Volume 18, Number 6 | June 28, 2019

Lalanne Celebrates 20th Anniversary at University of Dayton

The Marianist Family gathers to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Lalanne program.

Twenty years ago, Bro. Ed Brink and administrators at the Center for Catholic Education at University of Dayton launched a program called Lalanne, named after Fr. Jean Baptiste Lalanne, a noted Marianist educator.

“The idea was to provide enthusiastic, well-trained teachers for under-resourced Catholic schools,” said Bro. Ed. “And central to the model, we envisioned that beginning teachers would live together in a faith community, while receiving support and mentoring.”

To date, about 200 teachers have completed the two-year program, earning their master’s degrees during summer sessions at UD.

On June 21, alumni of Lalanne, as well as principals, diocesan personnel and others who helped ensure Lalanne’s success, gathered at UD to celebrate this anniversary milestone.

One measure of its success: 89 percent of Lalanne participants still are working as educators, and 83 percent teach in Catholic schools. “We are thrilled with these numbers, “said Jacinta Mergler, Lalanne’s director. “But just as important, we believe the program – built on the pillars of community, faith and mission – honors Father Chaminade’s vision of teaching as ministry.”

Look for a story featuring Lalanne in the upcoming Summer 2019 edition of ALIVE magazine.  See more photos.

Marianist Moment: The Third Step

by Bro. David Betz

As you know, the Marianist world has 10 individuals who have been declared “blessed.” Once a person is declared blessed, devotions to this person are made public throughout the world. As an international Marianist Family, we are encouraged to call upon these blesseds as intercessors for us when we are seeking God’s grace in our lives and in the lives of others. We also can invite our friends and families to do the same.

Our Blesseds are: William Joseph Chaminade, Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, Jakob Gapp, Fidel Fuidio, Jesús Hita, Carlos Eraña, Miguel Léibar, Florencio Arnáiz, Joaquín Ochoa and Sabino Ayastuy. Please read this article about the third step of beatification in the process of canonization.


Please continue to share your prayer experiences of calling on 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. Jesse O’Neill

Bro. Jesse O’Neill serves on the Provincial Council as assistant for education.

What gives you hope?

This past year, I have traveled the Province and witnessed multiple expressions of hope at our universities, high schools and middle schools, and in our ministries such as LIFE, our National Archives and NACMS. Everywhere I go, I see our charism enlivened through the brothers and a multitude of lay collaborators.

How do you remain hope-filled in spite of the many injustices in the world?

This is the message of the resurrection. Justice will emerge through the despair and suffering in the world, just as Jesus endured the cross. Love will always prevail. This gives me hope.

What gives you joy?

I have had the honor to sit with students from all of our sponsored schools. Hearing their stories reminds me that our Marianist Charism is a gift and is truly making a difference in their lives. This gives me great joy.

Any specific moments that have brought you joy?

One of our programs for teachers at Marianist-sponsored schools is called Head to Heart. It gave me great joy to witness the passion and dedication of these educators and their desire to want to know more about what it means to educate in the Marianist tradition. See more photos.

A Letter to the Young

In an effort to educate others about the three letters produced by the Marianist General Chapter in the Summer of 2018, the Marianist Province has created a new video showing how the Marianists help young people discern their God-given calling and vocation. This inspiring broadcast is a message of hope for those who are “not the Church of the future, but the Church of now!” Please join us in sharing this uplifting video! Watch the Video.

The Marianists—There’s an App for That

We are pleased to introduce the new Marianist Province App. The App is designed for mobile devices and provides quick and easy access to information that supports the Catholic, Marianist mission and identity of Marianist-sponsored ministries.

The app is FREE to download and available now. This is a great tool for all members of your community – boards, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, students and volunteers. Please invite others to download and begin using this new resource today!

