Volume 14, Number 3
Friday, March 6, 2015
THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE: A PRIMER ON WHO’S HONORED
Pope Francis has declared this the “Year of Consecrated Life.” What many people may not realize, however, is that this refers to a specific group within the Church.
The Year of Consecrated Life recognizes men (brothers and priests) and women (sisters) in religious orders – Dominicans, Franciscans, Benedictines, Marianists and so on. Diocesan priests serve in a specific diocese or archdiocese; they are not members of an order, and technically are not part of this year’s recognition.
What’s the difference between those in a religious order and diocesan priests? Here’s a very simplified comparison:
|Sisters, brothers, priests||Priests|
|Typically live in community||Typically live alone or with another diocesan priest|
|Take vows of poverty, obedience, chastity*||Make promises of prayer, chastity and obedience to bishop|
|Serve according to vision (charism) of founder in schools, hospitals, missions, etc.||Under the bishop, serve the people of a given diocese, usually in parishes|
Diocesan priests and members of religious orders are all vital to the Church. Their roles – though often overlapping – do have distinctions.
* Members of some orders take additional vows. For example, Marianists profess a vow of stability.
VATICAN DECLINES TO MOVE FORWARD ON CHAMINADE SAINTHOOD
A recent decision by the Vatican has stalled the process of canonization of Marianist founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. The Vatican’s Medical Commission for the Causes of Saints recently determined that the cancer cure of Rachel Baumgartner Lozano through the intercession of Blessed Chaminade could not definitively be considered to have occurred without the aid of medical science.
The commission reviewed more than 700 pages of medical and personal testimony regarding Rachel’s cure in 2004. This was a critical step in the path toward sainthood for Chaminade; the commission needed to rule that Rachel’s cure occurred without medical explanation. In other words, that it was a miracle.
In announcing the decision, the General Administration of the Society of Mary wrote: “We are edified by (Rachel’s) faith and the faith of those who accompanied her in prayer to Fr. Chaminade. Yet, we are disappointed that there is not enough evidence to move this case forward.”
While the ruling is a setback, it does not mean Chaminade will never become a saint. “It is important that we continue to invoke the intercession of Blessed Father Chaminade in our life together and in our mission,” says Fr. William Meyer, the Province’s assistant for religious life.
THREE QUESTIONS WITH
Kay Tally-Foos is the director of Tecaboca: A Marianist Center for Spiritual Renewal in Mountain Home, Texas, a post she’s held since 2009.
How do you describe Tecaboca’s mission?
For me, it’s being faithful to Blessed Chaminade’s teaching that lay people must take seriously the charge that we are important in bringing God’s voice to the world. If the 3,000-plus people who come to Tecaboca each year heed God’s voice because of their experience here, we can truly impact the world.
What’s your biggest challenge in running the retreat center?
It’s staying ahead of maintenance and facility needs. Tecaboca is like a small community with roads, waterfront, water wells, nearly 20 buildings and 100 acres that all need to be cared for. Maintaining a balance between what we’d like to do, what we must do and what we can afford to do is always challenging.
What aspect of your work gives you joy?
Seeing people fall in love with God all over again, or for the first time. It’s a visible and tangible thing … people leave here changed. I’m convinced God is present in a unique way at Tecaboca.
Learn more about Tecaboca.
|ORDINATION IN INDIA|
|WHO’S DOING WHAT AROUND THE PROVINCE|
|Novice Allen Pacquing has been approved to profess first vows in the Society of Mary. A native of Hawai’i, Allen first met the Marianists while attending Saint Louis School in Honolulu. He has a master’s degree in pastoral ministry and worked in a variety of settings before reconnecting with the Marianists. The vow ceremony will take place May 23 at Queen of Apostles Chapel in Dayton.|
|Bro. Bob Politi recently was honored by Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati for 50 years of service at the school. Bro. Bob teaches mathematics and is the founder of the school’s learning disabilities program, known as the Student Support Services Team.|
|Lay Marianist Jessica González has been named Hispanic marketing manager for the Marianist Mission, helping increase outreach to Hispanic audiences through the Mission’s card and prayer ministry. Jessica served at the University of Dayton as an admission counselor, where she launched an international alumni program. She is a certified college admission consultant and works with Hispanic families throughout the college admission and financial aid process.|
Congratulations to Fr. Jim Kunes, who has been granted a “Golden Doctorate” by the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, for his STD (Doctorate in Sacred Theology) study on “The Spirit of Faith in the Active Life: a Spirituality of Faith Based on the Writings of William Joseph Chaminade.” Bro. Tom Giardino made a formal presentation of the diploma at Fr. Jim’s community in Dayton.
Leaders of the Marianist Lay Network of North America announce that Therese “Terri” Maze has been selected to be the new head of MLNNA’s Office of Education. Previously, Terri was the MLNNA secretary. Terri is a Marianist Affiliate and lives in Sarasota, Fla. She retired in 2013 from a career in hospital administration.
