“Building Today’s Marian Church” is Subject of MSP Research

MSP participants, front row: Karen Brenner, Bro. Tom Spring, SM, Fr. JosephRaj, SM, AJ Wagner; back row: Bro. Stan Zubek, SM, Diane Browne, Al Prendergast, Joan McGuinness Wagner, Margaret Lisjak, Fr. Ted Cassidy, SM

This past year, 10 participants in the Marianist Studies Program (MSP) delved into the topic: “The Mother of Jesus is Here: Building Today’s Marian Church.”

“This was not an easy topic,” said Patti Gehred, NACMS program and curriculum coordinator. Although much has been written about Mary, not much has been written about this subject. “They had to dig deep to find the direction they chose to pursue,” said Patti.

The MSP participants employed a number of creative media to explore the topic, including YouTube videos, PowerPoint presentations, scholarly papers, a children’s book and a retreat.

Said MSP participant and psychologist Diane Browne, “I have studied the concept of wholeness most of my life. Under Mary’s guidance we gently become whole – transformed into the image of Christ.”

Diane is completing a paper offering Mary as a model for parents of LGBTQ children. “Mary stood by her son, even to the point of death. My paper will help parents stand by their children and will serve as a resource for LGBT Catholics and advocates.”

Diane’s paper and many of the projects will be available on the NACMS website this fall. See more photos.

Marianist Moment: The Final Step in Canonization

by Bro. David Betz

For a blessed to become a Saint -the final step of canonization – a second miracle is needed. For a blessed who is a martyr, one miracle is needed since he or she was declared blessed due to his or her dying for the faith. The requirements for the second miracle are the same as the first (see last month’s Marianist Moment.). Once the miracle is confirmed, the person will be proclaimed a Saint and a date for the ceremony will be set. It usually takes place within a Mass presided by the Pope in Rome. In some cases, the need for a second miracle (maybe both miracles) can be waived at the discretion of the Pope. Pope Francis made this decision in the case of Pope John XXIII. Once the person is declared a Saint, a feast day is assigned and is celebrated around the world. For most Saints or blesseds, their feast days are the days that they died or entered into eternal life. For example: Blessed Chaminade’s feast day is January 22 and Blessed Adele’s feast day is January 10.

The North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) is an important resource. Go to the NACMS website bookstore to see a list of resources about our Marianist saints. You can also read about our Spanish Martyrs and Jakob Gapp and other topics concerning the Marianist Charism. You can also purchase publications and there are several resources that you can get without charge (E-publications). I will continue to link resources from NACMS about our Marianist saints.

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FamilyOnline is featuring a new series called “Here I Stand” to highlight the Marianist Family’s commitment to key social justice issues.

Here I Stand

Marianist Social Justice Collaborative Aims to Make a Difference

Jim Vogt is the director of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC), an organization he has led for the past 15 years.

What would you like others to know about the MSJC?

We sponsor five social justice teams: 1.) Death Penalty Abolition & Restorative Justice; 2.) LGBT Initiative; 3.) Racial & Immigrant Justice; 4.) Women and Justice; and 5.) the Adele Social Justice Project – a team that engages young adults in social justice issues. Our teams all grew out of someone’s deep concern about a particular injustice or need and willingness to join with others to make a difference. We also work with the Marianist Environmental Education Center in addressing environmental sustainability and integrity of creation.

How can new people get involved?

Our issue teams are always open to new members. Visit us at msjc.net to see what we’re currently doing. If there is another issue you feel called to work on, contact me (859.291.6197), and we’ll help you identify steps to take action and involve others.

What are you most proud of regarding your work with the MSJC?

We are lay people, brothers, priests and sisters all working together to build a better Church and world, modeling a collaborative style that we, as the Marianist Family, are called to live. The most gratifying part of my work is the people I’ve met and worked with along the way.

Marianist Family Members in the News

This Marianist Has Run Every Day for 40 years.

Fr. Lawrence Schoettelkotte was featured in an article published by the Cincinnati Enquirer. He has been running every day since Aug. 10, 1979.

What began as a way to stay in shape became a meaningful daily ritual. He never runs less than a mile and usually manages four or more. He has become quite familiar along his route in Montgomery, Ohio, where people gasp in pleasant surprise at the 80-year old priest who has defied age and inspired so many to stay healthy.  Read the article.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Tiny Loans, Big Dreams

Flyer Consulting, a pro bono nonprofit consulting firm in University of Dayton School of Business Administration has branched out to make an even greater impact. The firm, which has been developing marketing, financial, operations and technical solutions for local nonprofits, is now partnering with the Marianists in Nairobi Kenya, in an innovative business-growth program.

According to University of Dayton President Eric Spina’s blog, starting this fall, they will support the dreams of budding entrepreneurs in one of the least developed parts of the world by awarding microloans to start-ups and small businesses.

With $30,000 in private support from generous University of Dayton alumni, students will work with Bro. Chola Mulenga, director of IMANI Marianists, and his staff in Nairobi to evaluate applications and award funds for businesses such as hair salons, tailoring shops, grocery stores, cafes and the like. Read more on Eric Spina’s Blog.

Marianists Affiliates Gather in Colorado

A group of Marianist Affiliates gathered in Pueblo, Colorado, on June 23 at the home of Jim and Jeanne Pagano. Fr. Al McMenamy joined the group for a day of prayer, sharing and a family picnic.

Marianist Affiliation is a unique expression of commitment to the Marianist Family and the Church. Spiritual affiliation is a special vocation in the Church and the Marianist Family of following Mary’s example — her trust in God’s promises, her openness to God’s action in her life and her faithful response to God’s call.

Just as Mary welcomed all people, Affiliates are open to spreading God’s Good News to all people, welcoming them to a life of devotion to Christ’s teachings. Becoming a Marianist Affiliate is a public commitment to live a life of prayer, faith, love and service.

 Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.  See more photos.

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Jubilarians

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the fourth group of 2019 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

BROTHER CHARLES GAUSLING

70 years of profession

As a senior at Purcell High School, I was approached about a vocation to be a Marianist. God gave me the grace to devote my life in service to Mary — doing her work — which has been a challenge ever since.

I accomplished this by serving as a teacher in the States and in the missions. Along with this, I have served in other assignments that developed some skills to enhance my service to others. These assignments have called on graces to meet challenges and develop skills and talents I didn’t know I had. Over the years, these have been many. Read more.

BROTHER FRANK GOMES

60 years of profession

It’s time to celebrate a vocation, a Marianist vocation and a profession of vows made 60 years ago. Most of these years were spent in the classroom. I did more creative work in Hispanic ministry.

The happiest years were those spent in a small town in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. This town is now a city, and it still goes by the name of Apaseo el Grande. Our school continues under different administration. The Marianist laity remains faithful and loyal to us. I felt loved there, in Apaseo el Grande, and I was happy. For most of my life after Apaseo, I found myself searching for something identical; that journey was very lonely. Read more.

FATHER JOHN A. LEIES

75 years of profession

I grew up in St. Michael’s Parish on the Near North Side of Chicago. My parents were of German and German-Swiss descent — hard-working Catholics. Two younger sisters and a younger brother completed the family.

I attended St. Michael’s grade school and high school. Although two of my uncles — Bro. Herbert Leies and Fr. John G. Leies — were Marianists, I rarely had the occasion to see them. However, my contact with Marianists at St. Michael’s High School was daily. I came to admire them and desired to follow their way of life. Read more.

FATHER THEODORE CHARLES LEY

60 years of profession

There was, near us, a new Catholic high school for boys on a stately old military school campus that friends of mine had attended; not a long ride by Red Car. One Saturday morning in 1954, I was with some 100 boys at desks in the school’s small auditorium. The supervising teacher introduced himself as Brother John. I had never known any brothers. My teachers had been sisters. He said, in a memorably friendly manner, not to worry, do your best. He was to be my homeroom teacher — Brother John Samaha — now in retirement at Cupertino! A week later, Dad drove me there again. Standing along a portico that I came to know as The Hanging Gardens of Chaminade, was another young brother, tall and smiling. Father David Schuyler became a lifetime mentor. On into the office that day, and the interview with Chaminade’s engaging, classy founding principal, Brother John Perko. I was sold. Read more.

FATHER RAYMOND MALLEY

60 years of profession

I was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and attended high school at Archbishop Riordan High School, administered by the Marianists of the Pacific Province. The pastor at my home parish of St. John the Evangelist made the liturgy an important part of Catholic life and gave that sentiment to the parishioners. He fostered vocations: five to the Marianists, eight to the Ursulines, one to Maryknoll, four to the diocesan priesthood, one to LaSalle Christian Brothers and one to the Society of Jesus. I carried this history with me for the years of fulfilling my calling. Read more.

BROTHER LOUIS T. MASON

60 years of profession

The thought of the importance of the educational aspect in life led me to consider the Marianist religious order as my vocation to the brotherhood. Since we are the family of Mary, we support and pray for the success of our individual ministries, first and foremost to formally educate the children entrusted to our care.

My personal vocation led me to become a teacher of the sciences, especially physics. Complementing this experience, I also taught mathematics — the advanced classes in high school— as well as college mathematics. Read more.

BROTHER TIMOTHY PIEPRZYCA

50 years of profession

The youthful dynamism of the St. Louis Province of the Society of Mary arguably reached its peak in the middle of the 20th century. The cultural and political landscape of that era was the reflection of the New Frontier and the aspirations of the Second Vatican Council.

On the chance circumstance that Marianist Don Bosco High School was within walking distance, while Jesuit Marquette High required a bus ride and costlier tuition, I entered the world of the Brothers of Mary at the impressionable age of 14. There, I met men who like my father, blended prayer, work and intellectual thirst. Read more.

Good to Know

Job Opportunity– Director of Marianist Urban Students Program

St. Mary's High SchoolSt. Mary’s High School , St. Louis: The Director of the Marianist Urban Student Program (MUSP) works in the 12-month position assisting economically disadvantaged students to maximize their potential and achieve success in their education within the Christian atmosphere of a Marianist urban high school. The Director is accountable to the Marianist Province of the United States and is formally evaluated by the Province annually. Learn more.

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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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Lalanne Celebrates 20th Anniversary at University of Dayton

The Marianist Family gathers to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Lalanne program.

Twenty years ago, Bro. Ed Brink and administrators at the Center for Catholic Education at University of Dayton launched a program called Lalanne, named after Fr. Jean Baptiste Lalanne, a noted Marianist educator.

“The idea was to provide enthusiastic, well-trained teachers for under-resourced Catholic schools,” said Bro. Ed. “And central to the model, we envisioned that beginning teachers would live together in a faith community, while receiving support and mentoring.”

To date, about 200 teachers have completed the two-year program, earning their master’s degrees during summer sessions at UD.

On June 21, alumni of Lalanne, as well as principals, diocesan personnel and others who helped ensure Lalanne’s success, gathered at UD to celebrate this anniversary milestone.

One measure of its success: 89 percent of Lalanne participants still are working as educators, and 83 percent teach in Catholic schools. “We are thrilled with these numbers, “said Jacinta Mergler, Lalanne’s director. “But just as important, we believe the program – built on the pillars of community, faith and mission – honors Father Chaminade’s vision of teaching as ministry.”

Look for a story featuring Lalanne in the upcoming Summer 2019 edition of ALIVE magazine.  See more photos.

Marianist Moment: The Third Step

by Bro. David Betz

As you know, the Marianist world has 10 individuals who have been declared “blessed.” Once a person is declared blessed, devotions to this person are made public throughout the world. As an international Marianist Family, we are encouraged to call upon these blesseds as intercessors for us when we are seeking God’s grace in our lives and in the lives of others. We also can invite our friends and families to do the same.

Our Blesseds are: William Joseph Chaminade, Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, Jakob Gapp, Fidel Fuidio, Jesús Hita, Carlos Eraña, Miguel Léibar, Florencio Arnáiz, Joaquín Ochoa and Sabino Ayastuy. Please read this article about the third step of beatification in the process of canonization.

Reminder

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Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

Bro. Jesse O’Neill

Bro. Jesse O’Neill serves on the Provincial Council as assistant for education.

What gives you hope?

This past year, I have traveled the Province and witnessed multiple expressions of hope at our universities, high schools and middle schools, and in our ministries such as LIFE, our National Archives and NACMS. Everywhere I go, I see our charism enlivened through the brothers and a multitude of lay collaborators.

How do you remain hope-filled in spite of the many injustices in the world?

This is the message of the resurrection. Justice will emerge through the despair and suffering in the world, just as Jesus endured the cross. Love will always prevail. This gives me hope.

What gives you joy?

I have had the honor to sit with students from all of our sponsored schools. Hearing their stories reminds me that our Marianist Charism is a gift and is truly making a difference in their lives. This gives me great joy.

Any specific moments that have brought you joy?

One of our programs for teachers at Marianist-sponsored schools is called Head to Heart. It gave me great joy to witness the passion and dedication of these educators and their desire to want to know more about what it means to educate in the Marianist tradition. See more photos.

A Letter to the Young

In an effort to educate others about the three letters produced by the Marianist General Chapter in the Summer of 2018, the Marianist Province has created a new video showing how the Marianists help young people discern their God-given calling and vocation. This inspiring broadcast is a message of hope for those who are “not the Church of the future, but the Church of now!” Please join us in sharing this uplifting video! Watch the Video.

