Volume 4, Number 14
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
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LARGEST MEC MEETING DRAWS MARIANIST EDUCATORS


Teachers and administrators at the MEC meeting in Dayton listen intently to Fr. Jim Schimelpfening, who spoke about Fr. Chaminade. Photos by John Samples.

The Province Office of Education hosted more than 100 administrators, teachers and campus ministers for the 18th annual MEC (Marianist Education Consortium) gathering July 21-24 at the University of Dayton, the largest MEC meeting on record. The education office includes Director Fr. Tim Kenney, Bro. John Habjan, Bro. Gene Meyerpeter and Mary Perotti. MEC’s goal is to deepen the knowledge and living out of the CME (Characteristics of Marianist Education). Marianist speakers and attendees included Frs. Jim Fitz, Joe Kozar, Robert Osborne, Jim Schimelpfening, Joe Tedesco and Bro. Richard Thompson. Discussions and workshops focused on social justice, TAM (Teaching as Ministry), a Marianist religion curriculum, spirituality and leadership, and sports in a Marianist school. In addition, Don Frericks, longtime professor and supporter of Marianist education at UD, was feted at a retirement dinner.


At the MEC meeting in Dayton: front, Mary Perotti, secretary for the Office of Education, and Don Frericks, retiring MEC coordinator at UD. Back, George Lisjak, director of Marianist Educational Studies and Partnership (left) and Bro. John Habjan, assistant director of education

 

PROFESSION NEWS FROM EASTERN AFRICA


Bro. Erick

Congratulations to Bro. Erick Otiende Odhiambo, who has been approved for profession of perpetual vows. The ceremony will take place in Limuru on Jan. 21, 2006, and will be preceded by several months of preparation, including a 30-day directed retreat. Hearty congratulations also to five, second-year novices in Eastern Africa who have been approved for first profession of vows: Bros. Floyd Chanda, Henry Kamundi, John-Paul Kirimi, Moses Atito Okoth and Dingiswayo Soko. Their profession ceremony will take place on July 30 at the Kabuku parish church. After the profession, the newly-professed will move to the scholasticate community and prepare for the beginning of their academic programs for ministry.

 

GREENFIELD, CALIFORNIA


Photo courtesy of Bro. Jim Wisecaver

 

PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENTS

Congratulations to the following brothers who have accepted director assignments, effective Aug. 15, 2005. We pray for their ministry.

FIRST TERM (three years)
Bro. Gene Meyerpeter, Curé of Ars, St. Louis
Fr. Steve Tutas, Maui, Hawai’i

The Provincial Council thanks Fr. Bill Wightman for his years
of service as a director.

Bro. Charles Wanda will reside at the Stonemill/Keifaber community in Dayton, with ministry at the Marianist Vocation Office.

 

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

Olive Singler, who died July 10, 2005, in St. Louis. May she rest in peace. Olive was the sister-in-law of Bro. Francis Singler (Marianist Residence, San Antonio).

Please also pray for Rudolph Bissen, Bishop Joseph Delaney, Greg Honnert, Joseph Maloney, Dr. Robert Kenney and Dara Shakespeare. May they rest in peace. Read about these intentions.

 

WATER LILY, SMITH GARDENS, DAYTON


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. Jim Christiana (Center Marianist Community, Honolulu), who is hospitalized in California.

Bro. Bob Kraft (Mercy Siena, Dayton), who has moved to Troy, Ohio, for specialized medical care. Please contact Bro. Bob at 937.332.9911 or Harborside Health Care, 512 Crescent Ave. #119, Troy, Ohio 45373-2718.

Bro. Skip Matthews, who is recovering from spinal surgery in Cupertino, Calif.

Fr. Joe Rasky (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), who is recovering from hip surgery.

Bro. Tom Spring (Chaminade Pohaku, Honolulu), who is being treated for a skin melanoma.

Jim Resing, who is recovering from heart bypass surgery in Florence, Ky.
Jim is the brother of Bro. Bob Resing (Maryland Avenue, St. Louis).

Tom Moriarty, who is hospitalized with Legionnaire's disease.
Tom is the brother of Bro. Bob Moriarty (Vernon, Conn.)

Nancy Cady, who is recovering from an illness. Nancy is the sister of Bro. Ken Straubinger (Maryland Avenue, St. Louis).

 

BIRTHDAY TIME IN HONOLULU


Happy birthday to Fr. Ken Templin (standing), who was honored on July 13 in Honolulu. Helping Fr. Ken celebrate, seated, from left, Bros. Frank Damm and Robert Maruyama and Peter Sun, a friend of the community. Photo by Bro. Franklin Pao

 

WHO'S DOING WHAT

Bro. Jim Droste (Marycliff, Eureka, Mo.) was profiled in the June-August 2005 issue of Witness, the quarterly newsletter of the St. Louis Archdiocese's Office of Consecrated Life. Bro. Jim is celebrating his 50th jubilee this year. Congratulations!

