Sr. Emily’s First Vows During the Time of Covid

Left to right: Marianist Sisters Gabrielle Bibeau, Nicole Trahan, Emily Sandoval, Laura Leming and Leanne Jablonski

On Saturday, June 20, Sr. Emily Sandoval professed first vows in a celebration that was watched live stream by the Marianist Family around the world. Thanks to Bro. Leno Ceballos for providing the technical assistance to make this happen. People on 289 screens tuned in from Rome, India, Ireland and all across the United States.

Marianist Sisters Laura Leming and Emily Sandoval

The ceremony was presided by Fr. Chris Wittmann, with Sr. Laura Leming, who received the vows in the name of Sr. Gretchen Trautman, and Bro. Dan Klco who read the intercessions. In addition, Sr. Nicole Trahan, director of the Annunciation Dayton FMI community extended the welcome to those few sisters and brothers permitted to be present and to Emily’s family and friends and the Marianist family who joined in.

A new Marianist young adult lay community surprised Sr. Emily by decorating the house and sidewalk and the brothers of the Alumni Hall Community generously allowed the use of their chapel, Our Mother of Good Counsel, for the celebration.

The Marianist Sisters thank all those who have walked with Emily and the community during this time of her formation.

Learn more about Marianist formation.

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A  Reflection During This Time of Pandemic by Rev. James Heft

Fr. James Heft is the founding president of the Institute of Advanced Catholic Studies at USC and a member of the Marianist Lalanne Community in Los Angeles, Calif.

Absence, Familiarity and Monasticism

So many uncertainties for such a long time. Three things, however, have proven constants: absence, familiarity and solitude. We all have become monks, a condition imposed on us, welcomed by some, but difficult for many.

Being in a “lockdown” situation, many of us have reached out more to others, to see how they are doing, to give them our love and support and to lessen our own feeling of isolation. Our hearts have grown fonder — we really value the human contact, virtual though it has to be. C. S. Lewis once wrote that the world is starved for solitude and friendship. If you cannot enter peacefully into solitude, you cling to friendships. You need them more than you give to them. But for some of us in lockdown with others, familiarity can bring to the surface quarrels and discord, even divisions. I read recently that once the restrictions in Wuhan were lifted, the divorce rate shot up. Read more.

Juneteenth

Bernie Sammons
Giovanni Madriz
Jim Ford and his accompanist

On Friday, June 19, the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative(MSJC) Racial Justice Team and the Office of Hispanic Ministry of the Archdiocese of St. Louis held a virtual gathering called, “A Racial Dialogue Event.” It brought more than 90 participants together to address how to fight for racial justice in the United States today.

The event included prayer, song, reflections and discussions facilitated by a small panel. It was an opportunity to come together to pray and to work towards how to respond both personally and communally to the current unrest and injustice in our country.

Sr. Nicole Trahan led the attendees in several beautiful prayers and Jim Vogt, director of MSJC, emceed the evening. Jim Ford, director of Marianist Retreat and Conference Center, lead the group in song. Three different guest speakers highlighted: Racism & Oppression (Dr. Bernie Sammons), Immigration (Giovanni Madriz) and White Privilege (Trent Chambers).

Brian Reavey, director of Marianist Office for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, said, “The Juneteenth event was powerful. Gathering with members of the Marianist Family across the country to pray for, learn about and advocate for anti-racism was inspiring, especially during these trying times. The music was as reflective and lively as the three presentations and the chatbox conversations among attendees. The evening enlivened my spirit and refueled my fire for promoting racial justice. If you’re wondering where to turn or how to educate yourself further, I highly recommend reaching out to MSJC’s Racial Justice team for resources and support. Sr. Nicole Trahan and Maureen O’Rourke are the team’s co-chairs, and Jim Vogt is the staff liaison as MSJC’s director. We’ve all been working hard to provide the Marianist Family with more opportunities to educate ourselves, hear people’s’ stories and promote racial justice.”

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A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Praying with our Marianist Saints

Those of us who grew up in religious households have been taught that praying was communicating with or talking with God. Our parents spent time showing us how to hold our hands and position our bodies when it was time to pray. Of course, they also took us to church to model how to stand, to kneel and to respond to what was happening in the liturgy. As we grew up, we learned that prayer is a conversation initiated by God and it is our faith response to this initiation. Prayer is acknowledging God’s action in our lives. Henri Nouwen (see Following Jesus, Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety) described praying as a threefold task: listen, ask and dwell. He is reminding us that prayer is a time of paying attention to God’s love in our lives. We also came to know that there are five types of prayer: praise, gratitude, blessing or adoration, petition and intercessory. When we want to pray with the saints or our Marianist Saints it usually falls into the categories of petition or intercessory.

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Marianist Ministries in Action

One God, One People

On Friday, June 19, Immaculate Conception Parish in Dayton, Ohio, featured a live stream event, “One God, One People,” in response to the sin of racism.  The program was led by Fr. Bob Jones and included two reflections by Dr. Vince Miller and Sr. Nicole Trahan.

Sr. Nicole, the newly appointed co-chair of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative’s Racial Justice team, said, “It’s not enough to say, Everyone is welcome; I have friends or we have some parishioners that are all different ethnicities; we serve a diverse population or I work in a diverse environment, and that’s important to me.

“Don’t get me wrong, these are good things. But, that’s not enough.

“Sometimes, these realities can blind us to the actual issue — that we are all involved in a system of policies, procedures, expectations and behaviors — influenced by conscious and unconscious biases — that benefit one group over another.”

Watch the recording of “One God, One People.

Marianist Family Retreat Center Re-opens; 50th Anniversary Celebration Planned for November

While the beach at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, New Jersey, still radiates the beauty of a warm summer afternoon, one thing’s been missing: the noise of families enjoying this oceanside setting.

But that’s about to change. “Starting June 29, we will open at half of our capacity,” said Anthony Fucci, director of the center. “We are accepting applications for our summer family retreats and notifying people of the status of their retreat on a case-by-case basis.”

Although Cape May Point reported no cases of COVID-19, the center had been closed due to the pandemic that devastated much of the East Coast and the world. Now that these areas are starting to reopen, the center is revving up its programs to accommodate families.

This year marks 50 years since the Marianist began offering retreats at Cape May. “We are planning an official 50th anniversary celebration on Nov. 13-15,” said Anthony. But as with all things associated with the coronavirus pandemic, “we’re taking this one step at time.”

Still, “it feels good to start hosting family retreats,” said Anthony. “It’s the foundation of this ministry and everything we do.”

For more information about upcoming retreats, call 609.884.3829 or click here for link to retreat website.

Mountaintops and Deep Waters: Continuing Marianist Leadership Formation during a Pandemic

By Savio Franco, Ph.D.

Mountaintops and deep waters — our Lord Jesus formed his disciples on both. At the Marianist Provincial Office of Education and in Marianist-sponsored ministries, we follow this example in our leadership formation initiative called Mary’s Lead — an ecosystem of retreats, resources and relationships specially designed for Marianist educator-leaders.

Our first cohort of Mary’s Lead began its summer leadership retreat-in-daily-life on June 22 – 25, 2020. Like Blessed Fr. Chaminade’s sheltered-in experience at Saragossa, members of this group also sheltered in place, seeking and praying across long distances, but still in communion with each other. On this retreat, we reflected on the leadership formation of the disciples.

Here is an example:

Consider Peter. Think about some of his formative experiences on and around mountaintops. Perhaps you are envisioning the Mount of Beatitudes, picturing Peter listening to the greatest discourse ever spoken. Or maybe the hills around which Jesus multiplied those loaves and fishes — imagining an excited Peter distributing them to the thousands present. Or perhaps you visualizing the Mount of Transfiguration, with a dumbfounded Peter wanting to pitch tents and stay there. Or in contrast, Mount Calvary, and Peter’s painful absence, and later, the Mount of Ascension on which Peter gazed upon the risen Lord ascending into heaven.

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Marianist Family Members in the News

Brother Cletus Behlmann Mission San Jose (San Antonio, TX) Watercolor 5 x 7 in. Dimensions Pending Collection of Viridiana Benitez, PhD & Edward D. Vargas, PhD, MPH

Bro. Cletus Behlmann’s Artwork featured in Virtual Art Fair

On Saturday, June 13, Bro. Cletus’ artwork was featured in the virtual art fair Virtual Viva Poesia: Palabra, Musica, y Cultura celebrating 300 years of Mission San Jose, in San Antonio.

Originally scheduled for April 4, Viva Poesía 2020 responded to the pandemic by transforming itself into an online celebration of this year’s theme: “Mission San Jose: 300 Years.” All content centered on the storied three-centuries-long history of the “Queen of the Missions,” one of the most revered world heritage sites in the nation.

The sixth-annual event focused on the indigenous traditions rooted in the area for thousands of years and the resulting confluence of cultures that developed and remain vital to the beloved Mission San Jose.

To view the virtual are fair which includes Bro. Cletus’ artwork, click here.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Hugh Charlson – Early Years

Bro. Hugh Charlson – 2015

Bro. Hugh Charlson, 86, died June 25, 2020. Brother Hugh was a teacher who served cheerfully at many high schools across the former St. Louis Province. He will be remembered for his sly humor and his sincere, uncomplicated dedication to his roles as teacher and brother. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnlineSee more photos.

Jubilarians

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the third group of 2020 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

BROTHER DONALD NEFF

70 years of profession

I am very grateful and humbled for the blessing of being invited to become a member of Mary’s Special Family, the Marianists. Especially for one who had no interest in becoming a teacher but planned a career in business (being an entrepreneur)!

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BROTHER DANIEL STUPKA

70 years of profession

We were asked to give our thoughts on our lives and service as Marianists. That is not a hard subject upon which to reflect because my life in the Society of Mary has long been one of joy and service with those I love and with whom I live and work.

Read more.

BROTHER GERARD SULLIVAN

70 years of profession

Bro. Gerard Sullivan is celebrating 70 years of religious life with the Society of Mary. He was born and raised in St. Louis and professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1950, in Galesville, Wisconsin. He earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a master’s degree in teaching (business administration) from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He completed a two-year program in drug and alcohol counseling at San Jose State University.

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BROTHER ROBERT M. FLAHERTY

60 years of profession

I have become a better Marianist as a result of teaching and counseling. It has been a real privilege to serve as a teacher and counselor in a high school throughout these many years. I can honestly say that I always have looked forward to coming to school on a daily basis. It has been a joy to “serve, rather than to be served!”

