Volume 14, Number 7
Friday, July 10, 2015
SOCIETY OF MARY MEMBERS GATHER FOR RETREAT ASSEMBLY
|There was laughter and prayer, along with learning, celebration and remembrance as Marianist brothers and priests met in St. Louis for a Retreat Assembly June 25 – 29. The theme of the event was “Fill the Jars,” a reference to Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast at Cana.
|Members of the Province of the United States gather formally every three to five years. This year’s event drew some 240 Marianists from across the country, as well as priests and brothers from India, Mexico and Ireland.|
|Speakers at the event included Bishop Robert McElroy of the Diocese of San Diego, scripture scholar Sr. Barbara Reid, OP, and Bro. Sean Sammon, FMS, former superior general of the Marist Brothers. Gospel jazz singer ValLimar Jansen delivered a lively, soulful concert on Saturday evening.|
|As part of a liturgy on Saturday, seven temporary professed brothers renewed their vows. The final formal event of the assembly was the installation of the new Marianist Provincial Council.|
|Bro. Jesse O’Neill and Fr. Oscar Vasquez served as co-chairs of the assembly committee.|
|Former Marianist Superior General Fr. Steve Tutas called the assembly a “grace-filled encounter with God and with each other.” Read Fr. Steve’s commentary.
|See photos from the event!|
|ANAWIM MARIANIST LAY COMMUNITY: ADVOCATES FOR THE POOR|
|The Aramaic word Anawim means “the poor who depend on the Lord.” Seeking to emulate this spirit of humility – and identify with people on the bottom rung of society – the Anawim Marianist Lay Community in Cincinnati considers caring for the poor one of its main missions. “This isn’t about charity,” says Susan Vogt. “These efforts keep us humble. Jesus calls us to solidarity with the poor no matter what our income.”|
|For 45 years, this lay community, which includes Susan’s husband Jim Vogt, has met twice a month for prayer and faith sharing. Although members come and go (currently there are 14 active members), two things are constant: a desire among participants to deepen their faith and a commitment to social justice. One initiative they are championing is the St. Francis – St. Joseph Catholic Worker House, a homeless shelter for men, where they prepare and serve meals, raise funds and provide leadership. In May, the group participated in a “Hunger Walk” to raise money for social justice projects in Cincinnati.|
|Interested in starting a Marianist Lay Community? Contact Pati Krasensky at email@example.com or 215.634.4116.|
THREE QUESTIONS WITH …
Bro. Larry McBride
A St. Louis native, Bro. Larry ministered for more than two decades in Mexico and now serves with the Marianists in Bihar, India.
What do you hope to bring to your ministry outside of the United States?
In Mexico, my hope was to help inculturate the Marianist charism through vocation work. This meant accompanying lay communities and doing formation work. In India, in addition to teaching English, I am a mentor of sorts. Most of the Indian Marianists are young, and it is always a good idea to have a few “grandpa” types around.
What is most gratifying about your ministry?
In India, what has been most gratifying is the reception I have received. The students tell me that in India, those who deserve much respect include those from other countries, those who are old, and those who are teachers. I fit into each category, and so the respect I’m given is extremely touching.
What have you learned?
India is so different from the U.S. and Mexico. There’s so much I want to learn about India — about the people, about Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists. I want not only to be a teacher, but also to be a student and to learn how to serve better. I’ve been profoundly changed by the people I’ve met in Mexico and India. Their material poverty makes me embarrassed because of the abundance of the U.S. I’ve experienced Jesus and Mary in the poor of Mexico and India.
MARIANIST MAGAZINE EARNS FIRST PLACE AWARD
|The Catholic Press Association recently honored Marianist ALIVE magazine with a 2015 first place award in the General Excellence – Religious Order Magazines category. The award recognizes the best overall publication in terms of editorial content, photography and graphic design.|
|Jan Dixon is the editor of ALIVE, working with Diane Guerra, Province national director of communications. Jean Lopez of Lopez Needleman Graphic Design is the publication’s designer. In addition to the first place award, an article called “One Defining Moment” written by Jan Dixon with photos by Maureen O’Rourke, earned a second place award for feature stories.|
|ALIVE is published three times yearly. To obtain a free subscription, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Put ALIVE in the subject line and include your mailing address.|
MARIANISTS HONORED FOR 35 YEARS OF MINISTRY AT CLEVELAND PARISH
|It was a bittersweet parting on June 21, when the Society of Mary withdrew from a parish it had served for 35 years. In 1980, the Marianists began ministry at St. Aloysius, a historic church near downtown Cleveland. Because of declining numbers at both the parish and within the Marianists, it became appropriate to turn leadership of the parish back over to the Diocese of Cleveland. Nearly 30 Marianist brothers and priests served at “St. Al’s” over the years.
|Read a related article from the Cleveland diocesan paper. See a list of Marianists who served at St. Al’s. See more photos from the celebration Mass.
|WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
|Bro. Ed Violett, in consultation with the Marianist Provincial Council, has accepted the position of vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He will be charged with helping to strengthen and diversify the academic offerings of the school, which is known for its nursing program. The college is sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady.|
|Dr. Steve Neiheisel has been named by the board of directors of the Association of Marianist Universities as the new executive director of AMU. Steve is the founding director of the Nonprofit and Community Leadership Program at the University of Dayton, is a Marianist Educational Associate and was a professor and chairman of the political science department at St. Mary’s University, a Marianist-sponsored university in San Antonio. Steve remains on the Province Sponsorship Commission.
|Matt Dunn, head of spiritual life for the Marianist Lay Network of North America, is featured in the current issue of the University of Dayton Magazine. A 1991 UD graduate, Matt answers readers’ questions about the role of the laity within the Marianist Family. Read the Q&A.|
|LOOK, LISTEN AND LOUNGE OFFERS SAMPLE OF MARIANIST LIFE|
|Over the July 4 holiday weekend, about 20 Marianist brothers, sisters, novices and contacts gathered at the Marianist retreat facility at Governor’s Island in Huntsville, Ohio, for the Look, Listen and Lounge event.