Fr. George Montague (Casa San Juan, San Antonio) participated in an international consultation on canonical hermeneutics in June at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Rome. Fr. George wrote, "Understanding the Bible: A Basic Introduction to Biblical Interpretation," to be published soon in a second, expanded edition.

Bro. Bernie Stratman (Washington, D.C.) recommends an excellent Web site resource for reviews of Catholic books. He also recommends materials from the conference, The Roman Catholic Priesthood in the 21st Century, held recently at Boston College. Read several book reviews, including a review of Fr. Bernie Lee's "The Beating of Great Wings."


Bro. Stratman


Fr. Lee

The State of Tennessee has adopted House Joint Resolution No. 725, which recognizes Bro. Mel Meyer's contributions to the world of fine arts. The Resolution was signed by the Tennessee governor and speakers of the House and Senate. Bro. Mel was commended for " . . . his unstinting dedication to revealing the majesty and beauty of God and his creation through his works." Kudos to Bro. Mel!

Congratulations to Gary Liebl, who has been named chairman of the Board of Regents of Chaminade University of Honolulu. Mr. Liebl has served on the executive committee since 1999. He also served on the advisory board of the former Province of the Pacific.

Rudy Reyes Jr. invites everyone to Visitor's Night for Marianist LIFE South on July 30 from 6:30 - 11:15 p.m. at TECABOCA in Mountain Home, Texas. The evening includes a Eucharistic celebration and a social/dance. No reservations necessary; information at 574.243.1757.

Fr. Gérard Blais, SM (Québec, Canada) has published 40 biblical study cards entitled "Judaïca," which explain Judaic symbols and their links with Christianity. The cards are perfect for use in classrooms, Bible studies, etc. Fr. Gérard is the director of the Centre Biblique Har'el in Québec. To order, e-mail cpharel@cndf.qc.ca.

 

SOUND OF MUSIC AT FAMILY RETREATS


Bro. Dan Klco (Stonemill Road, Dayton) led the music at the Family Vacation Retreats at Governor's Island in Ohio. See more about the retreats below.

 

CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS

Congratulations to Chaminade University of Honolulu, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a full year of celebration beginning the weekend of Sept. 16, 2005. The opening liturgical celebration and reception will be held Sept. 17 for faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. An alumni weekend reunion is set for April 2006. For everything you need to know about the anniversary celebration, visit the 50th anniversary Web page or call the anniversary hotline at 808.739.8365.

 

NEW PLAY YARD AT ST. JOHN'S IN ROCKAWAY PARK


A bird's eye view of the yard, which includes a basketball court, a softball field and a dodgeball area.

Bro. Tom Trager, executive director of St. John's Residence for Boys in Rockaway Park, N.Y., reports that a ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 14 for the residence's new play yard. Fr. Paul Landolfi, St. John's alum and director of the alumni association, blessed the yard. Members of the St. John's community, its board of directors, and local organizations attended the ceremony. Visit St. John's new Web site.


The basketball court was dedicated as a memorial to Jimmy Geyer, a victim of the Sept. 11 tragedy, who was a good friend of St. John's. Bro. Tom Trager assists Jimmy's children, Matthew, Michelle and Laura, in cutting the ribbon on the refurbished yard.

 

AFFILIATES GATHER FOR FAMILY PICNIC IN COLORADO

Fr. Al McMenamy presided at Mass at the Pueblo Zoo during the Lay Marianist Affiliate Family Picnic in Pueblo, Colo., on July 17. About 70 Marianist religious and family and friends of Affiliates—and one pious peacock—attended the festivities. Bro. Jack Ventura (Office of Religious Life) gave a talk at the gathering.

From left, Bros. DuWayne Brisendine, Mike Sullivan, Norb Karpfinger and Fr. Al McMenamy during an ice cream social which was part of the Affiliate gathering in Pueblo, Colo.

 

FAMILIES GATHER FOR RETREAT AT GOVERNOR'S ISLAND


Governor's Island in Ohio hosted two weeklong Family Vacation Retreats in July with the theme of "God the Builder." Nine families attended the retreats. Bro. Paul Bredestege was the general coordinator of the planning team, which included Barb Belle, Anne Petratis and Bro. Don Smith. Shown is the retreat team for the second retreat, front row, from left, Lisa Mergler, Katie Delaney, Alison James, Jeanna Neville, Barb Belle and Coordinator Anne Petratis; back row, from left, Bro. Dan Klco, Novice Andy Kosmowski, Fr. Tom Schroer and Bro. Don Smith. Other retreat team members: Fr. Jim Russell, Patrick and Cindy Delaney, Vince Gregoric and Carol Weiss

 

ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY: COLLEGE WITH A CONSCIENCE

The Princeton Review recognizes St. Mary's University as a leader in fostering social responsibility and public service in its new book, "Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement." University President Charles L. Cotrell, Ph.D, said, "Civic engagement at St. Mary's is at the heart of the University's mission, which calls us to public involvement in and service to our community and society at large." Congratulations, St. Mary's!

