Marianist University Students SEEK the Light

When Pope St. John Paul II visited St. Louis in 1999 for a pastoral visit, he told a gathering of young people, “You are children of the light! You belong to Christ, and he has called you by name.”

Twenty-five years later, nearly 20,000 participants converged on St. Louis at the America Center’s Convention Complex for SEEK24, a five-day conference held Jan. 1–5, where they were called to  “Be the Light,” the theme of this year’s event.

Many attend the annual SEEK conference, looking to find other Catholics like themselves. Anna Steck, a St. Mary’s University sophomore, was excited to “meet students from University of Dayton who share the Marianist Charism and to interact with vowed Marianists from St. Louis and Ohio,” she said. Seven students from St. Mary’s and more than 20 from UD attended the conference.

For Ben Bischoff, a sophomore at University of Dayton, the conference  has motivated him: “If I truly love Christ and experience such joy like I did at SEEK, what is stopping me from sharing this with everyone on my campus?”

A highlight of the event for both Bischoff and Steck happened midway through the conference when college students, seminarians, priests, and religious shared the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. “Seeing thousands of people brought together with a common mission – our shared love of the faith – was encouraging and beautiful,” said Steck.

Brothers at the Maryland Avenue Community and  Pillar/Chaminade Community in St. Louis hosted the students, making it financially feasible for more to attend. Marianist Sr. Emily Sandoval, Bros. Leno Ceballos, and Jack Somerville accompanied them to many of the events. Others were on hand to answer questions and provide support, including Fr. George Cerniglia, Bros. Mark Motz, Bill Campbell, Bob Metzger, Jim Eppy, Richard Schrader, and lay leaders Jen Duncan and Paul Masek.

Reflecting on his time at SEEK, Bischoff said, “There are so many college students across the country who don’t know Christ.” His challenge is straightforward: “Pray for all college students and all who support these students.” Looking at the present, he is hopeful and energized. “The Church is in good hands. But we need to allow God to transform us and give us the grace to do His will.”

In The News

University of Dayton Libraries Win Award 

University of Dayton (UD) Libraries won a national award for commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) from Insight Into Diversity magazine. The 2024 Library Excellence in Access and Diversity (LEAD) Award honors libraries’ programs and initiatives that encourage and support DEI across campus and in the community. UD was selected for its Libraries’ work to implement its strategic DEI plan, which involves its workforce, collections, programming, exhibits, and physical and virtual spaces.

University Libraries will be featured alongside 55 recipients in the March 2024 issue of Insight Into Diversity, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. Click here to read more.

Founders Day, Heritage Week, Heritage Month

Marianist-sponsored schools across the United States celebrated their Marianist Heritage throughout January. The month marks the feast days of Founders, Blessed Marie of the Conception (Adèle) de Batz de Trenquelléon on Jan. 10, the day of her passing in 1828 and Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on Jan. 22, the day of his death in 1850.

Founders Day, Jan. 22, honors Chaminade, who founded the Marianist Family in 1801 and the Society of Mary in 1817. As you can see from various Facebook posts highlighted below, our schools celebrated these events in vibrant and varied ways.

Click here for a reflection for the Feast of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade.

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School
Archbishop Moeller High School
Chaminade University of Honolulu
St. Mary's University
Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School
Chaminade College Preparatory School St. Louis

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Marianist PULSE  (Partners in Urban Leadership, Service, and Education) is accepting applications for the 2024-2025 program year on a rolling basis. To request an application, please fill out a brief application request.

Sophia Bair

Current volunteer Sophia Bair is an alum of the University of Dayton and is serving her PULSE commitment at St. Vincent de Paul Shelter for Women and Families. After she completes the program this summer, she plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician focusing on serving children with housing insecurity.

Want to hear from former participants? Click here to hear from Abby Shahady, Ani Artero, and Dominic Sanfilippo in Episode 34 of Sharing Our Marianist Stories about their journey of discerning, engaging in, and completing a year of service with Marianist PULSE.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Mary’s Role in Catholic Education

They started with various objects: prayer books, Hymnals, and an early 18th-century Book of Hours. Before they were finished, students in the teacher education program at University of Dayton were knee-deep in contemporary comic books and pop-ups.

“They were thrilled to explore this collection of artifacts housed at the Marian Library at UD,” said Jennifer Adams, adjunct professor of teacher education, who led a group of students in curating an exhibit at the library called Mary in Catholic Education.

Since it opened its first school in Bordeaux, France, in 1819, education has been a primary mission of the Marianists, with the Blessed Virgin Mary as an integral component of Marianist education.

By studying the texts and the visual presentations of the library’s collection, “the students were able to engage in lively discussions about the purpose of the books, the explicit and implicit messages conveyed, and who was included in the narrative and who was left out,” said Adams.

The student curators were especially interested in examining cultural and ethnic diversity — or its absence — in these artifacts and what that means for Catholic education today.

“Diversity isn’t just about content,” wrote one of the students in reflecting on the project. “It’s also about how it’s delivered. Some folks might find it easier to understand stories about Mary when they’re presented with colorful images and engaging songs. Others might resonate more with detailed texts and explanations.”

The exhibit explores the many ways people connect with sacred objects and invites viewers to do the same. “It also offers a glimpse into the vast collection at the Marian Library,” said Adams.

Mary in Catholic Education runs from Mar. 4 to June 28, 2024. It is housed on the seventh floor of the Marian Library Gallery in the Roesch Library at UD. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Blessed Chaminade and Blessed Marie of the Conception: ILLUMINATORS!

In our Marianist World, January is a time that we celebrate our founders, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade (Jan. 22) and Blessed Marie of the Conception (Adèle) de Batz de Trenquelléon (Jan. 10). They are two individuals that we Marianists hold dear in our hearts because they are the foundation of what we believe in as we continue their legacy in our present communities and works.

As I write this, my mind becomes focused on the question, “What is a founder?” What can we find essential in these two important people in our lives as Marianists? Let us begin with a definition (Miriam-Webster): Founding Father or Mother: one who starts or helps to start an institution or a movement.

In looking at Chaminade and Adèle, they started or helped start, first of all, a movement. They gathered men and women around them in communities to deepen individuals’ faith journeys. Through formation and inviting men and women to intentionally seek ways to find God in their lives, they created a movement under the auspices of Mary to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. Would you say, then, that Chaminade and Adèle were influencers (a popular term today)?

Influencers may be a good term, but I found another word that may describe Chaminade and Adèle, even better, Illuminators. David Brooks, a commentator from the New York Times, recently wrote a book, How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen, which I just started reading. In his first chapter, he describes Illuminators as the following:

“Illuminators, on the other hand, have a persistent curiosity about other people. They have been trained or have trained themselves in the craft of understanding others. They know what to look for and how to ask the right questions at the right time. They shine the brightness of their care on people and make them feel bigger, deeper, respected, and lit up.” (page 13)

Click here to read more.

From the Archives

Moving Marianist Art

Gallery Saint John is holding a special three-day event Feb. 8-10, 2024. During this time, a wide range of art will be available for purchase. Some of the artists involved in the gallery include Bro. Joe Barrish, Bro. Don Smith, Bro. John Lemker, Bro. Charlie WandaFr. Mike NartkerBro. Louis Fournier and Bro. Gary Marcinowski.

After more than 34 years of displaying the creative talents of the Marianist Brothers, Gallery Saint John will close on March 1, 2024. The legacy of our artists will move to the “Marianist Creativity Center” located at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX. The Province will continue looking for ways to showcase the brothers’ art and display it on various social media outlets where it can continue to be discovered, preserved, and offer inspiration for future generations.

The Gallery Saint John Art Sale will be held on the following days/times:

Thursday, February 8, 4-8 pm

Friday, February 9, 12-8 pm

Saturday, February 10, 10 am-4 pm

By Bro. Joe Barrish
By Bro. Don Smith
By Bro. John Lemker
By Bro. Charles Wanda
By Fr. Mike Nartker
By Bro. Louis Fournier

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Sign Up For Summer LIFE 2024


The Marianist LIFE (Living In Faith Experience) summer program is a faith-formation experience for high school students and their moderators. Students enjoy an experience of small faith communities, sacraments, prayer, leadership development, social justice education, and fun! Moderators, including campus ministers, youth ministers, teachers and adult volunteers, arrive before the students to prepare and build their own communities of faith. Three sessions are being offered, one in Occidental, CA and two in Dayton, OH, during the months of June and July. Click here for more information.

Spiritus Debut

The Queen of Apostles Community in Dayton celebrated its final Mass on Dec. 31, 2023, due to the parish closing. While members moved to different parishes around Dayton,  some also decided to form a Lay Marianist Community called Spiritus.

“The first gathering of Spiritus took place on Epiphany. We had over 80 people in attendance, and the gathering was a great success with community prayer/reflection, a primer lesson on formation, and a kids program. I’m sure that this will evolve over time, but thanks to the Holy Spirit, the debut of Spiritus was a great success,” exclaimed Matt Naveau, a leadership team member of Spiritus.

Lay Marianists represent the oldest branch of the Marianist Family, with roots stretching back to 1801. To learn more about the Marianist Lay Community of North America, visit www.mlcna.org.

Marianist Library Classification System

Bro. Andrew Kosmowski,  Librarian at the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS), recently published an article for Catholic Library World highlighting the Marianist classification system for libraries as a prime example of a system within a Catholic charismatic family. He reflects on NACMS Librarian Teresa Trimboli’s work creating the original Marianist Library classification system and assesses the system’s strengths and challenges. Bro. Andrew hopes the article, titled “Marianist Library Classification: A Case Study,” encourages librarians from different orders to create similar schemas for their congregations. Click here to read the article.

Marian Forum Online Feb. 13

Want to explore Marian Shrines and Catholicism in the United States? All are welcome to attend University of Dayton’s Marian Forum on Feb. 13! It will explore Marian Shrines and U.S. Catholicism with Professors Karen Park and Katherine Dugan, co-editors of American Patroness: Marian Shrines and the Making of U.S. Catholicism.

Visit go.udayton.edu/marianforum to register to attend virtually.

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• Marianist Province of U.S. – Office of Sponsorship Director

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• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Principal, Asst. Principal, and Director of Advancement

• Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning (OH)– Front Desk Receptionist

• North American Center for Marianist Studies (OH) – Program Administrator

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Beauty and the Birth of Jesus

Edwin and Serena Henderson check off items in a scavenger hunt
Cub Scout Troop explores nativities of the world
Miles Harris, age six, admiring a unique nativity scene

When Brian Showalter heard about Nativities and the Natural World, University of Dayton’s annual Christmas exhibit at the Roesch Library with more than 100 nativity scenes from 31 countries, he knew it was the perfect activity for his second-grade Cub Scout troop.

“I try to make scouting about experiencing new and different things,” he said. “The exhibit was an excellent opportunity for the boys to see how different cultures from around the world celebrate and express reverence for the birth of Jesus.”

Rachel Henderson, a mother of one of the cub scouts, helped chaperone the group and brought her two older children along for the experience. “I wanted to share with them the beauty of art and the birth of Jesus at the same time,” she said.

And what did the boys enjoy the most? “The Scouts loved the scavenger hunt, an activity that had them searching for a specific item in each exhibit,” said Showalter, who is from Centerville, OH. “This gave them a chance to examine each display and observe differences that might not be obvious at first glance.”

Showalter and Henderson were both amazed by the creativity and materials used to make the nativities, “everything from clay to wood to paper,” said Showalter.

Kerri Haynes, a religion teacher at St. Luke School in Dayton, decided to bring her 3rd-grade students to the exhibit. “They enjoyed seeing all of the manger scenes from around the world and especially loved making paper poinsettia ornaments and coloring nativity cards to bring home to their families.”

For Haynes, this was also an opportunity to celebrate the 800th anniversary of nativity scenes, which started in 1223 when St. Francis of Assisi began the tradition to highlight the birth of Jesus and the significance of the Incarnation. “This is a beautiful exhibit,” said Haynes, “with something for children and adults to enjoy together.”

Henderson agreed. “I wanted my children to see how God can inspire people to do beautiful things. Most uplighting was how the Holy Family has touched people across the globe. It was a great experience for everyone!”

The free nativity exhibit is open in Roesch Library until Jan. 12, 2024. New this year, audio tours are available for each gallery, and family-friendly interactive stations enable visitors to create Christmas ornaments and decorate a Nativity scene Christmas card. Click here for more information.

In The News

Chaminade University Alumna Makes History

The U.S. Senate, in a bipartisan vote, confirmed Shanlyn A.S. Park as a federal judge for the U.S. District Court of Hawaii.

Born in Honolulu, Shanlyn received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Chaminade University of Honolulu in 1991.

Judge Park spent most of her career as a federal public defender in Hawaii and will now move to a lifetime appointment on Hawaii’s federal bench. Judge Park is the first Native Hawaiian woman federal judge in the state. Click here to read more.

End of an Era

Thomas M. Mengler and his wife Mona Mengler

St. Mary’s University President Thomas M. Mengler will start a new chapter when he retires on May 31, 2024. For almost 12 years,  Mengler shared his vision of the University’s Catholic and Marianist traditions and educating servant leaders for future generations.

“Tom’s gift to St. Mary’s is his own personal Catholic faith and how he allowed that faith to play itself out in his leadership at St. Mary’s,” said Fr. John Thompson, St. Mary’s Vice President for Mission.

Mengler is the 13th president of St. Mary’s University and only the second layperson to hold the position. Click here to read more.

New President Appointed

Winston Erevelles

Following a national search, the St. Mary’s University Board of Trustees unanimously appointed Winston Erevelles, Ph.D., as the next president of St. Mary’s University, beginning June 1, 2024.

Erevelles is a dedicated St. Mary’s community member who served 12 transformative years as Dean of the School of Science, Engineering and Technology from 2009 to 2021. Since then, he has been working on two new initiatives — the University’s anticipated Nursing Program and creating the three-story Blank Sheppard Innovation Center. Erevelles is also a Professor of Industrial Engineering.

Click here to read more.

