Volume 3, Number 21
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2004

CAN THE RED SOX BEAN THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS?


Bro. Bob Resing (left) certainly hopes not, but Bro. Charlie Johnson, an East Coast transplant to St. Louis, isn't quite as sure. Pat Stephens, assistant to the Provincial, attended the exciting 7th game of the National League playoffs between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros.

 

FIVE INDIAN BROTHERS MAKE PERPETUAL VOWS

Congratulations and prayers to Bros. A. Arockia Doss, Sanjay Ekka, Dennis Lobo, Rajesh Macwan and Simon Xalxo, who made their perpetual vows on Oct. 12, 2004, at Ranchi in India. More information in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

 

LETTER OF CONVOCATION TO MARCH 2005 CHAPTER

Provincial Stephen Glodek has convoked the seventh session of the Provincial Chapter to be held March 4-8, 2005, in Eureka, Mo., at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center. Propositions for this session are due to Fr. Jim Fitz, chair of the Preparatory Commission, by Dec. 15, 2004. Propositions and other materials to be discussed at the Chapter will be distributed to communities beforehand for input. Two critical issues to be discussed at the Chapter: structure of the Chapter from 2005-2007; and a review of the two-year experimental assessment policy and present financial policies. To read Bro. Stephen's letter, please click here:

 

DISCERNMENT RETREAT AT GOVERNOR'S ISLAND


Bro. Brian Halderman
reports that a Vocation Discernment Retreat was held Oct. 1-3 on Governor's Island, Ohio. The retreat's theme was "Following Jesus: The Marianist Way." Discussion topics included "The Marianist Face" and "The Prayer Life of a Marianist." In attendance at the retreat, from left: Novice Jeff Warren, Bro. Tom Pieper, Fr. Jim Russell, Tom Farnsworth, Bro. Brian, Sr. Laura Leming, Amanda Carrier, and Brenden O'Grady. Thanks to Novice Jeff Warren for the photo.

 

MISSION STATEMENT PROCESS ON TRACK

Work on the Province Mission Statement continues. (1) At the September 2004 Chapter, six sample statements were narrowed to three. Province members should give input on the three proposed statements to the Province Office of Education no later than Dec. 15, 2004. (2) A single mission statement will be drafted based on these comments and will be sent to Province members by Jan. 15, 2005. (3) Final comments on the single statement are due to the Office of Education by Feb. 20, 2005. (4) A draft of the final mission statement will be presented for approval at the March 2005 Chapter. To read the three sample statements and accompanying materials, please click here:

 

ST. LOUIS CONTINGENT AT DIRECTORS MEETING


Directors from the St. Louis area who attended the Oct. 1-3 Directors Meeting at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Mo., from left: Bro. Louis Pinckert (Chaminade-Waldron); Bro. Jim Droste (Marycliff, Eureka, Mo.); Fr. Bill Wightman (Curé of Ars); and Fr. Don Cahill (Our Lady of the Pillar).

 

ALASKA SPECTACULAR

Photo courtesy of Bro. Urban Naal

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .


Bro. Paul, 1987

Bro. Paul, 2000

Bro. Paul Boeckerman, 86, who died Oct. 22, 2004, in Dayton of congestive heart failure, kidney failure and emphysema. May he rest in peace. On Oct. 30, a viewing will be held at 10 a.m. at Queen of Apostles chapel at Mount St. John in Dayton, followed at 11 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial and burial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Bro. Paul had been on hospice care for about two months; Bro. Joe Mariscalco was with him at his death. Bro. Paul's obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Bro. John Jansen, 88, who died Oct. 9, 2004, in Dayton from complications of congestive heart failure, renal failure and emphysema. May he rest in peace. Fr. Jim Fitz presided at a Mass of Christian Burial on Oct. 16 at Queen of Apostles chapel at Mount St. John in Dayton; Fr. Norb Burns gave the homily. "Bro. John should be remembered for his intelligence, humanity, compassion and faith," said Fr. Norb. To read Bro. John's obituary, please click here:

