Volume 4, Number 5
Tuesday, March 8, 2005

ANOTHER STEP ON THE JOURNEY


Fr. Tim Kim and Provincial Stephen Glodek signed a “memorandum of understanding” between the Province of the United States and the Region of Korea during a Eucharist celebrating the Region’s future independence. The memorandum spells out the continuing relationship between the Region and the Province. The Chapter gave thanks to God for what has been accomplished since the Region was established, and prayed for God’s blessing on the Region as it takes this step on its journey of faith. The formal ceremony of independence is scheduled to take place in Korea on May 15, 2005. Fr. Tim will be the first regional superior of the new independent region.

 

PROVINCIAL CHAPTER - IT'S A WRAP

The March 2005 Provincial Chapter closed at noon today, March 8, ending five days of meetings at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Mo. Members of the General Administration joined the group and offered reports on their visitations in the Province. Chapter members discussed how future Chapters might be structured, the Province mission statement, financial policies and procedures from the Province directory committee, and reports from India and Eastern Africa. The Chapter approved the request of Mexico to become a District. Provincial Stephen Glodek’s Chapter report will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. To read chapter documents, visit the PORTAL at www.marianist.com/portal.


ENJOYING SPRING. On March 6, Provincial Chapter members took advantage of early spring weather at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Mo., to take a break outdoors. From left, Bros. Joe Grieshaber and Gerry Mc Auley, Fr. Tim Kenney, and Fr. Jack McGrath and Fr. George Cerniglia, visiting from Rome

 

MARIANIST VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: NOW RECRUITING


The steering committee for the Marianist Volunteer Program met in Dayton Feb. 23-25 to discuss the new volunteer venture, from left, Myles McCabe, Bro. Dennis Schmitz, Larry Hufford, Bro. David Betz, Joan McGuinness Wagner, Bro. Jack Ventura, MVP Coordinator Dan Richter and Bro. Walt Oberster

The Marianist Volunteer Program (MVP) is recruiting volunteers to begin in August 2005, with placements available in Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas and Mexico. Volunteers must be 21, with a college degree or equivalent life experience, open to community living and to the Marianist charism, and fluent in Spanish for placement in Mexico. Volunteers will serve one year in the United States (two years in Mexico) and will receive room and board, health insurance and a stipend. To apply as an MVP volunteer, please click here for the application. Preference will be given to those applying before April 1, 2005. Contact Coordinator Dan Richter at drichter@sm-usa.org with questions.

 

COURTSIDE WITH WILLIAM JOSEPH


At a recent game of the St. Mary's University "Rattlers" men's basketball team, Fr. Chaminade joined the "Fang Fanatics" to cheer the team on to victory. On the bench with Fr. Chaminade: Fr. Kip Stander (left), Bro. Mike Sullivan, and students from St. Mary's.

 

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

Larry Doyle, Virginia Hunter, Linda Koepke, Keith Oblinger, Tano Ozzello and George Palisin, Sr. May they rest in peace. To read more about these prayer requests, please click here:

 

ORGANIST, GETHSEMANI ABBEY, KENTUCKY


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 . . .

Bros. Joseph Barla (Chaminade Nilaya, Bangalore, India), Shivabharos Marianus Kujur (Deepahalli Scholasticate, Bangalore) and Jim Vorndran (Stonemill, Dayton), who are recovering from knee surgery.

Please also pray for Jean Canning, Janet Crumm, John Lipker, Kurt Oblinger and Julio Trimboli. To read more about these intentions, please click here:

 

GA VISITS THE LONE STAR STATE

During the General Administration's visit to St. Mary's University on Feb. 28, Fr. David Fleming addressed members of the University community. At the reception following the address, Fr. David and Sr. Grace Walle


FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

To read the March 1, 2005, issue of Via Latina from the General Administration in Rome, please click here:

 

L.A. RELIGIOUS CONGRESS ATTRACTS PROSPECTS

Ten Marianists and contacts took turns on Feb. 18-20 staffing a vocation booth at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, an annual gathering of about 37,000 people involved in ministry across the country. Aspirant Roberto Rivera began his relationship with the Marianists two years ago at the Congress. This year's booth attracted twice as many prospects as in years past.


