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.
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.
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.”
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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.
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.