This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Marianist Province of the United States – uniting what was once four regional provinces into one.

Planting Seeds and Nourishing Connections

Since its inception 30 years ago, the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) has been passionate about the care and stewardship of creation. And for good reason.

“The natural world isn’t a work of art for us to sit back and enjoy, but something that is integral to our lives as humans – it nourishes us, brings us closer to the divine and is in need of reconciliation,” said Tara Poling, in a recent article in the Catholic Telegram (read the full article here).

Tara, program coordinator for MEEC, was one of the featured speakers at the 14th annual Midwest Native Plant Conference held July 22 – 24, 2022, on the grounds of Mount Saint John in Dayton, Ohio.

Since 2008, MEEC, in collaboration with Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning and others at Mount Saint John, has hosted the Midwest Native Plant Society’s annual conference. The Midwest Native Plant Society is a nonprofit committed to educating the public about the importance of native plants and conservation efforts.

Highlights of the conference included nationally known speakers representing the fields of horticulture, landscape design, environmental science, biology, ecology and wetland science.

A Midwest Native Plant and Artisan Sale was also held featuring 115 species of wildflowers, grasses, sedges and shrubs to purchase for home gardens and original works of art to inspire a connection to nature.

Click here for resources on native plants and ways you can be a good steward of our planet.

In The News

Journeying Together

Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey (UD), Crystal Sullivan (UD), José Julian Matos Auffant (St. Mary’s)

Lay Marianists Dorothy Mensah-Aggrey, Crystal Sullivan and José Julian Matos Auffant attended the Journeying Together national event, “Alive in Christ: Young, Diverse, Prophetic Voices Journeying Together.” The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) sponsored the gathering held in Chicago.

They represented all three Marianist universities, SM, FMI and Marianist Family Ministries, as they participated in the intercultural faith experience attended by young adults, bishops and pastoral ministers from all over the country. “We were also able to share the Marianist charism with all in attendance through a ‘Setting the Marianist Table’ experience as a meal prayer. It was the perfect group in which to introduce our charism, as they were reflecting on the experience of Catholics from diverse cultures and backgrounds and what it means to be a deeply inclusive and diverse Church,” said Crystal Sullivan, Executive Director of Campus Ministry at  University of Dayton.

The event is a culmination of a two-year and five-stage process. Click here to learn more about the journey.

Religious Brothers Conference Pillar Award

Brother Stephen Glodek was awarded the Religious Brothers Conference Pillar Award on July 20, 2022, at the annual assembly of the Religious Brothers Conference in Los Angeles, CA, at Mater Dolorosa Retreat Center.

The Pillar of the Religious Brothers Conference is awarded by the Conference “to a person who has made significant contribution to further the vocation of the Religious Brother and has contributed significantly to the growth of the Conference.” Brother Glodek has been a board member of the Conference since 2013 and served as president of the Conference from 2016-2021.

Awarded Top Read of 2022 by CMA

The Catholic Media Association (CMA) named One Heart with Courage: Essays and Stories as a top read of 2022.  The collection of inspirational nonfiction stories was written by Teri Rizvi, the Executive Director of Strategic Communications for University of Dayton. Rizvi writes about her marriage, which spans two religions and two cultures in a world that’s too often divided.  She says, “The book has a distinct Marianist flavor, with essays about the men of 1903 Trinity (a Marianist student house on campus)…”

Click here to read more.

One Heart with Courage: Essays and Stories, is available in paperback, on Kindle and soon as an audiobook narrated by Sheri Saginor.

Striving and Thriving

Chaminade University Honolulu made news headlines numerous times in the 2021-2022 school year. From instituting adaptation and change as it helped conquer Covid issues by creating outdoor classrooms, to making new strides in its nursing program, being part of a Zoom call with Pope Francis and gaining national respect in the world of sports – the university continues to make positive impacts.

Click here to watch its year in review.

Gamers Unite in Marianist Might

The Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School’s Gaming Club held its first Gamers Afternoon, a four-hour event offering two tournaments in Mario Kart 8 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate plus 16 screens projecting games from the 1980s to modern gaming.

“I am very proud of the success of this club, now in its third year. We are the first high school in the Dayton, Ohio, area to offer such an experience. Our event drew 40 plus local junior high students from public and private schools and was praised by parents and students for being fun and bringing kids together. I feel there is something uniquely Marianist about what I am doing with this group. Our club brings together kids who enjoy gaming and encourages inclusivity and community building through shared gaming,” said Bro. Justin Quiroz.

They are already planning to hold another Gamers Afternoon next year.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Bro. Ed Brink

Marianist Charism Comes Alive

Bro. Ed Brink has spent years thinking about what makes a Marianist education distinctive and how the gifts of the Charism can play a lifelong role in one’s spiritual growth.

That’s why his job as Vice President for Mission and Rector at Chaminade University of Honolulu is so gratifying.

“A large portion of my job is formation,” he said. “It is rewarding when I see people get hooked by the Marianist Charism and are eager to learn more about it. Figuring out how to provide them with information and experiences –  the things that help them grow spiritually – is best done with others in community.”

That community includes approximately 2,167 students who come from a culturally rich mix of Asian, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, White, Hispanic and Multi-ethnic backgrounds. It also includes roughly 200 faculty and staff.

The school boasts a student/faculty ratio of 11:1 – meaning that the learning environment is personable and family-like. It is an ideal setting to encourage community building, hospitality and Family Spirit – characteristics that define the Marianist Charism.

Bro. Ed believes that being educated in the Marianist tradition should not be taken for granted. He has a challenge for all graduates:

“Whatever drew you to the University or whatever you like about the experience of being here, points to a responsibility to keep those aspects alive and pertinent,” he said. “I hope those experiences lead you to make a difference in the lives of others and make the world a more just and peaceful place.”

Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus

Mount of Beatitudes

We invite you to join us on a 10-day pilgrimage to the Holy Land from April 18-27, 2023.

The excursion is hosted by the Marianist Mission with Fr. Tim Kenney as the pilgrimage director, “I am inviting you to join with members of our Marianist Family on this inspiring adventure. A journey to the Holy Land is a spiritual pilgrimage every Christian should try to make at least once in a lifetime. When you are there, the Bible comes alive.”

Fr. Tim Kenney

On the tour, you can expect to visit some extraordinary places like the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field, Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, the Mount of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount, Tabgha, the location of the Miracle of Loaves and Fishes, Mt. Tabor and much more!

From the Archives

The Magic of a Marianist

Did you know there is a celebrity magician among the Marianist Brothers? Bro. John Hamman (Sept. 3, 1927-Dec. 5, 2000) was considered “world-renowned” in magic, so much so that the world-famous David Copperfield asked to meet him when visiting St. Louis. He autographed a picture for Bro. John inscribing, “Congratulations on a lifetime of wonderful magic.”

Magician David Copperfield with Bro. John Hammon

Hamman created more than 100 card magic tricks throughout his career and is best known for the Hamman Count, a sleight-of-hand in which cards are falsely counted.