At the Marianist Vocation Booth, from left, Bro. Jim Wisecaver, Sr. Evangeline Escobar, Bro. Tobias Ferrer, and contacts Fausto Sanchez and Brandon Alana. Photo courtesy of Bro. Jim Wisecaver


TRANSITIONS

Our best wishes to two brothers who are making transitions:

Bro. Nick Rufo, who has joined the Mercy Siena Marianist Support Community in Dayton, where he will minister to our senior religious.

Bro. Ken Thompson, who will join the staff at Emmanuel Parish in Dayton, with continued residency at the Franklin Street community.


PEACE & JUSTICE UPDATE: WAR VIGIL; RACISM PLEDGE


Myles McCabe
Province Director of Peace & Justice
mmccabe@sm-usa.org

Host a vigil. March 19, 2005, marks the 2nd anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. People of faith are called to raise their voices for peace. Will you or your community host a vigil marking this anniversary? For details, please click here: To sign a petition that will be delivered to Congress and the President by the American Friends Service Committee urging an end to the war, please click here:

Pledge to end racism: Have you or your community signed the pledge to end racism? It was initiated by the MSJC and the Marianist Family Council. To read the pledge and related materials, view the Jan. 25, 2005, issue of FamilyOnline at www.marianist.com/fol. Need ideas from other Marianists about how to fight racism in your everyday life? Read them here:

Have an article or Web site you'd like to share in this space? E-mail me at mmccabe@sm-usa.org

Regional discussions on social justice. Join me as I visit communities —"Advancing Justice— Challenges and Opportunities"

March 9-10 Fort Worth (Nolan); Denton (St Mark)
March 11-12 Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna)
March 28-31 Honolulu
April 1-2 Maui
April 3-4 Los Angeles (Chaminade College Prep)
April 6-7 New Orleans
Late April Cleveland, Dayton, Cincinnati (tentative)






SHARING FUND ALLOCATES MORE THAN $200,000

Bro. John Habjan (left) presented a Marianist Sharing Fund grant to John Ahlbach, religion teacher at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. Principal Gabe Crotti (right) looks on. The grant will help send students to Alabama this summer to work with Outreach, Inc., which renovates existing low-income housing and builds new affordable homes.

The Sharing Fund Allocations Committee has distributed more than $200,000 to 93 projects in the United States and abroad. To see Category I grants (awarded to social justice projects connected to Marianists and/or Marianist institutions), please click here: To see Category II grants (awarded to service and education projects not necessarily Marianist related), please click here:

PHOTO LEFT: Fr. Ed Jach presented a Marianist Sharing Fund grant to Suzanne Kathman, executive director of Healing Connections Associates in Cincinnati, which provides professional training to economically disadvantaged women. PHOTO RIGHT: Bro. Joseph Nu'uanu (right), former director of Martha's Kitchen in San Jose, Calif., presented a Sharing Fund grant to Edita Cruz, his successor, and Denis Leyva, head cook. The grant will help the kitchen increase the nutritional content of the meals it serves to the area's homeless and poor.

 

VOCATION TALK, TRINITY PARISH, DAYTON


Novices Armando Añeses (far left) and Alfredo Chavez (second from right) with members of the Hispanic Youth Ministry group at Trinity Parish in Ohio, where the novices shared their vocation story. Novice Dennis Bautista also participated, and took this photo.

