Volume 10, Number 21
Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2011



Fr. Mitch Doyen (president, St. Mary’s High School), George Henry (superintendent, Catholic Education for the Archdiocese of St. Louis), Rosalie Henry, Lou Peters (principal, Chaminade College Preparatory) and Assistant Provincial Bro. Joe Kamis

On Nov. 4, the Marianist Province of the United States hosted a “Marianist High School Reunion” in St. Louis for alums and former faculty and administrators of the eight secondary schools the Marianists sponsored in the greater St. Louis area. Three of the schools remain open: Chaminade College Preparatory, St. Mary’s High School and St. John Vianney High School. Five schools have closed: Assumption High School (East St. Louis, Ill.), Cathedral High School (Belleville, Ill.), Coyle High School, DeAndreis High School and McBride High School. Almost 40 Marianist brothers and priests who taught or administered at the schools were present at the event; the group sang “Salve Regina” in Latin as a prayerful gift for the attendees. A silent auction was held with artwork by Bros. Cletus Behlmann, Mel Meyer, Bob Resing and Brian Zampier. Current students from Chaminade, St. Mary’s and Vianney served as greeters and parking lot attendants. “I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many alums from St. Louis Marianist high schools,” said Fr. Marty Solma, provincial. “Many expressed appreciation for the evening and for the Marianist education they had received.”

At the reunion, clockwise from top left, Bro. Tony Pistone (center) with alums and friends from Cathedral High School, Belleville, Ill.; Bro. Ed Brink, Province director of education with Mike Loyet, president of St. John Vianney High School; Bro. Earl Leistikow (center) with Larry Porschen and Vince Magee, alums of McBride High School; and Bill Sanford and Donald Martin, alums of DeAndreis High School


MLFI participants at the Woodlawn Avenue community in San Antonio, front, Mario Rodriquez, Wendi Rodriquez, Maryann Donovan-Mason, Pati Krasensky (MLFI director), Jen Brophy and Kate Lospallutto; back, Toni Mesina, Bro. Rich Thompson, Bro. Steve Glodek, Dahlia Vasquez, Paul Combest, Errol Christian, Paul Najouks, Chris Cantu and Alma Gutierrez

From Nov. 4 – 6, Marianist Lay Formation Initiative (MLFI) participants met in San Antonio for their closing retreat. Bro. Steve Glodek and Toni Mesina presented on topics including “community leadership in action” and “challenges and success of community building.” The retreat also included discussions about young adults in the Marianist Family, mentorship and strategic planning. Participants gathered for meals with local Marianist religious, including a luncheon at the Marianist Residence.

MLFI is a yearly formation program designed to form, educate and enliven lay Marianists about the Marianist charism in order to build and support Marianist Lay Communities. The next MLFI formation program will begin April 27, 2012. For information, visit MLFI’s webpage.


  Members of the Anti-Death Penalty Issue Team, Bro. Brian HaldermanFr. John ManahanSr. Grace Walle, FMI (chair); seated, Bro. Jerry Sullivan

The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative Anti-Death Penalty Issue Team and St. Mary’s University helped sponsor the Interfaith Dialogue on the Death Penalty held on Oct. 24 in San Antonio. Organized by the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, seven religious leaders provided their perspective on the call to abolish the death penalty and took questions from the audience. The evening concluded with closing remarks and a prayer by Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Cantú of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. See photos and watch videos from the event.

  Sr. Grace Walle with Bill Pelke, founder and director of
“Journey of Hope … From Violence to Healing”


On Nov. 8, members of the Marianist Family gathered at the home of Lay Marianist Marilyn Schwieterman for an evening to remember Bro. Timothy Mazundah, who died Oct. 26 in Mzuzu, Malawi. The evening included prayer around the fire, a meal and sharing about Bro. Timothy’s life. Seated, Marilyn, Bros. Blaise Mosengo (Congo), Hugh Bihl, Claude Sery (Ivory Coast) and Patrick Kagai (Kenya). Standing, Bros. Jack Somerville and Daniel Odero, (Kenya). Courtesy Jack


At the “Autumn Journey” series launch, Lay Marianist Affiliate Susan Buckley (Dublin, Ireland), Christopher Leavens (volunteer, Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May, N.J.), Novice Michael Chiuri and Danny Haines (parishioner).

St. Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg, Maryland, is hosting a series of six evenings entitled, “An Autumn Journey in Marianist Spirituality.” Launched on Sept. 26 by Pati Krasensky (director of NACMS), the series is being sponsored by Lay Marianist Affiliates Denise O’Connor and Vito Piazza. The sessions will cover the themes of faith, Mary, mission, inclusivity and community. “We are hoping for a greater appreciation of our Marianist spirituality among the parishioners at St. Joseph and of course that some may become inspired to form a Lay Marianist Community in the area,” said Fr. Neville O’Donohue.


