ELEVEN MARIANIST VOLUNTEERS BEGIN SERVICE
Eleven men and women were commissioned as Marianist volunteers in a ceremony Aug. 5, 2006, at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis. The ceremony followed a week-long orientation program led by Dan Richter, Marianist Volunteer Program coordinator and Maureen O’Rourke, assistant coordinator. The volunteers work in a variety of service areas, including: the Marianist DECAMP rural development project, La Chinantla, Mexico; St. Mary’s High School and Marian Middle School, St. Louis; and ASK Urban Ministry program, Merced Housing project and the Youth Build program, San Antonio. Congratulations and our prayers to the new MVP volunteers as they begin their ministries. Read more about our volunteers.
NEW MARIANIST PARISH INAUGURATED IN KENYA
On Aug. 6, approximately 1,000 people gathered in Mombasa, Kenya, to inaugurate the new parish of St. Martin de Porres and to entrust its ministry to the Society of Mary. Fr. Abdon Ilabi of the Foundation of Congo will serve as the parish priest and Bro. Charles Kimeu will serve as parish administrator. The other community members, Bro. Daniel Wang’ombe and Bro. Paul Kageche, will assist in various ways while continuing their involvement at the Marianist Development Project (MDP), located adjacent to the church. A special focus at St. Martin’s will be serving the poor and marginalized in Mombasa. The District of Africa wishes to thank three Marianist parishes for their pledge of support: St. Aloysius, Cleveland; Queen of Apostles, Dayton; and St. Francis de Sales, Cincinnati. Congratulations and prayers for our Mombasa brothers!
INPUT REQUESTED FOR PROVINCE VISION STATEMENT
Consultation letters and an e-mail requesting input for the Province Vision Statement were sent to all brothers last week. Several documents also were sent to assist in the discernment process. These documents are available on the PORTAL at www.marianist.com/portal under “Vision Statement Documents.” Also on the PORTAL is the link to use for responses. Please respond by Dec. 2, 2006.
MARIANIST JUBILARIANS HONORED IN DAYTON
On Aug. 12, more than 250 brothers, family members and friends attended the jubilee celebration for 19 Marianist brothers at Immaculate Conception Chapel on the University of Dayton campus. Fr. Jim Fitz was the celebrant for the special Mass, and Fr. Bert Buby was the homilist. Bro. Mike O’Grady, assistant for religious life, served as master of ceremonies for the dinner at the Kennedy Union Center on campus. Bro. Ken Thompson was the speaker for the jubilarians. Congratulations to the jubilarians!
CMSM HOLDS GOLDEN JUBILEE ASSEMBLY IN VERMONT
Provincial Stephen Glodek and Assistant Provincial Jim Fitz, along with more than 140 other religious leaders, attended the Conference of Major Superiors of Men 50th Jubilee Assembly Aug. 2 to Aug. 5 in Burlington, Vt. Bro. Stephen, former president of CMSM, gave a presentation on “The Contemporary Challenge” at the event. During the course of the assembly, CMSM members unanimously approved a resolution condemning torture. (Editor’s note: Over the 50-year history of CMSM, two other Marianists, Fr. Steve Tutas and the late Fr. James Darby, also served as CMSM president.)
DISTRICT OF AFRICA DIRECTORS MEET
Leaders from eight communities in the District of Africa met Aug. 14 to Aug. 16 at the Dimesse Centre in Nairobi for their annual directors’ meeting. Fr. Joe Lackner, assistant for developing regions, also was present at the meeting. Among the items discussed were two district documents: “To Follow, To Witness and To Serve: Guidelines for Professional Behavior”and “Strengthening Community Life.” The directors and Nairobi Marianists gathered for a special Mass on Aug. 15 to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at the Marianist scholasticate community. At the celebration were Fr. Allen DeLong, who was visiting from Honolulu, and two brothers from West Africa: Bro. Jerome Kanhou (Ivory Coast) and Bro. Emmanuel Souly (Tunisia). After the directors’ meeting, community business managers met to discuss ways to standardize fiscal policies and procedures.