Bro. Hamman taught at the following Marianist high schools, Central Catholic, St. Michael’s, St. Mary’s and St. John Vianney, until he retired in 1986.

You can find a Wikipedia page on Bro. John, even buy a six-set DVD collection explaining some of his tricks of the trade and learn more on the book written about him by clicking the buttons below.

Click here to read an in-depth story about his incredible life.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Robert Hanss, 88, died on July 10,  2022, with 66 years of religious profession. Brother Robert “Bob” was a beloved teacher, professor, geologist, missionary, novice master and community director. While devoting much of his life to the classroom, he felt particularly blessed by the years he spent in parish ministry – work that brought him in close touch with the poor and gave him a new “way to know Jesus.”

Read his obituary.

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Bro. Jerome Matz, 81, died on July 12, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas, with 62 years of religious profession. Brother Jerome “Jerry” was a beloved teacher, professor, college administrator, survey researcher and sociologist. Known for his gracious spirit of hospitality and inclusivity, Brother Jerry also took great satisfaction in his decades of survey research that supported the efforts of various religious congregations, dioceses, parishes and business organizations to strengthen their sense of mission.

Read his obituary.

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Bro. Frank O’Donnell, 79, died on July 22, 2022, in Baltimore, Maryland with 62 years of religious profession. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. Although his official Marianist obituary is not ready for publication, you can click here to read the obituary published by the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

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Fr. Patrick Philbin, 89, died on July 25, 2022, in Orange, California with 69 years of religious profession. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

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Bro. Robert Juenemann, 87, died on July 28, 2022, in Cupertino, California with 66 years of religious profession. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

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Jubliee Celebrations

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first profession of vows or their priestly ordinations. We continue to highlight our 2022 Jubilarians in a special section of FamilyOnline.

BROTHER A. JOSEPH BARRISH

75 years of profession

After all these years, I am blessed to truly believe that my image of God is one in which He is continuously smiling and laughing. My life has been filled with both many graces and surprises!

I enjoyed my early years of formation and studies very much. I was fortunate to study both in the U.S. and Europe. Superiors and my fellow brothers have both supported and encouraged me…

Read more.

FATHER BERTRAND BUBY

70 years of profession

From my first year with the Marianists, my Marianist Family of the Society of Mary was involved in my formation. I felt a warmth of welcome from them and from the presence of Mary in my life. This developed from decade to decade. I think it never stops. Like our permanent mission to be apostles of Mary so, too, Marianist formation is always at work in us…

Read more.

FATHER PATRICK TONRY

70 years of profession

I met the Marianists at my brother John’s first vows in Beacon, New York, on Aug. 22, 1949. At that time, I was considering joining the Capuchins, but was so impressed by the joyful fraternity of the Marianists I met at first vows, that I wanted to become a Marianist myself. That experience, “vision,” has been my life these past 70 years and has sustained me in good and difficult times.

Read more.

BROTHER THOMAS GIARDINO

60 years of profession

It’s a big number! A lot of days. What makes them real and a joy for me is reflected in my favorite article [91] in our Rule of Life, “To the end of our days, we are happy to spend our lives and our strength in Mary’s service since they belong to her …”

The path of Marianist days began for me as a search for freedom, even if I didn’t realize it fully then.

Read more.

FATHER THOMAS SCHROER

50 years of ordination

I love Frederick Buechner’s definition of a vocation as where “your deep passion (or gladness) meets the world’s deep need.” My “deep passion” was introduced to “the world’s deep need” way back in 1956 at the tender age of 14, at Marianist Chaminade High School in Dayton, Ohio.

Read more.

Good to Know

Life Testimony – Fr. Paul Landolfi

Once, when writing an appreciation of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Fr. Paul Landolfi used words that could easily have been applied to his own life as well: “It is a fundamental truth of faith that God is always present in our lives, loving us, guiding us and revealing himself to us. Usually, when we look back in retrospect, we recognize that God always has been with us.”

Fr. Paul Landolfi

In Paul’s case, God’s provident care was intimately connected to the Society of Mary. The beloved teacher, chaplain and spiritual director had 73 years of religious profession when he died in 2017 at the age of 90. But he had actually spent nearly 85 of his years in the company of Marianists, having grown up in an orphanage run by them. He lost his mother when he was only five years old, and his father died a few years later; still, he found in the Brothers’ care a family spirit that sustained and nurtured him as a boy.

Click here to read more in the July edition of Via Latina.

Now Accepting Seed Grant Applications

Do you have a project that needs additional funds? The Visitation Marianist State Community is a virtual community of vowed lay Marianists with a long history of serving the Marianist family. It is committed to putting financial resources toward projects which may need assistance to get started or expand into a new area. The foundation is particularly committed to enabling small communities and fledgling service projects to thrive. The four project categories are:

  • Strengthen Marianist Lay Communities and Network
  • Assist in building the Catholic church
  • Impact the faith and involvement of young adults in the church
  • Social justice areas: Economic Justice, Environmental Justice and Human Rights

Awards are granted each year to groups or ministries within the United States. The proposed projects are submitted for consideration via an application form. Applications are due by the end of August. Click here to see the projects that were awarded in 2021.

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
District Update #60 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
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary                         
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE National Office

Other Resources

Marianist Archives         

FamilyOnline Submissions

We welcome and encourage submissions of interest to our nearly 3,400 subscribers. Please send them to Theresa Petry.

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Who’s Ready for Summer LIFE?

It’s been a long spell – 1,095 days to be exact – since the Marianists held an in-person Summer LIFE (Living In Faith Experience) program, a faith-formation gathering for high school students in Marianist schools and their moderators.

Summer LIFE Pacific 2022 kicked off June 19 – 24 in Occidental, California, with 53 students, nine moderators and its coordinating team.

“We were so excited to simply come together in Marianist community in person,” said Erica Duarte, Marianist LIFE coordinator, who acknowledged that COVID has been a challenge since 2020.

“The coordinating teams worked hard during the last two years to ensure students had meaningful LIFE experiences,” said Erica. “But there’s nothing like being able to look one another in the eye, pray together in front of the Eucharist, celebrate Mass together, join in song as a group and have meaningful conversations while sitting under the giant trees of northern California.”

The theme for Summer LIFE 2022 is “Fix My Eyes,” based on a song by the award-winning Christian pop duo “For King & Country.” Click here to check out the theme song.

“One thing we incorporated this year is an intentional vocation session in each program,” said Erica. “We’re excited to have Bro. Mark Motz, National Vocation Director for the Marianists, help lead these sessions.”

You can also follow Marianist LIFE on Facebook to be informed of its current activities.

Summer LIFE will host two more programs: LIFE Central, held July 10 – 15; and LIFE South, held July 20 – 25.

In The News

Need for Speed

Feng Ye – University of Dayton School of Engineering

University of Dayton researcher Feng Ye recently received a $166,520 National Science Foundation grant. He hopes to help improve the speed of 5G and beyond 5G wireless communication.

“If it’s just streaming videos or making Zoom calls, anything under 200 milliseconds to transfer data is acceptable,” said Ye, an assistant electrical and computer engineering professor. “But let’s say in the future, 5G or beyond 5G is used for remote surgery, that little needle can’t wait 200 milliseconds.”