The Marianists—There’s an App for That

We are pleased to introduce the new Marianist Province App. The App is designed for mobile devices and provides quick and easy access to information that supports the Catholic, Marianist mission and identity of Marianist-sponsored ministries.

The app is FREE to download and available now. This is a great tool for all members of your community – boards, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students and volunteers. Please invite others to download and begin using this new resource today!

Key Features

• Compatible with Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android devices

• Direct links to the most commonly used information to support formation in Marianist-sponsored ministries

• Directory and contact information for sponsored ministries, and the Province staff who support them

• Easy access to important collaborators, such as Marianist LIFE, NACMS, JPIC, and the Marianist Mission

• Quick access to back issues of SponsorshipNews, Family Online, and Alive magazine

Download Today

The app is available to download for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Search on the phrase “Marianist Province” or visit www.marianist.com/app.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Sister Laura Leming reflects on the life of Blessed Adèle

During a recent spiritual retreat, Sr. Laura Leming was inspired to write an article in which she described her new perspectives on the life of Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. In the article, which  was published in The Global Sisters Report, she shares her experience when she visited Agen, France, the home town of Blessed Adèle, for the beatification. Read “May God expand our too-small hearts.”

UD President Shares How Faith Impacts Campus

University of Dayton President, Eric Spina, was recently featured in the Dayton Business Journal in which he shared his thoughts on how faith impacts his leadership and his work.  He describes the Marianist nature of UD and how it manifests itself in the sense of community on campus. He goes on to say, “I anchor my leadership in the Catholic, Marianist teaching that every person is created in the image of God… that teaching is imperative to create a diverse environment in which the dignity of each person is respected and valued.” Read the article.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Marianist Family Provides Support to Those Impacted by Dayton Tornadoes

Bro. Joseph Kurt Nugent volunteers with other members of the Marianist Family to help in the relief efforts following the Memorial Day tornadoes in Dayton, Ohio.

In the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that hit the Dayton area on Memorial Day weekend, thousands were left picking up the pieces. Many without power, water, food or shelter. It is these critical times that offer an opportunity for communities and individuals to come together, pray  and aid those in need.

The Marianist Family seized that opportunity, working with neighbors and friends to help those impacted. Brent Devitt, executive director of Bergamo Center, arranged for the Tennessee National Guard to stay in the Sieben Hall gym on the property of Mount Saint John during their relief efforts. He coordinated with nearby Ascension Parish which donated more than 35 air mattresses and the Cub Scouts who brought snacks and drinks.

Many Marianist Family members volunteered in the relief efforts. Fr. Chris Wittmann, Bro. Justin Quiroz, Sr. Gabby Bibeau, Sr. Emily Sandoval, Bro. Mark Motz and, pre-novices, Francisco Cho and John Shim, were just a few that volunteered to help clean-up efforts. “We basically cut and hauled branches and debris. There were 40 people working on one yard for about three hours, and it still wasn’t finished,” reported Fr. Chris.

Students and faculty from University of Dayton and Chaminade Julienne volunteered in droves to help with the assistance efforts. We thank our Marianist Family for embracing the call to help make our Church and our world a better place. See more photos.

Pray With Us

Jubilarians

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the third group of 2019 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

FATHER J. DONALD CAHILL

70 years of profession

I begin my reflections on 70 years as a Marianist recalling the Scriptural purpose of a jubilee celebration. For our Hebrew ancestors, jubilees were a call to return to an original state of covenant relationship with God. All debts were forgiven; all land exchanges reversed to the original owners; and so, each believer was to renew his original covenant with God and accept a new beginning of pardon and grace. All of them would remember how God has been active in their personal lives. Read more.

BROTHER ROBERT DZUBINSKI

25 years of profession

Celebrating 25 years of religious life has been an adventure and continues to be so. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a teacher in the field of music where the lessons learned in teaching have deepened my understanding of the depths of God’s love for each one of us. It has been a privilege, and I am thankful to God for my vocation and for the kindness of my fellow brothers.

FATHER DAVID JOSEPH FLEMING

50 years of ordination

I grew up in the heartland of America, but somehow (surely by a wonderful education and maybe by grace), I also felt attracted to cultural diversity. Over the years, I have enjoyed meeting and working closely with people of varied ages, backgrounds and experiences, and I sometimes have felt challenged but always enriched by them. Increasingly, I have experienced my work as one of bridge-building: between different cultures, languages and continents, and also between different generations, within the Marianist family in its broadest dimensions — religious and lay. Read more.

BROTHER MICHAEL GALVIN

60 years of profession

In January 1955, I met the Marianists for the first time — most influential were Brothers Frank Russell and Charles Roggemann. When they encouraged me to consider becoming a Marianist, I reflected, and I prayed over their suggestion and decided to give it a try.

In the novitiate, the camaraderie was contagious and the opportunity to learn about the Marianist heritage and reflect upon its values was priceless. I was amazed to learn that New Yorkers and Midwesterners spoke two different languages. After completing scholasticate in 1963, I began graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, made possible thanks to a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship awarded to me as I neared graduation at UD. Read more.

BROTHER LEO SLAY

70 years of profession

Having come from a family that has been involved in the restaurant business since 1911,
I have been actively engaged in food service in the Society of Mary since 1949. In addition to being called upon as a consultant for all types of food-service operations over the years, I also have organized and directed numerous culinary institutes and workshops.

For nearly 60 years, I served as a food-service director at Marianist schools and communities, and from 1987-2015, I was director of the Marianist Culinary Service. Throughout a 25-year span (1970-1995) I was honored with many food service and restaurant industry awards including: St. Louis Food Service Executive of the year (1970), Missouri Restaurant Association’s Professional Operator’s Award (1972)…Read more.

BROTHER JACK SOMERVILLE

50 years of profession

During this jubilee, I celebrate my past with gratitude and look to the future with hope.
A summary of my life as a brother would be to list the cities where I have served: Dayton, Dublin, Lusaka, Nairobi, and now, Cupertino. Saying yes to these assignments opened up a world that I never imagined or expected. I have been blessed to have served in and among diverse cultures and a wonderful variety of people.

My father and four brothers were pipefitters. I followed in their footsteps, learning most building trades. I carried my tools far and wide, using them in the service of my brothers and sisters. Read more.

FATHER KENNETH SOMMER

60 years of ordination

The greatest gift God has given me — and I say, us — in the Society of Mary is our consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary — to be called by God’s grace to make a vow to be a spokesman for Jesus’ love for his mother in the Church.

What a gift.

And secondly, to that — to be called to help in the renewal in the Church by forming small groups (sodalities) — or maybe a better way of saying that — by mentoring small groups today in the Church. Read more.

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees in California

Congratulations to the 2019 Marianist Jubilarians who gathered in Cupertino, California, on June 8 for a Mass and reception to celebrate the anniversaries of their dedicated service as Marianists. See more photos.

Seated: Bro. John Samaha (70 years of profession), Bro. James Vorndran (60 years of profession), Fr. Raymond Malley (60 years of profession)

Standing: Fr. Kenneth Templin (60 years of profession), Fr. Robert E. Hughes (70 years of profession and 60 years of ordination), Bro. Jack Somerville (50 years of profession), Fr. Eugene Contadino (60 years of profession), Bro. John Campbell (60 years of profession), Fr. Timothy Kenney (celebrant), Bro. James Leahy (75 years of profession), Fr. Stephen Tutas (75 years of profession), Bro. Frank Spaeth (70 years of profession), Fr. Theodore Ley (60 years of profession)

Good to Know

Bros. Roger Bau and Don Smith stand in front of the mosaic at St. Francis de Sales Church.

Bro. Don Creates Mosaic for St. Francis de Sales

Fr. Eugene Contadino, pastor at St. Francis de Sales parish in Cincinnati, Ohio, was concerned about a space on the exterior of the parish church that required some much needed attention. He contacted Bro. Don Smith, a gifted Marianist artist, and requested his assistance in creating something that would be appropriate for the space. Bro. Don, worked all winter on a stunning mosaic which he installed this month with the assistance of Bro. Roger Bau. The parish plans on blessing this wonderful addition to their church at their parish picnic in August. See more photos.

Butterfly Window Gets New Life

Years ago, Bro. Joseph Barrish designed a stained glass butterfly window which was placed over the old Marianist Novitiate living room at Mount Saint John in Dayton, Ohio. The building was demolished in March of 2014, but the window was saved.

In March, the window was given new life thanks to Bro. Tom Suda who created a frame for it. It now hangs in Treadway Hall at St. Mary’s University.

Go Silverswords

From May 28-June 1, the members of the Chapter of the Marianist District of India met in Bangalore, India, to finalize the District policy documents. At the end of the meeting, they were delighted to give a shout out to Chaminade University of Honolulu proudly sporting the schools’ spirit wear!

 

 

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update
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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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Chaminade College Prep in L.A. Launches Recycling Projects for REDS

Students and faculty at Chaminade College Preparatory’s middle and high school campuses recycle to support the Marianist REDS program in India. Photo credit: Matt Dayka

Last year, Fr. Josephraj Rymond, a Marianist priest from India who is serving in campus ministry at Chaminade College Preparatory in Los Angeles, had an idea.

Why not collect money from recycling plastic bottles and aluminum cans at the school campuses and send the proceeds to help fund the Marianist REDS ministries in India?

Started 30 years ago, REDS (Ragpickers Education & Development Scheme) was originally focused on providing support for the children who picked through trash looking for recyclables to sell in order to survive. Today, the program continues to operate ministries aimed at helping impoverished children and their families create a better life though education and training.

With Bro. Tom Oles, the two Marianists enlisted help from the Environment Club at the high school and EPICC, an ecology program at the middle school, as well as faculty and staff.

“The school bought 50 large bottle-shaped recycling bins that were distributed to both school campuses for recycling,” said Fr. Joseph.

The students and faculty advisers – Julie LaBelle Sprouse, Luis Guerra, Elizabeth Cantwell, Joe Norton, Jason Kertz, Kathleen Baucom Acker, John Apablasa, Yesenia Rivera, Agapito Valderrama – gather the bottles and cans each week and bring them to the recycling center to collect the proceeds.

The program is on track to raise about $2,000 for REDS this year. “We’d like to see this continue every year,” said Fr. Joseph. See more photos.

Marianist Moment: The Marianist World Has a New Venerable

by Bro. David Betz

The Marianist World has a new Venerable! Fr. Domingo Lazaro Castro, SM, was declared Venerable on April 16, 2019. Read the article.

Last month, I shared the first step of becoming a Saint. This month, I’ll share with you the second step.

Once the initial diocesan investigation is completed, it is sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in Rome. If it is accepted, the person is designated as a Servant of God. Then, further investigation is done and a position paper or the Positio is prepared. This Positio is a more detailed investigation of the sanctity and virtue of the person’s life and, when completed, it is presented to a panel of nine theologians from the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. This panel reviews the material and decides if there is enough cause to pass it onto the entire Congregation. The entire Congregation then is responsible for making sure that the candidate’s writings and other aspects of his or her life do not go against the teachings and practices of the Church.

During this phase, a “devil’s advocate” is appointed, and this person will pose questions and objections to the candidate’s Sainthood. The devil’s advocate’s presence is to ensure that the process is fair. If the candidate’s faith life is determined to be heroic and virtuous, he or she is given the designation of “Venerable.”

Marianist Prayer Experience

We have received our first prayer experience from Nancy W. De Honores, one of our Marianist Affiliates:

I prayed and asked Fr. Chaminade for the cause of Bro. Miguel (Michael) Quiroga, whom no one knew around here. I’m so happy his cause has received the attention of General Administration in Rome, thanks to Fr. Antonio Gascón, who initiated the process to beatification.

Reminder

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Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

Fr. Bert Buby

Fr. Bertrand Buby is a spiritual advisor for Marianist Affiliates and those in religious formation in Dayton, Ohio.

What gives you hope?

Fr. Bert Buby poses in front of artwork representing the Hebrew alphabet. For more than 30 years, Fr. Bert was involved in ecumenical dialogue between Christians and Jews. Photo credit: Skip Peterson

My work at the University of Dayton as a spiritual advisor gives me great hope in the immediate future. I see many young students committed to taking leadership roles in Lay Marianist Communities and also their professional careers where they will continue to learn, lead and serve.

My role in mentoring Marianist brothers, priests and sisters in formation – those interested in living and promoting the Marianist Charism – also gives me hope. These are people who will lead the way in promoting justice, peace and concern for planet Earth.

What brings you joy?

Joy is a natural trait for many members of the Marianist Family. As an advisor for Marianist Affiliates, I see this joy at Marianist gatherings. In March, I attended an event at Mount Saint John in Dayton where more than 100 members of the Marianist Family – Lay Marianists, brothers, priests and sisters – gathered. It was such a joy-filled experience. One of my fellow Marianists, Bro. Tom Giardino, said he was so moved by this large group of people, all dedicated to Mary’s mission, that it nearly brought him to tears.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Marianists Celebrate Religious Brothers Day

The third annual Religious Brothers Day was held on May 1, the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker. This is a special day to celebrate and recognize the special gift that men who are called to the vocation of religious brotherhood bring to the world. It is also a time to pray for vocations  and share the ministries of religious Brothers.

To honor Religious Brothers Day, The Catholic Telegraph published an article. Bro. Bob Dzubinski, one of the religious Brothers featured, shared his vocation and ministry as a Marianist Brother. Read more..

