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Volume 15, Number 6

June 2, 2016

The day was gray and drizzly but the mood inside Queen of Apostles Chapel in Dayton could not have been sunnier for the first profession of vows of Justin Quiroz on May 21.

Quiroz First Vows

Skip Peterson photo

Marianist Provincial Fr. Martin Solma presided at the Mass and received the vows. Bro. Joe Kamis, assistant provincial, presented Justin with the Marianist Rule of Life. Fr. Chris Wittmann, director of novices, offered a homily that included anecdotes from Bro. Justin’s novitiate journey and reflections on the nature of religious life.
Bro. Justin, 25, is a Houston native. He is a 2013 graduate of St. Mary’s University.
This fall, Bro. Justin will be teaching at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore. MSA is a middle school sponsored by six religious communities, of which the Marianists are one.
The profession of first vows is an important step in the faith journey of a Marianist brother. Learn more about Marianist formation steps. See more photos.

From left, Srs. Gabrielle Bibeau and Laura Leming, Fr. George Montague, Srs.  Stephanie Morales, Eileen Cehyra (seated), LaVon Kampf, Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch, Grace Walle and Evangeline Escobar.

The San Antonio celebration included, from left, Srs. Gabrielle Bibeau (novice) and Laura Leming, Fr. George Montague, Srs. Stephanie Morales, Eileen Cehyra (seated), LaVon Kampf, Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch (novice), Grace Walle and Evangeline Escobar. San Antonio photos courtesy Bro. Dennis Bautista

It seems likely Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon would have been pleased at the celebrations enjoyed by her heirs 200 years later in the United States of America. The founder of the Marianist Sisters may have applauded her Filles de Marie Immaculée, as others did, in recognition of the good works they continue to accomplish.
The Marianist Sisters were honored at Masses and receptions in San Antonio on May 15 and in Dayton on May 25. At each event, the sisters received proclamations from local government officials in recognition of the bicentennial and their service to their communities. See more photos.

Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran presented a proclamation from the City of San Antonio to Sr. Evangeline Escobar.Sr. Evangeline is provincial of the Marianist Sisters in the United States.

Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran presented a proclamation from the City of San Antonio to Sr. Evangeline Escobar. Sr. Evangeline is provincial of the Marianist Sisters in the United States.

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Marianist sisters at the Dayton celebration included Srs. Estella Ibarra, Nicole Trahan, Leanne Jablonski, Mary Louise Foley, Marcia Buchard and Marie Abmayr. Skip Peterson photo

Bro. Andrew Kosmowski
Bro. Andrew is a librarian at the Marian Library and the International Marian Research Institute, which are housed at the University of Dayton. Follow him on Twitter @BroAJK.
How did you meet the Marianists, and what drew you to them? Andrew Kosmowski fol
When I was looking at entering a religious order, I was attracted to those with Mary in the name. The Society of Mary made it easy.
After I took part in a live-in at a Marianist community, I knew I found home.
How is your work a ministry?
Part of the mission of the Marian Library and IMRI is to promote sound devotion to Mary.
We receive questions from around the world regarding Mary. In our own way, we are evangelizing Catholics and others about Mary and her significance.
How does technology advance your ministry?
Chaminade said, “new times require new methods,” and so we use the technology to promote Mary. I manage the Twitter and Tumblr accounts for IMRI. We have a Facebook page as well. I recently attended a conference where, of the 19 universities there, we were one of only two answering reference questions through social media!
We take reference questions through Twitter and through our “All About Mary” site. 
We also create a Radio Maria show here that is available by broadcast and podcast.

Fr. Pat Tonry celebrates an annual outdoor Mass with members of the Family Rosary Marianist Lay Community.

Fr. Pat Tonry celebrates an annual outdoor Mass with members of the Family Rosary Group, a Marianist Lay Community. Cassandra Doughty photo

