Volume 19, Number 3 | March 31, 2020

Special Call for Prayers

Greetings to you from the Marianist Provincial Offices in St. Louis. Like many of you, my travel days are over for the time being. Now is a time to slow down and take time “to be” — particularly to offer this time of great unknown to God, and to place myself in God’s hands. Please remember that the Marianist communities across the United States and around the world are continuing to gather each day for prayers and reflection. Know that at this time you are in our prayers.

The World Council of the Marianist Family has issued a “Special Call to the Marianist Family for Prayer.” Please join the Marianist Province of the United States in responding to this call, and pray for all the people whose health and living conditions have been affected by the coronavirus. Please click here for the prayer.

Please also join the Marianists to celebrate Mass streamed online across the Province. Go to at www.tinyurl.com/MarianistsLive for links and more information.

United in prayer,



Fr. Oscar Vasquez, SM

Spirit of Saragossa: New Retreat for Religious and Lay Marianists

In January, the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) launched the “Spirit of Saragossa retreat in daily life” a five-month retreat program for members of the Marianist Family.

Modeled after a 30-day retreat for Marianist religious preparing for final vows, this retreat is for those who cannot get away for a month-long retreat. The retreat in daily life allows a person to continue with daily commitments while making the retreat which consists of daily prayer, journaling and weekly spiritual direction. This retreat is for those who have been around the Marianist Family for a while and are seeking to deepen their commitment to the Marianist Charism.

“The weekly meetings with the retreat director help to clarify one’s journey and to give a focus to the coming week,” said Bro. Tom Redmond, who developed the Retreat in Daily Life and piloted it last year.

The program has 15 trained retreat directors from around the country to accompany those making a retreat. “Ideally, the retreatant meets face-to-face with the director,” said Bro. Tom. “But for those who do not live near a director or are social distancing because of the coronavirus, we recommend using a video online service such as Zoom or Skype.”

For more information about retreat costs, application and other details, visit nacms.org/spirit-of-saragossa-retreat.

Our Better Angels

In his March TouchPoint post, Fr. Jim Heft,  president for the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies, writes that, “in the midst of our crisis, our pandemic, we need more than ever to care for one another.”

Fr. Jim reflects on how, in trying times, we can follow the better angels of our nature. Read, “Our Better Angels.”

Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

This month, we share with you a reflection from Bro. Ray Fitz in which he shares his thoughts on how society has changed and how Marianist educators and we, as Marianists, have adapted to that change.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education

The Challenge of Rebuilding the Church and Society
By Bro. Raymond L. Fitz

When I came the novitiate 60 years ago, I wanted to make a difference for people who were suffering. During my formation, I had the opportunity to combine liberal arts studies with electrical engineering. During these years of formation, the Marianist Charism began to grow in my heart, especially the way Fr. Chaminade responded to religious indifference at the time of the French Revolution. The lectures and studies of Fr. William Ferree provided a lens to a fuller understanding of the charism and it relation to social justice. Read more.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Our Marianist saints and the times of crisis

No doubt, you have many questions and concerns during this COVID-19 crisis in our country and throughout the world. You may be asking: Why is it happening? What can I do to be safe? Why are people hoarding? Out of frustration, and maybe even despair, some may ask: Is God abandoning us? Is this a retribution due to our sins? I believe that these types of questions are perfectly normal during moments of crisis because we are humans, and our emotions can run rampant at times. We may even feel out of control.

But let me say this: We are not alone!

If we look to our Marianist saints, we can find some solace and even consolation. As we know from Marianist history, Blesseds Chaminade and Adèle and Venerable Thérèse lived during a time of major upheaval where every segment of society was going through radical change. Lacking hygiene protocols and poor medical practices, many people became very ill and died. Our Marianist blessed martyrs in Spain and Nazi Germany suffered persecution because of their steadfastness in their faith. It is important to recognize that our Marianist saints trusted in the providence of God during these crises. They turned to their loving and gracious God and invited God to lead them in these moments. Read more.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Here I Stand

Social Justice Reflection

Jerrod Kinkley serves as core team chair of the Adèle Social Justice Project sponsored by the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.

