Volume 11, Number 3
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012



Bro. José Luis González Molina, center, celebrated his vow profession on Jan. 22 with sister Clara González, father José González Torres, mother Dolores Molina Sánchez and sister-in-law Isidra López Gutiérrez

Bro. José Luis González Molina professed first vows on Jan. 22 at the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe in Querétaro, Mexico. Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth served as the main celebrant and homilist, and Bro. Ed Longbottom received the vows. A reception followed in the chapel’s Adela Center. Festivities concluded with a dinner for 35 guests in the Marianist community’s dining room. The dinner was prepared and served by Bro. Fermin Garcia and his assistants from the school of culinary arts “Maria Reina” in Puebla, Mexico.

Bro. José Luis, born in Chiapas, Mexico, is one of 10 children born to José González Torres and Dolores Molina Sánchez. He entered the novitiate in Santiago de Chile on March 1, 2010. Congratulations and blessings, Bro. José Luis!

Read about Marianist ministries in Mexico.

Bro. Ed and Bro. José Luis during the ceremony


Fr. Xavier RajCardinal Telesphore P. Toppo and Fr. Joseph Barla

On Jan. 29, Frs. Joseph Barla and Fr. Xavier Raj were ordained by Cardinal Telesphore P. Toppo at the Marianist Novitiate Nirmal Deep in Ranchi, Jharkhand, India.

Both Frs. Joseph and Xavier professed first vows on April 29, 2000, and perpetual vows on Jan. 5, 2006. Fr. Joseph is director of the Marianist Community in Binda and works in the Chaminade Rural Development Project (CRDP). Fr. Xavier is director of the Marianist Community in Khamman, Andhra Pradesh, and serves at the Jakob Gapp School.

Congratulations and blessings to Frs. Joseph and Xavier!

Read about Marianist ministries in India.


On Jan. 22, members of the Marianist Family celebrated the 162nd anniversary of the death of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade with special Masses, receptions and other celebrations.

Cleveland, Ohio

About 170 Cleveland-area Marianists and local parishioners celebrated Chaminade Day with Eucharist at St. Aloysius Church followed by a festive meal in the church hall. Courtesy Fr. Ted Cassidy

Deepahalli, Bangalore, India

The scholasticate community in Deepahalli, Bangalore, India hosted members of nearby communities and a group of students from REDS Deepahalli. Here REDS students join in a procession in honor of Fr. Chaminade. Fr. Jack McGrath served as the principal celebrant and homilist for the Mass. Below, at the chapel in Deepahalli, Bro. Peter Paul K. (striped red shirt) in front of REDS students. Photos courtesy of Fr. Kip Stander

Dublin, Ireland

The Dublin community hosted Chaminade Day festivities for members and friends of the Marianist Family. Fr. Tom Schroer presided at a special Mass, which was followed by a traditional “cuppa.” Below, Bro. Jim Contadino and Mary McBride, school chaplain, performed  Anne Hirt’s “Chaminade Pantomime,” recreating moments from Fr. Chaminade’s life. Photos courtesy of Bro. Fred Rech

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Archbishop Victor Hugo Martinez celebrated Eucharist at the Marianist Residence in Guatemala City in honor of Blessed Chaminade. Courtesy Bro. Bill Farrell


Religious and diocesan priests gathered for evening prayer at Mystical Rose Oratory followed by a reception. At the reception, Marianist Lay Associates Rick and Ann Collins with Bro. Dave Murphy; below, Fr. Lane Akiona, SSCC, Bro. Ray Dominguez and Fr. Lusius Nimu, SSCC

Mombasa, Kenya

Read more about the Chaminade Day festivities in Mombasa, Kenya. View a video of the procession into the Chaminade Day Mass. Compiled by Josephine Njeri Njeru of the Kenya Marianist Lay Community.
On Chaminade Day, staff of the Marianist Development Project in Mombasa, Kenya.

San Antonio

On Jan. 22, San Antonio-area brothers, sisters and Lay Marianists gathered at the Marianist Residence for evening prayer, social and supper to celebrate Chaminade Day. Above, from left, Bro. Peter Pontolillo, Fr. Pat McDaid, Fr. Don Cowie and Bro. Mike O’Grady; below, Srs. Grace Walle and Marcy Loehrlein. Photos courtesy Bro. Brian Halderman


Fr. Pablo Rambaud installs Bro. Timothy Phillips as Davao City community director

Fr. Pablo Rambaud, Philippine unit superior, installed Bro. Timothy Phillips as the director of the Marianist community in Davao City, Philippines. Bro. Tim moved to the Philippines last August and spent several months in intense study of the local language. Fr. Pablo and Bro. Oscar Kerketta have moved to the novitiate in Eden, a 45-minute drive into the mountains outside of the city. The novitiate will open in August with a Filipino novice and two novices from the Region of Korea. Bro. Dennis Schmitz, Provincial Council liaison for the Philippines, visited in January to help this process. Courtesy Bro. Dennis

Bro. Oscar, assistant novice director, Fr. Pablo, novice director, and Bro. John Woo, special assistant to the novitiate team


The Province is seeking an Assistant for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. Read the job description. Deadline is Feb. 8.  Send résumés to the Office of Human Resources, 4425 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis MO 63108.


