February 27, 2014
Book Your Summer Family Retreat
How about a family vacation that offers spirituality, affordability, togetherness and fun! Two Marianist retreat centers offer family retreats that may be a great fit for your family this summer.
The Cape May Marianist Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J., offers weekend and week-long family retreats that are Christ-centered and community-minded. MORE!
Tecaboca, north of San Antonio, Texas, offers four-day retreats that strengthen family bonds in the great outdoors. MORE!
February 13, 2014
St. Mary’s President Speaks on Catholic Intellectual Tradition
“St. Mary’s should always be joyful and laughing and a spiritual place to worship,” Thomas Mengler, St. Mary’s University president, said to to a packed house Feb. 12.
Mengler spoke about the plans to expand on the Catholic intellectual tradition at St. Mary’s, which will include establishing a Southwest Center for Catholic Studies. His presentation was part of the 11th annual Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series at the Marianist university in San Antonio, Texas.
February 3, 2014
Lay Marianists Celebrate Foundation Day in St. Louis
About 70 Lay Marianists, friends and Marianist LIFE leaders gathered at St. John Vianney High School Feb. 1 to celebrate the founding of lay communities and to rededicate themselves to the Marianist mission.
The evening included a presentation by Pati Krasensky, associate director of the North American Center for Marianist Studies, who spoke on how the vision of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade applies today and how Marianist Lay Communities can succeed in carrying out that vision.
The gathering included Midwest-area leaders of Marianist LIFE, who were in St. Louis to plan for the summer LIFE program. (Learn more about LIFE.)
Fr. Marty Solma, provincial, celebrated Mass, which included a rededication of Lay Marianists. The liturgy was in anticipation of the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus and also marked the anniversary of the 1801 founding of Marianist Sodalities.
Left: Lay Marianist Jama Badinghaus participates in the Lay Marianist rededication ceremony that was part of the Feb. 1 liturgy. Jama works in campus ministry at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton.
January 23, 2014
New Deacons Ordained in Rome
Five Marianist brothers, including two from the Province of the United States, were ordained deacons earlier this month at Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel at the Marianist Generalate in Rome.
Brothers Arul Raj Maria Francis (India), Ilkyu Bosco Shin (Korea), Jinu Muthukattil Devasia (India), Jonas Hodabalo Kpatcha (Togo) and Robert Tchakpala Sidakou (Togo) were ordained as deacons by Bishop Luis Francisco Ladaria, SJ, secretary for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
Echoing the words of Bishop Ladaria’s homily, Fr. Francisco Canseco, rector of the Seminary Community, commented that “the word ‘deacon’ means service. It is not an honor but a service. Like Jesus they will be servants and they will receive the gift of the Spirit of the Lord that will help them in their mission.”
January 15, 2014
Summer LIFE Registration Opens
It’s time for teens to start planning their summer! Registration is now open for the 2014 Summer LIFE Program. This is a week-long experience of faith formation, leadership, team-building, sacraments and fun!
LIFE — Living in Faith Experience — is a faith-formation program for high school students and young adults.