Volume 11, Number 24
Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012


At the final vow procession on Dec. 8 in Deepahalli, front, Bros. John Paul L., Libin Tete and Ashok Dungdung; back, District Superior Bro. Augustus Surin

On Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Bros. Ashok Dungdung, John Paul L. and Libin Tete from the District of India professed final vows at Our Lady of the Seat of Wisdom Chapel in Deepahalli. Fr. Ignatius Loyola Arulappen presided at the Mass. Bro. Augustus Surin, district superior, received the vows. Fr. Charles (Kip) Stander gave the homily. Read more about the Marianists in India. Congratulations, Bros. Ashok, John Paul and Libin!


Front, Bros. Fermín García García, Régulo García Hernández, Deacon Raymundo Domínguez González, Gobi Torres Nazarío, Juan Manuel Azamar and Esteban Reyes Durán; back, Bro. Ed Longbottom, Fr. Marty Solma, Bros. Francisco González, Rigoberto Martínez Hernández and José Jesús Ruiz Santillán. Not present: Bro. José Luis González Molina and Fr. Jim Schimelpfening

From Nov. 23 – 27, Bro. Francisco González and Fr. Marty Solma visited the District of Mexico. They met with individual members of the District and attended a meeting about the District’s progress and mission. They also met with Bishop Faustino, who will ordain Bro. Raymundo Domínguez González on Jan. 26, and attended the celebration of the feast of Christ the King, presided by Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth, at a local parish chapel.


Provincial Marty Solma (standing, right) met with the Sponsorship Task Force at its final meeting in Dallas after two years of work. Seated, Fr. George Cerniglia (chair), Bros. Ed Brink, Dennis Bautista and Armando Añeses; standing, Diane Guerra, Bro. Steve Glodek, Carol Ramey, Fr. Steve Tutas, Beckie Cleveland, Pat Stephens, Tony Fitzgerald and Fr. Marty. Not present, Fr. Richard Wosman

The Province Sponsorship Task Force held its final gathering in Dallas Dec. 6 – 9 after meeting since spring 2011. The group has prepared a recommendation report to be presented this week to the Provincial Council. After the Council makes its comments on the report, the recommendation will be discussed at the Provincial Chapter in March 2013. The Offices of Education and Religious Life will keep administrators of sponsored ministries updated during the next several months.


Above, Bro. John Totten (at 99!) and workshop speaker Susan Komis; below, clockwise from top left: a student from Central Catholic High School gives a lift to Bros. Leo Willett and Al Kuntemeier after the Saturday Eucharist; Bros. Bill McCarthy and Bill Chewning and Sr. Grace Walle; Fr. Jerry Pleva and Bros. Jim Burkholder and Mike Sullivan; and Fr. Joe Rasky, Sr. Estella Ibarra and Bro. Art Cherrier

The first workshop of the three-year Spiritual Renewal effort by the Province began with a workshop in San Antonio Nov. 30 – Dec. 1. Speaker Susan Komis from Contemplative Outreach Ltd. spoke on the “Stages of Prayer as Related to Faith Development” and “The Human Condition.” The Spiritual Renewal Committee is chaired by Bro. Stephen Glodek, with workshops coordinated by Bro. Stephen and Fr. Bill Meyer and Dan Donnelly of the Office of Religious Life. A second workshop was held in St. Louis last weekend; other workshops are scheduled for Cupertino, Calif.; Philadelphia; Dayton, Ohio; and Honolulu.


“Aging with Grace” committee, standing, Fr. Paul Marshall, Bro. John Campbell, Fr. Steve Tutas and Bro. Bob Metzger; seated, Fr. Tim Dwyer and Fr. Paul Landolfi

The “Aging with Grace” committee, which met Dec. 3 – 5 in St. Louis, evaluated two recent workshops presented by Dr. Richard Johnson for Province members: “Well, Wise and Whole” and “The Spirituality of Aging.” The committee also met with Provincial Marty Solma, who helped the committee’s planning. Future efforts will include regional gatherings for Province members focused on the theme of aging with grace.


