Volume 18, Number 12 | December 20, 2019

Merry Christmas

On behalf of the Marianist Province of the United States, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year. Know that each of you remain in our thoughts and prayers. Please keep us in your prayers.

Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial
Marianist Province of the United States

Bernadette Groner, Pat Stephens, Bro. Bernie Ploeger, Terry Eversole, Mary Ellen Garcia, Kathy Cooper, Dan Donnelly, Sandy Barnett, Bro. Joe Markel, Gina Marty, Bro. Bob Metzger, Pat Wheadon, Donna Tucker, Jenee Gonzales, Bro. Jesse O'Neill, Deanna Snyder, Ann Mueller, Larry Keller, and Fr. Oscar Vasquez (Not pictured: Bro. Bob Resing and Bro. Ken Straubinger)

Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

This month, we share with you a reflection from one of our temporary professed, Bro. Justin Quiroz. Bro. Justin presently teaches sophomore English at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School and seventh and eighth grade religion at Our Lady of the Rosary grade school, both in Dayton, Ohio. His message is one of gratitude, hope and expansion for our Marianist gift of education.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education

Leading Others to Christ
By Bro. Justin Quiroz

Being not only an educator, but a Marianist educator has been the greatest experience of my religious vocation. My journey into the understanding of Marianist education began when I was a student at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas. Read more.

A Christmas Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

As members of the Family of Mary, religious and laity, we are called to share the good news of Jesus, Son of God, become Son of Mary for the salvation of all. Therefore, we are Incarnational people. So, it is essential for us to celebrate Jesus’ nativity with great reverence and joy. We are being called to say, “Yes,” to birthing Jesus into our world through our lives, whether we are at prayer, at work or at leisure. As Mary welcomed Jesus into her life, we, too, welcome Jesus into our lives. So, as Advent concludes and the Christmas season begins, let us spend time reflecting on what it means to be faith-filled instruments of God’s love as we seek ways to fulfill our call to be Mary’s missionaries.

To help with this reflection, let me share with you some words from Blessed Father Chaminade and Blessed Adèle:

Chaminade’s Marian Writings – from Our Knowledge of Mary, Chapter 3: “Mary, the Mother of God”
“To accomplish this wonderful mystery of a God made man, required the cooperation of a woman who by her virtue and purity would not be too unworthy of the divine maternity. It required a human creature raised to the glorious dignity of giving birth in time to the very Son of the eternal One; it required Mary…Behold, then Mary, the great woman, promised at the same time as the Savior, her Son. The mystery of the divine maternity is nothing else than the mystery of the Incarnation in the Virgin of Virgins. It is the epitome of all wonders on the Most High.”

Adèle – Letter 208 to Agathe Diché, Agen; Dec. 21, 1813
“O divine infant, Jesus, come to save us! Our divine Liberator is coming, my dear friend. But will he find all the paths to our hearts neatly smoothed? Have the hills of our pride been leveled by a sincere humility? Have the valleys and hollows of our hearts been filled with virtues and good deeds?

This divine Savior is coming to bring peace to people of good will. Are we really possessed of the will to do better, to serve the Lord with all our strength?

God sees and rewards even good will. Let us develop it very sincerely in ourselves, and God will grant us the graces which his divine birth brings to the world.”

Here I Stand

Racial Justice

Maureen Hoock is a Lay Marianist who has been actively engaged in racial justice issues in St. Louis since 2014 after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

My son Colin, a college student, just read the book “The Cross and the Lynching Tree.” He texted me to ask if we could talk. His first questions were: “How do you live with yourself? How do you sleep at night?”

Colin knows I’m involved in racial justice work in our community and with the Marianists. He’s known it for a long time. He finally got a wake-up call that he couldn’t hear from me.

I told him what I tell anyone who wants to talk about it. That it’s important to acknowledge the past — to speak the truth. Our country’s history of slavery and racism is unspeakably horrendous. We can’t make it go away. But we can start making changes right now.

What kind of changes? Learn what it means to be “white.” Understand, acknowledge and check your privilege. And most importantly, when you see something that is wrong, someone being treated differently because of the color of their skin, SAY SOMETHING.

“You no longer have the privilege to look the other way,” I told my son. “Now, you know. Now, you must work to be part of the solution, to bring light and truth into the darkness of racism.”

Marianist Family Members in the News

Bro. Harry Cornell Recognized as “Voice of the Buttons”

Bro. Harry Cornell remembers the day in 1967 when he was called into the press booth to announce a football game at Central Catholic High School after a sports announcer failed to show up for the game.

