Volume 17, Number 5 | May 31, 2018

Brother Joseph Kurt Nugent professes first vows

Bro. Joseph Kurt Nugent celebrates first profession of vows. Photo courtesy of Bro. Dennis Bautista, SM

On Saturday, May 18, Marianists and family members gathered in Dayton, Ohio, to welcome the newest professed member of the Society of Mary.  Bro. Joseph Kurt Nugent  celebrated his first profession of  vows during the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Pentecost at the Queen of Apostles Chapel at Mount Saint John.

Fr. Bill Meyer, SM, assistant for religious life, presided at the Mass and presented Bro. Joseph Kurt with the Marianist Rule of LifeBro. Joe Kamis, SM, assistant provincial received the vows.  Fr. Chris Wittmann, SM, director of novices, gave a homily that offered anecdotes from Br. Joseph Kurt’s novitiate journey and reflections on the nature of religious life.

Joseph Kurt, 29, was born in Nova Scotia. He met the Marianists through Frs. John Kracher, SM (Region of Canada) and Luis Melo when he was a teenager. He completed the Marianist aspirancy program in San Antonio in 2014. He then entered the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX, where he earned a master’s degree in theological studies. Joseph Kurt has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in Catholic studies from the University of Manitoba. He entered the Marianist novitiate in 2016. See more photosWatch the video.

The profession of first vows is an important step in his faith and vocational journey as a Marianist brother. Learn more about Marianist formation.

Congratulations, Bro. Joseph Kurt!

 Adèle’s Beatification

On June 10, Adèle de Trenquelleon, foundress of the Marianist Sisters and Fr. Chaminade’s collaborator, will be Beatified in Agen, France. May the world-wide Marianist Family mark this important day, celebrating Adele’s remarkable life and vision!

The Marianists sisters have prepared a packet of materials to aid in planning for this joyous event.
Prayer Service
Letter with prayer service
One-page biography of Adele
Adele’s theme song from the musical “Spectacle”

Please feel free to use or adapt these resources as fits your Marianist setting. You are also invited to participate in the international photo contest. Details for contest.

If we Sisters can be of any further help to you as you celebrate, please let us know. If it’s possible to send us a photo of whatever you do to celebrate, that would be a great contribution. Please send anything you’d like to contribute or any questions you may have to [email protected].

Thank you for celebrating with us, and helping us to make Adele’s remarkable life and vision better known!


Three questions with . . .

Terri Burgin

Terri Burgin lives in Philadelphia where she is co-chair of education for the Northeast Marianist Family Council and active in POWER, an interfaith organization where she focuses on economic policies that impact marginalized communities.

What drew you to working on social justice issues in Philadelphia?

When I heard children talking about not having hope, and as I watched the number of people increase each year at the soup kitchen at my church, I knew something was wrong. I needed to speak up until someone listens and does something.

Anything surprising that you learned about yourself from community activism?

When I started, I didn’t have a lot of confidence or belief in myself. Through standing and talking for others, I have found my own voice and belief in my own power.

Why is it important for young adults to get involved in social justice?

Social justice is working for the world we want for tomorrow. This is work God has called us to do when he made us stewards of the earth and that Jesus ratified when he called us to serve the least of our brothers and sisters.

Marianist history comes alive in Spectacle

Father William Joseph Chaminade’s most heartfelt desire after the French Revolution was to restore the Catholic faith in France. But it would take something big, a mass movement, a spectacle of people drawn to authentic Christian community – “a spectacle of saints,” he said.

That idea – and the turbulent years when Chaminade and his friends faced persecution by French authorities for practicing their faith – captured the imagination of Nick Cardilino, associate director of campus ministry at University of Dayton. “You could write a musical about this,” he remembers thinking when he first learned Marianist history.

That seedling of an idea came to life in April when University of Dayton presented the world premiere of Spectacle, an original musical that tells the story of three holy people at the foundation of the Marianist story: Father Chaminade, Marie-Thérèse de Lamourous and Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon.

Cardilino co-wrote the music and lyrics with Jim Ford, executive director of the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in St. Louis and Bro. Stan Zubek, who serves at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, New Jersey.

The musical was performed before sold-out audiences. So that others can enjoy the production, it was filmed and will be available later this year for public viewing.