Clouds were gathering as nearly 30 members of the Family Rosary Group, a Marianist Lay Community (MLC) from Chester County, near Philadelphia, spread blankets on a backyard lawn. Held each year at a member’s home, the annual outdoor family Mass creates a great sense of community, according to Cassandra Doughty. “It feels the way I imagine the early Church would have felt – intimate, small, close,” said Cassandra, who is one of the group’s founding members. “It seals our bonds as a community.”
Fr. Pat Tonry, the group’s spiritual adviser, celebrated the Mass, which ended just as the winds picked up. The group ran for cover – and food – into the home of Anne Morris. The Family Rosary Group has 12 core families who have been meeting for almost six years. The MLC’s main focus is to gather regularly as families to pray the rosary, deepen their faith and strengthen ties as a community.
Holding Mass in a tranquil outdoor setting helps members “share our Catholic identity,” said Anne. “But it’s also a fun way to share our faith with our children.”
To celebrate the bicentennials of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianist Sisters) and the Society of Mary (Marianist brothers and priests), FamilyOnline is featuring occasional peeks into the past. 200 fol 3
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Marianist brothers in Honolulu say grace before a special meal. This photo was likely taken in the 1890s. The Marianists arrived in Hawai’i in 1883, responding to a request for a teaching order to staff Saint Louis College (now Saint Louis School). Interesting sidenote: Upon their arrival on the island, the brothers were welcomed with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Damien, who is now known as St. Damien of Molokai. He is revered for his work among Hawai’i’s lepers. Photo from the collection of the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United States


Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes the brothers and priests who are celebrating milestones of their first profession of vows or of their priestly ordination. This is the second group of 2016 jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.  
 2 Fitzgibbons James fol BRO. JAMES FITZGIBBONS – 60 years of profession
After high school, I went directly to the novitiate and have never looked back in disappointment. In recent years, my life as a Marianist has been both challenging and rewarding. Read more.
1 Fleming David fol FR. DAVID FLEMING – 60 years of profession
I grew up in the heartland of America, but somehow (surely by a wonderful education and maybe by grace), I also felt attracted to cultural diversity. Over the years, I have enjoyed meeting and working closely with people of varied ages, backgrounds and experiences, and I sometimes have felt challenged, but always enriched by them. Read more.
3 Jablinski Paul fol BRO. PAUL JABLINSKI – 60 years of profession
I was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, and received my vocation at St. Adalbert’s elementary and Chaminade High School. Bro. John Blank also was instrumental in my Marianist vocation. I finished a year of college in art before entering the novitiate at Marcy, New York, where I professed my first vows on Sept. 8, 1956. Read more.
4 Kuhn Richard fol FR. RICHARD KUHN – 70 years of profession
I was born April 4, 1928, the eldest of six children, into what I now appreciate as a very faith-filled home. That, the family agrees, was God’s special gift to us through our mother, Violet — very loving care, the rosary, daily Mass, grace at meals, Catholic schooling and much more. Read more.


Aneses Armando fol Bara Sebestian fol Mohan Raj fol  Suman fol
At a May 14 ceremony at the Marianist seminary in Rome, brothers from the Province of the United States and District of India received ministries as part of their formation toward the priesthood. (In order from left) Bros. Armando Añeses, Sebestian Bara and Raj Mohan received the Ministry of Acolyte. Bro. Suman Dungdung received the Ministry of Lector
Dzubinski Bob fol Bro. Bob Dzubinski presented his newly formed St. Francis de Sales School Gospel Choir at a spring concert in early May. Bro. Bob is the school’s music teacher. See a photo.
Diane Guerra fol Diane Guerra is retiring as national director of communications for the Marianist Province of the United States, effective June 30. Diane has served in the role since 2002. She is credited with launching ALIVE magazine, FamilyOnline, and, and establishing the look and tone of communications for the Province. “We owe Diane a huge debt of gratitude for all she has done for the Province and its mission,” said Fr. Marty Solma, provincial.
Celebration  Daughters of Mary Sr. Leanne Jablonski received the Canada-Wide Science Fair Alumni Award on May 19 in Montreal. The award is presented by Youth Science Canada to someone who “best personifies excellence in science, technology and innovation in their field of work.” A native of Winnipeg, Sr. Leanne is director of the Marianist Environmental Education Center.

MLNNA leadership team members Marceta Reilly and Mallory Green -- with inspiration from a Fr. Chami mascot -- get creative as part of the team's meeting in May.

