Volume 18, Number 10 | October 31, 2019

Perpetual Vows of Bros. Jean Dossous and Juan Pablo Espinoza Chávez

On Saturday, October 5, Bros. Jean Dossous and Juan Pablo Espinoza Chávez from the Marianist Province of the United States professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary. The profession took place during a celebration of the Eucharist at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis, Missouri. Marianist Provincial Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, presided at the Mass and received the vows. A reception followed in the Atrium at Chaminade Preparatory where Marianists, family members and friends gathered to celebrate.

Congratulations to our newest perpetually professed Marianist brothers.

To learn more about Bro. Jean Dossous, click here.

To learn more about Bro. Juan Pablo Espinoza Chávez, click here.

To view pictures of the ceremony, click here.

Celebrating 200 Years of Marianist Education

As we continue our celebration of 200 years of Marianist education, we share with you a reflection from Bro. Bob Dzubinski, who has served for decades in Marianist urban education as a music teacher. He presently serves at St. Francis de Sales School in Cincinnati, Ohio. We hope you enjoy this reflection of our Marianist brother who shares the joy of music with his students.

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education

A Reflection on the Bicentenary of Marianist Education
By Bro. Bob Dzubinski

Music education has been my major ministry for 37 years. The last 25 years, I have devoted this ministry to urban Catholic schools. What I have come to learn is that the parents of our students, while they may have obstacles and trials special to their circumstances, they are as loving and devoted as any other parent.

Read more. See more photos.

Administrators Gather for Annual Meeting in St. Louis

From left to right: Devin Oshiro, Kimberlee Gorr, Patrick Wheadon, Dan Donnelly, Fr. Oscar Vasquez & Bro. Jesse O’Neill

Leaders of Marianist-sponsored ministries — including school presidents, principals and retreat directors — met in St. Louis for their annual conference on Oct. 20 – 22 in St. Louis.

This event is an opportunity for administrators to share ideas, mingle with peers and challenge one another to grow in Marianist spirituality.

This year, the group welcomed new members Kimberlee Gorr, Principal at St. Vincent-St.Mary High School in Akron, Ohio, and Devin Oshiro, Principal at Saint Louis School in Honolulu.

Ann M. Garrido, author of Redeeming Conflict: 12 Habits for Christian Leaders was the featured speaker.

Dan Donnelly, director of the Marianist Office of Sponsorship, provided an update about sponsored ministries. Other presenters included Jan Dixon, editor of ALIVE Magazine, who gave an overview of the magazine and its mission, and Bernadette McCaffrey Groner, editor of FamilyOnline, who reviewed publications, communication tools, and services provided by the province.

In addition, Savio Franco, director of Leadership Development, Research and Partnerships for the province, gave a presentation about a leadership formation program called “Mary’s Lead.” See more photos.

The Feast of All Saints

by Bro. David Betz

As you know, we celebrate the Feast of All Saints on November 1. It is the day we remember those who have been recognized by the Catholic Church as distinguished models of faith. We are also reminded that it is a day to remember the unrecognized saints that have influenced our faith lives. Our Marianist Blesseds are members of this special community, and we have been called to pray to them when we are seeking God’s grace for ourselves and others. And, of course, you have other saints that you feel attracted to and you invite their intercessions into your prayer life.

Last month, I shared with you a couple of prayers to Venerable Marie Thérèse de Lamourous and the Blessed Carlos Eraña, Fidel Fuido and Jesús Hita. Let me now share the prayer for the other Spanish Marianist Martyrs: Blesseds Miguel Léibar Garay, Florencio Arnáiz Cejudo, Joaqun Ochoa Salazar and Sabrino Ayastuy Errasti. We celebrate their feast day on November 6.

Lord, our God, who granted to the blessed martyrs Joaquin, Sabrino, Florencio and Miguel the grace of dedicating their lives to education under the guidance of the Blessed Virgin Mary and of courageously professing their faith. Grant that we, strengthened by their witness, might give witness to our faith in word and deed. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Learn more about the Marianist Martyrs of Spain.

Finally, please take a look at the following links to assist you in your reflections on the Feast of All Saints:
What is All Saints Day?
Solemnity of All Saints
Kathleen Coffey: The Feast of Saints: God’s Glorious Nobodies.

