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COUNCIL NAMES LEADERS IN DISTRICT OF INDIA
Pragasam Thathappa, district superior
Anand Prakash Kujur, assistant district superior
After a consultation
with the brothers in India, Provincial Stephen Glodek
announces that the Provincial Council has appointed Fr. Pragasam
Thathappa to a second, three-year term as district superior
of the District of India, effective Jan. 1, 2009. Bro. Anand
Prakash Kujur, currently councilor on the district council,
has been appointed assistant district superior, also effective Jan.
1. Bro. Stephen said that remarks in the consultation cited Fr. Pragasam's
accomplishments in his first term, his dedication and kindness. In addition,
the consultation affirmed the work of Prakash and his ability to collaborate
with Fr. Pragasam. "We are most grateful for their willingness
and generosity in saying yes to this request," said Bro. Stephen.
"We have confidence they will provide the leadership necessary
for the District." Congratulations and our prayers for Fr. Pragasam
and Bro. Prakash as they guide the brothers in India.
SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS GATHER IN ST. LOUIS
the conference, Steve Hiner (Nolan Catholic), Bro.
Ed Brink, director of the Office of Education, John
Marshall (Chaminade Julienne) and Fr. Ralph
Seifert (Chaminade, St. Louis)
The School Administrators'
Conference drew 40 people to St. Louis Oct. 26-29, 2008, hosted by the
Province Office of Education: Bro. Ed Brink, director,
Bro. John Habjan, assistant director, Bro.
Gene Meyerpeter, George Lisjak, Marianist Educational Studies
and Partnerships, and Mary Perotti, administrative
Attending were 32 administrators
from 18 Province-sponsored secondary and middle schools. Speakers
Tony Fitzgerald, who discussed the Province Strategic
Planning process; Bro. Jack Ventura, who gave an
update on the Marianist Family; and Bro. Charles Johnson,
who gave a talk concerning vocations. View
Bro. Ed's presentation on
"Participation in the Mission."
allows us to share ideas with Marianist educators from around the country,"
said Jim Adams, president of Chaminade College Preparatory
in Chatsworth, Calif. "It is reassuring to know our work is part
of a bigger plan and we are not alone in this endeavor." Bro. Ed
expressed his gratitude that the administrators take the time to gather
each year. "They're the people who are making the Marianist charism
come alive in the schools and giving priority to the Characteristics
of Marianist Education."
principal of Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, Fla.,
says the education office has great insight for lay administrators.
"They use great methodology to communicate the reflective nature
of our positions," she said. "It's a great opportunity to
share best practices with our Marianist brethren," said Jim
Sukys, president of Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in
Cleveland. "And of course, the Marianist hospitality is second
from top left: Bro. Francisco González (Colegio
San José) and Bro. Gerry Mc Auley (St. Laurence);
Tony Fitzgerald; Frank Orga (North
Catholic); and Beckie Cleveland (Daniel J. Gross)
and Fr. Larry Doersching (Chaminade-Madonna)
BEGIN FORMATION PROGRAM IN LIMURU, KENYA
a recent reception for the novices at the novitiate in Limuru, Kenya,
Bro. Jomo (novice director), Novices
(first year) Cyprian Maingi, Joseph Pachalo and
David Kangwa , Novices (second year) Michael
Chirwa, Griven Mulenga, Given Mukanshi, Daniel Ouma, Julius Maingi
and Denis Litiolo and Fr. Allen DeLong
(assistant novice director). Courtesy of Fr. Allen
||Read the October
2008 issue of Vocation News by Bro.
Charles Johnson, national vocation director.
CINCINNATI MUSP PROGRAM WELCOMES NEW CLASS
its annual "Autumn Supper" in October, Purcell Marian
High School in Cincinnati welcomed the Marianist
Urban Students Program class of 2012. Shown, back,
MUSP students Kendell Bobo, Larry Mixon, Jr., Daniel Watkins,
Bridgette Givens and Briaira Jackson;
front, MUSP board members Fr. Ed Jach, Jennifer Scott, Bro.
Mike Murphy, Bill Shula, Diane Warren, Debra McMullen and
Tom Shessler. Members of the DeSales Crossings
community also attended the event. Courtesy of Shannon Lively
CELEBRATING ALL SAINTS AND ALL SOULS IN ST. LOUIS
the Marianist cemetery on the grounds of St. John Vianney High School,
Contact Julius Militante, Bros. Brian Zampier
and Charles Johnson, Fr. Oscar Vasquez and Bro.