Toni Mesina, national coordinator of LIFE ministries, shares a video of snapshots from all three regional Marianist LIFE summer 2012 programs. Learn more about Marianist LIFE.
Brian Reavey, far right, with the commission’s leadership, Fr. Francisco O’Conaire, OFM (back) and, front, Fr. Tim Atkin, SVD, Sr. Teresa Dagdag, MM, and Sr. Soledad Galeron
Brian Reavey, assistant for justice, peace & integrity of creation (JPIC), was invited by the General Administration in Rome to represent the Marianist Family at the International JPIC Promoters Workshop from Nov. 22 – 25. The annual conference is sponsored by the Justice & Peace Commission of the International Union of Superiors General. Brian was the only lay person who joined 30 vowed religious from six continents, 20 countries and 25 religious orders.


Jan. 22 is the anniversary of the death of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. “We feel called to give new vitality to the witness of Blessed William Joseph’s life and teachings. We recall his special sensitivity to the world in which he lived and his missionary passion toward the world he loved. It is our task now to incarnate in our lives that legacy which, with his beatification, is a gift for the whole Church.” (From Sent by the Spirit, #2) Read a list of January feast days.
 Bro. Joe Barrish was featured in an article, “Marianist Brother Colors Life with Love” by Debbie M. Price, in the Fall 2012 issue of PARTNERS, the magazine of the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation. Story courtesy Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation – Dayton PARTNERS magazine.
Bro. Joe Barrish. Photo by Julie Walling
 Bro. Steve Glodek facilitated “Brothers Think Tank,” a historic meeting of representatives from the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Religious Formation Conference, the Religious Brothers’ Conference and the National Religious Vocation Conference. Held Nov. 29 – 30 at Maryknoll in Ossining, N.Y., the meeting was moderated by Bro. Robert Croteau, SC. Bro. Steve is former president of the Conference of Major Superiors.
 Bro. Bill Farrell shares an update from Guatemala, where he serves as a teacher in a poor neighborhood. The school’s 70 students range in age from 14 to 54. “Our school is a night school for the poor who never have had a chance to go to school. Our biggest problems this year are malnutrition and gang activities,” writes Bro. Bill. “I believe our efforts are needed as a sign of hope. The Marianists in Guatemala are few, but we are a band of brothers who can help build a new world.”  
 Bro. Jean Dossous from Haiti will become a member of the Province of the United States. He will join the Trinity Avenue community in Dayton; Fr. François Rossier will accompany him during his transition period. Welcome, Bro. Jean!
Bro. Jean Dossous
 Bro. Bob Jones shares that the Chaminade International Seminary Community celebrates a monthly “cultural Mass,” highlighting one of the units of the Society of Mary. On Nov. 29, the Mass celebrated India and was followed by a meal of traditional Indian foods and a presentation about the country and the Marianist Family’s presence there.
 Bro. John Samaha shares two articles that he wrote: “Devotions extend and continue the liturgy” from The Southeast Asia Catholic and “Mary and the Byzentine Liturgy” from Missio Immaculatae International.   
 Fr. Rudy Vela will receive the The Silver Insignia award on Dec. 18 for his support and dedication to the Franklin Institute on the occasion of the institute’s 25th anniversary. Fr. Rudy is the former director of the Spain Semester Study Abroad Program at St. Mary’s University and serves as the school’s vice president for mission and identity. Also receiving the award is Minita Santizo, director of St. Mary’s international studies programs and a Marianist Educational Associate. Congratulations, Fr. Rudy and Minita!
 Ray and Joanne McCracken were featured in a National Catholic Reporter blog post written by Isabella Moyer, president of the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities. The post describes the couple’s involvement in Sacred Heart Parish in Camden, N.J. “Ask Joanne and Ray to describe why they are part of the Sacred Heart community, and they will regale you with a passionate account of a church whose soul is nourished with heavenly hope. This hope becomes incarnate, moving hands and feet to fight the hell of violence and poverty,” writes Isabella.


Fr. David Schuyler (Marianist Community, Cupertino, Calif.), 79, who died Nov. 19, 2012, in Cupertino. May he rest in peace. The wake and Mass of Christian Burial were celebrated on Nov. 30 at Saint Joseph of Cupertino Church. Fr. Paul Marshall presided and represented the Provincial Administration. Fr. Stephen Tutas gave the homily. Burial followed the Mass at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Los Altos, Calif. Read Fr. Dave’s obituary.