New MRCC Executive Director

Jennifer Duncan

The Board of Directors of the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center (MRCC) announced that Jennifer Duncan has been appointed Executive Director. “My goal is to create meaningful connections with our community, to continue to build a network of support to sustain and enhance our building and grounds, and to increase the opportunities that provide the place and programs where people can find peace and deepen their relationship with Christ,” said Duncan. Click here to read more.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Marianist Education Highlighted in Business Journal

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From St. Mary’s Southside Catholic High School in MO to St. Mary’s University in TX to the San Antonio Business Journal pages, Andrew Tague credits his Marianist education for helping him succeed in life and business.

“The Marianist Leadership Program was the first building block that started the foundation of who I am today,” Tague said. “It gave me the opportunity to start living out my vocation. I realized that it was time to be me.”

Tague, who received his Bachelor of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in 2023, secured a full-time job almost a year before graduating and earned the President’s Award for academic excellence and transformative leadership at St. Mary’s. He also started his own side business while a student, a vintage T-shirt shop called Tague’s Treasures. Two years later, his shop remains popular with students.

“He lives out the Marianist values every day, and I have no doubt he’ll be able to achieve all of his professional endeavors,” said Violeta Díaz, Ph.D., associate dean of the Greehey School of Business and associate professor of finance at St. Mary’s University. Click here to read more.

From the Archives

Christmas Cards from the Archives

We thought you might enjoy taking a look at Christmas cards and artwork either created by Marianist brothers or sent to them through the years. As you may notice, the printing quality may now have a higher resolution, but the sentiment remains the same. The Provincial Council hopes your holidays continue to be blessed. Click here to see more.

Card from Milan, Italy, 1934
Mother & Child drawing 1990 by Bro. Mel Meyer, SM (1928 - 2013)
A card from Maryhurst (Kirkwood, MO) and Mount St. John (Dayton, OH), date unknown
New Year postcard mailed from San Francisco to “Brother Henry" at St. Louis College, Honolulu, HI, 1910
Flight into Egypt by Bro. James Roberts, SM (1931-2007) for the former Pacific Province, 1971
Date and origin unknown
Christmas card for the former Pacific Province by Bro. James Roberts, SM (1931-2007), date unknown

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Good to Know

60 Years of Christmas on Campus

The University of Dayton celebrated its 60th Christmas on Campus on Dec. 8, with more than 1,000 Dayton Public School students paired with undergraduates to enjoy a winter wonderland.

The event was free and open to the public and included pictures with Santa, a live Nativity, crafts, model trains, treats, and more.

“Christmas on Campus is our opportunity to celebrate the true spirit of Christmas with everyone — most of all the Dayton children,” said co-chair Fiona Dusenberry. “It’s a tradition that brings to life UD’s Catholic and Marianist heritage and the value we place on community.”

The tradition of celebrating Christmas and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception dates back to 1964 when a group of students gathered and decided to celebrate Christmas before they left for the holidays. With that, Christmas on Campus was born. Click here to see more pictures.

Mission of Mary Receives Award

The Montgomery County Commissioners in Ohio awarded the Mission of Mary’s executive director, Mike Schulz, the Food Champion ‘Education’ Award at the 13th annual Montgomery County Food Summit. This honor was bestowed upon Schulz for his 16 years of service and labor of love at Mission of Mary Cooperative

“I see this award as a team award for the Mission of Mary family for the amazing board, team, partners, donors, and countless volunteers who have generously given and continue to show up every day and year to humbly serve,” said Schulz. Click here to read more.

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• Purcell Marian High School (OH) – Principal

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Principal

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Assistant Principal

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Director of Advancement

• Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning (OH)– Front Desk Receptionist

• North American Center for Marianist Studies (OH) – Program Administrator

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Table of Life & Faith

The hope is you retain the grace of gratitude long after the Thanksgiving leftovers are gobbled and gone. Sometimes, that’s easier said than done. The hustle and bustle of the upcoming Christmas season with elves on shelves can challenge the patience of many parents; in contrast, the silent nights of those missing loved ones can leave them struggling in perceived solitude.

To compound matters, today’s society seems wrought with division fueled by social media – political persuasion, religious affiliation, thoughts on immigration, and the list goes on. Gratitude can become so forgotten that simply serving canned, not fresh, cranberries can lead to an argument.

But what if you set the table with the intention to feed your soul as well as your body? Setting the Marianist Table is a process that, through symbolism, helps transform an ordinary task into a spiritual opportunity.

“It gives us a chance to step out of our busy lives and enter into a gentle, reflective mindset. Each symbol has meaning, and it’s nice to see the everyday items of our lives given a symbolic purpose. After experiencing the Table Setting,  I hope parents and children gather around to discuss what is on the table that reminds them of the Marianist Family. I think the ceremony represents the Marianist Family quite well, and the concept easily transfers into other cultures, too,” said Bro. Michael Sullivan, who helped create a video of the experience.

What exactly is this special table setting? It is the mindfulness of what a centerpiece, silverware, plates, even napkins and condiments bring to the table. Each item can hold different meanings for individuals; the key is slowing down to reflect on their significance. “I find the ceremony to be a calming event that helps relieve some anxiety while inspiring hope and instilling a sense of peacefulness,” explained Bro. Michael.

“I have seen people be very touched by the experience in the moment and have come away with a deeper understanding of the Marianist way,” added George Lisjak, Director of the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS).

The Marianist Mission created a booklet to walk you through the steps. NACMS also offers resources and talking points on this topic, which Lisjak reports are some of their most requested, distributing about 100 copies a year.

The aim is to make family spirit the distinctive mark of Marianist communities, growing in the characteristics of Mary, particularly her faith, humility, simplicity, and hospitality. “Family spirit is reflected in hospitality, but it goes beyond polite social norms to say, ‘You are welcome. You are appreciated. You belong here.’ Everyone can benefit from feeling valued and from genuinely recognizing the value of others. Setting a Marianist Table conveys these deeper meanings,” stated Lisak.

In The News

Congratulations, Fr. José Luis!

Fr. José Luis González Molina was ordained during Mass at Parroquia San Francisco Galileo in El Pueblito, Querétaro, Mexico, on Nov. 18, 2023.

Family, friends, and members of the Marianist community attended the ordination Mass, including the following from the Marianist Province of the U.S., Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial, Assistant Provincial of the Office of Religious Life Fr. Tim Kenney, and Chaplain of Comunidad Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth, along with Bros. Larry McBride, Francisco Gonzalez, Paco Gomes, Ed Longbottom and Fr. James Schimelpfening.

At the end of the Holy Mass, Fr. Jose Luis told the congregation, “I am thankful to God for the gift of life, my parents for the gift of faith, the vowed Marianists for welcoming me and helping me grow and to the Marianist Family for the love and support these many years.” He also said he’s looking forward to learning and living what it means to be a Marianist priest.

Click here for a video of the ordination. Click here for pictures from the Mass. Read more.

Queen of Apostles Parish Last Mass

From a Marianist community of student brothers that was always open to visitors for Sunday Eucharist, the Queen of Apostles Community in Dayton, OH, emerged as a non-territorial parish on Aug. 28, 1973. After 50 years of celebrating Sunday Mass, the parish will close due to a lack of personnel.

As a Province, we are proud of the Lay Community that has emerged. Throughout these 50 years, Marianist priests and brothers, along with enthusiastic lay persons, have touched thousands of lives not only through the Sunday Masses but through many baptisms, first communions, and weddings which has fostered a vibrant community. A Mass of Completion will take place on December 17 with the vowed Marianists, and a closing Mass will take place on Dec. 31, 2023.

Fr. Chaminade taught that “new methods for new times” are needed, and some of the people of the Queen of Apostles parish will create a new Marianist Lay Community to be formally established and operational in Jan. 2024.

Honoring Our Veterans

St. Mary’s University and University of Dayton saluted veterans in special ways for Veterans Day. It’s a day to honor the patriotism, service, and sacrifice of the men and women who are serving or have served in the U.S. military. The holiday is rooted in history. It was on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918 — that the cease-fire agreement took effect ending World War I.

At University of Dayton (UD), Fr. John Klobuka presided at a Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception to honor all U.S. military veterans, especially those who are UD alumni and Marianist Brothers. Of the 24 known veterans buried on the UD campus or at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, some served as chaplains, while others served before becoming Marianists or were drafted. They were not just faithful to God; they were faithful to the nation and served in defense of the Constitution and for a free world. Click here for a video recording of the Mass.

ROTC cadets at St. Mary’s University, as seen in the pictures, held an outside wreath-laying ceremony honoring those dedicated to serving our nation, with Fr. James Tobin giving his thanks to a special veteran. The Rattler Battalion Color Guard participated in five Veteran’s Day ceremonies.

Pep Band Awarded Stan Musial Award on CBS

The University of Dayton Flyer Pep Band was honored as a 2023 Stan Musial Award recipient in a ceremony Nov. 18 at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis, MO. It will be nationally broadcast Sunday, Dec. 24, on CBS.

Named for Baseball Hall of Famer Stan Musial, the Musial Awards recognize the year’s greatest moments of sportsmanship and those in sports who embody class and character. The Flyer Pep Band was selected for their actions during the 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, when they stepped in to play for Fairleigh Dickinson University.

“You can be recognized for being an outstanding musical ensemble or player, but there are very few acknowledgements of a person or organization’s character,” said Willie Morris, director of the Flyer Pep Band.

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Marianist Ministries in Action

Radiate Joy – Inspire Youth

William Joseph Chaminade, Founder of the Marianist Family, was beatified by St. John Paul II on Sept. 3, 2000.

Campus Ministers from Chaminade College Prep, St. Mary’s South Side Catholic, and St. John Vianney high schools talk about connecting with youth over dinner with Brothers in St. Louis, MO, on Oct. 25, 2023

In his beatification homily, the Pope cited Chaminade’s “innovative” ways of attracting those especially far from the Church.

It is worth quoting the following paragraph from the Pope’s beatification homily.

“Father Chaminade’s love for Christ, in keeping with the French School of Spirituality, spurred him to pursue his tireless work by founding spiritual families in a troubled period of France’s religious history. His filial attachment to Mary maintained his inner peace on all occasions, helping him to do Christ’s will. His concern for human, moral, and religious education calls the entire Church to renew her attention to young people, who need both teachers and witnesses in order to turn to the Lord and take their part in the Church’s mission.”

The hope is to reach young adults through Campus Ministry, Marianist educators, vocations, conversations, and role models in the Lay Marianist community. It is a privileged priority for the Marianist Family.

Fr. James Heft, author of Empty Churches: Non-Affiliation in America,  encourages Catholic communities to foster spiritual experiences that go beyond abstract ideas. In a speech on this topic last year, he noted, “Some of you worry yourselves to death about your grandchildren, whether they’ve been baptized. I would say don’t be so worried, but radiate some joy and some beauty. That’s going to draw them more than anything else.”

Want to invite someone into the Marianist Family?

Marianist Spirit is an online introduction to the Marianist Family, the experience of Marianist Lay communities, spirituality, and mission in the Church and world. No experience is necessary. Sessions are every other Tuesday from 6-7:15 p.m. CT beginning Jan. 9 until April 30, 2024. Visit mlcna.org/spirit to learn more and sign up.

From the Archives

Marianist Artist Rediscovered

Bro. Aloysius Kreipl was born Aug. 25, 1883, in Schindlau, Bohemia (Czech Republic), and died Dec 2, 1960, in Marcy, NY, at 78. He taught drawing at Marianist schools and wrote nature and devotional poems, creating many works of art now at the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States.

The religious life of Bro. Aloysius took him to Ohio, Texas, California, New York, Philadelphia,  and Washington, DC, with his work reflecting his travels.

Article about Bro. Aloysius Kreipl in the Utica Daily Press on January 11, 1952
Bro. Aloysius Kreipl “Nazareth” (University of Dayton), pencil drawing Feb. 1914
Bro. Aloysius Kreipl “Nazareth” (University of Dayton) watercolor
Bro. Aloysius Kreipl taken July 1913 at age 30

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Good to Know

Free exhibit explores Nativities and the Natural World

The University of Dayton’s annual Christmas exhibit explores the plants and animals that artists use in Nativity scenes when telling the story of Jesus’ birth.

“We invite the community to see how Christmas connects to the natural world in which Christ was born with highlights in our collection that show Nativity sets made with gourds, mother-of-pearl, beeswax and more,” said Kayla Harris, Marian Library director.

The free exhibit is open in Roesch Library until Jan. 12, 2024. More information is available online at go.udayton.edu/christmas-exhibit.

New this year, audio tours are available for each gallery. Family-friendly interactive stations also allow visitors to create a poinsettia ornament and decorate a Nativity scene Christmas card with animals of their choice.

Applications Being Accepted

The Marian Library and the International Marian Research Institute at  University of Dayton are accepting applications for short-term fellowships to support research and artistic creation using collection and expertise from the organizations. Applications for a visiting scholar fellowship and graduate student fellowship are open through Jan. 15, 2024. More information is available online. The program is supported in part by a gift from the Marianist Province of the United States.

ALIVE Magazine – Fall Edition

The new fall edition of ALIVE magazine is now available.

Inside, you will find stories like how faithful donor Mary Kay Fitzpatrick has stitched together a lifetime of service to the Marianist Charism and how a school, closed for more than 50 years, continues to benefit a Marianist high school.

Click here to read those stories and more in the digital version.

Join Us!

Click here to discover job opportunities within our Marianist Ministries across the United States. 

New listings include:

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Principal

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Assistant Principal

• Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning (OH)– Front Desk Receptionist

• North American Center for Marianist Studies (OH) – Program Administrator

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Director of Advancement

Check Out More Marianist News

Via Latina  from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Sharing Our Marianist Stories podcast from North American Center for Marianist Studies

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities

District Update #74 from the Marianist District of India

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Teaching Transcends Borders and Time

A creative seed planted by Bro. Bob Resing in 1970 has today blossomed into a flourishing art curriculum and a new building named after him in Australia. Bro. Bob received a letter this summer from Emmanuel College, a Catholic high school in the Marianist tradition located in Melbourne, where he once taught.

He was floored. Not only would his name be emblazoned on the building, but they flew him to Aussieland in October for a special dedication and blessing ceremony. “I was blown away,” he said, having never fully realized the impact of his presence and influence at the school.

