Volume 3, Number 14
Tuesday, July 13, 2004


COUNCIL LAUNCHES “CHAMINADE PROJECT"

A new Province initiative that will examine how membership is symbolized in the Province of the United States has been announced by the Provincial Council. Bro. Stephen Glodek outlines the goals of the initiative, named the "Chaminade Project,” in his Provincial Letter 9 (11 July 2004). The project was inspired by a proposal from Fr. Joe Kozar and will promote widespread veneration of our Blesseds and Venerables and will create new rituals and symbols for the Province. "Hopefully, this project will touch the soul of our new Province," Bro. Stephen said.

A new icon by Madame Micheline Olivier, France. The scroll reads, "We are all missionaries."

The committee coordinating the efforts for the Chaminade Project is: Fr. Joe Kozar, chair; and Bros. Reinaldo Berríos, Brian Halderman, Charles Johnson, Tom Pieper and Bob Resing. To read Provincial Letter 9, please click here:


 

PROVINCIAL OFFICE NEWS

To read the recently revised list of "Provincial Council Responsibilities and Liaisons," please click here:

With Bro. Mike O'Grady's appointment to the Provincial Council, he becomes a member of the Provincial Chapter by right. His elected seat on the Chapter will remain vacant until the spring 2005 Chapter elections.

 

MARIANIST FORMATORS MEET IN NAIROBI

The International Meeting of Marianist Formators was held June 13-July 11 in Nairobi, Kenya, with more than 40 Marianist brothers and 10 Marianist sisters attending from around the world. The meeting helps orient young formators and addresses many facets of formation, including the Guide for Formation. Fr. George Cerniglia and his organizing team coordinated the meeting. Participating from the Province of the United States were Fr. Dave McGuigan, Bro. Ed Longbottom, Bro. Tom Giardino and brothers from all four developing regions.

 

BRO. CHARLES CONFESSES:
"I'M NO LONGER A PHILLIES FAN!"

Bro. Charles Johnson, Province vocation director, has a new hometown team. He's now a dyed-in-the-wool fan of the 1st place St. Louis Baseball Cardinals. On a warm St. Louis night on June 22, Bro. Charles caught a pop fly foul ball during a Cardinals game against the Cubs at Busch Stadium. The Cards won 10-9 in the 9th inning. The ball now has a place of honor in his office. (We knew you'd become one of us, Charlie.)

Bro. Brian Zampier (St. Louis) sketched Fr. Tim Dwyer and Bro. Charlie Johnson at the fateful baseball Cardinals game (see story above).

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .

Bro. George H. Dury (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 98, who died June 17, 2004, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Bro. George's funeral Mass was held June 22 at Queen of Apostles Chapel. The celebrant was Fr. John Mulligan, one of George's postulants; Fr. Eldon Reichert was homilist. Fr. John said, "He was a saint then, and he is a saint now." Also in attendance were Bro. Jim Vorndran and Bro. Dave Schmitz, who with Fr. Eldon lived with Bro. George in Karonga from 1965-69. To read Bro. George's obituary, please click here:


Bro. George, talking about Malawi, his favorite subject, and indulging in an ice cream treat

Benson Kirangah Kihiko, father of Bro. Gabriel Kirangah (Region of Eastern Africa). May he rest in peace.

Dorothy Mentel, 80, who died June 22, 2004, after a long illness. May she rest in peace. Dorothy was a Lay Marianist Affiliate in Milwaukee.

Isidore DeRego, 75, who died of cancer. May he rest in peace. Isidore was a Lay Marianist Affiliate and graduate of Saint Louis School in Hawaii.

Charles William Landin, 79, former Marianist; Daniel Green, 50, former Marianist novice; and the father of Charles Lum Kee, a former Marianist, all of whom died in June 2004. May they rest in peace.