It would jumpstart his 52-year career as an announcer at Central Catholic sporting events where he has announced a variety of sports – football, basketball, baseball, swim meets and other Central activities – for more than a half century.

KEN5, a local San Antonio television station, recently featured Bro. Harry in a segment called “Voice of the Buttons” where they captured him as he announced a recent basketball game. (See YouTube link here).

Central Catholic’s mascot, the “Buttons,” is based on the round protrusions found on the rattles of a rattlesnake. The mascot pays tribute to St. Mary’s University, of which the high school was originally a part of and whose mascot is the “Rattler.”

Bro. Harry loves announcing the games because he knows “the parents appreciate it,” he said. He has served at Central for 58 years, first as a math teacher and more recently as a tutor for students needing help with math. “I don’t intend to retire,” said Bro. Harry.

Brother, You Are Unbelievable

Bro. Dave Quigley was featured in an article published by the Hawaii Catholic Herald. Throughout his ministry as a Marianist Brother, Bro. Dave left his hometown in Ohio to serve in Australia, Texas and Hawaii. In the article, he discusses how his various assignments have been a challenge but also an opportunity to learn and to trust in God. Read the article.

A Labor of Love

CBS Sunday Morning will feature University of Dayton’s vast crèche collection on a segment about Nativities during an episode airing Sunday, Dec. 22.

The University’s Marian Library holds more than 3,600 sets representing more than 100 countries — from the smallest on the head of a nail to the largest, a Provençal Village with 150 figures that can fill an entire room.

Each year, University of Dayton’s “At the Manger: World Nativity Traditions” is the product of approximately 6,000 hours of faithful service by dozens of volunteer crafts-persons, carpenters and docents. The 2019-2020 exhibit, “A Labor of Love,” gives tribute to these volunteers. At the Manger, located in the Roesch Library at University of Dayton in Ohio, is open from Dec. 2 – Jan. 12. It is a free, family-friendly Christmas tradition.  Read more.

Marianist Ministries in Action

A Space To Inspire Students

The Catholic Telegraph featured a story about a recent update to Archbishop Moeller High School’s chapel. According to the article, an artist, a craftsman, a generous donor and staff skilled in construction have created a beautiful space intent on inspiring students to grow deeper in their faith. A stunning, 9-foot-tall, 15-foot-wide, gold-leafed Byzantine-style icon hand-painted by Columbus-based liturgical artist Todd Brausch now adorns the chapel. It depicts Christ on the cross, his sacrifice and includes eight life-sized figures. The Blessed Mother and St. John represent Moeller’s Marianist roots and the Marianist Three O’Clock Prayer. They stand together at the foot of the cross. The chapel is named for the Holy Family, so the icon includes St. Joseph as well. Blessed William Joseph Chaminade stands next to St. John. That left four spaces open for suggestion. Read the story.

Welcome New Lay Marianists

Fr. Al McMenamy, Debbie Shaw, Julie Guelker, Jay McGillick
Holy Rosary Magnificat Community: Back: Adam Fuentes, Catherine Avina-Fuentes, Eloísa Díaz, Armando De León, Mollie Jonás, Debí Garza, Art Villarreal Front : Dalia Vasquez, Ann Rangel, Esther Rodriguez, Melinda Garces, Monica Mata, Irma Villarreal, Karen Witkowski, Fr. John Thompson, S.M. (Not pictured Br. Charlie Johnson, S.M.)
Morning Star Community: Front row from left: Andrew Killian, Lanna Klausing, Madeline Spicer, Rosie Errigo, Lucy Hartzell Back row: Facilitators LeeAnn Meyer and Bro. Mitch Schweickart
Fr. Dennis Doyle, Diana Gorham, and Fr. Al McMenamy

The Marianist Family continues to grow. Twenty-two men and women have recently been consecrated as Lay Marianists.

On Nov.  17, surrounded by Marianists, family members and friends, Diana Gorham was consecrated as a Lay Marianist at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in Eureka, Missouri, during a celebration of the Eucharist. Fr. Al McMenamy, presided at the Eucharist. He journeyed with Diana for more than a year during her initial formation.

During a Mass on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at University of Dayton, Ohio, members of the Marianist Family welcomed the Morning Star Community and witnessed their commitment as Lay Marianists. These five students met weekly over the course of their semester at University of Dayton to learn more about the founders, Mary and the Marianist approach to prayer, social justice and global mission.