Bro. Bob first arrived in Australia in the 70s to teach art at St. Paul’s College, an all-boys school that is now a part of Emmanuel College. “I was an inexperienced 24-year-old fresh out of the Marianist Scholasticate,” recalled Bro. Bob.

Living and teaching in the land down under for the next 17 years left an indelible impression. “I loved just about everything – the people, the place, the multicultural makeup of the students,” he said. “I loved the flora, the fauna, the nearness to the ocean, the newness of the country, the laidback manner of the people, and Australian football. My time there was a wonderful gift from God.”

St. Paul’s students, faculty, and families mutually shared that gift. “Bro. Bob’s creative presence as a member and leader of the art program played a central role in developing and diversifying our art curriculum,” said Mark Sciberras, deputy principal-mission integration at St. Paul’s.

He was also a catalyst for expanding the school’s commitment to artistic creativity by working closely with architects on a new arts building at St. Paul’s in 1979. He served as chief consultant in creating Our Lady’s Chapel, where he designed the stained glass windows that adorn the sacred space.

Those who worked closely by his side in those years claim it was his “warm, sometimes cheeky smile, and his humility, kindness, and respect for others” that drew people to him and cemented long-lasting friendships, said Sciberras. “As part of his legacy, with strong Marianist foundations, Bro. Bob helped Emmanuel College grow into the increasingly imaginative and inclusive community that we are today.”

Bro. Bob currently works at the Marianist Province of the U.S. office in St. Louis, MO, and continues cultivating art, making handcrafted jewelry. Click here to explore his designs and inquire about his pieces.

Click here for more photos from the dedication ceremony.

Click here for a video honoring Bro. Bob and his contributions to the college.

In The News

Marianist World Day of Prayer 

Marianist World Day of Prayer on, October 15, focused this year on Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Mount Saint John in Dayton, OH.

Staff at the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) produced a prayer booklet for the occasion, and the International Marian Research Institute contributed an interesting Mary food fact.

Did you know the hazelnut chocolate Ferrero Rocher was created to honor the Virgin Mary and a little girl’s miraculous vision of her in Lourdes, France?

Michele Ferrero, the Italian businessman who owned the Ferrero Group and turned it into the global candy corporation behind Nutella, Kinder, and Tic-Tac, was a devout Catholic and made a pilgrimage once a year to Lourdes, according to The Guardian. Executives also claim that every Ferrero plant and office in the world has a statue of the Madonna. Michele Ferror has stated, “The success of Ferrero we owe to Our Lady of Lourdes. Without her, we can do little.” Click here to read more.

Click here to see pictures from Marianist World Day of Prayer celebrations in Kenya and Honolulu.

Lay Community Continues to Grow

From Dayton, OH, to San Antonio, TX, our Marianist Lay Community (MLC) is growing!

MLC Embrace in Dayton, OH

In correlation with the Marianist World Day of Prayer, a group of young adults made their commitment to a new MLC named “Embrace” at the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Mount Saint John.

Marian Consecration in the Guadalupe Chapel at St. Mary’s University

The following Sunday in San Antonio, another new Marianist Lay Community made its Consecration to Mary. The St. Mary’s University students have been preparing using Fr. Quentin Hackenewerth’s consecration materials. This is their first step in forming their MLC, with their final commitment scheduled for Sunday, January 21, 2024, at 11:00 a.m. Mass in Assumption Chapel at the university.

Want to become a Lay Marianist, join a new community, or form your own? The Marianist Lay Community of North America is running a formation program from Jan. 9 to June 4, 2024. Sessions will be held virtually.

Cultural Exchange Experience

Pope Francis encourages the Church to be a community that takes initiative. In accepting that challenge and utilizing the Marianist understanding of “radical hospitality,” Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory is proud to initiate a cultural exchange experience for two new faculty members.

(L-R) Glen Briones and Ernest San Jose

Junreyglen (Glen) Briones and Ernest San Jose, from the Philippines, have committed to a five-year cultural experience of working and living in the United States. Glen stated that he embarked on this journey because “I was driven by a profound desire for personal and professional growth. I had always been intrigued by venturing into the unknown, particularly American culture, to gain a deeper understanding of the world and learn from its diversity.”

Ernest echoed that sentiment, adding that many fellow Filipinos leave their homeland to help with the financial needs of their families who remain in the Philippines. For him, it’s a spiritual voyage, “we immerse ourselves in kaleidoscopic cultures, each a symphony of existence. Departing home is not a mere farewell but a tender invitation to a grander voyage of heart and spirit.”

Click here to read more in a write-up from Bro. Jack Ventura.

Who Let The Dogs Out?

St. John Vianney High School
Chaminade University Honolulu
St. John Vianney High School
Chaminade University Honolulu

Some of our Marianist schools went to the dogs earlier this month! It was part of Emotional Wellness Month, observed in October, and reminds us to disconnect and take time out for our brain.

According to Healthline, “Interacting with a friendly pet can help reduce blood pressure and improve overall cardiovascular health. It can also release endorphins that can calm, alleviate pain, reduce stress, and improve your overall psychological state.”

At St. John Vianney High School, students snuggled and played with puppies as part of a Wellness Awareness Week. Lucky Chance Rescue provided the puppy therapy. The bonus is that all puppies are available for adoption and were introduced to potential new pet parents.

At Chaminade University of Honolulu, Wellness Week culminated with a “Puppy Love” event, where students had the opportunity to unwind and get some pet therapy from K9 TheraPets of Hawaii.

St. Mary’s University invites therapy dogs to visit campus each semester to help ease students’ stress of midterms and finals and, of course, to receive cuddles.

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Marianist Ministries in Action

Participants celebrating Mass
Guest Speaker Dr. Steve Neiheisel
Fr. Oscar presiding at Mass
Colleagues connecting in Charism

Charism Conquers Competition

On October 2, 1817, the Society of Mary was formed. It’s a day fondly referred to by many students and supporters as simply Marianist Day! To commemorate it,  the three Marianist-sponsored high schools in St. Louis leave any rivalry on the playing fields and gather for a Mass that has become an annual tradition.

This year,  St. John Vianney High School hosted faculty and staff from Chaminade College Preparatory School St. Louis and St. Mary’s South Side Catholic High School to its campus to celebrate Marianist Charism and grow as Marianist educators.

Dr. Steve Neiheisel, an author, guest speaker, and longtime Catholic educator, encouraged participants to form young men to be men of character. Provincial Fr. Oscar Vasquez thanked attendees for their dedication. “Please know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of all our brothers as you move forward in hope. Blessed Chaminade’s vision to rechristianize our world is in our hands.”

Vianney’s Campus Ministry Director, Grace Burnworth, said that while they may come from different schools in different areas of St. Louis, they are journeying together. “We have a shared mission and were able to discuss similar challenges and triumphs. It was a reminder that as we educate in the formation of faith, we have colleagues beyond the walls of our individual schools. The Marianist family spirit transcends rivalries and provides us with partners in education and faith. “

Fr. Oscar furthered that sentiment, “St. Louis is the only city with three Marianist high schools. This is a blessing and a challenge. The blessing is that we can gather as professionals to share the story and support one another. The challenge is that there is always a natural competition. But that allows us to model for our world that competition (or differences) doesn’t mean we have to be at odds. We can model how to coexist and thrive for the world as long as we keep what is at the foundation in mind. “

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Our Lady of the Pillar and Fr. Chaminade

In October, the Marianist world celebrates an important Marian Feast, Our Lady of the Pillar. The feast commemorates the tradition that Mary appeared to St. James the Greater Apostle in A.D. 40. It is considered the first Marian apparition in recorded Church history and also the only one that occurred while Mary was still alive. It was actually a bilocation since she was living in Jerusalem.

During the early ministry (post-Pentecost) of the Apostles, James traveled to Roman Hispania (modern-day Spain). He was not very successful in his evangelization efforts and was frustrated and discouraged by the lack of conversions in the area. He was sitting on the bank of the Ebro River in Caesaraugusta (modern-day Saragossa) when Mary appeared with thousands of angels surrounding her. Her purpose was to console and encourage James in his ministry. Mary, with the child Jesus in her arms and standing on a pillar, asked James and the other disciples to build a church on the site, promising that “it will stand from that moment until the end of time in order that God may work miracles and wonders through my intercession for all those who place themselves under my patronage.” And so the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar is the first church dedicated to Mary in history and remains standing to this day. (see “Why Our Lady of the Pillar is the patroness of Spain and the Americas,” by Alejandro Bermudez on www.catholicnewsagency.com)

As we know, Blessed Chaminade arrived in Saragossa in 1797 when he was exiled from France during the French Revolution. He and his fellow exiles, no doubt, had feelings of frustration, disappointment and even anger because of their situation. But the fruits of Blessed Chaminade’s prayers before Our Lady of the Pillar can be seen today in the Family of Mary.

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From the Archives

Marianist Archives On Display

The San Antonio Regional Archivists (SARA) hosted its first-ever bazaar on October 7, 2023, and invited the well-established Marianist Archives to participate. It was an opportunity for area archival repositories and community archives to showcase collections. It was free and open to the public. Participants learned about and explored collection tables, listened to presentations, and enjoyed regional musical entertainment.

Bro. Earl Leistikow, Bro. Del Jorn, and Project Archivist Lisa Finnie ready to answer questions.
Marianist Archives exhibit created by Bro. Brian Zampier
Bro. Brian Zampier and Province Archivist Mary Kenney showcasing the exhibit.

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Pray With Us

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

Bro. Al Kuntemeier - 1962
Bro. Al Kuntemeier - 2015

Bro. Albert Kuntemeier, 92, died on October 13, 2023, in San Antonio, TX, with 75 years of religious profession.

Bro. Al, born in St. Louis, MO, was a teacher, a counselor, a coach, a chaplain, a tennis player, and a joyful extrovert. Over the course of more than 60 years of ministry, he touched the lives of all those in his orbit with his friendliness, positive spirit, and dedication to the Blessed Mother.

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Bro. James Brown - Date Unknown
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Bro. James Brown - 2015

Bro. James Brown, 82, died on October 15, 2023, in Dayton, OH, with 63 years of religious profession.

Bro. Jim, born in Cleveland, OH,  was a teacher, a business manager, a fundraiser, and a storyteller who generously dedicated his life in service to Mary. He was a person of deep faith, gratitude, and prayer whose smile and humor delighted and inspired those who were blessed to know him.

Click here to read more.

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Bro. Francis Heyer - Date Unknown
Bro. Francis Heyer - 2015

Bro. Francis Heyer, 102, died on October 19, 2023, in San Antonio, TX, with 83 years of religious profession. Bro. Francis was revered as a teacher – one who credited his “mature alliance” with Mary as the reason his own work bore fruit in the classroom. Following his professional career, he planted trees and tended to landscaping around his communities, wanting to provide a welcoming environment for all.

Click here to read more.

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Fr. Gerald Chinchar - Date Unknown
Fr. Gerald Chinchar - 2015

Fr. Gerald Chinchar, 80, died on October 28, 2023, in San Antonio, TX, with 61 years of religious profession.

His obituary is forthcoming and will be posted here as soon as possible.

Click here to see more pictures.

Good to Know

Women’s Retreat

Women need time to pause, reflect, and be with other women who seek God’s voice in their lives. At Tecaboca, you can find all of that and more.

Tecaboca Women’s Retreats offer time to relax and rejuvenate, make new friends, enliven your faith, and return home with a sense of spiritual inspiration and calm.

This year’s retreat will be held Dec. 1-3 and explore the many types of goodbyes and hellos that we say in our lives. The Tecaboca team, using the book “Praying Our Goodbyes,” will guide you through the healing of  “goodbyes.”

Click here for more information and to register today.

The Best of Quest

Bro. Bob Moriarty is on a quest—literally and figuratively—and he wants you to join!

In collaboration with the North American Center for Marianist Studies, Bro. Bob has digitized and published The Best of Quest, featuring handpicked material from almost 30 years of the popular Quest publication. The new compilation contains prayers, reflections, and conversation questions based on the Sunday readings from the lectionary for each liturgical year.

Liturgical years A and C are available as free downloads by clicking the corresponding links below. Liturgical year B is still in process.

Liturgical Year A             Liturgical Year C

Volunteers Needed

The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative is looking for volunteers for our Issue & Project Teams. You can volunteer from wherever you are (no specific location required) and with whatever experience you have with the Marianist Family. Read the full volunteer role description here and pursue the next steps by going here: [email protected]

Rise From the Ashes

You may recall the Findlay Street Marianist community in Cincinnati, OH. The community in the Over the Rhine neighborhood was dedicated to living among and serving the poor, working for social justice and offering urban plunge retreats. Unfortunately, a fire and subsequent burst of water pipe forced the brothers to abandon the building in 2007, which has stood empty since.

But, Bro. Bob Donovan reports that reconstruction work has recently begun on the building. There is no indication of who the new tenant might be, but it is suspected it will be turned into apartments. The developer’s adopted motto is “positively transforming communities.”

Findlay Street Marianist Community 2004
Findlay St. Community Fire Damage 2007
Findlay Street Building 2023
Findlay Street Reconstruction 2023

Join Us!

Click here to discover job opportunities within our Marianist Ministries across the United States. 

New listings include:

•The Marianist Province of the United States (MO)– Administrative Assistant

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – President

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Principal

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Assistant Principal

• Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning (OH)– Front Desk Receptionist

• North American Center for Marianist Studies (OH) – Program Administrator

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Director of Advancement

Check Out More Marianist News

Via Latina  from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Sharing Our Marianist Stories podcast from North American Center for Marianist Studies

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities

District Update #74 from the Marianist District of India

FatherSide Chats is a web video series featuring Fr. Gene Contadino. Discover new episodes every Tuesday about a variety of topics. Click the graphic to view episodes. Click here to read more.

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NCIS Chaminade — Reality, not TV

It’s not a spinoff of the television series NCIS: Hawai’i. They don’t go around pointing guns at people or detonating bombs. They certainly don’t solve major crimes in an hour. But, five Chaminade University of Honolulu alumni do help keep Hawaii safe.