Ye is applying for an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates grant to help with the research initiative. Click here to read more.

Marianist Charism on the Court

Coach Kevin Walsh with Alum Mike Colombo

St. John Vianney High School was inducted into the inaugural class of the American Cancer Society (ACS) Sports Hall of Fame at a presentation ceremony this month. Head basketball coach, Kevin Walsh, accepted the award on behalf of the school.

Vianney was acknowledged for its leadership and engagement with ACS since the launch of Coaches vs. Cancer more than 25 years ago. Since then, the school has devoted many years to volunteering at the Hope Lodge, playing in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer tournament and raising money for the non-profit in its annual Paint it Pink game.

“It’s always a game that brings a lot of energy. To be able to raise awareness and money doing something we enjoy is a slam dunk and just another small way our students are proving to be ‘Men of Character and Accomplishment,'” said Walsh.

Education Grant Awarded

Dr. Eva Washburn-Repollo

The Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (GPA) Program under the U.S. Department of Education awarded a $100,000 grant to Dr. Eva Washburn-Repollo of Chaminade University of Honolulu to fund a summer program meant to increase Hawaii’s capacity in Filipino culture-based education in K-12 classrooms.

The federal funding will support a short-term curriculum development project spearheaded by Dr. Washburn-Repollo titled the “Cebuano Language and Culture Program,” in which program participants will travel this summer to the Philippines. Program activities began on June 13 and will conclude on July 23.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Fr. Jim Fitz with students on retreat

Helping People Offer Their Gifts to the World

As Vice President for Mission and Rector at University of Dayton, Fr. Jim Fitz is passionate about helping students find a vision for their lives. “If we do it right, our students will have a sense of their vocation,” said Fr. Jim.

Vocation answers the big existential questions, such as: Who am I? What am I passionate about? Where am I needed most? And how am I going to get there?

Fr. Jim has spent the last 12 years at UD guiding students as they discover their vocations and begin making meaningful contributions to the world. In turn, “it has become a fulfilling vocation for me,” he said.

Another significant portion of his work involves educating lay people to embrace the Catholic and Marianist mission of the university.

Fr. Chaminade believed that the laity had an important role in the work of the Church and evangelization. Our lay colleagues enhance the university through their deep commitment to our mission and identity,” he said. “Almost every day, we see evidence of hate and violence. We need people who know how to fulfill Jesus’ call to love one another and to build the kingdom of God on earth. There are many wonderful opportunities for our students and laity to inject the love of God into our world.”

Teaching as Ministry

Teaching as Ministry workshop, St. Louis, MO

This summer’s Teaching as Ministry (TAM) workshop was held at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Missouri, June 13-15, 2022.

There were 26 attendees from sponsored schools across the Province, from Hawaii and Puerto Rico to Nebraska and Texas. Deacon Pat Wheadon, the workshop facilitator, said, “This is an opportunity for educators and support staff in Marianist-sponsored schools to come together, share their experiences, build community and most importantly understand their role in building relationships, sharing faith, understanding the Marianist Characteristics of Education as a pedagogy and being animators of the Marianist Charism.”

Click here if you’d like to learn more about Marianist formation opportunities.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Time to Revisit our Marianist Saints List

We have 10 individuals who are Beatified and given the title of Blessed.

To be declared a Blessed, an individual needs a verified miracle attributed to their intercession. If a person is martyred, they can be declared a Blessed if it is proven the individual died for the faith.

 

A person then who has one verified miracle needs a second verified miracle to be declared a Saint. A martyr needs one verified miracle to be declared a Saint. Servants of God and Venerables are named after an intensive study into their lives, and it is proven that their lives were deemed holy and lived virtuously for the sake of God’s Reign on earth.

Click here to read more and view our list of Blessed Marianists.

From the Archives

Saints and Popes

Take a step back in time as you peruse pictures of Popes and Saints gathered with Marianist Brothers, like the photo below with then Pope Paul VI in 1964. Click here to find more well-preserved photos in the Marianist Connections collection.

St. Paul VI (center right) with (L-R) Brothers Edward Zamierowski, Raymond Streiff, unknown, James McMenamy and Bill Callahan, Nigeria, Africa, May 1964.

If you’d like to see more from the Marianist Archives, visit and “like” this Facebook page.

Pray With Us

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

Jubliee Celebrations

Congratulations to our California and Hawaii Jubilarians!

(L-R) Fr. Tim Kenney, Fr. Jim Heft, Bro. Thomas Spring, Bro. Thomas Redmond, Bro. John Patrick Dempsey, Fr. Roland Bunda

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first profession of vows or their priestly ordinations. This is the group of 2022 Jubilarians on Hawaii in a special section of FamilyOnline in which to honor them. Unfortunately, Fr. Patrick Philbin, was unable to attend the celebration due to illness.

FATHER PATRICK PHILBIN

70 years of profession – 50 years of ordination

As a young religious, I never expected that my ministerial experience would be so varied: extremely intelligent, well-to-do students of Irish and Italian ancestry at Chaminade Mineola, to struggling African-American males from the Watts area of Los Angeles at Serra High School in Gardena, to Asian-American students at the predominantly Asian University of California in Irvine.

Read more.

BROTHER THOMAS SPRING

70 years of profession

I lost my father just before I turned nine. I met the Brothers of Mary (now Marianists) when I started attending Saint Louis College on the slopes of Kalaepohaku. They were friendly, cheerful, available and good teachers. And they were good, strong, gentle men, just like my father had been.

After several years with them, I found it easy to accept their invitation to become one of them.

Read more.

FATHER JAMES HEFT

60 years of profession

As I get older, I become more and more aware of how much of my life is a grace. Like nearly everyone who becomes as old as I now am, I am increasingly aware of how short life is. As John Henry Newman wrote at the end of his Essay on the Development of Doctrine, “Time is short, eternity is long.” He wrote that when he was 44 years old. It has taken me longer to arrive at the same insight. I feel blessed to be living in the Church at a time of deep change — a time that gives me hope and an ever-deepening desire to discern the ways of the Spirit in the years that remain and to serve in the most useful ways possible.

BROTHER JOHN PATRICK DEMPSEY

60 years of profession

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to James Dempsey and Mary Graham (both offspring of Irish immigrants), I am the fourth of six siblings — three of whom have died since 2017. We all attended Catholic schools from K-12 and are grateful to the Ursuline nuns of Cleveland, our elementary school educators. My father graduated from Marianist Cathedral Latin School in 1923, as did all his sons.

Read more.

FATHER ROLAND BUNDA

60 years of profession

During the past 60 years as a Marianist, I have been graced and blessed to serve as a teacher at a number of our Marianist high schools, along with services as campus minister and principal. I have served as director of a Newman Center, an assistant novice master, and as a pastor at St. Anthony Church.

Read more.

BROTHER THOMAS REDMOND

50 years of profession

I believe the words from John 1:16 “grace upon grace” sum up my experience of Marianist religious life throughout these 50 years. I’ve experienced God’s continued flow of grace upon me through an ongoing invitation into deeper prayer, through the meaningful relationships with my brothers in community and through those I have served in ministry.

