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Volume 16, Number 4

April 6, 2017

BECOMING ‘PROTECTORS OF GOD’S PLAN INSCRIBED IN NATURE’
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“Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.”
As the world observes Earth Day later this month, these words of Pope Francis serve as a reminder of the obligation we share to protect and cherish all of creation.   
Marianist organizations and leaders are actively working toward environmental justice in a variety of ways, often by teaming up with like-minded entities. Among the Marianist organizations involved in environmental justice are the Marianist Environmental Education Center, the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative and the Marianist International NGO at the United Nations.
The Marianists also are active members of the Interfaith Center for Corporate Responsibility and the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, both of which advocate for the environment.
Consider joining Pope Francis and the Marianists in promoting environmental justice. Here are a few opportunities this month:
leaf-folApril 7: Global online forum hosted by the International Marian Research Institute on “Mary and Ecological Spirituality.” Learn more.
leaf-folApril 22: Catholic Climate Covenant offers free Earth Day resources to schools, parishes and religious communities on the theme “Know the Creator through Creation.” Learn more.
leaf-folApril 29: The Global Catholic Climate Movement and countless other faith-based organizations encourage participation in the People’s Climate March in Washington D.C., and many locations across the country. Learn more.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH …
Brian Reavey
Brian Reavey is the director of the Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation for the Marianist Province of the United States.
How can the Marianists make the greatest difference in achieving social justice?
Two words: collective impact. As our founders envisioned, we can promote structural change by working through different sectors of society – such as schools, parishes, impoverished communities, corporations and governments. Our schools are a great example of this; the Province forms more than 20,000 students for service, justice, peace and the integrity of creation every year.
What aspect of your work do you find most gratifying?
It’s hard to name just one. It’s gratifying to see a Marianist brother become more passionate about a particular social justice issue, or to witness a Marianist school or parish developing a relationship with our Partnering with the Poor ministries. Through the Marianist NGO, I also get to be part of human rights and environmental justice mandates being implemented at the United Nations.
What can the average member of the Marianist Family do to promote social justice?
I swear by this formula: Information + Formation = Transformation. I encourage people to pick one issue they’re passionate about, educate themselves on the topic and get involved on a local level. You don’t need to be expert on the subject to make a difference!
ALUMNI MAKE ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL PROUD

Rev. Msgr MArk Rivituso, ordained 1/16/1988 2010 photo

Auxiliary Bishop Rivituso

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Bishop Rice

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Mayor Slay

Sometimes the kids just make you proud.
That’s how the folks at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis must have been feeling in early March, when Pope Francis named Msgr. Mark Rivituso (St. Mary’s Class of ’79) as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He assumed the role from Bishop Edward Rice (St. Mary’s Class of ’78), who was named bishop of the Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (Missouri) last year.
It’s also worth noting that St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay (St. Mary’s Class of ’73) is completing his term as the city’s longest-serving mayor in history. He has chosen not to run for re-election after his fourth, four-year term this year.
In certain circles, Mayor Slay is more famously known as the nephew of Bro. Leo Slay.
May the blessings of St. Mary — and the prayers of the Marianist Family — continue to be with these leaders.
HONORING OUR BICENTENNIALS – A PAGE FROM THE FAMILY ALBUM
200 fol 3To celebrate the bicentennials of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary, FamilyOnline is featuring occasional peeks into the past.
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Armed with their prayer books and rosaries, these solemn young men of St. Mary’s Institute in Dayton, Ohio, were celebrating their first Communions circa 1906. Their school was the forerunner of the University of Dayton. When this photo was taken, Marianists had been teaching at this site for more than five decades. Photo from the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States.