Key Features

• Compatible with Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch) and Android devices

• Direct links to the most commonly used information to support formation in Marianist-sponsored ministries

• Directory and contact information for sponsored ministries, and the Province staff who support them

• Easy access to important collaborators, such as Marianist LIFE, NACMS, JPIC, and the Marianist Mission

• Quick access to back issues of SponsorshipNews, Family Online, and Alive magazine

Download Today

The app is available to download for free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

Search on the phrase “Marianist Province” or visit www.marianist.com/app.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Sister Laura Leming reflects on the life of Blessed Adèle

During a recent spiritual retreat, Sr. Laura Leming was inspired to write an article in which she described her new perspectives on the life of Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. In the article, which  was published in The Global Sisters Report, she shares her experience when she visited Agen, France, the home town of Blessed Adèle, for the beatification. Read “May God expand our too-small hearts.”

UD President Shares How Faith Impacts Campus

University of Dayton President, Eric Spina, was recently featured in the Dayton Business Journal in which he shared his thoughts on how faith impacts his leadership and his work.  He describes the Marianist nature of UD and how it manifests itself in the sense of community on campus. He goes on to say, “I anchor my leadership in the Catholic, Marianist teaching that every person is created in the image of God… that teaching is imperative to create a diverse environment in which the dignity of each person is respected and valued.” Read the article.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Marianist Family Provides Support to Those Impacted by Dayton Tornadoes

Bro. Joseph Kurt Nugent volunteers with other members of the Marianist Family to help in the relief efforts following the Memorial Day tornadoes in Dayton, Ohio.

In the aftermath of the devastating tornadoes that hit the Dayton area on Memorial Day weekend, thousands were left picking up the pieces. Many without power, water, food or shelter. It is these critical times that offer an opportunity for communities and individuals to come together, pray  and aid those in need.

The Marianist Family seized that opportunity, working with neighbors and friends to help those impacted. Brent Devitt, executive director of Bergamo Center, arranged for the Tennessee National Guard to stay in the Sieben Hall gym on the property of Mount Saint John during their relief efforts. He coordinated with nearby Ascension Parish which donated more than 35 air mattresses and the Cub Scouts who brought snacks and drinks.

Many Marianist Family members volunteered in the relief efforts. Fr. Chris Wittmann, Bro. Justin Quiroz, Sr. Gabby Bibeau, Sr. Emily Sandoval, Bro. Mark Motz and, pre-novices, Francisco Cho and John Shim, were just a few that volunteered to help clean-up efforts. “We basically cut and hauled branches and debris. There were 40 people working on one yard for about three hours, and it still wasn’t finished,” reported Fr. Chris.

Students and faculty from University of Dayton and Chaminade Julienne volunteered in droves to help with the assistance efforts. We thank our Marianist Family for embracing the call to help make our Church and our world a better place. See more photos.

Pray With Us


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 third group of 2019 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.


70 years of profession

I begin my reflections on 70 years as a Marianist recalling the Scriptural purpose of a jubilee celebration. For our Hebrew ancestors, jubilees were a call to return to an original state of covenant relationship with God. All debts were forgiven; all land exchanges reversed to the original owners; and so, each believer was to renew his original covenant with God and accept a new beginning of pardon and grace. All of them would remember how God has been active in their personal lives. Read more.


25 years of profession

Celebrating 25 years of religious life has been an adventure and continues to be so. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a teacher in the field of music where the lessons learned in teaching have deepened my understanding of the depths of God’s love for each one of us. It has been a privilege, and I am thankful to God for my vocation and for the kindness of my fellow brothers.


50 years of ordination

I grew up in the heartland of America, but somehow (surely by a wonderful education and maybe by grace), I also felt attracted to cultural diversity. Over the years, I have enjoyed meeting and working closely with people of varied ages, backgrounds and experiences, and I sometimes have felt challenged but always enriched by them. Increasingly, I have experienced my work as one of bridge-building: between different cultures, languages and continents, and also between different generations, within the Marianist family in its broadest dimensions — religious and lay. Read more.


60 years of profession

In January 1955, I met the Marianists for the first time — most influential were Brothers Frank Russell and Charles Roggemann. When they encouraged me to consider becoming a Marianist, I reflected, and I prayed over their suggestion and decided to give it a try.

