April 22, 2014
Fr. Jim Heft honored by NCEA

Fr. James Heft, SM, was honored April 22 at the annual National Catholic Educational Association convention. He received the Michael J. Guerra Award, which honors a secondary school educator whose significant contributions have distinctively impacted Catholic education.

“Father Heft epitomizes what the Guerra Leadership Award is all about: advancing Michael Guerra’s vision, leadership and extraordinary commitment to the mission of Catholic secondary education,” said Matt Russell, executive director of the NCEA Secondary Schools department.

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Fr. James Heft, SM

Fr. James Heft, SM

April 2, 2014
Bro. Jim Contadino Marks Jubilee with Pilgrimage

To mark his 50th jubilee, Bro. Jim Contadino is walking El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James), a pilgrimage route that leads to the shrine of the apostle St. James the Great in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain. Jim Contadino

Bro. Jim began the 500-mile trek on March 6 and hopes to conclude it during Holy Week. Follow Bro. Jim’s progress on his blog.

March 17, 2014
Marianists a Presence at LA Religious Education Congress

Several entities from the Marianist Family combined to make an impression at the annual Archdiocese of Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim March 13 – 16.

The event drew more than 37,000 Catholics, most of whom are involved with religious education or campus ministry.

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Representing Marianist universities at the the congress were Minita Santizo and Eric Rodriguez (St. Mary’s University), Rob Durkle (University of Dayton) and Chelssi Matsuda (Chaminade University).

The Marianist presence at the convention center included staff from the Association of Marianist Universities, the Marianist Mission, the Marianist Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, as well as vocations outreach for both the Society of Mary and the Marianist Sisters.

In addition, Fr. James Heft, SM, president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California , was among the congress’ presenters. He spoke to an overflow crowd of about 200 on “Reconciliation: The Forgotten Sacrament.”

Bro. Dennis Schimtz, Bro. Tom Wendorf and Bro. Brandon Paluch (in background) talk to young visitors to the Marianist booth.

Bro. Dennis Schimtz, Bro. Tom Wendorf and Bro. Brandon Paluch (in background) talk to young visitors at the Marianist booth.

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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.

Pres MenglerMengler 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.

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