Read more.

Good to Know

Marianist Sisters Assembly

Provincial Council (L-R): Sr. Nicole Trahan, Asst. for Education, Sr. Gretchen Trautman, Provincial, Sr. Leanne Jablonski, Asst. for Temporalities, and Sr. Laura Leming, Asst. for Religious Life.

The U.S. Province of the Marianist Sisters (Daughters of Mary Immaculate) gathered in San Antonio May 31-June 3, 2022, to celebrate “Visitation.” The assembly included the installation of the Provincial Council, the renewal of  Sr. Emily Sandoval’s temporary vows and the celebration of jubilees for Sr. Evangeline Escobar, FMI (60 years professed in 2021) and Sr. Gretchen Trautman, FMI (50 years professed in 2021).  The province also marked 70 years of profession for Sr. Marie Abmayr, FMI, who was unable to travel but will celebrate in Dayton, Ohio, in August.

Sr. Emily Sandoval, FMI renewing her vows

Sr. Gretchen Trautman, 50 years professed and Sr. Evangeline Escobar, 70 years professed

Rosary Wall

The Marianist Retreat & Conference Center is blessed with generous donations, including many plastic rosaries made available to anyone who attends either a MORE retreat or a retreat at the center. It has plenty of plastic rosaries right now but are looking for fancier, non-plastic rosaries to add to its Rosary Wall. The wall is not only beautiful, but guests can take a Rosary if they need one for themselves or a loved one. If you have a Rosary or several you’d like to donate, you can drop them by the retreat center or mail them.

Click here for contact information on the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center.

Parish Health Program

A new Parish Health program at Chaminade University of Honolulu focuses on education and screening. The program, unique on Oahu, allows nursing and health profession students to work one-on-one with parishioners after Mass or via telehealth appointments. It’s a win-win as students acquire hands-on experience, and participants, age 55 and older, receive tools and tips to improve their health. Read More.

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
District Update #59 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
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary                         
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE National Office

Other Resources

Marianist Archives         

FamilyOnline Submissions

We welcome and encourage submissions of interest to our nearly 3,400 subscribers. Please send them to Theresa Petry.

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Pursuing Change – Attaining a Dream

Facing a 20-year prison sentence for drug-related offenses, Kimmy Takata never dared believe that one day she would earn a college degree.

“I never thought I’d go to college because I never thought I was smart enough,” said Kimmy, who, at age 29, entered prison not knowing how to read or write. “My life in the past was filled with abuse, and my thoughts kept me from reaching my goals. The fire in my heart faded away along with my dreams.”

But with the help of an amazing support system, including Faith of the Heart Marianist Lay Community, Kimmy’s dreams were reignited. She graduated May 7, at the age of 52, from Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH) with a major in Environmental Studies, a minor in Psychology and an associate’s degree in Hawaiian studies. Kimmy is a native Hawaiian.

Bro. Dennis Schmitz first met Kimmy several years ago when she and another formerly incarcerated woman shared their stories at a liturgical conference at CUH.

“It’s a privilege to know Kimmy and others like her and witness their fierce determination to build a healthy and integrated life,” he said. “She inspires me to be strong in my own spiritual and religious growth.”

Kimmy is grateful for the many people who “pushed me, taught me, guided me and kept me accountable. And I am especially grateful for God, who has carried me through the fire. I am redeemed.”

Kimmy came to CUH through the Hoʻoulu Scholarship Program for Native Hawaiian students in cooperation with Kamehameha Schools. The program emphasizes Hawaiian culture and history.

She plans to continue her education as scholarships allow – working on a master’s degree in criminal justice in the spring.

We first began covering Kimmy’s story in 2016. Click the “Read More” button if you’d like to read the original piece featured in Alive magazine.

If you’d like to join or learn more about the Marianist Lay Community like the one that helped Kimmy, click here.

Kimmy Takata graduates from Chaminade University of Honolulu. May 7, 2022
Bro. Dennis Schmitz and Kimmy Takata

In The News

Class of 2020 Celebrates Commencement In-Person

Two years after the COVID pandemic began, University of Dayton  (UD) students finally got their in-person graduation ceremony. Public health concerns required the university to host a virtual graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020, but it promised to hold a formal, on-campus commencement once restrictions were lifted. Last year UD could only hold separate undergraduate ceremonies with limited seating. “I’ve been waiting to say ‘welcome home’ to the class of 2020 for two years,” said UD President Eric F. Spina.

He went on to say, “It’s a day we’ve all dreamed of, worried whether it would ever happen, and now will never forget.” UD reports 421 graduates from 2020 and 805 family members and friends came back for the ceremony held at the Marycrest Amphitheater. Read More.

Watch local tv news coverage at these links: WDTN, WRGT, WHIO

George Lisjak, Natalie Ross (NFMI), Rose Rucoba (NFMI), Gabrielle Bibeau, Juan de la Cruz (NSM), Jesus Alvarez (NSM)

Marianist Novitiate Curriculum

Four novices recently gave their final presentations in their North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) history class.  They are pictured here with George Lisjak, Director of NACMS, and Gabby Bibeau, who taught and organized most of the classes.

May 15-20, the novices and their directors made a monastic retreat at St. Meinrad to facilitate end-of-the-year reflections.

Parish Health Program

A new Parish Health program at Chaminade University of Honolulu focuses on education and screening. The program, unique on Oahu, allows nursing and health profession students to work one-on-one with parishioners after Mass or via telehealth appointments. It’s a win-win as students acquire hands-on experience, and participants, age 55 and older, receive tools and tips to improve their health. Read More.

Marianist Ministries in Action

“Catholic Artway” unveiling, April 26, 2022

Art Connects With Spirituality

A month ago, if you had asked students on St. Mary’s University campus where the University Ministry building was located, you likely would have been told it was the nondescript building just down the way. You might have unknowingly passed it. But not today. Today, the building acts as a bright beacon, leaving an illuminating impression.

“I thought the building needed something to get students’ attention – something spiritual and uplifting that would bring people together,” said Fr. John Thompson, vice president for Mission, Office of Mission at the university.

On April 26, the “Catholic Artway,” containing 17 inspirational paintings, was unveiled, gracing the front of the ministry building located in Alkek Plaza. The project is a collaboration of students, some without formal art training and only one art major. As creativity flowed and spirituality soared, new connections were made, and a sense of pride emerged.

“I wanted the artwork to attract students, a display that would draw them in and create community engagement,” said Fr. John. “These students far exceeded my expectations!”

The artwork was not painted on the building but rather is a wrap that won’t fade in the minds of the artists – for it is their legacy.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

206th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate: A Venture Blessed by God’s Love That Mirrors Mary’s Fidelity

On May 25, 1816, the Feast of Mary, Help of Christians, Blessed Adèle and several companions embarked on a journey to Agen to begin an adventure that would change their lives. But preparations for this day started a couple of years earlier when Blessed Adèle and some members of the Association met in June of 1814 to discuss the cher (dear) project. The cher project was a plan for these women to live some form of religious life and to take religious names among themselves as a sign of the serious intention of moving toward living fully as religious.

