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Volume 16, Number 11

Nov. 2, 2017

 ALUMNUS MARTIN SHEEN COMES FULL CIRCLE TO FAITH

Chaiminade High School alumnus Martin Sheen in a scene from the movie, "The Way," about a pilgrimage on the Camino Santiago, or the Way of St. James.

Chaminade High School alumnus Martin Sheen in a scene from the movie, “The Way,” about a father’s pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James.

In 1958, in a classroom at Chaminade High School (now Chaminade Julienne Catholic High) in Dayton, Fr. Tom Schroer heard a classmate say a remarkable thing. “He said he was going to New York after graduation to become an actor,” said Fr. Tom. “I thought, wow, what are the chances of him making it?”
The “he” Fr. Tom refers to was Ramón Estévez, known now as Martin Sheen. And the chances of him making it turned out to be exceptional.
By 1965, Martin was starring in a hit Broadway play. What followed was an ascension to stardom, including roles in the movies “Badlands” and “Apocalypse Now” in the 1970s. What followed that, however, was a descent into alcohol abuse and depression.
While shooting a movie in Paris, and with the help of a friend, Martin faced himself and who he’d become. He returned to a Catholic Church he barely recognized and began a life of faith, integrity and social activism.
Read more about this surprising faith journey in the new issue of ALIVE magazine.
A STORM OF MARIANIST FAMILY SUPPORT FOR COLEGIO SAN JOSE

The closing of a colorful letter to CSJ students from a second grader at St. Anthony School in Maui.

Like the rest of the island’s institutions, Colegio San José, a Marianist-sponsored school in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is struggling to regain its footing following Hurricane Maria, which struck on Sept. 20.
But the school community has gained solace in the prayers and financial support of its Marianist partner ministries. 

St. Mary's art teacher Matt Kleinberg says goodbye to his beard.

St. Mary’s art teacher Matt Kleinberg says goodbye to his beard at an all-school assembly.

Over the past several weeks, Marianist-sponsored schools, parishes and retreat centers have raised more than $100,000 to provide tuition assistance for CSJ families.
At St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis, for example, two whiskery teachers threw down a dare: raise $3,000 and we’ll shave off these beards in front of everyone. “Challenge accepted,” was the student response, and $3,500 later, a shave-fest was conducted before a roaring crowd of Dragons.
Far across an ocean, the students of St. Anthony School in Maui raised a generous sum, the kindness of which was underscored by handwritten notes from second graders. “Dear Friend. I hope you are not scared. My classmates and I always pray for you,” wrote Kawena.
Bake sales, blue-jeans days and other creative efforts continue to add to the total.
It may be years before normality returns to Puerto Rico. Many parents of CSJ students are without paychecks because their workplaces have been crippled or destroyed. Please consider helping CSJ families by providing tuition assistance.
BUILDING A NEW HOME FOR MARIANISTS IN MALAWI
Blueprints, plumbing designs and roofing materials were the farthest thing from Peter Daino’s mind when he was called to the mission fields of Africa 42 years ago.
Since then, the former Marianist who continues missionary service in Malawi, has overseen more than 15 major construction projects and 80 nursery schools.

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Temporarily in the U.S., Peter Daino serves alongside Marianists in Malawi.

Now temporarily back in the United States, he is working with U.S. Marianists to raise funds to build a new community house for the Marianist brothers and priests who serve in Karonga, Malawi.
The original house, built in 1961, is almost uninhabitable.
“The power and plumbing no longer work properly and the roof is falling in,” said Peter. “It is no longer a safe place to live. The brothers have wanted to build a new house since the 1990s, but more urgent problems always took priority.”
Urgent problems are a fact of life in Malawi, which the United Nations has designated the poorest country in the world.
Having a safe, simple dwelling will allow the Marianists in Karonga to focus on their important ministries: Chaminade Secondary School, a college preparatory school for boys and MIRACLE Technical Institute, a training school.
For more information, contact Peter Daino by email or at 314.533.1207.
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 merry music-makers are the first brass band of St. Louis College, which is today known as St. Mary’s University. At the center of this 1906 photo is conductor Bro. Christian Behlen (1863-1938). Bro. Christian was immortalized in a “Timeless Topix” comic book that provides an interesting glimpse into the attitudes of the era.
 Photo from the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States.