Marianist Family members in the news

Marianists celebrate jubilees

The 2018 Jubilee season began in St. Louis on Saturday, April 28, with 8 men celebrating more than 460 years of Mariainist life and ministry. Seven men marked milestone anniversaries of their first vows as Marianists and one marked 50 years of priestly ordination.  The celebration was held at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish. The next several issues of Family Online will include a special section (below) honoring Marianist jubilarians. See more photos.


Bro. Bob Metzger (50 years profession), Fr. George Cerniglia (60 years profession), Fr. Tim Dwyer (50th Sacerdotal), Bro. Delmar Jorn (60 years profession), Bro. Al Kuntemeier (70 years profession), Bro. Chester Burnog (50 years profession), Bro. Earl Leistikow (60 years profession), Bro. Ed Loch (60 years profession)

Marianists celebrate Brothers Day

On May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, religious brothers all over the country celebrated the 2nd annual Religious Brother’s Day.

Many members of the Marianist Province observed  this important ecclesial event.  Brothers in San Antonio gathered with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, himself a religious, to celebrate the gift of the consecrated life in the Church.

“San Antonio: A Saint’s Spirit Prospers in Our City”

Fr. Rudy Vela wrote, “San Antonio: A Saint’s Spirit Prospers in Our City,” to help commemorate San Antonio’s 300th Anniversary. His  article is the first in a series of articles featuring reflections about the city and its history from community leaders. Read the article.

Marianist librarian featured in Catholic Library World

Bro. Andrew Kosmowski was featured in the April 2018 issue of Catholic Library World.  Bro. Andrew discusses his work at University of Dayton’s Marian Library and why he became a Marianist brother.  Read the article.


At its recent meeting, Bro. Don presented members of the Provincial Council with a copy of the book.

Landscape: A History of Mount St. John is the latest publication by Bro. Don Geiger, SM.

The publication reviews the development of the Mount Saint John property in Dayton, Ohio, from the time of glacial activity 17,500 years ago to the construction of the novitiate building in 2011. Bro. Don presents many interesting facts about the ecological environment of the property, the acquisition of land and the development of property buildings.  George Lisjak and Dan Jordan, members of the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) team, helped with the publication.  Bro. Don’s book was inspired by and dedicated to the late Fr. Jack McGrath, SM (1935-2015) Copies of this book can be obtained through NACMS.

Marianist ministries in action

Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, confirmed more than 40 individuals during his official visit to St. Anthony Parish.

Spring is alive with activities in Maui

St. Anthony Parish in Maui, Hawaii, has been bustling with activity this spring. Bro. Fred Silbereis reports that they have held many exciting events including the Valley Isle Liturgy and Arts Conference (VLAIC), Chrism Mass, spring band concert and Bishop Larry Silva’s official visit to the parish. See more details and photos.

Kuikahi lay community members; Front row: Fr. George Cerniglia, SM, Claire Riggan, Micaela Mariano, Caitlin Martinez, Ashlee Navarro, Justin Carrillo, Myles Santos. Back row: Rena Pascual, Jackie McGreal, Andrew Trapsi, Adam Perez, Andrew Ancheta, Eddie Adachi, Bro. Ed Brink, SM

Marianists welcome new lay community

On Sunday, April 24, a new student Marianist lay community made their initial commitment.  The group is named “Kuikahi” which means “covenant” or “unity” in Hawaiian.  This is the fifth Marianist Lay community of students from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Bro. Ed Brink, vice president for mission and rector at Chaminade University of Honolulu, and Fr. George Cerniglia, university chaplain, worked with the group over a four month period to prepare for their commitment.

Pray with us

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

Bro. Gene Frank- undated

Bro. Gene Frank – 2015

Bro. Eugene Frank, 86, died April 22, 2018.  Bro. Gene was a gifted musician, scholar and spiritual seeker.  He was a beloved teacher, administrator, archivist and IT specialist in both the United States and Korea.  Read his obituary.  See more photos.


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 first group of 2018 jubilarians we honor as a special section of Family Online.

Bro. Joseph Barrett

75 years of profession

A life of miracles.  Yes — 31,755 times that I received Eucharist. The first, in second grade, to a boy of 6. They followed daily for 12 years. My food from heaven, Jesus, my Brother. Body and soul.

Attending Catholic schools for 12 years and serving Mass on non-school days.

Following graduation, I entered the Marianists.

The daily Eucharist has been my daily visit to heaven. Read more.

