Volume 19, Number 1 | January 31, 2020

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.

Pray With Us

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

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 [email protected].

Stay in Touch


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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