SESSION OF PROVINCIAL CHAPTER
On Thursday evening, March 6, 2003, Provincial Brother Stephen Glodek opened the third session of the Provincial Chapter of the Province of the United States in San Antonio, Texas. Delegates gathered in the Alumni Room of the law library at St. Mary's University. The Chapter consists of 23 voting members and one non-voting member. Fr. Larry Doersching served the Chapter as recording secretary, and Bev Rombach as working secretary.
Provincial Chapter members at the March 2003 session. Front row, from left: Timothy Kim, Tim Kenney, Quentin Hakenewerth, Joe Grieshaber, Tim Dwyer and Francisco Gonzalez. Second row, from left: Joe Lackner, Frank Annunziata, Ray Fitz and Larry Doersching. Third row, from left: Stephen Tutas, Ignase Arulappen, Roberto Hanss, Mike O'Grady, Richard Dix, Mateo Woo, Paul Marshall and Jim Dods. Back row, from left: Bernie Ploeger, Jack McGrath, Stephen Glodek, Jim Fitz, Christopher Conlon, Joe Kamis, Christopher Wittmann and Jim Heft. Timothy Kim served as translator for Mateo Woo; Roberto Hanss is a non-voting member.
Bro. Glodek welcomed Fr. Ignatius Arulappen, new Regional Superior of India, and recognized Bro. Joe Kamis, newly-installed superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The Chapter elected Bro. Bernie Ploeger to continue as moderator for the next two sessions of the Chapter.
Other issues and documents discussed included:
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PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF
Bro. John Krus (Marianist Community, Ft. Worth), 65, who died suddenly March 4 of heart disease. Bro. John taught mathematics for almost 50 years at the secondary and university levels in Texas, Missouri, Wisconsin and in the Province of Peru, and had run the computer lab at Nolan Catholic High School in Ft. Worth since 1995. Fr. Larry Doersching, president of Nolan Catholic, said, "He provided service to so many in such an unassuming way." The funeral Mass was celebrated on March 8 by Fr. Jim Mueller, director of the Marianist community in Ft. Worth, at the chapel of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis. Burial followed at the Maryhurst Cemetery at Vianney. To read Bro. John's obituary, please click here:
Fr. Roger Ninféi (Province of France), 86, who died Feb. 28 in Antony. May he rest in peace. To read Fr. Roger's obituary, please click here:
Fr. José Ricardo Unzueta Aguirrezabala (Province of Madrid), 84, who died March 5 in Cádiz. May he rest in peace. To read Fr. José's obituary, please click here:
Bro. Arsene Volkringer (Province of France), 95, who died March 13 in Colmar. May he rest in peace. Bro. Arsene's obituary will be available in the next issue of FamilyOnline.
Josephine Guzman, mother of Bro. Agustin Guzman (Callao, Peru), who died March 10. May she rest in peace.
The father of Chris Schmid, who passed away last week. Chris is a former faculty member at Chaminade High School in St. Louis, a LIFE moderator, and a founding member of St. Louis MLC.
The Memorial Mass for Louis H. Ernst, father of Bro. Louis Ernst (Marianist Community, Fort Worth), will be held Sat., Apr. 5, at 10 a.m. at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in north St. Louis county. All are invited to lunch after Mass in the parish hall.
Bro. Dan Stupka (DeSales Crossings Community, Cincinnati), offers the following note to his Marianist Brothers: "Please accept my sincere thanks and the thanks of my family members for your prayers and concern at the recent death of my brother Charles. I was truly heartened by so many of you who sent your condolences and offer of prayers. May this Lenten season be a time of special grace for you and those you love."
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF
Bro. Robert Johns (Dittmer, Mo.), who will undergo surgery on March 19 for removal of kidney stones.
Don Ahrens, uncle of aspirant Nathan Hess (Cleveland), who has an aggressive and incurable form of brain cancer.
Fr. Ed Jach (DeSales Crossings Community, Cincinnati), who completed his recuperation from bypass surgery and has returned to his community.
Fr. Frank Kenney (Franklin Street Community, Dayton), who has been
admitted temporarily to Mercy Siena Gardens (assisted care) to recuperate
from a serious infection.
WHO'S DOING WHAT
Bro. Jerry Bommer has been appointed rector of Chaminade University
in Honolulu effective Aug. 4, 2003. Bro. Jerry will replace Fr. John Bolin,
who is retiring from this position at the end of June. The rector is the
sponsorship officer of the university and works with the president and
the university community to promote the campus' Catholic and Marianist
identity. The director of campus ministry will report to the rector.
Fr. John Bolin (Marianist Hall Community, Honolulu) will retire in June as rector at Chaminade University in Honolulu, but will continue at the university as senior advisor to the president for diocesan relations. In this part-time position, he will be the liaison for the university with the diocese and Catholic community of Honolulu. These activities will be coordinated with the office of the rector. Congratulations to Fr. John.
Bro. Jack Somerville (Novitiate Community, Dayton), facilities
director at Mount Saint John, will participate in a geographical survey
of the Mount Saint John property. The first phase of the survey will focus
on all underground utilities. The second phase will focus on surface elements
Bro. David Herbold will begin ministry on June 2 at the Marianist Center and Chaminade University in Honolulu. Bro. David previously served in Japan. He is temporarily living at the Center Marianist Community.
