Volume 19, Number 8 | August 31, 2020

Society of Mary Celebrates Two Ordinations

On Saturday, Aug. 22, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, the Marianist Province of the United States celebrated the ordinations of Fr. Michael Chiuri and Fr. Brandon Paluch during a Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in St. Louis.

Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, bishop of the Diocese of Orange, California, presided at the Mass and gave a very personal homily with references to several Marianists that he has known over the years. Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, and Fr. Timothy Kenney, served as the principal concelebrants.

Due to precautions taken in light of the coronavirus pandemic, physical attendance of the celebration was limited to 75 family members, friends and members of the Marianist community donning masks and socially distanced. However, the Ordination was livestreamed so that more than a thousand Marianist family members and friends from throughout the world were able to virtually witness the celebration.

Please join us in congratulating  Fr. Michael and Fr. Brandon. Visit marianist.com/ordination to read more about our new Marianist Priests and to watch the video of the Ordination.

Click here to view the video of the ceremony.

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Marianist Sisters Welcome Two New Pre-Novices

Back row, left to right: Marianist Sisters Emily Sandoval, Laura Leming, Nicole Trahan. Front row, left to right: Rose Rucoba (pre-novice), Gabrielle Bibeau, Natalie Ross (pre-novice).

On Saturday, Aug. 15, Natalie Ross and Rose Rucboa celebrated their Rite of Acceptance in a celebration as part of a community communion service on the Solemnity of the Assumption.

The ceremony was presided by Sr. Nicole Trahan with Sr. Laura Leming, Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau and Sr. Emily Sandoval in attendance. Members of the Adele Community (Sisters Leanne Jablonski and Marcia Buchard) joined by phone. The service was followed by a small reception and dinner at the Annunciation Community in Dayton, Ohio.

Click here to view a brief bio of pre-novice Natalie Ross.

Click here to view a brief bio of pre-novice Rose Rucoba.

Click here to view a short video of the service.

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A ‘Marianist Heart’ Moves On

Brian Reavey’s 15-year employment at the Marianist Province of the United States has come to a close. Yet his energetic membership in the Marianist Family began years before he was on the payroll and is likely continue for years to come.

Earlier this summer, Brian stepped down from his role as the province’s director of the Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC), a position he held since 2012. Before that, he served seven years as the national coordinator of Marianist LIFE.

Brian came to the Marianist Family by way of the University of Dayton. “I could tell right away that UD was where I wanted to be,” he said. “The warmth, hospitality and sense of community just drew me in.” He became friends with many of the Dayton Marianists, and came to embrace their mission. In time, the mission grew into a career.

Former U.S. Provincial Fr. Martin Solma hired Brian for the JPIC role. “Brian has a real Marianist heart,” said Fr. Marty. “He is competent, engaging and faithful – a master at networking. We are deeply grateful for his service to the province.”

Jim Vogt is the director of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) and has worked closely with Brian over the years. “Brian has a deep commitment to the to Marianist charism and works to grow it,” said Jim, noting that he’s especially grateful for Brian’s work developing the MSJC racial justice and LGBT initiative teams. “Brian works hard, and if he says he’s going to get something done, he gets it done.”

Brian says he’s taking a sabbatical while contemplating his next steps. As a Lay Marianist and a Marianist Affiliate – and with scores of close friends gained over more than 15 years – it seems certain he will remain connected to the Marianist Family.

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A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

What Does It Mean to be a Spectacle of Saints in the 21st Century?

As Marianists, we know that Blessed Chaminade, according to Jean Baptiste Armbruster, S.M., “…considered himself the servant of a Church that needed to be reconstructed as a People of God, a people of saints.” (“The Roots of Marianist Missionary Spirituality,” p. 149) He had a desire to form men and women to be witnesses who proclaimed the Good News. Chaminade wanted these men and women to be seen in the community and through their words and deeds to enter the process of multiplying Christians in post-revolutionary France. Our Blessed Founder wanted his followers to be a “spectacle of saints.” What does this mean for us today?

Read more.

Marianist Ministries in Action

LIFE Honors 50th Milestone; Erica Duarte Takes the Helm

It was a quiet transition in early August when Toni Mesina passed the baton and handed over leadership of Marianist LIFE to Erica Duarte, the new national coordinator of the program.

The two had been working on a big 50th anniversary gathering this summer. But the pandemic forced them to improvise and offer a new way to administer the summer leadership and faith formation program.

