More than a year ago, Marianist educators began tossing around an idea. “You all have good basketball programs,” said Thomas Carone, president of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (STVM) in Akron, Ohio. “Why don’t we play each other in a tourney? I’ll host the first one.”
It didn’t take long to sell the others on the idea. On Dec. 21-22, 2018, six Marianist-sponsored schools from around the country gathered to face off for the first Marianist Classic held in LaBron James Arena in Akron.
In addition to STVM, other schools included Chaminade College Preparatory , West Hills, California; Purcell Marian High School, Cincinnati; North Catholic High School, Pittsburgh; Chaminade College Preparatory School and St. Mary’s High School, both from St. Louis.
The tournament featured some fierce competition, including three overtime contests. But no trophies were awarded. Instead, the students were there to learn something about other Marianist high schools and build relationships.
“As a Marianist school, we share a mission with some outstanding institutions,” said Rob Webb, president of Chaminade-West Hills whose school will host the tournament in 2019. “It’s important for our kids to experience this and to know that they are part of something bigger.”
Bro. Showraiah Ravulapalli Professes Perpetual Vows
On Jan. 12, Bro. Showraiah Ravulapalli professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary, District of India. Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States presided at the Mass and Bro. Bernie Ploeger, assistant provincial of the Province was the homilist. Congratulations to Bro. Showraiah! See more photos.
Marianist Moment: A Fresh Look at Blessed Fr. Chaminade
Marianist Moment is written by Bro. David Betz
January is the time we celebrate two of our founders, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. They worked diligently to renew the faith in post revolutionary France. They gathered men and women to collaborate with them to seek ways to call people to deepen their desire for God in their lives.
I invite you to read this month’s article about Fr. Chaminade, written by the late Fr. Paul Landolfi, that offers a new perspective about Blessed Chaminade. Fr. Paul wanted us “to discover who he is as a person. To do this, we must stand reverently before him, listen to him in his context, and allow him to reveal himself.” Read “A Fresh Look at Blessed Father Chaminade.”
Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream
What specific traits in MUSP students inspire you – give you hope?
Resiliency. The students that I work with overcome more than most people can imagine. Unsafe neighborhoods, moving house-to-house, inconsistency in the family structure, financial insecurity and more. In spite of this, they manage to navigate a world where they are often prejudged in a negative way, and still keep focused on their grades, appearances, character and the pride of their families. They amaze me.
Any moments in the past year that have brought you joy?
This may seem small, but one day my brother, who is the director of facilities at VASJ, inquired about one of our MUSP students. He told me that the student and a small group of others stayed after school to help a woman who was there to set up for an event. She was struggling to lift and carry all of her supplies. It wasn’t the act of helping her that caught me by surprise. It was what the student said after the woman asked him, “Did you miss your bus?” The student replied, “Yeah, but another one comes in 40 minutes. You needed help now.” It’s small things like this that make my day.
Marianist Family Members in the News
They Said ‘Yes’… Now It Is My Turn
Bro. Mark Motz wrote an article published in Today’s Catholic in which he discusses his discernment journey, saying ‘yes’ to Mary and encourages others to listen to God’s call. Read the article.
Aging with Mary
Fr. Jim Heft published an article in Engaging Aging, the National Religious Retirement Office’s Winter 2018 newsletter. In this article, Fr. Jim reflects on aging as a Marianist, while staying focused on Mary. Read the article.
Marianist Ministries in Action
Giving Witness to Life
On Jan. 18, 36 students and six chaperones from Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life. One highlight of the pilgrimage was listening to a testimony by Chaminade senior August Schroeder and his thoughts about what being pro-life means. Tracy Bowler, director of marketing at Chaminade, said, “August’s testimony was both inspiring and profound. His witness has been shared with our faculty and staff who are using it as a catalyst for conversation in their classrooms. I believe his witness is a true example of the amazing work of the faculty at Chaminade support of the Marianist mission.” Watch the video of August’s presentation.
Marianists Welcome New Affiliates
The Marianist Family continues to grow as three individuals made their life-long commitment as Marianist Affiliates in January.
Marianist Affiliation is a unique expression of commitment to the Marianist Family and the Church. Spiritual affiliation is a special vocation in the Church and the Marianist Family of following Mary’s example — her trust in God’s promises, her openness to God’s action in her life and her faithful response to God’s call.
Just as Mary welcomed all people, Affiliates are open to spreading God’s Good News to all people, welcoming them to a life of devotion to Christ’s teachings. Becoming a Marianist Affiliate is a public commitment to live a life of prayer, faith, love and service.
On Jan. 7, Alex and Mary Ann Datoc who both work at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, made their Affiliation commitment after a year of formation under the direction of Bro. David Betz (spiritual adviser for Marianist Affiliation, Pacific area). Alex and Mary Ann are members of a Marianist Lay Community that grew out of Pacific LIFE.
On Jan. 11, Nannette Young became an Affiliate making her consecration to Mary during a Celebration of the Eucharist at a mini retreat. Mary is a member of the Marianist Affiliate group in Streamwood, Illinois, which is northwest of Chicago. Fr. Al McMenamy (spiritual adviser for Marianist Affiliation, Midwest and Southwest area), presided.
Pray With Us
Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.
Bro. Bernard Stratman, 71, died Jan. 10, 2019. Bro. Bernie held many national leadership roles in the Catholic Church in the United States. He dedicated his knowledge in communications to help guide and shape the future of the Church in the U.S. and nourished it with the Marianist Charism.
Bro. LeRoy Viera, 92, died Jan. 20, 2019. Bro. LeRoy was a veteran, a skilled carpenter and an artist who dedicated his life as a working brother serving in maintenance and construction positions in Marianist schools and ministries. He found great joy in everything he did in dedicated service to Mary.
Bro. Edward Zamierowski, 85, died Jan. 7, 2019. Bro. Ed was a high school teacher, professor, mentor and environmental advocate. Serving in both the United States and Africa, he inspired others with his vocation as a Marianist and his commitment to service and social justice. Bro. Ed believed in the power of relationships and creativity.
Good to Know
Santa Maria Justice Award
On Dec. 13, 2018, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Center for Legal and Social Justice at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, awarded Dr. Tom Madison the Santa Maria Justice Award. The annual award has been presented since 1996 to an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of legal and social justice.
Dr. Madison has been the associate dean of the Greehey School of Business since 1998. He has guided countless students through accounting courses and led his colleagues as the chair of the accounting department. His commitment to the common good goes far beyond the campus of St. Mary’s University. Dr. Madison has served as treasurer of LiftFund, offering his expertise and time to the largest non-profit micro-lender in the United States, headquartered in San Antonio.
During the past decade, Dr. Madison has led St. Mary’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) every Spring, traning 200 volunteer preparers—mostly students—to help more than 1,000 taxpayers complete their tax returns, free-of-charge. Read presentation speech.
The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) is hiring a full-time staff person who will work half-time with MSJC as assistant director and half-time with the Marianist Lay Network of North America (MLC-NA) as administrator. For MSJC, the person will work with the director in supporting the MSJC issue teams and in staffing other social justice initiatives. For MLC-NA, the person will work with their chair and leadership team to support and implement their action priorities. Read the job description. To apply, send your resume, including a statement of why you are interested in this position, to Jim Vogt. Application deadline is Feb. 1.
Stay in Touch
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 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