​​As special agents for the Hawaii Field Office of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) headquartered at Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Chris Meana ’12, Pia Teves ’85, Tamara Kenessey ’16, Olivia DeQuiroz ’12 and Kay Een ’02 are tasked with monitoring crime, conducting polygraph tests, supporting criminal investigations, providing analytical support, and technical surveillance countermeasures.

“When I attended Chaminade, I was really into my religious classes, and I thought that was my calling,” says Meana, who’s been with NCIS since 2015. “But then I served with the Hawaii National Guard, and I refined my calling, wanting to make an impact in my hometown.”

For DeQuiroz, it was not so much a calling but a necessity that led her to the NCIS Hawaii Field Office. “I needed to pay for college, so I applied for an administrative position,” says the Polygraph Examiner.

Today, she provides counterintelligence, monitoring spies, terrorists, and any matter pertaining to our national security across all military branches. She’s also involved with “Operation Keiki Shield,” which is part of the Hawaii Department of the Attorney General’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

A former electrician with his family’s business, Teves started as a Technical Investigative Specialist (TIS) Agent in 1987 and became a Technical Enforcement Officer in 2014. He is now the sole provider of technical support for the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and technical security for the entire Pacific Command.

“Before there was the internet, I was looking at an actual bulletin board while I was on campus, and I came across this poster that read: Naval Investigative Service  (NIS),  overseas travel, worldwide locations,” recalls Teves. “I had no idea what it was, but it sounded sexy, so I applied.”

A Special Agent since 2020, Kenessey deals with death investigations, child enticement, fraud, arson, and all federal-level investigations that involve criminal and security matters with the Navy.

Kay Een flashes a shaka while in Baghdad, Iraq, circa 2005

Kay Een praises Chaminade for her current position, saying the school’s welcoming atmosphere and experiential learning help her as NCIS’ Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer.

“Much like my time at Chaminade, I believe there is great value in being surrounded by people with different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives,” says Een, who is now in her 20th year with NCIS. “Being in a place that fosters diversity through inclusion is key to growing an innovative and agile workforce.”

As far as the authenticity of CBS’ popular NCIS franchise, they all agree that the drama doesn’t always get it right. “We have a close relationship with the show and work with them,” Meana says. “They try to stay close to reality but do add their own fictional twist.”

Chris Meana, right, and Kay Een promote NCIS at a recruitment affair
Olivia DeQuiroz administers a mock polygraph test

In The News

Marianist World Day of Prayer 

The World Council of the Marianist Family has declared that this year’s Marianist World Day of Prayer on Sunday, October 15, will be focused on the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at Mount Saint John in Dayton, OH. The annual Marianist World Day of Prayer originates from the Lay Branch.

During the 1970s, affiliates in St. Louis, MO, began a prayerful gathering on the Sunday closest to October 12, the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar. This gathering in prayer modeled Father Chaminade’s sacred prayer time in the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar in Saragossa, Spain. The Provincial at the time, Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth, invited the whole Province of St. Louis to share in this annual prayerful gathering. When Fr. Quentin was elected the General Assistant for Religious Life at the 1981 General Chapter of the Society of Mary, he invited the worldwide Marianist Family to share in the annual gathering.

When Fr. Jose Maria Arnaiz was elected General Assistant for Religious Life in 1991, he began identifying a specific Marian shrine each year as a focal point for the day of prayer. The Marian shrine at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto on the property of Mount Saint John in Dayton, OH, is the focus this year.

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Doctor, Founder, and Marianist Brother

A special tribute was made to Bro. Bob Donovan for his founding vision and years of service to the Center for Respite Care in Cincinnati, OH, as it celebrated its 20th anniversary.

After being in private practice for four years, Dr. Donovan entered the Society of Mary and became the Medical Director of the Cincinnati Health Care for the Homeless Program in 1988. He delivered primary care to the homeless on a Mobile Medical Clinic as part of his duties. From this effort, the Center for Respite Care was born.

The Transformation Awards ceremony was a virtual event emceed by WKRC’s medical reporter earlier this month. Click the image to watch.

Latest Podcast Available

Did you know the North American Center for Marianist Studies produces podcasts?

It just wrapped its 29th episode featuring Bro. Jesse O’Neill in a broadcast titled, “What We Gave Them Lives On.”

Want to tune in and take a listen? Click here.

You can find all 29 episodes by clicking here.

The podcast is available on your preferred platform, including its YouTube channel.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Milestone for Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) was formed 25 years ago among the three branches of the Marianist Family (SM, FMI, and the Laity) as a unique place of connection to keep the fires of justice burning.

Since then, MSJC has addressed the signs of the times, focusing on national and international issues such as ending sweatshop labor, caring for our environment, and working to eradicate racism.

Today, more than 80 volunteers advocate and create opportunities for engagement around seven distinct social justice initiatives. The MSJC encourages everyone to participate in its “Next 25 Years of MSJC Visioning” Jamboard. Find the Jamboard here!

You can also join a virtual celebration on Tuesday, October 10, 2023, from 8-9 p.m. (ET). During this virtual event, the MSJC will reflect on its accomplishments over the past 25 years, pray together, have some fun (trivia and prizes!), and spend time envisioning the future. Click here to RSVP.

A Marianist Moment

Marianist Causes Campaign

The Provincial Council’s desire to engage youth in its Marianist Causes has hit the walls of Marianist-sponsored schools, parishes, retreat centers, and ministries across the country.

“Causes are very important to us,” says Provincial Fr. Oscar Vasquez. “We hope and pray in our lifetime that Blessed Chaminade becomes a saint, but there are many other Blesseds as well.”

Marianist Causes are Blesseds whom the pope has beatified after an investigation by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Causes of Saints — one step from being canonized as a saint.

Last Fall, Fr. Oscar Vasquez invited Dr. Noël Pretila and Ryan  Slattery of Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis and Andrew Shipp of St. John Vianney High School to create a poster with striking visual elements and biographies geared toward young people concerning the Marianist Causes. These Causes include Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Blessed Maria de la Conception, Blessed Martyrs of Ciudad Real, Blessed Martyrs of Madrid, and Blessed Jakob Gapp.

With the emphasis on presenting eye-catching and interactive visuals for students in 6th to 12th grades, Pretila was amazed at the artistic talent of Ryan Slattery, a 6th-grade, theology teacher.

“When you look closely at the poster, he creatively re-cast the images of the various Marianist Blesseds in what I would best describe as a classy ‘animated’ style that makes these likenesses relatable to the youth,” says Pretila. “We were simply in awe of his work!”

The posters reveal the stories of several Marianist Blesseds, and the team devised the idea of using designated QR codes for each so that students can scan a code on their phone and be directed to a short, engaging write-up on the given Blessed.

“This world needs role models of virtue and faith. While I had heard the names of some of these individuals, I was amazed to learn more about their lives and the risks these people took in order to share the love of Christ,” says Shipp. Adding, “The students like the artwork on the posters, and I am excited to witness them learning more about the Marianist Causes and Charism. “

Click here for our Marianist Causes media kit to read more, get a digital copy of the poster, and explore more resources.

The Marianist Martyrs of Ciudad Real are honored by the Society of Mary on September 18th. The late Bro. Robert Wood (1927-2016) wrote hymns for them in 1999 and updated them in 2007 with the same lyrics but set to a different tune.

Click here to view and download.

From the Archives

Inventor Orville Wright Connected to University of Dayton

Did you know Orville Wright (1871-1948), who, along with his elder brother, Wilbur Wright, invented the world’s first successful airplane, has a degree from the University of Dayton?

On December 19, 1943, he received an honorary doctorate in engineering from the university.

Making the presentation is Fr. John A. Elbert, SM (1895-1966), the
President of the University of Dayton. Looking on is Dr. John J. Craig, the
commencement speaker that day.

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Pray With Us

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

Jubilee Celebrations

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first profession of vows or their priestly ordinations. Thank you to our 2023 Jubilarians!

BROTHER JOSEPH MARKEL

50 years of profession

I was born August 3, 1954, in Euclid, OH. I took my first vows on September 8, 1973, in Dayton, OH. I received a BA in English from the University of Dayton and a Master of Science in administration from the University of Notre Dame. For 14 years, I was a high school teacher in Memphis, Kalamazoo, and Cincinnati. I served as the director of operations at Bergamo Center for three years and assistant treasurer for Cincinnati Province for five years. Since then, I have served as the Provincial Assistant for Temporalities.

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FATHER JAMES HEFT

50 years of ordination

In July of 1961, I left Cleveland on a train destined for Marcy, NY. I thought I wanted to become a Marianist brother and teach high school. Why? Because I saw Marianist brothers who taught me at St. Joseph’s High School. I really admired them and wanted to be like them, more than becoming a medical doctor or a lawyer. It now baffles me why I, and so many others at that time, were willing to make such bold decisions. It also saddens me why so many young people today have such difficulty not just choosing religious life, but even remaining active in the Church. The prophet Bob Dylan was right, “the times are a changin’.”

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FATHER CHRISTIAN JANSON

50 years of ordination

At heart, I am a teacher. As a pastor, I would fulfill that passion, especially in writing the weekly bulletin message. Marianist educators are both brothers or priests (ordained). I accepted the invitation in the Novitiate to consider ordination. I never lost the desire to learn. After attaining my master’s degree, I continued learning, obtaining various certifications in Clinical Pastoral Education and Mission Orientation, a fellowship at Boston College’s Lonergan Institute, and a certification in Spiritual Direction.

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BROTHER RÉGULO GARCIA HERNÁNDEZ

25 years of profession

I was born on September 29, 1963, in Veracruz, Mexico. I took First Vows on August 15, 1998, and Perpetual Vows on August 6, 2005, both in Querétaro, Mexico. Currently, I live at Comunidad Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Querétaro, where I previously served as the community’s director. I now work as the Administrator at Capilla Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe and Centro de Espiritualidad Marianista, Adela, both in Querétaro, Mexico.

Good to Know

Happy 102 Birthday

Bro. Francis Heyer celebrated his 102nd birthday on September 1.🥳 He is the oldest living member of the Society of Mary. Brothers and sisters in the San Antonio area celebrated with him over the Labor Day weekend. We are grateful to God and Mary for his life and teachings and offer many blessings to him!

Net Points

Bro. Al Kuntemeier with his many winning tennis medals Photograph by Robin Jerstad.

St. Mary’s University Men’s and Women’s tennis teams opened the 2023-24 season with the Brother Al Invitational. It was named for Bro. Al Kuntemeier, who became team chaplain for the Rattlers in 2014.

The tournament featured teams from Our Lady of the Lake, Schreiner, Texas Lutheran, Trinity, and Western New Mexico, in addition to St. Mary’s.

This is the sixth straight season the Rattlers have hosted a fall tournament, but this was the first time the Men’s and Women’s tournaments were run concurrently.

Reminder: Mark Your Calendars

Chaminade University of Honolulu and co-sponsors St. Louis School and the Marianist Center of Hawaiʻi will host a free lecture by Bro. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., titled “God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion.” The presentation will cover the connection between science, faith, and religion.

Bro. Consolmagno is the Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He earned his undergraduate and masters’ degrees from MIT and a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona.

WHEN: Sunday, October 8, 2023, 4 p.m. HST

Can’t make it in person? Livestream is available through the Mystical Rose Oratory Facebook page.

Join Us!

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

New listings include:

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – President
• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Assistant Principal

• Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning (OH)– Front Desk Receptionist
• North American Center for Marianist Studies (OH) – Program Administrator
• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Director of Advancement

Check Out More Marianist News

Via Latina  from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities

District Update #74 from the Marianist District of India

FatherSide Chats is a web video series featuring Fr. Gene Contadino. Discover new episodes every Tuesday about a variety of topics. Click the graphic to view episodes. Click here to read more.

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Students Start School With Marianist Spirit

Continuing the Heritage
Burgers with the Brothers
Continuing the Heritage
Burgers with the Brothers

Marianist schools and universities across the country opened their doors in August to new and returning students with welcome arms and heartfelt rituals.

One example was the Marianist Leadership Program (MLP) at St. Mary’s University, which showcased the gift of hospitality with two weeks of activities aimed at helping first-year MLP students acclimate to school and engage their leadership skills.

MLP started 25 years ago as a way for Marianists to develop and nurture the talents and gifts of young adult faith leaders. Throughout their undergraduate years, MLP students are encouraged to exercise their servant leadership skills at service sites, such as the Marianist Residence, San Antonio Food Bank, and Holy Rosary Parish, and to participate in monthly activities and immersion trips. Many students graduate and become leaders in Marianist institutions, as well as respected leaders in the communities where they live. The MLP at St. Mary’s University has 58 students participating this year.

“We started in mid-August with several events, such as our First-year Pinning Ceremony on Aug. 17, where Marianist priests and brothers helped initiate our new students into the program,” said  Program Director Amy Arismendez.

Other activities included “Burgers with the Brothers,” an outdoor picnic with vowed Marianists and members of the Student Government Association and the biannual service event “Continuing the Heritage.” It engaged MLP students as site leaders at more than 20 nonprofit organizations across the city. The MLP festivities concluded with a retreat at Tecaboca Aug. 25-27.

“The goal of the activities is to help students become familiar with various communities on and off campus and realize they can make a huge impact as faith leaders among their peers, in the classroom, and in the broader community,” said Arismendez.

“One of our goals for 2023-24 is to reestablish our relationships with service sites,” said Arismendez. During COVID-19, many of these relationships had been put on hold.

Arismendez, who has served as MLP director for nearly two years, said the MLP students inspire her. “I see the love they have for one another and how much fun they have while growing in their leadership roles,” she said. “They encourage me to grow more as a person, too. They share their gifts and talents so willingly and, at the same time, are vulnerable and receptive to one another. They truly live the Marianist Family spirit mindset.”

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In The News

Prayer and Guidance

The new school year at Chaminade University of Honolulu began amidst the cleanup from the fatal fires on the neighboring island of Maui.  Students, staff, and faculty prayed for those affected by the devastation in Lahaina at the school’s annual Mass to kick off the new school year.

The Fall Spiritual Convocation: Mass of the Holy Spirit is a longstanding celebration dating back centuries and is held to pray for God’s guidance, protection, and encouragement in the days ahead.

Marianist educational associates, faculty, and staff, who have been formed by the Characteristics of Marianist Education, recommitted themselves at the celebration as well.