|Bro. Mike Murphy and the HELP program he manages were featured in a recent story in USA Today. HELP is a ministry of St. Francis de Sales, a Marianist parish in Cincinnati. It supports former inmates with job training, resources and mentoring. Dominic Duren, who is profiled in the story, said, “I never had experienced so much compassion … They did so much for me and my family. They gave me a chance when nobody else would.”|
|From Fr. Paul Landolfi: Our 14th Marianist candidate for sainthood is Vicente Lopez de Uralde Lazcano, S.M. (1894 – 1990). Read more about Fr. Vicente. The Marianist General Administration is preparing a booklet of prayers to our various Blesseds, Venerables and Servants of God. Please see the list of these candidates here, and pray through their intercession to obtain God’s loving mercy for your intentions.|
|PRAYERS FOR OUR FAMILY MEMBERS|
REMEMBERING OUR BROTHERS AND FRIENDS WHO HAVE WALKED IN FAITH
|Bro. James McCaffrey died March 4 in San Antonio, Texas, at age 92 with 73 years as a Marianist. Bro. Jim was a teacher in Marianist schools for more than 50 years, including more than a decade in ministry in Peru. See funeral arrangements. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.|
|Bro. Michael Cochran died Feb. 7 in Nairobi, Kenya, at age 69 with 50 years as a Marianist. A native of Springfield, Ohio, Bro. Mike served in Eastern Africa for nearly four decades. He was killed by a speeding driver while crossing an intersection on foot. Funeral services were held in Nairobi. A memorial Mass will be on March 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Queen of Apostles Chapel in Dayton. Read his obituary. See photos.|
Sr. Ruth Ann Bange, SNDdeN, Bro. Felix Foucher, Paul Gehred, Robert Halderman, Robert Luksa, Tony Pogorelc, Bro. Ugo Titta and Josephine Toth. Read more.
Those in need of prayers for healing. Read more.
Obituaries of Marianist brothers and priests since 2007. Read more.
|SOCIAL JUSTICE NEWS|
NEW LGBT RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS
The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative recently released a booklet titled “Addressing LGBT Issues with Youth – A Resource for Educators.” The resource was created for faculty and staff at Marianist-sponsored schools and describes ways adults can support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens in the context of Catholic Church teachings.
The brochure is available for download here.
IMMIGRANT JUSTICE VIGIL
Members of the MSJC Racial and Immigrant Justice Team participated in a chilly Ash Wednesday vigil focused on immigration reform. It was held outside a detention center in Elizabeth, N.J., where undocumented immigrants are jailed. The vigil was co-sponsored by MSJC.
SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTING DRIVES CHANGE
The Marianist’s Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation is actively involved in driving corporate change through socially responsible investing. Through membership in the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, the Marianists use shareholder voice to bring about positive change. Read about recent advances at Walmart and Benetton.
FAIR TRADE CHOCOLATE FOR EASTER
About half of the world’s cocoa is grown in Cote D’Ivoire, where enslaved children often are used to harvest and process the crop. Learn more and consider buying fair trade chocolate this Easter.
|FROM OUR SPONSORED MINISTRIES|
|MAJOR GIFT FOR CATHOLIC STUDIES AT
ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY
The Alumni Association of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio has given $1.5 million to endow the St. Mary’s Alumni Association Chair in Catholic Leadership, and an additional $500,000 to support the renovation of historic Reinbolt Hall. The establishment of the Chair in Catholic Leadership will play a critical role in creating and sustaining a Center for Catholic Studies at St. Mary’s.
UD HOSTS DEATH PENALTY ACTIVIST SR. PREJEAN
Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ, author of Dead Man Walking and a leading figure in opposition to the death penalty, was a featured speaker at the University of Dayton on Feb. 18. Sr. Helen’s talk was part of a series of events in the university’s “Rites. Rights. Writes.” initiative, which examines complex issues through a variety of academic disciplines.
On a related note, four top Catholic publications have aligned to push for an end to capital punishment. Read about it here.
ST. AGATHA-ST. ALOYSIUS SCHOOL PRESENTS UJAMAA AWARDS
Students and parents from St. Agatha-St. Aloysius School were honored with UJAMAA Awards at a Mass in late January. The school is connected to St. Aloysius Church, a Marianist-sponsored parish in Cleveland. The awards are given annually to students who work to their highest ability and are outstanding in their spirit of service, purpose and active religious belief. Parents who receive the awards have distinguished themselves as active supporters of the school.
UJAMAA is one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, an African-America holiday that honors African heritage. The principle of UJAMAA is “cooperative economics,” which means to “build and maintain our own stores, shops and other businesses and to profit from them together.” See photo of parent award recipients.
JUSTICE RETREAT AT CAPE MAY POINT
It was an unseasonably warm weekend in February when 20 young people gathered at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J., for the “Justice in the Heart of Winter” retreat.
This year’s retreat focused on honoring the dignity of all persons and featured a session by Pati Krasensky, associate director of the North American Center for Marianist Studies on the themes of Catholic Social Teaching and how lay and religious Marianists are living those themes. Learn more about Marianist retreat centers.
|VOCATIONS AND OUTREACH
LALANNE COMMUNITY HOSTS POTLUCK AND PRAYER
In recent months, the Lalanne Marianist Community at the University of Southern California has hosted graduate students and young professionals for a potluck dinner, discussion and prayer.
On this evening, the group explored how to prepare for Lent. The community also asked the students how the Lalanne community could let its “light shine” during this Year of Consecrated Life.
DISCERNMENT RETREAT IN HONOLULU
“The Joy of Consecrated Life: Marianist Edition” was the theme of a mid-February discernment weekend in Honolulu. About 50 young people attended a Friday dinner and panel discussion. Following that, a smaller group participated in prayer, discussion and reflection to round out the weekend. See more photos.
NEW MARIANIST LAY COMMUNITY AT CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY
WHAT’S IN THE GALLERY THIS MONTH?
Be sure to visit the Marianist Flickr photo gallery this month to see photos from the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative, a mission fair at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, pictures of Bro. Mike Cochran in Africa! Check it out!
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREP SEEKS PRINCIPAL
UPCOMING FEAST DAYS
|March 19: St. Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary
March 25: Annunciation of the Lord
April 5: The Resurrection of the Lord
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
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
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
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