Congratulations Marianist Graduates

Two Marianist Brothers earned distinguished degrees from University of Dayton this May.

Bro. Tchamiè Thierry Kadja (Togo) graduated on Saturday, May 11, with a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from University of Dayton. In his spare time, Bro. Thierry taught engineering classes at Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton.

Bro. Blaise Mosengo (Democratic Republic of the Congo) earned his Doctor of Philosphy in Educational Leadership.  His dissertation was titled “A Phenomenological Study of Academic Leaders at the Marianist University in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  See more photos.

Bro. Blaise

Bro. Thierry

Marianist Ministries in Action

Marianists Welcome New Affiliate

Dave Coleman, Fr. Marty Solma, Kay Stone, Bro. John Campbell and Val Coleman.

The Marianist Family welcomed its newest Affiliate, Kay Stone, on Sunday, May 12. The Marianist Affiliation Ceremony took place during the Liturgy of the Eucharist in the Mystical Rose Chapel on the campus of Chaminade University of Honolulu. Fr. Marty Solma presided. Kay has been a Marianist Educational Associate and a Lay Marianist for many years. She was a professor at Chaminade University for many years before moving to Florida with her husband. Welcome as a Marianist Affiliate Kay!

Marianist Affiliation is a unique expression of commitment to the Marianist Family and the Church. Spiritual affiliation is a special vocation in the Church and the Marianist Family of following Mary’s example — her trust in God’s promises, her openness to God’s action in her life and her faithful response to God’s call.

Just as Mary welcomed all people, Affiliates are open to spreading God’s Good News to all people, welcoming them to a life of devotion to Christ’s teachings. Becoming a Marianist Affiliate is a public commitment to live a life of prayer, faith, love and service.

 Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.  See more photos.

Ohio Lt. Governor Visits Chaminade Julienne

On Friday, May 17, Ohio Lt. Governor, Jon Husted, and other state officials visited Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School (CJ) to learn more about the school’s City Connects program. The program, which was launched at CJ nine years ago, seeks to provide each student the most enhanced and engaged high school experience by connecting them with a tailored set of enrichment, prevention and intervention services. Chaminade Julienne worked with Boston College in piloting the program for high schools, developed from the elementary school model.

“City Connects works at CJ because we have such a tremendous assets within the community,” said CJ principal John Marshall ‘86.  “It helps us organize though resources and prioritize what we focus on. There are so many people who want to help us, help students, and it helps us focus and align the right resources at the right time.”

The state officials wanted to learn more about City Connects as it correlates with proposed wraparound services in the Ohio state budget. The $550 million proposal for wraparound services is being debated in the state senate.

Other state officials who joined Lt. Gov. Husted included Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, Paolo DeMaria; State Board of Education Member Charlotte McGuire, State Senator, Peggy Lehner and State Representative, Niraj Antani.

Read the story.

Caden Floyd, Thomas M. Mengler and Jake Sims. Photo credit: Antonio Morano

St. Mary’s Students Honored for Heroic Actions

St. Mary’s University President, Thomas M. Mengler presented the Brother Louis Ernst Rattler Award to two freshmen baseball players, Caden Floyd and Jake Sims. The annual award honors athletes who demonstrate the best characteristics and values of a St. Mary’s Student.

The two athletes were on their way back from a Gulf Coast spring break trip when they rescued a couple involved in a car accident. The athletes helped lift the car and apply a tourniquet to the bleeding driver. Read the story.

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Jubilarians

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the second group of 2019 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

BROTHER JOHN H. CAMPBELL

60 years of profession

It is difficult for me to believe that I am celebrating a diamond jubilee. Essentially, this time in my life is filled with joyfulness and thanksgiving: thanksgiving for my wonderful parents who taught me how to love and how to live with Jesus in my life, and for my sister who loves me more than I deserve.

I am thankful for my Marianist Brothers who educated me and challenged me to do things that I never thought I could do, and affirmed and encouraged me to be the best person I could be. I also am thankful for my friends who sustain and assist me to have balance in my life. You know who you are. Read more.

BROTHER FRANCIS T. SPAETH

70 years of profession

Young men, do you want a great career serving God and guiding students? Well, become a Marianist teacher! I always have thanked God for the call to this dynamic vocation — living with outstanding, dedicated men has been an exhilarating experience! The days and years are a challenge, a lot of work with a lot of fun.

Brothers Lucier and Newbauer, excellent teachers at Purcell High, inspired me to become a forest ranger. The Lord had other plans. Read more.

BROTHER RICHARD J. DIX

70 years of profession

I always have considered it a wonderful stroke of luck — or maybe providential — that Don Bosco High School in Milwaukee opened just as I entered high school. It gave me a chance to see Marianists in action. I was impressed by their family spirit, especially their working together in a wonderful joyful way. They were also good teachers. After being asked, I went to St. Louis and finished my high school at the Maryhurst postulate. Read more

BROTHER HARRY CORNELL

60 years of profession

I have lived in San Antonio since 1945 when my family moved there from Memphis, Tennessee. My parish church was San Jose Mission. My mother was very active in the altar society at San Jose, and she frequently invited the Franciscan priest and brothers who worked there to dine with us at Christmas, New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and other occasions throughout the year. All of my teachers from grades one to seven were nuns, so, at that time in my life, I never considered teaching as a possible vocation, but I did think of becoming a Franciscan brother.  Read more.

FATHER CHARLES (KIP) STANDER

50 years of profession

In my Marianist life, I have sought to be attentive to the call of God, cooperate with the Holy Spirit and be available to the Society of Mary. In this, I have had a broad experience of connectedness and grace.

I have viewed the Rift Valley from the top of Mt. Longonot and, on the same day, celebrated Eucharist in a very small chapel in community. I have participated in the enthusiasm and excitement of the LIFE program with dozens of young people, and I have quietly prayed and reflected with my brothers on retreat. I have taught in high school, served internationally in formation programs, and worked summers on the property of Mount Saint John. Read more.

FATHER JAMES TOBIN

50 years of ordination

It was September 1945! Mom and Dad sent me to Chaminade in St. Louis to begin fourth grade. My brother, Tom, was already a student there in high school. Through those nine years at Chaminade, Fr. James P. Canning, S.M., always encouraged me to think and pray about becoming a priest in the Society of Mary.

After graduation in 1954, I had been accepted at University of Notre Dame, but at the last minute (challenged by a Marianist), I decided to try out the “road less travelled” and head to Marynook Novitiate in Galesville, Wisconsin. Read more.

FATHER STEPHEN TUTAS

75 years of profession

A few years ago I learned that the legendary Road to Hana in Hawaii (with its 617 curves) was opened on Dec. 18, 1926, the same day, month and year that I was born in Hamilton, Ohio.

I now look back on my life as a personal Road to Hana, with many turning points and many surprises along the way. I look back with gratitude on all that I have experienced to date. I look forward with hope to the next turning point on the road. In that spirit of thanksgiving and confidence — and with a great sense of wonder — I try to live fully in the present — in the presence of God. Read more.

FATHER CHRIS WITTMANN

25 years of ordination

Today, some consider the life of faith in Christ to be foolish. Even more foolish, would they say, is the consecrated life of celibate chastity, poverty, obedience and stability lived in community under Mary’s banner. It is an uncommon life, for sure, and foolish by the standards of the world.

The past seven years as director of novices has given me reason to reflect often on these questions. This ministry has been an unexpected gift and a blessing. Read more.

San Antonio Maraianists Celebrate Jubilees

Congratulations to the 2019 Marianist Jubilarians who gathered in San Antonio on Saturday, May 4, for a Mass and reception to celebrate a grand total of 985 years of dedicated service as Marianists. See more photos.

First row: Bro. Michael Galvin (60 years profession), Fr. James Tobin (50th Sacerdotal), Bro. Richard Dix (70 years profession), Bro. Leo Slay (70 years profession), Fr. David Fleming (50th Sacerdotal), Bro. Jerome Matz (60 years profession), Bro. Harry Cornell (60 years profession), Fr. Donald Cahill (70 years profession), and Fr. John Leies (75 years profession).

Second row: Fr. James Bartlett (50th Sacerdotal), Bro. Fred A.R. Stovall (50 years profession), Fr. Richard Villa (50 years profession), Bro. Fred Halwe (60 years profession), Fr. James Schimelpfening (50 years profession), Fr. Gerald Haby (50th Sacerdotal), Bro. Timothy Pieprzyca (50 years profession) and Bro. Louis Mason (60 years profession).

Maraianists Celebrate Jubilees in Hawaii

Congratulations to Fr. Kenneth Templin, Bro. Frank Gomes and Bro. John Campbell, the 2019 Marianist Jubilarians who celebrated their 60th Jubiliees of profession in Hawaii on Sunday, May 5.  Read the article from Hawaii Catholic Herald. See more photos.

Fr. Kenneth Templin (60 years profession), Bro. Frank Gomes (60 years profession) and Bro. John Campbell (60 years profession)

Good to Know

2019 Changemakers Experience

“Changemakers: Creating New Responses for New Times” is a day-long experience developed for members of the Marianist Family and interfaith colleagues, friends and other seekers of justice. Attendees will explore how to address the challenges and possibilities for greater economic, environmental and social justice.

Join a critical mass of faith-filled people to:

  • Make the needs of our local and global communities more visible
  • Reflect on responses to those needs
  • Re-imagine how to take action and make a bigger difference

Learn more and register.

2019 Catholic Education Summit

On June 21, learn about the partnerships, initiative and innovative solutions that are transforming Catholic education.  The Catholic Education Summit is an educational conference sponsored by University of Dayton Center for Catholic Education. All who have an interest in Catholic education are invited to join us in a spirit of faith and collaboration as we share our commitment to Catholic education – and Catholic educators – in the common mission of the Church.

This year’s theme – “Adaptation, Change, Innovation: The Future of Catholic Education” – highlights partnerships, initiatives and innovative solutions that are transforming Catholic education. The Summit will include networking, professional development sessions and keynote presentations from educators, school administrators, diocesan personnel and Lalanne alumni. (Lalanne is a 2-year service program at the University of Dayton for beginning teachers). Learn more and register.

Marianists Who Served in Eastern Africa Reunite

The Marianist Province Care Centers had their annual meeting at the Marianist Residence in San Antonio this May. It was also a rare opportunity for five Marianists who served together in Eastern Africa to reunite, reminisce and take a photo.

Sitting: Bros. Ray Gohring and Hugh Bihl ; Standing:  Fr. Tony Jansen, Bro. Jack Somerville and Bro. Carmine Annunziatta.

Job Opportunity– Marianist Province, St. Louis, MO

MWPThe Marianist Province of the United States is seeking a full-time administrative assistant responsible for assisting multiple staff members with general office and clerical tasks. Must have outstanding organizational skills, the ability to communicate complex issues, and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Learn more.

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update
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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Marianists Contemplate the Meaning of Hospitality

Fifty members of the Marianist Family gathered on April 12 -14 at a retreat center near Indianapolis for a retreat called “Radical Hospitality,” sharing lively discussions and reflection ahead of Holy Week. Photo credit: Bill Hirt

On April 12 -14, fifty members of the Marianist Family gathered to contemplate: what does “radical hospitality” mean? The question was at the heart of lively discussions and prayer that animated a weekend retreat.

“Marianists are good at welcoming but they are not always good at being welcomed,” said Joan McGuinness Wagner, who with her husband, A.J. Wagner, helped facilitate the group at a Benedictine retreat center near Indianapolis.

“Radical hospitality means crazy inclusivity. It means everyone belongs,” said A.J., acknowledging that it’s difficult to move out of our comfort zones.

The retreat was sponsored by the Adele Social Justice Project and the Visitation Marianist State Community.

“We intentionally made this an intergenerational retreat,” said Matt Meyers, one of the retreat planners. “It was inspiring to gather people who 40 or 50 years ago said “yes” to being a lay Marianist with younger people who more recently made that commitment.”

Added Matt, “Like Mother Adèle, who worked with Fr. Chaminade and Marie Thérèse, both much older than her, we need younger and older people sharing their strengths to carry out the Marianist mission today.”

Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau, Beth Garascia and Bill Hirt, rounded out the planning team. See more photos.

 

Christ is Alive

On April 2, Pope Francis published Christus Vivit (“Christ is Alive”), a post-synodal apostolic exhortation on young people, the faith and vocational discernment. The president and committee chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a statement calling it, “a wonderful summons to the Church to more vigorously invest in youth and young adults, especially those on the peripheries and those disconnected from the Church.”

Pope Francis has related many times throughout his six-year pontificate the importance of dialogue between youths and their elders to be. Addressed “to young people and the entire people of God,” the 182-page document is a compilation of wisdom shared with great affection for young people.

José Julián Matos-Auffant, executive director for Mission at St. Mary’s University, said, “This is a historic document, the first papal document to exclusively focus on the challenges and hopes of young people around the world. We want to encourage all Catholics to read it and use it as a reference for programming, ministry and life.”

Read Christus Vivit.

 

Marianist Moment: Update on the Causes of Miguel Quiroga and Domingo Lázaro

by Bro. David Betz

Dear Readers,

The first phase for the canonization process begins at the local level, meaning in the diocese where the individual died. Five years must pass before a petition for the formal process toward sainthood can begin, unless the Pope grants a special dispensation, as was done in the case of Teresa of Calcutta. This waiting period is to ensure objectivity, rather than an emotional response to a popular person. The local bishop convenes a tribunal to start the necessary investigation into the life of the individual.

