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OLDEST SODALITY CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY IN N.Y.
On Feb. 23, members of the Sodality of Our Lady of the Pillar gathered at Sacred Heart Chapel of Molloy College in Rockville Centre, N.Y., to celebrate the group’s 50th anniversary. This is the oldest continuous Marianist sodality group in the U.S. Fr. Tony Jansen (District of Eastern Africa) founded SOLOP while a faculty member at Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y. Initially focused on high school alumni, SOLOP grew to include men, women and families throughout Long Island and beyond. Although serving in Eastern Africa for many years, Fr. Tony has remained connected to the group. Fr. Tony and Fr. Paul Landolfi (Rockaway Beach, N.Y.), current moderator, concelebrated the anniversary Mass. Over the years, the group has had many gatherings at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J. It also has supported Marianist efforts, including the Marianist DECAMP animal gift program and Fr. Ray Middendorf’s work at Misión Noell in Villalba, Puerto Rico. (Fr. Ray also is a former moderator.) Read more about the history of the group. Our congratulations on this wonderful milestone!
MARIANIST VOLUNTEERS GATHER FOR MID-YEAR RETREAT
The Marianist Volunteer Program held its mid-year retreat Feb. 9 to Feb. 13 at TECABOCA retreat center in Ingram, Texas. The volunteers gathered with Dan Richter, MVP coordinator, and Ruth Hinde, assistant coordinator, for a few days of relaxation, reflection and rejuvenation. Participating in the retreat were volunteers Emileah Aguilar (St. John’s Home for Boys, Rockaway Park, N.Y.), Cynthia Sias (Marianist NGO in New York), Travis Rindler (St. Louis Arc, St. Louis), Robert Manuel (North Grand Neighborhood Services, St. Louis) and Michael Trujillo (Loyola Academy, St. Louis). Retreat highlights included an evening out in San Antonio, brunch with the Marianist Sisters at the West Ligustrum community and enjoying the scenery and weather at TECABOCA. Meagan Brorman, former MVP volunteer, and Jennifer Talley, MVP local coordinator, also joined the group. Meagan spoke about her experiences of living in community. Many thanks to all who helped with the retreat!
FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
DISCERNMENT RETREAT HELD AT EWA BEACH IN HAWAI’I
A retreat that offered more intimate sharing of the vocation discernment process was held Feb. 15 to Feb. 18 at Ewa Beach in Hawai’i. Bro. Dennis Schmitz (Hale Malia, Honolulu) coordinated the retreat with help from Marianist religious and lay community members. Presentations were given on how to discern and the differences between religious life and diocesan priesthood. Retreatants were given opportunities for private reflection using journal activities and were provided with online resources for further discernment.
AREA COORDINATORS MEET WITH PROVINCIAL COUNCIL
The Provincial Council met with the Area Coordinators of the Province in late February to hear reports on significant events in each region. The Council asked Area Coordinators for input on the strategic planning process, future assemblies and other developments in the Province. Area Coordinators are responsible for organizing celebrations of Marianist feasts and other important days, jubilee celebrations, funerals for brothers, and coordinating sessions with Provincial Chapter delegates before and/or after Chapter meetings. The Provincial Council wishes to thank the Area Coordinators for their time and energy in planning gatherings and area discussions for Province members.
LAST CALL FOR 2008 RETREAT REGISTRATION
A VOCATIONS VISIT TO ST. ANTHONY’S PARISH IN MAUI
PROVINCIAL CHAPTER DOCUMENTS AVAILABLE ON PORTAL
BRO. DELMAR JORN CELEBRATES GOLDEN JUBILEE
More than 60 Marianists attended the golden jubilee celebration for Bro. Delmar Jorn on Feb. 23 at Deepahalli in Bangalore, India. It was the first golden jubilee celebrated in India. Fr. Pragasam Thathappa, district superior, presided at the Mass. Fr. Dave Fleming gave the homily. Bro. Delmar has ministered in Nepal and India for the last 25 years and currently serves on the District Council of India as assistant for temporalities. Congratulations Bro. Delmar!
MARIANISTS TO OPEN NEW COMMUNITY HOUSE IN NEPAL
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .
Bro. Maurice (Max) Beyer (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 93, who died Feb. 23, 2008, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Bro. Max served as a teacher in Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico. He was a secretary for 35 years serving under provincials in the former Provinces of Cincinnati and New York. Bro. Max also was a nurse's aide and editor of Family, the newsletter of the former Province of Cincinnati. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 1, 2008, at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the University of Dayton. Fr. Steve Tutas, who represented the Provincial Council, was the presider, and Fr. Bert Buby was the homilist. Burial followed at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount St. John in Dayton. Read a eulogy by Fr. Tom Schroer and Bro. Max’s obituary.
Please pray also for Marjorie O’Neill and Michael Pankey. Read more.
ROSE GARDEN, DEEPAHALLI, INDIA
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
Bro. Jim Abel (currently at Mercy Siena, Dayton), who is recovering from foot surgery.
Bro. Joe Mariscalco (Meyer Hall, Dayton), who is recovering at Mercy Siena from knee replacement surgery.
Bro. Pat McMahon (Cupertino, Calif.), who will join the Cupertino community to continue his recovery.
Bro. Don Neff (Meyer Hall, Dayton), who is undergoing tests.
Bro. Frank Smith (Mercy Siena, Dayton), who is recovering from a heart catherization.
Please pray also for Mildred Betz, Paul Bozigian, Jamie Glatt, Marion Klco, Jack McDonald, Bob O’Rourke, Carmen Salvador, Thomas Scheper, Floyd Straubinger and Sophie Wandall. Read more.
A BIRTHDAY TO REMEMBER AT THE NOVITIATE
WHO'S DOING WHAT. . .
NEW MSJC GROUP MEETS IN ST. LOUIS
In the spirit of recommendations from Always Our Children, the pastoral letter from the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Marriage & Family, a committee under the auspices of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative is exploring possibilities for providing more effective pastoral care within the Marianist Family among families of gay/lesbian Catholics. The effort is consistent with the Church’s teaching — especially considering the principles of Catholic Social Teaching — and is profoundly pastoral in its outreach. The group met in St. Louis in January and has developed a two-hour program, “A Place at the Marianist Table,” that considers the struggles of faithful gay/lesbian Catholics and how groups can be more welcoming and inclusive. If your lay or religious Marianist community is interested in experiencing the program or would like more information, contact Beth Garascia.
FR. JOE LACKNER VISITS MARIA NIVAS COMMUNITY IN INDIA
TECABOCA WELCOMES FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The board of TECABOCA: A Marianist Center for Spiritual Renewal in Ingram, Texas, met Feb. 10, 2008, and introduced four new board members: Bro. Charles Johnson (St. Louis), Laura Domyancic (San Antonio), Dianne Garcia (San Antonio) and David Wahrmund (Center Point, Texas). Paul Garro is board president; Deacon Denis Link is executive director. Bro. Jack Ventura is the retreat liaison from the Province Office of Religious Life.
CELEBRATING WITH BRO. JIM IN INDIA
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY FROM OUR FRIENDS IN DUBLIN
CFL. Read the March 2008 issue of High Tidings, the newsletter from the Christian Family Living Center in N. Topsail, N.C.
CUPERTINO. Read the March 2008 Cupertino newsletter from Fr. Steve Tutas.
SACRAMENTAL LINENS AND MORE NEEDED…
In last issue of FamilyOnline we incorrectly listed the number of hours St. Mary’s University Marianist Leadership Program students worked on the “Continuing the Heritage Service Day” in January. The students worked 1,000 hours, not 100 hours. Continuing the Heritage is sponsored by the Marianist Trust, St. Mary’s Service Learning Center and the Marianist Leadership Program. We apologize for the error!
“BROTHERS HELPING BROTHERS”
On New Year’s Day 2008 in the chapel of the Marianist Residence at St. Mary’s University, Fr. John Leies announced that Charlotte, sister of Fr. Rudy Vela, had worked for the brothers at the Residence for 20 years. After Mass, Bro. Richard Roesch congratulated and thanked Charlotte and asked, “What one thing stands out in your 20 years?” Immediately Charlotte said, “Brothers helping brothers.” Nearby, Bro. Harold Lootens, with a cane in his right hand, was seen with his left hand guiding Bro. Greg DeMoor down the long corridor to his room in the St. Joseph section of the Residence. Bro. Leo Willett added: “What stands out for me, in my six months here, is the motherly attention of the staff and workers for us.”
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