Volume 12, Number 10
Wednesday, May 15, 2013


At the San Antonio jubilarian celebration, Fr. Paul Marshall, Bro. Joe Kamis, Bro. DuWayne Brisendine (60 years), Bro. James Burkholder (50 years), Bro. Louis Ernst (60 years), Bro. Cletus Behlmann (60 years), Bro. Richard Schrader (60 years), Bro. Lawrence McBride (50 years), Fr. Anthony Jansen (70 years), Fr. James Mueller (60 years), and Bro. Joseph Barrett (70 years). Not present: Bro. Gerry Hyland (60 years). Courtesy Bahram Mark Sobhani

On May 4, the Province honored San Antonio jubilarians during a Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel on the campus of St. Mary’s University. Fr. Paul Marshall presided and Bro. Joe Kamis accepted the renewal of vows. Fr. Jim Tobin gave the homily. A social and dinner followed the celebration at the University Center where friends and family enjoyed the program hosted by Bro. Mike O’Grady.

View a slideshow of photos from the jubilee celebration.


At the May 1 first vow profession in Ranchi, India, Bro. Del Jorn, Fr. Kip Stander, Pratap Beck, Jerin Pananthanam, Praveen Kumar, District Superior Augustus Surin, Felix Raja, Telesphore Soreng, Ignase Arulappen and Sr. Teresa Ferre, FMI

Five brothers professed first vows on May 1, 2013, in the Chapel at Nirmal Deep, the Marianist Novitiate in Ranchi, India: Felix Raja, Jerin Pananthanam, Praveen Kumar, Pratap Beck and Telesphore Soreng. District Superior Bro. Augustus Surin received the vows and gave a message of thanksgiving. Novice Master Fr. Ignase Arulappen served as the main celebrant. Fr. Joseph Barla was the homilist and master of ceremonies. More than 250 members of the Marianist Family and guests joined the celebration. Read more about vocations in the Society of Mary.


The brothers in Hawai’i had a full weekend in Honolulu with the Spiritual Renewal workshop May 3 – 4 and the 60th jubilee celebration for Fr. Allen DeLong on May 5. Clockwise from top left, Bro. Robert Maruyama, workshop speaker Susan Komis, and Frs. Paul Fitzpatrick and Allen DeLong; Fr. John Thompson and Bro. Brandon Alana; Bros. Paco Gomes, Gary Morris and Dennis Schmitz; Bros. John Campbell, Ken Templin and Norman Capinpin; and Fr. George Cerniglia and Bros. Bernie Ploeger and Fred Silbereis


The Marianist LIFE regional coordinators gathered in Philadelphia for their annual meeting. Local Lay Marianists joined them for dinner on Friday, and the group spent time at the local Marianist community on Saturday. From left, Bro. José Matos, Dan Donnelly, Luis Guerra, Michael Loyet, Kate Beskid, Sam Dietch, Jessica Gonzalez, Julie Nagasako, Sr. Grace Walle and Toni Mesina
On April 26, Toni Mesina, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE, met with the SHINE (Students Help Inspire New Experiences) team (above) at Chaminade College Preparatory Middle School in Chatsworth, Calif. The students shared information about the different apostolic works they do as a group, which include prayer services and community building events. Read more about Marianist LIFE.


The ninth cohort of the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative began its program in Dayton on April 26 – 28. Thirteen participants from around the country will embrace the Marianist charism and work to build communities in the tradition of Fr. Chaminade. Courtesy Pati Krasensky. Read more about Lay Marianists.


 Sr. Eileen Mortimer, SSJ, Joyce Honer and Bro. Stephen Glodek

The Visitation Marianist State Community held its biannual retreat at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in Aston, Pa., from April 26 – 28. Bro. Stephen Glodek presented “The Marianist Tradition of Prayer: Experiencing God; Becoming Christ.” The community welcomed 12 guests to the retreat including Jen Brophy from the Sobremesa Lay Marianist community in San Antonio and Bro. Stan Zubek from the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.