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FATHER CHRISTIAN JANSON

60 years of profession

I was born in St. Louis into a very large family: I had 10 brothers and two sisters. I met the Marianists at St. Mary’s in St. Louis and went to the postulate at Maryhurst to complete my education. I earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Saint Louis University, as well as a master‘s in divinity to complete my seminary training.

Read more.

Good to Know

Inspired to Serve

Since 1995, Grace Zollman has served as director of nursing at the Marianist Care Center in Cupertino, Calif. When Grace’s children were young, sometimes she would bring them to work to interact with the brothers. One of her children, her son Gian Pancipanci, became especially attached to Bro. Bob Wade, who served in World War II.

At a young age, Gian became fascinated with Bro. Bob’s U.S. Army service, stories and memories. Later in his life, Gian expressed a desire to serve our country like Bro. Bob. Last month, Gian Pancipanci was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army after completing his ROTC training at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga.

On Memorial Day, Gian visited the grave of his good friend and mentor, Bro. Bob Wade, to offer his respect and gratitude with a formal salute.

Thanks to Bro. Jack Somerville for sharing this story.

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Nonagenarians in Cupertino

L-R Bro. Howard Hughes (90), Bro. Frank Spaeth (97), Fr. Stephen Tutas, (93) Bro. Jim Leahy (94)

On Sunday, June 28, Bro. Howard Hughes celebrated his 90th birthday at the Marianist Care Center in Cupertino. He was joined by his fellow Marianists, also in their 90s, who live in community with him. Welcome to the nonagenarian club Bro. Howard!

Thanks Bro. Jack Somerville for sharing this milestone.

St. Anthony School Celebrates Drive-in Graduation

On May 29, St. Anthony School on Maui became the first high school in Hawaii to have an in-person graduation ceremony. Bro. Fred Silbereis reported, “Because of the small size of the graduation class (12 students), we were able to have an outdoor ceremony that allowed participants to observe social distancing but still be together. Parents and family attended by sitting in their cars like at a drive-in theater of olden days. Clapping could thus be augmented by the blowing of horns, which added enjoyment to the affair.” For the first time in many years, was held outside the school. Tim Cullen, Head of School, and Fr. Roland Bunda, pastor, were able to conduct the graduation ceremony from the stage while all in attendance were socially distanced according to COVID-19 guidelines. Congratulations to St. Anthony’s Class of 2020.

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Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 35 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

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

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A Joyful and Unique First Vow Ceremony

The Marianist Novitiate Community: Bro. Tom Wendorf, John Shim (KO-novice), Bros. Tom Redmond, Dan Klco and Leno Ceballos, Francisco Cho (KO-novice), Bro. John Lemker and Fr. Chris Wittmann.

Yes, they wore masks. But their eyes were smiling above them. Yes, it was a small gathering of brothers and priests in the novitiate chapel instead of a crowd of family and friends filling church pews. And yes, it took place in the middle of a global pandemic.

It was a ceremony unique in the history of U.S. Marianists. But the characteristic solemnity and joy of the event remained.

Magdaleno (Leno) Alonso Ceballos Marcel

On May 23, Magdaleno (Leno) Alonso Ceballos Marcel, made his first profession of vows as a Marianist brother. Fr. Chris Wittmann, province director of novices, presided at the Mass; Fr. Charles (Kip) Stander received the vows. The event was live-streamed to all those joining in spirit while sheltering in place.

“A vow ceremony is always a sign of hope. It’s encouraging to have new brothers in the Society of Mary,” says Fr. Chris. He noted that while the pandemic presented significant limitations on the ceremony, the Marianists believe safety had to be the primary concern.

Bro. Leno, 31, grew up in southern California and first met the Marianists at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in 2012. He was attracted to the Marianist life of prayer, devotion to Mary, and commitment to community. “In the early part of his discernment, Leno met Marianists who really connected with him and inspired him,” says Fr. Chris.

Leno made his aspirancy at Casa Maria Community in San Antonio and his novitiate at Mount Saint John in Dayton, Ohio. During his novitiate, he volunteered at the Brunner Literacy Center in Dayton, tutoring adults in preparation for GED (high school equivalency) exams.

“Leno brings to us a real passion for living this life well and for growing in his faith,” says Fr. Chris. “He’s an excellent person in community … he has a gift for reaching out to others.”

Learn more about Marianist formation.

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‘Family Spirit’ Takes New Forms for 2020 Graduations

Nick Niemeier
Nick Niemeier
Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory Class of 2020
Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory Class of 2020
Roman Wilson

The Class of 2020 at Marianist-sponsored high schools across the country faced an upheaval like none before. Still, these young women and men were celebrated with an outpouring of pomp and circumstance that showcased Marianist family spirit in fresh and unusual ways.

“We have an outstanding cadre of school leaders – principals, presidents – who are deeply rooted in the Characteristics of Marianist Education,” says Bro. Jesse O’Neill, assistant for education for the Province. “They were called to demonstrate adaptation and change – to think creatively in the face of this shutdown, and I’m really proud of the ways they’ve done that.”

The presidents, principals and campus ministers of each of the 17 Marianist-sponsored secondary schools gathered with Bro. Jesse in online meetings to discuss strategies and share ideas and best practices. “I think they responded the way Chaminade and the Marianist founders did when they were faced with chaos (of the French Revolution). They adapted while keeping their focus on the mission.”

And so, with the mission of showcasing their graduates, schools rolled out some novel tributes: They posted signs in each senior’s yard, created individual social media spotlights and organized car parades, YouTube Masses, campus light-ups, and even mini “private graduation” ceremonies. They weren’t the traditional cap-and-gown, tassel-turning processions, but they were joyful displays nonetheless.

We may have to be physically distant but the Marianist family spirit remains,” says Bro. Jesse. “I want all our grads to know that God gives them the strength they need to respond to tough situations. And if they feel like they don’t have the strength, they need to remember that they have each other. The light of God is always there.”

Marianist Barbecue: Summer Recipes for Your Next Family Picnic

With the summer barbecue season in full swing, Bro. Leo Slay teamed up with Eloy Olivarri, head chef at the Marianist Residence, to offer the Marianist Family some mouth-watering recipes and cooking tips.

How does Southern Peach Yam Bake, Strawberry Fruit Salad and Bro. Leo’s barbecue burgers sound? You’ll find these recipes and cooking tips here.

Bro. Leo served as a food service manager at Marianist schools and retreat centers for 70 years and worked as a food consultant for the military and other organizations. Having grown up in St. Louis, he knew his way around the kitchen because “our family-owned three restaurants — two steakhouses and an Italian restaurant,” he says. “I never use recipes,” he says, having committed to memory the dishes and methods used in his family’s business.

His love for cooking boils down to this: “Food makes people happy. There’s no better way to be happy than to serve God and be of service to others.”

Bro. Leo is featured in the upcoming Summer 2020 edition of ALIVE magazine.

Marianist pandemic retreat team: top, left: Steve Joebgen, Bro. Mark Motz; middle: Michelle Khawam, Mike Bennett; bottom: LeeAnn Meyer and Daniel Vasquez

Ministry Team Rolls Out “Marianist Digital Retreat for a Pandemic”

It started with a simple idea: Why not use the time of sheltering in place during the coronavirus pandemic to create a digital retreat for high school and college youth?

This was the question Steve Joebgen, campus minister, Archbishop Moeller High School, put to Sr. Gabby Bibeau.

Within days, Sr. Gabby connected Steve to a team of other campus ministers that included Mike Bennett, campus minister, University of Dayton; Michelle Khawam, campus minister, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School; LeeAnn Meyer, assistant director of Marianist strategies – student programs, University of Dayton; Bro. Mark Motz, vocation director for the Marianist Province; and Daniel Vasquez, youth and young adult minister, Holy Rosary Parish, San Antonio.

“With permission, we borrowed ideas from a similar Jesuit retreat,” says Steve. Within a month, the team wrote, edited and rolled out A Marianist Digital Retreat for a Pandemic, with a special focus on Marianist history and spirituality.

Once completed, “we realized this retreat could be of interest to anyone in the Marianist Family,” says Steve, who urges people to share it.

The retreat is designed to be completed individually or as a small group that can meet (virtually) to share in discussion, reflection and prayer.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

A Dream Realized!

May 25 is the Feast of Mary, Help of Christians. This day in 1816, Blessed Adèle and several of her companions traveled to Agen to start a religious community with the assistance of Blessed Chaminade and Venerable Marie Thérèse. It was a dream come true for Blessed Adèle. At a young age, she considered entering the Carmelites because she wanted to commit herself to a life of service to her God. The seeds of this desire started when she was only 4 four years old.  When she was 13, she expressed the desire again by asking to spend time in a Carmelite monastery in preparation for her Confirmation. But her friendship with Jeanne Diché, whom she met during this preparation time, led to an entirely different direction.

From their friendship, her “Association” began which grew into a large network of young women in the rural areas that surrounded the Chateau de Trenquelléon. She and fellow associates were involved with providing material goods to local families in need and religious education to young girls. Her Association eventually connected with Blessed Chaminade’s Sodality in Bordeaux. In her correspondence with Blessed Chaminade, she mentioned her desire for religious life. With the assistance from Blessed Chaminade, Blessed Adèle’s desire finally came to fruition, but it was not joining the Carmelites but being part of a new venture, The Daughters of Mary.

I would like to share with you some excerpts from Fr. Joseph Stefanelli’s book, Adèle, about the beginning of the Daughters of Mary. Read more.

Marianist Family Members in the News

The Marianist Archives in San Antonio

Province Archivist, Mary Kenney’s article, “Marianists Consolidate Province Archives in San Antonio,” was featured in the May 2020 issue of The Southwestern Archivist. The article reveals the establishment of the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States (NAMPUS) in San Antonio, Texas. Read the article.