In the novitiate, the camaraderie was contagious and the opportunity to learn about the Marianist heritage and reflect upon its values was priceless. I was amazed to learn that New Yorkers and Midwesterners spoke two different languages. After completing scholasticate in 1963, I began graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, made possible thanks to a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship awarded to me as I neared graduation at UD. Read more.


70 years of profession

Having come from a family that has been involved in the restaurant business since 1911,
I have been actively engaged in food service in the Society of Mary since 1949. In addition to being called upon as a consultant for all types of food-service operations over the years, I also have organized and directed numerous culinary institutes and workshops.

For nearly 60 years, I served as a food-service director at Marianist schools and communities, and from 1987-2015, I was director of the Marianist Culinary Service. Throughout a 25-year span (1970-1995) I was honored with many food service and restaurant industry awards including: St. Louis Food Service Executive of the year (1970), Missouri Restaurant Association’s Professional Operator’s Award (1972)…Read more.


50 years of profession

During this jubilee, I celebrate my past with gratitude and look to the future with hope.
A summary of my life as a brother would be to list the cities where I have served: Dayton, Dublin, Lusaka, Nairobi, and now, Cupertino. Saying yes to these assignments opened up a world that I never imagined or expected. I have been blessed to have served in and among diverse cultures and a wonderful variety of people.

My father and four brothers were pipefitters. I followed in their footsteps, learning most building trades. I carried my tools far and wide, using them in the service of my brothers and sisters. Read more.


60 years of ordination

The greatest gift God has given me — and I say, us — in the Society of Mary is our consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary — to be called by God’s grace to make a vow to be a spokesman for Jesus’ love for his mother in the Church.

What a gift.

And secondly, to that — to be called to help in the renewal in the Church by forming small groups (sodalities) — or maybe a better way of saying that — by mentoring small groups today in the Church. Read more.

Marianists Celebrate Jubilees in California

Congratulations to the 2019 Marianist Jubilarians who gathered in Cupertino, California, on June 8 for a Mass and reception to celebrate the anniversaries of their dedicated service as Marianists. See more photos.

Seated: Bro. John Samaha (70 years of profession), Bro. James Vorndran (60 years of profession), Fr. Raymond Malley (60 years of profession)

Standing: Fr. Kenneth Templin (60 years of profession), Fr. Robert E. Hughes (70 years of profession and 60 years of ordination), Bro. Jack Somerville (50 years of profession), Fr. Eugene Contadino (60 years of profession), Bro. John Campbell (60 years of profession), Fr. Timothy Kenney (celebrant), Bro. James Leahy (75 years of profession), Fr. Stephen Tutas (75 years of profession), Bro. Frank Spaeth (70 years of profession), Fr. Theodore Ley (60 years of profession)

Good to Know

Bros. Roger Bau and Don Smith stand in front of the mosaic at St. Francis de Sales Church.

Bro. Don Creates Mosaic for St. Francis de Sales

Fr. Eugene Contadino, pastor at St. Francis de Sales parish in Cincinnati, Ohio, was concerned about a space on the exterior of the parish church that required some much needed attention. He contacted Bro. Don Smith, a gifted Marianist artist, and requested his assistance in creating something that would be appropriate for the space. Bro. Don, worked all winter on a stunning mosaic which he installed this month with the assistance of Bro. Roger Bau. The parish plans on blessing this wonderful addition to their church at their parish picnic in August. See more photos.

Butterfly Window Gets New Life

Years ago, Bro. Joseph Barrish designed a stained glass butterfly window which was placed over the old Marianist Novitiate living room at Mount Saint John in Dayton, Ohio. The building was demolished in March of 2014, but the window was saved.

In March, the window was given new life thanks to Bro. Tom Suda who created a frame for it. It now hangs in Treadway Hall at St. Mary’s University.

Go Silverswords

From May 28-June 1, the members of the Chapter of the Marianist District of India met in Bangalore, India, to finalize the District policy documents. At the end of the meeting, they were delighted to give a shout out to Chaminade University of Honolulu proudly sporting the schools’ spirit wear!



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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
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