 

WHO'S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE
don-cowie-spurs-fol Fr. Don Cowie has been a fan of the San Antonio Spurs basketball team for a long time. So it was especially exciting for him in March when he had a courtside seat for the first game he attended in person. The privilege was arranged by an alumnus of Central Catholic High School, where Fr. Don has long served as a teacher and chaplain. The alumnus, Chris Monroe, also arranged for a personalized jersey for Fr. Don, which was signed by Spurs great Sean Elliot (pictured with Fr. Don).
kadja-thierry-3-17-fol Congratulations to Bro. Thierry Tchamiè Kadja, who recently was named the University of Dayton’s 2017 top student in electronic engineering technology and the top student in the department of engineering management, systems and technology overall. Bro. Thierry, who’s from Togo, has been studying at UD since 2013. He will continue at UD for his master’s degree, then return to Togo to teach and use his skills to serve Marianist ministries in his home region.
loch-edward-2015-fol Bro. Ed Loch, archivist for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, was a key resource for an article published earlier this year by the San Antonio Express-News. The article described how the early histories of San Antonio families are now secured in a Mormon records vault in the Utah mountains. Read an excerpt.
bro-_bernie_ploeger-fol Congratulations to Bro. Bernie Ploeger, who was named to the Silversword Hall of Fame at Chaminade University of Honolulu in March. Bro. Bernie is credited with revitalizing and strengthening the school’s athletic program. He concludes his service as Chaminade’s president in June. Watch a tribute videoRead more.

 

FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES

PADRE VINCENTE: A RITE OF PASSAGE FOR CSJ STUDENTS

The mountains of Central Puerto Rico offer a singular setting for reflection for CSJ students on retreat.

The mountains of Central Puerto Rico offer a singular setting for reflection for CSJ students on retreat.

Antonio Marí, campus ministry director at Colegio San José, attended his first retreat at “Padre Vincente,” a Marianist retreat house in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, as a student more than 15 years ago.

While the beauty of the place was unforgettable, “the best part was getting to know other students and the faculty who shared this amazing spiritual journey with me,” he said.

Officially named the Fr. Vincent Plassenthal Retreat Center after the late Marianist priest, Padre Vincente has become the “go to” place for spiritual growth and renewal for Colegio students.

marianista-sign-folIn March, Antonio, accompanied 22 eighth graders, two faculty members – Carmen Camacho and Ricardo Ocasio –  and two equipistas (peer ministers), on their annual retreat. Throughout the year, each grade attends a three-day retreat at the center sponsored by Juventud Marianista (Marianist Youth), a campus ministry program.

“It’s important to take our students away from their city lives, away from cell phones and the Internet,” said Antonio. “The quiet beauty of this place enables them to feel safe, build trust with their peers and grow closer to God.” See more photos.

THE “MARIANIST MISSION” FROM ARCHBISHOP MOELLER

Be sure to check out this video from Archbishop Moeller High School. It describes how the Characteristics of Marianist Education are being lived at Moeller, and features Bro. Mark Motz, along with narration by Fr. Martin Solma.

 

CHINESE FLYERS GIVE UD BASKETBALL A MORE GLOBAL VOICE
The Marianist Family is global in some unexpected ways.

University of Dayton graduate students, Yiqing Zhou and Xueyin Shi were among the students broadcasting Flyers' games in Madarin.

University of Dayton graduate students Yiqing Zhou and Xueyin Shi were among the students broadcasting Flyers’ games in Mandarin.

This past season, for the second year in a row, men’s basketball games at the University of Dayton were broadcast in Mandarin Chinese.
The effort addresses a growing love of American basketball in China; the broadcasts drew an audience of up to 1,000 listeners per game.
Five UD students from China shared time behind the courtside microphones. There are about 450 Chinese students among UD’s international student population.
 Watch a “CBS This Morning” feature story about the broadcasts.  
CHAMINADE-MADONNA
HOSTS WOMEN’S RETREAT

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Marianist Lay Affiliate Joanne McCracken portrays the Biblical woman at the well as part of the women’s retreat at Chaminade-Madonna.