The group shared prayer, Eucharist, recreation and quiet time, and discussed thoughts on religious vocations. The gathering is hosted every other year as a relaxed way to introduce interested young people to Marianist life. Bro. Michael Chiuri was the coordinator of the event, assisted by Sr. Nicole Trahan, Fr. Chris Wittmann, and Deacon Bob Jones and Bro. Tom Wendorf, among others. See more photos!
|VOCATIONS OUTREACH IN LOS ANGELES|
Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes the brothers and priests who are celebrating milestones of their first profession of vows, or their priestly ordination. For the next few months, we will dedicate a section of FamilyOnline to honor these men and their commitment to their ministries. We invite you to join us in prayers of celebration for them.
|BRO. STANLEY MURAKAMI – 60 years profession
Although I was born into a Buddhist family, I attended St. Anthony’s parish grade school (Maui) as had Dad and his siblings. In the latter part of my third grade year, I was baptized on May 12, 1945, the Memorial of Mary, Mother of Graces and Mediatrix. During the ceremony, the pastor asked me to recite the “Our Father,” which I began well enough, but then suffered a memory loss. For quite some time thereafter, I thought my baptism was invalid. Read more.
|FR. JAMES TOBIN – 60 years profession
It was September 1945! Mom and Dad sent me to Chaminade (St. Louis) to begin fourth grade. My brother, Tom, was already a student there in high school. A Marianist priest or brother taught every class through grade and high school. But through those years, Fr. James P. Canning always encouraged me to think about becoming a Marianist priest. Read more.
|FR. DONALD WALLACE – 60 years profession
I believe that the Lord and the Blessed Mother called me to the Marianist life through the examples of the Marianist community of my high school, Chaminade, in Mineola. The fraternity, happiness, dedication to community life and the professional excellence of the brothers made a great impression on me. Read more.
|BRO. BERNARD ZALEWSKI – 60 years profession
In the early part of the 20th century, my four grandparents set sail from Danzig (Gdansk), Poland, to New York and then traveled by train to Steubenville, Ohio, where a group of Polish families had settled. My father’s father formed a committee to build St. Stanislaus Church. They chose glazed brick so the coal dust and soot would wash off each rainy day. Steubenville was a coal-mining and steel-mill town. Read more.
|FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES|
|NEW MARIANIST EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATES BEGIN FORMATION|
|Twenty-one faculty and staff members from the three Marianist universities came together at Chaminade University of Honolulu May 27 – June 3 to begin their initial formation as Marianist Educational Associates. MEAs are men and women who make an additional commitment to further the Marianist charism and educational tradition of their universities. There currently are more than 130 MEAs at Chaminade, St. Mary’s University and the University of Dayton combined. Read more.
|SERVICE PROGRAM MARKS 50 YEARS|
|Every summer for five decades, a small group of University of Dayton students has traveled to the small Appalachian town of Salyersville, Kentucky, to spend time living among its families and both giving and gaining important life lessons.|
|The UD Summer Appalachian Program, or UDSAP, is the longest-running social justice program at the university. During the nine weeks students spend in Salyersville, they provide day camps for area children and teens, visit nursing home residents and spend time with local families. The students live simply – giving up indoor plumbing, TV and Internet service.|
|“This year’s group is very committed,” says Bro. Tom Pieper, who’s served as UDSAP director for 16 years. “The students have a real sense of mission – they haven’t brought anything to this experience but themselves. There are no props, no computers, no cell phones. They’ve learned the rewards of living in community among themselves and with the local families,” Bro. Tom says.|
|Read more about UDSAP. See more photos. Watch a video produced to mark the program’s 50th year.|
|SUMMER LIFE CAMPS BEGIN|
|Marianist LIFE summer camps kicked off in late June, with more than 70 teenagers and their adult leaders gathering at a CYO camp north of San Francisco.
LIFE stands for Living In Faith Experience and is a faith-formation program for high school students. LIFE camp is a week-long experience of small faith communities, prayer, leadership development, social justice education and fun! Additional LIFE camps begin next week in Ohio and Texas. Learn more about LIFE.
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
|Sr. Betty Brucker, FSM, Mary Maureen Cahill, William Dundon, Robert Flynn, Rob Graham, Joanne Neff, Fr. Clément Ott, Jim Rider and Thomas Windle. Read more.|
|Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.|
|Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests since 2007. Read more.|
|A Moment with Blessed Chaminade|
|“True missionaries should not count on themselves, their talents, or their industry, but they should put all their confidence in the grace of their mission and the protection of the Blessed Virgin.”|
|This month, Fr. Paul Landolfi shares a biographical chronology of Marianist founder Venerable Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. Fr. Paul is the U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes.|
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
|July 11: St. Benedict, Abbot
July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Friday Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
Top of the Line News from Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning
MARIANIST BIRTHDAYS - July and August
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