 

WHO'S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE
60th MARIANIST JUBILEE YIELDS A SPECIAL PRIVILEGE IN ROME
Among the rewards of being a Marianist for 60 years is the privilege of meeting the Pope.

Bro. Lester Kaehler with Pope Francis on Oct. 26.

At least, that was the experience of Bro. Lester Kaehler, vice rector of the Marianist seminary in Rome.
Months before, Spanish Marianist Fr. Francisco Canseco, the seminary rector, sent to the Vatican a request that Bro. Lester be a guest for a morning Mass with the Pope. Fr. Francisco invoked Bro. Lester’s 60th jubilee in the request.
To his surprise, Bro. Les was invited to the Oct. 26 Mass.
“It’s very rare to be accepted,” said Bro. Les, noting that the 7 a.m. Mass is celebrated in a small chapel for a gathering of about 50 women and men.
“During the Mass and in the personal interview, I had the unique opportunity to experience the Pope’s goodness, gentleness, warmth and joy,” said Bro. Les. “He really is a gift of God for the Church and the world.”
Bro. Les took the opportunity to invite il Papa to visit the seminary. The paper in the pontiff’s hand has the address and phone number.
MARIANISTS CELEBRATE BICENTENNIAL IN PHILADELPHIA
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The majestic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadephia was the site of the final official U.S. celebration of the Marianist Bicentennial. The Oct. 14 Eucharist was concelebrated by Marianists Fr. Martin Solma and Fr. Dave McGuigan, and Fr. Kevin Lawrence, pastor of nearby St. John the Baptist parish. Hundreds of members of the Marianist Family — including alumni of Marianist schools, members of the Society of Mary and their families and friends attended the mass and the reception that followed. See more photos.
The Society of Mary was established in France on Oct. 2, 1817. The worldwide bicentennial celebration continues through Chaminade Day, Jan. 22, 2018. On that date, the leadership and members of the three branches of the Marianist Family will gather in Singhpur, India, for a final celebration.
MARIANIST SISTERS ANNOUNCE NEW PROVINCIAL COUNCIL

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The Marianist Sisters of the Province of the United States have announced their new Provincial Council, which will serve through 2022. The new council members include: Sr. Gretchen Trautman, provincial; Sr. Laura Leming, assistant for religious life; Sr. Nicole Trahan, assistant for education; and Sr. Leanne Jablonski, assistant for temporalities.
The council members will be installed at a ceremony in Dayton later this month. Read the news release.
ON THE RUN FOR HOLY ROSARY PARISH
It was fitting that the Marianists of the Holy Rosary Community in San Antonio took part in the annual St. Mary’s University “5K for the Neighborhood” on Oct. 15.
The annual event drew a record 817 runners. Holy Rosary Parish, where this group ministers, was a  key beneficiary of the fundraiser, receiving $20,000 of the proceeds. The parish is adjacent to the university and serves a large student population.
Bro. Esteban came in first among the Marianists in this photo. Fellow San Antonio Marianist Bro. Dennis Bautista had an even better time and finished 52nd overall.
See if you can find any of these Marianists in this video of the race start.
LAST CHANCE FOR A BRO. CLETUS ORIGINAL

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Detail of one of the artworks available in the auction.

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The late Marianist artist Bro. Cletus Behlmann.

Beloved Marianist artist Bro. Cletus Behlmann died in 2016, leaving behind a legacy of vibrant artwork. Several pieces of Bro. Cletus’ art have been collected for an online auction, which runs until Nov. 15 at 6 p.m.
Proceeds from the auction will help provide care for elderly Marianist brothers and priests.

 

FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES
IT’S OFFICIAL! STVM CELEBRATES MARIANIST SPONSORSHIP

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At the Oct. 10 event, STVM students gathered with administrators for a photo opp. In back are Dan Donnelly, director of the Office of Sponsorship; Bro. Tom Giardino, assistant for education, Tom Carone, STVM president; Robert Brownfield, STVM principal and Fr. Marty Solma, provincial.

