Volume 18, Number 4 | April 30, 2019

Marianists Contemplate the Meaning of Hospitality

Fifty members of the Marianist Family gathered on April 12 -14 at a retreat center near Indianapolis for a retreat called “Radical Hospitality,” sharing lively discussions and reflection ahead of Holy Week. Photo credit: Bill Hirt

On April 12 -14, fifty members of the Marianist Family gathered to contemplate: what does “radical hospitality” mean? The question was at the heart of lively discussions and prayer that animated a weekend retreat.

“Marianists are good at welcoming but they are not always good at being welcomed,” said Joan McGuinness Wagner, who with her husband, A.J. Wagner, helped facilitate the group at a Benedictine retreat center near Indianapolis.

“Radical hospitality means crazy inclusivity. It means everyone belongs,” said A.J., acknowledging that it’s difficult to move out of our comfort zones.

The retreat was sponsored by the Adele Social Justice Project and the Visitation Marianist State Community.

“We intentionally made this an intergenerational retreat,” said Matt Meyers, one of the retreat planners. “It was inspiring to gather people who 40 or 50 years ago said “yes” to being a lay Marianist with younger people who more recently made that commitment.”

Added Matt, “Like Mother Adèle, who worked with Fr. Chaminade and Marie Thérèse, both much older than her, we need younger and older people sharing their strengths to carry out the Marianist mission today.”

Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau, Beth Garascia and Bill Hirt, rounded out the planning team. See more photos.


Christ is Alive

On April 2, Pope Francis published Christus Vivit (“Christ is Alive”), a post-synodal apostolic exhortation on young people, the faith and vocational discernment. The president and committee chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a statement calling it, “a wonderful summons to the Church to more vigorously invest in youth and young adults, especially those on the peripheries and those disconnected from the Church.”

Pope Francis has related many times throughout his six-year pontificate the importance of dialogue between youths and their elders to be. Addressed “to young people and the entire people of God,” the 182-page document is a compilation of wisdom shared with great affection for young people.

José Julián Matos-Auffant, executive director for Mission at St. Mary’s University, said, “This is a historic document, the first papal document to exclusively focus on the challenges and hopes of young people around the world. We want to encourage all Catholics to read it and use it as a reference for programming, ministry and life.”

Read Christus Vivit.


Marianist Moment: Update on the Causes of Miguel Quiroga and Domingo Lázaro

by Bro. David Betz

Dear Readers,

The first phase for the canonization process begins at the local level, meaning in the diocese where the individual died. Five years must pass before a petition for the formal process toward sainthood can begin, unless the Pope grants a special dispensation, as was done in the case of Teresa of Calcutta. This waiting period is to ensure objectivity, rather than an emotional response to a popular person. The local bishop convenes a tribunal to start the necessary investigation into the life of the individual.

The tribunal then calls on witnesses to verify if the person lived a virtuous and holy life. This investigation also includes looking at the person’s writings and other documentation to make sure that they conformed to church doctrine. If there is any scandalous or bad behavior found, a conversion of heart must be evident to prove that the person abandoned his or her former ways and embraced a heroic, virtuous and holy life. Once this initial investigation is complete, then the case is sent to Rome for the initial examination by the Congregation of Saints

Read the update from Via Latina 22 regarding the Letter of Petition to open the cause of Miquel Quiroga and the Positio for Fr. Domingo Lázaro.


Please continue to share your prayer experiences to the Marianist saints using this form. We hope to share one prayer experience each month in FamilyOnline.

Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

Bro. A. Brian Zampier

Brother A. Brian Zampier is an archivist and artist who serves in ministry at the National Archives Marianist Province of the United States in San Antonio, Texas.

Bro. A. Brian  Zampier, with a painting by Brother Louis Schuster, who died in 1989, Marianist National Archives in San Antonio. Photo credit: Robin Jerstad

From your ministry as a Marianist archivist, what gives you hope?
We have a rich past that many people know about, but there is also a rich past waiting to be discovered. The lives and stories of many faithful Marianists are just waiting to be unearthed and shared. Part of the mission of the archives is to inspire. I am hopeful that more people will take an interest in our past, explore it and inspire us through this historical lens in the future.

How do you remain hope-filled in spite of the many injustices in the world?
Mistakes have been made. People have felt left out and not listened to or heard. With that knowledge, we need to move forward into a more compassionate and forgiving future.

As a Marianist artist, what brings you joy?
I get joy from the splendor of creation and all the elements of design: color, line, shape, texture, composition – the creativity of life around me.

Also, I get a sense of joy after rereading a dream that I have written in my dream journal in the middle of the night. Even though I have no current memory of it, I feel that somehow I am being watched over and loved.