Fr. Norbert Burns

75 years of profession

This year, I am celebrating 75 years as a Marianist — 62 in the classroom, 65 as a priest and 50 as a professor at University of Dayton.

I am living at the Sawmill Road Marianist community, and I hold the position of professor emeritus at UD, where I have served since 1958. My work has been my great expression of my love for Mary. Who I am — as well as my convictions —have been manifested through my apostolate.

I joined the Society of Mary with two predominant convictions… Read more.

Bro. Walter Ebbesmeyer

75 years of profession

I am very honored to celebrate my 75th jubilee.

Most of my active ministry life started in 1945 and ended in 1988. I taught in St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Antonio and East. St. Louis, Illinois.

It makes me proud to be here at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. I have plenty of time to read and have read more than 400 books — and enjoyed all of them!  Read more.

Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth

70 years of profession

I entered the Society of Mary at age 15. All my educational opportunities after grade school came to me through the Society of Mary. As a Marianist, everything I ever have been asked to do in service of others has brought me greater opportunities to grow. Even though some tasks have been difficult, the graces they have brought me always have been greater. I am deeply grateful to the Society of Mary and to my fellow brothers for what I am today.

My most rewarding experience as a Marianist has been discovering the tremendous grace that God has given us… Read more.

Fr. Anthony Jansen

75 years of profession

I was born on May 13, 1924, the son of Bernard and Frances Elizabeth Kemethere Jansen. I had two sisters and a brother, and grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, where I attended Catholic elementary and high school. I met the Marianists through my cousin, Bro. John Jansen, S.M. I made first vows on Aug. 22, 1943, and perpetual vows on Aug. 25, 1946.

After earning a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees, I entered the Regina Mundi Marianist Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland, and was ordained on July 24, 1954. Read more.

Bro. Edward Unferdorfer

75 years of profession

In my 75 professed years as a Marianist, I always tried to give high priority to living the Rule of Life to its exact fullness. In my early years, “Keep the Rule, and the Rule will keep you” was a popular slogan heard at annual retreats. Living this Marianist way gives me great satisfaction and dedication to perform my job as a Marianist worker and teacher.

Good to know

Marianist Moment: Sainthood

How do you pray for a miracle through intercession of a particular Blessed or Venerable? Can you invoke an entire group of “holy ones?” Bro. David Betz thinks he has found the answers to some of these questions on Sainthood in this month’s Marianist Moment.  It features a correspondence between two Marianists: the late Fr. Paul Landolfi and Fr. Antonio Gascon, Postulator General of the Society of Mary. Read the correspondence.

Pilgrimage on the Rhine

Presented by Marianist Mission

You are invited to join us on the 2019 Marianist  Mission Pilgrimage April 25 – May 5, 2019!  Embark on a journey with Fr. Tim Kenney as we explore  three wonderful countries: Holland, France and Germany over the course of 10 days and take a fantastic cruise on the Rhine River.

Ten days from Amsterdam to Zurich including:

  • •  7 night Rhine cruise and pre/post nights in Amsterdam and Zurich
  • •  22 meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ship
  • •  Beer and wine with lunch & dinner
  • •  Daily touring during the cruise
  • •  Special private tours in Amsterdam and Zurich before and after the cruise
  • •  Daily Mass with Fr. Tim Kenney, SM
  • •  Air travel to/from Newark

Learn more.

Read Fr. Tim’s Message.

For pricing and travel arrangements contact: Deanna Synder at [email protected] ; 314.338.7229

Got prayer?

Attention modern mystics, music makers and prayer-filled pilgrims. North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) is creating a new prayer resource, and we need your help.

If you have written original  Marianist or Marian prayers or music, please send them to NACMS.  We are creating a new version of our popular “The Marianist Family Prayer Book” and welcome your contributions.  Submissions must be received by Sunday, July 22.

More information.

Director of development opening at Chaminade College Preperatory

Chaminade College Preperatory in Chatsworth California has an opening for a director of development.  Under the direction of the vice president of institutional advancement, the director of development is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of strategies to increase leadership support for the Chaminade Fund.  Read more.

Stay in touch


District Update from the Marianist District of India
Gift 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
OLN News Issue 3 from the Marianist Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School
OLN News Issue 4 from the Marianist Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School
Via Latina 22 from the Marianist General Administration

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