Jo Ann Zanotti, Bro. Stan Zubek, Marilyn Schwieterman, Robert and Marie Freeman, and Judy McKloskey. Courtesy Linda Zappacosta


Members of Grand Walker Marianist Lay Community include Patti Gehred, Paul Gehred, Joseph Radelet, Joan McGuinness Wagner, A.J. Wagner, Marilyn McCrate, Sharon Radelet and Tom McCrate. Not pictured, Bro. John Lemker and Sr. Eileen Cehyra, FMI

The second annual “Pancakes to Pantry” event is set for Sept. 29, 2013, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Mount St. John in Dayton. Last autumn, the Grand Walkers Lay Marianist Community, in collaboration with the Queen of Apostles Social Justice Committee, hosted the first “Pancakes to Pantry” fundraiser for Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton. The event raised $1,000 to benefit CJ’s food pantry for the 2012-13 school year. Angela Mason of CJ’s Office of Student Services said, “This pantry has filled a gap for students. It has been a true blessing – one that many students pay forward by replacing what they have used.” Email Patti Gehred to volunteer or donate.

Staff members of the Province office in St. Louis show off their anti-bullying tees

Members of the Marianist Family participated in the second annual “Million T-Shirt March Against Bullying.” Participants advocate for the 160,000 children who miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students, and the one in seven students in grades kindergarten through 12 who are affected by bullying behavior. The event raised awareness and funds on a national level and helps local schools and organizations develop anti-bullying initiatives.

“We owe a special thank you to Bro. Don Neff, who coordinated the efforts with our Marianist institutions,” said Brian Reavey, JPIC assistant. Bro. Don reminds FamilyOnline readers that May is Anti-Bullying Awareness Month. “We’re asking people to wear the t-shirts all month long. Over the last two years, more than 33,000 t-shirts were distributed throughout the United States. We’re expecting the movement to gain more momentum year after year,” said Bro. Don.

Members of the Chaminade University of Honolulu community, including President Bro. Bernie Ploeger and Bro. Brandon Alana, participated in the Million T-shirt March.
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From April 26 – 28, the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J., hosted a retreat for black Catholic families. Program Director Jessica Sherwen planned and coordinated the retreat; intern Alison Joyce assisted Jessica. The families hailed from the Camden, N.J., diocese and included grandmothers and grandchildren, single-parent families, and families with adult children.


The International Marian Research Institute is presenting “Our Faith and Mary: A symposium to celebrate the Year of Faith” on July 30 – Aug. 1. Speakers include Frs. Johann Roten, Tom Thompson, David Fleming and François Rossier. Contact 937.229.4214. Read more.
  Bro. Mel Meyer was the subject of a feature story that aired on KPLR-TV in St. Louis.
Bro. Ed Zamierowski, Ph.D., senior community service advisor, will retire from the Fitz Center for Leadership in Community this summer. He has served at UD for 39 years and will retire June 30. A reception in honor of Bro. Ed will be held on June 3. Bro. Brandon Paluch, Marianist intern in the Fitz Center, will leave the Fitz Center to serve as the coordinator of community outreach in Campus Ministry’s Center for Social Concern. Read more.
 Bro. Ed Loch received the Fiesta Medal of Mission San Juan Capistrano, pinned by Lucy Guerrero of the business office at the chancery. He also received the Central Catholic High School medal.
 Bro. Andrew Kosmowski served as a reader at the April 13 Mass for the National Catholic Committee of Scouting’s meeting in St. Louis.
 Bro. A. Brian Zampier presented a session on sketchbook journaling during the Spring Inspiration Retreat hosted by the Marianist Environmental Education Center at Mount Saint John in Dayton on April 20.
 Lay Marianist A.J. Wagner is running for mayor of Dayton. Read more about the mayoral race in the Dayton Daily News.


Each year, the Marianist Family recognizes brothers and priests celebrating milestone anniversaries of their first profession of vows in the Society of Mary. Marianist priests also are honored on the anniversaries of their ordinations. This year, there are 33 jubilarians who have served from 25 years to 80 years throughout the Province for a total of 1,830 years of religious life and ministry!

