Volume 11, Number 17
Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012


Dayton-area Marianist jubilarians: front, Bro. Wilbert Hamm (70 years) and Bro. Charles Johnson (25); middle, Bro. Don Geiger (60), Fr. Bert Buby (60), Fr. Patrick Philbin (60), Bro. Ed Zamierowski (60), Bro. John Dempsey (50), Bro. James Moran (25), Sr. Mary Louise Foley (50), Sr. Marie Abmayr (50) and Bro. Hugh Bihl (60); back, Bro. Mike Murphy (50), Bro. Victor Forlani (50), Fr. Jim Heft (50),  Bro. Tom Giordino (50), Bro. Dave Quigley (50), Fr. Gerald Chinchar (50) and Fr. Chris Wittmann (25)

Dayton-area jubilarians from the Society of Mary and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI) were honored at a Mass on Aug. 11 at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the University of Dayton. Provincial Marty Solma presided, and Fr. Gerald Chinchar gave the homily. Sr. Marie Abmayr and Bro. Victor Forlani served as lectors, and Fr. Chris Conlon served as the master of ceremonies. FMI Provincial Assistant Sr. Laura Leming received the vows for the sisters who celebrated jubilees. A reception followed at UD’s Kennedy Union.

Clockwise from top left, Bro. Mike Murphy; Bros. Don Neff and Steve Glodek; Sr. Mary Louise Foley and Bro. Arockia Doss; Bro. Blaise Mosengo and Pat Stephens
On Aug. 4, New York-area Marianist jubilarians Bro. Charles Johnson (25 years), Fr. Pat Tonry (60 years) and Bro. Steve O’Neil (25 years) were honored at a Mass at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, N.Y. Photo courtesy Kyle Przygucki (nephew of Fr. Pat )
On Aug. 26, members of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J., honored jubilarians Bro. Charles JohnsonFr. Chris Wittmann, Bro. Steve O’Neil and Fr. Oscar Vasquez during a special Mass celebrated by Fr. Oscar. These four men celebrated first vows together 25 years ago. Fr. Bill Meyer (far left) accepted the vows, and Bro. Jesse O’Neill delivered the homily. Courtesy Anthony Fucci


The Casa Maria Marianist community, from left, Bro. Dennis Bautista, Frs. Tim Eden, Bill Behringer, Aspirants Allen Pacquing and Andrew Giles, Bros. José Julián Matos, Mike Sullivan and Brian Halderman

On Aug. 22, the Casa Maria Marianist community welcomed Andrew Giles and Allen Pacquing as aspirants during a community Mass on the feast of the Queenship of Mary. During the ceremony, Andrew and Allen pledged to discern Marianist religious life during this year in community and ministry. Bro. Brian Halderman, the aspirants’ formation director, pledged to walk with them in their discernment, and the community voiced its support of the aspirants’ journey. A festive dinner followed the Eucharist.


The Faustino Marianist community in Lusaka, Zambia, welcomes its new aspirants from Kenya, Malawi and Zambia. Front, Alex Jiya, Sam Muvea and Sam Kagwa; back, Joseph Ndura, Bro. Steve Grazulis, Naboth Oduor and Victor Mulenga


On Aug. 29, members of the Marianist Family in Deepahalli celebrated Onem, a Kerala harvest and prosperity festival. The day was also the feast of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist and Bro. Santhosh Savarimuthu A.‘s birthday. Fr. Varghese Manooparampil and Deacon Birendra Kullu celebrated the Eucharist, which was followed by a festive meal prepared by Fr. Varghese and the scholastics.


Bro. Roger Bau is on sabbatical at the “Ministry to Ministers” program in San Antonio. When he completes that program in late December/early January, he will begin a new ministry at Governor’s Island in Ohio, residing with the community there.


Sobremesa members, from left, Fr. Rudy Vela, Jen Brophy, Luis Guerra, Clare Strockbine and Bro. Mike O’Grady.

On Aug. 25, members of the new Sobremesa Marianist Lay Community held a formal commitment ceremony on the campus of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. The community was formed in August 2011 with Luis Guerra and Clare Strockbine; Jen Brophy joined the group in February 2012. “Sobremesa is a Spanish word with no known direct English translation,” said Luis. “In Latin America, it refers to the time spent around the table after a meal when loved ones share in conversation, with no hurry and no worry about what comes next. It is social, relaxing yet energizing; it is communal. The sobremesa is sacred time.” Bro. Mike O’Grady serves as the community’s spiritual guide. Fr. Rudy Vela coordinated the commitment ceremony. Read more from Luis. Follow the community’s blog.