Fr. George Montague: First Corinthians

Congratulation to Fr. George Montague. His commentary on First Corinthians, originally published by Baker Press, is going to be published in Polish.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

As we conclude this month with our reflections on the bicentenary of Marianist Education, I want to thank everyone who has contributed their thoughtful words during what has been an extraordinary year of celebration on so many levels. It is fitting that we conclude with two reflections that profoundly speak of the gift of Marianist education — its breadth of influence and its ability to break through with God’s love even during a time of pandemic. Let us continue to pray for one another.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education


Being a Marianist Educator During a Pandemic
By Rev. John Thompson

Although I am currently a pastor of a Marianist parish, I always consider myself an educator. I may not be in a school setting as in the past as a teacher, campus minister, chaplain, president or assistant professor, but as a pastor, I too educate with every word, gesture, and look. Ask my parishioners, they will tell you!

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Go Home and Love your Family
By Michele Sweetmon

This time apart has been difficult for everyone. As social creatures, we have an intellectual and emotional need for the stimulation and community that others provide.

Mother Teresa instructed us that “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family.” Students at Gross Catholic are finding that one rainbow in the storm of COVID-19 is time with family. High school students are often so busy or distracted that family-time is pushed to the side. Read more.

When Technology Helps Advance the Mission

On April 15,  the Marianist Educational Associates (MEA) at St. Mary’s University concluded a year of formation. In addition, four new members of the faculty and staff made their public commitment. Current MEAs renewed their promise to sustain and nurture the Marianist Charism on campus.

Fr. Bill Meyer began with welcome remarks, and Fr. Tim Eden concluded with the final blessing. Dr. Jessica González Uhlig presided as the coordinator of formation while Bro. Allen Pacquing was in attendance for additional support.

The COVID-19 pandemic was not going to stop prayer and celebration together. This may be the first MEA commitment service to take place via Zoom.

Riordan’s virtual 3 O’clock Prayer

From their bedrooms, closets, hallways and other home places, students of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco gathered in spirit in this virtual collaboration of the Marianist 3 O’clock Prayer last month. In need of a little inspiration? Watch now.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Raymond Kane – undated

Bro. Raymond Kane – 2015

Bro. Raymond Kane, 81, died May 27, 2020.  Bro. Ray was a teacher and guidance counselor. He also dedicated many years in retreat ministry. He loved moderating social activities, living in community and sharing his faith with others. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnlineSee more photos.

Fr. Larry Doersching

Fr. Larry Doersching – 2015

Fr. Lawrence Bernard Doersching, 74, died on May 27, 2020. Fr. Larry was a teacher and a high school administrator. He lived his life with great gratitude and shared his fervent faith through his work in campus ministry and retreat ministry. He believed that living a Marianist spirituality helped him perceive God’s will and to be generous in service. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnlineSee more photos.

Jubilarians

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the second group of 2020 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

BROTHER PAUL METZGER

70 years of profession

I was born in St. Louis in 1929, the last of six children. I graduated in 1947 from South Side Catholic High School, now St. Mary’s High School. A couple of the brothers asked me to join the order, but I wasn’t interested.

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BROTHER RAYMOND FITZ

60 years of profession

I joined the Marianists because of their commitment to educate leaders for the Society and the Church. Every day of my Marianist life has offered me exciting opportunities to work on this task of educating leaders. I have found working at University of Dayton a great environment for this work. The questions and challenges of students have keep me thinking of new ways to present the ideals of Christian leadership, whether in public service, the professions or in service to the Church.

Read more.

FATHER JAMES KUNES

60 years of ordination

Father James Kunes is celebrating 50 years of priesthood in the Society of Mary. He professed first vows on Aug. 22, 1948, in Beacon, N.Y., and he was ordained on July 17, 1960, in Fribourg, Switzerland.

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FATHER LAWRENCE SCHOETTELKOTTE

50 years of ordination

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 17, 1938, I attended Catholic grade school at St. John the Evangelist in Deer Park. After graduation from eighth grade in 1953, I went to Purcell High School. During my senior year, I decided to be a priest or religious. I was attracted to both the diocesan priesthood and to the Society of Mary.

Read more.

Good to Know

Marianists Celebrate Nurses Week

The Marianists celebrated Nurses Week by honoring the nurses that care for the Marianists in our care centers. Fr. Rudy Vela, professor of community and theology at St. Mary’s University and member of the Ligustrum Community in San Antonio, Texas, says, “We pray for our nurses constantly because they are our first responders, but we wanted to do something special for them to let them know how much we truly care.” Bro. Jack Somerville, director of the Marianist Community in Cupertino, California, reports that in addition to special prayers for their nurses they decorated and shared a special meal. He says,”This was a particularly special nurses week because of the great care our nurses have taken to protect us from COVID-19. A Herculean task, indeed. We cannot thank them enough.”

Thank you to all of our Nurses!

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From left to right: Bro. Bill Schlosser, Bro. Roger Bau, Josh, and Ethan

Governor’s Island Tree Planting for Earth Day 2020

On a cold day in April, three trees were planted around the Governor’s Island Marianist Community in Huntsville, Ohio, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.

Planting trees does more than just beautify an area. Trees are beneficial to the environment in so many ways. They help produce oxygen and filter out pollutants to clean the air. In addition, trees also help preserve water levels in the soil.

Thank you Bro. Roger Bau for sharing.  See more photos.

Happy Birthday Fr. John Leies

Several St. Mary’s University faculty, alumni and staff members wished Fr. John A. Leies a happy 94th birthday via video conference on April 24.

Susan Ferguson: Advocate and Champion for Catholic Education

Susan Ferguson, executive director for the Center for Catholic Education, will retire on May 31 after a 30-year career at University of Dayton. She served as an instructor and advisor in teacher education, first year experience coordinator, CCE director, and Marianist Educational Associate. Her passion for supporting Catholic education, educating the whole child and the Marianist charisms have been evident through all her years of service. Susan is a true servant-leader and a blessing to all that she encounters because she treats everyone with respect, support, encouragement and hospitality. She will be greatly missed by students, colleagues, community partners and educators alike, both locally and nationally. To read more about Susan  visit the Center for Catholic Education blog.

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
District Update 33 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

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

FamilyOnline Submissions

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

GET CONNECTED!

Stay in touch with the Marianist Province by downloading our new mobile app!

Download your free copy today for easy access to information that supports the work of Marianist-sponsored ministries. Compatible with Apple iOS and Android devices.

Coronavirus: Communion in Solitude

In these challenging times of uncertainty, please know that you are not alone. The coronavirus is impacting us all as individuals, families, school and faith communities. As Marianists, we have always embraced adaptation and change; it is one of the core characteristics of a Marianist education. Blessed Chaminade said, “New times call for new methods.” The Marianist Family is doing just that. We are gathering in virtual prayer.  We are live streaming masses. We are sharing resources to inspire and encourage each other as we shelter in place and pray for an end to this pandemic.

We will be offering resources to keep us connected as people of faith. We encourage you to join us in prayer for healing and hope for those who are suffering from COVID-19. Join us in also praying for those healthcare workers who continue to risk their lives to provide care and for other workers who are providing essential services and goods. Finally, we ask that you join our Marianist Family in prayer that we may continue to find spiritual inspiration and thrive in faith as we adapt to this unprecedented time. Know that you are in our prayers as well.

May the Holy Spirit offer us strength and help us find solidarity in faith as we commune in solitude.

United in prayer,

 

 

Fr. Oscar Vasquez, SM
Provincial


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Marianist Retreat Shares Inspiration Through Their New Blog

The Marianist Retreat Center in St Louis is offering a daily one stop space for music, art, prayer and inspiration. Click here to read the latest edition. To sign up for this daily email go to https://mretreat.org/constantt-contact-form/.

Reflections on Easter – and Small Acts of Faithfulness – in the Shadow of Covid-19

By Bro. Tom Wendorf

“I just want to stay home.” I’ve often said or thought that while having to go someplace else. These days, shadowed by the coronavirus, we live with the imperative: “Stay at home.”

As a Marianist brother, I enjoy a level of security I never considered in my youthful discernment: employment, good healthcare, a beautiful home and a community to share my life with. The pandemic has made clear how many people don’t have this safety net. At the Marianist Novitiate community in Dayton, Ohio, we are doing our best to be aware of and share the burdens and changes this pandemic has imposed on the world.

My most heroic tasks during this Easter season are grocery shopping at Kroger’s, teaching three University of Dayton courses online and trying to live our common life faithfully — even when I feel like holing up in my room with my own quiet desperations.

During the unfolding weeks of social distancing and social awareness, our dinner and community conversations have changed. Eating meals and praying together have changed, too. Our daily rhythm of prayer, more than ever, is part of our work for the world. We’ve also added two afternoons of praying the rosary for healing and transformation — small acts of faithfulness — but I believe in the efficacy of God’s grace in and through them.

Read more.

A Mary Garden: Creating a Sacred Space for Beauty and Prayer

If you’ve been itching to dig in the dirt, here’s an idea. Try planting a Mary Garden. “Mary Gardens can be created and enjoyed by all ages, even if you’re not an expert gardener,” said Kayla Harris, librarian/archivist for the Marian Library at University of Dayton.

Two years ago, the Marian Library hosted an exhibit on Mary Gardens and the work of the late John Stokes who gave his entire collection on Mary Gardens to UD.

“One person who attended the exhibit decided to buy antique tea cups and turn them into mini Mary Gardens,” said Kayla. “There’s a lot of flexibility about the size and location of these gardens.”

Traditionally, Mary Gardens – which always include a statue of Mary – are located outdoors and include plants named after the Blessed Mother. The idea is to create a sacred space where you can spend time in devotion to her. But indoor gardens are an easy option for those with little garden space.

The list of plants named after Mary is nearly endless. Marigolds, daisies, violets, columbine, fuchsia, irises and, or course, roses – are just a few.

The Marian Library has enormous resources. Their website includes helpful links about patio gardens, gardens for shut-ins; windowsill gardens, Mary flowers and much more: go.udayton.edu/marysgardens.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Paschal Mystery

Over the last month, I have been reflecting on the Paschal Mystery and what it means in my life as we continue to experience the COVID-19 pandemic. It seems that the seasons of Lent and Easter are times when we are called to look at the Paschal Mystery as it refers to the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus. This threefold experience of Jesus is the primary reason why we Christians exist. It is the first event that the Apostles preached about when they were emboldened to share the Good News after Pentecost. It became the foundational message that men and women of the early Christian community heard and inspired them to be baptized in the Spirit. Even Paul, in his letters to the different Christian Communities, stressed that one’s belief in and participation in the Paschal Mystery lead to one’s salvation and new life in God. (see Romans 6: 1-4, 1 Cor. 15: 1-34, Phil. 2: 1-8, for example)

I get a sense that we are being asked to do the same thing. We need to recognize that there are times in our lives where we also may experience some type of Paschal Mystery, and then look to Jesus as a model to learn how to persevere as we live through the experience. This present pandemic has its sufferings with men and women contracting the disease and trying to cope with its effects. People are dying to old ways of being and trying to figure out how to adapt. And, with the courageous effort of our first responders and second responders, one can hope that there is a movement toward a newness of life.