At the Affiliate retreat held Oct. 28 – 30 in Philadelphia, Vita Piazza (Baltimore), Marg Van Herk-Paradis (Stratford, Ontario), Carol Weiss (Flushing, N.Y.), Sara Durand (Linden, N.J.), Fr. Bill MeyerPaul Shirmer (Cape May, N.J.), Mikaela Van Moorleghem (Omaha, Neb.); front, Brian Reavey and Pati Krasensky (Philadelphia)

Fr. Bill Meyer facilitated the annual Philadelphia-area Lay Marianist Affiliate retreat from Oct. 28 – 30 at Cranaleith Spiritual Center in Philadelphia. The theme of the retreat was prayer. “We were blessed with Fr. Bill’s ability to take us deeper into our faith sharing in order to explore how God is moving in our lives,” said Pati Krasensky. “And we witnessed the pre-Halloween snowstorm of four inches that blanketed Northeast Philly!” Read more about Lay Marianist Affiliates.


On All Souls Day, clockwise from left, Bro. Jim Jaeckle, Sr. Grace Walle, Fr. Terry Weik, Sr. Evangeline Escobar, Fr. Tim Dwyer and Srs. Mary Louise Foley and Gretchen Trautman

San Antonio-area members of the Marianist Family gathered on All Souls Day for evening prayer at the Marianist Residence chapel and a visit to the Marianist cemetery. The evening concluded with a social and dinner hosted by the Marianist Residence community. Fr. John Leies presided at the evening prayer and gave a short reflection.

Fr. Don Cowie places flowers on graves at the Marianist cemetery.
Photos courtesy Bro. Brian Halderman


  Bro. Al Kuntemeier (Nolan Marianist Community, Fort Worth, Texas) has been named the recipient of the papal honor, The Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice Cross, bestowed by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVIBishop Kevin W. Vann of the Diocese of Fort Worth will confer the honor on Dec. 13 at St. Patrick Cathedral in Fort Worth. Congratulations, Bro. Al!
   During a Nov. 10 visit to Tecaboca in Mountain Home, Texas, Provincial Marty Solma (Maryland Avenue, St. Louis) visited Kay Tally-Foos (director) and Howie Dotterweich (program director).

  Bro. Frank Damm (Marianist Hall, Honolulu) was profiled in a recent issue of the Hawai’i Catholic Herald. He is executive assistant to the president of Chaminade University of Honolulu. Read the article.


  Bro. Bill Campbell (Alexandria, Va.) served as presenter at the Catholic School Administrators Conference for the Micronesian Region from Oct. 31 – Nov. 2 in Palau, Micronesia. On Nov. 3, he gave a presentation, “Teaching: Called to Transform and Be Transformed,” to the teachers of Maris Stella Elementary School and Mindszenty High School. “I was warmly welcomed and had an opportunity to see the Rock Islands of Palau with the clearest and most beautiful color sea water. It was an extraordinary trip.” Visit NCEA’s website for more information.


  Bro. Victor Forlani (Washington Street, Dayton), director of the University of Dayton’s Center for the Integration of Faith and Work, shares that the center co-sponsored the eighth-annual “Business as a Calling” symposium in early November. R.J. Heckman, president and CEO of PDI Ninth House, a global leadership solutions company, was named executive-in-residence for the event and delivered a keynote speech. The symposium is sponsored by the center to bring the spirit of the university’s Catholic, Marianist heritage to business education.


  Bro. Francisco “Paco” Gomes (Pu’ulani Hale, Maui) was featured in a recent article about his work to establish the Santee Mission of St. Maria Goretti Parish in San Jose, Calif. Read the article.  


  Fr. George Montague (Casa San Juan, San Antonio) has written a new book, “First Corinthians: Catholic commentary on sacred scripture” (Baker Academic). Purchase through or directly from Fr. George.


 Bro. Charles Roggemann,
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  • Bro. Charles Roggemann (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton), 88, who died Nov. 10, 2011, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Nov. 19 at Queen of Apostles Chapel, Dayton. Fr. Pat Tonry will be the presider and Bro. Stephen Glodek will be the homilist. Burial will follow the Mass at Queen of Heaven cemetery. Bro. Charles’ obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.
 Bro. Terry O’Connor, 1973  Bro. Terry, recent
  • Bro. Terrence O’Connor (Marianist Residence, San Antonio, Tex.), 77, who died Nov. 6, 2011 in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. The Marianist Residence community prayed a rosary for Bro. Terry on Nov. 8. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Nov. 9 at the Marianist Residence. Fr. Marty Solma was the presider and Fr. John Leies was the homilist. Burial followed the Mass at the Marianist cemetery on the campus of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio. Read Bro. Terrence’s obituary.
 Fr. Ade Windisch, 1960  Fr. Ade, recent
  • Fr. Adolf (Ade) Windisch (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 83, who died Oct. 26, 2011, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Oct. 31 at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, St. Louis. Fr. William Meyer was the presider and Fr. John Leies was the homilist. Burial followed at Maryhurst Cemetery on the campus of St. John Vianney High School. Read Fr. Ade’s obituary.
  • Fr. Pierre Ruhard (Province of France), 90, who died Oct. 31, 2011, in Guebwiller, France. May he rest in peace. Fr. Pierre’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.
  • Rosalie Cichucki, John McDaid, Ali Tracy Nunery, Dan White, Hanqing Wu and Zhongyi Xu. Read more.