Francine Cruz, Fr. Rich Kuhn, John LaFaso (first director of the Marianist Center), Loretta McNamee, Joyce Honer (founding member of Marianist Center) and Linda Zappacosta

On July 28, the Northeast Marianist Family Council sponsored a picnic at Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia. Lay and religious participants from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland gathered for a lunch and fellowship and fun. Festivities included a traditional Mexican ceremony and a game of “Marianist Jeopardy.”

From left, Sara Durand, JoAnn Reynolds, Phil Forte, Pati Krasensky, Alaina Turse and Bob Skrupskis. Photos courtesy Pati Krasensky


LIFE moderators in Honolulu, front, Cristina Smith and Mallory Green; back, Stephanie Conching, Dennis Almodova, Bro. Norman Capinpin and Brent Limos

Past and present Marianist LIFE Pacific Moderators gathered with the Diocese of Honolulu on Aug. 20 to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit for Oahu Catholic Schools.  The day included a liturgy presided by Most Rev. Larry Silva, refreshments, and a keynote address by Fr. John Thompson, chaplain for this summer’s LIFE Pacific retreat.


This summer, Maggie Atkinson, religious education coordinator at Queen of Apostles Community (QAC) in Datyon, collaborated with Janine Scott, Danielle Weidner, and Patti Gehred of the North American Center for Marianist Studies to create a vacation bible school weekend for Marianist Family members and QAC parishioners. “Come Journey with Jesus” featured Marianist founders who acted as tour guides for 15 participants who ranged in age from 3 to 11, as they learned about Marianist presence in India, Peru, and Congo. Danielle, NACMS intern, said, “It was exciting to see a new way for the founders to come alive for the kids.” Read more from Patti.


Global Economic Justice Team meets in Dayton—and online

Three members of the MSJC Global Economic Justice Team — Julie Nagasako, Alfredo Ortiz and Bro. Steve O’Neil — met in Dayton on July 27-28. Bro. Tom Spring and Errol Christian in Honolulu, and Rich Wokutch in Blacksburg, Va., joined the meeting by video link. The team reviewed the progress of their joint project with the Marianist Family in the Democratic Republic of Congo and explored more effective ways to involve the Marianist Family in issues of economic injustice. Photo courtesy Jim Vogt

Day of Reflection set for Sept. 22

The GLBT Issue Team of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) is sponsoring a Day of Reflection on Sept. 22 at Mount Saint John in Dayton. Email Matt Dunn or see the registration flyer.


Fr. Paul Landolfi, U.S. Province liaison to the Postulator General for Marianist Causes, shares his September update with FamilyOnline readers. Sept. 16 is the anniversary of the death of Venerable Marie Thérèse de Lamourous. “In our day, when situations regarding the exploitation of women and children are in the forefront of world news, we ask Venerable Thérèse to pray for us and inspire us to respect all people, especially those most vulnerable,” writes Fr. Paul. Read more about Marianist saints.


On Aug. 21, members of the St. Mary’s University community devoured more than 500 burgers at “Burgers with the Brothers,” an annual event held during orientation week and co-hosted by the Casa Maria Marianist Community and the university’s Student Government Association. Fesivities took place on the community’s lawn and included university faculty, staff, students, alumni and — of course — Marianists. Read more.


