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Volume 16, Number 6

June 8, 2017

CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY SAYS, ‘MAHALO, BRO. BERNIE’

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Bro. Bernie, bedecked in not-so-traditional lei.

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At an alumni reunion, Sr. Malia Wong, OP, and Be-Jay Kodama present Bro. Bernie with a big-hearted thank you card. Derrek Miyahara photos

If it were possible for a person to drown in lei, the life of Bro. Bernard Ploeger may have been in danger.
On June 30, Bro. Bernie completes a nine-year tenure as the president of Chaminade University of Honolulu. His send-off has been marked by praise, thank-yous and a veritable tsunami of lei, the traditional Hawaiian symbol of affection.
Bro. Bernie began his career at the university as an adviser in 1995. With his Ph.D in mathematics, skill in strategic planning and Marianist heart, Bro. Bernie was the right person at the right time to help lead the university forward. He helped create an aggressive vision for the school, a plan called “The Second Founding of Chaminade.” It sought to raise academic standards, improve faculty, increase enrollment and address budget issues.
In 2009, Bro. Bernie was named the the ninth president of the university. Since then, he is credited with improving facilities, launching a nursing school and renewing the school’s participation in intercollegiate athletics. The Chaminade family has voiced a resounding “mahalo,” Hawaiian for thank you.
Earlier this year, Bro. Bernie was inducted into the Silversword Hall of Fame. Watch a tribute video celebrating the honor. See more photos.

TWO PROFESS VOWS AS MARIANIST SISTERS 

Sr. Laura Leming and Fr. Jim Schimelpfening lead a blessing of newly-vowed Srs. Caitlin and Gabrielle.

Sr. Laura Leming and Fr. Jim Schimelpfening lead a blessing of newly vowed Srs. Caitlin and Gabrielle.

In the month of the Blessed Mother, before a joyful assembly of family and friends, Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch and Gabrielle Bibeau professed first vows as Marianist Sisters. The Mass and vow ceremony were on May 27 at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of the University of Dayton.

Srs. Caitlin and Gabrielle first met the Marianist Sisters while students at UD, and both went through the Marianist Student Lay Formation program, though at different times.

Srs. Gabrielle and Caitlin. Hawaiian Marianist brothers provided the congratulatory lei.

Sr. Caitlin has a bachelor’s degree in biology and religious studies. She served as a volunteer with a Marianist community in Peru for a year before beginning her religious formation. She now works at Catholic Social Services in Dayton. Sr. Gabrielle majored in English and religious studies. She’s working on a master’s degree in theological studies while serving as a graduate assistant at the North American Center for Marianist Studies.

Watch a video of the ceremony highlights. See more photos.

BLESSED!
MOTHER ADÈLE TO BE BEATIFIED
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On May 4, Pope Francis signed the Decree of Beatification of Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, founder of the Marianist Sisters. This is the third step on the four-step path to sainthood, and will give Mother Adèle the title, “blessed.”
The beatification ceremony will be June 10, 2018 — the anniversary of her birth — in Agen, France, where she founded the Filles de Marie Immaculée, whom we know as the Marianist Sisters.
The news comes at an especially grace-filled time, as the Marianist Sisters and the Society of Mary are celebrating their bicentennials. Read more about Mother Adèle and the founding of the FMI.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH …
Marge Cavanaugh
Marge Cavanaugh is a member of the Visitation Marianist State Community,* a group founded 50 years ago by students at the University of Dayton. Professionally, she is deputy assistant director for geosciences at the National Science Foundation.
State Community What keeps you connected to the Marianist Family after all this time?
Relationships, relationships, relationships! It has been important to me that the Visitation Marianist State Community decided years ago to have a retreat twice a year and has stuck to that pattern. It ensures that we take time to continue to challenge ourselves to deeper spirituality and commitment.
Is your understanding of being a Lay Marianist different than it was 50 years ago?
It is much the same regarding the basics of community, faith, Mary’s model, inclusivity and mission. What has grown is my appreciation for the interactivity and balance among these five aspects, and the responsibility for serving and for inviting people to join us.
What are you looking forward to at the Marianist Lay Assembly next month?
I am looking forward to reconnecting with friends from across the Marianist world. I know I’ll be inspired not only by terrific speakers, but also by the creative ways people are working to advance the Marianist Movement and promote the common good.
* Read about the Visitation Community in the current issue of ALIVE magazine.
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.
These are the Marianist brothers of the St. Michael’s School community in Chicago in 1883. The Marianists served at St. Michael’s from 1874 until it closed in 1978. The school was on North Cleveland Street, a few blocks from Lincoln Park. Photo from the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States.