Front row, Errol Christian, Brenda Fitzpatrick, Cynthia Kaderli and Fr. Ted Cassidy; second row, Ted Gorczyca (chair), Sr. Leanne Jablonski, Beth Garascia and Jim Vogt; third row, Tara Poling, Pati Krasensky and Bro. Sean Downing; back, Sr. Grace Walle and Fr. Paul Marshall. Photo courtesy of Kevin Fitzpatrick

The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative’s Steering Committee held its annual meeting in New Orleans from Jan. 13 – 15. Brenda Fitzpatrick, outgoing chair, hosted the meeting, which was a blend of planning, prayer and education. The committee set priorities for the next several years, visited parts of the city hard hit by Hurricane Katrina to learn about the successes and failures of recovery efforts, and installed Ted Gorczyca as the organization’s new chair.


Tom Madison, Ph.D (school of business), Charles Cantu (law school dean), Jacqueline Dansby, Ph.D (Upward Bound), Robert Elizondo (board chairman) and Charles Cotrell (president). Not shown: Fr. Kip Stander (former chaplain). Courtesy Fr. Rich Wosman

St. Mary’s University in San Antonio announced the 2012 recipients of the school’s Marianist Heritage Awards, which recognize members of the university community who devote themselves to the school’s Catholic and Marianist mission: Fr. Kip Stander, former university chaplain; Robert Elizondo, chairman of the board of trustees; Charles Cantu, law school dean; Thomas Madison, Ph.D., professor in the Bill Greehey School of Business; and Jacqueline Dansby, Ph.D., director of the Upward Bound Program. The recipients were honored at a special Mass on Jan. 24 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, followed by a luncheon in the University Center, during which the awards were presented.


Volunteers from San Antonio who helped out at TECABOCA

A volunteer work crew from St. Matthew Parish in San Antonio and students from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio traveled to TECABOCA in Mountain Home, Texas, to help with several projects, including building a new fence, creating a new courtyard between the Chapel and Main House, and clearing brush on the waterfront and mesquite bushes in the horse pasture. Fr. Pat McDaid celebrated Mass with the group.


 Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth (Puebla, Mexico) has been named this year’s honoree of the Rose Louise Ballinger Language Majors Scholarship at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. The scholarship is funded by Robert and Virginia Ballinger in memory of their only child Rose Louise who died at birth. Read Robert’s tribute to Fr. Quentin.

 Bro. Steve Glodek (Philadelphia) published an article in Testimonio titled, El religioso hermano: su razón de ser como consagrado (Revista No, 248, Noviembre-Diciembre 2011). Testimonio is a magazine for religious in South America. He will be conducting a workshop in Arizona on “The Spirituality of Administration” for the provincials and councils for the Conference of Major Superiors of Men.

 Bro. Jack Ventura (Philadelphia) recently conducted an in-service retreat day for the faculty of Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, Texas, on the topic of “Respect and Dignity and the Marianist Educational Tradition.”
 Nature photography by Bro. John Lemker (Marianist Novitiate, Dayton) will be on display at Gallery Saint John in Dayton from Feb. 15 – March 18.
 Bro. Jack Somerville (Marianist Novitiate, Dayton) reports that the plastic sheeting is now in place over the greenhouse at Mount Saint John in Dayton. The greenhouse is being built in memory of Josh Ray, an MSJ employee who died in July 2011. Josh’s family donated the funds for the purchase of the greenhouse. See more photos.
 An essay by Diane Guerra, Province director of communications, was published on “At War,” a blog of The New York Times. The essay is an excerpt from a memoir she just completed about her son Eric’s decision to join the Marines out of high school and her relationship with him during his two tours in Iraq.