I invite you to read the words of Blessed Chaminade who stresses the need to look to Jesus when we are being called to have faith in moments of suffering, dying and rising. They are from a letter written to a Bro. Perrodin at the end of 1842 relating to mental prayer (from the “Writings on Mental Prayer,” 1979, MRC, Dayton OH, page 447).

“In all the mysteries of Jesus, beginning with that of the Incarnation, see only the Son of God operating in the most holy Humanity, acting and speaking, suffering and dying, rising from the dead, etc. It is always the Son of God who is operating in his holy Humanity. It is he who suffers, who dies, who rises from the dead, who ascends into heaven, in a word, since the Incarnation inclusively, Jesus Christ is always and will always be the Man-God or the God-Man. Faith always makes us see in Jesus Christ the Son of God who operates for us, suffers and dies for us, who rises from the dead for us, who speaks for us, who teaches us. All his words are divine words addressed to us. What immense treasures we have in Jesus Christ!”

Marianist Ministries in Action

Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

This month, we share with you a reflection from Bro. Don Neff. Bro. Don is a member of the Marianist Community in Hollywood, Florida.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education

 

 

 


200 years of Marianist Educational Endeavors
By Bro. Donald E. Neff

Fr. Chaminade was inspired to respond to the turmoil of his times by accepting Mary’s challenge to assist her in her mission of bringing Christ to the world in a new and dynamic way.

The “challenge” to my life’s mission came from hearing a statement that two-thirds of the world have never heard of Christ. Little did I realize that this statement would have such an impact on my life. My challenge was to respond to this missionary “inspiration.” I was inspired to ask for admission into the Society of Mary to take the Good News to youth in whatever way the Lord had planned for me.

Read more.

Pray With Us

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

Jubilarians

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the first group of 2020 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

BROTHER FRANCIS HEYER

80 years of profession

Oh, what a life of blessings! What gifts God strewed in my Marianist path! For every quirk in my character, He gave me a way out; for every fault, He doled out mercy; for every psychosis, He granted me release; for every bipolar dichotomy, He provided me with integrity.

Read more.

BROTHER PHILIP AARON

70 years of profession

The grace of a long life is a privilege given only to a few, and, in recent years, I have cherished this grace because life has given me the time to appreciate aspects of life that are not related to job and pursuit of career goals, and the time to contemplate the meaning of life. This is a true grace, to have the time to discover your real self. This discovery of self comes in the time the grace of aging gives one to pursue writing, reading, art and prayer at one’s own pace, for which I am very thankful.

Read more.

BROTHER JAMES BROWN

60 years of profession

I am fond of the section of Saint Paul’s epistle to the Colossians in which he states, “Dedicate yourselves to thankfulness and … pray in a spirit of thanksgiving.” Colossians 3:15 and 4:2. The past 60 years of being a “Brother of Mary” have been filled with blessing upon blessing. So, I dedicate the following lines in thankfulness to my parents, my brother and sister, and their families, and to the members of the Society of Mary who have graced my life with their support and love.

Read more.

FATHER QUENTIN HAKENEWERTH

60 years of ordination

I entered the Society of Mary at the age of 15. All my educational opportunities after grade school came to me through the Society of Mary. As a Marianist, everything I have ever been asked to do in service of others has brought me greater opportunities to grow myself. Even though some tasks have been difficult, the graces they have brought to me personally always have been greater. I am deeply grateful to the Society of Mary and to my fellow brothers for what I am today.

Read more.

FATHER EUGENE CONTADINO

50 years of ordination

“Describe your life as a Marianist religious.”

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

Read more.

Good to Know

Vice Principal – Chaminade College Prep

Chaminade College Preparatory – High School located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California, is seeking an experienced and visionary educational leader to join our high school leadership team in the role of Vice Principal to advance Chaminade’s mission and strategic vision plan. Learn more.

Volunteer Chairperson – MSJC

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

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 33 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

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

FamilyOnline Submissions

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

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Special Call for Prayers

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

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

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

United in prayer,

 

 

Fr. Oscar Vasquez, SM
Provincial

Spirit of Saragossa: New Retreat for Religious and Lay Marianists

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

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

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

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

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

Our Better Angels

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

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

Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

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

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education


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

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

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Our Marianist saints and the times of crisis

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

But let me say this: We are not alone!

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

Marianist Ministries in Action

Here I Stand

Social Justice Reflection

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

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

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

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

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

Pray With Us

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

Fr. David Fleming – undated

Fr. David Fleming – 2015

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

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

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

Good to Know

Chaminade College Prep High School Names New Principal

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

St. Mary’s University Announces New Law School Dean

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

Marianist LIFE 50th Anniversary

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

Marianist Life 50th Anniversary Events

Summer Program Registration

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

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

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

For more information, contact Toni Mesina or Sierra Christian at marianistlife@sm-usa.org or 215.634.4116.

Volunteer Chairperson – MSJC

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


Administrative Assistant Marianist PULSE Program

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


Campus Minister for Community Service – Moeller High School

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


Alive Magazine Spring 2020

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

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

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

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

FamilyOnline Submissions

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

GET CONNECTED!

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The Marianists Announce Departure from St. Joseph Catholic Community

After nearly 40 years of service to the parish, the Society of Mary is withdrawing from St. Joseph Catholic Community of Eldersburg, Maryland due to a declining and aging population of priests in the congregation.

The Marianists’ departure is set for June 30, 2020, following discussions and planning with the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The archdiocese is expected to announce arrangements for the pastoral care of the parish soon.

“This was a difficult decision,” said Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Marianist provincial. “We have treasured our relationship with the faithful members of the St. Joseph community. Sadly, we no longer have the personnel resources to staff the parish.”

Current pastor Fr. Neville O’Donohue has served at St. Joseph since 2011. Other Marianist pastors include: Fr. Terry Weik (2006-2011); Fr. Patrick Tonry (1996-2006); Fr. Ted Cassidy (1986-1996) and Fr. Peter O’Grady (1981-1986). Many other Marianist priests and brothers have served the Eldersburg faith community as associate pastors; among them was Fr. Paul Reich, who served the parish for more than 30 years.

The Marianist presence at St. Joseph began in 1981, and its legacy at St. Joseph is one of growth and progress. During the Marianists’ tenure, the parish grew to more than 2,200 families. Under Marianist guidance, the parish expanded the number of ministries and reorganized its administration to create a stronger spirit of collaboration and a more efficient financial system. In recent years, planning centered on inviting all members of the parish community to be missionary disciples in all they do. With increased numbers of worshippers, the parish dedicated a new church building in 1998. A large Formation and Fellowship Center was dedicated in 2015.

“We are grateful and proud to have served St. Joseph for 38 years. We will keep St. Joseph parishioners in our prayers and we ask them to do the same for the Marianists,” said Fr. Oscar. “With so many good, dedicated people in the pews, we’re confident this parish will continue to flourish.”

The Marianists are planning a parish farewell gathering on April 18-19 to honor the  brothers and priests who have served the parish and to thank the St. Joseph Community for their collaboration and support.

Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

This month, we share with you a reflection from Bro. Joseph Nugent. Bro. Joseph is the chair of the Mission Integration team at Saint Louis School and is temporary professed. His reflection reveals the new light of Marianist Charism in our youth.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, assistant for education

 


A Marianist Education Reflection
By Bro. Joseph Nugent

Aloha! My name is Brother Joseph Nugent and I have been teaching religion at Saint Louis School in Honolulu for the past year. My journey here has been full of meaningful encounters and rich cultural discoveries. Read more.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Venerable Fr. Domingo Lazaro, SM: A Marianist educator extraordinaire!

Last fall, the Society of Mary initiated the 200th Anniversary Celebration of Marianist Education. In May 1819, the Society of Mary assumed responsibility for a school on the Rue des Menuts in Bordeaux, France. Nine months earlier, the earliest religious of the Society made their vows, and started a discernment process to decide on the apostolic orientation of this fledgling group. Blessed Chaminade had some misgivings about this venture. He did not want to see the young congregation specialize in an area of ministry too quickly. But he was willing to guide this ministry to pursue the Society’s goals. “He, therefore, urged them not only to instruct but, more importantly, provide a Christian education within a faith context.” (M. Magnan – the S.M. 3 Offices, 9/2019).

During their lifetimes, Marianist Saints were very much involved with the education apostolate of the Marianist Family. One such person was Venerable Domingo Lazaro, SM (1877 – 1935) of Spain. Fr. Domingo was declared a Venerable on May 13, 2019, by Pope Francis. He was a great example of a Marianist educator: “He was a teacher and educator, as a man of the Church, as a partner with other congregations dedicated to education, as a model of openness to the renewal of education and catechetics, as a witness to his faith, as a follower of Jesus, as a Marianist and as a person of profound spirituality,” said Fr. Enrique Torres, who recently  wrote an article about Fr. Domingo on the Marianist International website. To get to know Fr. Domingo better, I now invite you to read Fr. Enrique’s article. February 22 is his feast day.

Here I Stand

Social Justice Reflection

Dominic Garascia is co-team chair of the LGBT Initiative, an issue team sponsored by the Marianist Social Justice Collabortive.

From your work with LGBTQ Catholics, any key insights?
LGBTQ Catholics just want to be treated like all other Catholics. They want a community they can grow with, they want to be welcomed and loved, and they want to belong. LGBTQ Catholics want and deserve a Church that respects them for who they are.

Anything surprise you?
I’m always surprised by the energy and ferver that LGBTQ Catholics have for their faith. They have made a very intentional decision to stay a practicing Catholic, often despite outright discrimination and defamation by the very communities in which they yearn to belong to.