Marianist Family Members in the News


Marianist Sister Named “Leader in Formation”

Sr. Laura Leming, FMI, (Annunciation Community, Dayton, Ohio) was named one of the University of Dayton’s Trailblazing Women during Women’s History Month this year. Sr. Laura was recognized as a “Leader in Faith Formation” for the contributions she’s made over the years in her service on both the Campus Ministry team and on the faculty. Read her award bio.



Elvis Grbac Returns to Villa Angela-St. Joseph

We are thrilled to welcome Elvis Grbac back to the Marianist Family. Former NFL Super Bowl quarterback Elvis Grbac ’88 returns to Villa Angela-St. Joseph (VASJ) as the new director of the Marianist Urban Students Program (MUSP). He also will serve as the head football coach and support operations in athletics. VASJ president, Bill Cervenik ’72, said, ” We are excited to welcome Elvis back home. He will continue the stellar performance of Tim Neary with MUSP.”

The MUSP initiative at VASJ identifies at- risk students in urban Marianist elementary schools and offers them financial, academic and social support to succeed in high school.

Read the announcement. Learn more about MUSP.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Marianists Celebrate 30th Anniversary of REDS Programs

On March 23, 1989, Bro. Arokia Doss (Mullai), Fr. Santosh Tudu (scholastics at the time) and others, led by Bro. Richard Joyal and Fr. Florian Royer-Chabot, used their “Lenten Community Sacrifice” for a noble cause. They entertained child laborers known as “ragpickers,” and their siblings and friends on that Holy Thursday. They washed their feet and served them a delicious meal. This was the beginning of the Marianists’ involvement in the REDS program.

In India, slum-dwellers are sometimes called “ragpickers.” These children, some as young as six, often live, eat and sleep on the streets. They scavenge through waste dumps to collect recyclables to sell for pennies. Typically, their lot is hunger, sickness, illiteracy, physical abuse and premature death.

REDS (Ragpickers Education and Development Scheme) is a collection of Marianist intervention programs that serve the poorest of the poor living in the slums of Bangalore, Ranchi, and Patna, India.

Today, REDS has 22 centers which  place more than 1,000 children in school or skills training each year. It offers two-year boarding programs which help provide skills-training for youth who would otherwise be unemployable. REDS also features women’s empowerment programs which assist more than 1,400 impoverished  women with vocational training, financial literacy, child development education and basic health care.

Learn more about the REDS program.

Watch a video about the Marianist REDS program in India.

Read Fr. Santosh Tudu’s 30th Anniversary release.

Please consider joining with the Marianists to improve the lives of children, women and families in India.

The New Ground Movement

Young adult Jews and Muslims in LA recently founded “New Ground.” The New Ground Movement brings together young adult Jewish and Muslim adults who pray together in public and work to overcome misunderstanding and prejudice. Among their many activities is to engage together in public prayer. The Marianist Lalanne community invited them to come and talk with their monthly young adult group. A Pakistani Muslim and an American Jew came and talked about their collaboration and various activities to increase mutual understanding and respect among Jews and Muslims. Fr. Ken Templin, Bro. Dave Murphy and Fr. Jim Heft facilitated discussion. Here is a link to a short video that introduces the New Ground Movement. See more photos.


Chaminade-Madonna Raises $10,000 for Friendship Walk

In Hollywood, Fla., Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory’s Best Buddies Club raised a total of $10,319 for the annual Best Buddies Friendship Walk.  Approximately half of the money was raised by three of its club members. The chapter’s president, Lauren Longman, raised $2,012. Brianna Vogt, chapter vice president procured $1,510 and Rachel Godfrey, who will be chapter president next year, was able to raise $975. The Best Buddies Friendship Walk is the leading walk in the country supporting inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Read the press release. See more photos.

Marianist Affiliate Gatherings

Seated: Mary Balabuch, Mary Ann Gilliard Standing: Arno Becher, Bill Bridges, Mary Ann and Chuck Coarsey, Fr. Al McMenamy(spiritual assistant), Toni Becher, Jo DeSive, Andy Gilliard (leader) (Photo credit: Phillip Keller)

Seated: Carole King (from St.Louis group), Dolorous Heffner, Barbara Hammer Standing:Theresa Haines, Fr. Al McMenamy (spiritual assistant), Cherie Schwertel (leader), Darleen Lunde (member Margaret Grover, not pictured)

Fr. Al McMenamy reported several gatherings of Marianist Affiliates this spring. One gathering was held in Denton, Texas, on March 30-31. The spiritual weekend was held at St. Mark’s parish and in the home of Arno and Toni Becher. This was the last official visit by Fr. Al McMenamy, spiritual assistant, who will be replaced by Fr. Sean Downing.

The Marianist Affiliate group in Gallesville, Wisconsin, also held a meeting this spring. This group has been a community since the early 1950s. They have a very long, distinctive and proud history.