 

GRAND BASIN, FOREST PARK, ST. LOUIS


Photo courtesy of Bro. Bob Resing, S.M. Bro. Bob's images are available for sale as note cards or prints. To order, contact Bro. Bob at rresing@sm-usa.org.

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .

Bro. Joseph Becker (Marianist Hall, Honolulu), who has been diagnosed with pneumonia and a recurrence of cancer and is receiving hospice care.

Bro. Paul Boeckerman (Mercy Siena, Dayton), who is suffering from congestive heart failure and emphysema. Bro. Paul is receiving hospice care.

Rebecca Betz, who had back surgery on June 25. Rebecca is the sister of Bro. David Betz (DeSales Crossings, Cincinnati).

Joe Abel, who is recuperating from heart surgery. Joe is the brother of Bro. Jim Abel (Findlay Street, Cincinnati).

Tim Prevou, 14, who has been diagnosed with an immune system disorder. Tim is the son of Lay Marianist Affiliates Nicki and Kevin Prevou.

Jeff Weisbruch, 42, who had surgery for brain cancer. Jeff is the nephew of the late Bros. Fred and Otto Weisbruch.

 

PRAYER INTENTIONS FROM THE GA

To read the prayer intentions from the General Administration in Rome dated June 21, 2004, please click here:

 

TWO BROTHERS, FOUR GIRAFFES


In a scene that is right "Out of Africa," Bro. George Gichuhi (left) of the Region of Eastern Africa poses with Bro. Ed Longbottom of San Antonio and several fleeing giraffes. Bros. George and Ed were participating in the International Meeting of Marianist Formators June 13-July 11 in Nairobi, Kenya. To read Bro. Ed's reflections on the meeting, please click here:

 

TWO GROUPS TO CONNECT IN KENTUCKY

Bro. Victor Forlani (Washington Street, Dayton) reports that two groups - the Task Force on the Interaction of Faith and Culture and the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative - will meet July 22-25 in Covington, Ky., to discern how current trends might affect future ministries in the Marianist family, especially in social justice areas. Bro. Victor's paper, "How Do We Connect," will be the basis for the dialogue. Comments or questions about the meeting may be directed to Bro. Victor, co-chair of the task force, at forlani@udayton.edu.

 

MARIANIST SISTERS' NEW PROVINCIAL COUNCIL


The Marianist Sisters' new Provincial Council was installed on July 1. Pictured, from left: Sr. Mary Louise Foley (assistant for religious life); Sr. Marcy Loehrlein (assistant for temporalities); Sr. Evangeline Escobar (provincial superior); and Sr. Gretchen Trautman (assistant for education). Best wishes to the new council!

 

ON THE PORTAL . . . (www.marianist.com/portal)

. . . Provincial Letter 9 dated July 11, 2004, from Bro. Stephen Glodek, "Putting Chaminade in His Place"

. . . a survey regarding Parish Ministry. Please submit the survey online by Aug. 8 if you're interested in serving in a Marianist parish.

. . . the July 1, 2004, issue of Via Latina from the General Administration

. . . the recently revised list of "Provincial Council Responsibilities and Liaisons"

 

ORDINATION DAY IN ROME

Congratulations to two new deacons in the Province of the United States, Deacon Francis Il Young Kim of Korea and Deacon Varghese (Manooparampil) Chacko of India. At their ordination on May 15 in Rome, from left: Deacon Francis, Fr. Zbigniew Leszczynski of Italy, Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao and Deacon Varghese.

 

DOCUMENTS FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

To read the July 1, 2004, issue of Via Latina from the General Administration in Rome, please click here

To read the "S.M. 3 Offices" (No. 110 - June 15, 2004) by Bro. Javier Anso from the General Administration in Rome titled, "Distribution of the Funds of the General Administration from the year 2003," please click here:

To read "Causes Marianistes" (No. 41 - June 2004) from the General Postulator in Rome, Fr. Antonio Soldà, please click here:

 

"GOD THE BUILDER" AT CAPE MAY

This summer is a busy one for the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J., which is hosting nine weeks of family programs. Wearing T-shirts decorated with the summer's theme - "God the Builder" - are retreat staff members, from left: Fr. Ted Cassidy (chaplain); Jessica Sroczynski (program director); Anthony Fucci (center director); and Emileah Aguilar (summer intern).