Tom Redmond. Photos courtesy of Julius
On Nov. 1, Marianist
Family members in the St. Louis area gathered for All Saints Day Mass
at the Curé of Ars community chapel on the campus of St. John
Vianney High School. Fr. Tim Kenney was the main celebrant
and homilist. After Mass, a brief prayer service was held in the Marianist
cemetery on the campus. Fr. Oscar Vasquez blessed the
graves and contact Julius Militante led the group in
singing a psalm. The celebration ended with lunch, coordinated by Bro.
Leo Slay, at the Curé of Ars community.
from top, the prayer service at the Marianist cemetery; Bro.
Rich Middleton lays a flower on a brother's grave; Bro.
Norb Karpfinger; and, at lunch, Bros. David Betz,
Francis Heyer and Rich Middleton
SAVE THE DATE...
Jack Ventura invites all members of the Marianist Family
from the St. Louis area to Eucharist and dinner to celebrate the
208th anniversary of the Foundation Day of Marianist Sodalities
at 4 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 31, 2009, at St. Mary's
High School. Bring a favorite wine or dessert to share. For information
or to RSVP, contact Donna
by Jan. 23.
JOIN IN WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
The Marianist World
Day of Prayer was celebrated Oct. 12 at at the Shrine of Aparecida near
the city of São Paulo in Brazil. In addition, Marianists from
around the globe hosted local celebrations.
In Lusaka, Zambia
Bro. Fred Silbereis gave a presentation at Sunday Mass on the
Marianists as a worldwide congregation and told the history of Our Lady
of Aparecida. After Mass, the adults heard a talk from the Marianist
Lay Community and broke into small groups for discussion. In a separate
area, Bros. Julius Nandi and Daniel Odero
worked with the children on songs and skits. Clockwise from top, the
adults pray the rosary; Bro. Carmine Annunziata speaks
with choir members; the children perform a skit; and Bro. Godfrey
Ssenyomo (center) gives a report on a small group discussion.
Courtesy of Bro. Fred Silbereis
In honor of the Marianist World Day of Prayer, the Marianist community
in Cupertino, Calif., gathered for Mass Oct. 12 with Lay Marianists.
Fr. Pat McDaid presided at Mass. LEFT: Fr. Jack
Russi and Fr. Pat McDaid (seated, center) with Lay Marianists;
RIGHT: Fr. Jack's guest enjoys a snack after Mass. Courtesy of Bro.
THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
Read the November 2008 issue of Via
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .
Fred, 1959 |
Gelhard (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 83, who died Nov.
1, 2008, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. Bro. Fred was a World
War II veteran and served the Province primarily as a working brother.
He supervised the construction of Roncalli High School in Pueblo, Colo.,
and served in construction and maintenance positions in Wisconsin, Texas,
Missouri and Africa. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov.
6, 2008, at the Marianist Residence chapel in San Antonio. Fr.
Richard Wosman, a member of the Provincial Chapter and area
coordinator, represented the Provincial Council. Fr. Don Cowie
was the main celebrant and homilist. Burial followed at the Marianist
cemetery in San Antonio. Read Bro. Fred's obituary.
the homily given
Paul Vieson at the funeral Mass for Bro. Bernard Laurinaitis
(Mercy Siena, Dayton), 82, who died Oct. 22, 2008, in Dayton.
Please pray also
for Joseph B. Hamm, Maria Theresa Karpfinger, Patras Minj, Fr.
Charles Mulcrone, Anne Lisjak, Myriam Rivera, James Shepard
and John Tirkey. Read more.
DINKLAGE CANAL, GERMANY
courtesy of Bro. Bob Resing, S.M. Bro. Bob's images
are available for sale as note cards or prints. To order, visit
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
(Alumni Hall, Dayton)
Brockman (Woodlawn, San Antonio)
Cherrier (Maryland Avenue, St. Louis)
(Curé of Ars, St. Louis)
Violett (General Administration, Rome)
president of Chaminade University of Honolulu
Please pray also
for Fr. Joseph Allencherry, Fr. Sy Loehrlein, Kevin Prevou,
mother of Bro. Alex Toppo, and mother of Bro.
Kerobim Xalxo. Read more.
MLFI WANTS YOU!
participants tour Mount St. John in Dayton with the Marianist "Grand
Walkers" lay community
Ready to deepen your
understanding of the Marianist Charism? Not sure where to start?
an invitation to join the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative. The MLFI
is a one-year program designed to help people build, reenergize
sustain Marianist Lay Communities in their home towns. During the year,
the group meets face-to-face twice and also keeps in touch online.
