Volume 17, Number 8 | August 31, 2018

Provincial releases statement regarding abuse allegations

August 29, 2018 – In a letter released this week, Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, addressed all Marianist Brothers in the province, Marianist ministries and Lay Marianists calling for prayers and compassion for victims of abuse. The letter further outlines measures taken to ensure a safe environment for our students and families. Read the letter.

Marianists of hope and joy: reimagining the dream

Bro. Bob Donovan

Bro. Bob Donovan, SM, MD, serves as a physician at the Center for Respite Care, a nonprofit he helped found 15 years ago that provides quality, holistic medical care and respite services for people experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati.

What gives you hope?

Regarding homelessness, if I only look at the big picture, I can get discouraged. However, seeing individuals getting well despite all the hurdles they face, and then transitioning from respite care into housing, keeps hope alive in me and each person I see.

What brings you joy?

I mentor students and residents at all levels of training in health care. Seeing their excitement about working with the homeless brings joy to my work life. But sometimes all it takes is hearing one of my homeless or respite patients greet me with “Hi, Doc!” on my walk home from work.

I also experience great joy and hope when I attend gatherings with fellow Marianists and members of the Marianist Family – such as our assembly in July. Mary reminds us of how God is working despite events that may seem like horrible setbacks.

What renews your spirit?

Prayer is always renewing. It reminds me daily of God’s presence and that the Holy Spirit is the source of love in my heart that I can pass along to everyone I meet. I don’t think I could have made it 30 years in this work without prayer and the Marianists!

First camp for girls at Tecaboca is a big hit

All photos © 2018, Robin Jerstad

“Girls + Horses” is almost guaranteed formula for success. That’s what camp directors at Tecaboca bet on two years ago when they began planning the first Girls Camp at the Marianist retreat center and summer camp. They were not disappointed.

In July, 23 girls ages 7 to 14 became “vaqueras” – cowgirls – for the two-week camp. The program offered basic equestrian skills and many of the activities that have made the Boys Camp so attractive. Besides archery, marksmanship, swimming and other games, they also enjoyed cookouts, campfires and traditional Marianist singalongs.

The camp experience was designed to help girls “understand that they can do anything they set their minds to,” said Kay Tally-Foos, executive director of Tecaboca. “We had seven year olds who were trembling on a horse that first day. Four days later, after grooming and saddling the horses, the girls were riding on the trail on their own.”

Even though the camp setting was fairly primitive, “the girls loved ‘roughing it’ and teaching and encouraging one another,” said Kay. “Giving them experiences that build confidence is one of the most critical things we can do as Marianists and as a Church. Camp does that.” See more photos.

Marianist Moment: In honor of Blessed Adèle’s beatification

This is the final article of a three-part series in Family OnlineMarianist Moment  in which we have been sharing articles written by members of the Marianist Sisters in honor of Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon’s beatification. Her beatification took place on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Agen France.

Each sister shares a reflection concerning Blessed Adèle’s life and invites the reader to pray and consider questions that she presents at the end of the article. Please read these articles and pray for the entire Family of Mary as we celebrate Blessed Adèle’s official recognition in the Communion of Blessed.

In this issue, we present, “Walking in Solidarity” by the Saragossa Community of the Province of Spain, as they reflect on Blessed Adèle as a woman in solidarity with the poor.


Marianist Family members in the news

Marianists celebrate jubilees in Dayton

On Saturday, August 11, 2018, a Marianist Jubilee Celebration was held at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at University of Dayton in Ohio.

Congratulations to the many faithful brothers who celebrated important milestones in their Marianist lives and ministries. This issue of FamilyOnline features the fourth and final special section (below) honoring Marianist jubilarians of 2018.  See more photos.