 

TRANSITIONS

We offer prayers and best wishes for the following brothers who are making changes this summer:

Fr. Richard Wosman, who will begin ministry in teacher education at St. Mary's University and will direct the university's Catholic School Leadership program. Fr. Richard will live at the Woodlawn Avenue community in San Antonio.

Bro. John Schlund, who is moving to the Marianist community in Cupertino, Calif., and will provide services to the brothers at Villa St. Joseph.

 

MARIANIST LIFE (TEXAS) MEETS AT NOTRE DAME

The Coordinating Team for Marianist LIFE (Texas) met June 18-20 at the University of Notre Dame. Pictured, from left: Andres Novela (Miami); Rudy Reyes Jr., director of temporalities (Notre Dame, Ind.); Stephanie Clouatre-Davis, workshop coordinator (Lafayette, La.); Rachel Boone (Muncie, Ind.); Eileen Kleffner, director of program (San Antonio); Patrick Disney (Fort Worth, Texas); and Nicole Trahan, director of religious life (Bryan, Texas). Not pictured: Becky Swofford (St. Louis).

MYSTERY MARIANISTS

Who are these two educators, shown here in 1970, who recently left a Midwest high school after more than 30 years? Scroll down for the answer!

 

DIRECTOR ASSIGNMENTS

Congratulations to the following brothers who have accepted three-year director assignments, effective Aug. 15, 2004. We pray for their ministry.

FIRST TERM

  • Bro. Paul Hoffman, Findlay Street, Cincinnati
  • Fr. Terry Weik, Woodlawn Avenue, San Antonio

SECOND TERM

  • Fr. John Thompson, Jackson Street, Hollywood, Fla.
  • Bro. Harry Cornell, Central Catholic, San Antonio
  • Fr. Chris Conlon, Chambers Street, Dayton

The Provincial Council thanks Bro. Paul Hoffman and Fr. Terry Weik, who served as acting directors of their communities for the past year and have accepted a full term of service as directors.

 

INDIAN RETREAT FOR TEMPORARY PROFESSED


The temporary professed brothers of the Region of India gathered for retreat June 2-10 in Deepahalli, with Fr. Arockia Raj serving as the preacher and master. On June 10, 41 brothers renewed their vows, which were received by Fr. Ignase Arulappen, regional superior. Fr. Antony Attukaran coordinated the retreat. Also participating were Bro. Richard Joyal, Dr. Roberts, the staff and children of Deepahalli REDS, Skill Training Center staff, STC boys, Chaminade Nilaya brothers and St. Joseph's community brothers.

 

"REDS" ANNUAL REPORT

Bro. Joseph Darwin, executive director of Ragpickers Education & Development Scheme (REDS) in Bangalore, India, sends along the organization's annual report. Bro. Basant Kujur is director of REDS in Ranchi, and Jaya Paul is the program director for the REDS Skill Training Center. To read the report, please click here: (Note: file is 6 MB download)

 

ROCKIN' DOC'S LIGHT SHOW

When he's not tending to the medical needs of the homeless in Cincinnati, Bro. Bob Donovan helps create projection visuals for live music. During Cincinnati's "Fringe Fest"on May 22, Bro. Bob and a friend created a light show on Fountain Square (photo) to the music of the band "Mystic Dub Star." The light show received a favorable review in the Cincinnati Enquirer. Rock on, Dr. Bob!