For more information go to www.marianist.com/mlfi
or call Pati Krasensky at 215.634.4116. The next formation
group begins March 27 to March 29, 2009.
MARIANIST COMMUNITIES ON RETREAT
The Casa Maria community attended a retreat Oct. 24 to Oct. 26 at
the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. Shown, front, Bros.
Tim Pieprzyca and Mike Sullivan and Aspirant
Brian Myers; back, Fr. Kip Stander, Bros.
Dennis Bautista and Brian Halderman, Fr.
Tim Dwyer, Aspirant Tom Fox and Bro. Roberto Rivera.
BELOW: After the retreat, it was time to celebrate Halloween with
a night of pumpkin carving at Casa Maria with Aspirants
Tom Fox and Brian Myers, and Bros.
Brian, Dennis and Roberto. Courtesy of
Marcella Road community in Cleveland was on retreat in mid-October
at the Notre Dame Sister's motherhouse in Chardon, Ohio. Shown are
Bros. David Conrad, Dave Murphy, Bill Halloway
and Jack Dempsey, Fr. George Abmayr and Bro.
Joe Scheible. Courtesy of Bro. Dave Murphy
DOING WHAT. . .
Gerry Hyland, with Sister DeChantal Hyland,
OSB, (right). Courtesy of the Arkansas
(Curé of Ars, St. Louis) surprised his sister, Sr. DeChantal
Hyland, OSB, on the occasion of her 102nd birthday on Oct. 7 at
the St. Scholastica Monastery in Fort Smith, Ark. The siblings had
not seen each other in 10 years. The trip was arranged by an acquaintance
of Sr. Hyland's who knew she would love to see her brother on her
birthday. A story about the visit appeared in the Nov. 1 issue of
the Arkansas Catholic newspaper. Read
(Casa Maria, San Antonio) is featured in a story in the Nov. 7 issue
of the St. Louis Review about his profession of perpetual
vows on Oct. 4. Read
the story. A story about Bro. Brian also appeared in
the Nov. 7 issue of Today's Catholic in San Antonio. Read
(Stonemill-Kiefaber, Dayton) gave a lecture Oct. 31 on "Addressing
Domestic Violence: Can the Catholic Social Tradition make a Contribution?"
at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
(Trinity Ave., Dayton) gave a homily at the University of Dayton's
Family Weekend Mass Oct. 26 that challenged students and families
to take the commandments to heart in their work, studies, service
and civic duties. Read
(Vernon, Conn.) published an article on small church communities
in the Fall 2008 issue of Seminary Journal. Bro Bob directs the
Pastoral Department for Small Christian Communities in the Archdiocese
of Hartford and serves on the board of the National Alliance of
Parishes Restructuring into Communities. Bro. Bernie Stratman
(Washington, D.C.) is the executive editor of Seminary Journal
and executive director of the NCEA Seminary Department in Washington,
D.C. Read the article.
Bill Meyer (San
Antonio) appeared in the Sept. 12 issue of Today's Catholic.
Fr. Bill was a concelebrant, along with Archbishop
José H. Gomez of San Antonio, at the Mass to
install the new pastor at Holy Redeemer Parish in San Antonio, Fr.
Kevin Fausz, CM. In the same issue, Fr. Cris
Janson is shown celebrating the first Mass of newly
ordained Deacon Richard Salazar at Holy Rosary
Parish in San Antonio.
Gomez and Fr. Bill Meyer. Courtesy of Today's
an author, commentator for National Public Radio and former alcoholic,
visited Marianist Contact Brandon Paluch's seventh
grade class at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Downey, Calif., to
discuss alcohol abuse and other teen issues. Heather's reflections
on the visit were published in the Oct. 31 issue of the National
Read the article.
MARIANISTS ARE FILLED WITH ELECTION FEVER (and cookies)
In Karonga, Malawi
volunteer Molly Heineman and Bro. Philip
Adoka celebrate the election of Barack Obama.
Molly is from the U.S. and Bro. Philip is a citizen of Kenya, where
Barack Obama's father was born.
LEFT: The polling table at Casa Maria; RIGHT: Aspirant Tom Fox
(blue shirt) casts his vote.
As part of "Casa
Maria Tuesday"-when students, faculty and staff gather for evening
prayer and a light supper-the community hosted an election night party,
where guests voted on which cookie was their favorite: Cookie A (Michelle
Obama's recipe) and Cookie B (Cindy McCain's).