 

HONOLULU CONTACTS JOIN THE PARTY


Bro. Dennis Schmitz (standing) and contacts Brandon Alana, Reynard Nivera and Lionnel Ronduen helped Fr. Ken Templin celebrate his birthday on July 13 at Hale Malia in Honolulu.

 

MYSTERY MARIANIST

This "Mystery Marianist" was 30 years old when this photo was taken in 1967 at Mang'u High School in Thika, Kenya. Who is he?

 

2005-2006 PERSONNEL COMING IN SEPTEMBER

Ann Mueller, administrative assistant in the Province Office of Communications, reports that the 2005-2006 Personnel, with a rich purple cover, will be distributed in mid-September.

 

OUT AND ABOUT

Read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis

 

NEWSLETTER
CENTRAL

EASTERN AFRICA. Read Fr. Marty Solma's Regional Letter #5 from the Region of Eastern Africa dated July 19, 2005.

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THE CLASSIFIEDS

The Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Mo., is seeking a director. Résumés are due by July 31, 2005. Read the job description.

 

OOPS!

In the tribute to Marianist educators in the last issue of FamilyOnline, we
inadvertently left out one of our noted educators, Fr. Edwin Johnson, and gave the incorrect number of years in education for Bro. Kevin Whelan. Our apologies!

Fr. Edwin Johnson
40 years

Chaminade College Prep Middle School,
Chatsworth, Calif.

Bro. Kevin Whelan
43 years

Chaminade-Madonna, Hollywood, Fla.

 

A THOUGHT


Ewa Beach, Hawai'i - photo courtesy of Novice Robert Jones

He who governed the world
before I lived
Will govern it when I'm gone.
My part is to improve the present.

 

MYSTERY MARIANIST UNVEILED . . .


It's Bro. Ken Thompson, who lives at the Franklin Street community in Dayton and serves on the staff of Emmanuel parish. Bro. Ken taught English for 15 years at Mang'u High School in Kenya. He relates that "mang'u" is a Maasai word meaning "that's not me you smell." Bro. Ken said: "When the Maasai hunted lions in the tall grass, they would shout "mang'u, mang'u" to inform their fellow hunters of the situation!" Bro. Ken's life lesson: "Don't let the sun set each day before you make at least one person feel like a million bucks."

 

PRIESTLY FORMATION BOOKLETS AVAILABLE

The National Catholic Educational Association has published a series of four booklets called "The Core Elements of Priestly Formation." The booklets include readings published in Seminary Journal that address the intellectual, human, spiritual and pastoral pillars of formation. Bro. Bernie Stratman is executive director of the NCEA's Seminary Department. Order at seminary@ncea.org or 202.337.6262, ext. 222.

 

PROVINCE
BIRTHDAYS

July
26 Christopher Conlon Christopher.Conlon@notes.udayton.edu
  Anthony P. Pudota smpudota@yahoo.com
28 Stephen Erspamer sersp@sbcglobal.net
  Jyoti Prakash Minj  
  Thomas Schelble  
30 Paul Metzger pmetzger@stmarytx.edu
  Robert Politi bpoliti13@yahoo.com
31 James Facette gemface@planet-save.com
  Joseph Meierdirks jaybeesjhmeier@webtv.net

August
1 Lawrence Mann  
Joseph Markel jmarkel@sm-usa.org
  Thomas Payne tpayne@sm-usa.org
  José Ramirez ramirezjos@hotmail.com
4 Anuranjan Lakra  
5 Joseph Cahill joedcahill@aol.com
6 Frank O’Donnell odonnellfj@aol.com
7 Norbert Burns norbert.burns@notes.udayton.edu
  Jerome Matz jmatz@stmarytx.edu
  Libin Minj libinminj@yahoo.com
8 Xavier Raj S. rajxavier34@hotmail.com
  Arnold Wurzel  
9 Robert Flaherty rflaherty@moeller.org
10 Joseph Jeje  
  Oscar Kerketta oskerketta@yahoo.com
  Anand Prakash Kujur prakashkuj@yahoo.co.in
  John Lucier john.lucier@notes.udayton.edu
  Lee Sciarrotta emmanuel1@corecomm.net
  Santosh Tudu santoshtudu@rediffmail.com
11 Edward Brink edward.brink@notes.udayton.edu
  Bernard Foster  
  Cyril Middendorf  
  D. Leo Willett leo.willett@notes.udayton.edu
12 Raymond Fitz raymond.fitz@notes.udayton.edu
  Lawrence Jordan  
  Raju Prakash Kerketta kerkettaraju@yahoo.com


 

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