Bro. Karl Buchinger (Region of Austria/Germany), 96, who died Oct. 22, 2004, in Freistadt, Austria. May he rest in peace. Bro. Karl's obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Fr. Serge Hospital (Province of France), 64, who died Oct. 18, 2004, in Antony, France. May he rest in peace. Fr. Serge was the assistant provincial of the Province of France until his illness prevented him from continuing his service. He also served as director of novices. To read Fr. Serge's obituary, please click here:

Steve J. Klobuka, Sr., who died Oct. 23 in Pennsylvania. May he rest in peace. Steve was the father of Fr. John Klobuka (Marianist Community, Denton, Texas).

David Loscalzo, who died Oct. 4, 2004, of cancer. May he rest in peace. David was the brother of Jean Canning, a leadership team member of the Marianist Lay Network of North America.

Bro. Thomas Levi, FSC, who died this month. Bro. Thomas was former president of St. Mary's College in Moraga, Calif. He welcomed the Marianist scholastics of the former Pacific Province to St. Mary's from 1953-1960.

MIDDLE BROOK, MISSOURI

Photo courtesy of Bro. Bob Resing, S.M. Bro. Bob's images are available for sale as note cards or prints. To order, contact Bro. Bob at rresing@sm-usa.org.

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .

Bro. Paul Nomi (Marianist Hall, Honolulu), who is undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.

Ofelia Sanchez, who is in intensive care. Ofelia is the mother of contact Fausto Sanchez of Los Angeles.

Jim Barhorst and John Spellman, who are fighting cancer. Both men are members of Common Bond, an organization of former Marianists.

Madeline Duggan and her daughter, Maureen Duggan, who are in poor health. Madeline and Maureen are friends of Marianist religious in the San Francisco Bay area.

Darleen Lunde, who is hospitalized in intensive care with heart problems. Darleen is a Lay Marianist Affiliate in Galesville, Wis.

 

FIVE NEW LAY AFFILIATES ACCEPTED IN DAYTON


Welcome to five new Lay Marianist Affiliates who were accepted on Oct. 2, Feast of the Guardian Angels, during an affiliate retreat Oct. 1-3 presented by Fr. Bert Buby at Bergamo Center in Dayton. From left, George Lazarri, Teresa Shim, Fr. Bert, Mary Ann McGuire, Jim McGuire and Patricia Cruise. Not shown: Clare Jones

 

FR. LISBETH NEW CHAPLAIN AT VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH

Fr. Mike Lisbeth (left) is the new chaplain for Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland. On Sept. 2, 2004, Fr. Mike presided at the school's opening Mass. With him is Fr. George Abmayr, a longtime school staff member.


SCOTT APPLEBY ADDRESSES SEXUAL ABUSE

Historian R. Scott Appleby addressed the University of Dayton community on Sept. 20 as part of the University's three-semester lecture series, "The Wounded Body of Christ: Sexual Abuse in the Church." He said that the Catholic Church is not well prepared to deal with the sexual abuse crisis in part because bishops have not been trained for the complex demands of their positions. To read more about the lecture, please click here: (Story from the University of Dayton's "Campus News Reports.")

 

NEW FACES AT THE PROVINCE OFFICE


The Province staff gathered on Oct. 13 at the Lindell Blvd. community for Eucharist and a potluck to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar (Oct. 12). New to the Province office, from left: Dan Richter (coordinator, Marianist Volunteer Program); Myles McCabe (director of peace and justice); Bro. Mike O'Grady (assistant for religious life); Sue McKamely (secretary to Frs. Jim Fitz and Joe Lackner); and Bro. John Habjan (assistant director of education).