Fr. Marcel Coulin (Province of France), 88, who died Dec. 7, 2012, in Saint Hippolyte, France. May he rest in peace. Fr. Marcel’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Fr. Harald Rappersberger (Provine of Austria-Germany), 87, who died Dec. 4, 2012, in Vienna, Austria. May he rest in peace. Fr. Harald’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Bro. Antonio Massa (Province of Italy), 88, who died Nov. 22, 2012, in Rome, Italy. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Antonio’s obituary.

Fr. Bert Iffert, Walter Pieschel and Mike Toohey. Read more.




Courtesy Bro. Bob Resing


Fr. Theodore Cassidy (St. Clair Marianist Community, Cleveland)

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

Bro. James Fitzgibbons (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Bro. Wilbert Hamm (Montgomery Road Marianist Community, Cincinnati)

Fr. Richard Loehrlein (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Fr. Joseph Lynch (Hewlett, New York)

Fr. Lawrence Mann (Cupertino Marianist Community, Cupertino, Calif.)

Bro. Joseph Mariscalco (Meyer Hall Marianist Community, Dayton)

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

Fr. Jack McGrath (Bangalore, India)

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

Bro. Joseph Nu’uanu (Cupertino Marianist Community, Cupertino, Calif.)

Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Fr. Joseph Priestley (Marianist Hall Community, Honolulu)

Deacon Steven Baugh and Jason Rush. Read more.


At a Thanksgiving celebration in Honolulu, from left, Bros. Dave Murphy, Tom Jalbert, Norman Capinpin, Bob Metzger (visiting from Washington, D.C.), Frank Damm and José Degorio. Courtesy Bro. Dennis Schmitz
ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO. St. Mary’s University has received a $1 million gift from alumnus Bill Greehey (B.B.A. ’60) for the newly revamped MBA program, a cohort-based graduate program that centers on values-driven leadership and learning. Bill is chairman of the board and director of NuStar Energy LLC. “Mr. Greehey’s continued support of the St. Mary’s business school and its programs is a strong validation of the dedication and commitment of the school’s faculty and staff, as well as the work happening campus-wide to promote excellence in the Marianist tradition,” said President Thomas M. Mengler.
ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL, SAN FRANCISCO. Joseph Conti has been named interim president of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. He was appointed to the school’s board of trustees in 2004, and he was elected chairman of the board in 2010. Joseph replaces former President Patrick Daly, who resigned last month. Congratulations and welcome, Joseph!
Riordan’s LIFE Team organized the school’s annual toy drive, which benefits needy children in San Francisco. Front, Ramie Aquino and Javier Francisco, back, Manuel Alvarenga ’86, Dan Gonzales, Roderick Hidalgo, Thomas Gaerlan, Graham Gilleran and Ricky Padilla
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, ST. LOUIS. On Dec. 1, 112 Chaminade volunteers – 50 mothers and 62 students – participated in the school’s fifth annual Mother/Son Service Day. The volunteers served at six local organizations in the St. Louis area, including Fr. Dempsey’s Charities, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, St. Louis Arc, Cedars of Town and Country, TASK (Team Activities for Special Kids) and Friends of Kids with Cancer.
CHAMINADE JULIENNE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, DAYTON. Students at CJ raised $2,973 and collected 2,515 non-perishable donation items during the school’s Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week Nov. 12 – 19. Proceeds benefit local, national and international service organizations including The Dayton Food Bank/Holiday Aide, St. Vincent Hotel, Catholic Charities and Oxfam.
DANIEL J. GROSS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, BELLEVUE, NEB. Congratulations to the Gross Catholic Cougars football team, which clinched the school’s first football title – the Class B State Championship – in a 14-7 victory over Norris High School on Nov. 20. Read more.
During November, Gross Catholic’s fifth-annual Hope Totes, organized by the school’s Marianist LIFE team, generated more than 1,300 items for mothers in need. The items were donated to the Bethlehem House, a shelter in Omaha, Neb., that provides women with education, guidance and shelter throughout their pregnancies.
NOLAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, FORT WORTH, TEXAS. Bishop Kevin Vann celebrated a farewell Mass at Nolan before departing Texas for his new assignment as bishop of the Diocese of Orange, Calif. The NCHS community said a special blessing for him at Mass and presented him with a rosary crafted by students from the school’s Rosary Club.
Bro. Al Kuntemeier, Fr. Bob Hackel, Bishop Vann and Fr. Richard Villa
ST. ANTHONY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, WAILUKU, HAWAI’I. St. Anthony’s Action Team and student government officers hosted a “Hawaiian Christmas Senior Ball” for the residents of Hale Makua Wailuku. The students provided Christmas leis and gifts for the residents, sang carols and decorated the home. The ball has become an annual tradition.
ST. JOHN VIANNEY HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS. During November, students at St. John Vianney High School saved loose change in baby bottles for donation to Thrive St. Louis, an ultrasound-equipped van. The collection generated nearly $3,100 and was conducted in partnership with a local Knights of Columbus chapter.
SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL, HONOLULU, faculty and staff prepared more than 300 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on Nov. 21 for the Institute of Human Services. From left, Kevin Allen (librarian), Mario Di Lello (religion teacher), Robbie Murakami (event organizer) and Nate Silva (history teacher)
ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS. John Foppe, the new executive director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis, visited St. Mary’s High School on Nov. 27. The students presented John and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul with a check for $1,100 – proceeds from the sales of More Than A Message, a book of poetry written by St. Mary’s sophomores.