Photo courtesy Bro. Bill Campbell


  • Bro. Paul Bredestege (Marianist Community, Huntsville, Ohio).
  • Bro. Ray Fitz (StonemillKiefaber, Dayton). 
  • Bro. James Fitzgibbons (District of India).
  • Fr. Paul Marshall (Salve Community, St. Louis).
  • Bro. Mel Meyer (Curé of Ars, St. Louis).
  • Bro. Tom Oster (Region of Eastern Africa).
  • Bro. Louis Pinckert (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
  • Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
  • Bro. Jerry Sullivan (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
  • Bro. Robert Wade (Cupertino, Calif.)
  • Moraima Bocanegra, Tony Fitzgerald, William Kiefer, Amy Oliphant, Joann Taylor, Paul Trzeciak and Robbie Waldron. Read more.


ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN, SAN FRANCISCO. On Oct. 14, the Riordan community dedicated the school’s new residence hall to Bro. John McCluskey, the school’s first principal. At the celebration, Fr. Raymond Malley, Bro. Bill Bolts, Bro. Thomas Deasy, Fr. John McEnhill (former principal) and Bro. John Haster (former principal).  

CHAMINADE JULIENNE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, DAYTON. On Oct. 21-22, more than 140 CJ students and 15 members of the school’s faculty and staff contributed about 35 hours of service to 10 nonprofit organizations as part of Join Hands Miami Valley (JHMV), a “Make a Difference Day” sponsored by the United Way of Greater Dayton.



CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, WEST HILLS, CALIF. On Oct. 20, Chaminade College Preparatory’s girls’ volleyball teams celebrated “Dig Pink” day to raise awareness of breast cancer. They raised a total of $9,918 for the Side Out Foundation. As part of the event, Chaminade’s LIFE team sponsored a ponytail drive to collect hair for use in wigs for women with cancer. They cut off the ponytails of 32 members of the Chaminade family.  



José Balseiro (campus minister) and Novice Hugo Bastida pose with “Chaminade,” which was sent from the Marianist Province of Spain. The Province of Spain is sending the stuffed likenesses to more than 100 Marianist schools around the world. Read more.
Bro. Joe Janosik (science and math teacher), back, coaches CSJ’s Robotics Team, which participates in the local Robotics Challenge sponsored by the Polytechnic University in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photos courtesy Bro. José Julián Matos


ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS. St. Mary’s High School Class of 1956 served 168 meals to the homeless Nov. 1 at St. Vincent DePaul Church in St. Louis. Volunteers included Ray Mantych, Mick Hahn, Bob Sieckhaus, Mel Mebruer, Bob DeGreeff, Ben Janson, Duke Toomey, Tom Rolf and Fr. Dave Paul. Photo courtesy Tom


VILLA ANGELA – SAINT JOSEPH, CLEVELAND. Read a story about VASJ students who built a catalog of veteran’s graves at All Souls Cemetery in Cleveland. Watch a video of a news story about the project. Photo courtesy Rosebud Davis, VASJ senior 




SCHOOL PRESIDENT. Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Omaha, Neb., is searching for a president. Read a job description. The application deadline is Nov. 22, 2011. Email Msgr. James E. Gilg. Read a letter from outgoing President Beckie Cleveland.


CAPE MAY. Read the November 2011 issue of The Beacon, the newsletter of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION. Read the November 2011 issue of Via Latina.

BANGALORE. Read the newsletter from the Faustino Aspirancy community in Deepahalli.

MLNNA. Read the November 2011 E-News from MLNNA.


William Joseph “Chami” Chaminade greets a group of students from St. John Vianney High School who helped out at the Nov. 4 “Marianist High School Reunion” in St. Louis.


18 Harold Lootens
19 Jose Degorio
23 Paul Donoghue
Marianus Lugun
24 Joseph Kamotho
David Schmitz
Sudhir Soreng
Joseph Stefanelli
25 Timothy Phillips
26 William Campbell
27 Dennis Lobo
28 Mark Motz (novice)
29 Esteban Reyes Durán
Kondwani Nalivata


1 Richard Loehrlein


Editor: Amy George Rush; assistant: Ann Mueller. This biweekly email newsletter produced by the Society of Mary features news about the Marianist Family: Marianist Brothers and Priests (Society of Mary), Marianist Sisters; and Lay Marianists. Fr. Martin Solma, SM, provincial; Bro. Joe Kamis, SM, assistant provincial. Read the 2011 FamilyOnline publication schedule. Read hints about submitting photos and copy. Send news, digital photos and comments and suggestions to editor Amy George Rush at and use “FamilyOnline” as your subject line. TECHNICAL PROBLEMS: If you’re not able to view this newsletter, please contact the editor. CHANGE IN EMAIL ADDRESS: Send to marianist@marianist.comBACK ISSUES/SEARCH (August 2011 and earlier): Visit
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