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Volume 14, Number 5
Friday, May 8, 2015

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MARIANIST LAY COMMUNITY HELPS REVITALIZE PARISH

Sometimes, the spirit moves in ordinary ways — but the long-term results may be extraordinary.

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Wendi and Mario Rodriguez, who started the Marianist Lay Community of Wrightwood, Calif. Photo by Michelle Steinmann

Mario Rodriguez didn’t know much about Marianist Lay communities. But when Marianist Fr. Ted Ley encouraged him to attend a Marianist Lay Formation Initiative (MLFI) training session, he asked himself, why not? “I thought a lay group would be a shot in the arm for our small parish,” he says. It turned out to be much more.

In 2010, Mario and his wife, Wendi, formed the Marianist Lay Community of Wrightwood in a small California town 90 miles northeast of Los Angeles. “The lay community helped us grow close,” says Mario of the 15-member group. Prayer is the glue that holds the group together and inspires them to do more for the parish, says Mario.

The Lay Community is engaged in outreach to the poor, parish ministries and recently built a prayer garden for the church. “If someone is interested in starting a new lay community, I’d tell them that if you keep your spiritual intentions at the forefront, it will energize your whole church,” says Mario.

Interested in starting a Marianist Lay Community? Contact Pati Krasensky by email or at 215.634.4116.

MARIANISTS CELEBRATE JUBILEES IN ST. LOUIS, SAN ANTONIO

In San Antonio, Sr. Durie Kim celebrated the 60th anniversary of her profession of vows

In San Antonio, Sr. Durie Kim celebrated the 60th anniversary of her profession of vows

St. Louis jubilarians celebrating anniversaries of profession, Bro. Francis Heyer, 75 years; Bro. Robert Resing, 60 years; Fr. James Tobin, 60 years; Fr. Donald Wallace, 60 years; and Bro. James Droste, 60 years

St. Louis jubilarians celebrating anniversaries of profession, Bro. Francis Heyer, 75 years; Bro. Robert Resing, 50 years; Fr. James Tobin, 60 years; Fr. Donald Wallace, 60 years; and Bro. James Droste, 60 years

The San Antonio jubilee group included Fr. Joseph Rasky, 50 years ordination; Bro. Robert Hanss, 60 years profession; Fr. James Tobin 60 years; Bro Richard Thompson, 50 years; Fr. Gerald Haby, 60 years; Bro. Richard Middleton, (front) 70 years; Bro. Mike O'Grady, 50 years; Bro. Robert Wood, 70 years; Bro. Ralph Neumann, 60 years.

The San Antonio jubilee group, Fr. Joseph Rasky, celebrating 50 years ordination; Bro. Robert Hanss, 60 years profession; Fr. James Tobin 60 years; Bro Richard Thompson, 50 years; Fr. Gerald Haby, 60 years; Bro. Richard Middleton, (front) 70 years; Bro. Mike O’Grady, 50 years; Bro. Robert Wood, (front) 70 years; Bro. Ralph Neumann, 60 years

The 2015 jubilee season began with celebrations in St. Louis on April 25 and in San Antonio on May 2. Each year, the Society of Mary and the Marianist Sisters recognize those who have reached milestone anniversaries of their first profession of vows or their priestly ordination. More than 30 Marianist brothers, priests and sisters will be honored at regional celebrations this year. See more photos.

THREE QUESTIONS WITH …

Bro. Victor Forlani

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Bro. Victor Forlani is a University of Dayton professor and the founding director of the school’s Center for the Integration of Faith and Work. He has a doctorate in business administration.

You teach a graduate course called “Business as a Calling.” Can a calling to business be like a calling to religious life?
My experience is that while the major religions of the world have differing concepts of God, they have parallel values with respect to the marketplace. They direct their followers to be fair and truthful, and to look after the welfare of people with whom they trade. It seems to me there is something in our nature that prompts those values. Thus, if you are acting in response to those values, that’s a calling. For me, God is calling.

