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Volume 15, Number 10

Oct. 6, 2016



On the one hand, it is a serious event when a Marianist brother professes a lifetime commitment to religious life. On the other hand, there is much joy in his embrace of service to the Blessed Mother and the Church.

Joy seemed to have the upper hand on Sept. 24, when Bros. Michael Chiuri and Brandon Paluch professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary. A beaming crowd of Marianists, family and friends witnessed the event at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in St. Louis. Fr. Martin Solma, provincial, celebrated the Mass and received the vows. Frs. William Meyer and Oscar Vasquez concelebrated.

Bro. Mike, 43, is a native of Nairobi, Kenya. He left behind a successful business career to enter the novitiate in 2010. In recent years, he has taught middle school at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore. Bro. Mike currently lives in California where he is studying philosophy in preparation for seminary studies.

Bro. Brandon, 33, was raised in the Chicago area. He earned a bachelor’s degree  from the University of Dayton, and entered the novitiate in 2010. He has been serving in campus ministry at UD. He and Bro. Mike continue their parallel paths; Bro. Brandon also is studying philosophy in California in preparation for the seminary.

See more photos. Watch a video from the event.


After the service, it’s selfie time! Fr. Bob Jones captures a trio of happy smiles. Our Lady of the Pillar is an appropriately glowing presence in the background.

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Marianist religious congratulate the new perpetually professed brothers: Bro. Frank O’Donnell embraces Bro. Mike, while Bro. Brandon greets Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau.




Kathe Lehman-Meyer
Kathe is director of the academic media center at St. Mary’s University. She’s been a Marianist Educational Associate for eight years.
What is one of the most “Marianist” situations you’ve dealt with at the media center?
I took some students to conduct video interviews with alumni for a recognition program we were producing.

Kathe Lehman-Meyer with Bro. John Totten in 2014.

Kathe Lehman-Meyer with Bro. John Totten.

Every alumnus we spoke with attributed the success of his or her marriage to the “Marriage and Family” course taught by Bro. John Totten
Later, the students said, “We need to get Bro. John out of retirement so he can teach that course again!”
What do you want the media center to be for visitors?
I want visitors to connect with the mission of the university by using technology. These tools can help us share Fr. Chaminade’s vision. We often refer to ourselves as “medianaries” – missionaries using media.
What does a Marianist Educational Associate do?
MEAs strive to reflect the Marianist charism. For me, this means focusing on prayer, study and service to the community. When students notice the MEA plaque in my office, they may ask for prayer or want to talk about how they can integrate their spiritual life with their career or life mission.










200 fol 3To celebrate the bicentennials of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary, FamilyOnline is featuring occasional peeks into the past.
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The Society of Mary had marked a mere 74 years of existence when this photo of Marianist teachers at St. Louis College was taken in Honolulu in 1891. Queen Lili’uokalani ascended the Hawaiian throne this same year, which was seven years before the United States annexed the islands.
Marianists arrived in the Kingdom of Hawai’i in 1883 to assume leadership of St. Louis College, now Saint Louis School.  The frock coats worn by the brothers were a Marianist trademark well into the 20th Century. One wonders how many brothers were lost to heat stroke in these early years on the island.




cornell-harry-2015-fol Bro. Harry Cornell received some well-deserved recognition. For nearly 50 years, Bro. Harry has been the “Voice of the Buttons,” serving as the announcer for Central Catholic High School home football games. A local San Antonio TV station recently featured Brother Harry, who is a 1958 CCHS grad and has taught at the school since 1962. Watch the video.
matt-dunn-15-fol Lay Marianist Matt Dunn is the new chair-elect of the Marianist Lay Community of North America. He will hold this role for one year, then fulfill a four-year term as chair. Lynette Bernot is MLC-NA’s new head of the Office of Spirituality; Jim Barrette is the new head of the Office of Education.
fitz-ray-2015-fol Bro. Ray Fitz was honored by the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for his contributions to the organization. Bro. Ray received the Silver Hope Award at an event Sept. 29. Bro. Ray was diagnosed with MS in 1989 while serving as president of the University of Dayton. Having MS, said Bro. Ray, “made me more aware of my limits as a human and I put the journey in the hands of God.”  Read more.
RedAmber Photography Portraits Marianist Lay Affiliate Linda Flores-Tober recently received the “Mother Seton Award” from Mother Seton High School in Clark, New Jersey, for her 26-year efforts to serve the homeless. Linda heads the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, which serves an area west of Staten Island, New York. Linda has been a member of the governing board of the Cape May Marianist Retreat Center for six years. Read more.
In 1913, the year Bro. John Totten was born, Charlie Chaplin began his film career. When Bro. John professed first vows in 1934, a loaf of bread cost 8 cents. Bro. John turns 103 on Oct. 21. He is the oldest Marianist in the Province of the United States and the second oldest in the world. (An Argentine brother is 10 weeks older.) Congratulations and blessings to you, Bro. John!