 

WHO'S DOING WHAT


Fr. Joe


Fr. Tony

Fr. Joe Lackner has written a new bulletin about the developing regions focusing on Mary, "Woman of a Thousand Faces," with photos from around the world. He discusses Fr. Tony Jansen's 25-year devotion to the Marian shrine outside Lasaka, Zambia, which Fr. Tony helped to build. Last summer, approximately 6,000 people assembled in prayer at the shrine. To read Fr. Joe's bulletin, please click here:

Bro. Alex Tuss (Sawmill Road, Dayton) reports that he and Rev. Josh Goocey continue to raise awareness of and support for the Ragpickers Education and Development Scheme's (REDS) Play Schools program in Bangalore, India, through gallery exhibitions of Josh's photography and a Web site. To read more, please click here:


Josh Goocey's photos of life in India are available for sale on the Web site (above). Proceeds benefit the REDS Play Schools program.

Congratulations to Bro. Don Geiger, this year's recipient of the Mount St. John Charism Award. The award recognizes his welcoming spirit, his diligent commitment to the welfare of the property, and his embodiment of the spirit of Mary. Bro. Don has lived at Mount St. John in Dayton since 1985. To read a bio of Bro. Don, please click here:


Bro. John Samaha, Province liaison for promoting Marianist causes for sainthood, has a special offer: free copies of the Blessed Chaminade leaflet from the General Postulator in Rome. Last October, every brother received a copy of the leaflet, which includes a prayer for canonization. Bro. John will fulfill small requests for free, with postage appreciated for larger quantities. E-mail him at mariaduce@aol.com.

Sr. Leanne Jablonski delivered two speeches in February: "The future of God's creation: A moral response to global climate change" at the National Catholic Rural Life Conference in Washington, D.C.; and at the Living Waters—Great Source of Life Conference in Toledo, Ohio. Bro. Don Geiger, founder of the Marianist Environmental Education Center in Dayton, led a workshop about conservation landscaping at the Toledo conference.

Fr. Joe Kozar (Alumni Hall, Dayton) gave the introduction to a musical presentation based on the Gospel of Luke performed by the Miami Valley Musicians. The group included a Chaminade-Julienne student and a UD graduate.


Fr. Joe and musician Sarah Pangrac

 

DEATH PENALTY ISSUE TEAM


The Death Penalty Issue Team of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative met Feb. 18-20 at the Roland Avenue community in Baltimore. The team discussed expanding its focus but decided to concentrate on the death penalty issue. The team, standing, from left, Bill Pelke, Kathy Reid, Jacqui Griswold, Stefano Orru, Sr. Grace Walle, Bob Stoughton, Bro. Dick Olsen and John Holden. Seated, from left, Bro. Brian Halderman, Bro. Frank O'Donnell, Jim Vogt, Mary Beaudoin and Bro. Phil Aaron

 

REMINDERS OF THE COST OF WAR


Lay Marianist Joan McGuinness Wagner (University of Dayton) and her husband, A.J. Wagner, have placed more than 1,500 flags in their yard since November 2004. Each flag honors a member of the military who has died in the war in Iraq. "Our hope is to remind people that the cost of war is human lives," Joan said. To read a related article from the Dayton Daily News, please click here: Photo courtesy of A.J. Wagner.


More than 1,300 pairs of military boots - each tagged with the name of a U.S. soldier killed in Iraq - were part of an exhibit called "Eyes Wide Open: An Exhibition on the Human Cost of the Iraq War" hosted by St. Mary's University in San Antonio and sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee. About 1,500 people visited the exhibit. For more information, please click here: 

Bro. Herb Janson with Migdalia Garcia, AmeriCorp/Vista volunteer, at the "Eyes Wide Open" exhibit at St. Mary's University.

 

ARCHBISHOP MOELLER SIMULATES SWEATSHOP

About 120 students from Archbishop Moeller High School and Ursuline Academy in Cincinnati created an all-night sweatshop simulation on Feb. 25-26 to raise awareness of unjust work conditions. Moeller's activity center was converted into a mock garment factory where students assembled products for more than seven hours with little food, rest, respect—or time to use the restroom. Last fall, Moeller hosted Bangladeshi garment factory workers who were touring U.S. Catholic high schools. (Story thanks to The Cincinnati Enquirer.)

