Volume 11, Number 11
Wednesday, May 23, 2012


At the San Antonio jubilee on May 5, front row: Fr. Eugene Sweeney, Bro. Arthur Cherrier, Bro. Raymond Gohring, Bro. Richard Roesch, and Fr. Joseph Tarrillion; back: Bro. William McCarthy, Bro. William Chewning, Fr. Norbert Brockman, Bro. Hugh Charlson, Bro. David Quigley, Fr. W. Franz Shorp, Fr. Oscar Vasquez and Provincial Martin Solma

San Antonio-area Marianist jubilarians were honored on May 5 at a special Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel on the campus of St. Mary’s University. A reception and dinner followed at the University Center Atrium. Congratulations to celebrants Bros. Arthur Cherrier, William Chewning, William McCarthy and  Richard Roesch (70 Years); Fr. Norbert Brockman, Bro. Hugh Charlson, Bro. Raymond Gohring, Fr. W. Franz Schorp, Fr. Eugene Sweeney and Fr. Joseph Tarrillion (60 Years); Bro. David Quigley (50 Years); and Fr. Oscar Vasquez (25 Years).

View a slideshow of photos from the San Antonio jubilee celebration.

Clockwise from top left, Bro. Hugh Charlson, Fr. Norb Brockman and Fr. Bill Meyer; Fr. Eugene Sweeney; Provincial Marty Solma, Bro. William Chewning and Bro. William McCarthy; Bro. Art Cherrier and guest


Bro. Sean Downing will spend this summer and the next academic school year studying philosophy at the University of Dayton in preparation for his assignment to the seminary in Rome in June 2013. He will join the Marianist Novitiate Community.
Rayler Dominguez has decided not to renew his temporary vows as a Marianist religious. He plans to return to the Los Angeles area and pursue a career in teaching. He also wants to work on a degree in administration and Catholic education. The Province asks God’s abundant blessings for Rayler as he continues his life journey.


St. Aloysius Parish in Cleveland hosted a concert of gospel choirs on May 9. Groups from St. Agatha – St. Aloysius and St. Jerome Elementary Schools performed. Bro. Bob Dzubinski, who teaches music at both schools, led the concert. Courtesy Fr. Ted Cassidy


The Spiritual Renewal Committee: Bro. Jack Ventura, Fr. Bill Meyer, Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Bro. Stephen Glodek, Diane Guerra, Bro. Tom Redmond and Fr. Rich Villa. Not present: Fr. Mike Lisbeth and Dan Donnelly

The Marianist brothers and priests of the Province of the United States have undertaken a three-year spiritual renewal process with the theme Reflect, Renew, Respond. The Marianists will reflect on their spiritual journeys; renew and adapt that journey; and respond in terms of the challenges included in Vision 2020, the Province strategic plan.

Bro. Stephen Glodek, committee chair, said, “The committee hopes the resources it is providing to the brothers will offer a solid basis for personal and communal prayer and will help them meet the challenges of the Church and our Province with enthusiasm.”


Fr. Tom Stanley, seated, presented a talk on stability to Marianist novices Hugo Bastida, Brandon Paluch, Mark Motz, Norman Capinpin and Michael Chiuri. Several Mercy Siena residents also attended the talk and the lunch that followed, which was provided by the novices.
On May 1, Marianists from the Alumni Hall Marianist community joined the brothers at Mercy Siena for their monthly party and supper. At the party, Fr. Bob Backherms presented a biography of Bro. Frank Deibel, shown here with novice Mark Motz (the oldest and youngest Marianists in the Province.) Stories and photos courtesy Bro. Bob Wiethorn


Fr. Dave Paul, Province director of development for ministries in developing countries, blessed the new Marianist Project Development Office in Chaminade Nilaya, Bangalore, in the District of India. Also pictured are Fr. Jack McGrath, Bro. Alex Toppo and Bro. Kuldeep Ekka. Courtesy Amala Jyothi


 Members of the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative visit with brothers in Dayton

The Marianist Lay Formation Initiative held its 7th annual opening retreat in Dayton from April 27 – 29. Thirteen individuals from Canada, Hawai’i, San Antonio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Dayton participated in the program. Bro. Tom Giardino and Danielle Weidner (NACMS intern) served as presenters. For information about the MLFI, email Pati Krasensky, director.


The LIFE Central Coordinating team met at the Bergamo Center in Dayton from May 11 – 12. Team members include Jan Wilcox (head of religious life), Maggie Monzingo (assistant for temporalities), Jodi Mott (head of programs), Jessica Gonzalez (regional coordinator), Mike Sievers (assistant for programs), Joe Miller (head of temporalities) and Maggie Atkinson (assistant for religious life). Courtesy Jessica


FamilyOnline honors Marianists celebrating a milestone anniversary this year. Each issue will profile jubilarians and pay tribute to their dedication to the Marianist mission.