The tribunal then calls on witnesses to verify if the person lived a virtuous and holy life. This investigation also includes looking at the person’s writings and other documentation to make sure that they conformed to church doctrine. If there is any scandalous or bad behavior found, a conversion of heart must be evident to prove that the person abandoned his or her former ways and embraced a heroic, virtuous and holy life. Once this initial investigation is complete, then the case is sent to Rome for the initial examination by the Congregation of Saints

Read the update from Via Latina 22 regarding the Letter of Petition to open the cause of Miquel Quiroga and the Positio for Fr. Domingo Lázaro.

Reminder

Please continue to share your prayer experiences to the Marianist saints using this form. We hope to share one prayer experience each month in FamilyOnline.

Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

Bro. A. Brian Zampier

Brother A. Brian Zampier is an archivist and artist who serves in ministry at the National Archives Marianist Province of the United States in San Antonio, Texas.

Bro. A. Brian  Zampier, with a painting by Brother Louis Schuster, who died in 1989, Marianist National Archives in San Antonio. Photo credit: Robin Jerstad

From your ministry as a Marianist archivist, what gives you hope?
We have a rich past that many people know about, but there is also a rich past waiting to be discovered. The lives and stories of many faithful Marianists are just waiting to be unearthed and shared. Part of the mission of the archives is to inspire. I am hopeful that more people will take an interest in our past, explore it and inspire us through this historical lens in the future.

How do you remain hope-filled in spite of the many injustices in the world?
Mistakes have been made. People have felt left out and not listened to or heard. With that knowledge, we need to move forward into a more compassionate and forgiving future.

As a Marianist artist, what brings you joy?
I get joy from the splendor of creation and all the elements of design: color, line, shape, texture, composition – the creativity of life around me.

Also, I get a sense of joy after rereading a dream that I have written in my dream journal in the middle of the night. Even though I have no current memory of it, I feel that somehow I am being watched over and loved.

Marianist Family Members in the News

 

Marianist Sister Named “Leader in Formation”

Sr. Laura Leming, FMI, (Annunciation Community, Dayton, Ohio) was named one of the University of Dayton’s Trailblazing Women during Women’s History Month this year. Sr. Laura was recognized as a “Leader in Faith Formation” for the contributions she’s made over the years in her service on both the Campus Ministry team and on the faculty. Read her award bio.

 

 

Elvis Grbac Returns to Villa Angela-St. Joseph

We are thrilled to welcome Elvis Grbac back to the Marianist Family. Former NFL Super Bowl quarterback Elvis Grbac ’88 returns to Villa Angela-St. Joseph (VASJ) as the new director of the Marianist Urban Students Program (MUSP). He also will serve as the head football coach and support operations in athletics. VASJ president, Bill Cervenik ’72, said, ” We are excited to welcome Elvis back home. He will continue the stellar performance of Tim Neary with MUSP.”

The MUSP initiative at VASJ identifies at- risk students in urban Marianist elementary schools and offers them financial, academic and social support to succeed in high school.

Read the announcement. Learn more about MUSP.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Marianists Celebrate 30th Anniversary of REDS Programs

On March 23, 1989, Bro. Arokia Doss (Mullai), Fr. Santosh Tudu (scholastics at the time) and others, led by Bro. Richard Joyal and Fr. Florian Royer-Chabot, used their “Lenten Community Sacrifice” for a noble cause. They entertained child laborers known as “ragpickers,” and their siblings and friends on that Holy Thursday. They washed their feet and served them a delicious meal. This was the beginning of the Marianists’ involvement in the REDS program.

In India, slum-dwellers are sometimes called “ragpickers.” These children, some as young as six, often live, eat and sleep on the streets. They scavenge through waste dumps to collect recyclables to sell for pennies. Typically, their lot is hunger, sickness, illiteracy, physical abuse and premature death.

REDS (Ragpickers Education and Development Scheme) is a collection of Marianist intervention programs that serve the poorest of the poor living in the slums of Bangalore, Ranchi, and Patna, India.

Today, REDS has 22 centers which  place more than 1,000 children in school or skills training each year. It offers two-year boarding programs which help provide skills-training for youth who would otherwise be unemployable. REDS also features women’s empowerment programs which assist more than 1,400 impoverished  women with vocational training, financial literacy, child development education and basic health care.

Learn more about the REDS program.

Watch a video about the Marianist REDS program in India.

Read Fr. Santosh Tudu’s 30th Anniversary release.

Please consider joining with the Marianists to improve the lives of children, women and families in India.

The New Ground Movement

Young adult Jews and Muslims in LA recently founded “New Ground.” The New Ground Movement brings together young adult Jewish and Muslim adults who pray together in public and work to overcome misunderstanding and prejudice. Among their many activities is to engage together in public prayer. The Marianist Lalanne community invited them to come and talk with their monthly young adult group. A Pakistani Muslim and an American Jew came and talked about their collaboration and various activities to increase mutual understanding and respect among Jews and Muslims. Fr. Ken Templin, Bro. Dave Murphy and Fr. Jim Heft facilitated discussion. Here is a link to a short video that introduces the New Ground Movement. See more photos.

 

Chaminade-Madonna Raises $10,000 for Friendship Walk

In Hollywood, Fla., Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory’s Best Buddies Club raised a total of $10,319 for the annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk.  Approximately half of the money was raised by three of its club members. The chapter’s president, Lauren Longman, raised $2,012. Brianna Vogt, chapter vice president procured $1,510 and Rachel Godfrey, who will be chapter president next year, was able to raise $975. The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read the press release. See more photos.

Marianist Affiliate Gatherings

Seated: Mary Balabuch, Mary Ann Gilliard Standing: Arno Becher, Bill Bridges, Mary Ann and Chuck Coarsey, Fr. Al McMenamy(spiritual assistant), Toni Becher, Jo DeSive, Andy Gilliard (leader) (Photo credit: Phillip Keller)

Seated: Carole King (from St.Louis group), Dolorous Heffner, Barbara Hammer Standing:Theresa Haines, Fr. Al McMenamy (spiritual assistant), Cherie Schwertel (leader), Darleen Lunde (member Margaret Grover, not pictured)

Fr. Al McMenamy reported several gatherings of Marianist Affiliates this spring. One gathering was held in Denton, Texas, on March 30-31. The spiritual weekend was held at St. Mark’s parish and in the home of Arno and Toni Becher. This was the last official visit by Fr. Al McMenamy, spiritual assistant, who will be replaced by Fr. Sean Downing.

The Marianist Affiliate group in Gallesville, Wisconsin, also held a meeting this spring. This group has been a community since the early 1950s. They have a very long, distinctive and proud history.

See more photos. Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Robert Hoppe – 1987

Bro. Robert Hoppe – 2015

Bro. Robert Hoppe, 78, died April 11, 2019.  Bro. Bob served in administration for many Marianist ministries. His business mind was a true gift.  His practicality combined with his deep Marianist spirituality made him an excellent homilist and daily example of Marianist Charism.

Read his obituary. See more photos.

 

Fr. Paul Reich – 1957

Fr. Paul Reich – 2015

Fr. Paul Reich, 90, died April 4, 2019. Fr. Paul was a teacher and chaplain in several Marianist high schools. He was an associate pastor for nearly three decades where he fortified the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church through his parish ministry and dedication to adult religious education.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

 

Bro. Richard Martens’ obituary: Bro. Richard died on March 24. His obituary was not completed in time for the March issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Jubilarians

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the first group of 2019 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

FATHER H. JAMES BARTLETT

50 years of ordination

When my pastor suggested going to see the Marianists, I did just that, learning much about them and, eventually, deciding to join them. I made first vows Dec. 8, 1958, at Marcy and finished college at University of Dayton. My first assignment was teaching at Mineola, after which, I was transferred to Purcell in Cincinnati where I conducted an all-Catholic school choir and also coached track. Three years later, I entered the seminary in Switzerland where I got to know Marianists from the other nations, which helped us understand one another and how the Society of Mary was lived elsewhere.  Read more.

 

FATHER GEORGE J. CERNIGLIA

50 years of ordination

“The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, God’s mercies are not spent; they are renewed each morning, so great is God’s faithfulness.” [Lamentations 3: 22-23]

Without a doubt, these words of Scripture are foremost in my sentiments as I mark 50 years of ordination and 61 years of Marianist religious life.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Rose (Zito) and Paul Cerniglia. Although I have only one sibling — my brother, Anthony — I was nurtured in the wider family of my Italian heritage.  Read more.

FATHER EUGENE CONTADINO

60 years of profession

“Describe your life as a Marianist religious.”

It has been a wild ride filled with successes and failures, sin and grace, light and darkness. Looking back, I see the hand of God in the brothers and friends, men and women who have come into my life. After all, I have never been out of those divine hands, and the God who promises eternal life has delivered over and over again to make resurrection a real experience in my life. My life has been both a walk with a community of believers and a constant search for the now-revealing God. Read more.

 

FATHER RICHARD VILLA

50 years of profession

A jubilee year is special — special for me because it is another benchmark in my life that invites me to recall and celebrate not only the blessings that God continually bestows on me, but also to be grateful for God’s grace, which builds on my own imperfect human nature and has enabled me, over the years, to persevere in my Marianist vocation. Read more.

 

BROTHER JAMES VORNDRAN

60 years of profession

 Surprise!

As I look back to 60 years ago, I really don’t remember having any kind of special aspirations other than being a Marianist and teaching. The then-Cincinnati province had just started a school in Nigeria, but that was far from my mind. I had never been an outstanding student, nor had I ever been interested in sports. After two years of study at University of Dayton, I was asked if I would be willing to “go out early“ to teach English and religion.  Read more.

BROTHER KEVIN WHELAN

60 years of profession

Duc in altum (Launch out into the deep) was the motto I chose at the end of our novitiate year of 1959 in Marcy, New York, and it has been embedded in my consciousness my entire life.

I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1941 to Katherine (Bauer) and John F. Whelan. A few months after my birth, the family moved to Mineola, Long Island, where I grew up with my two brothers, John and Dennis, now retired diocesan priests on Long Island, and my sister, Mary, who has been happily married for over 60 years to Jack Daley.  Read more..

St. Louis Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

On Saturday, April 27, the Marianist Family in St. Louis gathered for a Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar followed by a reception in honor of the 2019 Jubilarians.

Fr. Oscar Vasquez (Provincial), Fr. George Cerngilia (50 years Ordination), Fr. José Ramirez (50 years of Ordination), Bro. Leo Slay (70 years profession), Fr. James Tobin (50 years Ordination) and Fr. David Fleming (50 years Ordination).

Good to Know

Religious Brothers Annual Assembly

The religious Brothers Annual Assembly will take place July 15-18, 2019, at the Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio, Texas. Bros. Allen Pacquing and Stephen Glodek both serve on the National Board of the Religious Brothers Conference. Registration is now open.  Register here.

 

April Fools Dayton

The University of Dayton (UD) got into the April Fools spirit on April 1, with a tweet claiming “Big news from UD this morning!” The tweet was accompanied by a photo of the iconic steeple on campus painted red. A video was then posted on UD’s twitter account with many students commenting that they did not approve. The video also claimed a hyper-loop will open in 2020 that will take passengers from the main campus to the new Arcade Innovation Hub in downtown Dayton in just 30 seconds. Read the article.

 

Marianist Family Gathers at LA Congress

The Marianist Family was well represented again this year at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (LA Congress). A team of Marianist Family members were present to share the Marianist Charism with more than 40,000 educators in attendance. The event was held Mar. 21 – 24 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The Marianist booth was sponsored by the Marianist Mission and the Office of Vocations for both the Society of Mary and the Marianist Sisters. See more photos.

 

 

Director of Advancement – Chaminade College Prep—St. Louis

stvmThe director of advancement is a senior-level position, and relates to, and interacts with, a wide range of contacts both within and outside the Chaminade community. The director is responsible for creating an integrated development and alumni relations plan, leading the organization’s fundraising efforts and implementing a marketing plan in support of these initiatives. Learn more.

 

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update
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
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

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St. Joseph Housing Initiative: Strengthening Communities and Families

St. Mary’s High School’s varsity basketball team, who had just won the district championship the night before, pitches in as the clean-up crew, tossing and carting trash to make way for renovation to begin on the first St. Joseph Housing Initiative home. All photos: Mike Bizelli.

Mike England, top right, with the cleaning crew – St Mary’s High School’s varsity basketball team. All photos: Mike Bizelli.

On March 2, students from St. Mary’s High School put their muscles to work by cleaning out the first house purchased by the St. Joseph Housing Initiative, a Catholic nonprofit with offices at the school.

St. Mary’s sits at the center of the Dutchtown neighborhood in South St. Louis. Housing stock in this part of the city is good, but most residents cannot afford to buy them. The goal of the Housing Initiative is to purchase homes, renovate them and sell them back to low- and moderate-income families at reasonable rates.

“This program enables families to make affordable house payments, build financial equity and create a stable future,” said Mike England, president of the school.

Renovation of the first house is underway and soon a family will be selected to purchase it. Money from the sale will be used to buy the next home, with long-range goals of revitalizing the entire neighborhood through housing acquisitions, renovations and sales.

“It’s a big dream,” said Mike. “But if we don’t do it, who will? We have to help our neighbors and the city of St. Louis get stronger and revitalize this area. This project reflects Marianist values of strengthening communities and families.” See more photos.

