Volume 11, Number 18
Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012


Marianist jubilarians Fr. Roland Bunda and Bros. Robert Maruyama, Thomas Spring and Jerry Bommer were honored at a Mass on Sept. 2 in Honolulu. Courtesy Bro. Jose Degorio

Marianist jubilarians Bro. Jerry Bommer (60 years), Fr. Roland Bunda (50 years), Bro. Robert Maruyama (50 years) and Bro. Thomas Spring (60 years) were honored at a Mass on Sept. 2 at the Mystical Rose Oratory on the campus of Chaminade University of Honolulu. Frs. George Cerniglia, Paul Marshall and Roland concelebrated the Mass; Fr. Paul delivered the homily. A reception followed at the Ching Conference Center. Congratulations to these brothers, and thank you for your years of service to the Marianist Family!


Sitting, Bros. Francisco González, Charlie Johnson, Frs. Oscar Vasquez, Chris Wittmann and Jim Heft; standing, Fr. Marty Solma, Bro. Dennis Bautista, Frs. Paul Marshall, Bill Meyer, George Cerniglia, Bros. Ed Brink, Stephen Glodek, Dennis Schmitz, Brian Halderman, Bernie Ploeger and Joe Kamis. Not pictured: Fr. Jim Fitz and Bro. Joe Markel

From Sept. 6 – 9, the Provincial Chapter gathered at the Bergamo Retreat Center in Dayton. Members reviewed the Spiritual Renewal process in the Province, the implementation of Vision 2020, vocation ministry and the Province’s compliance with the new standards from Praesidium Religious Services. The centerpiece of the Chapter was a presentation from the Sponsorship Task Force, led by Fr. George Cerniglia (chair), Bro. Ed Brink and Tony Fitzgerald (facilitator).

The members of the Chapter joined the Marianist Sisters on the evening of Sept. 8 for the jubilee celebration of Sr. Mary Louise Foley and Sr. Marie AbmayrFr. Chris Wittmann served as celebrant and homilist.


The Marianist Sisters’ Provincial Council: Srs. Estella Ibarra, Evangeline Escobar and Laura Leming with Gretchen Trautman, who received the council members’ commitments

The Marianist Sisters of the U.S. Province installed a new Provincial Council during morning prayer with the San Antonio community on Sept. 15. Sr. Evangeline Escobar was installed as provincial, Sr. Laura Leming as assistant for religious life, and Sr. Estella Ibarra as assistant for temporalities. The council members will share the concerns of the Office of Education. Sr. Gretchen Trautman, general assistant for temporalities, received the council’s commitments. Sr. Gretchen represented Superior General Franca Zonta. Congratulations and blessings to these sisters in their leadership roles.

Front, jubilarians Srs. Mary Louise Foley (50 years) and Marie Abmayr (60 years); back, Srs. Laura Leming, Nicole Trahan and Leanne Jablonski. Courtesy Skip Peterson

Srs. Mary Louise Foley (50 years) and Marie Abmayr (60 years) were honored on Sept. 8 at a Mass at the Immaculate Conception Chapel on the campus of the University of Dayton. About 200 guests joined in the celebration. A reception followed in UD’s Kennedy Union.


At the meeting of healthcare directors, front, Fr. Paul Marshall, Paul Fanucchi, Joanne Sanchez and Grace Pancipanci; back, Bro. Tom Redmond, Judy Moehl, Bros. Bob Wiethorn, Jim Vorndran and Bro. Mike O’Grady

Representatives from the communities that provide comprehensive healthcare to elderly and infirm brothers met in St. Louis on Sept. 13. Bro. Jim Vorndran, a former healthcare director and a nurse by training, joined the meeting. Participants discussed the role of stress in aging, integrating spiritual vitality into communities, and the communities’ ongoing assessment by the National Religious Retirement Office.