Bro. Jerry Bommer, celebrating 60 years of profession: “Religious life can only survive with individuals who are not only dedicated to humanitarian causes and institutions, but also have a deep faith in a loving God. Responding to God’s love for us is the force that drives our ministries.” Read more from Bro. Jerry.
Fr. Norb Brockman, celebrating 60 years of profession: “Work and ministry would be impossible if not for the support and presence of the Marianist communities where I have lived. Together we are able to serve others. My satisfaction comes from seeing the growth and maturity of my students. It has been a happy life.”
Fr. Bert Buby, celebrating 60 years of profession: “My ministries have been a real joy and I had success in the different roles as teacher, etc.  My communities have been very supportive and I enjoyed the community members I lived with and still live with. They have helped me in my responsibilities by their constant support and encouragement. I have no regrets and have been very happy in the Society and its mission.”
Bro. Art Cherrier, celebrating 70 years of profession: “I left home after eighth grade in 1938 for the Marianist postulate. I loved it, the life and the studies. The novitiate was different, the “old-time” way. It was especially so for me because I had been chosen to be organist, but I’m really not a musician. Everything worked out okay, though.” Read more from Bro. Art.
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“As people of faith, we are comforted that God calls us by name, loves us for who we are — not what we do — and has hopes and dreams for each of us. This is an awesome and humbling belief. The God who created us knows our capabilities and encourages us to grow into them. But as doubting humans, we can anguish over discerning God’s plan for us. What are we to do? Where are we to serve this loving and gracious God? With the smallness of our minds and tightness of our hearts, it is difficult to comprehend God’s hopes for us.” Read the entire devotional by Joan McGuinness Wagner.


June 29 is the feast day of Sts. Peter and Paul. The two apostles, both martyred in Rome according to tradition, have been honored from the earliest days. Peter became the “Prince of the Apostles” and Paul the “Apostle to the Gentiles.” On this date we also remember the anniversary of the approval of the Rule of Life of the Society of Mary on June 29, 1983. Read a list of June feast days.
 Bro. Charles Cummiskey, Ph.D., was named professor emeritus of chemistry at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Bro. Charles has served the university for the past 57 years. He has taught every course offered by the Department of Chemistry and twice served as its chair. He also served the university as vice president for academic affairs/dean of faculties for 10 years. “A superb teacher, Bro. Charles has worked tirelessly with generations of St. Mary’s students. His leadership and membership in national, regional and local organizations related to chemistry is impressive. His impact on students has been significant. And his constant presence at university activities and events is a true model of the Marianist charism,” said Dr. Charles Cotrell, president. Story and photo courtesy St. Mary’s University
 Bro. Harry Cornell received a 2012 Outstanding Leader in Catholic Education Award from the Archdiocese of San Antonio at a gala on May 4. He received a red apple trophy and a $1,200 donation to Central Catholic High School in San Antonio. Bro. Harry has taught for 48 years at Central Catholic, where he also serves as the announcer for most of the school’s sporting events.
At the award ceremony: Bro. Harry Cornell, Patricia Davis, superintendent of Catholic schools, Bishop Oscar Cantú, auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of San Antonio, and Julie Seguin, director of Hope for the Future, which provides tuition assistance to schools in the archdiocese
 On May 1, Bro. Robert Donovan, M.D., received the 2012 Magis Award for his years of dedicated service in the greater Cincinnati community and for living the motto of a St. Xavier “man for others.” Fellow Marianists Bros. Joe Kamis, Bob Politi, Giancarlo Bonutti and Mitch Schweickart attended the celebration.
 Bro. Jim Facette is the subject of an alumni profile on Holy Names University’s website. “I love being in the wild, camping and hiking, climbing and just being in communion with this immense, utterly beautiful and fascinating world of nature, of Earth with all her diversity, complexity, and yes, adventure and danger,” he said. Read the profile.
 Bro. Bill O’Leary (right) heads the Outreach Committee at Our Lady of the Pillar parish in St. Louis. The committee helps feed the poor and clothe the homeless. Here, he is pictured with Steve and Stephanie Schneider, who pick up food items at the local Panera Bread cafe nightly and deliver them to the St. Vincent DePaul Society in St. Louis.
 Bro. Claude Sery (Ivory Coast) received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton on May 6. From left, Bros. Daniel Odero Osino (Eastern Africa), Bob Jones, Bob Hughes, Claude, Fr. François Rossier, Bro. Patrick Kagai (Eastern Africa). Courtesy Bro. Bob Jones
 Bro. John Samaha (Cupertino, Calif.) contributed a lengthy article entitled “Mary’s Unique Priestly Role” in the March/April 2012 issue of Missio Immaculatae magazine.
 In Dayton, the Alumni Hall Marianist community celebrated Bro. Jim Moran’s 25th jubilee with a special Mass and dinner. With Bro. Jim is Fr. Joe Kozar.
 A recent article in the Dayton Daily News quotes Mike Schulz, urban farm manager at Mission of Mary Farm operated by the Nassau Street Lay Marianist Community in Dayton. The farm provides vegetables at a discount rate for Twin Towers neighbors and monthly meals to the needy at New Hope Church in Dayton. It soon will provide produce to a nearby pantry and a convenience store. Courtesy Dayton Daily News

Bro. Mario Scagliotti (Province of Italy), 94, who died May 5, 2012, in Rome, Italy. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Mario’s obituary.