Marianists Unite

What better way to live out one of the characteristics of Marianist education than serving a fellow Marianist school? The students, faculty, and staff at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, OH, donned their best Hawaiian shirts to raise money for St. Anthony School of Maui.

Moeller’s Principal, Carl Kremer, called the Head of St. Anthony School, David Kenney, to see how the wildfires affected them. While their building did not sustain damage, Kenney said many students, faculty, and staff suffered loss from the devastation.

The fundraiser collected around $5,000 total, with Moeller matching the funds faculty gathered. “We are glad we could do something to help our friends in Maui. The strength in being part of the Marianist community is always present, but seems more powerful during a time of need,” said Jennifer Boggess, teacher, house dean, and organizer of the fundraiser.

The Marianist Province of the U.S. is also assisting St. Anthony Parish with tuition assistance. The pastor, Monsignor Terry Watanabe, said it will help as they take in students displaced from Sacred Hearts School in Lahaina. Funds will also be sent to assist families affected by the fires at St. Louis School and Chaminade University of Honolulu,  and a donation is being made to Catholic Charities Hawaii.

Building Walls – Enriching Lives

About 500 incoming University of Dayton (UD) business students built walls for two Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton houses as part of move-in weekend.

“Students choose UD in part for our commitment to the common good, and this service day gives them a chance to take action as a servant leader from day one,” said School of Business Administration Dean Trevor Collier. “These connections help our students see their careers as a calling, with a commitment to their communities that enriches their lives.”

The wall panels were transported to the Edgemont neighborhood to be completed. “This panel build is an important first step in the process to help a local family purchase a Habitat home, made possible for them with a 0% interest rate,” said David Mauch, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton’s development director.

Dayton Habitat has built 340 homes in its 40-year history. As part of their purchase, homeowners also complete 40 hours of homeownership classes and 275 hours of sweat equity per adult in the household. Click here to see more photos.

Pilgrimage to Italy: Home of Our Catholic Faith

Would you like to encounter God in special places? Opportunities await you! The current  ALIVE magazine cover story highlights our Marianist Mission pilgrimages.

Up next is an adventure in Italy this coming spring, including trips to Milan, Venice, Florence, Tuscany, and, of course, Rome. There is a special savings discount for those who book their pilgrimage by September 8, 2023.

Click here for a full itinerary.

Have questions about this pilgrimage? Call 937-910-6099 or email [email protected] 

To book online, click here.

Marianist Ministries in Action

A Champion for the Planet

Sr. Leanne Jablonski

Sr. Leanne Jablonski, FMI, remembers teaching a class at Chaminade University of Honolulu in 2002 and describing how the Pacific region would be impacted by climate change, telling students, “We can do something about it, but we’ll all have to work at this together.” She notes, “I felt deeply passionate and compelled to do something.”

She is dedicated in her career as a climate change ecologist, educator, and advocate, working with others for the good of the planet. The Catholic Climate Covenant recognized her passion, leadership skills, and knowledge – awarding Sr. Leanne an honorable mention as a U.S. Laudato Sí Champion at its national meeting.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill isn’t surprised. “Sr. Leanne truly walks the walk,” he said. Adding that, “As the director of the Marianist Environmental Education Center and University of Dayton’s Laudato Sí Action Platform working group, she has raised awareness among countless people.”

Bro. Jesse works with Sr. Leanne as co-chair of the Marianist Family Encounters Project, an initiative that addresses Pope Francis’ call for action regarding the Global Compact on Education and the goals of the Laudato Sí Action Platform. “Her deep concern for our common home and her knowledge — both from her head and heart — have truly inspired me. I have learned so much from her.”

Watching the fires in the northern forests of her native Canada this summer and the deadly wildfires causing such devastation on Maui recently, she feels the growing urgency of the cries of the earth and people. “I draw strength from our Marianist Family network, which renews me daily, and the words of Pope Francis, who said: “Dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and…discover what each of us can do about it.”

A Marianist Moment

Praying with our Marianist Saints Revisited

By Bro. David Betz

I recently attended a Micah 6:8 Marianist Lay Community gathering in Dayton, OH. Its annual summer picnic begins the new year for the community. The gathering started with a scavenger hunt as a community-building exercise, followed by dinner and then prayer. The topic for prayer was the Angels Among Us. Ann Hirt used a song by Alabama called Angels Among Us. When this song was playing, I teared up because I was thinking about family members who have died and how they impacted my life – my dad (Paul), mom (Mildred), and sister (Virginia). My mind then went to our Marianist Saints.

Our Marianist Saints: the Blesseds, the Venerables, and Servants of God and other individuals whose causes are being considered can be seen as angels among us. Their holy lives were examples of faith and determination in witnessing the reign of God in their times. They strove to live out the Marianist mission of bringing Jesus into our world. And because of their recognition as holy men and women, we are being called to invite them into our own lives and to ask them to assist us in experiencing the grace of God.

This is what praying with our Marianist Saints is about – to call upon them when we and other people we know need assistance from God. Click here to read more.

From the Archives

Marianist Missionaries in Lahaina

As our prayers continue for all those affected by the wildfires in the Lahaina District of Maui, we look back to our first Marianist missionaries in Hawaii in 1883. Among those pioneers was Bro. Gabriel Bertram Bellinghausen, SM.

Bro. Bertram studied photography and traveled throughout the islands taking photographs of landscapes, churches, people, and more. The National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States houses his glass plate negatives; the collection includes 22 specifically of Lahaina from the 1880s.

The following photographs are of the old courthouse and the famous banyan tree from the 1880s and after the recent fire damage. The courthouse was still being used as a visitors’ center and history museum. Though it is gutted, the outer walls are still standing because they were constructed from heat-resistant coral.

Next to the courthouse is the banyan tree planted in 1873 that grew to cover an entire city block. While it is still standing after the fire, its future is uncertain.

Click here to view all 22 images from Bro. Bertram.

Thanks to Lisa Finnie, Reference and Research Archivist for the Marianist Province of the United States, for providing images and information.

1880s Lahaina, Courthouse - Bro. Theodore Rush, SM, 4th from the right. Photo Credit: Bro. Gabriel Bertram Bellinghausen
Courthouse August 2023 Photo Credit: Sébastien Vuagnat - AFP via Getty Images
1880s Lahaina, Banyan Tree - Bro. Theodore Rush, SM, Bro. Matthias Newell, SM, and an unidentified man. Photo Credit: Bro. Gabriel Bertram Bellinghausen
Banyan tree August 2023 Photo Credit: Robert Gauthier - Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

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Pray With Us

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

Jubilee Celebrations

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first profession of vows or their priestly ordinations. Thank you to our 2023 Jubilarians! We will highlight these celebrants over the course of the next few months in FamilyOnline.

BROTHER JAMES BURKHOLDER

60 years of profession

It has been a wonderful, grace-filled 60 years since my first profession. Many of my high school teachers and professors at St. Mary’s University were outstanding Marianist educators who inspired me to do my best. My years in St. Louis brought challenges and growth, both professionally and spiritually, and there are parents and students I am still in contact with today. The assignment to San Antonio was another grace and growth opportunity. I have lived with many wonderful Marianists, including some former teachers.

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BROTHER EDWARD LONGBOTTOM

60 years of profession

I’m the fourth of eight children of Lawrence and Rosalia Longbottom, descendants of Irish, German, English, Protestants, and Catholics who became Cincinnati neighbors near Madisonville, OH, and began a shared legacy. Family habits and values were frugality, appreciating the simple things, going to church, helping others, and sharing family meals and celebrations. With 15 aunts and uncles, being around family was the norm. Childhood included seven years of small-town farming life near Owensville, OH, and church life at St. Louis Church.

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BROTHER LAWRENCE MCBRIDE

60 years of profession

Reflecting on this jubilee celebration and the beautiful journey since taking my vows 60 years ago this August, I am washed over with peacefulness and gratefulness. I am peaceful because God’s presence brings peace, and I have had the joy of dwelling in His presence. I am grateful for the opportunity and relationships I’ve been gifted along the way.

My faith journey began from the outset for me. My Mom, Dad, and sister Sharon started me on a disciplined yet loving road.

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BROTHER DONALD SMITH

60 years of profession

The counsel from Mary, “Do whatever He tells you,” has been a constant source of direction in my vocational life. From my earliest years to the present day, Mary has been a guiding star.

In grade school, a Sister of Notre Dame encouraged my mother to send me to art lessons. In high school, a Brother of Mary encouraged me on a path to my vocation as a Marianist. It was not until I was 28 that I finally had the courage to do what He was telling me to do over the years. By that time, as the tradition in the SM says, I was speckled fruit.

Click here to read more.

Good to Know

God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion 

Chaminade University of Honolulu and co-sponsors St. Louis School and the Marianist Center of Hawaiʻi will host a free lecture by Bro. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., titled “God’s Mechanics: How Scientists and Engineers Make Sense of Religion.” The presentation will cover the connection between science, faith, and religion.

Bro. Consolmagno is the Director of the Vatican Observatory and President of the Vatican Observatory Foundation. He earned his undergraduate and masters’ degrees from MIT and a Ph. D. in Planetary Science from the University of Arizona; he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard and MIT, served in the U.S. Peace Corps (Kenya), and taught university physics at Lafayette College before entering the Jesuits in 1989. He is the author of several popular books, including Turn Left at Orion and Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?, along with more than 200 scientific publications.

WHEN: Sunday, October 8, 2023, 4- 5:30 p.m. HST

WHERE: Mystical Rose Oratory, Chaminade University

Can’t make it in person? The lecture can also be viewed online. Click here for more information.

Family Vacation Strengthens Family Values

Families are once again flocking to the Marianist property on Governor’s Island in Ohio after a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19.  Marianist Brothers, along with core team members and volunteers, welcome families for a retreat to assist them in renewing and deepening their commitment as a family.

This summer, five families totaling 24 family members enjoyed the Marianist Family Vacation Retreat with the sharing of prayer, small group discussions, boating, biking, fishing, and learning about forgiveness, commitment, cooperation and other values that strengthen family life.

Follow them on Facebook to get the scoop on when registration opens for the 2024 retreat!

Celebrating Our Sisters

Congratulations to Sr. Rose Rucoba, FMI and Sr. Emily Sandoval, FMI! Sr. Rose professed first vows, and Sr. Emily renewed her vows this month at the University of Dayton’s  Immaculate Conception Chapel. The sisters celebrated the event with 90 members of the Marianist Family, as well as their own families.

Sr. Rose has begun a full-time ministry teaching and acting as a Spanish language aide at our Lady of the Holy Rosary School. Sr. Emily is the new Communications Coordinator for the Northeast 7 Family of parishes in Dayton.

Sr. Rose Rucoba
S. Emily Sandoval (far right)
(L-R) Bro. Dennis Bautista, Fr. Tim Kenney, Bro. Mark Motz

Nazareth Formation Program

The Society of Mary’s  General Council recently held a formation preparation program in Nairobi, south-central Africa, called Nazareth. About 50 Marianist formators joined together from all over the world: the USA, East Africa, Ivory Coast, Togo, Korea, Europe, Latin America, Cuba, and India. Several of our U.S. brothers participated in the program, including Fr. Marty Solma, Fr. Tim Kenney, Bro. Dennis Bautista, Bro. Mark MotzBro. Tom GiardinoBro. Tim Phillips, Bro. Tom Redmond and Bro. Tim Driscoll (Meribah). Their time included visiting Our Lady of Nazareth School in one of Nairobi’s largest slums. Click here to see more pictures.

Join Us!

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

New listings include:

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – President
• Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning (OH)– Front Desk Receptionist
• North American Center for Marianist Studies (OH) – Program Administrator
• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Director of Advancement

Check Out More Marianist News

Via Latina  from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities

District Update #72 from the Marianist District of India

FatherSide Chats is a web video series featuring Fr. Gene Contadino. Discover new episodes every Tuesday about a variety of topics. Click the graphic to view episodes. Click here to read more.

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Encounter, Embrace, Engage

The Lay Marianist Assembly 2023, a triennial meeting sponsored by the Marianist Lay Community-North America (MLC-NA), was held July 20–23 in St. Louis.

For the 140 attendees from all across the United States, the four-day event was packed with engaging workshops, reflection groups, morning and afternoon prayers, ample time for social activities, panel discussions, films, and a special celebration honoring the 25th anniversary of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.

For many, “the highlight of the Assembly was seeing everyone!” conveyed Mallory Green-Lewis, one of five members of the assembly planning team that also included Brian Halderman, Ish Ruiz, Ashley Overeem, and Katy Schunter.

The group hadn’t met in person since 2017 due to COVID. “We especially enjoyed the hugs and laughter — and being recharged in mission,” said Lewis, Head of Temporalities for the Lay Assembly, who oversaw meeting logistics, including daycare for children of participating parents.

The Assembly’s theme, Encounter, Embrace, Engage, gave Brian Halderman hope that Lay Marianists feel a deepened connection with other Lay Marianists across the country. “Through the keynote speakers and workshops, I hope the attendees were able to fully embrace the Marianist Charism in their faith journey and invite others to engage with us,” said Halderman, who oversaw spiritual engagement, including the morning and three-o’clock prayers.

Activities officially opened with a dinner and welcome address by Tony Alonso, a Latin Grammy-nominated composer of sacred music and professor of theology at Candler School of Theology at Emory University.

Alonso focused his remarks on a genuine encounter – “one that acknowledges mutuality and reciprocity – a movement from the notion that all are welcome in the church to the actuality that all belong,” he said. “I invite us to take Pope Francis’ invitation to think of the church as a ‘field hospital after battle’ seriously and to center on healing wounds. I invite all of us to live more deeply into our commitments to the least among us.”

The keynote address was given by Fr. Bryan Massingale, a scholar, activist, and noted authority on social and racial justice. He elaborated on how the Marianist Family could grow by cultivating a theology of encounter, embrace, and engage.  

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In The News

Summit on Gun Violence

Gun violence has varying forms, from accidental to suicidal, domestic abuse to homicide, and it impacts every community and parish.

