Volume 11, Number 9
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
|Fr. Jim Fitz (vice president for mission and rector) blesses a statue of Chaminade on the campus of the University of Dayton on April 20. Courtesy Larry Burgess|
On April 20, the University of Dayton dedicated and blessed a statue of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. The statute was donated by President Daniel J. Curran and his wife Claire Renzetti as “a gift of thanksgiving for the Marianists.” Former Marianist and UD alumnus Joseph Aspell created the statue, which depicts a younger Chaminade returning to France from exile in Spain.
“He is moving, working to begin his mission. And he looks down on us to invite us to join him in this work,” said Joan McGuinness Wagner, director of Marianist strategies for UD. “The book in his arm is a symbol of the Marianist quest for knowledge through faith and reason.”
The UD sculpture is one of four throughout the Province. Smaller versions are on display in the Province office in St. Louis and at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. Another full-size sculpture will be installed at Chaminade University of Honolulu.
UPDATE ON THE MARIANISTS’ PROTECTION OF CHILDREN
As part of an ongoing process to protect children, the Marianist Province of the United States has successfully completed an independent review and is now accredited through 2015. Specialists from Praesidium, Inc. thoroughly reviewed the Province’s policies, conducted site visits and interviewed Province members, including those in formation, vocation and formation directors, those on the Provincial Council and members of the Province independent review board. Bro. Joe Kamis, assistant provincial, coordinated the effort.
This accreditation is the second, three-year accreditation process the Province has undergone with Praesidium. The Conference of the Major Superiors of Men (a group of leaders of male religious orders in the United States) chose Praesidium to verify that its standards for accreditation were being met. The Province is in accord with the policies for child protection established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002 (Dallas Charter).
“Although we have received accreditation, the protection of children and the healing of victims are an ongoing responsibility, and our efforts will be ongoing,” said Provincial Marty Solma.
GENERAL ADMINISTRATION MEMBERS VISIT NEPAL AND INDIA
|Members of the General Administration recently visited Bishop House in Kathmandu, Nepal. Above, front, Superior General Fr. Manuel Cortés, Bishop Anthony Sharma, S.J. (Kathmandu), Bro. Augustus Surin (regional superior), Bro. Ed Violett (assistant for temporalities); back, Bro. Antony Nesam and Bro. Renny Markose (principal of Don Bosco School, Nepal). Photo courtesy Bro. Antony Nesam. Below, in Bangalore, Bro. Ed, Fr. Kip Stander, Bro. Augustus, Fr. Manuel, Archbishop Bernard Moras, Fr. Jack McGrath and Bro. Anthony Xavier. Photo courtesy Fr. Kip|
YOUNG ADULTS FROM NEW JERSEY, NEW YORK GATHER FOR FAITH-SHARING
|Front, Sara Durand, Jenn Cunha and Andrew Gerbetz; back, Diana Cassidy, Liz Sucich, Angela Gorzyca and Kathy Murray. Courtesy Sara|
On March 26, members of the Marianist young adult group of New Jersey/New York City gathered for their monthly prayer meeting at the home of Sara Durand. The group used resources from the World Council of the Marianist Family to launch discussions, reflections and prayer.
READ MORE ABOUT LAY MARIANIST COMMUNITIES
ST. ALOYSIUS PARISH EVANGELIZATION TEAM
On April 17, the evangelization team from St. Aloysius Parish in Cleveland attended the Evangelization Roundtable, a workshop sponsored by the Diocese of Cleveland. The team promotes projects that invite new members to join the parish, including a “Jesus Walk” through surrounding neighborhoods and “bring-a-friend” events throughout the year.
|Fr. Pat Tonry (Marianist Novitiate, Dayton) has been assigned to the new community in Philadelphia effective July 1, 2012. Pat will continue to minister with the Marianist Mission in Dayton.|
|Bro. DuWayne Brisendine (Marianist Center Community, Hawai’i) has been assigned to the Marianist Community at Woodlawn in San Antonio. DuWayne will minister at Central Catholic High School.|
|Andrew Caruso (top) and Nhan Nguyen have decided to withdraw from the novitiate. Andrew plans to remain in the Dayton area and hopes to find employment in elder-care. Nhan will relocate to the Cleveland area and is pursuing employment in high school ministry. “We are grateful for these good men who have shared their life with us in community and mission, and we are grateful for the brothers who have been so supportive during this important time of vocational discernment,” said Provincial Marty Solma.|
STRATEGIC PLANNING TASK FORCE SETS DIRECTION FOR REDS
|Front, Bro. Kuldeep Ekka, Bro. George Hans, Bro. Anthony Xavier and Mrs. Prema Manthesh; second row, Fr. Kip Stander, Bro. Darwin Joseph, Bro. Raj Mohan and Bro. Libin Minj; third row, Bro. Alex Toppo, Bro. K. Peter Paul and Mr. Chikkaveeregowda; back, Bro. A. Arokia Doss, Fr. Jack McGrath, Fr. Dave Paul and Bro. Lucian Tigga|
On April 21, 2012, the REDS (Ragpickers Educational Development Scheme) Strategic Planning Task Force completed its work under the direction of Fr. Dave Paul, Province director of development for ministries in developing units. The task force created long-range plans for REDS programs in Deepahalli, Bangalore and Ranchi. Fr. Jack McGrath, assistant district superior, was present for the concluding celebrations. The 13 members met at the Deepahalli Educational Centre and REDS Deepahalli.