Catherine Brutto, Marine Sgt. John Patrick Huling, Candy McDonald, Angela Schmidt and Robert Sosso. Read more.



Courtesy Lyn Lucas, Marianist Galleries in St. Louis


Fr. Michael Barber (Marianist Residence, San Antonio) 

Bro. Cletus Behlmann (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Bro. Jack Dempsey (Marianist Community, West Hills, Calif.)

Fr. Larry Doersching (Marianist Community, Hollywood, Fla.)

Bro. James Fitzgibbons (Washington Street Marianist Community, Dayton)

Bro. Howard Lohrey (Montgomery Road Marianist Community, Cincinnati)

Fr. Joseph Mary Marshall (Casa San Juan, San Antonio)

Fr. James McKay (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Bro. Mel Meyer (Curé of Ars Community, St. Louis)

Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Fr. Joseph Priestley (Marianist Hall, Honolulu)

Sr. Audrey Buttner, FMI (Marianist Sisters, Dayton)

Daniel Baker, Gregory Gallagher, Brad Mueller, Kelly Owens and Loretta Reyes. Read more.

CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY OF HONOLULU graduated a record number of students this May, a 25 percent jump in graduates from last year. CUH enjoyed a banner year in enrollment and retention at the same time it instituted higher academic requirements for acceptance. Photo by David Shimabukuro, courtesy of CUH
SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO, has revised its master of business administration program to emphasize professional-level education and socially responsible business practices. The redesigned program incorporates special coursework on ethical leadership, corporate social responsibility, sustainability and social entrepreneurship. Read more.
CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, SAN ANTONIO. Fr. Richard Wosman will serve as the next president of Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, effective July 1, 2012. “During the search process, Fr. Richard’s credentials, experience and enthusiasm were evident to the members of the search committee. Please join me in extending congratulations and a promise of prayers to Fr. Richard as he transitions to this new ministry,” said Bro. Ed Brink, Provincial assistant for education.  
Congratulations to John Rangel, a graduating senior from Central Catholic who has been awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship. John is one of 1,000 Gates Millennium Scholars in the United States. The scholarship covers four years at any accredited university in the country and will also cover John’s education through master’s and doctoral levels. John has chosen to attend Texas A&M University, where he will study physics.
Bro. Tom Pieper, during the UDSAP in 2004. Photo courtesy Randall Hyman
UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON. The 49th-annual University of Dayton Summer Appalachia Program begins May 29, when 15 students depart campus for Salyersville, Ky. The students will run a free day camp and teen center and volunteer at a nursing home during a summer where they will live simply — without TVs, cell phones and computers — and share a bathroom with one sink and sleep on the floor or in bunk beds in a house with no air conditioning. Bro. Tom Pieper has been traveling to Salyersville with the students for 13 years. “We don’t go down to save people. We go down to learn and reflect and live together in community,” he says. Read more from UD. Watch two UD student-produced videos about the program: A Summation of UDSAP 2010 and UDSAP 2011Read “Bridges of Understanding” (pg. 6), an ALIVE magazine article about the program.
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, ST. LOUIS, The Chaminade Potter’s Guild presented its second-annual Student Pottery Sale on May 8. The guild donated over $338 of their proceeds to Chaminade’s campus ministry mission collection. Ceramics teacher Mark Laury (left) holds a piece of student pottery. Fr. Ralph Siefert is pictured in the background.
CHAMINADE-MADONNA COLLEGE PREPARATORY, HOLLYWOOD, FLA., celebrated 52 years of athletics during an induction ceremony for its Sports Hall of Fame on May 5. From left, Wayne Schuchts (master of ceremonies), Jeff Bickle (honoree), Fr. Larry Doersching (president), and Dominique Accetturo, Pablo Mila and Walter Reynoso (honorees). Photo courtesy Prestige Portraits
SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL, HONOLULU. Saint Louis School students, faculty, and staff gathered together on May 10 for a prayer service in honor of St. Damien of Moloka’i. St. Damien holds a special place in the hearts of the Saint Louis ‘Ohana because he graduated from Ahuimanu College, the first site of what would later become Saint Louis School. 
ST. ANTHONY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, MAUI, held its Annual May Day Program on May 4, planned and facilitated by Kumu Koa. During the celebration, student government officers hosted a crowning of Mary.
SAINT MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS. On April 27, St. Mary’s students painted the fences of the Guardian Angels Settlement Association’s new Child Care Center in St. Louis.
Congratulations to St. Mary’s senior Kevin Polette, who was awarded the Fr. Richard O’Shaughnessey Marianist Student Award. This award is given to a student who best exemplifies the Marianist spirit throughout the school.

MSJC. Read the May 2012 issue of Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.


DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR. St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School in Wailuku, Maui, is searching for a development director. Read more. Email Patricia Rickard.



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