That is why the Marianist Province of the United States helped sponsor a one-day summit by the Archdiocese of St. Louis and its Office of Peace and Justice. The July 29 forum explored a Catholic perspective and strategy to address local gun violence because thoughts and prayers aren’t enough. Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski provided opening remarks, followed by notable speakers, a panel discussion, and small workshops.

Click here for photos from the event. You can click here to read more from the Missouri Catholic Conference.

If you’d like to listen to a podcast concerning the impact of guns in domestic violence situations, you can click here.

Universities Cross Borders to Collaborate

Patricia Roberts, J.D., left, is seen after signing the memorandum of understanding with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Law School.

St. Mary’s University School of Law signed a memorandum of understanding with Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) Law School based in Mexico City, bringing the two institutions together to advance legal studies.

UNAM, the largest law school in Mexico,  agreed to student and faculty exchanges, the chance for St. Mary’s Law students to study abroad in Mexico, and easier access for UNAM graduates to attend the Master of Laws (LL.M.) program at St. Mary’s.

“As the southernmost law school in Texas, it is critical we train our students to understand the laws of our closest neighbor — Mexico — and to understand how to do business across our shared border,” said Patricia Roberts, J.D., St. Mary’s School of Law Dean and Charles E. Cantú Distinguished Professor of Law. “Further collaboration between our two institutions will help build cross-cultural collaboration and understanding, which are essential for today’s global economy.”

Just Walk Out Technology

The University of Dayton (UD) has Ohio’s first store powered by Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology in its popular campus convenience store as a checkout-free shopping and dining experience.

In addition to being the first location in Ohio, The Emporium will be the second convenience-style location at an institution of higher education and one of the largest third-party stores in the United States. UD is also collaborating with CBORD, a technology company specializing in food service and card systems, to allow students to use their meal plan funds at the store.

“We listened to students’ requests for longer operating hours, especially later in the evenings, along with self-checkout options,” said Dining Services Executive Director Joan Bauman. “The collaboration with Amazon and CBORD is the perfect solution.”

“We’re proud to collaborate with CBORD and University of Dayton to launch the first store where students can use their meal plan to pay in a checkout-free environment,” said Jon Jenkins of Amazon technologies.

New Name – Same Charism

High School President Mike England being interviewed by local media
Former St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, on the right, continues his support
A young participant shows his support while getting his face painted.
The crowd enjoyed a sampling of local favorite foods.

One of our Marianist high schools has a new name but with a nod to the old.

What has been known as St. Mary’s High School since 1947 is, as of July 1, now St. Mary’s South Side Catholic High School. The Marianists have been an influential part of this school since 1933, which was originally called South Side Catholic.

The school held its first-ever block party to celebrate the exciting change. Hundreds of people enjoyed delectable treats from local vendors and food trucks around St. Louis while being entertained by live music.

Enrollment is up 15% from the previous year, with more student applications submitted daily. Administrators report that the first fundraising milestone has been met, and the school is more vital than ever!

Click here to watch an interview with High School President Mike England.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Rival Schools Band Together

Most high school students would do anything not to step foot inside a school during the summer months. But students from both St. John Vianney High School and Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis dedicated days of their free time to fine-tuning a musical ensemble.

These two schools may be athletic rivals, but they banded together to provide a concert for brothers at the Marianist Province Assembly 2023. The audience applauded the collaboration — grateful for the inspiring notes of charism and the melody that proved moving for Marianist members.

Special thanks also to the alums who joined the student musicians, band directors Alex Borje and John Hahn for selflessly giving their time, and Fr. Sean Downing for helping coordinate the concert.

Click here to see more pictures. Click here to hear a snippet of the concert.

A Marianist Moment

Move Over, Mark Zuckerberg

The Marianist Family has a new way to stay connected!

Marianist Connect is a new social-media platform that allows members of the Marianist Family in the United States and Canada to share information and resources.

Since the app launched last month, Marianists have eagerly signed up. The system is easy to navigate and designed to allow you to share on a thought board, create events in the community calendar, and view the message board to see other Marianists’ thoughts and scheduled events.

Meghann Naveau, the co-chair for Full of Grace Ministry in Dayton, uses the communications tool as an opportunity for her organization to develop lasting relationships with fellow Lay Marianists. She plans to use it to promote events, seek volunteers, and bolster engagement. “We’ve seen in the last few years how meaningful community truly is, and any tools we can use to help connect our communities and nurture those relationships are important. We aren’t alone, and these types of networks help us stay connected.”

National Director of the Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA), Rob Brodrick, says Marianist Connect is unique. “We finally have one common place where everyone can share information, get news, and access a collective calendar. It is the only place where all members of the Marianist Family can find a directory of each other and send direct messages.”

Jack Dalton, one of five Lay Marianists who helped design it, adds, “The directory has a section where users can share how and why they joined the Marianists and list specific ways they are connected to the Marianist Family. It creates a space for everyone to share resources whether they are a large entity or an individual member of a lay community.”

If you’d like to join, click the “Get Connected” image and follow the prompts. 

You do not need to be a registered Lay Marianist, SM, or FMI – just someone interested in the Marianists.

From the Archives

Fr. James Tobin, SM(b. 1936) and his mother being greeted by now St. Pope Paul VI (1897-1978), April 1969.

Pope Paul VI (1897-1978, now St. Paul VI, center right), with ((l. to r.) Bros.  Edward Zamierowski (1933-2019), Raymond Streiff, (1916-1997), unknown, James McMenamy (1912-1992), and Bill Callahan (1920-2012), Nigeria, Africa, May 1964.

Bro. W. Patrick Moran, SM (1908-1997) with Sr. Audrey Buttner, FMI (1935-2016) meeting now St. John Paul II (1920-2005) in Vatican City, no date.

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Pray With Us

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

Jubilee Celebrations

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first profession of vows or their priestly ordinations. Thank you to our 2023 Jubilarians! We will highlight these celebrants over the course of the next few months in FamilyOnline.

BROTHER DUWAYNE BRISENDINE

70 years of profession

In my 70 years of profession, I’ve served as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and professor at various high schools and universities in Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois, Texas, and Japan. I’ve also held various roles, including assistant director, business manager, secretary, and professor in India, Los Angeles, Rome, and Honolulu.

I was born December 13th, 1935, in Addison, MI, to Edgar and Ardith (Cheesbro) Brisendine and had two brothers and two sisters. In 1951, I entered the postulate at Maryhurst Normal in Kirkwood, MO.

Click here to read more.

FATHER ALLEN DELONG

70 years of profession

A native of Northern California, I entered the Society of Mary in 1952. I achieved a Bachelor of Physics degree from St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA, and master’s degrees from the University of San Francisco and the University of Toronto.

My first assignment was as a teacher at St. Anthony’s School on Maui in 1956, then assigned to Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, CA. In 1964, I became the founding Principal of Archbishop Mitty High School in San Jose, CA and continued in that position for ten years.

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FATHER ALVIN MCMENAMY

70 years of profession

I grew up in a very religious family environment on a small farm. We were a big family, growing and sharing in life and our faith. I thought I wanted to be a priest or religious starting in grade school. I joined the Marianists in high school mainly because I liked the brothers who taught me. Their goodness, cheerfulness, and care for one another attracted me. I have been happy in my religious life. God has been good — all the time. I loved teaching and sharing with high school students. For years now, I have ministered with Lay Marianist affiliates across the Midwest and Southwest.

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BROTHER RICHARD SCHRADER

70 years of profession

I thank God for my Marianist vocation, where I have been able to serve in schools and parishes. My greatest blessing was community life, where I lived with many wonderful and supportive brothers.

I was born in 1935 to Joseph and Marie Schrader on a small farm near Cahokia, IL. In 1943, we moved to East St. Louis. My sisters and I went to Holy Angels Church and school. Religion became a big part of my life with daily Mass, Benediction, Rosary, The Way of the Cross, and being an altar boy.

Click here to read more.

Good to Know

Golden Anniversary

The Marianist Lay Community “Maranatha” was founded at the Marianist Center in Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1973. “We are so very grateful to God for the wonderful gift of our community over the years and the countless graces received and given,” said Lay Marianist Linda Zappacosta.

Current and former members gathered to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Brothers Steve O’Neil and Tom Trager from the Philadelphia community joined the festivities in person, and Sr. Laura Leming, FMI, via Zoom. Sr. Laura attended the very first meeting of Maranatha and was a faithful member before joining the Daughters of Mary Immaculate or Filles de Marie Immaculée (FMI).

Now Accepting Seed Grant Applications

Do you have a project that needs additional funds? The Visitation Marianist State Community may be able to help. Our community of vowed Lay Marianists provides grants to projects in the following four categories:

  • Strengthen Marianist Lay communities and networks
  • Assist in building the Church
  • Impact the faith and involvement of young adults in the Church
  • Social Justice, including economic justice, environmental justice, and human rights

Grants are intended for special projects, not for general operating funds. Grant proposals must be sponsored by a member of the Marianist Family.

For more information or to request an application form, click here. Applications are due by August 31, 2023.

Click here to see the projects that received grants in 2022.

Spreading the Word

Brother Stephen Glodek was a keynote speaker for the Province Assembly of the Trinitarians (Order of the Most Holy Trinity and of the Captives) in Baltimore, MD, this month. He spoke on “Growing Old and Growing Holy.”

He will also be conducting an annual retreat for The Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn from August 6-12 on Long Island. The theme is: Steadying the Boat in the Name of the Lord: Daring to Reimagine being Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn Today.

 

Join Us!

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

New listings include:

  • North American Center for Marianist Studies (OH) – Program Administrator
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Director of Advancement
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – President

Check Out More Marianist News

Via Latina  from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities

District Update #72 from the Marianist District of India

FatherSide Chats is a web video series featuring Fr. Gene Contadino. Discover new episodes every Tuesday about a variety of topics. Click the graphic to view episodes. Click here to read more.

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Education for Liberation

There was pomp and circumstance, caps and gowns, guest speakers and proud family members. What set this Chaminade University of Honolulu (CUH) graduation apart was where the seven students studied – the Halawa Correctional Facility.

Dr. Lynn Babington congratulates Albert Batalona

In her opening remarks, Chaminade President Dr. Lynn Babington invoked a fundamental question about the role of prison: Is it designed for punishment or rehabilitation?

“At Chaminade, one of our primary Marianist values is to advocate for social justice for transformative change. We support a rehabilitation-through-education narrative,” said Babington.

Raphael Holley embraces his parents

The commencement means more to the graduates than simply receiving their Associate’s degree in Business Administration. It is a second chance. “This is just the beginning to a new life,” Raphael Holley said with a wide smile. The 23-year-old plans to continue his education and pursue a doctorate in business.

His father, Robert Holley, couldn’t contain the emotions of the moment. Unable to hug his son for six years, tears trickled down his cheek, “All I want to do is hold him tight and kiss him,” the senior Holley sobbed. “This has so much meaning, and he now has a second chance to change the trajectory of his life.”

Among the estimated 1.8 million people in state and federal prisons in the United States, these men were given an opportunity for life beyond bars.  Congress just recently lifted the 1994 crime bill signed into law by President Bill Clinton that banned inmates from using Pell grants for college. It was reinstated as the Second Chance Pell Experiment by President Obama in 2015 and then expanded upon by President Trump.

The bipartisan effort is fueled in part by research that shows education is one of the most cost-effective ways to keep people from returning to prison. One study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice found that inmates who participate in correctional education programs had a 43 percent lower chance of recidivism. Every year, about half a million people are released from state and federal prisons in the United States, and within three years, more than half will end up back inside.

CUH provided these seven men with much more than just an education; it was a Catholic, Marianist education. “You have received an excellent, integrative education — holistic by design with a strong focus on the importance of serving others for the common good,” stated Babington.

Bro. Ed Brink, who attended the ceremony, said, “It was so inspirational and made me proud to be a Marianist.” Fr. Marty Solma agreed it was very moving and “such a life-changing event for the men.”

The next class starts in the fall, and there is talk about expanding the program to other facilities. Click here to read more.

Graduates prepare to flip their tassels
Fr. Marty Solma shakes hands with John Granger
Graduates pose for pictures

In The News

Solar Power Generates News

Mount Saint John flipped the switch on hundreds of solar panels that will power the entire campus, where Bergamo Retreat Center, North American Center for Marianist Studies,  Marianist Novitiate and Marianist Environmental Education Center are just some of the residents. Adding solar panels removes Mount Saint John’s reliance on fossil fuels. Experts say this will make the property net zero, meaning this system will produce just as much or more than what they consume from an energy perspective. Going green grabbed the attention of the NBC affiliate in Dayton, OH. Click here to watch the story.

A blessing of the solar array was held on June 21. Click here for photos from this special occasion. If you’d like more information, including facts, figures, and videos on this solar array, click here.

First Vows Celebration

Join us in congratulating Bro. Juan De La Cruz, who professed first vows in the Society of Mary (Marianists) on June 10, 2023, at Capilla de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe) in Querétaro, Mexico.

“I believe the Marianist life is an option for a happy life with freedom, where everything is shared – accentuating equality and inclusion. It’s also an opportunity for growth, not only spiritually but intellectually. Marianist life has a great pillar that is Mary, whom I consider the path and association with Jesus, through her and with her, we expand and express the love of God to others,” said Bro. Juan.

Bro. Juan currently lives in the Querétaro community, where he volunteers at a local school and is pursuing a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on mathematics.

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Brothers on the Journey

The Marianist Province Assembly 2023 kicked off on June 29 and runs through July 3. Some 200 brothers, lay collaborators, and guests from across the United States convened in St. Louis at the Sheraton Westport Chalet to participate in workshops on various things like vocations, conflict resolution, and wellness training, as well as hear from guest speakers, and join in community prayer. Daniel P. Horan, OFM, Ph.D., was the keynote speaker. He is a Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Theology Professor and the Center for Spirituality Director at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, IN.

Click here to see pictures from the event.

Special thanks to the 2023 Assembly Committee: *Fr. Bob Bouffier * Bro. Mike Chiuri * Fr. Sean Downing * Bro. Ron Luksic * Bro. Tom Oldenski *Bro. Allen Pacquing * Bro. Jack Ventura * Donna Tucker

Marianist Hall Groundbreaking

Chaminade College Preparatory School, the oldest boarding school in St. Louis, MO, is getting a much-needed facelift. After nearly a decade of planning and fundraising, ground was finally broken on a new resident hall.