What is the responsibility of tomorrow’s business leaders?
To be in touch with a set of values based on respecting people and their dignity as sons and daughters of God.

What aspect of your work gives you satisfaction?
A student recently said to me, “Brother, I do not like the assignments you give us.” When I asked him why, he said, “I’m afraid you’re going to change my whole outlook on business.” I said to myself, silently but fervently, “yes!

SIX IN INDIA PROFESS FIRST VOWS

New Marianist brothers Anil, Suman, Pulkit, Rosan, Augustine and Dillip.

New Marianist brothers Anil, Suman, Pulkit, Rosan, Augustine and Dillip

On May 1, six men professed first vows in the Society of Mary at the Marianist novitiate in Ranchi, India. We welcome Bros. Anil Dungdung, Suman Horo, Rosan Kiro, Dillip Majhi, Pulkit Minj and Augustine Say. Congratulations, brothers! Please keep these new Marianists in your prayers
NACMS HOSTS WRITERS’ WORKSHOP

Bro. Stan Zubeck, Mo McDonnell and Cassandra Doughty were among those putting pen to paper at the writers’ workshop.

What does “being Marianist” mean for individuals, their communities and the Church?

This was the topic explored in mid-April, when the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) hosted a writers’ workshop. The group of 17 gathered at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J.

Inviting new writers to share their insights and offering innovative ways to share Marianist experiences is part of NACMS’s strategic plan, said Pati Krasensky, associate director of NACMS. Pati facilitated the workshop with the help of Isabella Moyer. “We are grateful to the participants who shared their stories of faith and Marianist spirituality,” says Pati. “Given the success of this event, we’ll definitely be hosting more of these workshops in the future.”

WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE
AHEAD: FIRST VOWS, ORDINATION
Mark your calendars and send prayers of congratulations! On May 17 in San Antonio, Sylvester Burkemper will profess first vows as a Marianist brother. Allen Pacquing will do the same on May 23 in Dayton. On Oct. 3, Bro. Bob Jones will be ordained to the priesthood in Dayton.
NEW LEADERS AT SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL

Glenn Medeiros

Glenn Medeiros

Saint Louis School in Honolulu has announced new leaders for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Glenn Medeiros will become the school’s president; Sione Thompson will be principal. Dr. Medeiros has been an assistant professor at Chaminade University of Honolulu and also served as vice principal at Maryknoll School in Honolulu. Thompson has served in a number of capacities at SLS and currently is assistant head of school. Congratulations and welcome! Read the announcement.

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Sione Thompson

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The board of directors of Chaminade University of Honolulu announced that Bro. Bernie Ploeger will continue as the university’s president through the 2016 – 2017 school year. Bro. Bernie, who has served CUH as president since 2009, says he does not intend to extend his tenure beyond that time. Read the announcement.

PLANTING SEEDS AT GOVERNOR’S ISLAND

The team at Governor's Island in Huntsville, Ohio, has been planting seeds for great retreats this summer. The team includes Anne Petratis, Bro. Mitch Schweickart, Mary Ellen Dillon, Fr. Mike Nartker, Bro. Roger Bau, Martha Saurine and Bro. Don Smith. Members Abby Saurine, Katie Brossart, Tim Dillon, John and Karen Brossart weren't available for the photo.

The retreat team at Governor’s Island in Huntsville, Ohio, has been planting seeds for outstanding family retreats this summer. The team includes Anne Petratis, Bro. Mitch Schweickart, Mary Ellen Dillon, Fr. Mike Nartker, Bro. Roger Bau, Martha Saurine and Bro. Don Smith. Members Abby Saurine, Katie Brossart, Tim Dillon, and John and Karen Brossart weren’t available for the photo. Scroll down to the “Resources” section for information on the retreats!

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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 several 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.