FR. MANAHAN CELEBRATES LAST MASS AT HOLY ROSARY
On Aug. 13, Fr. John Manahan
presided at his final Mass, after 10 years as pastor, at Holy Rosary
Parish in San Antonio. Following the Mass, hundreds of parishioners
gathered at Holy Rosary school cafeteria for a reception to bid Fr.
John farewell and thank him for his years of service. Fr. Cris
Janson assumed responsibilities as pastor effective Aug. 15
and has joined the Marianist community at Holy Rosary Parish with Bros.
Ralph Neumann, Rich Schrader and Rich Thompson.
Fr. John will participate in the Ministry to Ministers Sabbatical Program
at the Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio, Aug. 14 to
TUESDAYS AT CASA MARIA
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . .
Charles “Bud” Hayes, 55, who died in a motorcycle accident Aug. 14, 2006, in California. Charles was the cousin of Fr. Ted Ley (West Hills, Calif.) May he rest in peace. Mr. Hayes recently was honored as Alumnus of the Year at Chaminade College Prep in California.
Marie Kaven, who died Aug. 15, 2006. May she rest in peace. Marie was a longtime cafeteria manager at Chaminade-Madonna High School, Hollywood, Fla.
Paul Nash, who died Aug. 17, 2006. May he rest in peace. Paul was a former novice of the former Cincinnati Province. He joined the order in Ireland, and remained close to the community in Dublin. Fr. Mike Reaume celebrated his funeral Mass.
ROCKING CHAIR, NEW HARMONY, INDIANA
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
Bro. Art Dofing (Curé of Ars, St. Louis), who is still hospitalized and recovering from surgery.
Bro. Joseph Gaudet (Mercy Siena, Dayton), who will have surgery this week.
Please pray also for Kay Cleary, Diane Guerra, Art Hammel, Dorothy Janovac, Jessica Koenig, Michael Murray, and Bob Wightman. Read more.
VISIT TO ST. JOSEPH PARISH IN ELDERSBURG
MARIANIST YOUNG ADULTS MEET AT MLNNA ASSEMBLY
In late July, Marianist Young Adults gathered at the MLNNA Continential Assembly in San Antonio. Cristin Fong and Brian Reavey, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE, helped organize a focus group for developing small communities of faith for young adults. Bro. Jack Ventura presented a workshop titled, “Is it Random, or is it a Process?"
WHO'S DOING WHAT
Fr. Richard Wosman (Woodlawn, San Antonio) has had a busy summer. In July and August, he spoke at eight gatherings of educators (more than 1,000 individuals) in four Texas dioceses: San Antonio, Austin, Victoria and Corpus Christi, including a talk to almost 400 teachers in the Corpus Christi diocese on the qualities and roles of Catholic school educators. He has more engagements coming up, including a talk to the superintendents of all Texas dioceses at the Texas Catholic Conference. Read an article that includes Fr. Rich.
BROTHERS TEACH ENGLISH TO SPANISH STUDENTS
ARE ARE, WHERE WE LIVE
FROM THE SCHOOLS . . .
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON again has been ranked as a top-tier national university in U.S. News & World Report’s 2007 edition of America’s Best Colleges. UD ties for 105 among 248 universities nationally that offer a wide range of undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees. Read more.
COMMON BOND REUNION HELD IN DAYTON
Approximately 200 former Marianists and Marianists attended the Third National Common Bond Reunion July 28 to July 30 at the University of Dayton. A highlight of the event was a special Mass celebrated at the Chapel of Immaculate Conception on the UD campus. Fr. Pat Tonry was the homilist. Twenty members of the Mercy Siena community also attended. “There is nothing like the sound of 200 voices,” said former Marianist Joseph Kuntz. “The chapel just rang.” The reunion also included a workshop and a visit to Mount St. John.
OUT AND ABOUT
Read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis.
In correcting information about Bro. Ron Luksic’s African safari last issue, we mistakenly identified him as Bro. John Luksic. Our apologies, again!
CAPE MAY. Read the August 2006 issue of Beacon.com, the newsletter of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J.
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