On Oct. 10, the school family of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, celebrated a relationship years in the making. On that date, the school officially became a sponsored ministry of the Marianist Province of the United States. The celebration included an all-school Mass, the signing of the official sponsorship documents, and an afternoon social for the student body.
“Becoming a Marianist-sponsored high school provides us a faith-based collaboration that complements our ongoing mission,” said Thomas Carone, STVM president. The new partnership with STVM brings the number of Marianist-sponsored secondary schools to 19. Read more.
ADMINISTRATORS BUILD SPIRIT, SHARE IDEAS AT ANNUAL MEETING
The yearly Marianist Administrators Conference is an opportunity for principals and presidents from Marianist-sponsored high schools, and leaders from Marianist retreat centers and Marianist LIFE, to mingle with peers and share ideas. More importantly, it’s a time set aside for Marianist educational and spiritual formation.

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Fr. Bill Meyer, Marianist assistant for religious life, blesses the new members of the Marianist administrators group. At right is Dan Donnelly, director of the Office of Sponosrship.

This year, the group welcomed eight new members, who were blessed at a special ceremony. The meeting took place in St. Louis Oct. 22-24.

New members of the Marianist administrators community were welcomed at the meeting in October. In back are Andrew Farfsing, principal of Purcell Marian; Fr. Marty Solma, provincial; Tim Cullen, president of St. Anthony, Bro. Tom Giardino, assistant for education; and Tom Carone, president of St. Vincent-St. Mary. In front are Dan Donnelly, director of the Office of Sponsorship, Rana Boone, principal of St. Anthony; Ian Mulligan, principal of Vianney; Tim Readon, principal of Riordan; Andrew Currier, president of Riordan, Robert Brownfield, principal of St. Vincent-St. Mary.

New school administrators were among those taking part in the October meeting. In back are Andrew Farfsing, principal of Purcell Marian; Fr. Marty Solma, provincial; Tim Cullen, president of St. Anthony, Bro. Tom Giardino, assistant for education; and Tom Carone, president of St. Vincent-St. Mary. In front are Dan Donnelly, director of the Office of Sponsorship, Rana Boone, principal of St. Anthony; Ian Mulligan, principal of Vianney; Tim Reardon, principal of Riordan; Andrew Currier, president of Riordan, Robert Brownfield, principal of St. Vincent-St. Mary.

 

PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS

WE ASK FOR YOUR PRAYERS

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 BLESSED CHAMINADE
No doubt, faith must be animated by charity. Faith should not only be a light in the mind, but it should be in the heart as well. There must be in faith a disposition of the heart; love of truth. This is why you must savor what you believe.”
RESOURCES
MARIANIST MOMENT: The Marianist martyrs of Madrid
This is part of a series on Marianists who are on the path to sainthood. We thank Bro. David Betz and Marianist Affiliate Mary Kay Fitzpatrick for preparing these articles.

Florencio Arnaiz Cejudo

Bro. Florencio

Sabino Ayastuy Herrasti

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Joachin Ochoa Salazar

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Last month’s Marianist Moment told the story of Fr. Miguel Leibar, one of the four Marianists who died for their faith in 1936 in Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. This installment details the remaining three, Bros. Florencio Arnáiz, Sabino Ayastuy Errasti and Joaquin Ochoa Salazar.  
These three brothers, together with Fr. Leibar, were beatified in Rome 10 years ago last month. Read their story.
RETREAT FOR TEACHERS AT CAPE MAY
Cape May sign The Marianist Family Retreat Center at Cape May Point, New Jersey, is offering a retreat especially for teachers over the Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 16-18, 2018.
The retreat will be a chance for teachers to recharge their batteries, renew their spirits and share experiences with their peers.
The beach at Cape May is always beautiful. And in February, it may be calm and contemplative, or wild and blustery — just like any classroom on any given day! Learn more.
OPENING: COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, ST. LOUIS
The Marianist Province of the United States seeks an experienced communicator to serve at province offices in St. Louis. A top candidate will be a strong writer, editor and proofreader with at least five years of experience in a corporate or organizational communications setting and experience with WordPress and e-newsletter programs. Familiarity with the Marianists is definitely a plus! Learn more.
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
Nov. 6: Blesseds Miguel Léibar, Joaquin Ochoa, Sabino Ayastuy and Florencio Arnáiz, martyrs
Nov. 21: Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

BLOGS

Bro. Phil Aaron
Fr. Mike Nartker
Susan Vogt

Bro. Brian Zampier

NEWSLETTERS
Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
Via Latina 22 from the Marianist General Administration

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