Marianist Prayer Experience Reminder

Please continue to share your prayer experiences of calling on the Marianist saints using this form.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Fr. Ken with the pastor Fr. Anthony Lee


On Saturday, October 12, Fr. Ken Templin was given the St. Agatha Parish Award. The award was a “thank you” for his continued devotion and service to the St. Agatha Parish community. The parish announcement stated, “May we continue to learn from your example because to serve is first to love.”

Fr. James Heft to Receive Honorary Doctorate

On November 9, Fr. James Heft will receive an honorary doctorate from The University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada, in recognition of his longstanding contributions as a leader in Catholic higher education. He will be conferred with a Doctor of Divinity, honoris causa during a joint convocation for the Faculty of Theology and Continuing Education Division at St. Basil’s Church.

Read more.

Holy Rosary Church Receives 2019 Best of San Antonio Award

Holy Rosary Church has been selected for the 2019 Best of San Antonio Award in the Place of Worship category by the San Antonio Award Program.

Each year, the San Antonio Award Program identifies companies that have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Here I Stand

Women and Justice

The following members of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative’s Women and Justice Team contributed to this reflection: Maggie Schaller, Kay Stone, Aubrey Hartnett, Glenn Miller, Barbara Belle and Katie Brossart.

What are you doing to support Women and Justice?

We start by studying the power and positions women held in the early Christian communities and what they have to teach us. We also draw from a rich body of contemporary feminist theology.

Since clericalism is a key obstacle to women’s justice in the Church, we work to amplify the conversation that will bring about its end.

We also are inspired by our foundresses, Marie Thérèse de Lamourous. During the French Revolution, she became the “pastor-shepherd” to the community. Marie Thérèse dedicated her life to serving women prostitutes, some of the most vulnerable women in French society. Like Marie Thérèse, our goal is to act as a force, lifting the voices of vulnerable women worldwide.

Simple steps and resources you recommend?

The Marianist charism upholds the concept of “discipleship of equals.” Priests, brothers, sisters and lay people bring gifts of equal value that can be used to serve others. The Marianists can share this gift with the larger Church.

Get involved:

Sr. Laura Leming, FMI, and Bro. Tom Wendorf in Deepahalli, Bangalore, India

Visiting India

Sr. Laura Leming, FMI, and Bro. Tom Wendorf visited Deepahalli, in Bangalore, India, where they taught SM scholastics and Monfortian candidates in the University of Dayton program. Their stay coincided with the visitation of the Marianist General Administration to the District of India.

Chaminade and Vianney students collect funds for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.

Good News

On Friday, September 20, Chaminade College Preparatory hosted St. John Vianney High School for an evening football game in St. Louis. The students from both schools came together to collect funds to support Catholic Relief Services efforts for those affected by Hurricane Dorian. They collected more than $1,100 from patrons attending the game.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Walter Ebbesmeyer-undated

Bro. Walter Ebbesmeyer – 2015

Bro. Walter “Wally” Ebbesmeyer, 94, died Sept. 26, 2019.  Bro. Wally was a teacher and a social justice advocate who spent nearly 30 years serving the poor in East St. Louis, Illinois. He will be remembered for his gentle manner and cheerful, selfless service.  Read his obituary. See more photos.

Bro. John Samaha-undated

Bro. John Samaha – 2015

Bro. John Samaha, 88, died Sept. 27, 2019. Bro. John lovingly offered his life in service to Mary, always saying “yes.” He was a teacher, author, administrator and formator. He was a prolific writer, specializing in public relations and communications. He was also a Marianist pioneer, helping to found a Marianist school in Lebanon. Read his obituarySee more photos.

Good to Know

Pilgrimage to Greece & the Greek Isles

Presented by Marianist Mission

You are invited to join us on the 2020 Marianist Mission Pilgrimage October 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:

  • 3 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

Principal – Chaminade College Preparatory – High School

Chaminade College Preparatory located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, California is seeking a faith-filled and visionary Catholic educational leader to serve as its next high school principal. Chaminade is one school with two campuses and two campus administrations (middle school and high school). Chaminade’s high school principal works closely with the president, middle school principal, and other members of the executive leadership team to ensure a seamless educational experience while maintaining the distinct educational experiences of the high school. Learn more.

Principal – Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School (CJ)

Chaminade Julienne CJChaminade Julienne Catholic High School (CJ) located in Dayton, Ohio, is seeking a mission-driven principal for the 2020 – 2021 school year. The principal must possess visionary leadership skills, passion and commitment to join our leadership team. Learn more.

Stay in Touch


The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 27 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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