Read an excerpt from ALIVE magazine about the 11-foot bronze statue of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade installed this spring on the campus of the University of Dayton. “The statue is a concrete way to remind us of our mission and identity,” says Fr. Jim Fitz, vice president for mission and rector at UD. “It’s an apt image for students who want to make an impact on the world.” The statue was created by Joe Aspell and donated by President Daniel J. Curran and his wife Claire Renzetti as “a gift of thanksgiving for the Marianists.” Subscribe to ALIVE. Need extra copies to share with family, friends or your ministry? Email
 Courtesy Skip Peterson
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LIFE team members from Chaminade-Madonna in Hollywood, Fla., with their moderator Carol LaMont (far left)

Marianist LIFE (Living In Faith Experience) hosted its annual trio of regional summer programs in June and July. Marianist LIFE Pacific (Occidental, Calif.), Marianist LIFE Central (Dayton) and Marianist LIFE South (Mountain Home, Texas) welcomed participants from across the continental United States, Hawai’i and Puerto Rico for workshops and experiences in leadership development, prayer, the sacraments, community building and social justice.

A total of 195 high school students, 92 adults and 30 schools and parishes participated. Upon returning to their schools and parishes after the summer program, participants invite others to share in their LIFE by building and sustaining Marianist LIFE Communities (MLCs) and supporting other ministries and activities.


Sr. Sandra Sabo celebrates her 50th jubilee; children participate in the Mass. Courtesy Fr. Ted Cassidy

On Sunday, Sept 16, St. Aloysius Parish in Cleveland celebrated the School Blessing Mass to mark the beginning of the school year. During the Mass, Sr. Sandra Sabo celebrated her 50th jubilee. Sr. Sandra has served St. Aloysius-St. Agatha School for 42 years and has been the principal for 30 years. Bishop Roger Gries, auxiliary bishop of Cleveland, was the celebrant. At the Mass, children from the school brought up gifts at the offertory procession.


Sunday, Oct. 14 is the Marianist World Day of Prayer. Marianist Family members from around the world will gather at the Shrine of Mary, Mother of All Mercies, in Togo. During the gathering, they will honor the first three Marianist missionaries to arrive in Togo 50 years ago: Bro. Auguste Augustin, Fr. Stephan Hoin and Bro. Pierre Cattin. Read more from the World Council of the Marianist Family.
 Bro. Tom Giardino’s term as executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities has been extended for three years. Congratulations, Bro. Tom, and best wishes as you continue this ministry.
 Fr. Neville O’Donohue was profiled in the Sept. 15 issue of Maryland’s Carroll County Times. He was appointed pastor of  St. Joseph Catholic Community in Eldersburg, Md., on Aug. 1.  

 St. Mary’s University graduate Benita Veliz delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention. Benita was brought to the United States as a child by her parents but nearly deported in 2009 after a minor traffic violation. In her speech, she discussed the DREAM (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act. St. Mary’s Law School Clinic is assisting eligible individuals with their applications. Watch a clip of Benita’s speech.


Bro. Joseph Spehar, 1982 Bro. Joe, recent

Bro. Joseph Spehar (Cincinnati, Ohio), 85, who died Sept. 10, 2012, in Cincinnati. May he rest in peace. The wake and Mass of Christian Burial for Bro. Joe will be on Sept. 22 at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Mount St. John, Dayton. Fr. Bert Buby will be the presider and homilist. Burial will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount St. John. Read Bro. Joe’s obituary.

Bro. Gaston Debor (Province of France), 95, who died Sept. 17, 2012, in Albi, France. May he rest in peace. Bro. Gaston’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Bro. Marcial Dueñas González (Province of Spain), 78, who died Sept. 4, 2012, in Madrid, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Marcial’s obituary.

Bro. Lorenzo López Calvo (Province of Spain), 87, who died Sept. 14, 2012, in Madrid, Spain. May he rest in peace. Bro. Lorenzo’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Fr. Celestino Moraza Martínez (Province of Spain), 94, who died Sept. 5, 2012, in Barcelona, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Fr. Celestino’s obituary.

Fr. Edouard Rollet (Province of France), 91, who died Aug. 1, 2012, in Colmar, France. May he rest in peace. Read Fr. Edouard’s obituary.

Bro. Carlos Ruiz (Region of Argentina), 68, who died Aug. 31, 2012, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Carlos’ obituary.

Maria Francis, Rosemarie Hogan, Sr. Roseen Maier, OP, and Audrey Stott. Read more.