 

WHO'S DOING WHAT

Bro. Brian Halderman's (Washington St., Dayton) participation in a four-day fast at the United States Supreme Court to protest the death penalty was covered by the Catholic News Service (CNS). About 30 other protestors joined the eleventh annual fast and vigil, "Starvin' for Justice," which was held June 29-July 2 and organized by the Abolitionist Action Committee.

 

Bro. Bill Bolts (Moorpark Ave., San Jose, Calif.) reports that Queen of Apostles Parish in San Jose was recognized for its outstanding adult program in a national "Best Practices" study in parish adult faith formation, sponsored by the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership and the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives. Bro. Bill is the parish's adult faith formation director.

 

JILL PFEIFFER JOINS COMMUNICATIONS STAFF

A warm welcome to Jill Pfeiffer, who has been named senior editor in the Province Communications Office. Jill will be responsible for ALIVE magazine as well as other communications functions. Jill graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia's School of Journalism in magazine writing and production. For more than 15 years, she was creative director of Pfeiffer plus Company, a St. Louis communications firm. She also worked for the news office and Office of the University Publisher at Harvard University. Jill's first day will be July 29, 2004; she can be contacted at jpfeiffer@sm-usa.org after that time.

 

BEV ROMBACH TO DEPART PROVINCE STAFF

Bev Rombach, secretary to the Assistant Provincial, has accepted the position of development director for Loyola Academy, a Jesuit middle school in St. Louis. Bev’s last day in the Province offices will be Aug. 6, 2004. "I look forward to continuing my long relationship with the Marianists and their ministries," Bev said. Congratulations and best wishes to Bev in her new position.

 

 

THE CLASSIFIEDS

PART-TIME LITURGY COORDINATOR. St. Mark Parish in Denton, Texas, seeks a part-time liturgy coordinator. Contact Fr. John Klobuka at 940.387.6223 or jklobuka@hotmail.com.

 

BRO. STEVE SPEAKS TO LAW STUDENTS


Bro. Steve O'Neil (left, standing) spoke to students in the International Legal Systems class at St. Mary's University School of Law June 23 about his experience as an NGO representative to the United Nations. The class is taught by Prof. Andrew Hill (center, standing), a lay Marianist. Teachers interested in a similar presentation can e-mail Bro. Steve at brosteve@marianistngo.org.

 

OUT AND ABOUT

To read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis, please click here:

 

THE BOOK BAG

Three books are now available from the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS). To order, e-mail nacms.orders@notes.udayton.edu.

"Walking with Adèle," by Sr. Marie-Joëlle Bec, superior general of the Marianist sisters, offers reflections on living the virtues of Jesus and Mary and includes an overview of the life of Adèle, founder of the Marianist sisters. ($5 plus postage)

"Two Readers: A Colorful Enantiodromia," by Bro. Peter Daino. Set in Nairobi, this book explores the friendship of a doctor, who is a social activist, and a painter, who is a contemplative. ($20 plus postage)

"Jalons," the English translation of "Jalons d'Histoire sur la Route de Guillaume-Joseph Chaminade," by Bro. Joseph Verrier. Marianist historian Bro. Lawrence Cada says the four-volume set is the "most definitive . . . account of William Joseph Chaminade's life." ($50 plus postage)

 

RACIAL SOBRIETY WORKSHOP

The Racial Sobriety Workshop, an educational program that teaches processes for exploring and overcoming racism, was held June 17-20 at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J. Pictured at the workshop, from left: Fr. Paul Marshall, Pre-Novice Luke Hoenigman, Bro. Franklin Pao and Fr. Ted Cassidy. Frs. Paul and Ted presented at the workshop. To read Fr. Ted's reflections on the event, please click here:

 

GOLDEN & SILVER JUBILARIANS IN 2004

We celebrate the jubilees of 39 members of the Society of Mary this year from the Province of the United States, whose combined years of service are more than 2,300 years of religious profession and almost 300 years of ordained ministry. Congratulations to all! We will include photos of every jubilarian in FamilyOnline in small groups. Jubilee celebrations have been held in San Antonio (April 24-25), Honolulu (May 14) and St. Louis (May 29). Upcoming celebrations include Douglaston, N.Y. (July 31), Dayton (August 15) and San Francisco (Sept. 4).