See more photos. Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Robert Hoppe – 1987

Bro. Robert Hoppe – 2015

Bro. Robert Hoppe, 78, died April 11, 2019.  Bro. Bob served in administration for many Marianist ministries. His business mind was a true gift.  His practicality combined with his deep Marianist spirituality made him an excellent homilist and daily example of Marianist Charism.

Read his obituary. See more photos.


Fr. Paul Reich – 1957

Fr. Paul Reich – 2015

Fr. Paul Reich, 90, died April 4, 2019. Fr. Paul was a teacher and chaplain in several Marianist high schools. He was an associate pastor for nearly three decades where he fortified the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church through his parish ministry and dedication to adult religious education.

Read his obituarySee more photos.


Bro. Richard Martens’ obituary: Bro. Richard died on March 24. His obituary was not completed in time for the March issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.


Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the first group of 2019 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.


50 years of ordination

When my pastor suggested going to see the Marianists, I did just that, learning much about them and, eventually, deciding to join them. I made first vows Dec. 8, 1958, at Marcy and finished college at University of Dayton. My first assignment was teaching at Mineola, after which, I was transferred to Purcell in Cincinnati where I conducted an all-Catholic school choir and also coached track. Three years later, I entered the seminary in Switzerland where I got to know Marianists from the other nations, which helped us understand one another and how the Society of Mary was lived elsewhere.  Read more.



50 years of ordination

“The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, God’s mercies are not spent; they are renewed each morning, so great is God’s faithfulness.” [Lamentations 3: 22-23]

Without a doubt, these words of Scripture are foremost in my sentiments as I mark 50 years of ordination and 61 years of Marianist religious life.

I was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Rose (Zito) and Paul Cerniglia. Although I have only one sibling — my brother, Anthony — I was nurtured in the wider family of my Italian heritage.  Read more.


60 years of profession

“Describe your life as a Marianist religious.”

It has been a wild ride filled with successes and failures, sin and grace, light and darkness. Looking back, I see the hand of God in the brothers and friends, men and women who have come into my life. After all, I have never been out of those divine hands, and the God who promises eternal life has delivered over and over again to make resurrection a real experience in my life. My life has been both a walk with a community of believers and a constant search for the now-revealing God. Read more.



50 years of profession

A jubilee year is special — special for me because it is another benchmark in my life that invites me to recall and celebrate not only the blessings that God continually bestows on me, but also to be grateful for God’s grace, which builds on my own imperfect human nature and has enabled me, over the years, to persevere in my Marianist vocation. Read more.



60 years of profession


As I look back to 60 years ago, I really don’t remember having any kind of special aspirations other than being a Marianist and teaching. The then-Cincinnati province had just started a school in Nigeria, but that was far from my mind. I had never been an outstanding student, nor had I ever been interested in sports. After two years of study at University of Dayton, I was asked if I would be willing to “go out early“ to teach English and religion.  Read more.


60 years of profession

Duc in altum (Launch out into the deep) was the motto I chose at the end of our novitiate year of 1959 in Marcy, New York, and it has been embedded in my consciousness my entire life.

I was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 1941 to Katherine (Bauer) and John F. Whelan. A few months after my birth, the family moved to Mineola, Long Island, where I grew up with my two brothers, John and Dennis, now retired diocesan priests on Long Island, and my sister, Mary, who has been happily married for over 60 years to Jack Daley.  Read more..

St. Louis Marianists Celebrate Jubilees

On Saturday, April 27, the Marianist Family in St. Louis gathered for a Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar followed by a reception in honor of the 2019 Jubilarians.

Fr. Oscar Vasquez (Provincial), Fr. George Cerngilia (50 years Ordination), Fr. José Ramirez (50 years of Ordination), Bro. Leo Slay (70 years profession), Fr. James Tobin (50 years Ordination) and Fr. David Fleming (50 years Ordination).

Good to Know

Religious Brothers Annual Assembly

The religious Brothers Annual Assembly will take place July 15-18, 2019, at the Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio, Texas. Bros. Allen Pacquing and Stephen Glodek both serve on the National Board of the Religious Brothers Conference. Registration is now open.  Register here.


April Fools Dayton

The University of Dayton (UD) got into the April Fools spirit on April 1, with a tweet claiming “Big news from UD this morning!” The tweet was accompanied by a photo of the iconic steeple on campus painted red. A video was then posted on UD’s twitter account with many students commenting that they did not approve. The video also claimed a hyper-loop will open in 2020 that will take passengers from the main campus to the new Arcade Innovation Hub in downtown Dayton in just 30 seconds. Read the article.


Marianist Family Gathers at LA Congress

The Marianist Family was well represented again this year at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress (LA Congress). A team of Marianist Family members were present to share the Marianist Charism with more than 40,000 educators in attendance. The event was held Mar. 21 – 24 at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. The Marianist booth was sponsored by the Marianist Mission and the Office of Vocations for both the Society of Mary and the Marianist Sisters. See more photos.



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