Marianist Moment: Annunciation

Marianist Moment is written by Bro. David Betz

March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord, was designated as the Patronal Feast for the Marianist Family. We celebrated the moment when Mary said, “yes” to becoming the Mother of Jesus. She received the message from the angel Gabriel. She listened to what the angel had to say. She pondered on what it meant. She even questioned what it would mean for her. After being reassured by Gabriel, she said, “yes,” and the Spirit overshadowed her and she conceived Jesus into her womb. This is a time when we are asked to remember the time that were called by God and to listen, ponder and hopefully say “yes” to God’s will in our lives. I invite you to read about Bro. Miguel Quiroga, one of our Columbian Brothers, who listened and responded to God’s call. His response eventually led to his martyrdom at a young age. His cause for beatification will be introduced in Rome some time this year.  Read the article.

An Invitation

Dear Readers of Marianist Moment,

As you know, I have been providing you with articles and other information about our Marianist saints from France, Spain and Austria. I have also asked you to keep on praying that men and women can experience God’s grace through the intercession of our Marianist Blesseds, Venerables and Servants of God. Now I would like to invite you to share your prayer experiences of calling on the Marianist saints for assistance in your lives. Sharing your prayer experiences can be uplifting and even a wonderful witness to the Marianist Family and beyond.

Please share your experience using this form. We hope to share one prayer experience each month in FamilyOnline.

Peace,
Bro. David

Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

George Lisjak

George Lisjak is the director of North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) in Dayton, Ohio. 

What gives you hope?

Interest in Marianist formation has increased. Some formation is experiential; that is, we are formed as Marianists by participating in Marianist community. But another important part comes from knowing the history of the Marianist Family and reflecting upon authentic interpretations of the Marianist Charism — exactly what NACMS is about.

What inspires you about the Marianist Charism?

The charism can’t be compartmentalized. It touches and shapes the whole of our lives. It involves both prayerful pondering and courageous action for the common good. It calls us to personal holiness and communal relationships. It is about being Christ for the world and becoming more capable of a relationship with God.

What brings you joy?

I love going into work every day. The NACMS staff is truly a joy to work with. They are knowledgeable, talented and creative people – willing to go above and beyond. Specific moments of joy this past year include Bro. Larry Cada’s return to NACMS after a long absence due to illness; launching the MSP 2.0 studies program (we had hoped for 4 participants and had 13; we have 11 in this year’s program); and the growth of Sr. Gabby Bibeau as a Marianist scholar.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Congratulations Bro. Blaise

Bro. Blaise Mosengo, of the Marianist Sector of Congo, successfully defended his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership at University of Dayton. His dissertation was titled “A Phenomenological Study of Academic Leaders at the Marianist University in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Congratulations Bro. Blaise.

Congratulations Bro. Paul Metzger

To honor Bro. Paul Metzger‘s 37 years of service and support to the Teacher Education Department, St. Mary’s University hung a photo of him in the Department of Education in St. Louis Hall at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Marianist Ministries in Action

St. John Vianney High School Welcomes Their Patron’s “Incorrupt Heart”

On Mar. 15, the “incorrupt heart” of St. John Vianney graced the campus of St. John Vianney High School, in St. Louis to be venerated by the students, staff, alumni and community. The Heart of a Priest is a six-month nationwide tour of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, and the patron saint of all priests and is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. This extraordinary relic was removed 45 years after he died and remains incorrupt. It is considered a major, first-class relic and is encased in a large gold reliquary designed like a church building.

“Having the opportunity to venerate the relic of St. John Vianney was a truly incredible and moving experience for our Vianney family,” said Vianney President Mike Loyet. “To actually touch the heart of the saint that is our school’s namesake is a once-in-a lifetime experience. From the procession into the Curé of Ars Chapel, to the students, faculty staff lining the hallways at the end of the veneration, every moment of this experience seemed to be blessed. The prayerful respect and emotion that the relic generated in our school was inspiring.  I believe it will be remembered as one of the most special days in our school’s history.”

See more photos. Watch Vianney High School’s Video.

Marianist March Madness

Archbishop Moeller High School ‘s 2019 undefeated boys basketball team. Photo: Tony Tribble, Moeller High School

It has been a great month for watching Marianist high school basketball. Congratulations to all of our Marianist champions!

•  Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio): The undefeated Crusaders boys basketball team won their fifth Division I state basketball title.

• Chaminade College Preparatory (West Hills, California): The Eagles girls basketball team are CIF-SS Division I champions.

• North Catholic High School (Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania): The Trojanette girls basketball team won the WPIAL Championship and advanced to the Class 4 state semifinals.

• Purcell Marian High School (Cincinnati, Ohio): The Cavaliers boys basketball team completed their season as Division III state semifinalists. The Cavaliers girls basketball had their most successful season in school history making it to the regional championship.

•  St. Mary’s High School (St. Louis): The Dragons varsity basketball team advanced to the Class 4 state championship.

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, Ohio): The Irish boys basketball team won their Division I regional championship and advanced to the state semifinal for the 16th time.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph Hosts Broadmoar Bobcats

On Feb. 22, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (VASJ) in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted the Broadmoor Bobcats on Friday, February 22, for a basketball game against members of the Vikings boys and girls teams.

The Vikings fought hard but ultimately fell to the Bobcats 53-32, continuing the Bobcats’ 200+ game winning streak. This may be the only game of the year that VASJ doesn’t mind losing.

When the Broadmoor team arrived at VASJ, they received an enthusiastic welcome from a gym full of VASJ students, faculty, and staff dressed in green and white (Broadmoor’s school colors) and decorated with personalized signs and banners.

The basketball game exemplifies the mission of the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood, which is to empower people with developmental disabilities to engage in activities that enrich their lives and contribute to their community.  Read more.

Fr. Ted Ley, Bob Montana and Bro. David Betz after Marianist Affiliation Ceremony

Marianists Welcome New Affiliate

The Marianist Family welcomes Bob Montana who made his Affiliation commitment on Saturday, Mar. 23 in Anaheim, California, during the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference. Bob met the Marianists through Fr. Ted Ley. Bob has been active in his parish and has assisted Fr. Ted with the Schola Cantorum of the Pacific. He works at University of Southern California in the IT department. Many thanks to Bro. David Betz for the preparation and formation of Bob.

See more photos. Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.

Pray With Us

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

Fr. John Bakle – undated

Fr. John Bakle – 2015

Fr. John Bakle, 81, died Mar. 12, 2019. Fr. John was a veteran, military chaplain, teacher, guidance counselor, pastor, and administrator in Marianist high schools, youth programs and retreat centers. He was dependable, intelligent and intensely religious. He dedicated his life to sharing the Marianist Charism and extolling the dynamic presence of Christ in the world.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

Bro. Richard Martens – undated

Bro. Richard Martens – 2015

Bro. Richard Martens, 87, died Mar. 24, 2019. Bro. Richard was a teacher, a coach, administrator, pastor and glee club moderator in Marianist high schools, grammar schools and parishes.  He had a great love of music and shared his musical talent through teaching and performing.  His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.   See more photos.

Good to Know

Chaminade University: A Training Ground for Religious Ministry

Sister Malia Dominica Wong, OP, a recipient of the 2019 Chaminade University Marianist Heritage Award and 1985 graduate, wondered how many other religious and clergy had been fostered in the Catholic intellectual tradition and Marianist spirit of Chaminade University in Honolulu.  She sought the assistance of Bro. Thomas Jalbert, archivist at Chaminade’s Sullivan Family Library (Class of 71), and they compiled a list of 99 religious and clergy graduates. Read Sr. Malia’s article which was published in the “Hawaii Catholic Herald” which includes the impressive list of Religious graduates.

Job Opportunity

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School of Akron, Ohio, seeks an experienced and visionary high school principal. The principal serves at the direction of the president as a member of the executive team. The president is the educational and spiritual leader of the school; the principal serves as the day-to-day educational and spiritual leader of the students and faculty while working closely with the president and administration team and having significant interaction with the board of trustees. Learn more.

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update Februaryfrom the Marianist District of India
District Update March
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 News from the North American Center for Marianist Studies

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For Brother Al Kuntemeier, a Dream Comes True

On Nov. 30, 2018, Bro. Al Kuntemeier attended an early morning Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s Chapel inside the Vatican.

Last year, Bro. Al Kuntemeier had his dream of a lifetime come true. With a little help from his Marianist friends – Fr. Thomas Cardone from the Meribah Province in New York and Bro. Michael McAward in Rome – he boarded a plane in San Antonio in late November for a trip to the Eternal City.

Earlier that year, they had helped him deliver a missive to the Pope with a simple request to meet the pontiff. He got the idea after viewing a film about the Pope and decided he’d like to meet him in person.

On Nov. 30, Bro. Al, along with Fr. David Fleming and about 25 other people, attended an early morning Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s Chapel inside the Vatican.

It was “a once-in a lifetime experience,” said Bro. Al. “My heart was really pumping. All I could say was, “Wow! Wow! Wow! Thank you God … and thank you, Pope Francis!”

It may have helped that last year Bro. Al celebrated his jubilee year – 70 years since professing his first vows. The Pope often displays “a desire to affirm religious in their life and ministry,” said Fr. Dave. See more photos.

Fr. Suman Dungdung is Ordained

On Jan. 28, Fr. Suman Dungdung was ordained as a Marianist priest in the District of India.  The ordaining prelate was Most Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo. Fr. Suman was ordained at Blessed Chaminade parish in Singhpur. About 1,800 family members, Marianists and parishioners attended. His pastoral year will be at Blessed Chaminade parish. Congratulations to Fr. Suman! See more photos.

Marianist Moment: Vision and Leadership Styles of Marianist “saints”

Marianist Moment is written by Bro. David Betz

What traits or characteristics do you think of when someone mentions the Marianist “saints?” Is it their holiness or their willingness to engage with men and women for the sake of a mission?  Is it their perseverance in spite of the difficulties they endured during and after the French Revolution or during the Spanish Civil War or during the Nazi Era? Whatever comes to your mind, no doubt you probably are amazed because of their efforts to bring God’s reign to those with whom they associated.

I invite you to read an article by Alison R. Cawley who reflects upon the vision and leadership styles of Blessed Mother Adèle and Venerable Marie Thérèse de Lamourous and how they can inspire the Marianist Family today. Two of our “saints” who contributed greatly to the building up of God’s Reign and of course the Family of Mary.

Read her paper, “Vision and Leadership Styles of Marie Thérèse de Lamourous and Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon | NACMS.”

Look for a special invitation in the next issue of FamilyOnline to contribute your stories and experiences about praying to our Marianist “saints.”

Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

Bro. David Betz lives in the West Hills Marianist Community in California and serves as a spiritual mentor to Marianist Affiliates in formation.

Bro. David Betz, holding Micah Galinsky, son of Marianist Affiliate April Risteff, while his younger sister, Norah is baptized.

From your ministry with Marianist Affiliates, what gives you hope?

I find hope in people’s desire to deepen their relationships with God by following a charism that calls us to bear Christ in our everyday lives. We are challenged to bring hope, peace and justice to our world in a Marian way. We are called to live with the unexpectedness of our world and to respond as Mary did — to ponder, welcome, question and act — and to invite others to act.

What brings you joy?

I enjoy interacting with Marianist Affiliates. Our conversations are engaging and lively. They are “serious, but not somber,” meaning that humor plays an important part. I also delight in my work because adult faith formation is where I see my skills and gifts being utilized in a profound way — assisting young adults and adults to deepen their faith lives.

I find joy in witnessing Affiliates make their commitments. They say “yes” before a worshiping community who, in turn, supports them in their commitment. I also find joy in sharing special occasions with Affiliates, such as the baptism of an Affiliate’s daughter where I was able to watch the older brother during the service.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Chaminade-Madonna Honors Toni Mesina with Founders’ Award

On Jan. 26, Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, Florida, honored Toni Mesina, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE, with The Founders’ Award. This annual award  recognizes a lifetime of achievement, the benefits that result from the honorees’ unselfish commitment to others and their genuine commitment to the school’s motto, “Toward a Better World.”

While not formally educated at a Marianist institution, Toni was introduced to the Marianist Charism through the LIFE program as a student in 1991 and has been working with the Marianists ever since.  Read Toni’s award bio.

$1 million gift to St. Mary’s in honor of Bro. William Chewning

A $1 million gift to St. Mary’s University from the Charles E. Chewning Irrevocable Trust will aid in the creation of a new School of Science, Engineering and Technology building.

The gift from the late Charles E. Chewning of St. Louis recognizes his brother, the late Brother William “Bill” Chewning, SM, who taught Chemistry at St. Mary’s for decades. Read the article.

 

Marianist Ministries in Action

Celebrating Chaminade through Marianist Heritage Events

Marianist schools and ministries across the country marked Marianist Heritage Week with Masses and special celebrations. The annual event commemorating the death of Marianist founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on Jan. 22 often includes special recognition for those who continue Chaminade’s mission. See more photos.

On Jan. 23, Chaminade University celebrated Eucharist and presented the Chaminade Award to Sr. Malia Dominica Wong, OP; the Marianist Award to Rui Jiang Huang, and the Founders’ Award to Savannah Lyn Delos Santos. Pictured above: Fr. Martin Solma, Dr. Lynn Babington (president), Savannah, Rui, Sr. Malia and Bro. Ed Brink. Learn more about the Awardees..