 

WHO'S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE
Donovan Bob 2015 Bro. Bob Donovan was given the “Lifetime Achievement Award” earlier this spring by the Cincinnati Health Network. Bro. Bob is a medical doctor who provides care to the poor and homeless; he received the award at the organization’s 30th anniversary celebration. See more photos.
andrew farfsing Purcell marian Andrew Farfsing has been named principal/CEO of Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati. A 1995 alumnus of the school, he most recently served as principal at Cincinnati’s DePaul Cristo Rey High. Read more
Hughes Howard 2015 Bro. Howard Hughes recently was asked to compose an organ solo for performance as a concert encore at Harvard University’s Memorial Chapel. The result is Te Deum Remembered. A longtime, well-respected composer, Bro. Howard, 86, says he likes to “send them home with ears ringing!” 
Marianist Sister Laura Leming Sr. Laura Leming received the University of Dayton’s College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Service Award for 2017. Sr. Laura is an associate professor of sociology at UD. Read more.
Marcinowski Gary 2015 Bro. Gary Marcinowski got a nod in the Huffington Post as one of the creators of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial at the University of Dayton. The article, by UD President Eric Spina, described how public art can be a statement of inclusivity. Read the article.
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AN HONOR FOR A JUBILARIAN AND AN ARCHBISHOP
Bro. Bill Chewning was honored to share a photo opp with San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller and it’s probably safe to say the archbishop felt honored as well. Bro. Bill, 92, has been a Marianist for 75 years and is among the longest-serving Marianists celebrating a jubilee this year. This photo was taken  at a Mass honoring jubilarians in San Antonio on May 18.
Thanks to photographer Veronica Markland and Today’s Catholic, where this photo first appeared, for allowing us to share the photo.
LAY COMMUNITY COMPLETES FORMATION IN HONOLULU

Back: Bro. Brandon Alana (in charge of the formation process), Payton Sorg, Chris Kanamu and Andrew Inez.  Front: Andre "Pono" Riddle, Lyka Raza, Savannah Santos, Nicholas Fuller and Fr. George Cerniglia.

In back: Bro. Brandon Alana, Payton Sorg, Chris Kanamu and Andrew Inez. Front: Andre “Pono” Riddle, Lyka Raza, Savannah Santos, Nicholas Fuller and Fr. George Cerniglia.

The Marianist Family is pleased to welcome the new Kupa’a I Ka Ino Marianist Lay Community, which completed formation last month at Chaminade University of Honolulu. The community’s name means “steadfast in the storm.” Bro. Brandon Alana guided the formation process.

 

JUBILARIANS
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Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes the brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the first group of 2017 jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.
St. Mary’s University recently produced a video of the San Antonio jubilarians. Watch it now.
BRO. PAUL BREDESTEGE – 60 years of profession
Though life as a Marianist hasn’t always been comfortable or easy, I’ve learned that a life worth living is one that involves challenges, disappointments, sometimes disagreeable work, unattractive assignments, physical problems and an eclectic variety of people. Read more.
FR. TED CASSIDY – 60 years of profession
I write in a spirit of profound gratitude and also humility — acknowledging complete dependence on God.
I sensed a call to be a missionary in the sixth grade. Read more.
BRO. JOHN COLLINS – 60 years of profession
I am very happy as I look back on 60 years as a vowed religious. The Lord has granted me generally good health. I have always wanted to be a teacher. My work as a Marianist teaching brother has allowed me to fulfill this desire. Read more.
BRO. JOSÉ DEGORIO – 60 years of profession
Using my God-given talents in my work as a Marianist has fulfilled my life.I was born on Maui and raised in Puukolii Plantation Village on the island’s west side.  I graduated from Sacred Hearts Grade School and St. Anthony High School. Read more.
BRO. LESTER KAEHLER – 60 years of profession
I began my Marianist religious life with the desire to give myself to the Lord, whom I believed was the true source of happiness and meaning in life. It was the Marianists who invited me to consecrate my life to Mary and consider becoming a Marianist religious. Read more.
BRO. RAYMOND KANE – 60 years of profession
As I reflect over 60 years as a Marianist, I think of how much God operates in our lives.I met my first Marianist, Brother Maurice Miller, who was our proctor for the entrance exam at Chaminade, Mineola. He told us he had been a prize fighter. Read more.
FR. FRANCIS NAKAGAWA – 60 years of ordination
 Fr. Francis Nakagawa was born and raised in Wailuku, Maui, Hawai’i. He professed first vows on March 14, 1948. He was ordained on July 14, 1957. Read more.

 

FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES
ST. VINCENT-ST. MARY BECOMING MARIANIST-SPONSORED MINISTRY
stvm logo fol The Marianist Province of the United States is pleased to announce that St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, is joining the family of Marianist-sponsored ministries.
The announcement follows a multi-year exploration and discernment process, which was initiated by the leadership of St. Vincent-St. Mary. 
The relationship with STVM brings the number of Marianist-sponsored and co-sponsored middle and secondary schools to 19, with a total student count of about 11,000. Watch for more details in the July issue of FamilyOnline.

AN URBAN STUDENTS PROGRAM WITH A TWIST AT ST. MARY’S HIGH

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St. Mary’s High School student Sebastian Tomas tutors a student at St. Cecilia Catholic School and Academy in St. Louis. Mike Bizelli photo

Thanks to a new Marianist Urban Students Program at St. Mary’s High School, 10 students in St. Louis are staying on track to succeed. “Without the program, I wouldn’t be doing so well,” said Sebastian Tomas, a junior. “It’s tough to focus at home.”