 Bro. Donald Winfree, 2005  Bro. Donald, 2004
  • Bro. Donald Winfree (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton), 68, who died Jan. 25, 2012, in Dayton, Ohio. May he rest in peace. Visitation and the Mass of Christian Burial for Bro. Donald will be on Feb. 4 at Queen of Apostles Chapel. Fr. Paul Marshall will serve as presider and represent the Provincial Administration. Fr. George Cerniglia will be the homilist. Burial will follow the Mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount St. John. Read Bro. Donald’s obituary.
  • Thomas (Jerome) Ruhnke and Nancy Winfree. Read more.




Courtesy Bro. John Lemker


  • Bro. James Burkholder (Central Catholic, San Antonio).
  • Bro. Bill Deanhofer (Governor’s Island Marianist Community, Huntsville, Ohio).
  • Bro. Gregory DeMoor (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
  • Bro. James Fitzgibbons (Washington Street, Dayton).
  • Fr. Michael Lisbeth (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton).
  • Bro. Joseph Marshall (Casa San Juan, San Antonio).
  • Fr. James McKay (Mercy Siena, Dayton).
  • Fr. George Onida (Marianist Community, Eldersburg, Md.)
  • Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).
  • Bro. Thomas Redmond (Marianist Community, Cape May Point, N.J.)
  • Maureen Cahill, Gary Leibl and Sharon ReynoldsRead more.


CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY OF HONOLULU. On Jan. 20, Chaminade Marianist Educational Associates recommitted themselves for another year of service to the university during an evening prayer service. Front, Fr. George Cerniglia (university rector and MEA advisor), Yukio Ozaki, Dave Coleman, Venus Ituralde, Barb Belle, Joe Allen, Kapono Ryan, Val Coleman and Kay Stone; back row, Dave Anderson, Aulani Kaanoi, Mike Haisen, Grissel Benitez-Hodge, Janine Kurosawa, Sharon LePage, Mary Pat Sjostrom, Larry Osborne and Patti Lee-Robinson. Courtesy Vincent Hodge


ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO. Brian St. John, assistant professor of art and chair of the art department at St. Mary’s University, has been named the 2012 Artist of the Year by the San Antonio Art League and Museum. St. John’s exhibition will be at the museum from April 15 – May 26. 


St. Mary’s University international relations professor Larry Hufford, Ph.D., has been honored with the 2012 Baha’i Unity of Humanity Award for his longtime efforts to promote understanding, peace and equality. The award was presented by the Martin Luther King Commission during the city’s annual King Commission Public Award Ceremony on Jan. 17.


Bros. Bob Hoppe, Dave Murphy, Ray Dominguez, Frs. John Thompson and Ken Templin 
SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL, HONOLULU. On Jan. 20, Saint Louis School and the Marianist communities in Honolulu gathered to celebrate the Feast of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. During Mass, the school’s Blessed William Joseph Chaminade Award, which recognizes a commitment to the Gospel message and Marianist charism, was bestowed upon faculty member Robbie Murakami, ’85, and student Byung Hee Chun, ’12 (pictured below).  



SAINT JOHN VIANNEY HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS, held a Mass honoring the school’s two Marianist jubilarians, seated, Bros. Jim Maus (50 years) and Ken Jung (70 years). Standing, Fr. Tim Kenney, Bro. Walter Ebbesmeyer, Andy Kosmowski, Fr. Don Cahill, Bros. Mel Meyer, Roy McLoughlin and Chester Burnog


Twenty-two Vianney students participated in the March for Life. Pictured with the students are moderators Fr. Tim Kenney and Nick Kheriaty. Photos courtesy Fr. Tim


CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, ST. LOUIS. On Jan. 23, Chaminade welcomed Dr. Michael Thompson (left, with Fr. Ralph Siefert, president) for several workshops at its Skip Viragh Center for the Arts. Thompson presented an all-day workshop on educating boys for the Chaminade College Prep and St. Mary’s High School faculty as well as other educators. He also gave a presentation on boys’ development from birth to age 18 to over 500 parents that evening. Dr. Thompson is a consultant, author and psychologist specializing in children and families. He is an author and co-author of numerous books and articles on raising and educating boys in America; most notable is his New York Times best-selling book, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (Ballantine Books, 1999). 






Read a list of February feast days.


On Saturday, May 12, Bro. Brian Zampier will lead a Sketchbook/Journal Day at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Mo. Read more..



CAMPUS MINISTRY GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS. The University of Dayton is accepting applications for campus ministry graduate assistantships for students pursuing master’s degrees in theology or pastoral ministry. Applications are due March 1. Read more. Email Kelly Adamson.


IO-MLC. Read the January 2012 issue of Gifts & Tasks, the newsletter of the International Organization of Lay Marianist Communities.

MSJC. Read the January 2012 issue of Justice Jottings, the newsletter from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.

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