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory celebrated Heritage Month. This year’s Founder’s Award honorees were Toni Mesina; Sue Ford Patrick  and Judy Skehan. Read more.

Marianists Welcome New Affiliates in California

In February, the Marianist Family welcomed three new Marianist Affiliates in California. On Feb. 10, Ottilie Valverde, longtime math teacher at Archbishop Riordan High School, made her affiliation commitment  at the Cupertino Marianist Community’s Marianist Martyrs Chapel. Ottilie felt called to become an Affiliate due to her love for the Marianist spirit which she learned from her association with the Marianist who taught at Archbishop Riordan High School.

On Feb. 15, Jennifer Somdal Porter, religion teacher at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California, and Virginia Sendino-Suppan, teacher, writer and wife of Michael Suppan (Chaminade religion teacher) made their commitments as Marianist Affiliates at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church. They were both drawn to the Marianist spirit because they want to follow Mary’s mission of bringing Jesus into the world.

Marianist Affiliation is a unique expression of commitment to the Marianist Family and the Church. Spiritual affiliation is a special vocation in the Church and the Marianist Family of following Mary’s example — her trust in God’s promises, her openness to God’s action in her life and her faithful response to God’s call.

See more photos. Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.

Pray With Us

Good to Know

God’s Quad

Some years ago, Ian Fraser (Iona Community, Scotland) suggested that the explosion of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in general is the result of “the spontaneous combustion of the Holy Spirit all over the globe.” In recent years, SCCs have also appeared increasingly on both private and public college/university campuses all around the world. The recent publication, God’s Quad: Small Faith Communities on Campus and Beyond (Orbis Books) tells the story of this fruitful development in reaching out to young adults. In this collection of reflections and resources, Bro. Bob Moriarty’s contribution, “The Sunday Gospel – Center Point for the Campus Small Christian Community,” offers an orientation to the communal Lectio Divina model promoted for many years in Quest, the lectionary-based resource for small Christian communities.

Radical Hospitality Retreat

Registration is now open for the upcoming retreat entitled “Radical Hospitality: Deepening our Commitment to Social Justice,” sponsored by the Adele Social Justice Project and the Visitation Marianist State Community.

WHEN: April 12-14, 2019
WHERE: Indianapolis, IN
FACILITATORS: AJ Wagner and Joan McGuinness Wagner

This retreat will offer opportunities to reflect on how we live out radical hospitality in our work for justice, mainly drawing from the Marianist tradition and Mary’s example. More information and registration .

Questions – contact Adèle Social Justice Project.

Associate Director of Marianist Student Initiatives

The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) at St. Mary’s University is seeking an associate director of Marianist Student Initiatives. The OCE develops and promotes programs grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, social justice and solidarity that advance the mission and identity of the university. The associate director serves to both maintain and grow the mission-focused programming and leadership development opportunities facilitated by the OCE. Learn more.

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Newsletters

The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update
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

FamilyOnline Submissions

We welcome and encourage submissions of interest to our nearly 3,400 subscribers. Please send them to Bernadette McCaffrey Groner

Schools Compete in First Marianist Classic Basketball Tournament

On Dec. 21-22, 2018, six Marianist-sponsored schools schools from around the country faced off at the first annual Marianist Classic in Akron, Ohio. Photos: Scott Goldsmith

More than a year ago, Marianist educators began tossing around an idea. “You all have good basketball programs,” said Thomas Carone, president of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (STVM) in Akron, Ohio. “Why don’t we play each other in a tourney? I’ll host the first one.”

It didn’t take long to sell the others on the idea. On Dec. 21-22, 2018, six Marianist-sponsored schools from around the country gathered to face off for the first Marianist Classic held in LaBron James Arena in Akron.

In addition to STVM, other schools included Chaminade College Preparatory , West Hills, California; Purcell Marian High School, Cincinnati; North Catholic High School, Pittsburgh; Chaminade College Preparatory School and St. Mary’s High School, both from St. Louis.

The tournament featured some fierce competition, including three overtime contests. But no trophies were awarded. Instead, the students were there to learn something about other Marianist high schools and build relationships.

“As a Marianist school, we share a mission with some outstanding institutions,” said Rob Webb, president of Chaminade-West Hills whose school will host the tournament in 2019. “It’s important for our kids to experience this and to know that they are part of something bigger.”

 

Bro. Showraiah Ravulapalli Professes Perpetual Vows

On Jan. 12, Bro. Showraiah Ravulapalli  professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary, District of India. Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States presided at the Mass and Bro. Bernie Ploeger, assistant provincial of the Province was the homilist. Congratulations to Bro. Showraiah!   See more photos.

Fr. William Joseph Chaminade

Marianist Moment: A Fresh Look at Blessed Fr. Chaminade

Marianist Moment is written by Bro. David Betz

January is the time we celebrate two of our founders, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. They worked diligently to renew the faith in post revolutionary France. They gathered men and women to collaborate with them to seek ways to call people to deepen their desire for God in their lives.

I invite you to read this month’s article about Fr. Chaminade, written by the late Fr. Paul Landolfi, that offers a new perspective about Blessed Chaminade. Fr. Paul wanted us “to discover who he is as a person. To do this, we must stand reverently before him, listen to him in his context, and allow him to reveal himself.” Read “A Fresh Look at Blessed Father Chaminade.”

Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

Tim Neary

Tim Neary serves as director of the Marianist Urban Students Program at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland.

What specific traits in MUSP students inspire you – give you hope?

MUSP students at Villa Angela-St. Joseph: McKayla Nicholson, Levelle Smith, Tim Neary (MUSP director) and Joshua Shumpert

Resiliency. The students that I work with overcome more than most people can imagine. Unsafe neighborhoods, moving house-to-house, inconsistency in the family structure, financial insecurity and more. In spite of this, they manage to navigate a world where they are often prejudged in a negative way, and still keep focused on their grades, appearances, character and the pride of their families. They amaze me.

Any moments in the past year that have brought you joy?

This may seem small, but one day my brother, who is the director of facilities at VASJ, inquired about one of our MUSP students. He told me that the student and a small group of others stayed after school to help a woman who was there to set up for an event. She was struggling to lift and carry all of her supplies. It wasn’t the act of helping her that caught me by surprise. It was what the student said after the woman asked him, “Did you miss your bus?” The student replied, “Yeah, but another one comes in 40 minutes. You needed help now.” It’s small things like this that make my day.

Marianist Family Members in the News

They Said ‘Yes’… Now It Is My Turn

Bro. Mark Motz wrote an article  published in Today’s Catholic in which he discusses his discernment journey, saying ‘yes’ to Mary and encourages others to listen to God’s call. Read the article.

 

Aging with Mary

Fr. Jim Heft published an article in Engaging Aging, the National Religious Retirement Office’s Winter 2018 newsletter. In this article, Fr. Jim reflects on aging as a Marianist, while staying focused on Mary. Read the article.

 

Marianist Ministries in Action

Giving Witness to Life

On Jan. 18, 36 students and six chaperones from Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life. One highlight of the pilgrimage was listening to a testimony by Chaminade senior August Schroeder and his thoughts about what being pro-life means. Tracy Bowler, director of marketing at Chaminade, said, “August’s testimony was both inspiring and profound. His witness has been shared with our faculty and staff who are using it as a catalyst for conversation in their classrooms. I believe his witness is a true example of the amazing work of the faculty at Chaminade support of the Marianist mission.” Watch the video of August’s presentation.

Marianists Welcome New Affiliates

 

The Marianist Family continues to grow as three individuals made their life-long commitment as Marianist Affiliates in January.

Marianist Affiliation is a unique expression of commitment to the Marianist Family and the Church. Spiritual affiliation is a special vocation in the Church and the Marianist Family of following Mary’s example — her trust in God’s promises, her openness to God’s action in her life and her faithful response to God’s call.

Just as Mary welcomed all people, Affiliates are open to spreading God’s Good News to all people, welcoming them to a life of devotion to Christ’s teachings. Becoming a Marianist Affiliate is a public commitment to live a life of prayer, faith, love and service.

On Jan. 7,  Alex and Mary Ann Datoc who both work at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, made their Affiliation commitment after a year of formation under the direction of Bro. David Betz (spiritual adviser for Marianist Affiliation, Pacific area). Alex and Mary Ann are members of a Marianist Lay Community that grew out of Pacific LIFE.

On Jan. 11, Nannette Young became an Affiliate making her consecration to Mary during a Celebration of the Eucharist at a mini retreat. Mary is a member of the Marianist Affiliate group in Streamwood, Illinois, which is northwest of Chicago. Fr. Al McMenamy (spiritual adviser for Marianist Affiliation, Midwest and Southwest area), presided.

See more photos. Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Bill Chewning – 1962

Bro. Bill Chewning – 2015

Bro. William Chewning, 94, died Jan. 7, 2019. Bro. Bill was a teacher, high school administrator and professor whose great love for science was only eclipsed by his much greater love of faith and prayer.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

 

Bro. Bernie Stratman – undated

Bro. Bernie Stratman – 2015

Bro. Bernard Stratman, 71, died Jan. 10, 2019. Bro. Bernie held many national leadership roles in the Catholic Church in the United States. He dedicated his knowledge in communications to help guide and shape the future of the Church in the U.S. and nourished it with the Marianist Charism.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

 

Bro. LeRoy Viera – 1987

Bro. LeRoy Viera – 2015

Bro. LeRoy Viera, 92, died Jan. 20, 2019. Bro. LeRoy was a veteran, a skilled carpenter and an artist who dedicated his life as a working brother serving in maintenance and construction positions in Marianist schools and ministries. He found great joy in everything he did in dedicated service to Mary.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

Read Fr. Allen DeLong’s eulogy for Bro. LeRoy.

Fr. Richard Wosman – undated

Fr. Richard Wosman- 2012

Fr. Richard Wosman, 59, died Jan. 21, 2019. Fr. Richard was many things—a teacher, a scholar and an administrator. Through his many years devoted to Catholic Education, he sought to instill the presence of God in the hearts and minds of all he served.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

 

Bro. Ed Zamierowski – undated

Bro. Ed Zamierowski – 2015

Bro. Edward Zamierowski, 85, died Jan. 7, 2019. Bro. Ed was a high school teacher, professor, mentor and environmental advocate. Serving in both the United States and Africa, he inspired others with his vocation as a Marianist and his commitment to service and social justice. Bro. Ed believed in the power of relationships and creativity.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

 

Good to Know

Karen Kelly (clinical professor and director), Tanuja Singh, (dean of St. Mary’s Business School), Dr. Tom Madison, Greg Zlotnick (pro bono coordinator and St. Mary’s Law School’s representative for VITA), Steve Sheppard (dean of St. Mary’s School of Law)

Santa Maria Justice Award

On Dec. 13, 2018, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Center for Legal and Social Justice at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, awarded Dr. Tom Madison the Santa Maria Justice Award. The annual award has been presented since 1996 to an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of legal and social justice.

Dr. Madison has been the associate dean of the Greehey School of Business since 1998. He has guided countless students through accounting courses and led his colleagues as the chair of the accounting department. His commitment to the common good goes far beyond the campus of St. Mary’s University. Dr. Madison has served as treasurer of LiftFund, offering his expertise and time to the largest non-profit micro-lender in the United States, headquartered in San Antonio.

During the past decade, Dr. Madison has led St. Mary’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) every Spring, traning 200 volunteer preparers—mostly students—to help more than 1,000 taxpayers complete their tax returns, free-of-charge. Read presentation speech.

Job Opportunity

The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) is hiring a full-time staff person who will work half-time with MSJC as assistant director and half-time with the Marianist Lay Network of North America (MLC-NA) as administrator. For MSJC, the person will work with the director in supporting the MSJC issue teams and in staffing other social justice initiatives. For MLC-NA, the person will work with their chair and leadership team to support and implement their action priorities. Read the job description. To apply, send your resume, including a statement of why you are interested in this position, to Jim Vogt. Application deadline is Feb. 1.

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Newsletters

The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update
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

FamilyOnline Submissions

We welcome and encourage submissions of interest to our nearly 3,400 subscribers. Please send them to Bernadette McCaffrey Groner

In this season of waiting: Marianist Advent podcasts

If you are looking for a meaningful way to observe Advent, consider tuning into “Advent Meditations,” four short podcasts produced by Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau in conjunction with the North American Center for Marianist Studies(NACMS).

Each 10-minute podcast contains a reflection on one aspect of Mary relating to the Advent season: 1) The Annunciation; 2) The Immaculate Conception; 3) The Visitation; and 4) The Nativity.

“Our goal with these podcasts is to help you pray in a new way about Mary and her presence in the Advent Season,” said Sr. Gabby, who created the series last year.

Each podcast includes a scripture reading, narrated by Bro. Tom Redmond, and a few minutes of silence to ponder the readings, along with questions for reflection.

“We suggest that you listen to each episode in a quiet place – in your car, a comfortable chair or even on a walk by yourself,” said Sr. Gabby. “We invite you to relax and remember that you are in the presence of God.”

To access each Advent podcast: click here.

You also can listen on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud by searching for “Sharing Our Marianist Stories” and subscribe to the podcasts.

For other Christmas gift ideas, prayers and podcasts from NACMS, click here.

Marianists of hope and joy: reimagining the dream

Fr. Ted Ley

Fr. Ted Ley serves as chaplain at Chaminade College Preparatory – West Hills and directs the Schola Cantorum of the Pacific and Escolanía, both choir schools he founded.

