Volume 17, Number 4 | April 30, 2018

Three Marianists Brothers Approved for Perpetual Profession

At its most recent meeting, the Provincial Council approved the requests of Bros. Sylvester Burkemper, José Luis González Molina and Mark Motz for perpetual profession in the Society of Mary.

Bro. José Luis González Molina


Bro. Mark Motz

Bro. Sylvester Burkemper

Marianists Brothers, Sisters, several lay communities and PULSE volunteers participate in Good Friday Walk for Justice and Peace in Dayton

Good Friday Walk for Justice and Peace

Dozens gathered on Courthouse Square in Dayton on Good Friday during the Good Friday Walk for Justice and Peace to call attention to social injustice. This annual inter-faith event drew more than 100 people including Marianist Brothers, Sisters, several lay communities and PULSE volunteers. Beginning at the Old Courthouse and ending at First Baptist Church, marchers set out on a two-hour journey throughout downtown Dayton.  They carried crosses that represented 14 social justice issues chosen to correspond with the 14 Stations of the Cross.

The walk is an ecumenical tradition in Dayton.  Each year, participants reflect on new and ongoing social justice issues, and call each other to live in the just and inclusive community Christ came to create. It was sponsored by nearly 30 churches, faith communities and social justice organizations.  Sponsors included the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office, the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, Sisters of the Precious Blood, The UD Center for Social Concern and Greater Dayton Christian Connections. See more photos.

Three questions with …

Bro. Dennis Bautista

Bro. Dennis is a professor of communications at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and faculty adviser of the award-winning student newspaper, The Rattler.

How do you carry the Marianist charism into the classroom?

I used to think this meant being well-prepared for classes, developing creative assignments and providing constructive feedback to help them reach their potential. But I know that students also recognize such things as being happy, excited to teach and passionate about the subject we are learning. After all, being a Marianist religious is about living a joyful life centered in Christ and sharing that with others.

Do students have misconceptions about religious brothers?

Some have told me they thought Bro. Dennis would be “an older man with white hair who teaches religion.” When I work out at the St. Mary’s gym, some students have said, “I didn’t know you were a brother; I thought you’d be at church praying all morning.” So, yes. A few misconceptions.

What do you want your students to know about the Marianists?

I want them to know that we are community of “professional God-seekers.” While we are a diverse group of men with varying talents and personalities, what is central for us is discerning God’s presence in our lives, and how that moves us to grow in relationship with one another and in becoming the people God wants us to be.

Marianists Practice the “Ministry of Presence” at L. A. Congress

Back row, Bros. Dennis Schmitz, Dave Murphy, Esteban Reyes Duran, Kumaraswamy, David Betz, Mark Motz and Aspirant Leno Ceballos; front row, Bro. Tom Oles, Frs. Roland Bunda, Ken Templin and Josephraj


It’s billed as the nation’s largest gathering of Roman Catholics, and on Mar. 15 – 18, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress lived up to its reputation with nearly 40,000 educators in attendance.

Once again, the Marianist Family was on hand, inviting people to stop by its booth to enjoy conversation, entertain questions and find some respite from the noisy crowd. The booth was sponsored by the Marianist Mission, the Association of Marianist Universities and the Office of Vocations for both the Society of Mary and the Marianist Sisters.

Bro. Mark Motz, national vocation director, was especially interested in talking with the young adults who are discerning their vocations.

“Listening for God’s call is a process,” he said. “It means finding space for silence and prayer and seeking the advice of others. Our greatest gift to young people is simply being present, serving as sounding boards as they discern their vocations.”

More than a dozen Marianists were on hand to lend support and to listen throughout the four-day event. Check out the large contingent from the Marianist Family who attended the Congress. See more photos.

Marianist Family members in the news

Marianist’s Artwork Published in Letter Arts Review

Bro. Brian Zampier’s abz Needle Felted Alphabet

Bro. Brian Zampier’s abz Needle Felted Alphabet was published in the Annual Juried Issue of Letter Arts Review (Winter 2018).  Each letter of the alphabet is appoximatley 6 inches tall.  Bro. Brian rendered each peice in three-demensional form with wool roving and a felting needle.  Bro. Brian states, “My personal creative challenge was to make it fun, make it colorful and to use alliteration in the titles.”

Bro. Brian is an artist and social media archivist.  As part of the team at the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United states at St. Mary’s University, Brian has a passion for creativity, humor, mark making, needle felting, and sketchbook journaling.  He is a member of the San Antonio Calligrapher’s Guild.  Learn more about Bro. Brian’s work at abrianzamp.wordpress.com

Bro. Frank Spaeth’s Car Day

Bro. Frank Spaeth, 94, is in charge of the cars at the Marianist Center in Cupertino.  Once a month, he organizes “Car Day” during which he checks tire pressure, addresses fluids,  vacuums the interior and washes exterior windows.  Thanks to Bro. Frank,  all 6 cars are always running smoothly and looking nice.