How can others get involved?
We’d love help with a variety of projects. We encourage Marianist Lay Communities interested in dialogue on LGBTQ Catholic issues to meet with us through our “Place at the Marianist Table” program. We also have a resource guide for Marianist and Catholic schools to facilitate dialogue in open and meaningful ways and continue to offer additional support to our Marianist schools and ministries. And we hold a semi-annual retreat for LGBTQ Catholics and Allies where all are welcome. Learn more or contact team chairs:  Dominic Garascia or Ish Ruiz.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Mary in Miniature

The Marian Library exhibit called “Mary in Miniature: Books of Hours in the Marian Library’s Collection” is open through July 17 at University of Dayton. From 1250 to 1550, the Books of Hours — devotional books centered on a series of prayers to the Virgin Mary — were the best-selling book in Europe. This exhibit highlights their art, their text and their unique features. Books of Hours not only contain artistic masterpieces in miniature, but also provide a window into the religious and social lives and customs of their medieval readers. Read more

Marianist Ministries in Action

Mildred Padilla Candelario, Ecology Club moderator, oversees students working on aquaponics system.

Gardening and Recycling Efforts Keep Evolving at CSJ

For more than 10 years, student organizations at Colegio San José have been experimenting with recycling initiatives and food production to promote environmental consciousness and a healthier planet.

In addition to sorting through aluminum cans, paper and plastics, and preparing them for pick up by a recycling company once a week, the students have been repurposing these materials for art projects.

“They create paintings, collages and other art with the recycled trash,” said Kamil Berríos, Recycling Club moderator. “Students also create short video ads and ‘go green’ announcements.” The ads run on the multi-media system in each homeroom to encourage sustainability practices.

Students in the Ecology Club grow a garden each year. “Each Thursday, we weed and water the plants,” said senior Fernando del Valle, an Ecology Club member. “We also try to educate members and students about how to plant and maintain their own gardens.”

“Typically, we grow tomatoes, sweet potatoes, spices, such as oregano, and succulents,” said Mildred Padilla Candelario, Ecology Club moderator. “Students are currently developing an aquaponics system for growing plants using water mixed with fertilzer. The garden was established 11 years ago, and our methods keep evolving.”

Foundation Day Celebration

On Sunday, Feb. 2, the Marianist Center in Philadelphia celebrated Foundation Day with local Marianists. Toni Mesina, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE, facilitated a day retreat focused on Mary as the Model for Discipleship. Twenty-six lay and vowed religious participants (including the Center’s staff) gathered from Maryland, New York, New Jersey and throughout eastern Philadelphia. Our day ended with Mass celebrating the Presentation of the Lord, where the Marianist family recommitted themselves to the tradition and mission of the Marianists. See more photos.

Pray With Us

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

Fr. Bernard Lee’s obituary: Fr. Bernard died on Jan. 26. His obituary was not completed in time for the January issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Good to Know

Changemakers – Helping Us Continue the Legacy of Dr. King

Changemakers is the theme of an interfaith, intergenerational workshop that will take place on Saturday, April 4, at the Marianist Center in Philadelphia. The program, scheduled on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, will provide an opportunity for each participant to recommit to Dr. King’s vision in a practical way.

Changemakers is sponsored by the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative and the Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation of the Marianist Province USA. It is rooted in the Marianist tradition of service, community and social justice. Participants will explore the social justice needs of our local and global communities and identify specific steps we can take to make a bigger difference in working for positive changes, today and in the future.

The conference will feature two outstanding speakers:

  • Bishop Dwayne Royster, interim director of POWER, a faith-based community organizing initiative in Philadelphia, and National Political Director of Faith in Action, the nation’s largest faith-based movement for social justice
  • Esther Chavez, immigrant rights advocate who worked with St. Oscar Romero at the time of his assassination

Click here for more information and to register. There is a discounted rate for students and scholarships are also available to anyone who needs financial assistance to attend.

Questions – contact Jim Vogt or Brian Reavey.

Learn more.

Marianist LIFE 50th Anniversary

Fifty years of Marianist LIFE (Living in Faith Experience) means a really REALLY big celebration. The national summer program at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio will host hundreds of student LIFErs, their Home MLC moderators, and our amazing staff members. We are collaborating with the university on a number of projects to make this summer program truly memorable.

LIFE is a national faith-formation program for high school students, rooted in Catholic teaching and the Marianist charism. Since 1970, Marianist LIFE communities have developed in many parishes and high schools. There are approximately 40 institutions actively involved with Marianist LIFE.

Marianist Life 50th Anniversary Events

Summer Program Registration
Due: March 31, 2020
Click here for registration information

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

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

For more information, contact Toni Mesina or Sierra Christian at marianistlife@sm-usa.org or 215.634.4116.

The Marianist Province Seeks New LIFE Program Coordinator

Marianist LIFEThe Marianist Province of the United States is seeking a Marianist LIFE (Living in Faith Experience) program coordinator. LIFE is a national faith-formation program for high school students, rooted in Catholic teaching and the Marianist charism. Since 1970, Marianist LIFE communities have developed in many parishes and high schools. There are approximately 40 institutions actively involved with Marianist LIFE. Learn more.


Campus Minister for Community Service – Moeller High School

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

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Newsletters

The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 30 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

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

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Archbiship Moeller HS, Cincinnati, OH

Chaminade College Preparatory, West Hills, CA

Colegio San Jose, San Juan PR

Purcell Marian HS, Cincinnati, OH

Saint Louis School, Honolulu, HI

St. Francis DeSales Parish, Cincinnati, OH

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX

 

District of India Celebrates Perpetual Vows of Three Marianist Brothers

Back: Bro. Jesse O'Neill, Frs. Jinu Muthukattil, Tim Kenney, Sudhir Kujur and Bro. Luican Tigga. Front: Bros. Telesphore Soreng, Jerin J. Pananthanam, Rayappan B, and Darwin Joseph.

The Province of the United States joined with the District of India in celebrating the perpetual vows of three of our Brothers: Jerin J. Pananthanam, Rayappan B. and Telesphore Soreng. These Brothers professed perpetual vows in Deepahalli, Bangalore, on January 8. Fr. Timothy Kenney presided at the Mass and received the vows. Bro. Jesse O’Neill was the homilist. About two hundred families, Marianist Brothers, Marianist Sisters and friends, participated in the celebration. See more photos.

Renny Marcos (IN), Kouakou Elie Oka (IV), Bro. Michael Chiuri, Bro. Brandon Paluch

Congratulations To Our Newest Marianist Deacons

The Marianists give thanks for our Brothers who were ordained to the Diaconate in Rome on January 11. Bros. Michael Chiuri, Brandon Paluch and Renny Markose (District of India) were ordained by Cardinal Luis Ladaria, SJ, of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. They have one semester of classes remaining in Rome. Bros. Brandon & Michael will return to the United States this summer for their pastoral year which is known as the fourth year of the seminary. See photos.

Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

This month, we share with you a reflection from Bro. Ron Luksic. Bro. Ron has ministered at Archbishop Moeller High School for more than 40 years. During this time, he has been dean of academics, admissions director, house system director, senior class moderator and English teacher. He has served in campus ministry, guidance and has accompanied students on more than one hundred Kairos retreats. His reflection reveals that even though  Marianist Education has adapted to change over these past 200 years, the mission remains the same.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education


Celebrating 200 years of Marianist Education – An Amazing Story
By Bro. Ron Luksic

I was asked to give my reflections on our celebration of 200 years of Marianist education. I think about how so many things have changed since those first men went into a school in France 200 years ago. On the other hand, I sit in Cincinnati 200 years later, and even though so much has changed, our mission remains the same. Read more.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

God asks of us cooperation and not success
Blessed William J. Chaminade

I recently came upon this quote on Facebook, which was posted by NACMS (The North American Center for Marianist Studies). The Gospel that we used for Chaminade Day was the Wedding Feast at Cana.

Mary was the instigator of the miracle of the water turned to wine. When she said, “Do whatever he tells you,” she was calling on the stewards to cooperate with Jesus in whatever he needs to assist the couple at the wedding feast. They did, and we know the rest of the story. Our founders, Blessed Chaminade and Blessed Adèle, also cooperated with Jesus in bringing about the Reign of God during the turbulent times after the French Revolution. They gathered men and women in the hope of renewing their faith lives and, in turn, to empower them to go out to share their faith with others in their communities. Chaminade and Adèle sought to revitalize the Catholic Christian community by extending this invitation to cooperate in witnessing to Jesus’ presence in society. Granted, they were not always successful, but with their trust in God’s providence, Chaminade and Adèle were able to leave a legacy that today we call the Family of Mary. I believe that it is one of the reasons why the Church acknowledged their holy and blessed lives.

Now, in 2020, members of the Marianist Family, also are being called to cooperate and to heed Mary calls to “do whatever He tells us.” We are being invited to bear Jesus and to make Mary known, loved and served. If we remain faithful to this call, we, too, can become instigators like Mary.

For further information on our Blessed Founders please go to nacms.org.

Here I Stand

Social Justice Reflection

Brian Reavey is director for the Office of Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation for the Marianist Province of the United States.

What inspires you about your work?
I’m most inspired by the collaboration that occurs among all three branches of the Marianist Family. It’s an honor to serve alongside many Province JPIC advisory board members including: Bro. Bob Donovan, a medical doctor who serves the homeless in Cincinnati; Bro. Justin Quiroz who brings a fresh, young adult voice while serving in inner-city education; Bro. Tom Oles who helps with Marianist education at Chaminade College Prep-LA and volunteers with the poor and marginalized; Sr. Leanne Jablonski who works tirelessly at Marianist Environmental Education Center and University of Dayton promoting the integrity of creation. And there are countless others.

What would you like others to know about your job?
The JPIC office has an extensive reach, enabling us to make a collective impact from the classroom to the board room. Working with our Brothers, schools, universities, retreat centers and many corporations via our social responsibility advocacy initiatives, we have an impact on our Province, the Marianist Family and the world.

Any resources to help people get involved in social justice?
I recommend the following:

Marianist Family Members in the News

Dr. Jessica Uhlig
Dr. Jessica Uhlig, her son Luis Pagán González, and her cousin, Maria Delgado.

Dr. Jessica Uhlig

On Saturday, Dec. 14, Jessica González Uhlig, Hispanic marketing manager for the Marianist Mission, graduated with a doctorate in education, with a concentration in transformational leadership, from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon. Her dissertation was titled, “Leading Change: A phenomenological study on collaboration for mission at three Marianist universities.” Dr. George Lisjak, Director of NACMS, served on Jessica’s dissertation committee as the content specialist. Congratulations Dr. Jessica Uhlig!