The Mount Saint John facilities crew enjoyed its annual in-service day on Aug. 27 at Governor’s Island. According to Bro. Jack Somerville,”The ladies far out-fished the guys.” From left, Michele Banker, Marilyn Schwieterman and Bro. Jeff Sullivan. Courtesy Bro. Jack
Read an excerpt from “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: The Marianists in India,” from the Summer 2012 issue of ALIVE magazine. The article describes the Marianist Family’s history in India and the Marianist-sponsored ministries in the country. Subscribe to ALIVE. Need extra copies to share with family, friends or your ministry? Email
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 On Aug. 7, Bro. Brian Halderman helped facilitate a session on leadership and personal responsibility with high school students in the College Vista program, a program for at-risk youth from San Antonio’s near westside public high schools. The group attended a team building retreat from Aug. 6-8 at TECABOCA. 
Bro. Brian, left, and students in the College Vista program at TECABOCA
 Fr. Jim Heft and Fr. John O’Malley, SJ, have edited a new book, After Vatican II: Trajectories and Hermeneutics, a collection of essays about the meaning and legacy of the Second Vatican Council. Fr. John pinpoints the essential issues as collegiality, change and style. The authors argue that it is “not possible to simply go back” to a pre-Vatican II Church. Congratulations, Fr. Jim! Read more from Fr. Jim.
 Fr. Bernie Lee was profiled in an article in San Antonio’s Today’s Catholic. The story describes his July 13 speech at the 10th-annual Catholic Intellectual Tradition Lecture Series, held on the campus of St. Mary’s University.
 Fr. Pablo Rambaud was interviewed by Radio Vaticana on July 28 while he was in Rome for the General Chapter. 
 The staff of the Marianist Residence in San Antonio hosted a farewell party for Bro. Lester Kaehler on Aug. 30—complete with a mariachi band!
 On Aug. 13, the Cupertino Marianist Community in California honored Fr. Dave Schuyler for his three years of service as director of the community. On Aug. 14, Bro. Tom Redmond was installed as director during a community Mass.
Provincial Marty Solma, Fr. Dave and Fr. Paul Marshall at an Aug. 13 celebration of Fr. Dave’s service to Cupertino
 Fr. John Thompson facilitated a faculty and staff retreat on Aug. 9 for St. Elizabeth Catholic School in Aiea, Hawai’i, entitled, “Renewing our Commitment to What?” Fr. John also presented “Catholic Identity: Crisis or Opportunity for Catholic Educators?” to 800 Catholic educators in Kauia and Honolulu, Hawai’i. As part of his responsibilities at Chaminade University of Honolulu, he will assist Catholic schools in the Diocese of Honolulu in deepening their Catholic identity and developing programs for Catholic educators. Fr. John also delivered the faculty address at the academic convocation for new students at CUH on Aug. 24.
 On Aug. 8-10 the Eldersburg Marianist community in Maryland welcomed Fr. Dave McGuigan and Bro. Mike Chiuri and had its annual planning sessions, which included meetings with Lay Marianists Vito S. Piazza and Denise O’Connor.
At the planning session, front, Frs. Neville O’Donohue, Paul Reich and Bro. Jesse O’Neill; back, Fr. George Onida, Bro. Mike Chiuri and Fr. Dave McGuigan. Courtesy James Scott (Mother Seton Academy)
 Bro. Frank “Paco” Gomes shares the news that 40 students graduated on July 29 from the scripture program he coordinates at St. Joseph Parish in Makawao, Maui. “We are most proud of our celebration of months dedicated to the Word of God,” said Bro. Frank. “St. Joseph Parish leads the way in Scripture studies on the island of Maui.” Photo courtesy Dr. Bill and Linda Mitchell
 Bro. Ed Loch visited the shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Wisconsin. “This is the only verified spot that Mary has appeared in the United States,” said Bro. Ed. “She appeared in 1859 to a woman who later became a Franciscan nun and started a school. The present bishop of Green Bay, Wis., established a committee to investigate the appearance. Fr. Johann Roten served on the committee, which decided that Mary did in fact appear at this spot.”
 Michael Pinto has written a new book, “Lazarus, Come Forth.” Proceeds from the book will benefit Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School in Nairobi, Kenya. Read an article about Michael and his wife Susan’s involvement with OLN from the Spring 2012 issue of ALIVE magazine.

Michael and Susan Pinto



Bro. Yxnold Chevalier (Region of Canada, Province of France and the Foundation of Haiti), 31, who died Aug. 29, 2012, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. May he rest in peace. Bro. Yxnold’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Bro. Carlos Ruiz (Region of Argentina), 68, who died Aug. 31, 2012, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. May he rest in peace. Bro. Carlos’ obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Jeanette Allard, Mariammal Arokiam, Santo Barbarino, Howard “Sonny” Clapp, Pradeep Lakra, Bro. Jinu Muthukattil’s cousin, Margaret O’Gara, John Pier, Priti and Tyler Sindelar. Read more.



Courtesy Bob Kunesh


Fr. Francis Kenney (Mercy Siena, Dayton)

Fr. Michael Lisbeth (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Fr. Joseph Lynch (Hewlett, N.Y.)