What is the purpose of Adele Social Justice Project (ASJP)?
ASJP exists to lift up the voices of young adult Marianists who engage with justice issues. Inspired by Adèle’s tenacity and sense of hope in the face of challenging circumstances, ASJP strives to walk with, encounter and cultivate solidarity among the Marianist community and beyond.

What is the “Encounter & Elevate” campaign?
Encounter & Elevate offers a platform for people of all ages to share their experiences about injustice. When it comes to these experiences, all too often we feel alone, marginalized or misunderstood.

Will you share your experience?
ASJP’s mantra for this campaign is Reflect, Share, Act for Justice. To that end, we invite you to:

Pause for a moment. Invite yourself into a centered space. Welcome air into your lungs. Send your breath out. Repeat. As you breathe, reflect and discern the call to share your experience. Then breathe in, breathe out.
You can virtually fill out a postcard here. Or you can request a physical postcard at: [email protected]
Act for Justice
How might you reach out to others with a similar experience?
How might I lift up the voices of the wronged?

Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Fr. David Fleming – undated

Fr. David Fleming – 2015

Fr. David Fleming, 80, died March 12, 2020. Father David was a revered leader in the Society of Mary; he served as the 13th Marianist Superior General and as Provincial of the former St. Louis Province. He also was a leading force in the foundation and early growth of the Marianist District of India.

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

Click here to read Bro. Tom Giadino’s remarks for Fr. Dave Fleming.

Good to Know

Chaminade College Prep High School Names New Principal

Chaminade College Prep High School, a Marianist-sponsored school in the Los Angeles area, has announced that Luis Guerra has accepted the role of principal. Bro. Tom Fahy announced that he would retire at the end of the 2019 – 2020 school year. Read more.

St. Mary’s University Announces New Law School Dean

St. Mary’s University today named Patricia Roberts, J.D., Dean of St. Mary’s University School of Law. Roberts comes to St. Mary’s from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia, where she earned her Juris Doctor and currently serves as Vice Dean. Read more.

Marianist LIFE 50th Anniversary

We continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 and how it may affect LIFE 2020, LIFE Alumni, and the 50th Anniversary celebration. Updates will be posted on the LIFE Facebook page and via email.

Marianist Life 50th Anniversary Events

Summer Program Registration

Click here for registration information
Click here
for an update on registration information for the 2020 summer program.

LIFE Alumni Weekend:
July 16-19, 2020
For young adults ages 18-30
To register click here

50th Anniversary Celebration:
Saturday, July 18, 2020
7:30 p.m. Mass at Holy Rosary
Social to follow at St. Mary’s University
Click here to RSVP

For more information, contact Toni Mesina or Sierra Christian at [email protected] or 215.634.4116.

Volunteer Chairperson – MSJC

Bro. Frank O’Donnell, the current chair, will be stepping down and the MSJC Steering Committee is now soliciting nominations for a new chair starting in 2021. This is a volunteer position. If you know someone who might be a strong candidate, or if you are interested in being considered yourself, please complete the nomination form by clicking here.

Administrative Assistant Marianist PULSE Program

Administrative Assistant position available for the Marianist PULSE (Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education) program in Dayton, Ohio. The Assistant performs general office procedures to assist the Coordinator in completing the necessary administrative tasks of their work. Learn more.

Campus Minister for Community Service – Moeller High School

Archbishop Moeller High School located in Cincinnati, Ohio, is seeking a Campus Minister for the 2020-2021 school year. As a key member of the Campus Ministry department, the Campus Minister leads a variety of programs for our students, both during and outside of school hours, which are rooted in Catholic social teaching. Learn more.

Alive Magazine Spring 2020

The Spring 2020 issue of Alive magazine is available online. Read the latest issue.

Stay in Touch


The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 32 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

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