Volume 11, Number 8
Wednesday, April 11, 2012


The Marianists who served at St. John’s in 1973, front, F. McCulkin, F. Springman, C. Jordan, R. Springman; back, C. Luttenberger, D. Mulvihill, Fr. Patrick Philbin, R. Nicholls, Fr. Paul Landolfi, Bros. Ray Miklich and Tom Trager

The Marianists have announced their departure from ministry at St. John’s Residence for Boys in Rockaway Park, N.Y., effective June 30, 2012. The end of Marianist involvement at St. John’s also will necessitate the closing of the brothers’ community housed there.

St. John’s began as an orphan asylum in 1826. The Marianists have administered the home since 1937. The home is now a contemporary program with a residential treatment center, diagnostic reception center, a non-secure detention group home and an educational service center. Read more about St. John’s history.

St. John’s Residence for Boys

Since 1937, more than 200 Marianists have served at St. John’s. Fr. Thomas Bodie served as the first Marianist director. Bro. Ray Miklich has served the residence for 53 years, and Bro. Tom Trager has served for close to 40. Former St. John’s residents who became Marianists include Bros. Frank Annunziata and Carmine Annunziata (Region of Eastern Africa), Fr. Paul Landolfi (Rockaway Park, N.Y.), Bro. Mike Kraszewski (Hollywood, Fla.) and Bro. John O’Donnell, who died in 2001.

 Bro. Ray Miklich  Bro. Tom Trager  Fr. Paul Landolfi  Bro. Mike Kraszewski

Provincial Marty Solma described St. John’s as a revered, longtime ministry for the Marianists. “We will always be grateful for the many Marianists and staff members who have served at St. John’s, for the generous donors who have made St. John’s so successful, and for the members of the board, who have been so supportive and cooperative. We are gratified that the Marianists have served boys and families at risk for almost three-quarters of a century.”

Read two tributes to the Marianists from alums of St. John’s.

On May 20, the Province will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at nearby St. Camillus Parish, followed by a reception at the parish’s Springman Hall, to honor both the Marianist contribution to St. John’s and the many people who have given generously of themselves over the years. For information, email Fr. Paul Landolfi.


Congratulations to Brian Reavey, who has been appointed assistant for justice, peace and the integrity of creation, effective April 30, 2012. Brian returns to the Province after holding the position of executive director of the Center for FaithJustice in New Jersey. Brian will work from the Province office in St. Louis.

For seven years, Brian served the Province as national coordinator for Marianist LIFE in Philadelphia, unifying and expanding three regional summer programs into a year-round faith formation program. He is a graduate of the University of Dayton in religious studies.

Brian is president of the board of directors for the Love & Mercy Coalition USA and served as a member of the advisory board for the Romero Center, a national social justice education center.

“I am honored, humbled and thrilled with the opportunity to serve the Marianist Province in this position,” said Brian. “I look forward to collaborating with members of the Province and Marianist Family to advance justice in our local and global communities.”


Marianists of the Foundation of the Philippines gathered for their annual retreat at the Benedictine Monastery of Transfiguration in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Province in Mindanao Island. Fr. George Cerniglia led the retreat.

Bros. Raimond Toppo and Timothy Phillips, Fr. George Cerniglia, Bros. Oscar Kerketta, George Kemmett and John Woo and Fr. Pablo Rambaud. Courtesy Fr. Pablo


On April 1, the Marianist communities at Deepahalli celebrated Palm Sunday.Fr. Bhaskar Galleli served as the celebrant.


On March 23, Bros. Sean Downing (far left) and Tom Pieper (back, far right) and Sr. Laura Leming (back, second from left) hosted a discernment evening at the Stonemill Road community in Dayton. Nine students attended the evening meeting, which included prayer, a Lenten supper and time for quiet reflection. Bro. Tom gave a presentation titled, “Anchored in God.”


Fr. Paul Landolfi, U.S. Province liaison to the Postulator General for Marianist Causes, shares with FamilyOnline readers information about Blessed Carlos Eraña (1884-1936), Civil War martyr in Ciudad Real. “Our Marianist ‘saints’ are ordinary people just like us,” writes Fr. Paul. “They had the same joys and difficulties we often have. We should get to know them, talk with them, pray to them.”
 Bro. John Campbell (Hale Malia, Honolulu) has been appointed by Bishop Larry Silva to chair the Diocese of Honolulu’s Diocesan Pastoral Council (DPC), an advisory council to the bishop. The council is composed of representatives from each vicariate and religious community that ministers in the diocese. 
 Fr. Chris Conlon (Chambers Street, Dayton) delivered a presentation during the Holy Week retreat for the Marianist community in Cupertino, Calif.
 Sr. Laura Leming, FMI, has been named one of the University of Dayton’s five “Scholars in Global Solidarity,” a pilot program launched by Catholic Relief Services. UD will join St. John’s University and University of San Francisco in the year-long series of monthly colloquia. 
 Members of the Stonemill-Kiefaber community visited Bro. Charlie Wanda’s current show “Memories” at Gallery Saint John on March 26.  The show runs through April 22.
Fr. Bert Buby contemplates Bro. Charlie’s painting,”Do whatever he tells you.”
 On March 21, several brothers joined St. Mary’s University alumnus Bill Greehey (center, black sweater), chairman of the board and director of NuStart Energy, for a San Antonio Spurs basketball game at the AT&T Center. 
 Bro. Brian Zampier (Maryland Avenue, St. Louis) posts pages from his sketchbooks on his Facebook page. “I love keeping sketchbooks—I’m currently on number 89—so I thought I would produce one on my iPad. This way, I save paper and get to share the book with my Facebook friends.” Email Bro. Brian for information about his sketchbook workshops.