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From the Archives

Presidents and Politicians

        • What prompted then-Senator John F. Kennedy to write to Bro. Leo Willett?
        • Why did President Jimmy Carter invite Fr. William Behringer to the South Lawn of the White House?
        • Who is the Marianist Brother named as a special adviser by then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy?
        • What were Richard Nixon‘s thoughts on private schools in 1960?

Click here to find the answers within some of the well-preserved documents and photos in the Marianist Connections collection.

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Pray With Us

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

Jubliee Celebrations

Congratulations to our San Antonio Jubilarians!

Fr. Bill Meyer, Fr. Franz Schorp, Fr. Roland Bunda, Bro. David Quigley, Bro. Jerome Bommer, Fr. Tim Kenney, Fr. John Thompson; (Front) Fr. George Montague, Fr. Gerald Chinchar

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first profession of vows or their priestly ordinations. This is the first group of 2022 Jubilarians we honor in a special section of FamilyOnline. (Fr. Roland Bunda, while honored in San Antonio, will be highlighted in the Hawaii celebration in next month’s edition.)

FATHER GEORGE MONTAGUE

75 years of profession

My 75 years in the Marianists have taught me the truth of the Gospel: that life has meaning and joy in giving oneself in service. And doing so in a common mission with my Marianist brothers under the banner of Mary has been the most fulfilling joy of my life. Community life keeps me grounded in reality and is a safeguard against independent hubris. I am deeply grateful to the particular Marianist brothers who have inspired me by their wisdom, encouragement, counsel and example.

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BROTHER JEROME BOMMER

70 years of profession

I’ve enjoyed my life as a Marianist. Over the years, it was pleasant. I became aware of the goodness of the brothers, enhanced by our family spirit. Living in a Marianist community is a blessing. As we were assigned ministries, we learned them while we were doing them. Often you received help from someone who had a wealth of experience in the area in which you were working.

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FATHER FRANZ SCHORP

70 years of profession

The following is an abbreviation of my concern for the Society of Mary and the Church:

The late Bro. L. Meinhardt, director at Maryhurst, told us (scholastics) that upon moving into community, conversation would not center on content of course material. While true, this was/is a tragedy for the Society of Mary, as well as for the Church, as shown by reasons for exodus from the Church.

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FATHER GERALD CHINCHAR

60 years of profession

From my baptism at Holy Cross Church in Euclid, Ohio, on Nov. 7, 1943, to my religious profession on Aug. 22, 1962, to my ordination on May 29, 1982, to the present day, all have provided a grace-filled journey of challenges and blessings. I give thanks for the many people who were instruments of grace.

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BROTHER JAMES MAUS

60 years of profession

SIXTY years as a Marianist! The time has gone so quickly! When I began this journey, little did I realize the places it would take me, the blessings and joys, as well as the challenges and opportunities for my spiritual and emotional growth. One of the great blessings of my life as a brother, in my roles as both counselor and teacher, has been to guide young people in their own journeys towards maturity.

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BROTHER DAVID QUIGLEY

60 years of profession

To reflect on 60 years of service and growth as a Marianist can be summed up as “adaptation and change.” At the time I entered the Marianists, the picture was very traditional. Shortly, the Second Vatican Council called for an updating and changes in the Church; the changes were many, and there were many meetings and proposals for change in dress, in styles of prayer, in approaches to personal education and in personal accountability.

Read more.

Good to Know

Lay Marianists Ready for Madrid

The International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities (IO-MLC) is preparing for its quadrennial assembly in Madrid, Spain. Forty-five voting delegates representing each country in the lay branch,  spiritual advisors, observers and invited guests, including 15 young Marianists from five regions, will convene in July to construct a strategic plan of global proportions. They will use Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti as a guide as they work to identify a unifying purpose and determine what to do and be as a global organization. Many of the sessions will be live-streamed; click here for assembly announcements.

Other items happening at the meeting include:

  • The nomination of Matt Dunn for president of IO-MLC for the 2022-2026 term.
  • Asia will celebrate becoming the fifth independent region of our lay branch at the meeting.
  • Participants will have a day-long pilgrimage to Saragossa, Spain, our Lady of the Pillar Shrine site and the place of Chaminade’s inspiration for instituting the Sodalities.

Province Reaccreditation

The Marianist Province of the United States takes significant measures to ensure a safe environment for those with whom we minister. Our policies and procedures are designed to provide necessary safeguards for those entrusted to our care as well as the ongoing education of our Brothers. The Province received reaccreditation from Praesidium. The reaccreditation is for a five-year period which concludes May 10, 2027. Praesidium is an independent organization, selected by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM), that audits religious institutes (and other youth-serving organizations) to determine if they comply with  25 specific standards.

REDS Spotlight on Art

The children of REDS at Arogora Centre, in the District of India, were given creative art tasks to perform in April. All the children participated, receiving chart paper, colors, paints and whatever tools were needed for their work. They crafted very detailed beautiful pictures. None of the children had any training in drawing, but their work was nearly professional, and they proudly displayed talents. To discover more about the Marianist REDS programs, click here and check out the latest updates in the Newsletters section below.

Join Us!

Click here to discover job opportunities within our Marianist communities and ministries across the United States. 

New listings include:

  • Marianist Province of the U.S. – Administrative Assistant
  • Tecaboca – Program Director

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
District Update #57 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
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary                         
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE National Office

Other Resources

Marianist Archives         

FamilyOnline Submissions

We welcome and encourage submissions of interest to our nearly 3,400 subscribers. Please send them to Theresa Petry.

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Charism, Charisma and Country Music

Trey Gonzalez, St. Mary’s University, B.A. ’18

Trey Gonzalez is lighting up radio airwaves and stages across Texas with his country crooning, fervent faith and Marianist ways.

He says having a strong “God factor” is a seed planted by his parents, nurtured at his parish church, St. Luke, took root at Central Catholic High School and blossomed at St. Mary’s University.

“The Five Characteristics of a Marianist Education are very important to me, two of which I lean on daily – Adaptation and Change and Family Spirit. In an ever-changing world, we must learn to adapt to our environment and circumstances while maintaining a faith-based approach. It helps block out the noise that life throws at you. A Marianist education provides that anchor and principles. It benefits you in more than just your professional life.”

Gonzalez is successful in two professions: he is an up-and-coming country music star and a research psychologist with the United States Air Force. 

His music is described as a little Luke Bryan with a twist of George Strait. He started playing for audiences at ACTS retreats, then at Rattler Awakening and Tecaboca. Just last month, he took to the Y100 Country stage at the annual Fiesta Oyster Bake in San Antonio, which typically draws a crowd of around 70,000. “It was a dream come true,” he says.  

He reflects on all the people who helped him get where he is today, from his parents’ sacrifices to peers he met while involved with University Ministry and a variety of Marianist retreats to some standout educators.