On Dec. 8, at noon Mass, 14 men and women made their public commitment as Lay Marianists at Holy Rosary  in San Antonio. The Holy Rosary Magnificat Community has been in formation since January 2019. They met monthly for Mass, breakfast, prayer, study and sharing. Throughout this year, they read and discussed the book, A Manual of Marianist Spirituality (Fr. Quentin Hackenworth, 2000), along with various Marianist articles published through the North American Center for Marianist Studies. The community will continue to deepen its commitment to Mary, the Marianist charism and growing the parish.

On Dec. 10, Julie Guelker and Debbie Shaw made their commitment as Lay Marianists during the Eucharist. Julie is a teacher at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis, and Debbie was on the staff at St. Mary’s, just retiring last year. Both are now connected with the Lay Marianist community at St. Mary’s.

Congratulations and welcome to the Marianist Family.

See more photos.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Kenneth J. Sommer – undated

Bro. Kenneth J. Sommer – 2015

Fr. Kenneth J. Sommer, 91, died Dec. 17, 2019. Fr. Ken was a teacher, a chaplain, a powerful preacher and a trusted spiritual guide. He dedicated his life as a Marianist in consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary and felt it was a gift of God’s grace that he was called to be a spokesman for Jesus’ love for his Mother in the Church. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. See more photos.

Bro. Thomas E. Deasy – undated

Bro. Thomas E. Deasy – 2015

Bro. Thomas E. Deasy, 83, died Dec. 18, 2019. Bro. Thomas was a teacher, a librarian, and an archivist. He developed a deep appreciation of film and filmmaking which he taught. He embraced his vocation to live in community and to embody the spirits of Jesus and Mary in his life and the lives of others. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. See more photos.

Good to Know

Chaminade Julienne High School Names New Principal

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, a Marianist-sponsored school in Dayton, Ohio, has announced that Greg Mueller has accepted the role of principal. He had been serving as acting principal since the beginning of this school year.

“During his 13 years at CJ, Greg has demonstrated a deep commitment to our mission, an appreciation for our unique Catholic character in the traditions of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Marianists, and a spirit of collaboration with teachers, students, parents, staff and fellow administrators,” said Dan Meixner ’84, president.

Greg earned his bachelor’s in education from the University of Dayton and master’s in education leadership from University of Dayton. Click here for more information. Welcome to the Marianist Family, Greg.

St. John Vianney High School Names New President

St. John Vianney High School, a Marianist-sponsored school in St. Louis, has named Richard P. Davis as its new president, effective July 1, 2020. Rick replaces Mike Loyet ’77, who will retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

A 1979 graduate of Vianney High School, Rick served on the Vianney board for more than eight years as board chair and chair of the Advancement Committee. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in business administration from Saint Louis University and worked for Anheuser-Busch for more than 20 years, rising to vice president of mass merchandising. He went on to serve as director of advancement at Covenant House Missouri and is now an adjunct faculty member in the College of Business Administration at  University of Missouri – St. Louis. Click here for more information.

Welcome to the Marainist Family, Rick!

VASJ grads at Maui Jim Maui Classic

Two graduates of Villa Angela-St. Joseph (VASJ) in Cleveland, Ohio, posed for a photo at the Maui Classic. Fr. Marty Solma graduated from St. Joseph’s High School which later merged with Villa Angela High School to become Villa Angela-St. Joseph. Oliver Carson, the manager of Chaminade’s Men’s basketball team and a student graduated from VASJ. Both alumnus of VASJ, attended the 36th Annual Maui Classic Invitational in November, which is sponsored by Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Pilgrimage to Greece & the Greek Isles

Presented by Marianist Mission

You are invited to join us on the 2020 Marianist Mission Pilgrimage Oct. 13 – 23, 2020!  Embark on a journey with Fr. Tim Kenney as we explore the ancient cities of Athens, Corinth, Delphi, Kalambaka and Thessaloniki. Also enjoy a three-day cruise to the Greek Isles of Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos and Santorini.

Eleven days from New York to Greece including:

  • Three-night cruise on the beautiful Aegean Sea
  • Breakfast and dinner daily on land includes a standard drinks package
  • Daily touring during the cruise
  • Tours include a professional English-speaking tour guide
  • Daily Mass with Fr. Tim Kenney, SM
  • Air travel to/from New York

For pricing and travel arrangements contact the Marianist Mission or call 937.910.6099

Stay in Touch


The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 28 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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