Jessica’s son, Luis Pagán González, a senior at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, and her cousin, Maria Delgado, a 2014 University of Dayton alum were in attendence. Bro. Dennis Bautista, Bro. Allen Paqcuing and other members of the Casa Maria community, in San Antonio, watched and supported Jessica from afar by live streaming.

Left to right: Rhonda Watson, Campaign Manager, Lori Parks, Office of the Maryland Secretary of State, Bro. Frank O’Donnell, Leadership Team of the MCC Kathy Smith, Assistant Secretary of State

Governor Honors Bro. Frank O’Donnell

On Dec. 17, Bro. Frank O’Donnell received a Governor’s citation in recognition for his work for the Leadership Team of the Maryland Charities Campaign. The annual campaign raises more than 2 million dollars each year from state employees over a 10-week period. The funds are then distributed to a thousand non-profits in Maryland. In the citation, Governor Larry Hogan stated, “ Be it known that, on behalf of the citizens of this state, in recognition for your extraordinary efforts as a loaned executive on behalf of the 2019 Maryland Charities Campaign, thank you for your incredible dedication. Your diligent work and personal commitment encouraged so many others to give and participate in the campaign. Because of you and your outstanding service, the funds that you helped raise will benefit Marylanders in need throughout the state.”

Marianist Ministries in Action

Eric Grbac

All-Pro Quarterback Settles into Leadership Position at VASJ

When Elvis Grbac, an ’88 graduate of St. Joseph High School – now Villa Angela-St. Joseph – came knocking on President Bill Cervenik’s door last year, “He came to talk about teaching religion,” said Bill. “I thought it was an odd request, knowing his background as a professional football player.”

But once he learned that Elvis was earning a master’s degree in theology, he decided to offer the All-Pro NFL quarterback another position: Director of the Marianist Urban Students Program.

MUSP helps teens from low-income households afford a Catholic high school education. It identifies high potential adolescents who are at risk of dropping out of school and who wouldn’t go to college without support of the program.

Grbac has become an enthusiastic advocate of MUSP. “These kids come from unbelievably challenging situations,” he said. “MUSP gives them a place where they can grow spiritually, mentally and physically.” Elvis also serves as athletic director and head football coach at VASJ.

Last May, Elvis appeared on Marcus Grodi’s program, “The Journey Home,” produced by EWTN, a Catholic broadcast network, where he talks about his journey of faith. Listen toward the end where he gives MUSP and Marianist educators special kudos.

Chaminade University Kicks Off Founders’ Week

On Jan. 21, students of Chaminade University and Saint Louis School, gathered for the annual lei draping of the Chaminade Statue to begin Founders’ Week. Founders’ Week is a celebration of the three founders of the Marianist Family: Father Chaminade, Mother Adèle, and Marie Thérèse. The week-long celebration included moments of fun, prayer, opportunities to come together in fellowship and a time to give back to our community in service.

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Fr. Bernard Lee – undated

Fr. Bernard Lee – 2015

Fr. Bernard Lee, 87, died Jan. 26, 2020.  Fr. Bernie was a teacher, a writer and a scholar. He had a passion  for philosophy, theology, religious life and Marianist life. He was a high school teacher, professor, and served on the staffs of several universities. he was a major contributor to the development of practical theology as both a thealogical and pedagogical method in gradute ministry education. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnlineSee more photos.

Bro. Thomas Deasy’s obituary: Bro. Tom died on Dec. 18. His obituary was not completed in time for the December issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Fr. Ken Sommer’s obituary: Fr. Ken died on Dec. 17. His obituary was not completed in time for the December issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Good to Know

Three of the presidents of Marianist Schools had the rare opportunity to meet and take a photo. Fr. Ralph Seifert, Chaminade College Preparatory, St. Louis; Robert Webb, Chaminade West Hills and Thomas Carone, St. Vincent-St. Mary, Akron, Ohio.

Marianist Classic

The 2nd Annual Marianist Classic Basketball Tournament was held at Chaminade, West Hills, California, on Dec. 20 and 21. The tournament showcases the top high school Marianist basketball programs from throughout the country. Five Marianists Schools participated in the tournament: Central Catholic High School, San Antonio, Texas; St. Vincent-St. Mary, Akron, Ohio; St. Anthony School, Maui, Hawaii; Chaminade West Hills and Chaminade College Preparatory, St. Louis.

Fr. Bob Jones

Marianist Nativity Returns to CJ

It is a bit of a homecoming and I like to think that it is back where it was originally intended.

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School chaplain, Fr. Bob Jones said, “It is a bit of a homecoming, and I like to think that it is back where it was originally intended.” He was referring to a new addition to the school’s chapel — a nativity scene that is believed to have been used by Marianist Brothers when they lived in what’s now the school’s Marianist Hall.

“The Brothers moved out several years ago, and during that move, some things were put into storage,” Fr. Bob said. “The storage was moved to  the Marianist Novitiate at Mount Saint John. As in any move, you move boxes, you put them in the basement, you forget about them and eventually, you go through them.”

Last month, Fr. Chris Wittmann, who formerly served at CJ, was going through a box and found a nativity scene from the Washington Street community (the name of the Marianist community who lived at CJ). “Fr. Chris asked if we were looking for a nativity set and I said, ‘Yes,'” said Fr. Bob. “I went and looked at it and decided to bring it to the school.” Read more.

March For Life

Fifty-one students from Chaminade College Preparatory, St. Louis, attended the March For Life in Washington, DC, on January 24. The group met up with students from Chaminade High School, Mineola, New York.

The Marianist Province Seeks New LIFE Program Coordinator

Marianist LIFEThe Marianist Province of the United States is seeking a Marianist LIFE (Living in Faith Experience) Program Coordinator. LIFE is a national faith-formation program for high school students, rooted in Catholic teaching and the Marianist charism. Since 1970, Marianist LIFE communities have developed in many parishes and high schools. There are approximately 40 institutions actively involved with Marianist LIFE.

The Marianist LIFE Coordinator provides vision, leadership and support to Marianist-sponsored ministries and other ministries regarding Marianist LIFE and Marianist LIFE affiliated programs. This role supports Marianist-sponsored ministries throughout the academic year to sustain vibrant Marianist LIFE communities for students that support the mission and vision of Marianist LIFE.

The Coordinator is responsible for all planning, promotion and implementation of Marianist LIFE Summer Programs, including recruitment, training and supervision of Regional Coordinators and Coordinating Team members.

LIFE is based on Fr. William Joseph Chaminade’s vision for building a community of communities to change the world. Marianist LIFE provides students at Marianist and non-Marianist institutions opportunities to share faith, to learn from each other, and to become instruments of peace. Learn more.

Qualified candidates may send resume with references to megarcia@sm-usa.org.

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 29 from the Marianist District of India
District Update 30 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

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

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

Bro. Ralph Neumann-undated

Bro. Ralph Neumann – 2015

Bro. Ralph Neumann, 84, died Nov. 6, 2019.  Bro. Ralph was a teacher, deeply dedicated to instilling the Marianist Charism in the hearts and minds of those he served. He was a brother of hope and joy. He served in Latin America for nearly three decades and then continued his mission in the United States tutoring English and Spanish.  Read his obituary. See more photos.

Merry Christmas

On behalf of the Marianist Province of the United States, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Know that each of you remain in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep us in your prayers.

Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial
Marianist Province of the United States

Bernadette Groner, Pat Stephens, Bro. Bernie Ploeger, Terry Eversole, Mary Ellen Garcia, Kathy Cooper, Dan Donnelly, Sandy Barnett, Bro. Joe Markel, Gina Marty, Bro. Bob Metzger, Pat Wheadon, Donna Tucker, Jenee Gonzales, Bro. Jesse O'Neill, Deanna Snyder, Ann Mueller, Larry Keller, and Fr. Oscar Vasquez (Not pictured: Bro. Bob Resing and Bro. Ken Straubinger)

Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

This month, we share with you a reflection from one of our temporary professed, Bro. Justin Quiroz. Bro. Justin presently teaches sophomore English at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School and seventh and eighth grade religion at Our Lady of the Rosary grade school, both in Dayton, Ohio. His message is one of gratitude, hope and expansion for our Marianist gift of education.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education


Leading Others to Christ
By Bro. Justin Quiroz

Being not only an educator, but a Marianist educator has been the greatest experience of my religious vocation. My journey into the understanding of Marianist education began when I was a student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Read more.

A Christmas Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

As members of the Family of Mary, religious and laity, we are called to share the good news of Jesus, Son of God, become Son of Mary for the salvation of all. Therefore, we are Incarnational people. So, it is essential for us to celebrate Jesus’ nativity with great reverence and joy. We are being called to say, “Yes,” to birthing Jesus into our world through our lives, whether we are at prayer, at work or at leisure. As Mary welcomed Jesus into her life, we, too, welcome Jesus into our lives. So, as Advent concludes and the Christmas season begins, let us spend time reflecting on what it means to be faith-filled instruments of God’s love as we seek ways to fulfill our call to be Mary’s missionaries.

To help with this reflection, let me share with you some words from Blessed Father Chaminade and Blessed Adèle:

Chaminade’s Marian Writings – from Our Knowledge of Mary, Chapter 3: “Mary, the Mother of God”
“To accomplish this wonderful mystery of a God made man, required the cooperation of a woman who by her virtue and purity would not be too unworthy of the divine maternity. It required a human creature raised to the glorious dignity of giving birth in time to the very Son of the eternal One; it required Mary…Behold, then Mary, the great woman, promised at the same time as the Savior, her Son. The mystery of the divine maternity is nothing else than the mystery of the Incarnation in the Virgin of Virgins. It is the epitome of all wonders on the Most High.”

Adèle – Letter 208 to Agathe Diché, Agen; Dec. 21, 1813
“O divine infant, Jesus, come to save us! Our divine Liberator is coming, my dear friend. But will he find all the paths to our hearts neatly smoothed? Have the hills of our pride been leveled by a sincere humility? Have the valleys and hollows of our hearts been filled with virtues and good deeds?

This divine Savior is coming to bring peace to people of good will. Are we really possessed of the will to do better, to serve the Lord with all our strength?

God sees and rewards even good will. Let us develop it very sincerely in ourselves, and God will grant us the graces which his divine birth brings to the world.”