“All of them have had their impact – Fr. Tim Eden from St. Mary’s University, Fr. Jim Tobin, Bro. James Burkholder, Bro. Harry Cornell, Fr. Don Cowie, Fr. Pat McDaid, and so many more. But, I think the one person who really stands out – and I hope to embody a little bit of his character – is Mr. Ed Ybarra. As principal of my high school, he played an integral part in refining my sense of integrity. He just believed in me, which meant the world to me.”

He says he hopes he makes Ybarra proud as well as his parents and his Marianist community. “It’s my hope that I can somehow have a greater impact on the world, and that’s what really keeps me going,” says Gonzalez. 

Stay tuned, Trey Gonzalez may already have two albums under his belt, but he is just getting started. “I have aspirations of recording a Christian album, but right now, my music primarily focuses on love, heartbreak and personal experiences.”

In The News

St. Mary’s Exceeds in Defining Moment Comprehensive Campaign

The oldest Catholic university in the Southwest is celebrating a historic achievement.

St. Mary’s University well surpassed its goal by $35 million, ultimately raising $165 million. It said it received gifts, pledges and grants from nearly 11,500 alumni and friends of the university. Funds will be used for things like research, facilities, programs and scholarships.

The largest donor, Bill Greehey (B.B.A. ’60), explains why he is always compelled to be so generous. “I got a quality education at St. Mary’s. Plus, we were taught the Marianist values, which served me well in my personal life and business career. One of the things the Marianists always say is, ‘You’re never a success unless you share that success with others.’’’

Chaminade Award

Saint Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii celebrated its first all-school Mass since the pandemic.

At the April Mass, religion teacher Tasha Castro and senior Joshua Alcisto received the Chaminade award for their devotion to their faith and generosity in service to the school community.

Click here to see some of the beautiful ways they integrate  Hawaiian culture into Mass and hear the students’ joy.

Fish Fry Smackdown

Reed Rohlfing (L) and John Mueller (R)

 

The St. Louis area has a long tradition of parish fish fry meals, creating quite a competition among Catholic parishes. This past Lent, Our Lady of the Pillar was awarded a 1st place trophy from KMOX, a local news radio station, and its Dave Glover Show. The competition is called the KMOX DGS 2022 Fish Fry Smackdown. Congratulations to Fr. Tom French, Fr. George Cerniglia and all the fish fry volunteers.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Alex Datoc, campus minister at Archbishop Riordan High School

Community and Inclusivity are Modeled Here

Alex Datoc, an ’87 graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School, didn’t fully appreciate the Marianist charism until he was hired as a guidance counselor at the school in 2001. That year, he began serving as a Marianist LIFE moderator. “I learned so much about the Marianist tradition by connecting with Marianist educators from across the country,” he said.

Now director of campus ministry, Alex relishes building relationships with the students, especially at events such as the Kairos retreat he facilitated last month. “It’s a special time for students to experience God in nature, in others and in ourselves,” he said.

According to Alex, two things about the charism really resonate with students. One is community. “It’s not unusual for visitors to comment about how tight-knit our student community is and how much they care for each other,” he said.

The other is inclusivity. “Archbishop Riordan reflects the diversity of San Francisco, and every student can find a niche on campus where he feels welcomed and accepted,” said Alex.

On a personal note, Alex met his wife, Mary Ann Bernardo, a math teacher at Chaminade College Preparatory in Los Angeles, during a Marianist LIFE Pacific gathering in 2001. They married in 2004 and became Marianist Lay Affiliates in 2019.

Caring for Our Elderly Marianist Brothers and Priests

Today, there are 209 professed brothers in the Province of the United States. Of those, 75 percent are over 70, with 63 residing in one of three Marianist assisted living communities in California, Texas or Ohio.

“Our goal is to help these men remain in active ministry as much as possible,” said Jenee Margo Gonzales, philanthropy coordinator for the Office of Mission Advancement.

For example, Bro. Al Kuntemeier, 91, who lives at the Marianist Residence in San Antonio, said the focus of his ministry is to “serve my community by praying the intentions every day, being a cantor at Mass and serving as a prayer leader.” He also serves St. Mary’s University by supporting student activities and athletic programs. “And I serve by taking good care of myself, doing workouts, playing tennis three times a week, staying active – vertical and moving,” he said.

With the cost of health care rising, more than one-third of the province’s operating budget is devoted to caring for aging brothers. “Marianist brothers and priests have brought hope, offered support and shared Christ’s love with everyone who has been graced by their presence, “ said Jenee. “Now, the brothers and priests ask their faithful friends to assist in supporting them in their senior years.”

Many donors join St. Joseph’s Club, a monthly giving guild, “because they see it as a way to give back to the men who have bestowed so much upon them,” adds Jenee.

To watch a video about elderly Marianists click on the image above, and to learn more about St. Joseph’s Club and how you can assist, click here

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

The Witness of Women and the Resurrection

Being a member of a male religious community dedicated to a woman, especially in today’s secular society, can be seen as strange since a masculine stereotype sees dependence on a woman or looking upon a woman as a role model as supposedly not healthy. But this is furthest from the truth. I feel that the women in my life have been some of the most influential people. They support me, care for me, challenge me and love me. I say this because I grew up with five wonderful women in the Betz Family. Granted, we have not always seen eye to eye, but they continue to be very significant people in my life. And I gather the women in Jesus’ life were very similar.

Click here to read more

From the Archives

More Than Just a Photograph

We celebrated the 261st birthday of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on April 8. There are countless images and statues of our Society of Mary founder. But, did you know there is no known photograph of him? Or is there?

Born in 1761, photographs were extremely rare in his lifetime, unlike today’s “selfie” generation. However, the picture displayed here has more than an uncanny resemblance to Father Chaminade.

Click here to read the compelling comments from a well-known artist, author and historian on why this photo might be more than just a “clergyman.”

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Photograph of Father Chaminade?

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Peter Pontolillo, 83, died on April 12, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas, with 64 years of religious profession. Brother Peter was a beloved teacher and nationally-recognized school administrator, superintendent and educational lobbyist who also served for a decade as Secretary General of the Society of Mary in Rome, Italy. His leadership skills to advance Catholic education for more than 30 years earned him awards presented by the Ford Motor Company, the NCEA, Today’s Catholic Teacher magazine, and Apple Computer.

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

Fr_Tutas_2

Fr. Stephen Tutas, 95, died on April 16, 2022, in Cupertino, California. Father Steve was a giant in the Society of Mary. He was a man of quiet intelligence, steadfast hope and exceptional leadership abilities. He served as Superior General of the Society of Mary from 1971 to 1981. He was among the five Marianists instrumental in the creation of Chaminade University of Honolulu, and he served as president of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. He also was chair of the Transition Coordinating Committee, shepherding the consolidation of four American provinces into the Province of the United States in 2002.

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

Good to Know

Chapel Makeover at Marianist Residence

The Marianist Residence and Care Center chapel in San Antonio received a remarkable makeover. It might be easiest to say what’s not new in this revered room – everything from the lighting and flooring to the stained-glass windows and Italian hand-carved statues is fresh.

