Volume 19, Number 9 | September 30, 2020

Mission of Mary Cooperative Helps People Access Healthy Food – For the Body and the Soul

Mike Schulz, photo Ben Robinson
Mike Schulz, photo Ben Robinson
Dawn Lochner, photo Ben Robinson
Dawn Lochner, photo Ben Robinson

Mission of Mary Cooperative Helps People Access Healthy Food – For the Body and the Soul

Mission of Mary Cooperative (MMC) — an urban farming operation — is located in the Twin Towers neighborhood of East Dayton, Ohio, a low-income area where access to healthy food is difficult.

To meet those needs, MMC was launched in 2007. Today, it produces 80 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits and sells the produce to Dayton-area families. The cooperative also encourages neighbors to grow food themselves through its community garden and backyard garden programs.

When COVID-19 shut down much of Dayton in March, MMC was determined to keep going, says Mike Schulz, executive director of this first nonprofit founded and operated by Lay Marianists. “Following Fr. Chaminade’s example, we adapted to the signs of the times.”

To comply with pandemic mandates, it created an online sales portal and offered curbside pickup to replace its farmer’s market. Staffers also posted instructional gardening videos on social media, in lieu of in-person workshops.

For neighbors like Dawn Lochner, these adjustments made a difference. She also appreciates how her community garden helped her father-in-law. “He was so depressed after retiring,” she says, “but since he’s been helping me with my garden, he gets fresh air and exercise. Most of all, it nourishes his soul.”

Learn more about MMC at missionofmary.org.

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World Day of Prayer

Each year, the World Council of the Marianist Family chooses a day near the Feast of Our Lady of the Pillar (Oct. 12) for Marianists worldwide to join together in prayer related to a different Marian site in the world. The World Council is comprised of representatives from each branch of the Marianist Family: the Society of Mary (SM), the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI), the Alliance Mariale (AM) and Marianist Lay Communities (MLCs).

This year’s Marianist World Day of Prayer is Oct. 11, 2020. It will center on the history of the Diocesan Marian Shrine of Nuestra Señora de El Salto (the Pilgrim of El Salto and the Pearl of Great Price of Tacunga). The World Council has released a resource document that shares more information about the shrine and includes a prayer for Marianists around the world.

Click here to view the Marianist World Day of Prayer 2020 resource.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Our Marianist Martyrs of Ciudad Real: Blesseds Carlos Eraña, Jesús Hita and Fidel Fuidio (Feast Day: September 18)

October 1, 2020, is the 25th Anniversary of the Beatification of our Marianist Martyrs of Ciudad Real. All three were executed between Sept. 18, 1936, and Oct. 17, 1936. These were the early months of the Spanish Civil War, a conflict that began in July 1936 and ended in April 1939. This conflict was a battle between the Republicans, who were associated with communists and anarchists, and the Nationalists, who were considered monarchists, traditionalists and conservatives.

Along with this political split, animosity erupted between church and state and among economic classes. When the Republican government was elected it, started a plan to secularize society and looked to delegitimize the Catholic Church and its influence. Catholic leaders openly expressed their support for the Nationalists, and this led to much of the persecution of priests and religious during the civil war.

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Marianist Ministries in Action

Marianist Community Continues “Casa Tuesdays” Via Zoom

Using the hashtag #CoverYourFangs – a humorous reference to St. Mary’s University’s mascot, the Rattler – students were greeted this fall with signs urging them to use masks and follow health protocols to avoid spreading COVID-19.

Although the pandemic has disrupted many campus activities, the Marianists at the Casa Maria Community are working hard to keep one special tradition going.

Casa Tuesdays, a weekly gathering of students and vowed religious for an evening of food, fun and fellowship, has been hosted at the community’s house for 23 years, according to Bro. Mike Sullivan, a long-time community member.

With about 650 students back on campus (roughly 25 percent of the undergraduate student body) and the remaining students opting for remote learning, the Casa Maria community had to shift gears.

“We decided to put our efforts into Tuesday night online Zoom gatherings,” says Bro. Brian Zampier, who also lives at Casa Maria.

The community is experimenting with the format. “We always offer a prayer with an opening song and time for prayer intentions,” said Bro. Brian, who says they are looking at ways to make the virtual gatherings appealing to students. “Since adaptation and change are what we are all about, we’ll keep working on it,” he says. “We want students to know we are here for them.”

Marianist Family Members in the News

NACMS Presentation at CLA

Please join Bro. Andy Kosmowski, along with librarian Fiona Holly, librarian at Conception Abbey and Seminary Library in Conception, Missouri, on Thursday, Oct. 22, for the 2020 Catholic Library Association Fall Virtual Conference. The conference will be online. They will use their respective collections to talk about “Ecclesiastical Libraries and Their Role in the Mission of the Church.” His parts of the presentation will include examples from the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) library, its classification schema and how cataloging can assist people in finding information they need to draw themselves nearer to Christ.

For the schedule or to register, please click here.

Bro. Don Neff Celebrates 70 Years as a Marianist Brother

Bro. Don Neff, photo Larry Gatz

On Sept. 7, 2020, during the Vigil Mass of the Nativity of Mary, the Marianist Community in Hollywood, Florida, celebrated Don Neff’s 70th jubilee as a Marianist Brother. A delicious lamb dinner, with glazed carrots and roasted potatoes, was enjoyed by all, and Bro. Don was presented with an image of the Immaculata and a card.

To read Bro. Don’s jubilarian story, click here.

Thank you, Fr. Bob Bouffier for sharing this wonderful milestone with us.

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Pray With Us

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

Fr. Jim Kunes – Early Years

Fr. Jim Kunes – 2015

Fr. Jim Kunes, 89, died September 12, 2020. Father Jim was a teacher, chaplain, parish priest and creator of formational workshops who ministered at a variety of locations in the Midwest. He served the Society of Mary and the Church in active ministry for nearly 60 years.

Read his obituary.

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Fr. John Manahan – Early Years

Fr. John Manahan – 2015

Fr. John Manahan, 87, died September 16, 2020. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnlineSee more photos.

Fr. Rudy Vela – 1970

Fr. Rudy Vela – 2020

Fr. Rudy Vela, 68, died September 29, 2020. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnlineSee more photos.

Bro. Larry Cada’s obituary: Bro. Larry died on August 27. His obituary was not completed in time for the August issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Please click here to read Bro. Larry’s eulogy by Bro. Tom Giardino.

Fr. Nobert Burns obituary: Fr. Nobert died on August 28. His obituary was not completed in time for the August issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Please click here to read a tribute published by the University of Dayton News.

Good to Know

Back to School RAP

Saint Louis School in Honolulu brought some much-needed humor and joy as they prepared their students to return to school while following COVID-19 safety guidelines.

The faculty and staff produced an educational safety music video to emphasize the importance of wearing your mask, washing your hands and respecting social distancing when coming back to campus. The video is a parody of a song that Saint Louis School President Glenn Medeiros recorded with MCA Records in 1990, called “She Ain’t Worth It.” The song was Glenn’s only #1 Billboard hit in the US.

“Many of our faculty, staff and administrators took part in the video. Our goal was to help students get excited about coming back to school and learning the new rules,” Glenn explains. “The title of this version of the song is ‘The Risk Ain’t Worth it’.”

The video has been going viral since it was posted.

So, we are just going to drop it right here – click here and ENJOY!!!

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