 

DATES, LOCATIONS FOR 2005 PROVINCE RETREATS

Fr. Rudy Vela, chair of the Marianist Retreat Commission, reports on the dates and locations for Province retreats for 2005. Additional information and reservation material will be sent to all brothers after the first of the year. Fr. Rudy thanks Sr. Eileen Cehyra and Fr. Dave McGuigan for their service to the commission and welcomes Bros. Mike O'Grady and Bernie Stratman and Sr. Mary Louise Foley. The 2005 retreats are: March 21-27 (Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, Calif.), June 6-12 (Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, Eureka, Mo.), June 13-19 (Bergamo Center, Dayton), June 19-26 (St. Meinrad, Indiana), July 4-10 (The Oblates, San Antonio), July 25-July 31 (St. Anthony Retreat Center, Honolulu) and July 25-July 31 (Our Lady of Florida, North Palm Beach). To print out a chart of the retreat dates for posting, please click here:

 

MARIANIST LIFE TEAM MEETS IN CHI TOWN


The Marianist LIFE (Living in Faith Experience) National Coordinating Team met October 8-10 at the Cenacle Retreat Center in Chicago. Pictured with LIFE coordinating team members from the Central, Pacific and South regions are Brian Reavey (standing, fifth from left), national coordinator for Marianist LIFE, and Fr. Kip Stander (standing, far left), member of Marianist LIFE Central.

 

PEACE & JUSTICE UPDATE: ELECTIONS, SOJOURNERS


Myles McCabe
Province Director of Peace & Justice
mmccabe@sm-usa.org

November 2 Elections: (1) In your community, try one of the election prayers found on the MSJC website, especially the “Prayer for Leadership.” To read, please click here: (2) Become informed (see the Sept. 26 FamilyOnline at www.marianist.com/fol) (3) Vote and encourage others to vote (4) Provide transportation and time off to those who need it.

Featured Website: Try the “Sojourners” weekly e-mail update of spirituality, politics and culture. To read, please click here: Thanks to Bro. Mitch Schweickart for the tip. In each issue of FamilyOnline, I'll include an article or website. Send ideas to me at mmccabe@sm-usa.org

Featured Article: Read Bishop Tom Gumbleton’s editorial on Catholics and voting published in the Detroit Free Press - please click here:


LAY AFFILIATE RETREAT IN ST. LOUIS


Approximately 25 St. Louis-area Lay Marianist Affiliates attended an affiliate retreat on Oct. 10 at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Mo. Fr. Tim Kenney (standing, second from right), Province director of education, preached the retreat. Also pictured with retreat participants are Bro. Fred Hausch (sitting, first row, far left) and Bro. Ken Jung (sitting, first row, third from left).

 

MYSTERY MARIANIST

This four-year-old future brother and artist (left) is pictured with his cousin in 1959 on the lawn of his childhood home in New York. Who is he? Scroll down for the answer!

 

WHO'S DOING WHAT

Bro. Jim Moran reports that Bro. Dominic Lee continues his ministry at Manna House, located in a remote mountain area outside Mokpo, Korea. As director of the house, Bro. Dominic manages a staff of five and cares for 21 residents with disabilities.

Bro. John Samaha (Villa St. Joseph, Calif.) reminds us that there are 13 Marianist causes for sainthood in Rome, a number that Bro. John says is impressive for our relatively young congregation. He is our liaison with the postulator general, Fr. Antonio Soldà, helping to promote interest regarding these causes. To read the list of 13 Marianists, please click here:


Jakob Gapp

Bro. Mel Meyer's (Curé of Ars, St. Louis) artwork is on exhibition until Dec. 4 at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Mo. For more information, call the Foundry at 636.255.0270.

Felicitas Samtleben-Spleiss, a Lay Marianist Affiliate, wrote a poem entitled "Mary's Warmth of Welcome." Fr. Bert Buby (Stonemill Rd., Dayton) translated the poem from German to English. To read the poem Felicitas wrote, please click here:

Bro. John JaiBok Kim (Seoul, Korea) fasted from
July 26-Sept. 21 to persuade the South Korean government to withdraw its troops from Iraq, according to a story in the Oct. 8 edition of the National Catholic Reporter. South Korea has approximately 2,800 troops in Iraq, the third-largest troop contingent behind the United States and Britain.

