Volume 12, Number 5
Wednesday, March 6, 2013


Members of the Marianist Family, volunteers and guests at the 2013 L.A. Religious Education Congress

Members of the Marianist Family attended the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress from Feb. 21 – 24 in Anaheim, Calif. Province staff and Marianist religious hosted four booths: vocations; the Marianist Mission; Justice and Peace; and the Association of Marianist Universities. Some 40,000 Catholics attend the annual Congress for liturgical celebrations, networking, workshops and talks given by leading Catholic educators, writers and activists. It is the largest annual gathering of its kind in the world.

Bro. Tom Wendorf reports that 10 Marianist brothers, priests and sisters staffed the vocations booth, which was decorated with living-room chairs and a fireplace. They engaged with visitors and handed out brochures and iPad covers with the Marianist logo and web address. Staffers gathered information from about 25 young men and women who expressed interest in the Marianist Family. (Aspirant Andrew Giles and contact Jason Mora first met the Marianists at the Congress.) “Our booth was ‘hospitality central,’ as many friends of Marianists and alumni of our schools stopped by,” said Bro Tom. “The Marianist Family shows some of its genuine best at the L.A. Congress.”

Bro. Alex Tuss and Linda Hayes staffed booth space for the Marianist Mission. They gave away more than 20,000 prayer cards, calendars and other Mission materials to attendees, including catechists and religion teachers. The Mission shared space with the Province office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation and the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, staffed by Brian Reavey and Jim Vogt.

Bro. Tom Giardino, executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities, organized the education booth. Graduates from Chaminade University of Honolulu, St. Mary’s University and the University of Dayton assisted in staffing the booth, where their message to Congress participants was, “If you are looking for an outstanding Catholic university, the Marianists have three.” They passed out hundreds of fliers about the universities and visited with many alumni.

 Top left, Bros. Brandon Alana and Brandon Paluch; right, Bro. David Betz, Sr. Evangeline Escobar, FMI, Most Rev. Bishop Oscar Solis (auxilary bishop of Los Angeles), Fr. Ken Templin, Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, and Bro. Tom Wendorf; lower left, Bro. Alex Tuss and Linda Hayes. Photos courtesy Bro. Jim Wisecaver


Brothers from the East Coast gathered in Philadelphia Feb. 22 – 23 for the fourth Province Spiritual Renewal Workshop during the first year of the “Reflect | Renew | Respond” spiritual renewal. Presenter Susan Komis spoke on “The Human Condition” and “Stages of Prayer as Related to Faith Development.” Bro. Stephen Glodek, chair, Fr. Rich Villa, Bro. Jack Ventura and Diane Guerra represented the Province Task Force. Almost 30 brothers attended. The final workshops are scheduled for Dayton (March 22 – 23) and Honolulu (May 3 – 4).

At the East Coast Spiritual Renewal workshop, clockwise from top left: Bro. Armando Añeses (standing); Bros. Jesse O’Neill, Stephen Glodek and Fr. Dan Doyle; Bros. Bob Moriarty, John Collins, Mike Kraszewski and Steve O’Neil; Bros. Stan Zubek and Michael Chiuri and Fr. Richard Kuhn; Bro. Tom Cardone (Province of Meribah), speaker Susan Komis and Fr. Tim Dwyer; Fr. Pat Tonry and Bro. Bill Campbell; and Bros. Tom Trager, Jack Ventura, Frank O’Donnell, Bob Moriarty and Fr. Rich Villa.


LIFE moderators at the California Mid-LIFE meeting

In February, 15 LIFE moderators from three regional programs gathered at Mercy Center in Burlingame, Calif., for a weekend of retreat and sharing best practices. Pati Krasensky, director of the Marianist Lay Formation Initiative, served as the guest speaker. She led the moderators in prayer experiences and discussions about building small communities of faith in their schools and parishes. The participants also visited Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco to tour the campus and meet with the school’s LIFE team.


“Entering into Lent” retreat participants. Courtesy Anthony Fucci

The Marianist Family Retreat Center hosted 26 young adults for a retreat, themed “Entering into Lent.” Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, served as the retreat leader. Her presentations focused on letting go, experiencing emptiness and transformations.


Participants in the “Soul Sisters” retreat at Tecaboca. Courtesy Kay Tally-Foos

A group of 47 women from San Antonio and Kerrville, Texas, participated in a retreat, “Soul Sisters: The story of Ruth and Naomi,” from Feb. 22 – 24 at Tecaboca in Mountain Home, Texas. Erin Fucci and Joanne McCracken assisted the group in planning and conducting the retreat.