2018 Marianist Jubilee | Immaculate Conception Chapel, University of Dayton | Aug. 11, 2018
Front row – Fr. Anthony Jansen (75 years profession), Fr. Lawrence Schoettelkotte (60 years profession), Fr. James Bartlett (60 years profession), Fr. George Cerniglia (60 years profession), Fr. Thomas Thompson (50 years ordination), Bro. Edward Unferdorfer (75 years of profession) and Fr. Norbert Burns (75 years of profession). Second row – Fr. John Klobuka (50 years of profession), Bro. Ronald Luksic (50 years of profession), Bro. Al Kuntemeier (70 years of profession), Bro. Robert Metzger (50 years of profession), Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti (50 years of profession), Bro. Steven Grazulis (50 years of profession) and Bro. John Laudenbach (60 years of profession). Photo © 2018, Skip Peterson

University of Dayton honors Fr. Martin Solma

Fr. Martin Solma concluded his tenure as provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States last month. The University of Dayton ensured he was given a proper send off by creating a beautiful tribute video. Fr. Marty is a University of Dayton alumnus and has served as Vice Chair of the University Board.  Eric Spina, president of University of Dayton also wrote a touching tribute to Fr. Marty in his blog. Watch the tribute videoRead Eric Spina’s blog.


Chaminade University’s award-winning theatre productions

Chaminade University productions of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Beyond Therapy garnered a total of 13 Po’okela Awards for excellence at the Hawaii State Theatre Council awards dinner on August 6. Both of Chaminade’s theatre productions were directed by Bro. Gary Morris.

The fall production of Beyond Therapy received two Po’okelas for lighting design and featured actress in a Play. The spring musical Sweeney Todd received 11 Po’okelas in costume design, hair, wig, makeup design, lighting design, sound design, featured male in a musical (2), featured female in a musical (2), musical director, director of a musical and overall production of a musical. Sweeney Todd was honored with more combined awards than any other single musical production in Hawaii this year. The Po’okela Awards were created in 1984 as a way to recognize and celebrate excellence in local Hawaiian theater. Po’okela is the Hawaiian word for excellence. See more photos.

Marianist ministries in action

Growing “Roots”  for 10 years.

Marianist Lay Community “Roots” meets at Marianist Novitiate in Dayton, Ohio.  Members (left to right): Eric Grimm, AJ Grimm, Kateri, Owen, Josh Richardt, Suzy Richardt, Mike Bennett, Caitlin Bennett, Delia, Avery, Chris Neiport, Dominic, Isaac, Tina Nieport, Thane, Andy Badinghaus, Alaya, Jama Badinghaus, Maureen O’Rourke

Marianist Lay Community “Roots” was originated in 2008 as a Lenten prayer group.  It has evolved to become a MLC comprised of 16 adults and 12 children. The community has journeyed with dozens of young adults in various stages of formation and life transitions over the last 10 years. They have been blessed to have several vowed religious journey with them when they have been living in Dayton.

The name “Roots” was selected to signify the Marianist Charism as a foundation of their faith lives and that their community is an extended family where they can continue to be formed and rooted in their call to be Christ for the world. “Roots” meets biweekly for fellowship, dinner and prayer. They are committed to supporting the larger Marianist Family primarily by working with other Marianist ministries including University of Dayton, Marianist PULSE, Chaminade Julienne, Mission of Mary Cooperative, Bergamo Center for Lifelong learning, and various committees of Marianist Lay Community of North America and Marianist vocation teams.

Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth with graduates from formation program

Mexican Marianist lay formation course

Marianist lay leaders celebrate the conclusion of their Marianist lay formation course at the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe located in the Amanecer (Dawning) colony in Querétaro, Mexico.  Over the course of 18 months, the attendees studied sacred scripture and learned how to be better Marianist lay leaders.  All who graduated are now recognized as “Marianist Animators.” See more photos.

Pray with us

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

Bro. Joseph Barrett- undated

Bro. Joseph Barrett – 2015

Bro. Joseph Barrett, 93, died August 7, 2018.  Bro. Joe was a beloved teacher, guidance counselor, vocation director and mentor  serving in Marianist schools, colleges, and communities. Read his obituary.  See more photos.

Watch memorial video created by St. Mary’s University.


Marianists celebrate jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of the first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the fourth and final group of 2018 jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti

50 years of profession

I currently am living with the St. Francis De Sales Community in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I have been a member since 1990. This year, I have been blessed to have time for a year of sabbatical, having finished the Ministry to Ministers Program at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX.

I am looking forward to The Third Age Marist/Marianist Renewal Program in Manziana, Italy, beginning in October 2018. Before starting the renewal program, I am planning to visit my relatives in Northern Italy, where I was born.