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BRO. THOMAS DEASY, 60 years profession

“I first met the Marianists as a freshman at St. Joseph High School in Alameda, Calif., where the Marianist brothers and priests who taught me had an effect on my life. Mary also had an effect on my life during my senior year. That is when I discovered that I had a vocation to be a Marianist.” Read more.

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BRO. JAMES DROSTE, 60 years profession

“I was born Sept. 25, 1934, in Sterling, Ill. Our family farmed near Rock Falls, Ill. I attended the Catholic grade and high school in Sterling. The schools were taught by the Sisters of Loretto, and it was through one of them that I “indirectly” came into contact with the Marianists … When I arrived at the novitiate, I had met only two brothers before that — the two recruiters who came to sign me up!” Read more.

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FR. GERALD HABY, 60 years profession

“As I wrote in my 50th anniversary autobiography, I was a reluctant religious and priestly vocation. I went to St. Mary’s University in 1952 for reasons other than religious, but seeking the answer to my question, “How can I, given my talents and abilities, do the most good for the greatest number of people?” I spent two years discerning whether to major in physics, zoology (with a goal of outdoor art), and “thinking about” chemistry (with a goal of pharmacy).” Read more.

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BRO. ROBERT HANSS, 60 years profession

“In my role as a teacher, I was happy to be able to share my values with students and to assist them in formulating their own values. My collaboration with our Lay Marianists in the United States and Mexico was rewarding. It was an opportunity for me and for them to share our spiritual lives.” Read more.

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BRO. ROBERT JUENEMANN, 60 years profession

“My experience as a Marianist has allowed me to develop wonderful relationships with such a variety of people: lay men and women, other Marianists, religious of other orders and diocesan priests as well. The friendships created with these individuals have helped me to have and sustain an integrated spiritual life. I have developed a love of cooking, baking, gardening, art and theater — all of which have profoundly enriched my life.” Read more.

 

AT OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES
ST. MARY’S EARNS TOP BROOKINGS INSTITUTION RATING
StMarysU_logo3_WhiteOnBlueHow does it feel to rank higher than Harvard University in a scholarly assessment of “value-added” educational outcomes? Ask our friends at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, because the Marianist-sponsored school achieved exactly that. The Brookings Institution made an assessment of some of the outcomes of a college education – including graduates’ actual mid-career earnings versus their expected earnings. St. Mary’s scored 99 out of 100 in the Brookings’ ratings, placing it among the top tier of schools in the country! Read the report.
St. Mary’s President Thomas Mengler followed up on this achievement with an article published in the Huffington Post College Blog, in which he describes the factors he believes have led to St. Mary’s success. “For more than 160 years, our Marianist brothers and lay faculty and staff have gently mentored young men and women to leave St. Mary’s with generous spirits and humble hearts, and to view their professional careers as vocational journeys, not simply jobs,” Mengler wrote. Read the article.
LIGHTNING STRIKE DELIVERS “GOD MOMENTS” FOR UD STUDENTS
Matt Lickenbrock and Sean Ferguson, who is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital.

Matt Lickenbrock and Sean Ferguson, who is recovering in a Pittsburgh hospital. Photos by WTAE.com

University of Dayton student Matt Lickenbrock learned CPR at an airport kiosk. Two days later, he saved the life of a fellow student, Sean Ferguson, who was struck by lightning on a campus parking lot. This amazing story galvanized the UD community and inspired a flood of prayers for Sean’s recovery. Watch a TV news story, which includes Fr. Jim Schimelpfening.

 

MARIANIST SCHOOL GRAD CLIMBS FROM SLUM TO PROFESSIONAL CAREER

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Collins Odillah

With a boost from Our Lady of Nazareth School, Collins Odillah made the climb from the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, to a position as an engineer working in Oman. He recently wrote a letter to Marianist Provincial Fr. Marty Solma, who spent many years in ministry at the school.

Collins wrote: “I do not fail to recognize God’s angels who work miracles for us. OLN has been a big blessing in my life. I am happy to know that I have people to call family … I have missed the Marianists. I pray we’ll see each other again.”