From your ministry, what gives you hope?

Our youngest want to help others, make the world better. Generation-Z is open-minded, inclusive, polite and very supportive of one another.

What aspects of your ministry bring you joy?

When I can provide a joyful opportunity for a youngster who has only the clothes on his back, my heart is buoyant, I’m young again.

One terminally ill mom, after the Last Sacraments, thanked me (in Spanish) for what we had done for her younger boys, and asked me to please continue to help her family. We have, as best we can.

Recently, after completing a lesson with the third-and fourth-graders of our Escolanía at Assumption School, I spontaneously began playing their alma mater. They chimed in, perfectly in three parts, with this:

“We love Assumption School. Together we’re at home. We learn, we pray, and win in every way. The Queen of Angels’ arm will keep us safe from harm, as joyfully we run in the footsteps of her Son, until the greatest victory in life is won, to give the love of Jesus to everyone.”

This gave me what jazz musician Dave Brubeck liked to call “one moment worth years.” See more photos. Read ALIVE article  on Fr. Ted from Spring 2017.

Marianist Family members in the news

UD president joins national committee to expand college access

University of Dayton president, Eric F. Spina, has joined the national steering committee of the American Talent Initiative, a growing alliance of colleges and universities dedicated to substantially expanding opportunity and access for low- and moderate-income students.

More than 100 public and private institutions have committed to work together through ATI on a shared goal of educating an additional 50,000 high-achieving, lower-income students across the country by 2025. Read more.

Marianist ministries in action

New Marianist Ministry in Juárez Mexico

Parents meeting at new Marianist school in Juárez, Mexico.

In August, the Marianists officially began a new educational project in Juárez, Mexico. Bishop José Guadalupe Torres Campos approved the project and expressed enthusiasm for the presence of the  Marianists in his diocese.

Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, just returned from a trip to visit their new ministry. He reported, “It was a wonderful experience.” The ministries include: a Montessori pre-school, a Montessori grammar school (grades 1-6, about 90 students); day care center for working parents (about 25 children daily); a pantry that gives out food to families every Saturday, an informal education center that assists individuals who have not received their high school degree (approximately 20 students), a classroom with 12 sewing machines to assist the women in the area to learn a trade and, finally, a center for young people that want to attend an online university. See more photos.

Marianist donor appreciation Mass

On October 27, the Marianists gathered to celebrate and honor the generosity of our cherished donors in San Antonio, Texas.  The event was attended by about 85 individuals and included a Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church  presided by Fr. John Thompson and a dinner reception at St. Mary’s University. See more photos.

 

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November deaths: Three Marianists died in November, the obituaries of two of those Marianists were not completed in time for the November issue of FamilyOnline. Read the obituaries of Bro. Bernard Zalewski and Fr. William Behringer.

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Marianist Moment: Update on the Causes of the Marianist Saints

(Submitted by Bro. David Betz and based on the notes presented by Fr. Antonio Gascon, SM, Postulator General for the Causes of our Marianist Saints to the SM General Chapter of July 2018 in Rome, Italy)

Brothers and sisters, we are reminded that our Marianist Saints are the best living expressions of the Marianist Charism of our founders. It is important for us to look at their lives and to make every effort to imitate them as we seek the grace of God in our own lives. We are being called to open our hearts and to petition our saints to intercede for the men and women who we feel would benefit from God’s loving embrace through a miracle.

At this time I am presenting an update on the status of the Causes of our Marianist Saints to let you know where the causes stand: there are 13 causes of canonization that are open and they are considered actives cases:

Blessed Chaminade: was beatified in 2000 by St. John Paul II and we are waiting for a second miracle. We had a strong hope in the case of Rachel Lozano Baumgartner from St. Louis, MO who had a rare cancer and after the Marianist Family prayed for her healing, it seemed that the cancer was cured. Rachel’s doctors felt that the cure was not the result of their medical intervention but the medical commission in Rome, after its initial investigation, did not agree. The decision has been appealed and Rome is now waiting for an updated report from the St. Louis medical team. If the final decision of the medical commission in Rome is negative after reviewing the St. Louis medical team’s updated report, then no further appeal is possible.

Blessed Adèle (Mary of the Conception): Mother Adèle was beatified on June 10, 2018 after a miracle was approved by Pope Francis in May 2017. The miracle was the healing of Sr. Michela Messina, FMI, from the Daughters’ Italian Province in 1997. Liturgical texts for Blessed Adele are being prepared at this time. Continued prayers are needed for a second miracle.

 

 

Blesseds Jakob Gapp (Austria); Carlos Eraña; Fidel Fuidio; and Jesus Hita (of Ciudad Real, Spain); Miguel Léibar; Sabino Errasti; Joaquin Salazar; and Florencio Arnaiz (of Madrid, Spain): All eight of these Blesseds need a second miracle for canonization to occur.

 

 

 

Venerable Marie-Thérèse de Lamourous: Her cause was opened in 1911. The Society of Mary took up the responsibility of the cause and Fr. Verrier completed the Positio (which is the position paper on the life and deeds of the individual) in 1978. She was declared Venerable in 1989 by St. John Paul II. At this present time the SM is not working on her cause.

 

 

Venerable Faustino Pérez-Manglano Magro: Faustino, a teenager from Valencia, Spain and attended an SM school, died from Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 16. He had a strong devotion to Mary and regularly prayed the Rosary. His Positio was presented in 1994 and got a positive vote in 2010 and then declared Venerable in January 2011. A miracle is needed for Faustino to be declared a Blessed.

 

Servant of God Fr. Domingo Lázaro Castro (1877-1935): Domingo was the 1st Spanish provincial and he was an educational leader in Spain. His cause was opened in 1988 and the Positio was presented in 2013. After an initial examination in 2013 by the theologians, more information was requested and further examination and questions. The questions were answered by 2017 and there is hope that he may be declared Venerable when the next session of the theologians meets.

 

Servant of God Fr. Vicente López Uralde (1894-1990): From Cadiz, Spain, where he worked at San Felipe Neri School. Vincente was a well-known confessor and was very well beloved by the people of the city. His Cause was opened in 2008 and his Positio was presented in 2017 and waiting for the examination by the theologians.

 

 

Miguel Angel Quiroga (1972 to 1988): He a was young Colombian Marianist brother who was killed by paramilitary personnel while defending a group of farmworkers as they were returning to their village to celebrate its patronal feast day. Fr. Antonio Gascon said that it may be possible to use the category which is called the Third Way of Holiness – donation of one’s life because of love. He is looking at opening this Cause and to see if this category would be a possibility.

 

Conclusion: As stated above, there are 13 active Causes. The Causes for Marie-Thérèse de Lamourous and Miguel Quiroga are not considered active at this time. Fr. Antonio Gascon is requesting that the units in the Society of Mary work locally and diligently in promoting our Marianist Saints. He stresses that our Saints are important parts of the work and mission of the Society of Mary and the entire Marianist Family. The promotion of our Marianist Saints contributes to the spreading of the good news of our Marianist Charism. So I invite you to reflect upon what you can do to assist in this venture and if you have any ideas please, feel free to contact Bro. David Betz.

“Family of Mary” gathering January 27

St. Louis-area members of the Marianist Family will want to mark their calendars to attend the annual foundation celebration of the Family of Mary Lay Community. The event, held at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis, includes Mass and a presentation by Bro. Mark Motz. Learn more.

Fr. Jim Heft creating new series of videos

In addition to Fr. Jim Heft’s informative blog Touchpoint, he has started to develop videos. In the coming months, he will be sharing some videos on topics of faith.  His blog and his new series of videos are available on the website of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies . Watch the first video.

 

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PULSE celebrates Means Community House

PULSE Volunteers 2018 – 2019 include: front, Abby Liskaj, Charlene Rocimo, Peter Evans; middle, Pono Riddle, Dominique Dold, Anna Schlegel, back, Julia Love, Alex Moellering, Maureen O’Rourke (PULSE program coordinator)

Joan Means and Maureen O’Rourke

“Deeply grateful” is how many felt as they gathered on Sunday, Nov. 4, with PULSE volunteers and other Marianist community members in Dayton, Ohio, to celebrate the final refurbishing and blessing of the Michael Means Community house. Frs. Bob Jones and Ted Cassidy presided over the house blessing.

“We are especially happy to share this occasion with Joan Means, who graciously helped us purchase this house in 2017 in memory of her late husband, Michael, and thankful for all of you who shared your time and talent to form this home into a Marianist community,” said Maureen O’Rourke, PULSE program coordinator.

2018-2019 PULSE volunteers live in two communities in Dayton: the Means Community and the Marshall Community, named for the late Fr. Paul Marshall, an inspiring witness to social justice and a faithful champion for implementing the PULSE program.

The PULSE (Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education) members – or MP3 – as this third Marianist PULSE cohort calls themselves, are comprised of eight young adults. The group was commissioned last summer to serve for a year in nonprofit organizations in Dayton while living in a Marianist Lay Community and learning more about the Marianist charism. Read Maureen O’Rourke’s Means Dedication Reflection. See more photos.

Marianists of hope and joy: reimagining the dream

Bro. Tom Wendorf

Bro. Tom Wendorf is an English professor at University of Dayton.

From your ministry as a college professor, what gives you hope?

Seeing when a poem, a story or a novel awakens a student, even if momentarily, to some aspect of life. Also seeing students make connections between their lives and what they’ve read — that a poem set in 1300 A.D. can speak to their concerns about prayer or justice today; that the words of Walt Whitman about America can stir them with conceptions of country more generous and vibrant than we have today. Such moments of recognition affirm my hope in the power of literature and in the young students whose attention, as for most of us, is already conditioned but who can be coaxed into new attentiveness by works of art.

What aspects of your ministry bring you joy?

When students take off in a discussion that captivates the whole class. It doesn’t happen every day or without a certain amount of priming, but when it does, I’m especially joyful about the active learning that’s taking place. I live for such moments as a teacher and try to foster the atmosphere for them.

The 1,000th peace crane with the staff of the US Marianist National Archives

Bro. Brian’s 1,000 peace cranes

In addition to being an artist and working in the Marianist National Archives in San Antonio, Bro. Brian Zampier undertook  a Peace Crane Project. In February 2016, Bro. Brian began a project of making an origami peace crane each day. He sees the peace crane as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Each crane was constructed from handmade paper, made by Bro. Brian. His aim was to make and give away one per day for a thousand days while praying for world peace. Most of the cranes were placed around the campus of St. Mary’s University.

Bro. Brian reached his goal of a thousand peace cranes on November 14. Reflecting on the Peace Crane Project, Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Marianist provincial, wrote: “Blessed Chaminade called us to be missionaries. Blessed Chaminade called us to  be missionaries and to look for new ways to change our times. This is what Bro Brian is achieving.” See abzcraneproject for more information. See more photos.

Marianist Family members in the news

New executive director of AMU

Bro. Thomas F. Giardino will serve as the new executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities (AMU). Bro. Tom previously held the position from 2012 to 2015. With his more recent service as provincial assistant for education and as a trustee on all three Marianist university boards, Bro. Tom returns with a fresh understanding of our ministries, cultures and people. His expanded perspective enhances his ability to support, promote and advance Marianist higher education and the collaboration and exchange of experiences among the institutions. Read the announcement.

Sharing a “go to” story on the radio

Fr. Ken Sommers was featured on WYSO Radio’s segment called “Senior Voices.” Each week, and older person shares a story.  Fr. Ken shared his “go to” story about being on the Chaminade (Dayton) football team under Coach Gerry “Fuzzy” Faust.  Listen to his story.

 

 

Marianist ministries in action

Sponsorship Office helps enrich Marianist Charism

New administrators and provincial council at the Marianist Administrators Conference | Front row: Bro. Joe Markel, Stephen Walswick (Central Catholic), Jon Tobin (Purcell Marian), Michael Palcsey (North Catholic) and Valerie Todd (St. Mary’s) Back row: Fr. Tim Kenney, Bro. Bernie Ploeger, Bro. Charles Johnson, Dan Donnelly, Paulette Neuhalfen (Daniel J. Gross Catholic), Carl Kremer (Archbishop Moeller), Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Bro. Jesse O’Neill and Bro. Kip Stander

Bro. Armand Alcazar, FSC, speaks at MAC.

The Marianist Office of Sponsorship hosted three successful formation events during October and November.

• Board Development Workshop: October 19–20

• Marianist Administrators Conference: October 21–23

• Head-to-Heart: Marianist Spirituality Workshop: November 5–7

At the Board Development Workshop, Jack Peterson of Managing for Mission led participants through a series of presentations to help strengthen the governance and leadership practices of their Marianist-sponsored ministry.

The Marianist Administrators Conference (MAC) featured a two-part presentation by Bro. Armand Alcazar, FSC, titled “Accompanying our Youth on their Faith Journey.” Bro. Armand is a contributor to the Going, Going, Gone research project. He guided discussions and reflection on why young people leave the Catholic Church, and the implications this has on the work of Marianist-sponsored ministries.

The Head-to-Heart (H2H) workshop took place from November 5-7 at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in St. Louis. This workshop welcomed lay collaborators from 18 Marianist-sponsored schools and retreat centers. Participants learned ways to live Marianist spirituality in everyday experiences and provided practical applications to deepen the expression of the Marianist Charism. See more photos.