Each issue of FamilyOnline through August will profile jubilarians and pay tribute to their dedication to the Marianist mission.

Bro. Louis Ernst, celebrating 60 years of profession: Bro. Louis professed his perpetual vows in 1959. He spent the next 29 years in St. Louis at Chaminade Preparatory, where he was involved in teaching and administration. During those years, he also earned his master’s degree at St. Louis University. Read more.
Bro. James Facette, celebrating 60 years of profession: “What would the world be like today if no one in the past had heard a calling to set themselves apart, go deeper, and ask new questions about where we come from, why we are here, and where are we going?” Read more.
Bro. William Farrell, celebrating 50 years of profession: “As chaplain of the Santa Clara County Jail system, I was quick to learn from the prisoners that it is not ‘there but for the grace of God go I’ but rather ‘there with the grace of God go I.’ I have come to realize that the Lord is interested in those who are outside the structures, outside the norms, those who are marginal. He engaged them and walked with them as brother.” Read more.
Bro. Gerry Hyland, celebrating 60 years of profession: Bro. Gerry had three brothers, including a diocesan priest, and 10 sisters, three of them nuns. After he completed his education, he served in the military and was wounded during World War II. He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. Read more.


Congratulations to Fr. Allen DeLong, who was honored on his 60th jubilee on May 5 with a Mass at the Mystical Rose Oratory in Honolulu. A luncheon followed with fellow brothers, friends and family. Fr. Bill Meyer presided. Photo courtesy Errol Christian
Fr. Mike Nartker (far left) was honored in Zambia, Africa, on the event of his 25th jubilee. “All the brothers from Matero came for the lively Eucharist and a sumptuous feast. Speeches, entertainment and dances followed,” said Bro. Steven Grazulis.
Read “My Cosmic Jubilee,” a reflection by Bro. Tom Wendorf about his 25 years of life and service as a Marianist. He writes, “I give thanks for this vocation to consecrated religious life as a Marianist brother, which I’ve only lived imperfectly and have yet to live more fully. I give thanks for all those whose paths my own has intersected during these 25 years. I give thanks for the grace of community, in the fullest sense of what that word means—over 25 years worth of it in my still unfolding vocation.”



Fr. Joseph Lackner, 1970s

Fr. Joe, 2005

Fr. Joseph Lackner (Hale Malia Marianist Community, Honolulu), 71, who died April 28, 2013, in Seoul, South Korea. May he rest in peace. The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on May 11, 2013, at Immaculate Conception Chapel, University of Dayton. The presider was Fr. Paul Marshall and the homilist was Fr. James Fitz. Burial followed at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount Saint John. Read Fr. Joe’s obituary.

Bro. Richard Joyal (Region of Canada), 62, who died April 25, 2013, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Richard’s obituary.

Fr. Mark Catalana, Tom Gass, Vivienne Grant, Charles LaFerla, Robert Link, Sr. Gene Marie Moellering, CPPS, Ted Porumb and Rex Van de Putte. Read more.


On May 3, 2012, a Memorial Mass was celebrated for Fr. Joe Lackner, who died April 28, at the Mystical Rose Oratory in Honolulu. Fr. Joe was a member of the Hale Malia community there. Fr. John Thompson presided. Above, Bro. Dennis Schmitz offers memories of Fr. Joe; below, brothers from Hawai’i gathered around the altar and offer prayers for his peace and union with Our Lord and Our Blessed Mother.



Courtesy Bro. Phil Aaron


Bro. Paul Bredestege (Governor’s Island, Huntsville, Ohio)

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

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

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

Bro. Raymond Martin (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Fr. Patrick Philbin (Orange, Calif.)

Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Fr. Joseph Priestley (Marianist Hall Community, Honolulu)

Archishop Raymond Roussin (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Bro. Edwin Shiras (San Anselmo, Calif.)

Fr. Kenneth Sommer (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Mary Cox, Letitia del Pino, William Leahy, Barbara Metzger, Ted Porumb, Sr. Karen Somerville, SND, Muriel Thompson and Marion Winkler. Read more.


ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL, SAN FRANCISCO. Best wishes to Vittorio Anastasio, who has been named principal of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. A 1984 graduate of Riordan, he has served in many roles at the school for the past 25 years, including as a faculty member, administrator and alumni leader. Joe Conti, new president of Riordan, says that Vittorio’s experiences “have led him to a deep understanding of the school’s mission.”
STUDY FINDS ADVANTAGES FOR STUDENTS IN FAITH-BASED SCHOOLS. Religious schools have higher academic performance, narrower achievement gaps, and better behavioral outcomes than traditional public schools and public charter schools, according to findings from an analysis of 90 studies on the effects of schools conducted by William Jeynes, senior fellow at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J., and a professor at California State University, Long Beach. Jeynes calls religious schools “the best hope for American education” and says the nation should “rethink its strategy of espousing charter schools and overlooking the benefits of faith-based education.” Read more
ARCHBISHOP MOELLER HIGH SCHOOL, CINCINNATI. Pictured are members of Moeller’s class of 2013 who are continuing their Marianist education at the University of Dayton. The class of 2013 is Moeller’s 50th graduating class. 
ARCHBISHOP RIORDAN HIGH SCHOOL, SAN FRANCISCO. Members of Riordan’s jazz band visited the Cupertino Marianist Community on May 2. Courtesy Bro. David Betz
SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL, HONOLULU, has received the largest gift in its 167-year history – $7.5 million. The school raised $7.5 million in donations to trigger the matching gift. The grant will fund an athletic center that will serve the entire Kalaepohaku campus. Read more.
ST. ANTHONY JR.-SR. HIGH SCHOOL, WAILUKU, MAUI. Seniors Alicia Ballesteros and Isaiah Ragasa were recognized by Mayor Alan Arakawa for their outstanding volunteerism.
ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL, ST. LOUIS. Valerie Todd, St. Mary’s learning consultant, was the subject of a feature in the St. Louis Review.  “I really love the climate here, and I felt it immediately when I came to St. Mary’s. It’s a feeling where you know you’re called to do that work,” said Valerie in the article. Photo courtesy Lisa Johnston

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR AND TRAINER. St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School in Wailuku, Maui, is seeking an experienced athletic director and athletic trainer for the 2013-2014 school year. Read the job descriptions. Email Patricia Rickard.

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT. Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore is looking for a director of development. Read a job description. Email Sr. Margaret Juskelis, SSND


CAPE MAY. Read the May 2013 issue of The Beacon from the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.

CUPERTINO. Read the May 2013 update from Fr. Steve Tutas in Cupertino, Calif.

INDIA. Read the May 2013 newsletter from the District of India.



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18        Martin Solma, Thomas Suda

20        Dennis Bautista, Norbert Karpfinger, Dulare Lal Lucas, Richard Schrader

21        Raymond Miklich, Daniel Triulzi

23        Eugene Frank, Nabin Lugun

25        Joseph Rasky, Dilip Kumar Tirkey

26        Albert Xalxo

27        Dennis Schmitz

28        James Dungdung

29        Gerald Haby

30        Sebastian Bara

31        Victor Forlani

Editor: Amy George Rush; assistant: Ann Mueller. This biweekly email newsletter produced by the Society of Mary features news about the Marianist Family: Marianist Brothers and Priests (Society of Mary), Marianist Sisters; and Lay Marianists. Fr. Martin Solma, SM, provincial; Bro. Joe Kamis, SM, assistant provincial. Read the 2013 FamilyOnline production schedule. Read hints about submitting photos and copy. Send news, digital photos and comments and suggestions to editor Amy George Rush at and use “FamilyOnline” as your subject line. Download a submission formTECHNICAL PROBLEMS: If you’re not able to view this newsletter, please contact the editor. CHANGE IN EMAIL ADDRESS: Send to marianist@marianist.comBACK ISSUES/SEARCH (August 2011 and earlier): Visit
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