As a way to help celebrate the Marianist BicentennialChaminade-Madonna High School in Hollywood, Florida, hosted  a “Morning of Reflection” women’s retreat in early March.
The retreat focused on honoring female role models from Scripture and from the participants’ lives and ancestry.
Marianist Lay Affiliate Joanne McCracken facilitated the retreat. The more than 20 participants included a mix of parents, alumni and staff. See more photos.
sas-crest ST. ANTHONY SCHOOL RECEIVES MAJOR GRANT
St. Anthony School, Maui, Hawai’i, recently received a $100,000 grant from the Atherton Family Foundation to revitalize its high school classrooms and science labs. 
Charlene Schulenburg, a 1979 St. Anthony graduate and a member of the school’s board, wrote and submitted a grant application to the foundation for the project. “This is a big deal,” she said. “I am very proud of St. Anthony and pleased with the growing support from the community.” Read more from The Maui News.
 stmaryslogo ST. MARY’S CONTEST: THE MEANING OF MARY
Earlier this year, St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis sponsored an essay contest on the theme “What does Mary mean to me?” The contest was open to sixth and seventh graders from area Catholic schools. “The power that she has is incredible, because she not only guides us but also saves us from the temptations of the devil,” wrote one of the contest winners. Read more.

 

MARIANIST PARISH RETREAT FOCUSES ON SOCIAL JUSTICE

Pastor Fr. Neville O'Donohue (back, center) with retreatants at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Baltimore.

Pastor Fr. Neville O’Donohue with some of the retreatants at St. Joseph Catholic Community in Baltimore. Collecting goods for an area food pantry is among the parish’s works in social justice. Mickey Trageser photo

At a retreat in March, 40 members of St. Joseph Catholic Community in suburban Baltimore considered ways they could pursue social justice on a more personal level.
The parish already is involved in stocking food pantries and raising funds and collecting supplies for various efforts. They are now actively looking for ways to connect with those whose lives are affected by poverty and racism. “Doing justice as a parish community in the spirit of Mary’s Magnificat,” was the title of the retreat, which was facilitated by Brian Reavey, the Province director of the Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. See more photos.
ST. LAURENCE COLLEGE BOASTS NATIONAL FOOTBALL CHAMPS

Members of the national championship football team from St. Laurence College.

Members of the national championship football team from St. Laurence College.

FamilyOnline doesn’t typically run sports stories. The prowess of athletes from our high schools and universities is so great, this publication would overflow with their achievements.
We’re making an exception, just this once, to congratulate the young women of St. Laurence College in Dublin, who won their first-ever national championship football title. (That’s soccer, for you Americans.) Read about it here!

 

PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS

WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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 Fr. Christopher Conlon, 81, died March 26, 2017. Fr. Chris was a teacher and campus minister who found joy in working with young people. He served in high schools and at a university during 55 years of ministry. Read his obituary. Read a tribute by Fr. Stephen Tutas. See more photos.

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Fr. Joseph Tarrillion, age 83, died March 2, 2017. Fr. Joe was a true Marianist educator who served most of his long ministry in San Antonio. He was a professor at St. Mary’s University and president at Central Catholic High School. Read his obituary. See more photos.

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Bro. Thomas Tessmer, 81, died March 13, 2017. Bro. Tom was a math teacher and assistant principal who served for many years at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis. Read his obituary. See more photos.
Recent deaths of Marianist Family members and friends
Those in need of prayers for healing
Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests (U.S. Province) since 2007.
A MOMENT WITH BLESSED CHAMINADE
“We have been urged to preach in season and out of season. It has been foreseen that the world will not always listen to us. We must nevertheless bear witness to the truth … God will see to the fruits in His own good time.”

 

RESOURCES

 

alive_spring2017_cvr-fol READ IT! SPRING ISSUE OF ALIVE
Be sure to check out the latest issue of the award-winning Marianist ALIVE magazine, which includes stories about Fr. Ted Ley, Fr. Pat Tonry, and a Marianist Lay Community celebrating its 50th anniversary, among many others! Read now.
To get your free subscription to the print edition of ALIVE, please send your name and mailing address to marianist@marianist.com.
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MARIANIST LAY ASSEMBLY
Registration is now available for the Marianist Lay Assembly July 13 – 16 at the University of Dayton.
This family-oriented event is open to all who embrace the Marianist charism. Learn more.
holy-spirit UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
April 8: Birth of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, 1761
April 16: Resurrection of the Lord

BLOGS

Bro. Phil Aaron
Fr. Mike Nartker
Susan Vogt

Bro. Brian Zampier

NEWSLETTERS

The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
Gifts & Tasks from the International 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
The Open Window from Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning
Via Latina from the Marianist General Administration

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