Here I Stand

Racial Justice

Maureen Hoock is a Lay Marianist who has been actively engaged in racial justice issues in St. Louis since 2014 after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

My son Colin, a college student, just read the book “The Cross and the Lynching Tree.” He texted me to ask if we could talk. His first questions were: “How do you live with yourself? How do you sleep at night?”

Colin knows I’m involved in racial justice work in our community and with the Marianists. He’s known it for a long time. He finally got a wake-up call that he couldn’t hear from me.

I told him what I tell anyone who wants to talk about it. That it’s important to acknowledge the past — to speak the truth. Our country’s history of slavery and racism is unspeakably horrendous. We can’t make it go away. But we can start making changes right now.

What kind of changes? Learn what it means to be “white.” Understand, acknowledge and check your privilege. And most importantly, when you see something that is wrong, someone being treated differently because of the color of their skin, SAY SOMETHING.

“You no longer have the privilege to look the other way,” I told my son. “Now, you know. Now, you must work to be part of the solution, to bring light and truth into the darkness of racism.”

Marianist Family Members in the News

Bro. Harry Cornell Recognized as “Voice of the Buttons”

Bro. Harry Cornell remembers the day in 1967 when he was called into the press booth to announce a football game at Central Catholic High School after a sports announcer failed to show up for the game.

It would jumpstart his 52-year career as an announcer at Central Catholic sporting events where he has announced a variety of sports – football, basketball, baseball, swim meets and other Central activities – for more than a half century.

KEN5, a local San Antonio television station, recently featured Bro. Harry in a segment called “Voice of the Buttons” where they captured him as he announced a recent basketball game. (See YouTube link here).

Central Catholic’s mascot, the “Buttons,” is based on the round protrusions found on the rattles of a rattlesnake. The mascot pays tribute to St. Mary’s University, of which the high school was originally a part of and whose mascot is the “Rattler.”

Bro. Harry loves announcing the games because he knows “the parents appreciate it,” he said. He has served at Central for 58 years, first as a math teacher and more recently as a tutor for students needing help with math. “I don’t intend to retire,” said Bro. Harry.

Brother, You Are Unbelievable

Bro. Dave Quigley was featured in an article published by the Hawaii Catholic Herald. Throughout his ministry as a Marianist Brother, Bro. Dave left his hometown in Ohio to serve in Australia, Texas and Hawaii. In the article, he discusses how his various assignments have been a challenge but also an opportunity to learn and to trust in God. Read the article.

A Labor of Love

CBS Sunday Morning will feature University of Dayton’s vast crèche collection on a segment about Nativities during an episode airing Sunday, Dec. 22.

The University’s Marian Library holds more than 3,600 sets representing more than 100 countries — from the smallest on the head of a nail to the largest, a Provençal Village with 150 figures that can fill an entire room.

Each year, University of Dayton’s “At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions” is the product of approximately 6,000 hours of faithful service by dozens of volunteer crafts-persons, carpenters and docents. The 2019-2020 exhibit, “A Labor of Love,” gives tribute to these volunteers. At the Manger, located in the Roesch Library at University of Dayton in Ohio, is open from Dec. 2 – Jan. 12. It is a free, family-friendly Christmas tradition.  Read more.

Marianist Ministries in Action

A Space To Inspire Students

The Catholic Telegraph featured a story about a recent update to Archbishop Moeller High School’s chapel. According to the article, an artist, a craftsman, a generous donor and staff skilled in construction have created a beautiful space intent on inspiring students to grow deeper in their faith. A stunning, 9-foot-tall, 15-foot-wide, gold-leafed Byzantine-style icon hand-painted by Columbus-based liturgical artist Todd Brausch now adorns the chapel. It depicts Christ on the cross, his sacrifice and includes eight life-sized figures. The Blessed Mother and St. John represent Moeller’s Marianist roots and the Marianist Three O’Clock Prayer. They stand together at the foot of the cross. The chapel is named for the Holy Family, so the icon includes St. Joseph as well. Blessed William Joseph Chaminade stands next to St. John. That left four spaces open for suggestion. Read the story.

Welcome New Lay Marianists

Fr. Al McMenamy, Debbie Shaw, Julie Guelker, Jay McGillick
Holy Rosary Magnificat Community: Back: Adam Fuentes, Catherine Avina-Fuentes, Eloísa Díaz, Armando De León, Mollie Jonás, Debí Garza, Art Villarreal Front : Dalia Vasquez, Ann Rangel, Esther Rodriguez, Melinda Garces, Monica Mata, Irma Villarreal, Karen Witkowski, Fr. John Thompson, S.M. (Not pictured Br. Charlie Johnson, S.M.)
Morning Star Community: Front row from left: Andrew Killian, Lanna Klausing, Madeline Spicer, Rosie Errigo, Lucy Hartzell Back row: Facilitators LeeAnn Meyer and Bro. Mitch Schweickart
Fr. Dennis Doyle, Diana Gorham, and Fr. Al McMenamy

The Marianist Family continues to grow. Twenty-two men and women have recently been consecrated as Lay Marianists.

On Nov.  17, surrounded by Marianists, family members and friends, Diana Gorham was consecrated as a Lay Marianist at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in Eureka, Missouri, during a celebration of the Eucharist. Fr. Al McMenamy, presided at the Eucharist. He journeyed with Diana for more than a year during her initial formation.

During a Mass on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at University of Dayton, Ohio, members of the Marianist Family welcomed the Morning Star Community and witnessed their commitment as Lay Marianists. These five students met weekly over the course of their semester at University of Dayton to learn more about the founders, Mary and the Marianist approach to prayer, social justice and global mission.

On Dec. 8, at noon Mass, 14 men and women made their public commitment as Lay Marianists at Holy Rosary  in San Antonio. The Holy Rosary Magnificat Community has been in formation since January 2019. They met monthly for Mass, breakfast, prayer, study and sharing. Throughout this year, they read and discussed the book, A Manual of Marianist Spirituality (Fr. Quentin Hackenworth, 2000), along with various Marianist articles published through the North American Center for Marianist Studies. The community will continue to deepen its commitment to Mary, the Marianist charism and growing the parish.

On Dec. 10, Julie Guelker and Debbie Shaw made their commitment as Lay Marianists during the Eucharist. Julie is a teacher at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis, and Debbie was on the staff at St. Mary’s, just retiring last year. Both are now connected with the Lay Marianist community at St. Mary’s.

Congratulations and welcome to the Marianist Family.

See more photos.

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Bro. Kenneth J. Sommer – undated

Bro. Kenneth J. Sommer – 2015

Fr. Kenneth J. Sommer, 91, died Dec. 17, 2019. Fr. Ken was a teacher, a chaplain, a powerful preacher and a trusted spiritual guide. He dedicated his life as a Marianist in consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and felt it was a gift of God’s grace that he was called to be a spokesman for Jesus’ love for his Mother in the Church. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. See more photos.

Bro. Thomas E. Deasy – undated

Bro. Thomas E. Deasy – 2015

Bro. Thomas E. Deasy, 83, died Dec. 18, 2019. Bro. Thomas was a teacher, a librarian, and an archivist. He developed a deep appreciation of film and filmmaking which he taught. He embraced his vocation to live in community and to embody the spirits of Jesus and Mary in his life and the lives of others. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. See more photos.

Good to Know

Chaminade Julienne High School Names New Principal

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, a Marianist-sponsored school in Dayton, Ohio, has announced that Greg Mueller has accepted the role of principal. He had been serving as acting principal since the beginning of this school year.

“During his 13 years at CJ, Greg has demonstrated a deep commitment to our mission, an appreciation for our unique Catholic character in the traditions of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Marianists, and a spirit of collaboration with teachers, students, parents, staff and fellow administrators,” said Dan Meixner ’84, president.

Greg earned his bachelor’s in education from the University of Dayton and master’s in education leadership from University of Dayton. Click here for more information. Welcome to the Marianist Family, Greg.

St. John Vianney High School Names New President

St. John Vianney High School, a Marianist-sponsored school in St. Louis, has named Richard P. Davis as its new president, effective July 1, 2020. Rick replaces Mike Loyet ’77, who will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

A 1979 graduate of Vianney High School, Rick served on the Vianney board for more than eight years as board chair and chair of the Advancement Committee. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Saint Louis University and worked for Anheuser-Busch for more than 20 years, rising to vice president of mass merchandising. He went on to serve as director of advancement at Covenant House Missouri and is now an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business Administration at  University of Missouri – St. Louis. Click here for more information.

Welcome to the Marainist Family, Rick!

VASJ grads at Maui Jim Maui Classic

Two graduates of Villa Angela-St. Joseph (VASJ) in Cleveland, Ohio, posed for a photo at the Maui Classic. Fr. Marty Solma graduated from St. Joseph’s High School which later merged with Villa Angela High School to become Villa Angela-St. Joseph. Oliver Carson, the manager of Chaminade’s Men’s basketball team and a student graduated from VASJ. Both alumnus of VASJ, attended the 36th Annual Maui Classic Invitational in November, which is sponsored by Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Pilgrimage to Greece & the Greek Isles

Presented by Marianist Mission

You are invited to join us on the 2020 Marianist Mission Pilgrimage Oct. 13 – 23, 2020!  Embark on a journey with Fr. Tim Kenney as we explore the ancient cities of Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Kalambaka and Thessaloniki. Also enjoy a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles of Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos and Santorini.

Eleven days from New York to Greece including:

  • Three-night cruise on the beautiful Aegean Sea
  • Breakfast and dinner daily on land includes a standard drinks package
  • Daily touring during the cruise
  • Tours include a professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Daily Mass with Fr. Tim Kenney, SM
  • Air travel to/from New York

For pricing and travel arrangements contact the Marianist Mission or call 937.910.6099

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 28 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

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

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Happy Thanksgiving

On behalf of the Marianist Province of the United States, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Know that each of you remain in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep us in your prayers.

Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial
Marianist Province of the United States

The Marianists Celebrate 40 Years of Ministry in India

In October 1979, the Society of Mary had decided to send a small contingent of Marianists to India after discerning that God was calling them to serve in Southeast Asia.

There were many reasons for their decision, but one fact stood out above the rest: India is home to one-third of the poorest people on the planet.