Club founders: (front) Jacob Marc P. Pascasio and Zach Angeles (back) Emily Barkes and Bianca Baguio

Chaminade students start Filipino culture club

Four sophomores at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California  started the school’s first Filipino Barkada Culture Club.  Philippine News wrote an article about the new club which has already recruited more than 50 members who want to learn about Filipino culture and raise funds for two charities.  The Barkada Club is just one of the school’s 85 academic, social, service and cultural clubs. Read the article.

Marianist Family sponsors Day of Discernment

More than 60 lay and religious members of the Marianist Family from the greater Dayton area gathered on November 3 for a Day of Discernment at the Madeleine Room in the Chaminade Center at Mount Saint John. The purpose of the Day of Discernment was to identify  a social justice initiative that could be undertaken as a collaborative effort  by the Marianist Family.  Learn more. See photos.

Marianist formation weekend

November 15-18, 28 young men and women in different stages of initial formation attended their annual formation weekend. The topic for this gathering was “Collaboration with Marianist Lay Communities.” Joined by their formators, they met for a wonderful program at Mother Boniface Spiritual Renewal Program in Philadelphia. The weekend was hosted by The Marianist Center for Lay Formation (MCLF) in Philadelphia. Three provinces were present: the Marianist Sisters, the Meribah Province and the U.S. Province.

On Friday, presentations on collaboration were given by Bro. Jack Ventura, Sr. Grace Walle, and Matt Dunn (chair, Marianist Family Council of North America)

Saturday, the group traveled to the MCLF where they had a wonderful panel of committed Lay Marianists which included Toni Messina (Marianist Life), Brian Reavey (Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation), Mary Vanderhoof, (Marianist Social Justice Collaborative), and Linda Zappacosta (NE Marianist Family Council). Local members of Marianist Lay Communities and Lay Marianists were also invited to attend the panel discussion. The panel was set in a newscast-style, “produced” by Sr. Grace and moderated by Bro. Jack and Matt Dunn. The weekend concluded with a social at the Marianist Center and Eucharist celebration.  See photos.

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Fr. Don Cowie-undated

Fr. Don Cowie-2015

Fr. Donald Cowie, 89, died November 8, 2018.  Fr. Don was a beloved teacher, chaplain and novice master serving in many Marianist schools communities and ministries.

Read his obituary.  See more photos.

Bro. Ben Zalewski-undated

Bro. Ben Zalewski- 2015

Bro. Bernard Zalewski, 81, died November 10, 2018.  Bro. Ben was a teacher, professor and software consultant who served at University of Dayton in Ohio and several Marianist high schools throughout the United States and in Africa. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.  See more photos.

Fr. William Behringer-undated

Fr. William Behringer-2015

Fr. William Behringer, 86, died November 20, 2018.  Fr. Bill was a teacher, chaplain, administrator, and a Marianist formator. In his more than 69 years of dedicated religious profession, he served as provincial, master of scholastics and director of novices (in both the United States and Africa). He also served as a member of several General Chapters. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. See more photos.

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Marianist Moment: In honor of Blessed Adèle’s beatification

We will continue to present articles written by members of the Marianist Sisters in honor of Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon’s beatification. Her beatification took place on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Agen France.

Each sister shares a reflection concerning Blessed Adèle’s life and invites the reader to pray and consider questions that she presents at the end of the article. Please read these articles and pray for the entire Family of Mary as we celebrate Blessed Adèle’s official recognition in the Communion of Blessed.

In this issue, we present, “Proclamation of the Gospel” by Sr. Tere Ferre, FMI, from the Santa Maria Community in Ranchi, India, in which she offers her reflections on Blessed Adèle’s words and beliefs— that the proclamation of the Gospel has to be done in our daily life, guided by the Holy Spirit. Read the article.

Marianist cemetery restored

Last year, when the Marianist Eldersburg/Rosedale community met at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland, to remember the Marianists interred there, they were disheartened by the conditions of their brothers’ final resting place and they decided to work together to restore the site. “It was not easy to find all the flat-to-the-ground markers,” said Bro. Tom Trager. “Some sank a bit and were rendered unreadable due to the overgrowth of weeds. All of us had to pitch in weeding and trimming. We made arrangements for the purchase of the above the ground, simple white markers. All who have seen the transformation find it an attractive, reverent and fitting final resting place for our brothers.” See more photos.

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Three Marianist Brothers profess perpetual vows

Oct. 6 – San Antonio: Fr. Oscar Vasquez with Bros. Mark Motz and Sylvester Burkemper

Oct. 13 – Querétaro, Mexico:  Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth, Bro. José Luis González Molina and Fr. John Thompson

Congratulations to Bros. Mark MotzSylvester “Syl”  Burkemper and José Luis González Molina who all became perpetually professed Marianist Brothers this month.

Bros. Mark Motz and Syl Burkemper professed perpetual vows during the celebration of the Eucharist at Holy Rosary Parish in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 6. Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, presided at the Mass and received the vows. The celebration was attended by approximately 250 family, friends and members of the Marianist Family. A reception followed at the University Center, St. Mary’s University. See the video.  Read more about Bro. Mark Motz. Read more about Bro. Syl Burkemper.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Bro. José Luis González Molina professed perpetual vows during the celebration of Eucharist at the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Querétaro, Mexico. Fr. Oscar Vasquez presided at the Mass. Fr. John Thompson, was the homilist. The celebration was attended by many family, friends and members of the Marianist Family. A reception followed. Learn more about Bro. José Luis.  See more photos.

Marianists of hope and joy: reimagining the dream

Mike Bennett

Mike Bennett serves as a campus minister at University of Dayton and is a Lay Marianist.

What gives you hope?

In my role in campus ministry at the University of Dayton, I am blessed to work with wonderful students who are exploring their relationship with God and what it means to be a person of faith in today’s world. I’m also blessed to work with an amazing staff that is collaborative, challenging, faith-filled and constantly striving for social justice. Working with inspiring students and staff gives me great hope.

Amidst the brokenness of our world, our country and our Church, it is my hope and prayer that we continue to bridge divides, help people become their authentic selves and work for social justice and the common good. Our Marianist Family gives us a firm foundation to do this as individuals and as a community.

What brings you joy?

I sometimes take for granted the opportunities I have to offer support to others and journey with them in their pursuits of faith and personal development. These opportunities bring me much joy, and I try to take them as a humble affirmation of how God is working through me.

MSJC sponsors “Come to the Table” event for immigrants and refugees

Lay Marianists and members of the MSJC Immigrant Justice team at the Come to the Table pot luck dinner included (l to r) Linda Zappacosta, Mary Vanderhoof, Sherine Green, Dave Scheid, Rich Sroczynski, Arlene Sroczynski, Joanne McCracken, and Ashley Davidson.

When the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative’s Immigrant Justice team learned about Campaign for Hospitality, a Catholic social services program, “we knew this fit well with our Marianist charism,” said Mary Vanderfhoof, assistant director of MSJC. The program helps United States residents become acquainted with recent migrants.

In August, the team organized its first “Come to the Table” pot luck, a dinner suggested by the Campaign for Hospitality. The event brought together 133 people — 50 of whom were newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Others were parishioners from Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, a parish in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who hosted the dinner, along with Lay Marianists from South Jersey and Philadelphia.

“It’s powerful when people from different cultures, races and socioeconomic groups meet and share their stories,” said Sherine Green, a member of the Immigrant Justice team and director of youth faith formation at Christ Our Light.

“We’d like to see this event replicated around the country,” said Mary. “It’s fairly easy to do and so rewarding!”

To sponsor a “Come to the Table” event or learn more, contact Mary at 609.731.8031 or [email protected].

Marianist Family members in the news

NRRO bids farewell to Bro. Bob Metzger

In September, Bro. Bob Metzger, completed his time of service to the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO). The executive director, Sister Stephanie Still, PBVM, published an article of tribute to Bro. Bob for his many years of service.  Read the article. Thank you, Bro. Bob, for dedicating your time and talents to serve the broader Church.

San Antonio Newspaper features Fr. Oscar Vasquez

The October 15 edition of San Antonio Express-News featured the new Marianist Provincial of the United States, Fr. Oscar Vasquez. A San Antonio native, Fr. Oscar took the helm of the United States Province in August. Read the article.

 

Marianist ministries in action

Marianist Women come together to learn from Blessed Adèle

Marianist Women from the United States and other countries including South Korea, Ireland and Canada gathered at the Marianist Women’s Summit from October 12-14. More than 45 women attended the summit at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Missouri. The summit offered presentations, reflections, prayer, and small group discussions focused on the theme, “Courageous Hope in the Spirit of Adèle.” It was an opportunity to get to know Adèle, her story and how, today, her life sheds light on issues and inspires us to be “crazy brave” as we navigate the challenges of life with faith, love and hope.

Marianist Educator’s Day in St Louis

The faculty/staff of the three Marianist high schools in St. Louis (Chaminade College Preparatory, St. John Vianney and St. Mary’s) gathered on Monday, Oct. 1, to celebrate their common Marianist heritage. This annual day of prayer and reflection has been celebrated for a number of years. Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, gave the keynote address entitled “A New Fulcrum to Move the World-Doing What is Ours to Do.” We are thankful to all of our faculty and staff who continue to serve in each of these schools.

L-R: Matt Dunn, chair of MLC-NA; Sr. Gretchen Trautman, FMI, provincial; Bro. Bernie Ploeger, asst. provincial; Sr. Laura Leming, FMI, head of Religious Life; Margaret Lisjak, interim head of Religious Life for MLC-NA and Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial.

North American Marianist Family Council

On Friday, Oct. 18, the North American Marianist Family Council met in Dayton. The council meets once a year in a face to face meeting to share news from the respective branches, to review the accomplishments of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, to encourage the growth and work of regional Marianist Family Councils and to strategize ways to improve formation for Marianist life and mission.

Visitation State Marianist Community after Mass on Oct. 20

Visitation State Marianist Community

The Visitation State Marianist Community held their autumn retreat at Bergamo Center October 18-20. A highlight was their annual re-commitment during Mass on Saturday, Oct. 20. George and Margy Lisjak made their first state commitment while 21 others renewed theirs. George Lisjak and Linda Zappacosta are also celebrating 50 years of Marianist commitment this year.

Mary Lou Steuben received as a new Marianist Affiliate

Fr. Al McMenamy (spiritual assistant), Jane Alexander, Mary Lou Steuben (new Affiliate), Eileen Tinajero (coordinator) and Mary Wingate.

During Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 26, Mary Lou Steuben was received as a new Marianist Affiliate in the Marianist Affiliate Community in Amarillo, Texas. The Reception Ceremony of Affiliation took place at the end of a mini-retreat in preparation for the reception of a new affiliate. The Amarillo Affiliate Group meets regularly and Fr. Al McMenamy, travels from St. Louis once or twice a year to meet with them. Welcome to the Marianist Family, Mary Lou.

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Marianist Moment: In honor of Blessed Adèle’s beatification

We will continue to present articles written by members of the Marianist Sisters in honor of Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon’s beatification. Her beatification took place on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Agen France.

Each sister shares a reflection concerning Blessed Adèle’s life and invites the reader to pray and consider questions that she presents at the end of the article. Please read these articles and pray for the entire Family of Mary as we celebrate Blessed Adèle’s official recognition in the Communion of Blessed.

In this issue, we present, “Mary, Our Model and Patron” by Sr. Caty Pilenga, FMI, of the Community of Monteortone, Italy, as she reflects on Blessed Adèle’s words, “Always take as your model, The Most Holy Virgin, Our Good Patron.” Read the article, “Mary, Our Model and Patron.”

“Youth, the Catholic Church and our Future”

The Institute for Advanced Catholic studies at the University of Southern California has been researching the growing number of young Catholic adults who no longer go to the church.  Although this research will be published as a book next year, the team of researches also created a pamphlet with a succinct summary of their findings. Read the pamphlet.

Marianists attend the canonization of Paul XI and Oscar Romero

On Sunday, Oct. 14, Pope Francis canonized modernizing Pope Paul VI and martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero at Mass in St. Peter’s Square.  There were more than 70,000 faithful witnesses present including several Marianists.

Photo: Members of the Community of the Chaminade International Seminary in Rome pose after attend the recent canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI and others. Back row(L-R): Bro. Víctor Ferreira de Aguiar (Brazil), Rose AsiagoFr. Stephen Wanyoike (Kenya), Wilfred AsiagoBro. Lester Kaehler (US, vice rector), Fr. Francisco Canseco, (Spain, rector). Front row (L-R): Bro. Peter Heiskell (Meribah), Bro. Alejandro Borella, (Spain) and Bro. Brandon Paluch (US)

Vianney seeks director of advancement

St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis is seeking a director of advancement to develop and lead funding strategies tat support the mission and advancement of the school. Learn more.

Chaminade West Hills seeks candidates for two key positions

Chaminade College Preparatory-in West Hills, California, is seeking candidates to fill  two key positions on their advancement team: vice president of institutional advancement and director of development, parent giving.

Vice president of advancement

An experienced and visionary vice president of advancement leads the Advancement team and collaborates with faculty, staff, and administration in our mission to inspire young people to love, learn and lead through our Catholic and Marianist traditions of a loving faith, academic excellence, and moral responsibility. Learn more.

Director of development-parent giving

Under the direction of the vice president of advancement, the director of development-parent giving is the primary manager for all parent and grandparent fundraising activities and initiatives. Learn more.

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Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS News from the North American Center for Marianist Studies