CHINESE LOTUS BLOSSOM
In February, the Province Provisional Grants Program awarded $176,500 in grants to 69 organizations including schools, communities and ministries. The grants ranged from $500 to $5,000. For a complete listing of grant recipients, funding allocations and the criteria for selection, please click here: For further information, contact Sr. Eileen Donovan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VIA LATINA. To read the March issue of Via Latina, the publication from the General Administration in Rome, please click here:
LIFE AT VILLA ST. JOSEPH. To read the March issue of Fr. Steve Tutas' Life at Villa St. Joseph, please click here:
CENTERPOINT.COM. To read the March issue of Centerpoint.com, the newsletter of the Center for Marianist Spirituality & Communities, please click here:
MLNNA NEWS. To read the March issue of the MLNNA E-News, a publication of the Marianist Lay Network of North America, please click here:
NEWSLETTER. To read the March issue of the Marianist Sisters' newsletter,
BOOTH AT L.A.
Bro. Dennis Schmitz (Center Marianist Community, Honolulu) reports that the Marianist booth at the recent Los Angeles Religious Education Congress generated a lot of interest, with graduates of Marianist schools stopping by to thank the Marianists and ask about Brothers who taught them, and several young men asking for more information about vocations. The booth included a "living room" style setting (thanks to the West Hills Community in Southern California) as well as a section with table and bar for displays and brochures. Thanks to the many who helped with the booth: Rick Boesen, Frs. John McEnhill, Roland Bunda and Edwin Johnson, Jo Repanich, Bros. Jim Wisecaver, Dennis Schmitz and Augustin Guzman, novices Brian Halderman and Tobias Ferrer and aspirant Aaron Smith. The Western region Marianist Lay Community contact person, Kay Stone, also helped in the venture.
RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES
Sr. Leanne Jablonski, FMI, was featured in an article in the Feb. 28 issue of the Hawaii Catholic Herald entitled "An environment of faith: Visiting Marianist Sister Leanne Jablonski finds a spiritual companion in Brother Earth." To read the article, please click here:
As part of the outreach ministry of the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) in Dayton, Sr. Leanne spent a month in Hawaii, where she gave the Marianist Mackey Lecture series address (co-sponsored by Chaminade University, Marianist Center of Hawaii and Saint Louis High School) entitled, "Ecology, Christianity & Indigenous Wisdom: Weaving a Sustainable Ethic." Sr. Leanne also taught a course on Christianity and Ecology and gave several other presentations and workshops on environmental issues. Kudos to Sr. Leanne.
The Hamm family was all over the latest issue of Cavalier, the alumni magazine of Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati. Bro. Wilbert Hamm (Montgomery Road Marianist Community, Cincinnati) was honored in an article for his 60th jubilee in 2002; Bro. Wilbert's nephew, Lenny Hamm, was featured in an article for his recognition as Teacher of the Month; and a large photo of Bro. Wilbert's great-niece Megan Hamm, a 2002 grad of Purcell and current student at the University of Dayton, ran on the final page.
So who said Mass for Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos? In answer to the trivia question in Issue #9 of FamilyOnline, it was Fr. Roland Bunda (Santa Cruz) who celebrated Mass at the infamous couple's home in Hawaii during their exile in the 1980s. Fr. Roland reports that it started with a request from a student to preside at an informal family Mass to celebrate her parent's anniversary. Prepared for a simple evening, he dressed casually in an Aloha shirt, summer slacks and sandals, and took only his stole with his Mass kit. When the young lady picked him up, she said there was a change of plans - the festivities would be at the home of her parents' best friends, the Marcos. After entering the gates and being frisked by bodyguards, he met Imelda, who greeted him, looked at his sandals for a long minute, and then indicated that Mass would be outdoors. Imelda asked to sing the Our Father during the liturgy. Everything went well, Fr. Roland says. She had a lovely soprano voice.
VIANNEY ALUMNI AWARD
Fr. Bob Osborne (Curé of Ars Community, St. Louis), president of St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis, has awarded the school's first Alumni Marianist Award to Tom Lang, an attorney and 1964 graduate of Vianney. The honor is given to an alumnus who lives the Characteristics of Marianist Education in both his personal and professional life. Lang was among the founding members of the school's Alumni Association and has served on the board of directors. His family donated the statue of the Virgin Mary and Child in the front courtyard at Vianney.
Fr. Jerry Chinchar (Stonemill Road Community, Dayton) reports that his Lenten website has many resources for inspiration and devotion. Visit http://www.udayton.edu/~campmin/lent/
SPANISH WEBSITE HAS INTERNATIONAL FORUM
Agora Marianista, a website from the Spanish Marianists, includes a variety of discussion forums, including one that invites Marianists from around the world to post a message (in English or Spanish) introducing themselves. The link is http://www.marianistas.org/foros_sm_1044397761_0.htm. For help translating from the Spanish, visit http://freetranslation.com/. Contact novice Brian Halderman at email@example.com with questions.
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