“This is an exciting time for all of us, particularly the alums of our resident program,” said school President Dr. Todd Guidry. “They understand first-hand how important the program is and its role in the culture and history of Chaminade.”

The school opened in 1910, and the current dormitory, Canning Hall, has been in use since 1957. “It’s important to get a new building with modern amenities to ensure our resident program remains viable for years to come,” said Guidry.

The new building, which will be named Marianist Hall, is being built on the space currently occupied by one of the school’s baseball fields on the southern side of the campus. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2024-25 school year.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Community, Creation, and Charism

A Marianist education offers invaluable lessons in and out of the classroom, as witnessed when 28 St. John Vianney High School students volunteered their time at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center (MRCC).

“I had some high hopes for this project to have fun and be around God’s creation,” said Senior Owen Dalpoas.

Vianney’s Senior Service Project requires students to complete 50 hours of charity work. It helps acquaint students with their local communities and creates the sensitivity and skills needed for future leadership.

“Taking care of something bigger than myself helps me grow closer to God,” explained Dalpoas as he talked about tasks he accomplished, including mulching trails, cutting felled trees for firewood, and improving a sand volleyball court.

“I have always believed in the saying ‘more hands make less work,’ but seeing that in action was truly inspiring,” said Tristen Somers, who oversees the grounds and conservation at MRCC. “The more than 2,000 labor hours students donated helped me accomplish months-worth of projects in mere days. It’s amazing and humbling to experience the potential of people coming together for community.”

Vianney’s Cybersecurity Instructor and Coach, Dan Didier, has assisted with the senior project for the past five years leading by example, working side-by-side with students. He hopes the spirit of service spreads. “They continue to talk to their friends about it, encouraging others to participate next year and get their families out to MRCC to see all they have done and inspire others to do selfless service to God and our community.”

MRCC Program Director Paul Masek said, “They have left indelible marks on our hearts and our property. The next time you visit, don’t hesitate to ask us to show you what they’ve done with our labyrinth.”

It’s a tale of two Marianist-sponsored ministries living the charism as they care for creation and community.

“It showed how much beauty there is in God’s creation when we all just do our part and take care of it,” declared Dalpoas.

A Marianist Moment

by Bro. David Betz

Update on the two youngest Marianists on the road to Sainthood: Faustino Pérez-Manglano and Miguel Ángel Quiroga

In the Marianist world, there are 17 Marianists who I identify as on the road toward canonization. Of these 17, two are under the age of 30; Faustino Perez-Manglano, who died at 17, and Miguel Quiroga, who died at 26. 

Faustino Pérez-Manglano became a Venerable on January 14, 2011, after a group of nine theologians unanimously declared that he practiced Christian virtues in a heroic manner after studying the testimonies about him and his writings. He was recognized for a life of holiness even though his life was cut short by Hodgkin lymphoma disease.

Miguel Quiroga died at the hands of paramilitaries while attempting to protect a group of catechists in a local parish in Lloró, Columbia, in 1998. His cause is waiting to be opened at this time in the Diocese of Quibdó.

I invite you now to take time to read the latest documents that have been received concerning updates on the causes of Faustino and Miguel by clicking on the link names below.

Faustino Perez-Manglano

Miguel Quiroga

From the Archives

Loud and Proud

The National Archives Marianist Province of the United States uncovered this photo of what is believed to be the first loudspeaker system in the St. Louis Province at South Side Catholic High School. It was renamed St. Mary’s High School in 1947 and, starting in July, will be renamed again, combining both former names to become St. Mary’s South Side Catholic High School. The loudspeaker center was a gift from the school’s Mothers’ Club. The Marianists have been an influential part of this St. Louis school since 1933.

If you’d like to see more images and the history of this building, visit and “like” this Facebook page.

Pray With Us

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

Jubilee Celebrations

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first profession of vows or their priestly ordinations. Thank you to our 2023 Jubilarians! We will highlight these celebrants over the course of the next few months in FamilyOnline.

FATHER QUENTIN HAKENEWERTH

75 years of profession

I was born in Old Monroe, MO, in 1930. I entered the Society of Mary at the age of 15 as a postulate at Maryhurst in Kirkwood, MO. My first vows were in 1948 in Galesville, WI. I received my bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Dayton in 1951 and my Master’s in clinical psychology from De Paul University. I attended the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, from 1956-1961 and was ordained there in 1960.

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BROTHER HOWARD HUGHES

75 years of profession

While growing up in Baltimore attending St. James Grammar School, where the brothers taught boys grades 4 to 8, I first encountered the Marianists. Our family owned a neighborhood bar, and we lived on the floor above it. When my mother would see the brothers out on a walk, she would send me downstairs to get a pitcher of beer and send me out to invite the brothers upstairs. It was there that I encountered the brothers up close and felt the attraction to join the Marianists.

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BROTHER AL KUNTEMEIER

75 years of profession

I was born in 1930 in Pine Lawn, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, to Arthur and Regina (Peterman) Kuntemeier. I had one older brother and two older sisters. As a freshman at Northside Catholic High School, Bro. James Powers talked to me about being a brother and going to Maryhurst. I was impressed by the brothers there and said, “Yes.” I have never regretted that decision. I was at Novitiate in 1947 and took my first vows in 1948 in Galesville, WI. I spent my first year of college at Maryhurst and completed my degree with a BS in Education from the University of Dayton in 1951. I got an MBA from Marquette University in 1962 and my MA in counseling in 1971 from Notre Dame.

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Good to Know

Recruiting In-Person in Perú

St. Mary’s University has a long history of recruiting students from Perú, but this was the first time an in-person visit took place since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Ryan Konkright and  Associate Provost for Academic Administration and Mission Integration Jessica González Uhlig, EdD, spent a week visiting the four Marianist high schools in Lima and Trujillo, Perú.  They conducted admission interviews with students and parents who were interested in applying to St. Mary’s. Click here for pictures.

New Altar Blessing

The Marianist Community at St. Leonard in Centerville, OH, had a blessing of its new altar during its Eucharistic Liturgy. The altar was designed and executed by Steve Zemanek, a resident of the St. Leonard property. Mary Houston, a member of St. Leonard’s pastoral care team, spearheaded the project after Bro. David Betz mentioned the community was looking to replace the table being used for its Masses.

Pictured are Steve Zemanek, Fr. Tom Schroer, and Jo Ann Zemanek. Click here for more pictures.

Reflective Study on the Book of Psalms

Fr. Bertrand Buby consulted on the creation of a Chinese translation of his book titled, With a Listening Heart: Biblical and Spiritual Reflections on the Psalms. The Cardinal Yü Pin Academic Research Foundation approved funding the publication.

The Chinese version, containing the entire Book of Psalms, is around 500 pages with the English title “With A Listening Heart,” as well as the Hebrew phrase lev shome’a on the cover page.

The collaborators on the translation commended Fr. Bert’s efforts saying,  “As his Hebrew name ‘Menahem’ indicates, it is a warm and consoling book as being with a dear friend going through all 150 psalms. Readers will love this book.”

If you would like a free copy of Fr. Bert’s 20-page reflection on just Psalm 119, you can email him your request at: [email protected]

Join Us!

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

New listings include:

  • North American Center for Marianist Studies (OH) – Program Administrator
  • St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Principal and Director of Advancement

Check Out More Marianist News

Via Latina  from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities

District Update #71 from the Marianist District of India

FatherSide Chats is a web video series featuring Fr. Gene Contadino. Discover new episodes every Tuesday about a variety of topics. Click the graphic to view episodes. Click here to read more.

Other Resources

Marianist Archives           

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The Marianist Matchmaker

Curious about the Marianists? Want to deepen your involvement with them or find a spiritual home with a Lay Marianist community? Those are the spiritual seekers Kateri Dillon wants to connect with in her new role as Community Engagement Coordinator for the Marianist Lay Community-North America (MLC-NA).

“My job is to identify and match people who want to join a community or get involved with a Marianist initiative,” she said. “I consider their interests, geographic locations, and goals, then work with them to find ways they can become more deeply involved with the Marianists. I also provide resources and support to those forming a new community or initiative.”

The need for someone in Dillon’s position has been apparent to leaders of the MLC-NA for some time as its unique role in the evolving Church becomes more critical. “As an association of the faithful within the Catholic Church, MLC-NA allows lay people to take on leadership roles, find community, and carry forward the mission of the Marianist Founders,” said Dillon. “This new position enables the organization to invite more people to discern their role in bringing about the Marian face of the Church.”

Dillon’s history with the Marianists makes her ideal for the position. After graduating from John Carroll University in 2016, she participated in the inaugural 2016 Marianist PULSE community for two years, volunteering with the Brunner Literacy Center. After her PULSE service ended, she continued her association with the Literacy Center as program coordinator until last year. Dillon is working on a master’s degree in English with a concentration on Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages at University of Dayton.

In her new role, she says, “It’s an honor to listen for the Holy Spirit’s promptings to discern next steps for MLC-NA and to grow with the Marianist Family.”

If you have questions about joining a Marianist Lay Community or getting involved with a Marianist initiative, email Kateri Dillon at [email protected].

Dillon encourages everyone to attend the Marianist Lay Assembly this summer. “It is a wonderful opportunity to see the Marianist Charism at work with lay communities from all over the country,” she said. “I am excited to hear speakers and workshop leaders, especially our keynote speaker, Fr. Bryan Massingale.”

In The News

Grant Stimulates Brain Health Initiative at UD

The University of Dayton will receive a three-year, $450,000 grant from The Dayton Foundation to fund education, research, and community outreach to help improve prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation for traumatic brain injuries.

The university’s Brain Health Collaboratory will be the lead partner for the grant, which will support community-wide efforts to help individuals and families dealing with neurological issues. The award will fund efforts to increase access to care for individuals and families affected by brain injuries, educate professionals on brain health, conduct research based on community needs, collect data on program outcomes, and increase awareness about brain health.

Click here to read more.

New Video Series on Religious Retirement

The National Religious Retirement Office in Washington, DC, has unveiled a new video series titled Basic Elements of a Comprehensive Retirement Plan. This free series provides a fresh outlook and renewed focus for religious institutes as they consider retirement planning. The series comprises five brief sessions covering broad topics to help institutes ask the right questions.

The first of these videos is Philosophy of Aging and Eldercare, presented by Bro. Stephen Glodek, SM.

Click here for a complete list of the free video series and additional resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/National Religious Retirement Office.

Marianist Brother Begins New Chapter in Library Science

Bro. Andrew Kosmowski, SM, was installed as president of the Catholic Library Association (CLA). He has been an active member of the organization since graduating from the University of Missouri with an MA in Library Science. He has served as vice chair and then chair of the academic library, archives, and library education section, and Bro. Andrew has presented at CLA conferences and participated in cataloging roundtables.

The Province extends its gratitude for Andrew’s “yes” in accepting this important leadership role and gives thanks for his continued commitment as the lead librarian at North American Center for Marianist Studies.

Marianist Ministries in Action

FatherSide Chats Aims to Engage Audience

When Fr. Gene Contadino, SM, began working on a video podcast series called “FatherSide Chats” for the Marianist Mission in the fall of 2021, almost everything about it surprised him. “I was especially surprised by the way the producers, Curt Albers and Darren Caywood of Midnet Media, were able to capture me in a relaxed manner as the cameras began to roll.”

But that’s partly because of the prep time that Fr. Gene and the production crew put into each episode, including ample time to research and prepare interesting topics and scout various locations that convey a relaxed setting. Capturing a typical two-minute podcast on video takes about two-to-three hours of film time. The rest involves editing and polishing the final product. “The skills and artistry of the production team are essential to what we produce. The behind-the-scenes members deserve the spotlight – from the writing, production know-how, and attention to even the smallest details,” said Fr. Gene.

The series aims to capture fresh and relevant content for Catholics. “Father Gene and I brainstorm possible topics and look at what is happening in the daily news so that he is talking about issues currently impacting people’s lives,” said Linda Hayes, director of the Marianist Mission.

“We aim to talk about each topic in an inviting and spacious manner,” said Fr. Gene, “one in which the listener might think, ‘I never thought of that’ or at least continue questioning and noodling with an idea.”

To date, the Mission has produced 88 episodes of “FatherSide Chats” and tracks the demographics and interests of its audience. “Ninety percent of our audience is comprised of adults 65+, and of that, 65 percent are women,” said Hayes. The series has logged more than 35,000 views across key social media channels.

“Father Gene has done a phenomenal job of hitting on timeless and applicable topics for a long time to come,” said Hayes. “We believe that these videos – even if it’s just one – will provide support for someone in their time of need.”

Episodes with the highest viewing audience include: What is a Prayer Life? (Episode 1), What do Catholics Bring to Death? (Episode 19), and Laughter (Episode 7). Staff favorites include: When it Rains on Your Parade (Episode 30), which reminds the listener that God loves you and will see you through the “rain,” and Walk With Changes (Episode 86) about how to adapt to change and how change can challenge an individual on a deeper level.

A Marianist Moment

Bro. Dan Klco, Michael Thompson, Ariana Aguilar, Katia Campos and José Chaman, Alex Roman

A “transformative experience” is how Katia Campos described her commitment to a Marianist Lay Community (MLC) in San Antonio, TX. The engineering science major at St. Mary’s University (SMU) says it has deepened her understanding of the Marianist Charism. “I have had the opportunity to reflect on and integrate Marianist values into my own life. The formation process has strengthened my relationship with our mother, Mary, and provided me with a solid foundation to continue growing and serving within the Lay Marianist community.”

Campos is one of four SMU students who made a commitment to the Sub Tuum Marianist Lay Community last month.

José Chaman has known the Marianists since he was a child. He and his mother both attended the same Marianist high school in Trujillo, Peru. As he pursues a double major in international global studies and economics, he wanted to further immerse himself in the Marianist life. “The blessings I have received through our Virgin Mary and the Marianist Family have been abundant, making it a natural decision for me to join a lay community. During the re-establishment of the MLC program, I truly became captivated. I interpreted this as God urging me to seize the opportunity,” said Chaman.”