Bro. Steve O'Neil (Rockaway Park, N.Y.) suggests you check out his website for the the Marianist NGO at the United Nations at www.MarianistNGO.org/reports.htm


Putka


Heft

University of Dayton Professors Fr. John Putka and Fr. Jim Heft were part of a panel that discussed "Religion, Politics and Voting" on Sept. 29 on the UD campus. The panelists shared insights about the issues and challenges facing Christian voters. To read an article about the event, please click here: (Story courtesy of UD's Campus Report.)

Aspirants Ben Dougherty (left) and Roberto Rivera staffed a vocation booth at the National Young Adult Conference on Oct. 15-17 at John Carroll University. Approximately 400 people attended the event. Bro. Brian Halderman (Washington St., Dayton) assisted and submitted the photo.

 

CALIFORNIANS GATHER FOR WORLD DAY OF PRAYER


Fr. Jack Rielly reports that spiritual affiliates and sodalists from the San Jose, Calif., area gathered to celebrate the Marianist World Day of Prayer on Oct. 10 at the San Juan Road community in Cupertino, Calif. Bro. Bill Farrell joined the celebration and shared this photo of the group. From left: Frank Fanger, Cathy Fanger, Les Gremett, Jo Gremett, Kathie Van Sickle, Bro. Joe Nu'uanu, Marguerite Fenstermaker, Gene Van Sickle, Roberta Fitzpatrick, and Fr. Jack.

 

2004-2005 PERSONNEL

CHANGES . . . To read the changes to the new Personnel, please click here: Remember that up-to-date personnel information is always available on the PORTAL at www.marianist.com/portal. If you need additional copies, e-mail Ann Mueller at amueller@sm-usa.org

 

LITURGY COMMISSION MEETS IN DAYTON

Bro. Steve Erspamer (St. Louis) reports that the Province Liturgy Commission met Oct. 15-16 at the Stonemill community in Dayton. The commission is revising the Ceremonial to make it more user-friendly; editing the Marianist dedication prayers; completing the first week of the four-week Marianist Psalter; and holding ongoing discussions about Province funeral liturgies.


Members of the Province Liturgy Commission at their Oct. 15-16 meeting in Dayton, from left: Bro. Rich Villa, Bro. Steve Erspamer, Fr. Jerry Chinchar, Bro. Mike O'Grady and Bro. Jack Somerville.

 

OUT AND ABOUT

To read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis, please click here:

 

VOCATION DISCERNMENT RETREAT, EWA BEACH, HAWAI`I


Bro. Dennis Schmitz
(Center Marianist Community, Honolulu) reports that 10 young men and women attended a Vocation Discernment Retreat on Oct. 8-10 at Ewa Beach, Hawai`i. Celibacy was the theme of the retreat. In attendance, front row, from left: Peter Sun, Dustyn Lai-Ragosa, Norman Capinpin, Bro. Dennis Schmitz, Bro. Jerry Bommer, Theo Rhoades, and Reynard Nivera. Back row, from left: Jezga Elias, Mirae Soumwei, Fr. Ken Templin, Dali Waltu and Brandon Alana. Not pictured: Jeannie Pinpin. Helping with the retreat were Bros. John Campbell and Franklin Pao; Fr. Allen DeLong; and lay Marianists Vince and Grissel Benitez-Hodge

 

NEWSLETTER
CENTRAL

CAPE MAY. To read the October issue of Beacon.com, the e-newsletter of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, N.J., please click here:

BERGAMO CENTER. To read the Autumn 2004 newsletter from the Bergamo Retreat Center in Dayton, please click here:

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RETREAT DIRECTORS ANNUAL MEETING, TOPSAIL, N.C.