Fr. Paul Landolfi, U.S. Province liaison to the postulator general for Marianist causes, shares his March message with readers of FamilyOnline. “Much has happened this past month to help us get information on our saints. For this I am indebted to Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y. – both the Marianist community and the school staff. In this issue you will hear about Venerable Faustino Pérez-Manglano, a Marianist Sodalist. Chaminade High School inaugurated a Faustino Club, and 30 boys joined it! I gave a presentation to them about Faustino.” Read more about the Marianist saints.


Family retreats will be offered at Governor’s Island in Huntsville, Ohio, this summer on June 25 – 29 and July 9 – 23. The retreat planning group invites readers of FamilyOnline to attend a retreat with their families; help promote the retreats by contacting potential participants; and volunteer on the pre-retreat service teams or as a retreat staff member. Contact Bro. Paul Bredestege at 937.842.4902 or
  Fr. Jim Heft (Lalanne House, Los Angeles) delivered a presentation, “The Church, Theologians and Bishops,” at Loyola University in New Orleans and the University of Dayton. While in Dayton, Fr. Jim gave a retreat to an alumnae group from Mayfield Senior High School, where he met Colleen Fitzsimmons (right), UD grad and religion teacher. He delivered a presentation on “Forming Conscience in a Polarized World” at the L.A. Religious Education Congress. He will speak in Tucson, Ariz., at the national convention of the leadership of the Christian Brothers schools in Canada and the United States. Fr. Jim and Dr. Gary Adler, director of research for the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, have been working with UD faculty to plan an international conference on the state of Catholic intellectual life scheduled for Sept. 20 – 22. Read the institute’s mission statement.
 Bro. José Julián Matos-Auffant (Casa Maria, San Antonio) was featured in the recent “Vocations” issue of Today’s Catholic, published by the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Go to pg. 43 of the publication to read more.
 Bro. Mel Meyer (Curé of Ars, St. Louis) has returned to his work at the Marianist Galleries in Kirkwood, Mo.  He invites FamilyOnline readers to stop by and see recent gallery additions, including several large abstract acrylic paintings and works of handmade paper. 
 Bro. Cletus Behlmann (Marianist Residence, San Antonio) was featured on “Arts,” a program by San Antonio’s public television station KLRN. View the episode.
 Bros. Eugene Frank, Tom Deasy, Larry Scrivani and Jim Leahy from the Cupertino, Calif., Marianist community recently visited a Civil War monument near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.


 Bro. Joseph Mariscalco Bro. Joe, undated

Bro. Joseph Mariscalco (Meyer Hall Marianist Community, Dayton), 84, who died Feb. 22, 2013, in Dayton. May he rest in peace. Visitation and Mass of Christian Burial for Bro. Joe will be March 9 at Queen of Apostles Chapel. Fr. James Fitz will be the presider. Fr. Thomas Schroer will be the homilist. Bro. Charles Johnson will represent the Provincial Council. Burial will follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery at Mount Saint John. Read Bro. Joe’s obituary.

Charles Damm, Fr. Bob Madden, CSB, Irwin Meyer, Betty Muick, Mark Neacy, Ann (Nano) O’Donohue, Ray Oster and Sr. Angela Marie Waldron, OSU. Read more.



Courtesy Bro. Bob Resing


Fr. James Bartlett (St. Clair Marianist Community, Cleveland)

Fr. William Behringer (Casa Maria Community, San Antonio)

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

Fr. Joseph Lynch (Hewlett, N.Y.)

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

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

Bro. Raymond Martin (Mercy Siena Community, Dayton)

Fr. Jack McGrath (District of India)

Fr. Patrick Philbin (Orange, Calif.)

Fr. Gerald Pleva (Marianist Residence, San Antonio)

Fr. Joseph Priestley (Marianist Hall, Honolulu)

Archbishop Raymond Roussin (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada)

Bro. Edwin Shiras (Cupertino Marianist Community, Calif.)

Fr. Kenneth Sommer (Mercy Siena, Dayton)

Sr. Audrey Buttner, FMI (Marianist Sisters, Dayton)

 Barbara Bobelak. Read more.

UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON, OHIO. Fr. Jim Fitz (left) and Fr. Joe Kozar (right) are pictured with UD’s 2013 Lackner Award Honorees: Thomas Columbus (University Communications) and Amy Anderson (Center for International Programs). The award is named after Bro. Elmer Lackner, who served UD for 45 years. Congratulations, Amy and Thomas!
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREP, ST. LOUIS. The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY high school sports, named Tommy Barlow ’14  as its 2012-13 Gatorade Missouri Boys Soccer Player of the Year. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence and high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character. Congratulations, Tommy!
Tommy (second from left) and his soccer coaches Tim Sartori ’98, Mike “Vader” Gauvain and Joe Morgan
A film by Minkyu Lee ’04, “Adam and Dog,” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Minkyu is a producer-director who funded the film’s production cost with money he earned as a character designer at Disney. The film tells the story of the world’s first dog and his relationship with Adam in the Garden of Eden. Chaminade’s theology and fine arts department teamed up to arrange a screening for its juniors and seniors, who then discussed the film from theological and artistic perspectives. Read more. Story and photo courtesy St. Louis Review
CHAMINADE-JULIENNE CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, DAYTON. For the first time in the group’s history, Chaminade Julienne’s pop a cappella septet “Vega” is advancing to the national finals on April 19 at the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s Concert Hall. In November, Vega released its first studio album titled Momentum. Good luck, Vega! Photo courtesy Eric Brown
COLEGIO SAN JOSÉ, PUERTO RICO, granted its 2013 Founder Awards to alumnus Manuel Porro-Vizcarra; Elsa Benítez-Paulo, a 40-year staff member; and Dr. and Mrs. Jorge Santana, CSJ parents. Back row,  Bro. Hugo Bastida, Bro. Francisco González, Bro. Armando Añeses, Fr. Donald Wallace and Bro. Reinaldo Berríos
CSJ’s varsity and junior varsity swimming teams won the championships of the Puerto Rico High School Athletic Alliance League in both categories. Congratulations!
DANIEL J. GROSS CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, BELLEVUE, NEB. Twelve Gross Catholic students, along with theology instructor Dan Connelly, made the trip to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life from Jan. 22 – 27.
NOLAN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL, FORT WORTH, TEXAS. Lila Rose, a nationally recognized pro-life speaker and president of Live Action, recently visited NCHS and spoke with students there. From left, Principal Cathy Buckingham, Lila Rose, Sean Gillen, Hannah Knight, Charlton Nguyen, Victoria Torrent, Maddie Muskrat, Juan Piceno and Lifesavers Club Moderator Toni Corbett.
ST. ANTHONY JUNIOR-SENIOR HIGH, WAILUKU, MAUI. St. Anthony Junior-Senior High School’s Student Government/Action Team donated all sales from a Valentine’s Day fundraiser to the Leo Klink Fund. Leo’s mother died from a severe brain hemorrhage suffered while watching her son play soccer in the Hawai’i State Soccer Championship game.
More than 50 St. Anthony students participated in the ACS Maui All Youth Relay for Life. They raised $4,460  during the 12-hour event. Congratulations!

VIA LATINA. Read the March 2013 issue of Via Latina from the General Administration.

CAPE MAY. Read the March 2013 newsletter from the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J.

IO-MLC. Read the February 2013 issue of Gifts & Tasks from the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities.

NRRO. Read an e-bulletin from the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO).


Bro. Tom Wendorf at the L.A. Congress, in front of the display panel at the Marianist Family’s vocation booth, which features Bros. Tom French and Ed Brink. “We received many positive comments about these backdrops. Several passersby were surprised to recognize the brothers pictured,” said Bro. Tom.
On Feb. 7, Colegio San José’s Student Council hosted a gathering to celebrate Bro. Francisco González’s birthday. Happy birthday, Bro. Francisco!
The Pueblo Lay Marianist Affiliates celebrated Fr. Al McMenamy‘s birthday on Feb. 16. Happy birthday, Fr. Al!
Happy birthday Dorothy Ann Bau, mother of Bro. Roger Bau (Marianist Community, Governor´s Island). Dorothy turned 100 on Feb. 16! Bro. Roger traveled to Milwaukee to celebrate with her.


6          Chester Burnog, Christian Janson, Bernard Ombima

7          Norman Capinpin, Thomas Oster

9          Theodore Cassidy, Josephraj R.

10        Arul Raj M.

14        Raymond Gohring, John Laudenbach

16        Robert Juenemann

18        Basant Kujur

20        Diane Guerra, John Melloh, Peter Pontolillo

21        Marianus Bilung, Giancarlo Bonutti, John Rohe

22        Reinaldo Berrios, Thomas Oles, David Paul, William Schlosser

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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