Bro. Fred Halwe created numerous pieces for the sanctuary, including the Chaminade, Adele and Our Lady of Guadalupe figures displayed in front of the ambo.

Bros. Larry Corbin and Tom Suda were the purveyors of the project. Bro. Tom has attended liturgy in this chapel every Sunday for about 15 years, “I’ve been saying for five years, I HAVE to renovate this chapel… I’ve done many renovations around the province. I’m not a liturgist, but I know what elements are needed to create a space. I’ve made 30-40 altars; it’s a work of love.” Bro. Larry adds that the renovation really “adds to the prayer life of the community.”

The prayer space, now with movable chairs instead of the former pews locked in place, allows people, especially brothers using walkers and wheelchairs, openness and flexibility in which to gather.

Click here to see before, during and after photos and videos of the chapel renovation.

A Vision of Art and Faith

You may not know his name, but you’ve likely seen his work in publications like Peter Pan and Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Italian artist Ezio Anichini’s career, bridged the art nouveau style of the early 20th century and the propaganda of World War I. Some of his less known and understood art is his series of 46 images based on the honorary titles of the Virgin Mary in the traditional Catholic prayer form, the Litany of Loreto. 

Now through August 26, you can glimpse these images firsthand at the Marian Library at University of Dayton. Author John A. Shaffer shares his private collection and independent research of Anichini in the exhibit, A Vision of Art and Faith: The Litany of Loreto and the Work of Ezio Anichini (1886-1948). 

Two highlights of this exhibit are Litanie della Madonna, a rare book in the Marian Library collections containing Litany of Loreto imagery by Anichini, along with two intricately embroidered reproductions of Anichini illustrations in gold thread, filoselle and fine floss, on loan from the Royal School of Needlework in London. 

The exhibit is free and open to the public at the Marian Library Gallery.

For more information, click here or scan the QR code.

6th Annual Religious Brothers Day – May 1st

Celebrate the 6th annual Religious Brothers Day with an online gathering.

A special program is planned by the new co-chairs, Marianist Bro. Andrew Kosmowski  and DeLaSalle Christian Bro. J.D. Macioce, FSC, along with members of the Brothers Think Tank, which includes the following collaborating national religious organizations:
CMSM (Conference of Major Superiors of Men)
NRVC (National Religious Vocation Conference)
RBC (Religious Brothers Conference)
RFC (Religious Formation Conference)

The one-hour program from 1:30-2:30 P.M. (Eastern Time) will include prayer, reflections by several brothers and an opportunity for small group conversation.

Click here to register.

Religious Brothers Day

Need to Get Away & Refocus?

Each of the four Marianist Retreat Centers – in Ohio, Texas, Missouri and New Jersey – offers a unique experience of “getting away” while providing opportunities for fellowship and faith.

Explore the retreat and event opportunities for each location, then schedule a time to unwind and renew.

Marianist Family Retreat Center (NJ)

Marianist Retreat & Conference Center (MO)

Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning (OH)

Tecaboca: A Marianist Center for Spiritual Renewal (TX)

Your support makes it possible for the Marianists to continue this vital ministry.

Join Us!

Click here to discover job opportunities within our Marianist communities and ministries across the United States. 

New listings include:

  • Chaminade College Preparatory – Vice President of Institutional Advancement
  • Chaminade Julienne High School – Director of Mission and Inclusion

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
District Update #57 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

Other Resources

Marianist Archives         

FamilyOnline Submissions

We welcome and encourage submissions of interest to our nearly 3,400 subscribers. Please send them to Theresa Petry.

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Bro. Ray Fitz Awarded Honorary Doctorate for Lifelong Social Justice Work

On April 1, 2022, University of Dayton awarded Bro. Raymond Fitz an honorary doctoral degree in humanities. Fitz is the longest-serving president in the university’s history, serving as UD president from 1979 to 2002.

Bro. Ray says, “I am very thankful to the university. I hope the occasion will strengthen the university’s commitment to be a catalyst and partner for solidarity in our greater Dayton community and across the world.”

The Marianists’ signature emphasis on community is pivotal in his service, which spans more than 50 years, focusing on poverty, racism and various social issues affecting children and families.

Bro. Ray says he is guided by Pope Francis. “He strongly emphasizes solidarity, a love and friendship that aims to transform society so that there is a greater quality of life and well-being for all, especially those most vulnerable in our society.”

He humbly credits a good leadership team for the success of his tenure and adds, “I was greatly assisted by Fr. Jim Heft and Bro. Bernie Ploeger.”

Since stepping down as UD president, he moved into a position as Father Ferree Professor of Social Justice – a professorship named for his mentor. “These days, I have been dedicating my teaching and community involvement to addressing what I call ‘the hidden violence of poverty.’ Poverty is ‘violent’ because the toxic stress has a strong negative impact on the cognitive and emotional development of children and parents.”

While he is honored to receive this recognition, he remains steadfast in his dedication to having his Marianist Family be a facilitator in creating solidarity worldwide. And he hopes that “as a community, we can witness a vitality and sense of mission that attracts young men who would like to join us.”

Click here to view photos from the award ceremony.

Click here for a full-length feature story from University of Dayton on the legacy of Bro. Ray.

In The News

Building Bridges with Pope Francis

Two Chaminade University of Honolulu students participated in a student Zoom discussion with Pope Francis regarding global issues.

The virtual event with the Holy Father, titled “Building Bridges,” allowed students to discuss immigration, climate change and other global topics with the pope. Chaminade junior Alycia Tausaga, majoring in Environmental Science, and senior Joseph Durocher, a Biochemistry major, were part of 15 students from Catholic universities in the West and Pacific Regions to be selected for the event. The other students were from the following universities: Loyola Marymount University, Santa Clara University, University of San Francisco, Gonzaga University, Seattle University and University of California.

A total of 100 students from across three regions participated in the Zoom discussion. Chaminade’s Rector and VP for Mission Bro. Edward Brink was able to secure two spots for Chaminade representatives. Loyola University in Chicago hosted the event in collaboration with the Argentinian theologian, Emilce Cuda, the head of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

You can hear more from Alycia and Joseph regarding what it meant to be involved by visiting this link from Chaminade University.

Several news organizations also reported on the event; click on the media outlet buttons below to listen to coverage and read more.

Solidarity in Support of Ukraine

by Yulian Volyanyuk, n.d. The Holy Pokrov, extending her veil of protection over the people. Poster produced by the Parish of the Most Holy Virgin Ukrainian Local Catholic Church, Parma, Ohio. From the Marian Library’s Ukrainian Marian Collection, University of Dayton.

From the coast of California to the meadows of the Midwest stretching beyond the banks of New York, Marianist Communities are gathering in prayer and support for Ukraine. 

 

Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco is holding an international drive with a competitive flair to raise funds for the war-torn country and its refugees. 

 

At Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis, students and staff asked God to “turn it around” in a Lenten prayer service.

 

Kellenberg Memorial High School on Long Island held a monetary collection for the people of Ukraine, giving donations to Catholic Relief Services

 

In solidarity with many displaced Ukrainians and in response to the call of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Marianist Province of the United States donated $25,000 to Caritas Internationalis as a designated gift to assist with the needs of refugees. The Marianist Provincial Council also asked Fr. Robert Bouffier to write a prayer for Russia and Ukraine. Click here to download and print it. 