Marianist ministries in action

Marianist schools honor victims of mass shootings

Chaminade College Preparatory – West Hills

Some prayed. Some walked. Some bowed their heads in silence. Hundreds of students at Marianist schools across the country gathered on Mar. 14, to honor those killed in recent school mass shootings on #NationalWalkoutDay.

At Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School – Dayton, Ohio, students, faculty and staff attended a prayer service. The prayers consisted of 17 quotes, read over a span of 17 minutes with 17 candles lit to symbolize the 17 students who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

At Chaminade College Preparatory – West Hills, CA, students and faculty gathered during a school-wide lunch and participated in a 17-minute walk around the school’s athletic track to honor the Parkland students.

At Chaminade College Preparatory – St. Louis, MO, the student body gathered to remember those who lost their lives in Parkland with 17 minutes of silence.  Watch the video. 

There are lots of things that students learn from participating in these events. “They learn that they have a voice, and that it’s OK to share their viewpoints,” said Toni Mesina, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE. “They also learn that they are not alone. It takes a community to address big issues such as gun violence.”

Vittorio Anastasio makes affiliation consecration

Bro. Bill Bolts, Vittorio Anastasio and Bro. David Betz

Vittorio Anastasio from San Francisco, a 1984 graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School made his affiliation consecration on Saturday, April 7, during Evening Prayer at the Chapel of the Marianist Martyrs at the Cupertino Marianist Community. Bro. David Betz, SM, Spiritual Advisor for Affiliation for the Pacific Area presided at the service and Bro. Bill Bolts, SM shared reflections during the service. The ceremony was attended by the Marianists and friends and family of Vittorio Anastasio. See more photos.

Marianists at Chaminade-Madonna gather to celebrate

Fr. Robert Bouffier shares a reading during the Mass of Appreciation.

The month of March marked two joyous celebrations at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, in Hollywood, Florida. On Mar. 10, Marianists, alumni and friends gathered at the school for a Distinguished Alumni Celebration.

“This annual event recognizes alumni who have brought the Marianist spirit to life in their post-secondary education, professional careers and ongoing service to their communities,” said Sara Perez, alumni relations & events coordinator.

The next morning, the school held a 200th Anniversary Mass of Appreciation for all Lay Marianists, faculty and staff to mark the close of the Bicentennial. More photos.

Pray with us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

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Bro. Jim – 1971

Bro. James Droste

Bro. Jim – 2015

Bro. James Droste, 83, died on April 14, 2018, with 62 years of religious profession.  Bro. Jim was prayerfully devoted to our Blessed Mother, and he dedicated more than 20 years as a high school teacher and administrator.  Later, he served in parish ministry, maintenance and grounds keeping. Read his obituarySee more photos.

Fr. Francis Eulogy

The Marianist Family in Honolulu, joined by the Japanese community, celebrated the life and ministry of Fr. Francis Tasuku Nakagawa  on April 13, 2018.  The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Mystical Rose Oratory and burial followed in the Marianist cemetery plot near Diamond Head.  Bro. Jack Somerville presented the eulogy.  Read Bro. Jack’s eulogy for Fr. Francis.

Good to know

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Marianist moment: Venerable Faustino Pérez-Manglano

part 2

This month’s Marianist Moment continues the story of Faustino Pérez-Manglano, the youngest of the Marianist “saints.” This second part includes two articles by Fr. José María Salaverri, who knew Faustino personally.

Thanks to Bro. David Betz and Lay Marianist Mary Kay Fitzpatrick for this compilation about Faustino Pérez-Manglano. Read it.

Campus ministry opening at Central Catholic

Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas has an opening for a Director of Campus Ministry. Under the supervision of the principal, the campus minister helps create an environment which encourages and guides all members to the Catholic Marianist identity of the campus.

Learn more.

Is Pope Francis a heretic?

Pope Francis is arguably one of the most loved and admired popes in history. His latest approval rating among Catholics in the United States is 84 percent, the envy of any politician.

On the other hand, he has been accused of misleading the faithful on some moral issues, and by some people of outright heresy. Some of these critics are bishops, including four cardinals.

Is the pope a heretic? Read what Fr. James Heft has to say in this recent talk, which was part of the Condon Lecture Series at the University of Southern California.

Fr. Jim is president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC.

Velma Uriegas selected as Teacher of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Velma Uriegas ,from Central Catholic High School, was selected as the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year by the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of San Antonio! She represents the many teachers in Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of San Antonio who continually make sacrifices to ensure the best quality of Catholic education for the youth of our communities. More importantly, for the young men of Central Catholic!


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