Volume 22, Number 2 | February 28, 2023
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Marianist Province of the United States – uniting what was once four regional provinces into one.

Interfaith Refugee Retreat



In The News

Renovation and Innovation at St. Mary’s University

Rendering of Blank Sheppard Innovation Center

St. Mary’s University will receive more than $5.5 million in federal appropriations, secured by Congressman Joaquin Castro to help fund the construction of the Blank Sheppard Innovation Center.

The university broke ground on the three-story, 30,000-square-foot  Blank Sheppard Innovation Center in October 2022. It will support advanced manufacturing research and instruction. It will also promote outreach with industry and community partners engaged in engineering, computing, and related scientific disciplines. The third floor will become home to a planned Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Click here to read more.

The university’s Greehey School of Business is also set to be renovated to encompass redesigning learning spaces, upgrading the student-centric atrium, and acquiring new and emerging technology. The Albert and Margaret Alkek Foundation awarded St. Mary’s University a five-year grant of $1 million to enable the improvements. Click here to read more.

New Partners Provide UD Law School Tuition, Stipends, and Jobs

Faruki PLL, CareSource, the Dayton Legal Heritage Foundation of The Dayton Foundation and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. have joined the University of Dayton School of Law’s Flyer Legal Pathways Program to recruit underrepresented and underserved students to law school; and provide them full law school tuition, a $15,000 stipend for living expenses, mentors, summer clerkships and a job following graduation.

“We are extremely excited to have such prominent organizations joining the Flyer Legal Pathways program,” said Andrew Strauss, UD School of Law dean. Click here to read the full story.

Founder’s Day and Marianist Heritage Week Celebrations Across the Province

Click here to see how Chaminade University of Honolulu celebrated.

Click here to view a fun video highlighting activities at Gross Catholic in Nebraska.

Click here to read about how Chaminade-Madonna College Prep in Hollywood, Florida, celebrated.

Some Lay Marianists in New Jersey honored the Feast day of Blessed Chaminade by renewing their vows at Cape May Marianist Retreat Center. Click here to see a photo.

Marianist Family members in St. Louis paid homage to Blessed Chaminade at Our Lady of the Pillar with a presentation from Bro. Jack Ventura. Click here to watch a video introduction and see photos.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Bro. Fred Halwe


Art Mary Mosaics



A Marianist Moment

Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelleon and Blessed Fr. William Joseph Chaminade cofounded the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI, Marianist Sisters.) Her feast day is observed on January 10, the day she died in 1828.

At just 11 years old, Blessed Adèle knew she wanted to devote her life to God. Born into a wealthy aristocratic family, she turned down an offer of marriage and spent her life in service to the poor and building a community of women of faith that would later become the Daughters of Mary Immaculate. In her short life, she combined her orientation toward love and prayer with service and action. Her life offers women of all ages an example of how to live with hope, dedication, love, and courage.

Click here to learn 10 interesting facts about one of our treasured Marianist Causes.

From the Archives

Marianist’s Old Photo Chosen For New Book

In November 2021, the Marianist Archives received an email from Susanna Steisel, a photo researcher at Ken Burns’ Florentine Films in New Hampshire. She was hoping to obtain permission to use a photograph of Hawaii believed to be taken by Marianist photographer extraordinaire Bro. Gabriel Bertram Bellinghausen (1849-1933).  Unfortunately, the origin could not be confirmed, as no glass negative was found in the Marianist Archives.

Reference and Research Archivist Lisa Finnie emailed her scans of five other photographs from our collection that met the criteria, in particular, to be of nature and dated c1890.

Steisel selected one of the Iao Valley in Maui and subsequently signed the Marianist Archives’ Request to Publish form, which in part designates the required citation for its publication and commits the publisher to supply to the Marianist Archives a copy of the publication free of charge.

The photograph is located on page 69 of the book, entitled Our America, and a three-paragraph discussion of the photograph (pp. 277-278) is included in the Illustration Notes. It mentions that eight Marianist Brothers arrived in Hawaii in September 1883; among them, Bro. Gabriel Bertram Bellinghausen, SM, who was devoted to his faith, his students, and photography. “His photographs show the islands before the onslaught of business and progress descended on the native culture.”

If you’d like to see more from the Marianist Archives, visit and “like” this Facebook page.

Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Bro. Alva Gillis – Year Unknown

Bro. Alva Gillis – 2015

Bro. Alva Gillis, 92, died on December 31, 2022, with 37 years of religious profession. He was a pastoral minister, a maintenance worker, and a valued volunteer. His varied life experiences enabled him to connect easily with people. Brother Al had an unusual path to the Marianist brotherhood. He entered the novitiate at age 53, following a 25-year marriage that blessed him with six children but ended in a painful divorce. Despite this atypical route, Brother Al is remembered as a committed and generous Marianist.

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

Good to Know

Celebrating 70 Years!

Chaminade High School for Boys in Southern California – 1952

Chaminade College Preparatory in Los Angeles County, CA, is celebrating its platinum anniversary. This Catholic school in the Marianist Tradition had humble beginnings, given just $9,000 and a few months to find a suitable facility for a boys’ high school in 1952. In 1961, the Marianists relocated Chaminade to West Hills and, in 1969, expanded its educational program to include a middle school on their Chatsworth campus. Today, the co-ed school boasts two campuses in the San Fernando Valley and continues to grow.

Bro. Jack Dempsey compiled a detailed timeline of its history and its vision for the future.

Click here to read more.

New Provincial Council

The Marianist Province of the United States is delighted to announce that the following Brothers have accepted our invitation to serve as members of the next Provincial Council with Provincial  Fr. Oscar Vasquez and Assistant Provincial Bro. Bernie Ploeger. In naming this Provincial Council, we place ourselves under the holy protection of our Blessed Mother.

Fr. Timothy Kenney, Assistant for Religious Life

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Assistant for Education

Bro. Joseph Markel, Assistant for Temporalities

Bro. Edward Violett, Councilor

Fr. Robert Jones, Councilor

We are very thankful to the current Provincial Council members for their service to the Province. We would like to acknowledge the following:

Bro. Charles Johnson for his thirteen years of service to the Province as a Councilor. (Eight years of service during Fr. Marty Solma‘s Council and these last five years)

Fr. Charles (Kip) Stander for his five years of service to the Province as a Councilor.

This new Provincial Council will be installed during the Province Assembly this summer. The official term begins on July 1, 2023. Please keep them in your prayers.


Reflect on the Virgin Mary and Healing During a Two-Part Marian Forum.

Part 1: Feb. 9 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) via Zoom – Marian Library Resident Scholar Liz Hutter will present “Exploring Disability, Spirituality and Community at Lourdes Sanctuary.”

Part 2: Feb. 28 at 2:30 p.m. (CST) via Zoom – Artist Mickey McGrath engages in an interview-style discussion on the role of art in the healing of communities.

Click here for more information.

Join Us!

Click here to discover job opportunities within our Marianist communities and ministries across the United States. 

New listings include:

  • Bergamo Center – Guest Services Coordinator
  • St. Mary’s University – Beirne Director
  • Chaminade Julienne HS – Dir. of Finance

Stay in Touch


The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE – Living In Faith Experience

MLC-NA from the Marianist Lay Community of North America

Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities

District Update #66 from the Marianist District of India

NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies

Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Other Resources

Marianist Archives         

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