The result: 19-13 in favor of McCain's cookies. Recipes were taken from
Good Housekeeping magazine. Courtesy of Bro. Dennis
& JUSTICE UPDATE:
helped fund a summer immersion weekend experience in San Antonio
for members of the Adele
Social Justice Project and will support a similar
experience in Cleveland in 2009. Jim Vogt, director
of the Marianist
Social Justice Collaborative, is
the sponsor of this grant request. The Adele Social Justice
Project, which was initiated by MSJC, strives to increase
awareness and interest in social justice issues in young
Social Justice Project participants on an immersion experience
in San Antonio. Courtesy of Jim Vogt
MARIANIST VOLUNTEER PROGRAM LAUNCHES AD CAMPAIGN
inviting young adults to consider a volunteer opportunity with the
Volunteer Program are appearing in upcoming issues
of the University of Dayton's Flyer
News and St. Mary's University's
The Rattler student newspapers. Current and former MVP volunteers
who attended Marianist universities are featured in the ads. The
campaign was created by the Province Office of Communications.
VOLUNTEER EMBRACES THE "WARM HEART OF AFRICA"
Taube, 22, grew up in Chicago and is a recent graduate of the
University of Dayton. In August, he began a two-year volunteer experience
in Karonga, Malawi, as a member of the Marianist
Volunteer Program. Andy is a teacher at Chaminade Secondary
School and at the Marianist Institute of Rural Artisans for Christian
Life Education (MIRACLE), a two-year technical school. "Malawi
is nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa," said Andy. "After
being here a few months, I have no doubt what inspired that nickname:
the people!" Read more about Andy's experience
MID-LIFE 2009 IN MISSOURI
LIFE invites all adult moderators to attend "Mid-LIFE 2009"
Jan. 29 to Feb. 1, 2009, at the Marianist Retreat and Conference
Center in Eureka, Mo. The event is a national gathering for retreat,
networking, sharing best practices, building community, and professional
development training. The group will tour areas of St. Louis, including
a visit to the Province headquarters and a Marianist high school.
LIFE South moderators during Moderator Days at the summer LIFE program
at TECABOCA in July 2008
In September 1999, the General Administration established a single
Marianist International Seminary in Rome for 10 years. The 10-year
period is coming to an end, and the GA is conducting an evaluation
of the program to discern future action. Although most of the
Province membership does not have direct experience of the seminary
program, some may wish to comment. To read the seminary evaluation,
visit the PORTAL
and click on "Documents." If you wish to comment, send
your thoughts to Fr.
George Cerniglia by Nov. 15.
The Strategic Planning survey was sent to all brothers on Oct.
15. The survey must be submitted by Dec. 1, 2008. If you have
questions or concerns regarding the survey, please contact Pat
Stephens or Tony
ONLINE COURSES. Patti
Gehred wants to know: “While the
heat radiating off your computer is keeping you warm this winter,
why not sign up for a Marianist Studies online course?” Find
out more about courses from January-April. Patti is coordinator
of Virtual Learning and Curriculum Innovation at NACMS.
PASSWORDS. Recently three brothers' e-mail
accounts were compromised. Following are suggestions by the computer
company used by the Province for creating e-mail passwords that
are less likely to be compromised:
- Use alpha/numeric
- Use some upper
and/or lower case letters
- Longer passwords
(8+ characters) are better
- Change passwords
- Do NOT
use social security numbers or your e-mail address as the password
- Use a virus
protection program (McAffee, Norton, etc.)
Formation Weekend, Menlo Park, Calif.
Provincial Council Meeting, St. Louis
Presentation of Mary
21-23 MVP Fall Retreat, St. Louis
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George Cerniglia, assistant for religious life, writes
about important feast days in November. Read Fr. George's
letter and read the list of November feast days.
YOUR EVENT TO THE PROVINCE CALENDAR ...
If you have a
meeting date or event you would like posted on the
calendar, please contact
THE SCHOOLS . . .
President Charles Cotrell announced the development
of a neighborhood
revitalization plan to respond to the immediate
needs of the school's community in San Antonio. "As part
of this community and a major employer, St. Mary's has a vested
interest to help our neighborhood thrive. It is part of our
156-year history, and our Marianist tradition and mission
to advance the common good through community service and outreach,"
Cotrell said. Read
more about the plan.
President Daniel Curran wrote an op-ed piece
on supporting urban education which appeared in the Oct. 29
issue of the Dayton Daily News. Read
MARY'S HIGH SCHOOL President Fr.
Mitch Doyen was interviewed by KEZK radio in St.
Louis about the school's recent improvements and plans for
expansion. Listen to the interview.
CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL
students who are members of the school's Guardian Angels service
program worked with two other high schools to finish a house for
Habitat for Humanity in San Antonio. Daniel Vasquez,
a CCHS senior and president of Guardian Angels, coordinated the
effort. The Guardian Angels program was established in 1975 by
the late Bro. Martin "Mac" McMurtrey.
CCHS and other local students in front of the house they helped
build for Habitat for Humanity
MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL went "pink"
in October to raise money for breast cancer research. The
students purchased pink "Cavs (Cavaliers) for a Cure"
t-shirts, donated money, and made pink bake sale items to
sell at lunches. They donated $600 to the Susan
G. Komen Foundation.
"Pink Bake Sale" at Purcell Marian High School.
Courtesy of Shannon Lively
freshmen were featured in the Oct. 24 issue of The
Catholic Telegraph. The freshmen recently completed
a service retreat in which more than 350 hours of service
were volunteered by the students. Bro. Bob Jones is
the service director at Purcell Marian. Read
Marian freshmen volunteering at the Over-the Rhine soup
kitchen. Courtesy of The
HAIL TO THE CHEF...
West Hills community in California recently celebrated Carol
Corrin's 25 years of service as the community's cook. To
show their appreciation, the brothers presented Carol with a plaque
from the Province and took her out for dinner. Shown at dinner are
Bro. Skip Matthews, Carol, Bros. Jim Wisecaver
and Tony Pistone, Fr. Jim Mueller and Bro.
LeRoy Viera. Courtesy of Bro. Jim Wisecaver
Bro. Ray Fitz
Applications are being accepted for the position of executive director
of the Association of Marianist Universities. Read
the position description. Those interested should send a letter
to Dr. Charles Cotrell, president of St. Mary's University,
expressing why they would like the position. E-mail Dr.
Cotrell or send a letter to One Camino Santa Maria, San
Antonio TX 78228-8530, no later than Dec. 1, 2008. Bro. Ray
Fitz, who is stepping down after five years as executive director,
said, "The Marianist-sponsored universities are great apostolic
and institutional assets for our Province. The new executive director,
working with the presidents and sponsorship officers, will be able
develop these assets and promote the growth of Marianist Educational
Associates on each of the campuses."
PRESIDENT FOR MISSION AND IDENTITY.
St. Mary's University in San Antonio is searching for a new Vice President
of Mission and Identity to begin service in the summer of 2009. The
qualified candidate must be a Marianist religious with a bachelor's
degree from an accredited institution required and master's degree or
doctoral degree preferred. Interested candidates should submit a curriculum
vitae and a letter of application indicting what the candidate feels
he brings to the position. Applications should be e-mailed to Bro.
Stephen Glodek or mailed to him at: Marianist Province
of the United States, 4425 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. Applications
should be e-mailed or mailed by Nov. 15, 2008. Read
the job description.
ALL AROUND US...
Clockwise from top, at the Marycliff community in Eureka, Mo. (by Susan
Kramer); flowers at Mundelein Seminary in Wisconsin (by Bro.
Ed Loch); "An old-fashioned pod cast" at Mount St.
John in Dayton (by Patti Gehred); and Queen of Heaven
cemetery in Dayton (by Bro. John Lemker)
Fall/Winter 2008 issue of Alive magazine has been mailed.
If you need additional copies,
e-mail Ann Mueller.
In the Oct. 28 issue
of FamilyOnline we incorrectly identified "CLAMAR"
as an organization of Marianists from South America. CLAMAR is the conference
of Latin American Marianists. We apologize for the mistake.
CELEBRATE ADVENT 2008 AT THE CFL
Christian Family Living Center on North Topsail Island, N.C., is
offering two Advent Family Retreats: Dec. 5 to Dec. 7 and Dec. 12
to Dec. 14. The program is for families seeking a closer relationship
with Christ and each other with prayer services, family fun activities,
presentations, discussion, free time, social events, cookie making,
story time for younger children and much more. All inclusive price
includes ocean view bedroom with private bath, meals, snacks and
materials. The cost is $70 for ages 2 to 7 and $100 for ages 8 to
adult. Family maximum is $490. Complete
the application or
call 910.328.1584 for more information.
the October 2008 issue of The Fulcrum, a newsletter
from Brian Reavey, national coordinator of Marianist
Read the November 2008 issue of The Beacon, the newsletter
of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J.
Read the November 2008 issue of Justice
Jottings, the newsletter of the Marianist Social Justice
JUST ONE MORE...
John Blank (Alumni Hall, Dayton) celebrates Halloween with
the University of Dayton cafeteria workers. Photo by Debby
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