burns-norb-tree-dedication-9-16-fol A TREE GROWS IN DAYTON
A tree in honor of Fr. Norbert Burns grows on the campus on the University of Dayton, to be more precise.
On Sept. 9, the university dedicated a honey locust tree near the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception as a tribute to Fr. Norb, who taught more than 27,000 students over the course of 50 years. Former UD President Dr. Dan Curran was on hand for the dedication.
Over the years, the tree, like Fr. Norb, will cast a long and happy shadow on the UD campus. Thanks to Bro. Phil Aaron for the photo.





Joe Hagen (front) is back riding with his friend Marty Aguilar.

This fall, Joe Hagen (front) is back riding with his friend, Marty Aguilar. The pair met at a Marianist retreat and formed a life-saving friendship.

Marty Aguilar remembers the day 20 years ago when Joe Hagan and his family pulled up to the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, New Jersey.
The two began riding together that week – and kept their friendship alive by attending Marianist family retreats and biking together near their homes outside of Philadelphia.
Last spring, the two were riding when Joe went into cardiac arrest. Marty jumped from his bike and began administering CPR. “I was sure he had died,” he said. Fortunately, Joe was whisked to a hospital where doctors were able to stabilize him and operate.
“This all started at Cape May,” said Joe months later. “It’s sheer grace that I’m alive.”
Sheer grace – and a 20-year friendship formed in the Marianist embrace.


StMarysU_logo3_WhiteOnBlue Money Magazine has ranked St. Mary’s University as the best in San Antonio, the fourth in Texas and 52nd nationally among 705 colleges and universities in its “Best Value Colleges” rankings. Money examined which of the nation’s roughly 2,000 four-year institutions do best at providing a great education at an affordable price while preparing students for rewarding careers.





Marianist Brother Charlie Wanda 1982


Marianist Brother Charlie Wanda


Bro. Charles Wanda, 80, died Sept. 21, 2016, with 53 years of Marianist life. Bro. Charlie was a gifted artist and beloved educator. He taught art at Archbishop Moeller High School for nearly 40 years. Read his obituary. See more photos.

Recent deaths of Marianist Family members and friends.
Those in need of prayers for healing.
Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests (U.S. Province) since 2007.
“What happiness for us if for the rest of our lives we can walk along the beautiful paths of faith, act only by faith, and live only from faith!”



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Members of the Marianist Family around the world are invited to take part in the annual World Day of Marianist Prayer. Sponsored by the World Council of the Marianist Family, this year’s event will be celebrated at the shrine of Our Lady of Bon Encontre in France. Read more.


Vianney, an all-boys Marianist-sponsored school in suburban St. Louis, Missouri, seeks a principal to begin the 2017 – 2018 school year. The best candidate will “bring energy, charisma and executive administration skills to build on Vianney’s considerable strengths while delivering St. Louis’ best value in a Catholic, college preparatory education.” Read more.


Feast days Oct. 7: Our Lady of the Rosary
Oct. 9: World Day of Marianist Prayer
Oct. 12: Our Lady of the Pillar
Nov. 1: All Saints
Nov. 2: All Souls


Bro. Phil Aaron
Srs. Gabrielle Bibeau and Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch
Fr. Mike Nartker
Dr. Eric Spina
Fr. John Thompson
Susan Vogt

Bro. Brian Zampier


Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family

MLC-NA eNews from the Marianist Lay Network of North America
The Open Window from the Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning

MARIANIST BIRTHDAYS - September and October

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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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