MUSP helps students who are at risk of dropping out of school. It was introduced at St. Mary’s last fall, and is similar to those at other Marianist schools, but with a twist. At St. Mary’s, students not only receive tutoring, mentoring and financial support, they also tutor youngsters at the Catholic elementary schools they once attended.

“We require our students serve as tutors,” said Mike England, St. Mary’s president. “In return, they receive a small stipend to motivate their own academic performance.”

“Tutoring has helped my work ethic and how to stay on top of things,” said Eli Cruz, a junior. “It’s also gratifying to have kids look up to you. I’m like a coach.”

“We’re delighted to see this program come to fruition at St. Mary’s,” said Bro. Tom Giardino, assistant for education for the Marianists in the United States. “It’s a lifeline for students who have academic potential, but need some extra support.” See more photos.

PURCELL MARIAN LAUNCHES HEALTH SCIENCE PARTNERSHIP
Purcell Marian logo Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati has announced a new partnership with Good Samaritan College of Nursing and Health Science.
As a result of the agreement, Purcell Marian students will be able to earn dual college credits in courses taught by Good Samaritan instructors on the Purcell Marian campus.
In addition, the high schoolers will have increased exposure to potential careers in health care, and a leg-up on pursuing those careers. Read more.
UNIVERSITY STUDENTS IMMERSE IN LA EXPERIENCE

Fr. Jim Heft, Austin Hillman, Carlos Rodriguez, Madi Perales, Taniela Tuihalafatai, Meghan Geraci, Jacob Henson, Pono Riddle, Joseph Zhao, Maureen O'Rourke, Bro. Mike Chiuri Bro. Brandon Paluch, Giselle Schoenmakers, Valerie Miles, Nerisa Taua, Brian Buchmeyer, Shelbie Weightman

Members of the immersion group with brothers at the Marianist community in Los Angeles are, in back, Fr. Jim Heft, Austin Hillman, Carlos Rodriguez, Madi Perales, Taniela Tuihalafatai, Meghan Geraci, Jacob Henson, Pono Riddle, Joseph Zhao, Maureen O’Rourke and Bro. Mike Chiuri. Front: Bro. Brandon Paluch, Giselle Schoenmakers, Valerie Miles, Nerisa Taua, Brian Buchmeyer and Shelbie Weightman. Not pictured: Maimoa Fineisaloi, who took the photo.

Students from all three Marianist universities recently completed a week-long service and immersion trip in Los Angeles. The annual venture includes ministry among marginalized populations and visits at Marianist communities.
“I am reminded of a Hawaiian saying that sums up the kind of work I feel we did this week so far. ‘Ua ola loko I ke aloha.’ Love gives life within. Our work is pure and full of compassion,” wrote Taniela Tuihalafatai on the group’s blog.

 

PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS

WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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Bro. Raymond Miklich, 88, died May 9. Bro. Ray spent more than 50 years in ministry at St. John’s Residence for Boys in New York. He is remembered for his earnest dedication to his work. Read his obituary. See more photos.

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Sr. Stephanie Morales, 83, died June 2. A native of Hawai’i, Sr. Stephanie ministered as a school teacher and, for the past 20 years, as chaplain at Nix Hospital in San Antonio. See more photos.

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 Fr. Paul Neumann, 87, died May 11. A gentle, willing servant, Fr. Paul ministered in high schools in the United States, and in parishes and communities in Peru and Mexico. Read his obituary. See more photos.

Recent deaths and those in need of prayers for healing in the Marianist Family

Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests (U.S. Province) since 2007.

A MOMENT WITH VENERABLE ADÈLE
“Let us become saints, cost what it may. Let us constantly ask for the help of the Blessed Virgin.”

 

RESOURCES
Chaminade-University logo FOL OPENING: DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS MINISTRY
Chaminade University of Honolulu has an opening for director of campus ministry to begin this summer. A top candidate will have a master’s degree in religious education or similar and experience working with young adults in a campus ministry setting. Learn more.
OPENING: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MSJC
MSJC logo fol The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative seeks a half-time (20 hours/week) assistant director to help further its mission. Learn more.
YOU’RE INVITED: PULSE COMMISSIONING MASS

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The 2016-2017 PULSE community includes Ellen Yoder, Kateri Dillon, Sarah Wilker, Ha’Ani Artero and Dominic Sanfilippo.

Please join the Marianist Family to congratulate and pray for members of the inaugural community of Marianist Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education (PULSE) as they complete their one-year terms as volunteers.

PULSE Commissioning Mass
June 28 at 7 p.m.
Queen of Apostles Church, Mount Saint John, Dayton
Reception will follow

ACT NOW: TELL YOUR SENATOR YOU OPPOSE THE ACHA
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holy-spirit UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
June 10: Mother Adele de Batz de Trenquelléon birth, 1789
June 23: Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 24: Immaculate Heart of Mary
June 29: Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles

BLOGS

Bro. Phil Aaron
Fr. Mike Nartker
Susan Vogt

Bro. Brian Zampier

NEWSLETTERS

Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
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
Via Latina from the Marianist General Administration

Printable version of this issue of FamilyOnline

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