Courtesy Lyn Lucas, Marianist Galleries, St. Louis


Bro. Paul Bredestege (Marianist Community, Huntsville, Ohio)

Bro. Paul Fennelly (Cupertino Marianist Community, Cupertino, Calif.)

Bro. James Fitzgibbons (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

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)

Joan Cachat, Lucas Maxwell, Lot Mbewe, George Everett Spring, Anna Svitak and Flo Trzeciak. Read more.

CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY OF HONOLULU. Chaminade University will receive $2 million from the U.S. Department of Education for the 2012 -2013 fiscal year to help improve access to higher education for low-income students. “This grant will allow us to address some of the most pressing of our remaining deferred maintenance issues and greatly enhance the opportunities available to our pre-health and nursing students,” said Bro. Bernard Ploeger, president. The major portion of the funding will be used for the renovation of Tredtin Hall and Hale Lokelani.  
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, WEST HILLS, CALIF. Chaminade senior and basketball player Jaron Martin received the Farmers Student Athlete Citizen Award on Sept. 14. Presented by Farmers and Fox Sports West, the award honored Martin for excellence in education, athletics and community involvement. Watch the award presentation, which aired on Fox Sports West.
NOLAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, FORT WORTH, TEXAS. Following Nolan’s campus-wide liturgy of the Mass of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in August, Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann blessed the school’s new Our Lady of Victory Student Prayer Garden, one of the two projects commissioned last year in recognition of Nolan’s 50th anniversary.
Nolan Catholic students began their school year with a campaign to collect insect repellant for area homeless and others vulnerable to West Nile virus. They collected more than 350 cans of repellant, which were delivered to Catholic Charities Fort Worth’s Street Outreach Services team to distribute to the unsheltered homeless population of Fort Worth. Read more from The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
ST. JOHN VIANNEY HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS. About 800 Vianney students and their grandparents gathered Sept. 9 for a celebration of faith and family. The Mass was celebrated by Vianney Chaplain Fr. Tim Kenney. Students also enjoyed lunch with their grandparents and gave them tours of the school. 
Vianney students Brady Hoffmann (left) and his brother Alex join in the Lord’s Prayer with their grandparents
VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL, CLEVELAND, held its opening Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon on Sept. 6. The school also announced the creation of the Nicholas Valentino Scholarship in memory of 1964 St. Joseph graduate Nick Valentino, who passed away in 2010. The scholarship is made possible by a 10-year $100,000 pledge from Nick’s longtime friend, Mark Haskell of Sedona, Arizona.

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

CAPE MAY. Read the September 2012 issue of The Beacon from the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.

LIFE. Read the September 2012 issue of The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE.

MLNNA. Read the September 2012 newsletter from the Marianist Lay Network of North America.


Oct. 2 is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels. On Oct. 2, 1817, the first meeting of those who had decided to embrace religious life in a new Institute gathered at Chaminade’s residence at Villa St. Laurent. Read a list of October feast days.


Maria LaFord and her six-week-old son Tristan joined Tristan’s great-great-uncle Fr. Bill Behringer at the Casa Maria community’s Labor Day gathering in San Antonio

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19        Hugh Charlson, Michael Cochran, Lawrence Doersching, Allison Hewitt, Donald Wallace

21        Rohit Lugun

22        George Cerniglia, Eugene Sweeney

23        Francis Nakagawa, Charles Wanda

24        Timothy Eden

25        James Droste, Terence Weik, Edward Zamierowski

26        Raymond Malley

27        Arockia Doss Mullai A., James Kunes, Edward Longbottom, Jinu Muthukattil, Godfrey Ssenyomo

29        Regulo Hernandez Garcia, Birendra Kullu, Benjamin Mwai, Richard Wosman

30        Hugh Bihl, James Burkholder, Fred Stovall


1          Vijay Minj, Allen Pacquing (aspirant)

2          Michael Bittner, Louis Ernst, M. Gary Marcinowski

3          Joseph Barrett, John-Paul Kirimi, John Lemker, Gerard Sullivan

4          James McCaffrey

5          Samuel Mungai Goko

6          Delmar Jorn, Gary Morris

7          Robert Moriarty

8          Hugo Bastida

9          Gerald Chinchar, Edwin Shiras

12         Raymundo Domínguez González

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