ST. MARY’S THROWS 251ST BIRTHDAY PARTY
|On April 12, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio hosted a 251st birthday party for Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. About 500 members of the university community attended the celebration. Clockwise from top left, Leah Bowen (campus recreation), Bro. Brian Halderman (university ministry) and Crystal Valencia (residence life); Chami with cake; Fr. Bernard Lee (theology) and Emily Hartigen (law school); and St. Mary’s seniors Christopher Rivas and Melina Hernandez with Chami|
TECABOCA OFFERS NEW “SHORT SESSION” THIS SUMMER
|Tecaboca in Mountain Home, Texas, is offering a new “short session” boys camp this summer. The session runs June 3 – 7 for first-time boy campers ages seven through 10. Regular sessions resume June 17 – 30 and July 1 – 14 for boys ages seven through 14. Read more about the boys’ camp.|
HOLY WEEK CELEBRATIONS ACROSS THE PROVINCE
Members of the Marianist Family celebrated Holy Week across the Province with a variety of celebrations.
|Fr. Bhaskar Galleli, Fr. Varghese Manooparampil and Fr. Jack McGrath at the Holy Thursday liturgy in Deepahalli.|
|Fr. Gerry Hammel at the Easter Vigil in Lusaka, Zambia|
|The Marianist Hall Community hosted an Easter brunch for the Hale Pohaku community and guests. Bro. Tom Jalbert served as chef. Courtesy Bro. Bernie Ploeger|
|The Hale Malia community and guests gathered for Easter dinner. Front, Fr. Ken Templin, Cassin Muramoto (contact and Holy Week live-in guest), Corey Simon (Holy Week live-in guest), Fr. John Thompson; middle, Bros. Rayler Domínguez, Bob Maruyama, José Degorio, Bob Hoppe and John Campbell; back, Bro. Dave Murphy, Tom Jalbert (Marianist Hall), Frs. George Cerniglia, Tim Eden, Bro. Dennis Schmitz, Joe Peters (chair, department of education at Chaminade University of Honolulu), Bro. Tom Payne and Fr. Paul Fitzpatrick (Marianist Hall). Courtesy Bro. Dennis|
|Bro. Gene Frank, Fr. Chris Conlon and Bro. Jim Leahy (Cupertino, Calif.) during an Easter Monday drive down California’s Route 1|
|The Stonemill/Kiefaber community in Dayton celebrated both Easter and Bro. Tom Farnsworth‘s birthday. Bro. Tom Pieper presents a birthday cake to Bro. Tom while his mother looks on. Courtesy Bro. Charlie Wanda|
|MAY FEAST DAYS|
|Read a list of May feast days. May 1 is the feast of St. Joseph the Worker. On this feast day, we ask ourselves: “How can we see work with a sacred dignity and meaning?”|
|WHO’S DOING WHAT|
|The National Association of Pastoral Musicians will honor Bro. Howard Hughes as Pastoral Musician of the Year when it gathers for its national convention in Washington, D.C., from July 29 – Aug. 2. In his letter of invitation to Bro. Howard, the association’s president, J. Michael McMahon, said, “Your compositions for the liturgy are beautiful, delightful and spirited, and have fostered strong participation by the worshiping assembly as they pray the texts you have set to music.” Read more from the Diocese of San Jose, Calif.|
|Bro. Ray Fitz (Stonemill Road, Dayton) is featured in the Spring 2012 issue of University of Dayton Magazine. “Few personify the Catholic, Marianist character of UD better than Bro. Ray,” writes Daniel Curran, president of UD. “He continues to lead through service to others.”|
|Photo courtesy Larry Burgess of UD|
|On April 12, students from Chaminade Middle School in Chatsworth, Calif., participated in a service trip to local soup kitchens and then visited the Cupertino, Calif., Marianist community. Above, Bro. Paul Fennelly with students; below, Frs. Larry Mann and Joe Stefanelli with students. Fr. Joe was a student of Fr. Larry.|
|Isabella Moyer (president, International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities) has been invited to join National Catholic Reporter’s “NCR Today” blog, a collection of commentary from individual bloggers who write about church and secular topics. She launched her blog catholic dialogue in December 2010 and writes a column in Canada’s Prairie Messenger.|
|Bro. LeRoy Viera (West Hills, Calif.) created ceramic crosses for rooms at Saint Louis School in Honolulu and Chaminade College Preparatory in California. Courtesy Fr. Ted Ley|
|Read a tribute to the late Fr. John Rechtein, written by Ray Laramie, who graduated from St. John Vianney High School in 1966. “Since 2004, I’ve been a math teacher at Glastonbury High School in Connecticut. I have always remarked to my classes that the most important teacher in my high school career was Bro. John Rechtein,” he writes. Fr. John died in 2001 at the age of 64.|
|PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF…|
|Tobias Ferrer, 45, who died April 17, 2012, in Porterville, Calif. May he rest in peace. Tobias was a former Marianist religious. Originally from Mexico, Tobias entered the novitiate in 2002 and spent his ministry experience during the second year of his novitiate at the DeSales Crossings community in Cincinnati. He made his first profession in 2004.|
|Tobias Ferrer in 2007 in Tucson|
Janie Apac, Catherine Burick, Michael Elizondo, Cardinal Luis Aponte Martínez, Teresa Surin and Felicidad dela Vega Ramos. Read more.