“There are 22 schools and parishes participating in LIFE this summer, and all are facing different challenges,” says Erica. “Throughout July and August, many opted to host their retreats in person, adhering to social distancing guidelines. Some conducted their retreats virtually using online platforms. In a few cases, schools paired up so their students could still build community with others outside their campus.”

Despite the pandemic, there were opportunities for “unique community building,” says Erica. For example, some schools invited returning LIFErs to help facilitate the retreat, providing them more leadership opportunities, and small groups of moderators from different parts of the country connected virtually to share ideas and encourage one another.

Most important, says Erica, “students are still being formed, community is still being built and the mission of Marianist LIFE is still thriving among our young adults.”

Learn more about Marianist LIFE

NACMS – Online Marianist History Course

The North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) has developed an Online Marianist History Course that is available to the entire Marianist Family. This course has been adapted from the Marianist History course that has been offered to novices in formation with the SM and the FMI. Part One of the course begins in October. Registration is now open online until September 10th. To learn more, visit: https://nacms.org/online-marianist-history-course

Marianist Family Members in the News

Chaminade Students Make Debut With Superhero Creations

Connor Lee, 15, and his brother, Bauer, 13 – both students at Chaminade College Preparatory in Los Angeles – were over-the-moon when they were invited to be panelists for Comic-Con, an international convention for aficionados of comic books, films and science fiction/fantasy literature.

The invite came as a result of their cardboard superhero creations. Four years ago, the boys teamed up to create superheroes made with scraps of cardboard, glue and scissors.

Their creations range from life-size models of Iron Man, R2D2, and baby Yoda to weapons like Thor’s hammer and Captain America’s shield.

“We grew up on Marvel movies, DC and Star Wars, and we like to build our favorite things from each movie,” said Connor.

The boys are very creative, says Mike Russ, chair of Chaminade Fine Arts Department. “The other kids are amazed by what they are able to do with cardboard.”

Because of COVID-19, the convention became a virtual event in July. But that didn’t daunt the Lee’s enthusiasm.

Besides being online panelists, “which was really exciting,” said Connor, the boys also created a 10-week virtual workshop that teaches people how to make mini cardboard models. “We partnered with the Comic-Con Museum,” said Connor, “and launched the tutorials over the summer.”

Learn more: cardboardsuperheroes.com/tutorials
or cardboardsuperheroes.com.

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Pray With Us

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

Bro. Larry Cada – Early Years

Bro. Larry Cada – 2015

Bro. Larry Cada, 82, died August 27, 2020. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnlineSee more photos.

Bro. Norbert Burns – Early Years

Bro. Norbert Burns – 2015

Bro. Norbert Burns, 96, died August 28, 2020. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnlineSee more photos.

Bro. Hugh Bihl’s obituary: Bro. Hugh died on July 27. His obituary was not completed in time for the July issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Good to Know

Siena Woods Retreat

From Aug. 9-14, Marianist brothers gathered at the Marianist Community at Siena Woods in Dayton, Ohio, for a retreat filled with prayer and reflection. Fr. Jack Rathschmidt, O.F.M.Cap., was the guest speaker who gave a daily presentation on the Spirituality of Aging.

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Governor’s Island Retreat

From Aug. 9-15, twelve brothers gathered at Governor’s Island in Huntsville, Ohio, for a silent retreat. The retreat featured a beautiful ceremony for the renewal of temporary vows of Bro. Justin Quiroz with a gathering afterward. There was also a reconciliation service as well as a remembrance of deceased brothers from the past year with a number of personal comments and an adoration time. Many expressed interest in coming again. The attendance was reduced due to Covid-19.

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Lace Up Your Shoes to Benefit Tecaboca

Join the FundRun for Tecaboca, a Catholic, Marianist center for spiritual renewal outside Kerrville. It’s easy to participate, find a route to walk/run near your home, get your family or friends together to create a small team (keeping physical distance). Visit the fundraising page to create a team and gather pledges for your walk/run or make a donation. There will be prizes for the individual and team that raise the most and an online silent auction. Set out for your walk/run Saturday, September 12 and watch the Tecaboca Facebook page for live updates throughout the day. Share your videos and pictures using #TecabocaFundRun. Commit to walk/run and learn more about the event at https://givepul.se/ov41wl Seeking business/family sponsors for the event as well at https://givepul.se/unujny. Check out the online auction accepting bids until September 12 at 5 pm.

Stay in Touch


AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 37 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

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