 Bro. Herbert Janson, 2004

Bro. Herbert

Bro. Herbert Janson (Marianist Residence, San Antonio, Tex.), 88, who died March 31, 2012, in San Antonio. May he rest in peace. The visitation and rosary were held on April 3 at the Marianist Residence in San Antonio. The Mass of Christian Burial was held on April 4 at Holy Rosary Parish. Fr. William Meyer was the presider and homilist. Burial followed the Mass at the Marianist cemetery on the campus of St. Mary’s University. Read Bro. Herbert’s obituary.


 Fr. John McEnhill

 Fr. John, recent

Fr. John McEnhill (Marianist Community, Cupertino, Calif.), 83, who died March 22, 2012, in Cupertino. May he rest in peace. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on March 30 at St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish. Fr. William Meyer was the presider and represented the Provincial Council. Fr. William A. O’Connell was the homilist. Burial took place at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery on March 31. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated for Fr. John at 5:30 p.m. on May 20 at the Blessed Chaminade Chapel at Chaminade College Preparatory High School in West Hills, Calif. Read Fr. John’s obituary.

Bro. Cándido Ortiz de Elguea (Province of Spain), 89, who died March 24, 2012, in Madrid, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Cándido’s obituary.

Fr. Jim Bajorek, Ann Best, Louis Bezdek, John Brennan, Benny Crisostomo, Rosalie McDowell, Daniel Ring, Robert Sawyer and Mario Stefanini. Read more.



Countryside surrounding the Benedictine Monastery of Transfiguration, Philippines. Courtesy Fr. Pablo Rambaud


Bro. Cletus Behlmann (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

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

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

Fr. James McKay (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Bro. Paul Metzger (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Bro. Jesse O’Neill (Marianist Community, Eldersburg, Md.)

Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Irene Deaves, Tobias Ferrer, Carol Meils, MD, Jack O’Neill, Angela Pinto, Regina Ramey, Cindy Stooksberry and Robert Valentine. Read more.

SAINT MARY’S UNIVERSITY, SAN ANTONIO, received a $1 million gift toward a new baseball stadium from alum Dave Dickson. “Having lived next door to the university since 1950, I have been affiliated with the place for 60-something years,” said Dave. “It’s just a special place. The brothers are special; their mission in life is special. I am just doing what I can to give back.” Read more from Today’s Catholic.  

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll has again recognized St. Mary’s University for its strong commitment to service and civic engagement. St. Mary’s is one of only two Texas colleges and universities included in the 2012 Honor Roll with Distinction list. Read more from St. Mary’s.

UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, DAYTON. UD hosted an International Students Festival on March 24 at the Kennedy Union Ball Room. At the festival, Bro. Daniel Odero Osino and students Kristin Anne Mullen-Muh (left) and Ligia Lopez (right) with artifacts from Kenya, Zambia and Malawi. Courtesy Bro. Daniel
ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL, SAN FRANCISCO. The National Catholic Reporter profiled Archbishop Riordan’s new residency program, which is housed in the Marianists’ former residence at the school. The program has 23 students, including boys from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Vietnam. Read the article.
CHAMINADE JULIENNE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, DAYTON. For the second consecutive season, the CJ Eagles women’s track team took home the Division II/III indoor track state championship at the Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches (OATCCC) meet. The Eagles are the first team in school history to win back-to-back state championships in consecutive seasons.
CHAMINADE-MADONNA COLLEGE PREPARATORY, HOLLYWOOD, FLA., has announced its new educational technology initiative, which places iPads in the hands of all students and teachers beginning in the 2012-2013 school year. “Blessed Chaminade was insistent that the ‘signs of the times’ be understood in all of his endeavors. Advances in technology are one of the signs of the current times and Chaminade-Madonna is moving ahead to use those advances for the benefit of our students and their abilities to learn,” said Fr. Larry Doersching, president. 
PURCELL MARIAN HIGH SCHOOL, CINCINNATI. On March 31, several Marianists participated in the 7th Annual Purcell Marian High School 5k run. This year’s run was in memory of Ali Tracy Nunnery, former librarian, who lost her fight to cancer in November. To honor her, many participants did two of her favorite things – wore pink and dressed up! 
Sitting, Bro. Bob Politi, Sr. Nicole Trahan, Fr. Gene Contadino; standing: Bro. Bob Jones and Bro. Bill Grundish
ST. ANTHONY JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL, MAUI. Four St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School seniors have been awarded scholarships from the Major League Baseball Players Trust/Volunteers of America: Jillian Strong, Michelle Rabara, Matthew Matasci and Kaycie Pico 
SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL, HONOLULU, welcomed Bishop Larry Silva to campus for breakfast on March 22. “Bagels with the Bishop,” an initiative started by the Augustine Educational Foundation, fosters engagement and down-to-earth connections between the bishop and local Catholic school seniors. Vicar general Father Gary Secor and Hawai’i Catholic Schools Superintendent Dr. Mike Rockers also attended.
VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH HIGH SCHOOL, CLEVELAND. On March 7, students from VASJ’s Christian Leadership class delivered banners to both Chardon High School and Auburn Career Center, which were affected by the recent Chardon High School shootings. The Christian Leadership class made the banners and the entire student body signed them. 
Frs. John Thompson and Tim Eden prepare for Easter in Honolulu. See more photos from Easter celebrations in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

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

INDIA. Read the March 2012 newsletter from the District of India.

MLNNA. From MLNNA’s President Rudy Reyes Jr., read Dying to Live and Extravagant Love.


PRESIDENT. Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore is seeking a president. Read the job description. The application deadline is April 27. Contact Sr. Charmaine Krohe SSND at



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