READ THE OBITUARIES OF MARIANIST BROTHERS AND PRIESTS SINCE 2007.
BEE ON FLOWER IN SPRING
|Courtesy Lyn Lucas, Marianist Galleries in St. Louis|
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF…
Bro. Frank Annunziata (Region of Eastern Africa)
Bro. Cletus Behlmann (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)
Bro. James Fitzgibbons (Washington Street Marianist Community, Dayton)
Bro. Basant Kujur (District of India)
Bro. Howard Lohrey (Marianist Community, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Fr. Joseph Mary Marshall (Casa San Juan, San Antonio)
Fr. James McKay (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)
Bro. Paul Metzger (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)
Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)
Fr. Joseph Priestley (Marianist Hall, Honolulu)
Thomas Buenger, Delaney Elizabeth, Elly Gathungu and Silvana Ventucci. Read more.
|FROM THE SCHOOLS…|
|READ MORE ABOUT MARIANIST EDUCATION|
|UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, DAYTON. The Association for Student Affairs at Catholic Colleges and Universities awarded the University of Dayton its 2012 Best Practices Award in the dean of students category. Read more from UD. On April 13, UD’s Fitz Center for Leadership in Community celebrated its 10th anniversary. The center’s academic, community and research programs coordinate and facilitate learning and scholarship throughout UD, within the Dayton community and between the two. Read more from UD.|
|CHAMINADE JULIENNE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, DAYTON. Ten Chaminade Julienne students created award-winning entries in the Max May Memorial Holocaust Art and Writing Contest at the Dayton Area Yom Hashoah Observance. They received their awards on April 19 at Beth Abraham Synagogue.|
|CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREPARATORY, ST. LOUIS, celebrated the school’s 87 scholarship recipients at a luncheon on April 17. With Provincial Marty Solma are scholarship recipients Kaven Bui, Danny Lin, Kevin Ishimwe and Eveardo Avila. Danny, who is from China, and Kevin, who is from Rwanda, benefit from Marianist-sponsored scholarships.|
|NOLAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, FORT WORTH, TEXAS. On Good Friday, more than 40 NCHS students, faculty, staff, friends and family members gathered to volunteer their help to a Nolan family affected by recent severe storms in the area.
|Every Thursday afternoon, students at Nolan gather in the library to create handcrafted rosaries. The school’s Rosary Club, now in its second year, has donated more than 100 rosaries to charitable causes. It takes two to three hours to complete a rosary. “We don’t hurry the process,” said Cary Meiners, Nolan’s assistant principal of student affairs, who founded and sponsors the club. Once a rosary is completed, the student artist spends a private moment in the campus chapel praying with it for the person who will eventually receive it. All of the rosaries are blessed by Fr. Richard Villa, president, before they are packaged and delivered.|
|ST. ANTHONY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL, MAUI. Senior Jillian Strong (left) received the Outstanding VolunTEEN Award and Outstanding Leadership Award for Maui County. Mayor Alan Arakawa presented Jillian with the awards during a ceremony on April 16.|
|SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL, HONOLULU. On Holy Thursday, April 5, more than 600 Saint Louis School students, faculty and staff participated in a student-led prayer service in the McCabe gym. LIFE Team members, moderators, and faculty members began the service with the washing of the feet, followed by a re-enactment of the Way of the Cross.|
|JUST ONE MORE…|
|Fr. Bill O’Connell with students from Chaminade Middle School in Chatsworth, Calif.|
CAPE MAY. Read the April 2012 issue of The Beacon from the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.
MSJC. Read the April 2012 issue of Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative.
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