Jubilarians of 2004 include, top row, from left: Fr. John McGrath (50 years), Bro. Roy McLoughlin (25 years) and Bro. Pat McMahon (50 years); bottom row, from left: Bros. Tom Tessmer (50 years), Irv Wachtel (50 years) and Matthew Woo (25 years) 

 

NEWSLETTER
CENTRAL

 
MAUI REPORT. To read Fr. Steve Tutas' July 2004 report from Maui, please click here:

NEWS FROM INDIA. To read the July 2, 2004, newsletter from India, please click here:  

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MYSTERY MARIANISTS UNVEILED . . .

The two are Bros. John Habjan and Charles Wanda (Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati), both of whom have left Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati. The school's magazine Windows paid tribute to their many years of service to the school. Bro. John, the school's academic dean, is the new Provincial assistant director of education. Bro. Charles, chair of the school's art department, is retiring after 38 years at Moeller.

 

SUMMER SCHOOL IN KOREA


This summer, Bro. Jim Moran (St. Louis) is teaching a “Korean Young Brothers English Summer Class” from mid-June until the end of August. Teacher and students, standing, from left: Novice Andrew Chae, Bro. John Shin, Sr. Teresa Kim, Aspirant John Kim, Bro. James Ahn, Novice Dominic Savio Choi, Sr. Olivia Park, Novice Michael Kim, Bro. Gregory Kim and Sr. Agatha Yoo; seated, from left: Bros. Simon Choi, Jim Moran and Don Bosco Shin

 

A THOUGHT

All shall be well
and all shall be well
and all manner of things shall be well.

Julian of Norwich, English mystic
1342-1416

 

ARE YOUR DATES POSTED ON THE CALENDAR?

A calendar that lists events involving Marianist brothers, Marianist sisters and lay Marianists is now available at www.marianist.com/calendar. The calendar also is available on the PORTAL at www.marianist.com/portal. If you'd like an event included, send the event, date, location and contact information to Pat Stephens at pstephens@sm-usa.org.

PROVINCE
BIRTHDAYS

July
13 Donald Cowie  
  Kenneth Templin ktemplin@chaminade.edu
14 Bernard Lee bleesm@stmarytx.edu
  James Schimelpfening jimschimelpfening@hotmail.com
15 Philip Adoka  
  Christu Raju Erigala christraju@hotmail.com
16 Brian Reavey breavey@sm-usa.org
17 David Herbold dfherbold@hotmail.com
  James Imhof jimhofh@aol.com
18 John Campbell jcampbel@chaminade.edu
19 Herman Lambers  
  Antony Nesam tonynesam@yahoo.com
  Edmund Rhodes Rhodes@notes.udayton.edu
20 Philip Aaron Philip.Aaron@notes.udayton.edu
21 Robert Donovan brodrbob@pol.net
22 Robert Kelly  
23 Michael Reaume reaumemi@yahoo.com
  Bernard Stratman bfs47@aol.com
24 Peter Kiama regionalhouse@wananchi.com
  Vincent Plassenthal vplassenthalsm@yahoo.com
25 James Jaeckle jjaeckle@stmarytx.edu
  James Babu Perikala jamesbabusm@yahoo.com
26 Christopher Conlon Christopher.Conlon@notes.udayton.edu
  Anthony P. Pudota smpudota@yahoo.com
28 Stephen Erspamer sersp@sbcglobal.net
  Thomas Schelble  
30 Paul Metzger pmetzger@stmarytx.edu
  Robert Politi bpoliti13@yahoo.com
31 James Facette gemface@planet-save.com
  Joseph Meierdirks jaybeesjhmeier@webtv.net

 

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