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October 13, 2016
Sean Downing ordained to priesthood

In a joyful ceremony at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in Dayton, Bro. Sean Downing was ordained to priestly ministry in the Society of Mary. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., Archbishop of San Antonio presided at the Oct. 8 ordination, which was witnessed by a happy crowd of family, friends and fellow Marianists.

Fr. Sean, 48, is a native of Xenia, Ohio. He entered the Society of Mary in 2002. In his first year of priesthood, he will serve in pastoral ministry at Holy Rosary Parish, Central Catholic High School and St. Mary’s University, all in San Antonio.

As part of the Rite or Ordination, Fr. Bill Meyer imposes hands on Fr. Sean.

As part of the Rite or Ordination, Fr. Bill Meyer imposes hands on Fr. Sean.

As part of the Rite or Ordination, Fr. Bill Meyer imposes hands on Fr. Sean.

Fr. Sean with Archbishop Garcia-Siller and Marianist Provincial Fr. Marty Solma.

 

September 30, 2016
Two profess perpetual vows in St. Louis

Before a beaming assembly of family, friends and fellow Marianists, Bros. Michael Chiuri and Brandon Paluch professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary. The Sept. 24 celebration took place at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish. Fr. Martin Solma, provincial, presided at the Mass and received the vows. Frs. Bill Meyer and Oscar Vasquez concelebrated.

Marianists profess perpetual vows four years after their initial vows. They commit to a life a chastity, poverty, obedience and stability.

Bro. Michael, 43, is a native of Nairobi, Kenya. He moved to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in business administration in the late 1990s. He entered the Marianist novitiate in 2010. Most recently, he taught at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore, Maryland.

Bro. Brandon, 33, was raised in the Chicago, Illinois, area. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and history from the University of Dayton in 2006. He entered the Marianist novitiate in 2010. Most recently, he served in campus ministry at the University of Dayton.

Both men currently are studying philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, in preparation for entrance to the seminary.

The newly perpetually professed brothers with members of the Marianist Provincial Council. From left, Fr. Bill Meyer, Bros. Ron Overman, Brandon Paluch, Joe Kamis, Michael Chiuri, Dennis Bautista and Charlie Johnson and Fr. Marty Solma.

The newly perpetually professed brothers with members of the Marianist Provincial Council. From left, Fr. Bill Meyer, Bros. Ron Overman, Brandon Paluch, Joe Kamis, Michael Chiuri, Dennis Bautista and Charlie Johnson, and Fr. Marty Solma.

July 11, 2016
New bicentennial web pages

To help celebrate the bicentennials of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary, the Marianist Province of the United States has launched new web pages devoted especially to this joyful event.

At marianist.com/200, there are resources and information to help members of the Marianist Family take part in the celebration, which runs through Jan. 22, 2017. The pages are also accessible from the homepage of this website under the “Bicentennial” tab.

If you have questions about the celebration or the web pages, please contact Carol Dexter, senior communications manager.

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May 23, 2016
Welcome, brother! Justin Quiroz professes first vows

It was a joyful celebration at Queen of Apostles Chapel on May 21, as Justin Quiroz professed first vows as a Marianist brother.

Fr. Martin Solma, provincial, celebrated the Eucharist and received the vows. Bro. Joe Kamis, assistant provincial, presented Justin with the Marianist Rule of Life.

A reception and dinner followed at the Kennedy Union Center on the campus of the University of Dayton. Justin is a 2013 graduate of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

New Marianist Bro. Justin Quiroz with Fr. Bill Behringer.

New Marianist Bro. Justin Quiroz with Fr. Bill Behringer.

April 12, 2016
Fr. Richard Kuhn 70th jubilee

The 2016 Marianist jubilee season began in a fitting way, with recognition of a senior jubilarian, Fr. Richard Kuhn. Fr. Richard celebrated the 70th anniversary of his first profession of vows on April 3 at St. Joseph Church, Fullerton, in Baltimore, one day before his 88th birthday.

Fr. Bill Meyer, Province assistant for religious life, celebrated the jubilee Mass.

Fr. Bill Meyer accepts Fr. Richards recommitment to his vows as a Marianist.

Fr. Bill Meyer accepts Fr. Richard Kuhn‘s recommitment to his vows as a Marianist.

Fr. Richard, center, is joined by friends and family following his jubilee celebration Mass April 3, 2016.

Fr. Richard, center, is joined by friends and family following his jubilee celebration Mass April 3, 2016.