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

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

Bro. Joseph Spehar (Cincinnati)

Ted Fournier, Mildred Kosmowski, Bill Losito, Kevin O’Toole, Maria Francis Raj, Simon Thomas and Nancy O’Hara Wiegand. Read more.

UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, OHIO, announces the opening of the University of Dayton China Institute. “We can now provide students with international opportunities few campuses can offer in one of the fastest-growing innovation zones in the world,” said President Dan Curran. Read more
UD’s Roesch Library is hosting a series of free public lectures and discussions to accompany a traveling exhibit on the history and influence of the King James Bible. “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible” runs through Sept. 19. UD is one of only 40 sites in the U.S. to host the traveling exhibit. Visit the library’s website or email
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY OF HONOLULU. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded Chaminade University a campus suicide prevention grant in the amount of $301,044 in support of the university’s E Ho’opili No Na Haumana project, which provides a coordinated system of education, assessment and care related to preventing suicide and building positive mental health for students attending Chaminade.
ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL, SAN FRANCISCO. Bro. Bill Bolts, a member of the first graduating class at Archbishop Riordan, met with freshmen and their parents and gave a history of the Marianists at Archbishop Riordan. 
Bro. Bill, center, with Alex Datoc, director of campus ministry, and Armando Castillo, Spanish teacher
On Aug. 13, Fr. Joseph Lackner delivered a presentation on Chaminade’s vision of education and family spirit during a Riordan faculty and staff retreat.
Fr. Joe, right, with Michael Vezzali, English teacher
CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, SAN ANTONIO, received a $1 million gift from Anna and Robert Elizondo in memory of their son, Michael David Elizondo. The gift will go toward the development of the Library Resource Center and Classroom Building. Robert is a graduate of both Central Catholic and St. Mary’s University, and he has served on the boards at both schools. Read more.
Anna and Robert Elizondo. Photo by Bob OwenSan Antonio Express-News
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, ST. LOUIS. A group of Chaminade students and faculty spent five summer days serving in St. Louis at North Grand Neighborhood Services’ TASK – Team Activities for Special Kids, Campus Kitchen, Food Outreach and International Institute. The group was exposed to the different needs and injustices in St. Louis and they were challenged to reflect on ways to care and support those people in need.
Four Chaminade students and three faculty members spent a week of their summer break repairing homes in the Appalachian Mountains. The group partnered with the Appalachia Service Project Program to underpin an entire trailer home for a family in need.
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, WEST HILLS, CALIF. Among a field of 15 student-run companies from across the nation, Chaminade College Preparatory’s high school business students won the Junior Achievement Company of the Year award for their sports media company, Eagle Eye. Read more from the school. 
Zach Miller ’12, Cameron Villadiego ’12, Nicole Nazarian ’12, Jake Speyer ’12, Sara Kelley ’12, and Jack E. Kosakowski, president and CEO of Junior Achievement USA
C-M’s new international students from China with Principal Teresita Wardlow (center) and Fr. Larry
CHAMINADE-MADONNA COLLEGE PREPARATORY, HOLLYWOOD, FLA. In partnership with The Cambridge Institute of International Education, Chaminade-Madonna welcomed five students from the People’s Republic of China. “Our International Student Program complements our school’s mission of fostering a family-like community comprised of individuals from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities and cultures. The program offers our international students an opportunity to receive a quality, Catholic education in the United States, opening up immense possibilities for their futures,” said Fr. Larry Doersching, president. 
COLEGIO SAN JOSÉ, PUERTO RICO. The College Board of Puerto Rico and Latin America awarded Mario Dávila Román, Christian Quiles Torres and Guillermo Vázquez Fernández the Adolfo Fortier Award for earning the highest score in the PIENSE assessment and placement test.
 Román  Torres  Fernández
SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL, HONOLULU, welcomes Bro. Norm Capinpin as its new middle school campus minister and the new sixth and seventh grade religion teacher. “I am thrilled to be here at Saint Louis School and I look forward to getting to know the students as well as my new colleagues,” said Bro. Norm.  
Saint Louis School students with Bro. Norm, far right

CUPERTINO, CALIF. Read the August 2012 update from Fr. Steve Tutas.

IO-MLC. Read the August 2012 issue of Gifts & Tasks from the International Organizaion of Marianist Lay Communities.

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

MLNNA. Read the August 2012 issue of E-News from the Marianist Lay Network of North America.


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