Bro. Chester Burnog

50 years of profession

For the most part, I have loved my life as a religious brother in the Society of Mary. The teaching was very enjoyable, and the coaching was outstanding, as it put me in a different atmosphere with the students than that of the classroom. The jobs I had at St. John Vianney High School were varied but were primarily focused within the business office.

Currently, the job I have here in San Antonio has been very relaxing and rewarding, especially since I have many good experiences with my fellow brothers. Religious life has been a great experience for me. Praying each morning and afternoon has enabled me to focus my life and grow as a person. I still have a long way to go, but I am hoping I have at least been able to knock on the door of heaven and that the Lord will let me in.

Bro. Steven Grazulis

50 years of profession

Nothing we plan ever can be as rewarding or fulfilling as God’s plans for us. This has been my life as a Marianist. The people I have met in my journey as a formator, teacher, brother, counselor or friend never could have been scripted or even imagined by me. What a magnificent journey and adventure. From Cleveland to Cincinnati to Nigeria, Kenya and now, Zambia. New people, cultures, situations and experiences … what a mysterious adventure of faith it has been. Totally rewarding and extremely fulfilling. Thanks be to God for these 50 years. Read more.

Fr. John Klobuka

50 years of profession

I have found spiritual, intellectual, physical, psychological and emotional support, acceptance and encouragement from my religious brothers and priests with whom I have lived throughout the past 50 years. We share common goals and Mary’s mission. I also like to think that I have shared much of my life, heart, time, energy, talent and commitment with my brothers, as well, in communities in which I have lived. I have been privileged to be a local director for some 18 years in about six different geographic locations in the U.S. and Australia. Read more.

Bro. Ronald Luksic

50 years of profession

As a very quiet sophomore in high school at St. Joe’s, sitting in biology class, I developed a friendly relationship with my teacher, Bro. Don McCoy, as did a few of my friends. As time went on, our group spent more and more time working on different projects with the brothers, helping on retreats and going out on Lake Erie water skiing on the brothers’ boat. Not bad!! The brothers’ sense of community, along with the teaching, had a big effect on me during those years. Could I someday have the same life-changing effect on young people as the brothers at St. Joe’s had on me? Read more.

Bro. Robert Metzger

50 years of profession

“O Lord, you have probed me and you know me;
You know when I sit and when I stand;
You understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
With all my ways you are familiar.”
-Psalm 139 v. 1-3

I like to pray Psalm 139 whenever I think of my vocation story, as God knows and understands me better than I do. Looking back to my younger days, I did not understand this, but God was always there to guide me.  Read more.

Good to know

New director of Marianist Urban Students Program

On July 31, Jamar Mosley began his role as director of the Marinianist Urban Students Program at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the team.  Mosley graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Physical Education.

LGBT initiative’s third annual retreat

The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative’s LGBT Initiative is sponsoring its third annual retreat for LGBTQ Catholics, their families and friends. The retreat will be held at Tecaboca, a Marianist spiritual renewal center in the beautiful Texas hill country just north of San Antonio, Texas, on September 28 – 30, 2018. The theme for the weekend is “Washed in the Spirit: A Gift for All.” Fr. John Markey, OP, director of the Ph.D. program in Spirituality at the Oblate School of Theology, will provide enriching input throughout the weekend.

To learn more and register, visit the retreat webpage.

Consider making a small gift in support of the scholarship fund.

Chaminade Julienne named a Best School by Niche

Niche.com’s recent rankings of best private schools included Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School which received an “A” grade. A full breakdown of CJ’s rankings can be found on the Niche website.

CJ Principal John Marshall ’86 said of the rankings, “These numbers are affirming as we look at the overall success of our students during their time at CJ and beyond. One of the areas I enjoy being recognized in is diversity as it speaks to our intentional efforts to have a diverse community at CJ.”

Executive director opening at Association of Marianist Universities

The mission of Association of Marianist Universities (AMU) is to support, promote and advance Marianist higher education. AMU seeks to achieve its mission by fostering formation in the Catholic and Marianist educational traditions at its three member institutions – Chaminade University, St. Mary’s University, and University of Dayton. The executive director’s office will be located on one of the the three Marianist university campuses. The Executive Director reports to AMU’s Board of Directors. Learn more.

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District Update from the Marianist District of India
Gift and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE

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