MLNNA leadership team members Marceta Reilly and Mallory Green — with inspiration from a Fr. Chami mascot — get creative as part of the team’s meeting in May. Susan Vogt photo

The MLNNA leadership team of Mike Wasno, Matt Dunn, Mallory Green, Marceta Reilly, Marg Van Herk-Pardis, Fr. Ted Cassidy and Susan Vogt met in Dayton in early May. The group made plans for the July 2017 lay assembly, worked on a handbook for Lay Marianists and planned for the upcoming Lay Marianist census. Bro. Ray Fitz joined the group to discuss how to help the organization grow. MLNNA is seeking nominees for leadership roles. See the notice in the “Resources” section below.
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Guadalupe fol 2 Members of the Casa Maria Marianist Community in San Antonio, along with local Marianist Sisters and friends, gathered last month to bless and welcome a new statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The statue was a gift from the recipients of St. Mary’s University President’s Award for Excellence, made possible by a grant they received.
Fr. Bill Behringer, Casa Maria director, blessed the statue. Photos by Bro. Dennis Bautista


During a service immersion trip to Malawi two years ago, Central Catholic High School students witnessed the daily struggles of women getting water for their families. “They would carry heavy buckets of water for miles and for several hours a day,” recalled senior Anthony Medellin.

CCHS seniors Anthony Medellin and William Biediger demonstrate the simple methods of the school’s #drinktap initiative.

CCHS seniors Anthony Medellin (top) and William Biediger demonstrate the simple methods of the school’s #drinktap initiative. Annette Castillo photo

That eye-opening experience led students at the San Antonio school to a campus-wide discussion of water use. It prompted them to launch a water awareness program called the “#drinktap initiative.” The program encourages students to drink the school’s tap water instead of paying for bottled water – reducing their own costs and eliminating plastic waste.
“The #drinktap initiative is a great environmental justice lesson for our students,” said Henry Van de Putte, development director at CCHS. “But it also helps them understand the impact of plastic bottles and how eliminating them on campus reduces our environmental footprint.”
Kudos to Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland for being recognized by a local TV station as “too strong for bullies.” Together with a local Catholic elementary school, VASJ students star in a series of commercials designed to reduce bullying.
VASJ credits Marianist family spirit and a culture of kindess for helping create the opportunity. “Being a part of this important campaign was a privilege; we are proud of our students for taking a stand against bullying,” said Emily Robinson,VASJ communications director.


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It was, quite literally, a heart-stopping sequence of events at a lacrosse game at Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati last month, when a player from the opposing team was hit in the chest by a shot on goal. He ran a few paces and then collapsed.

While parents, trainers and coaches ran to the young man’s aid, the Moeller team instinctively fell back on a different form of training.

“We held hands and did the only thing we knew to do: pray. Pray hard and loud,” Moeller junior lacrosse player Adam Kohlman said.

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GRADUATION DAYTON HUMAN RIGHTS The University of Dayton was one of the first universities in the the United States to offer a degree in human rights. Dominic Sanfilippo, a 2016 UD grad and holder of the degree, has a ready answer when someone asks: “what are you going to do with that?”
Dominic was featured in a recent Catholic News Service story about his career path. He’ll be among the inaugural cohort of six Marianist PULSE volunteers and will be serving at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School this fall.


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.
“I am like a brook that makes no effort to overcome obstacles in its way. All the obstacles can do is hold me up for a while, as a brook is held up; but during that time it grows broader and deeper and after a while it overflows the obstruction and flows along again. This is how I am going to work.”


mlnna LOGO FOL The Marianist Lay Network of North America invites nominations for its leadership team. You may nominate yourself or someone you know for these roles:
Chair-elect: Serves in this role for one year, followed by four years as chair.
Head of Office of Spirituality: Serves four years.
Head of Office of Education: Serves two years.
Nominations are open until June 30. Elections take place in August/September, and new leaders begin their roles in October. Make a nomination here. Questions? Please contact the election committee.


The Marianist Sisters are the subject of a new series of short videos designed to help viewers gain a better understanding of religious life and the joy of answering God’s call. Watch the overview below; check out others on the Marianist YouTube channel.

How can members of the Marianist Family make a real difference in their communities? Take part in answering that question by attending a Changemakers weekend.
San Antonio, Texas: July 22–24
Dayton, Ohio: Oct. 28–30
These events will explore how Marianist Family members and other seekers of justice can address economic, environmental and social issues. Sponsored by the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative and the Marianist Province Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, these weekends will include speakers and time for discussion, prayer and action. Participants can join in person or online. Learn more.


Feast days June 3 The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
June 4 The Immaculate Heart of Mary
June 10 Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon’s birth, 1789
June 29 Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles


Bro. Phil Aaron
Srs. Gabrielle Bibeau and Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch
Fr. Mike Nartker
Fr. John Thompson
Susan Vogt

Bro. Brian Zampier


Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
MLNNA eNews from the Marianist Lay Network of North America
Via Latina from the Marianist General Administration



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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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