Attending the Marianist Retreat Directors annual meeting Oct. 5-7 at Topsail Beach, N.C., from left, Bro. Mike O'Grady, Province assistant for religious life; Ed DeBerri, director, Christian Family Living Center, Topsail Beach, N.C.; Tony Fitzgerald, board member, Marianist Family Retreat Center, Cape May Point, N.J.; Lisa Gooding, Province executive director of development; Sr. Judy Kroger, board of trustees, Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning, Dayton; Fr. Joe Uvietta, director, Marianist Retreat & Conference Center (MRCC) in Eureka, Mo.; Dick Flack, executive director of Bergamo; John Parres, governing board chair of MRCC; Denis Link, executive director of TECABOCA: A Marianist Center for Spiritual Renewal; and, Jim Girardi, board president at Topsail Beach. Not shown: Anthony Fucci, center director, Cape May; and Bro. Paul Bredestege of Governor's Island, Ohio.

 

THE BOOK BAG

Volume 9 of the Letters of Father Chaminade has been translated and published by the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS). The book is $3 plus postage. Members of the Society of Mary and Marianist Sisters receive the book free of charge. To order, e-mail nacms.orders@notes.udayton.edu

Fr. Bert Buby (Stonemill Rd., Dayton) highly recommends Mary, the First Disciple, a new book by Marie Azzarello, CND, a former student of the International Marian Institute. To order, call 800.387.7164 or visit www.novalis.ca

 

MYSTERY MARIANIST UNVEILED . . .

It's Bro. Brian Zampier (Lindell Blvd., St. Louis) and his cousin, Suzanne Haley of Plattsburgh, N.Y.

 

BRO. ANSO VISITS MOMBASA

Bro. Bill Schlosser (Mombasa, Kenya) reports on the Oct. 8-12 visit of Bro. Javier Anso (General Administration) to Mombasa and the Marianist Development Project (MDP). While in Mombasa, Bro. Javier participated in a celebration of the Marianist World Day of Prayer on Oct. 10; visited with MDP students, staff and graduates; and enjoyed a meal created by MDP's catering class. Bro. Javier (left) is pictured with an MDP carpentry student.

 

A THOUGHT

 

ARE YOUR DATES POSTED ON THE CALENDAR?
A calendar that lists events involving Marianist brothers, Marianist sisters and lay Marianists is now available at www.marianist.com/calendar. The calendar also is available on the PORTAL at www.marianist.com/portal. If you'd like an event included, send the event, date, location and contact information to Pat Stephens at pstephens@sm-usa.org.

 

LATIN PATRIARCH AWARDED DEGREE

Michel Sabbah (center), the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, was awarded an honorary doctorate by St. Mary's University in San Antonio on Sept. 20 for his efforts toward peace in the Holy Land. Pictured with Michel are Samir Jarjoui (left), a University student from Jerusalem, and Fr. Charles Miller (right), University professor of theology and former rector of the Ratisbonne Pontifical Institute in Jerusalem

 

PROVINCE
BIRTHDAYS

  October
26 Robert Bouffier r_bouffier@bigfoot.com
  Mary Ann Hood mahood@sm-usa.org
27 Clarence Chew  
  Thomas Park brot@korea.com
  John Russi frrussi@aol.com
29 Charles Johnson cjohnson@sm-usa.org
30 Leo Slay  
31 Robert Maruyama rmaruyam@chaminade.edu
  Eugene Meyerpeter emeyerpeter@sm-usa.org
  Adolf Windisch adolf.windisch@notes.udayton.edu
  Christopher Wittmann chris.wittmann@notes.udayton.edu

November
1 Oscar Vasquez brooscarsm@yahoo.com
2 James Contadino jimcontadino@yahoo.co.uk
3 Cletus Behlmann cbehlmann@stmarytx.edu
5 Francis Kenney  
7 Charles Oyabu coyabu@olghelotes.org
  Daniel Stupka dstupkasm@yahoo.com
  Joseph Tedesco joseph.tedesco@notes.udayton.edu
10 Brian Halderman brian.halderman@notes.udayton.edu
  Edward Jach edmjac@queencity.com
  Stephen Johnson sjohnson@scu.edu
11 Joseph Hartzler  
12 Rajesh Lakra lakrarajeshsm@yahoo.co.in

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