The Provincial Council wishes all the members of the Province and readers of FamilyOnline a blessed Christmas season filled with peace and joy.


The Casa Maria Marianist Community in San Antonio shares this Christmas greeting with the Province. Courtesy Bro. Dennis Bautista


The North American Center for Marianist Studies is offering a five-week course, “Mary, Holy Possibility,” from Jan. 13 – Feb. 16. Read more from NACMS. Register online now through Jan. 9. Email Patti Gehred, NACMS coordinator of virtual learning and curriculum innovation.


St. Louis Marianist Family members are invited to attend a celebration of Foundation Day of Marianist Sodalities on Feb. 2 at Chaminade College Preparatory. The event will begin at 3 p.m. with a presentation by Carol Ramey, director of the North American Center for Marianist Studies, followed by Eucharist and a reception. Watch your mail for an invitation!


Join Fr. David Paul as he directs a Marianist Mission pilgrimage to Spain and Lourdes April 4 – 15, 2013. The journey will include stops at the famous Grotto of Lourdes as well as Madrid, Segovia, Avila, San Lorenzo del Escorial, Toledo, Burgos and San Sebastian in Spain. Read more from the pilgrimage brochure or call Far Horizons at 877.482.8747.


The next issue of FamilyOnline will be published on Jan. 9, 2013. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Province Office of Communications!

DEAN OF STUDENTS. St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School is searching for a new Dean of Students. Read more. Email Karen Orth.

PRINCIPAL. Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, Calif., is seeking a principal. Read more. Email Lois K. Draina.


“Brothers and sisters are as close
as hands and feet.” ~ Vietnamese proverb

Merry Christmas to all the brothers and sisters of the Marianist Family. I am consistently amazed by the good work your hands and feet are able to make happen in the world. Blessings to you this holiday season and throughout 2013. ~ Amy George Rush, editor

Brothers Steven (5) and Jason (3) Rush, sons of Amy George Rush, editor

FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION. Read the December 2012 issue of Via Latina.

CUPERTINO, CALIF. Read the December 2012 update from Fr. Steve Tutas in Cupertino, Calif.

THE FULCRUM. Read the December 2012 issue of The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE.

GIFTS & TASKS. Read the November 2012 issue of Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities.

WORLD COUNCIL OF THE MARIANIST FAMILY. Read the Chirstmas message from the World Council of the Marianist Family.



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13        DuWayne Brisendine

14        John Putka

15        Paul Reich

16        Thomas French, Raimond Toppo

17        Paul Landolfi

18        Sanjay Ekka, Stephen Tutas

19        James Fitzgibbons, Thomas Stanley

20        Augustus Surin

22        Joseph Marshall, Timothy Pieprzyca

23        Francis Smith

24        Michael Kraszewski,   Edward Unferdorfer

25        Joseph Kamis

26        Paul Kageche N’dung’u

27        Paul Hoffman, Juan Manuel Azamar, Suresh Samad

28        William Behringer, Theodore Ley, LeRoy Viera

30        Stanley Zubek

31        Charles Stander


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