An Ursuline senior takes a five-minute break during an overnight sweatshop simulation at Archbishop Moeller High School. (Photo thanks to Craig Ruttle of The Cincinnati Enquirer.)



A SWINGIN' GOOD TIME AT THE NOVITIATE

The birthday party for Novice Alfredo Chavez at the novitiate in early February featured a piñata. Swingin' brothers, clockwise from top left, Bro. Don Geiger, Alfredo with Fr. Dave McGuigan, Bro. John Lemker and Bro. Leo Willett.

 

MAKING WISHES

Fr. Jim Bartlett (left) and Bro. Don Geiger shared candle-blowing duties to celebrate their birthdays on Feb. 28 at the novitiate in Dayton.


MARIANIST LEADERSHIP SEMINARS IN KOREA


Bro. Tom Giardino of the International Center for Marianist Formation conducted seminars between Feb. 14-20 for Marianist Family members in Seoul and Incheon, Korea, during a conference on Leadership in the Marianist Tradition. Seminar participants included novices and temporary professed Marianist brothers and sisters and lay Marianist leadership. Bro. Tom is shown above in the blue sweater.

 

MYSTERY MARIANIST


Who is this sweet baby who became a noted Marianist brother? Hint: He's featured in this issue of FamilyOnline.

 

2004-2005 PERSONNEL

TO READ CHANGES TO THE PERSONNEL, please click here:

NEED MORE COPIES OF THE PERSONNEL? Just e-mail Ann Mueller at amueller@sm-usa.org

 

CULTURAL AUDIT TEAM MEETING

The Cultural Audit Team of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative's Anti-Racism Issue Team met in St. Louis Feb. 25-27. Its goals are to help the Marianist Family better understand its own culture and attitudes toward other cultures, and build multicultural communities within the Marianist Family. The team, front row, from left, Judy McKloskey, Bro. Franklin Pao and Jim Vogt; middle row, from left, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Sr. Caroljean Willie, SC, Joanne McCracken and Fr. Ted Cassidy; standing, from left, Debbie Durand, Bro. Jerry Sullivan and Sr. Laola Hironaka. Missing from photo: Myles McCabe

 

OOPS . . . !


We switched the names of our brothers in Puebla in the last issue of FamilyOnline. Our apologies to them! Shown from left, Bros. Raymundo Dominguez, Esteban Duran, Paul Bredestege and Servando Mendez

 

OUT AND ABOUT

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

 

THE BROTHERS OF JACKSON STREET — HOLLYWOOD, FLA.


This noteworthy group posed in January 2005 at their Jackson Street home, from left, Bros. Aaron Sonnenburg, Kevin Whelan, Ray Kane and Charlie Roggemann; Fr. John Thompson and Bro. George Endres

 

FLYER FANS, ATHLETES MAKE DAYTON TOPS

Dayton is the No. 1 college basketball city (UD Flyers) in the United States, according to ESPN announcers Bob Carpenter and Bob Wenzel. The ranking was based on criteria including community support and game-day atmosphere. UD also rated in the top 20 percent of NCAA Division I schools for its "academic progress rate," the new measure of success that gauges continuing eligibility and retention of student athletes. (Stories thanks to UD's Campus News Digest.)

 

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION IN OHIO, TEXAS


On Feb. 21, the General Administration met with Dayton-area Marianists at the University of Dayton. The GA also visited local communities and ministries. During the GA's visit to Dayton, from left, Bro. Tobias Ferrer, Bro. José María Alvira, Fr. Jim Bartlett and Novice Alfredo Chavez.