 

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men (CMSM) also encourages donations and prayers, stating, “We stand in solidarity with our brothers in religious life in Ukraine and those here in the U.S. connected to the region. Their ministry is important now, more than ever.”  

Join us in praying for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Ukrainians have a history of seeking Mary’s protection during difficult times. Kayla Harris, an archivist and associate professor at University of Dayton, says you can find examples of it in the images of the Pokrova displayed by anti-war demonstrators. 

If you’d like to learn more, visit The Marian Library’s Ukrainian Marian Collection, containing exhibits of the country’s religious and cultural heritage.  

Marianist Ministries in Action

On Ash Wedensday, Anthony Fajardo, class of ’24, shares a moment with Billy Bommarito campus minister at St. Mary’s High School.

Faith Fostered Through Personal Connections

Like his father, Larry Bommarito, a ’71 alum of St. John Vianney High School, Billy Bommarito graduated in 2008 from this same Marianist school and began working as a youth minister.

Six years later, he felt a call to high school ministry. “The Marianist roots run deep in the Bommarito family,” said Billy, leading him to accept the position as a campus minister at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis in 2019.

Although significant events, such as class retreats, enable Billy to reach a large group of students at one time, “connecting with students one-on-one or in small groups is where real conversations about faith begin and personal relationships grow,” he said.

That’s made all the easier because of the Marianist Charism’s emphasis on fostering faith through community.

“Living out ‘Marianist hospitality’ through regular socials held on and off-campus or bringing students together through Marianist LIFE helps us create community and genuinely get to know others,” said Billy.

Serving at St. Mary’s has had a big impact on Billy’s own life and ministry. “The community, brotherhood and support for students and faculty alike are unmatched,” he said. “Our devotion to the Marianist Charism is visible and alive in the halls of this school.”

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Lent: A Time of Conversion and What Our Marianists Saints Can Contribute

Welcome to the season of Lent. It is a time when we are called to look at our lives and enter into a process of conversion. And conversion can be a daunting endeavor, especially when we feel that we are not up to the task of engaging in the process. But it is important to recognize that we may need assistance for this process of conversion. Finding mentors or spiritual guides can be the support in trying to figure out what God is calling us to uphold in our conversion. We in the Marianist Family are blessed to have holy men and women who can be those mentors or guides, especially our Marianist Saints.

Read more.

From the Archives

A page from “The Marianist Way of the Cross”

“The Marianist Way of the Cross”

The Lenten season provides an extraordinary time to focus on the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Stations of the Cross act as a traditional 14-step Catholic devotion to this passionate journey of Jesus.

As you navigate your path of fasting and repentance leading up to Easter, you might enjoy a publication pulled from the Marianist archives. The 32-page booklet titled “The Marianist Way of the Cross” was written and illustrated in 1954 by the late Louis A. Weber (1919-2018). Louis is a former Marianist Brother who taught in the art department at University of Dayton. He also crafted the original tabernacle with colored enamel plates in the Roncalli Assembly Chapel at Bergamo Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Click here for a printable pdf copy of the book. If you’d like to see more from the Marianist Archives visit and “like” this Facebook page.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Francis Spaeth – 1987

Bro. Francis Spaeth – 2015

Bro. Francis Spaeth, 98, died on March 16, 2022. Bro. Frank was an accomplished teacher, administrator and coach whose career in education spanned more than 50 years and religious profession 78 years. He was also a World War II veteran. Upon moving to Cupertino, he became an avid rosary-maker, hand-fashioning more than 1,000 rosaries in the course of a decade.

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

Fr. Robert Hackel – Unknown

Fr. Robert Hackel – 2015

Fr. Robert Hackel, 89, died on March 20, 2022, with 70 years of religious profession. Father Bob (as he was best known) was a beloved teacher, chaplain, community director, missionary and associate pastor. Beyond faithfully exercising his priestly duties in a variety of assignments, Father Bob is remembered for his interest in politics and his fascination with “feathered fowl.”

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

Good to Know

Talented Duo Join Provincial Communications Team

The Marianist Provincial Office of Communications recently celebrated the arrival of two new communications professionals.

Theresa Petry, communications specialist, is the new editor of FamilyOnline, and also will manage numerous communications projects.

John Bauer, communication coordinator, will produce the yearly Marianist Personnel Directory and oversee database management and technical services.

Both hail from St. Louis where each built an impressive array of communications and technical skills while serving a variety of St. Louis organizations.

Theresa’s experience covers the gamut — from telling compelling stories and breaking news as a TV reporter/anchor to managing PR and marketing for legal and political clients to creating motivating copy and communications plans for Fortune 500 companies.

FamilyOnline provides me the opportunity to do what I love most — share inspirational stories that have an impact,” she said. “Working with the Marianists gives me a sense of profound purpose while strengthening my Catholic faith and devotion to Mary.”

John spent much of his career at The Boeing Company, starting as a technical illustrator before moving into software programming and engineering.

Now he’s ready for a new chapter in his life. “My faith has always been important,” said John. “This position is a perfect fit and allows me to use my lifelong Catholic faith, communications experience and engineering skills.”

 

Chaminade College Preparatory – Hiring Campus Ministry Director

Chaminade College Preparatory School, an independent, Catholic school in St. Louis, is dedicated to developing the inherent spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical potential of young men in middle and high school. We hire dedicated teachers who are passionate about student learning and working in a collaborative environment.

We are currently accepting applications for a Director of Campus Ministry.

This is a full-time faculty position in the Classical and Modern Languages Department that reports to the department chair and the principal.

Learn more.

 

Synodality

Dioceses and Archdioceses across the U.S. and worldwide are sponsoring conversations on synodality. Chaminade University’s Marianist Lecture featured Bishop Robert McElroy on synodality. The title of his presentation was “A Synodal Church: Proclaiming Jesus to the World.” The presentation was very well received. You can click here to listen.

Marianist PULSE Applications 2022-2023

Do you know a young adult interested in a year of service, solidarity and intentional community living, complemented with spiritual and professional development as a servant leader through the Marianist Charism? If so, please encourage them to visit the PULSE website and request an application for the 2022-2023 program year.

PULSE aligns participants with professional nonprofit roles in Dayton, Ohio, and provides room and board, groceries, healthcare, transportation to Dayton and an end-of-year $5,000 pre-tax allocation. Information about the upcoming non-profit placements is available online.

Applications are due by April 10, 2022 – late applications are welcome on a rolling basis following that date. Contact Maureen O’Rourke with any questions.

The Spring 2022 Edition of ALIVE is Here!

Check out the latest issue of ALIVE magazine that highlights how Fr. James Heft uses open-dialogue and conversation to connect with students at University of Southern California. You’ll also find an in-depth look at a new level of teaching at the Marianist Novitiate.

Read it now!

To receive your free subscription to the print edition of ALIVE, please send your name and mailing address to [email protected].

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