission’s new Hispanic market manager at 937.222.4641, ext. 3027, or by email.
Landolfi, Paul FOL This month, Fr. Paul Landolfi shares the powerful story of Miguel Angel Quiroga (1972-1998), a young Colombian Marianist who was killed by paramilitary troops while protecting a friend. Fr. Paul is the U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes.
The Prairie Messenger, a Canadian Catholic weekly newspaper, recently included a remembrance of Marianist Archbishop Raymond Roussin penned by Lay Marianist Isabella Moyer. Archbishop Roussin died in late April. Isabella writes: “His was a steadfast faith not only in God, but also in God’s people.” Read the article. Isabella-Moyer fol


June 7: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of the Lord
June 12
: The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 13: The Immaculate Heart of Mary
June 24: Solemnity of the Birth of John the Baptist
June 29: Saints Peter & Paul, Apostles


Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Via Latina from the General Administration of the Society of Mary




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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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