On Feb. 25, the Casa Maria Community in San Antonio hosted a meeting of the General Administration and San Antonio-area lay Marianists. Front row, from left, Mary Lynne Gasaway Hill, Angie Cortez, Andy Hill and Rey Gustamente. Back row, from left, Bro. Javier Anso, Esther Rodriguez, Yolanda Ramirez, Mary Medina, Felipe Barajas, Bro. José María Alvira, Fr. George Cerniglia and Fr. David Fleming

 

NEWSLETTER
CENTRAL

EASTERN AFRICA. To read the February 2005 issue of Connections, the monthly newsletter from the Region of Eastern Africa, please click here:

INDIA NEWSLETTER. To read the Feb. 17, 2005, newsletter from the Region of India, please click here:

MAUI REPORT. To read the March 2005 newsletter from Fr. Steve Tutas in Maui, please click here:

In Maui during a recent visit, Bros. Jim Dods (left) and Dave Herbold on the grounds of the Grand Wailea Hotel

BERGAMO CENTER. To read the winter/spring 2005 newsletter from the Bergamo Retreat Center in Dayton, please click here:

MARIANIST VOLUNTEERS. To read the January 2005 issue of the newsletter of the Marianist International Volunteers from José Luis Pérez, MIV coordinator, please click here: (Note: the incorrect edition was linked to the last issue of FamilyOnline.)

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SOLEMNITY OF JOSEPH, HUSBAND OF MARY
MARCH 19


Chaminade University of Honolulu

 

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.

 

PUBLICATION SCHEDULE, DEADLINES FOR FAMILYONLINE

To read the 2005 publication schedule and deadline dates for photos and copy for FamilyOnline, please click here: To read hints about submitting photos and copy, please click here:

 

NUTRITION Q&A

Courtesy Jim Glaser, registered dietician

1. Which of the following is common to people who have successfully lost weight and kept it off?

a. eat more than 70 percent of their meals at home
b. exercise
c. count calories
d. spend 60 percent more on their food than the average person

2. A deficiency of what vitamin can masquerade as Alzheimer's disease?

a. E
b. D
c. B-12
d. A

(scroll down for answers!)

 

MYSTERY MARIANIST UNVEILED . . .

It's Bro. Don Geiger, who recently was awarded the Mount St. John Charism Award. Bro. Don lives at the novitiate in Dayton.


PROVINCE
BIRTHDAYS

March
9 Theodore Cassidy tcassidy@capemaymarianists.org
  Simon Choi c-simon@hanmail.net
  Francis Haug  
  Robert Hoeper  
  Josephraj R. jose10023@hotmail.com
10 Arul Raj M. magaiarul@yahoo.co.in
11 Francis Mullan francis.mullan@notes.udayton.edu
12 Peter Daino chaminade@malawi.net
  Bernard Diethorn  
  Richard Rose richard.rose@notes.udayton.edu
14 Raymond Gohring maboys@zamnet.zm
  John Laudenbach mrnstesl@icss.net
15 Michael Samy V. samyanima@hotmail.com
16 Robert Juenemann  
18 Basant Kujur  
20 Diane Guerra dguerra@sm-usa.org
  John Melloh jamatnd@sbcglobal.net
  Peter Pontolillo gensec@smcuria.it
21 Marianus Bilung marianusbilung@hotmail.com
  Giancarlo Bonutti giancarlo@goodnews.net
  John Rohe jrohe@olghelotes.org
22 Reinaldo Berrios rey_guidancecsj@yahoo.com
  Thomas Oles, III Tamales03@yahoo.com
  David Paul dpaul@sm-usa.org
  William Schlosser brobill@maro-ea.org
23 Bhanubhai Kriste bhanuchrist@hotmail.com
24 Daniel Doyle danieljmj@aol.com
  Simon Meyo  
  Stanley Murakami jcprtn@aol.com
25 Thomas Hogan  
  Urban Naal unaal@hotmail.com
  Anthony Pistone tonypindia@yahoo.com
  Mark Twehues mktwehues@yahoo.com


NUTRITION Q&A

1. (b.) exercise
2. (c.) B-12

 

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