CONSERVING NATURAL BEAUTY AT MOUNT SAINT JOHN

The Bro. Don Geiger Prairie will be part of the new conservation easement at Mount Saint John in Dayton.

The Bro. Don Geiger Prairie will be part of the new conservation easement at Mount Saint John in Dayton.

The Marianist Province of the United States recently applied to place 67 acres at Mount Saint John in Dayton under a “conservation easement” with the state of Ohio. This easement protects the land from commercial development in perpetuity, preserving it as home for native plants and animals and as a place of renewal for the human spirit.
“This decision expresses a covenant of love with Mount Saint John’s nature trails, woodlands and prairie that are a place of prayer and learning for our Marianist Family and more than 10,000 guests annually,” said Sr. Leanne Jablonski, a member of the land use committee. The easement does not include the section of property that includes the Marianist Mission, the novitiate and other ministries. Read a Q&A about the easement.
PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS

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Bro. Ken, beekeeper

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Bro. Ken Jung

Bro. Kenneth Jung died April 14, 2015, in San Antonio. He was 92 and had been a Marianist for 72 years. Bro. Ken was a hard-working cook, baker, maintenance worker, beekeeper and poet. Although he had no formal training as a cook, he often was responsible for creating daily meals for as many as 130 people. He also enjoyed writing poetry and was deeply dedicated to prayer. See photos. Read his obituary.
Fr. George Abmayr died March 31, 2015. Photos of Fr. George appeared in the April issue of FamilyOnline. Read his obituary.
Archbishop Raymond Roussin died April 24, 2015. Archbishop Roussin was 75 and had been a Marianist for 57 years. He was the Archbishop Emeritus of Vancouver, British Columbia. Read his obituary.
Kelsie Crow, Lance Ericson, Mary Florine Ferree, Cynthia Brown Kelly, Lisa Marino and Betty Ann Nolan. Read more.
Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.
Obituaries of Marianist priests and brothers since 2007. Read more.
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“It is in prayer that you will find peace for your soul.”

RESOURCES

SIGN UP NOW! FAMILY VACATION RETREATS AT GOVERNOR’S ISLAND

Family retreats at Governor's Island provide an opportunity for faith-building, family bonding -- and fun!

Family retreats at Governor’s Island are an opportunity for faith-building, family bonding — and fun!

“Growing in God’s Time” will be the theme for family retreats this summer hosted by the Marianists at Governor’s Island in Huntsville, Ohio. The affordable retreats offer families a chance for fun and faith-building in a lovely lakeside setting. The retreat dates are June 16 – 20, July 7 – 10 and July 21 – 25. Read more.
Landolfi, Paul FOL This month, Fr. Paul Landolfi shares information with us about Venerable Faustino Pérez-Manglano and the Marianist martyrs. Fr. Paul is the U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes.
JOB OPENING: ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT – PHILADELPHIA
The Marianists seek an experienced administrative assistant to serve ministries based at our Philadelphia, Pa., offices (Fishtown area). This role requires a detail-oriented person who enjoys being part of a team. Read more here.

UPCOMING FEAST DAYS

May 12: Mary, Mother of Graces and Mediatrix
May 17: Ascension
May 24: Pentecost
May 25: Mary, Help of Christians
May 31: Most Holy Trinity, Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

NEWSLETTERS

Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Via Latina from the General Administration of the Society of Mary
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family

 

MARIANIST BIRTHDAYS – May and June

 

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Editor: Carol Dexter; assistant: Ann Mueller. This monthly email newsletter produced by the Society of Mary features news about the Marianist Family: Marianist brothers and priests (Society of Mary), Marianist Sisters; and Lay Marianists. Fr. Martin Solma, SM, provincial; Bro. Joe Kamis, SM, assistant provincial. Send news, digital photos and comments and suggestions to editor Carol Dexter using “FamilyOnline” as your subject line.

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