Minister for Marianist Lay Communities and Initiatives Bro. Dan Klco, SM, says, “It helps them to focus their commitment to God, in the Church, through their commitment to the Marianist Charism and Mary’s mission to bring people to faith in her Son, Jesus.”

Alex Roman, a pre-novice in the aspirancy program, assists Bro. Dan. Alex says he has learned a lot from the students, “No matter our age, our different occupations, the place where we are, or even the culture or language – as Fr. Chaminade once said, ‘Our Spirit is the same Spirit of Mary.’ We are a family because we were called by Her to be their Children.”

Bro. Klco hopes many more are inspired to join, “Joining a Marianist Lay Community is a wonderful way to deepen your relationship with Jesus and Mary through the Marianist Charism.”

From the Archives

Labor of Love

The National Archives Marianist Province of the United States discovered 800 slides documenting the building of St. Joseph Chapel at the Marianist Novitiate in Marcy, NY, from 1953 to 1957 — an amazing undertaking by the Marianist Brothers. It was said to be a permanent monument to the Marianists who have labored in the United States since 1849.

The property, six miles from Utica in Marcy, NY (before the building of the chapel), was purchased from the city of Utica for $5,000 on August 13, 1947. It served as the Marianist Novitiate for the Cincinnati Province from 1949-1969 and as the Bergamo East Retreat Center until 1981. It is now an apartment complex on what is still Chaminade Road.

If you’d like to see more images and the history of this building, visit and “like” this Facebook page.

A crew of 29 Marianists worked on building the St. Joseph Chapel at the Marianist Novitiate in Marcy, NY, 1954.
First Vows celebrations in the gym at the Marianist Novitiate, Marcy, NY, August 1963.

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Good to Know

Chaminade University President Spotlight

Dr. Lynn Babington, president of Chaminade University of Honolulu since 2017, was interviewed by the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU). She gives in-depth responses to questions such as her understanding between faith and science and how she promotes the Marianist Charism in a typically non-Catholic culture.

Click here to read her responses to those thought-provoking questions.

Thank You, Nurses

Every year from May 6 to May 12, nurses are recognized for their service and dedication to caring for others. During National Nurses Week this year, Bro. Joe Markel and Bro. Bob Metzger, visited the nursing staff at its Cupertino, CA, community.

The celebration, complete with cake and dancing, served as the perfect time to give Genevieve Ibana a special thank you for her 20 years of heartfelt service to the brothers.

Click More Photos

Be sure to click the More Photos box on the top right of the page to see pictures from the District Assembly in India, the Marianist Province Assembly in Tucson with Bishop Gerald Kicanas as the keynote speaker, a celebration of two more Lay Marianist affiliates, and an open house at the new Marianist Community at St. Leonard in Dayton.

Join Us!

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

New listings include:

  • St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Principal and Major Gifts Office
  • Chaminade College Preparatory (MO) – Retreat Coordinator
  • Chaminade College Preparatory (CA) – Dir. of Human Resources

Looking for an Internship or a Volunteer Opportunity?

The Mission of Mary Cooperative has several openings for anyone wanting a fulfilling and community-driven internship in the following categories: Farming & Food Distribution, Community Programming, Land Restoration & Stewardship, Non-Profit Administration, and Graphic Design.

Click here for more information on internships.

Click here for information on volunteer opportunities.

Marianist Family Newsletters & Videos

Via Latina from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities

District Update #70 from the Marianist District of India

FatherSide Chats is a web video series featuring Fr. Gene Contadino. Discover new episodes every Tuesday about a variety of topics. Click the graphic to view episodes. Click here to read more.

Other Resources

Marianist Archives         

FamilyOnline Submissions

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Meet Us at the Crossroads II

Marianist schools challenged us last month to find a way to support the goals of Marianist Family Encounters Project (MFEP), a response to the cry of the poor and the cry of the earth outlined by Pope Francis in the proposals, Global Compact on Education and Laudato Sí Action Platform.

Chaminade College Preparatory – STL

Throughout last year, Marianist schools and ministries made pledges. They initiated projects to lessen their environmental impact, improve the quality of life for people living in marginalized communities, and support MFEP’s goals.

Since putting a plan in place, students and ministries have been busy acting on them. MFEP projects run the gamut. For example:

  • Central Catholic High School students in San Antonio, TX, helped some of the most vulnerable by cleaning horse stables at an equestrian therapy facility for children with Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy. Other students participated in a Basura Bash that leads hikers through flora and fauna, teaching environmental lessons.
  • Colegio San José, San Juan, PR, gathered its senior class to volunteer at a 5k race for SFM Charities which helps provide nourishment and wellness to the underserved across Puerto Rico. Students also participated in an awareness campaign created by the Recycling and Ecology Club.
  • Freshmen at Chaminade University in Honolulu, HI, scoured the banks of the Palolo Stream, picking up litter and teaching students to have an environmental mindset.
  • Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, FL, facilitated a Women in Sports Panel and discussion to promote “full participation of girls and women in education.”
  • Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis, MO, hosted a community screening of “The Letter: A Message for the Earth.” Students also partnered with the Spanish Club in hosting The Pulsera Project, which helps support more than 200 fair-trade jobs for Nicaraguan and Guatemalan artisans.
  • To encourage “a sustainable lifestyle,” Mount Saint John, the Marianist’s 150-acre campus and nature preserve in Dayton, OH, is in the process of installing solar panels that will meet all its electricity needs.

    Marianist Novitiate Community
  • One way the Marianist Novitiate Community in Dayton, OH, is living out Laudato Sí is by composting their food scraps – cutting down on trash while enriching the earth.

“People often only hear bad news regarding these global issues,” said Bro. Steve O’Neil.”But by getting involved, doing something, we believe people will gain a sense of hope.”

If you’d like suggestions or advice on how to get involved or incorporate an activity in your school or group, you can contact Bro. Steve via email at [email protected].

Click the pictures to read more about the initiatives of the schools and ministries mentioned above.

Cental Catholic High School
Colegio San José
Chaminade University
Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory
Chaminade College Preparatory - STL
Mount Saint John

In The News

University of Dayton Research-Industry Partnership

Chemical and hardware manufacturers are seeking industry research at University of Dayton (UD) to examine whether drones are the answer to precision agriculture.

“We’ve had a lot of additional interest in drone spraying since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency started accepting and reviewing results from tractor spray drift experiments in our Low-Speed Wind Tunnel in 2019,” said UD Assistant Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering Sidaard Gunasekaran.

“When we spray a field now, we broadcast spray the entire field,” said Kyle Butz, a technical adviser with Spray Analytics. “With drone spraying, we’re trying to examine whether we can effectively target portions of the field or use less chemicals. We call it ‘precision ag,’ and we hope to use it to be better stewards of the land.”

Chemical and hardware manufacturers and government officials are invited to an event May 24-25 at the University of Dayton’s Kettering Laboratories.

Research Showcase 2023

The scholarly and creative works and research of St. Mary’s University faculty and students were highlighted at an annual showcase earlier this month. The theme of this year’s Research Showcase was Laudato Sí.

Tuesday, April 18, was designated as an alternative learning day by the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs. A series of concurrent presentations occurred in the morning, followed by a St. Mary’s alum panel and the 24th Annual Research Symposium and Creative Activities Exhibition in the afternoon. The day closed with a keynote speaker and awards ceremony.

The following day, each of the schools across campus hosted an open house (School of Science, Engineering and Technology; College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Greehey School of Business and School of Law).

Journeys of Faith

Fr. Tom Kreidler, Dylan Wahl ’24, Boston Socha ’23, Jordan Marshall ’24, Ethan Hawyschuk ’24

Formation in faith is one of the characteristics of Marianist education. Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, OH, teaches in the Catholic faith; but for those who aren’t Catholic, the purpose is to help students reflect on their faith, whatever it may be.

Sometimes that deep contemplation leads students to the Catholic creed. This year, four students who—after reflection, discussion, and instruction—entered the Catholic faith: Boston Socha ’23, Ethan Hawyschuk ’24, Jordan Marshall ’24 and Dylan Wahl ’24.

These young men met with Campus Minister Steve Joebgen, Religion Teacher Jerry DiCristoforo, and Campus Chaplain Fr. Tom Kreidler at 7:00 on Friday mornings (itself a sign of interest and commitment) as well as other times to delve more deeply into Catholicism and the Marianist tradition.

Click here to read personal thoughts about their journeys of faith.

Mission Day

The annual St. John Vianney High School Mission Day raised funds to support its Marianist sister school in Nairobi, Kenya: Our Lady of Nazareth (OLN). Students were educated about the needs of the students in Kenya through photos and information on a slideshow during lunches. Morning announcements each day also included teachings about the costs to educate and feed the students. Social media was utilized to paint a picture of the living conditions of students. A school-wide goal was set to cover the costs of school supplies, textbooks, uniforms, meals, and tuition for all current students at OLN.

The following week, on Mission Day, students wore the OLN school uniform color red instead of their classic black and gold to show support for the students in Kenya. Students donated more than $4,500 to Our Lady of Nazareth.

A few weeks later, Fr. André-Joseph Fétis and Bro. Michael McAward from the Marianist General Council in Rome visited Vianney and shared testimonies about their personal experiences visiting OLN, reiterating the importance of the success of this mission. Click here to see more photos.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Marianist Sponsorship Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Head-to-Heart Workshop

The leadership of Marianist schools and ministries has always been the primary responsibility of Marianist brothers and priests. But with a smaller pool of vowed Marianists in active ministry, the Provincial Administration recognized the need to better equip lay educators and leaders to carry out this most important mission and vision. Ten years ago, they adopted a Marianist Sponsorship model to strengthen and maintain the Catholic and Marianist identity of their apostolic ministries and K-12 education.

It was a move that came naturally, says Bro. Jesse O’Neill, assistant for education, whose office oversees the Office of Sponsorship. “Since its founding, the Society of Mary has promoted the formation and empowerment of the laity in its mission. In this same spirit today, we form our presidents, principals, retreat directors, and teachers as Marianist educators.”

As he looks back on the last decade, Office of Sponsorship Director Dan Donnelly says, “I am most happy with how we built and strengthened relationships with our sponsored ministries – a network of 17 secondary schools  and four retreat centers – and have worked together with them in the spirit of trust and cooperation to achieve our goals.”

Among those goals:

  • A mentoring program for new key administrators, “accompanying them as they learn the fundamentals of Marianist education and administration,” states Donnelly
  • A redesign of a workshop called Teaching as Ministry to introduce Marianist educators to the Characteristics of a Marianist Education, the guiding principles that articulate the characteristics that make their institutions distinctly Marianist
  • A new workshop called Head-to-Heart for educators that continues the formation process in Marianist spirituality

Donnelly credits the Office of Sponsorship team, including Erica Duarte, Larry Keller, Pat Wheadon, and Mary Holtmann, for the program’s success. “They have provided great leadership and energy supporting the Marianist charism.”

Looking ahead, Donnelly foresees a continuation of their present work. “Our role is to accompany and support Marianist-sponsored schools and retreat centers as they assist Mary in bringing Christ to the world,” he says.

Bro. Jesse adds, “Chaminade reminds us that we teach by every word, every gesture, every look. The Office of Sponsorship assists our schools and retreat centers in creating a culture that allows this to happen. I believe a Marianist education is our greatest gift to the world.”

By Bro. David Betz

A Marianist Moment

Recently, I had the pleasure of recording a podcast with the North American Center for Studies (NACMS) for its Sharing Our Marianist Stories Series. It was posted this month. Gabby Bibeau, Research and Program Assistant, as well as the producer of the podcast, interviewed me about our Marianist Saints. It gives you the opportunity to learn more about who are our Marianist Saints and get a sense of the canonization process. At one point during the interview, I was asked to identify individuals in the United States who could be chosen to enter the canonization process. I now invite you to consider this question and let me know your choices at [email protected].

Click on the link below and enjoy!

From the Archives

Marianist Gallery Social Spotlight

Painting by Bro. Don Smith

Gallery St. John, the last Marianist gallery, has a new stage, and it’s set on social media. Bro. Brian Zampier, with the blessing of artist and gallery assistant  Bro. Louis Fournier, has created a new Facebook page to help publicize the studio in Dayton, OH. It is a treasure trove of Marianist craftsmanship, including more than 100 framed photos by Bro. John Lemker, and art by the likes of Bro. Joe Barrish and Bro. Don Smith.

Click here to find the Facebook page, and once there, click the “Like” button to follow for special art signings and showcases.

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.

Good to Know

Brink of Enlightenment

Bro. Ed Brink considered himself a renegade environmentalist with a mission to save the planet as he pursued a college degree in Environmental Engineering Technology. The New York native found his footing at the University of Dayton, and that decision changed the trajectory of his path forever.

With the encouragement of his professor, Fr. James Heft, Brink thought deeply about committing to the religious life of a Marianist. “I went to my first meeting, and I got scared away,” recalls Brink. “Honestly, I wasn’t sure this was going to be for me.”

However, the acts-of-service component of his Marianist education prompted him to live in a Marianist community during his junior and senior years. The rest, you may say, is history – a long and thoughtful history. He professed his first vows in the Society of Mary (Marianists) on Aug. 11, 1985.

“It’s a long and involved process to become a perpetually professed brother,” Brink says. “Formation never really ends for a Marianist; it is a life-long process of spiritual renewal, personal growth, and committed service.”

Click here to read more.

Hollywood Comes to Campus

It was lights, camera, and action as the cast and crew of the hit NBC series Magnum P.I. descended on the Chaminade University campus during spring break to film scenes for an episode in season five.

Perdita Weeks, who plays Juliet Higgins in the show, also directed the scenes that included Jay Hernandez, who plays Thomas Magnum. Set designers transformed the President’s conference room into a fictitious office, and a stuntman was seen hanging from a window. Filming required more than a dozen extras, loads of equipment, and set construction. The scenes will be in an upcoming episode this fall.

Join Us

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

New listings include:

  • St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (OH) – Principal and Major Gifts Office
  • Chaminade College Preparatory (MO) – Retreat Coordinator
  • Chaminade College Preparatory (CA) – Dir. of Human Resources
  • Bergamo Center – Guest Services Coordinator

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