“It was a major decision,” said Marianist Provincial Father Oscar Vasquez. “There were many other ministries the Marianists could have pursued, but the call to serve the poor in India — especially to help them rise up through education and social service programs — is part of our Marianist mission. That same year, the Marianists also made a commitment to serve in Mexico. As Fr. Chaminade said, ‘we are all missionaries.'”

This fall, the Marianists celebrate 40 years since their arrival in India. More than 80 Marianist brothers and priests now serve in India; almost all are native.

As an outgrowth of their early efforts, the Marianists now sponsor several primary schools, a parish, two skills training centers to help youth gain job skills, day care and after school programs for children living in the slums and self-help groups and empowerment programs for women.

The goal of these ministries is to help people gain a foothold in life and end the cycle of poverty.

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Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

There are so many wonderful stories in our 200 year journey of Marianist education. Special thanks to Bro. Bill Bolts, who shares with us the history of Marianist Education as it headed west. Bro. Bill is presently a member of the Cupertino Marianist Community. He was the assistant provincial for Pacific Province and the author of the 50th anniversary history of Archbishop Riordan High School entitled, Young Men Dream Dreams.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education



Marianist Education in Western United States

By Bro. T. William Bolts

The Sacred Hearts Fathers and Brothers, missionaries in Hawaii, petitioned the Marianists to come to the Kingdom of Hawaii for the education of young men. In 1883, the Marianists began a long tradition at Saint Louis College on Oahu and St. Anthony Parish on Maui.

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Gratitude

By Bro. David Betz

‘Tis the season for gratitude! Gratitude – when we look at our lives and what has been happening around them, we need to find ways to express thankfulness for what we have received. No doubt, we have been the beneficiaries of many good things during our lifetimes, and we are being called to express the necessary gratitude for them. Sometimes, gratitude comes harder for the things that have not been too positive in our lives, and we have to muster feelings and thoughts about gratitude in these situations. We can turn to the saints to find ways to be grateful in our lives.

The saints are role models of gratitude. Their lives have been virtuous and holy. Many saints are examples of being grateful in times of goodness and even in times of suffering. Their reliance on the God, who created them, has given them the support and perseverance to say with faithfulness and steadfastness that they have been grateful for the witness that they have given to their communities.

Here are some quotes of gratitude from our Marianist Founders:

Blessed Mother Adèle from her Letters:

“What return can I make, O my God, for all your works?” (490.1)

“How thankful I should be to God for giving me friends whose example and advice can contribute to my sanctification.” (21.2)

Venerable Marie Thérèse de Lamourous: 

“Take courage, be not dismayed by your disgust, your boredom, etc.; unite them to those of your Divine Master. What comparison is there between ours and those he endured for the salvation of souls! Rejoice rather to share this little sample of his work and thank him with all your heart for having chosen you to be associated with it some in small way. Courage, my dear child. Raise yourself above the feelings of nature by views of faith.” (To one of her filles at the Misericorde.)

From Blessed William Joseph Chaminade from the “Three O’clock Prayer” 

“We thank you for remembering us in that hour of salvation and for having given us Mary as our Mother.”
(The “Three O’clock Prayer” is traditionally attributed to Fr. Chaminade.)

Here I Stand

Restorative Justice

Mary Beaudoin is involved with the Metro Marianist Community (Washington, D.C.) and an active member of the MSJC Death Penalty Abolition & Restorative Justice team since 2013.

What is “restorative justice?

Catholic Mobilizing Network says, “Restorative justice is a way of understanding crime, and harm in all of its forms, as a violation of people and relationships, rather than solely a violation of law. When harm occurs, there are far-reaching impacts – emotional, spiritual, physical and material. Restorative practices seek to address these impacts through transformative encounter, authentic accountability and intentional amends in order to foster rehabilitation, repair relationships and restore those impacted to a place of safety and healing.”

Why is this issue important?

All of us suffer harm, and, to some extent, all of us cause harm. Our families, our communities and our world are torn by broken relationships. Whenever Christians gather to pray, we ask God to “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Restorative principles and practices give us tools to live out this prayer. Our laws are largely focused on retribution but do little to repair harm and restore relationships. Restorative justice is a method for dealing with crime and harm.

Any simple steps to become advocates of restorative justice? Resources?

The Marianist Charism upholds the concept of “discipleship of equals.” Priests, brothers, sisters and lay people bring gifts of equal value that can be used to serve others. The Marianists can share this gift with the larger Church.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Nothing Is Too Marvelous for God

Sr. Nicole Trahan recently wrote an article “Nothing Is Too Marvelous for God,” in which she reflects on religious men and women being called to be “Signs of Courageous Hope.” In the article, which was published in The Global Sisters Report, she shares her experience in vocation ministry, the challenges facing religious congregations and her experience at the Marianist Formation Weekend. Read, “Nothing is too Marvelous for God.”

Marianist Ministries in Action

Saying “Yes” to Mary’s Mission

The Head-to-Heart workshop, hosted by the Office of Sponsorship, took place from Nov. 4-6 at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in St. Louis. This workshop welcomed lay collaborators from 20 Marianist-sponsored schools, retreat centers and the Marianist Province of the US. Through presentations, small and large group sharing, prayer and individual quiet time, participants reflected on the Marianist Charism and its meaning in their everyday life. The final day of the workshop, all participants created practical applications to deepen the expression of the Marianist Charism personally and professionally. In the closing ceremony, participants committed to continuing to say “Yes” to Mary’s mission to bring Christ to the world.

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St. Mary’s Celebrates the Bicentennial of Marianist Education

On November 3, the Marianist Educational Associates of St. Mary’s University held a prayer service to celebrate 200 Years of Marianist Education.

St. Mary’s University President Tom Mengler welcomed everyone. Dr. Jim Ball, a theologian and MEA, was invited to give commentary on Marianist education. Dr. Ball explained, “These Marianist brothers and priests you see here on campus come from a long tradition of people serving students very much like you. What does that mean? Students who come from working-class families, students who come from middle-class backgrounds and students whose families have struggled to make ends meet.” He continued, “From Chaminade’s perspective, it’s not an accident that they’re here, and we’re here. The ‘economy of grace’ is at work in what we do and for whom we do it. Being invested in the Marianist mission―and in particular, the Marianist educational mission―means trusting in that.”

Students and faculty proclaimed the psalm and gospel in movement and mime, and Marianist Brothers and Sisters also participated.

Jessica Uhlig, coordinator of the Marianist Educational Associates, said, “Recognizing this 200-year milestone served as a renewal of St. Mary’s University’s commitment to the human and religious values embodied in the Marianist educational tradition. As we invited everyone to continue to say, “Yes,” like Mary did, to the mission of bringing Christ into the world. In the words of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, ‘Ours is a work, a magnificent work. If it is universal, it is because we are missionaries of Mary, who has said to us, ‘Do whatever he tells you.'”

Watch the full prayer service!

Back Row: Gabriel, Julieta, Maddie, Yasmin, Jose Julian, Sr. Estella, Nicolas, Sr. Evangelina and Gabriela. Front Row: Arumi, Sr. Durie, Sr. Gretchen and Sr. Lavon.

Lay Community Retreat

On Nov. 16, 2019, the Marianist Lay Community of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, celebrated a retreat in honor of the completion of a semester of formation. Bro. Esteban Reyes said, “The mission of the Marianist Lay Communities states that, ‘Like Mary, we are called from within the Church to make Christ present in the world. This is the ultimate meaning of our belonging to the Marianist Lay Communities, and we choose it as a life option.'”

The retreat was at the Marianist Sisters community. They will make their consecration to Mary in the Guadalupe Chapel at St. Mary’s University on Dec. 8.
Learn more about the Lay Marianists.

Marianist Formation Weekend

Marianist formators and aspiring Marianists gathered in San Antonio, Nov. 14-17, for Formation Weekend at the Oblate Renewal Center. In attendance were 16 individuals in various stages of Marianist formation and 10 formators from three provinces (United States, Meribah and United States Sisters) and one region (Korea).

Presenters for the weekend included: Bros. Jesse O’Neill and Dennis Bautista, Mr. John Hollian and Ms. Neomi De Anda. Participants celebrated a wonderful Eucharist presided by Fr. Sean Downing in Adèle Chapel at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio. Then they headed over to the Marianist Residence, home to many of our retired Brothers, for a delightful dinner and dessert social. Please pray for our Brothers and Sisters in initial formation.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Ralph Neumann-undated

Bro. Ralph Neumann – 2015

Bro. Ralph Neumann, 84, died Nov. 6, 2019.  Bro. Ralph was a teacher, deeply dedicated to instilling the Marianist Charism in the hearts and minds of those he served. He was a brother of hope and joy. He served in Latin America for nearly three decades and then continued his mission in the United States tutoring English and Spanish.  Read his obituary. See more photos.

Good to Know

Back row: Bros. Bob Donovan and Bob Dzubinski and Fr. Gene Contadino. Front row: Bros. Bob Politi and Bill Grundish

Pumpkin artists at the DeSales Marianist Community

Members of the DeSales Marianist Community in Cincinnati, Ohio, created pumpkin faces for the St. Francis DeSales School Halloween celebration. The pumpkin artists included Bros. Bob Donovan, Bob Dzubinski, Bob Politi, Bill Grundish, Ed Longbottom and Fr. Gene Contadino.

Mission & Charism

Mission & Charism” by Bro. Bob Moriarty is now available on the NACMS website. This essay is a response to calls among us for the development of “a common missionary vision” or “a new missionary narrative” for the years ahead. Written from a distinct, but not unrelated perspective, Mission & Charism also enters into dialogue with Bro. Ray Fitz‘s, “Reimagining the Marianist Family,” which is also accessible at the NACMS website.

Pilgrimage to Greece & the Greek Isles

Presented by Marianist Mission

You are invited to join us on the 2020 Marianist Mission Pilgrimage Oct. 13 – 23, 2020!  Embark on a journey with Fr. Tim Kenney as we explore the ancient cities of Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Kalambaka and Thessaloniki. Also enjoy a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles of Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos and Santorini.

Eleven days from New York to Greece including:

  • Three-night cruise on the beautiful Aegean Sea
  • Breakfast and dinner daily on land includes a standard drinks package
  • Daily touring during the cruise
  • Tours include a professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Daily Mass with Fr. Tim Kenney, SM
  • Air travel to/from New York

For pricing and travel arrangements contact the Marianist Mission or call 937.910.6099

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