Jubilarians 2022

Marianists 2022 Jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of their first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations.

We will feature a new set of Marianist 2022 Jubilarians each month throughout the summer.

Jubilarianis Featured in May

FATHER GEORGE MONTAGUE

75 years of profession

My 75 years in the Marianists have taught me the truth of the Gospel: that life has meaning and joy in giving oneself in service. And doing so in a common mission with my Marianist brothers under the banner of Mary has been the most fulfilling joy of my life. Community life keeps me grounded in reality and is a safeguard against independent hubris. I am deeply grateful to the particular Marianist brothers who have inspired me by their wisdom, encouragement, counsel and example.

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BROTHER JEROME BOMMER

70 years of profession

I’ve enjoyed my life as a Marianist. Over the years, it was pleasant. I became aware of the goodness of the brothers, enhanced by our family spirit. Living in a Marianist community is a blessing. As we were assigned ministries, we learned them while we were doing them. Often you received help from someone who had a wealth of experience in the area in which you were working.

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FATHER FRANZ SCHORP

70 years of profession

The following is an abbreviation of my concern for the Society of Mary and the Church:

The late Bro. L. Meinhardt, director at Maryhurst, told us (scholastics) that upon moving into community, conversation would not center on content of course material. While true, this was/is a tragedy for the Society of Mary, as well as for the Church, as shown by reasons for exodus from the Church.

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FATHER GERALD CHINCHAR

60 years of profession

From my baptism at Holy Cross Church in Euclid, Ohio, on Nov. 7, 1943, to my religious profession on Aug. 22, 1962, to my ordination on May 29, 1982, to the present day, all have provided a grace-filled journey of challenges and blessings. I give thanks for the many people who were instruments of grace.

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BROTHER JAMES MAUS

60 years of profession

SIXTY years as a Marianist! The time has gone so quickly! When I began this journey, little did I realize the places it would take me, the blessings and joys, as well as the challenges and opportunities for my spiritual and emotional growth. One of the great blessings of my life as a brother, in my roles as both counselor and teacher, has been to guide young people in their own journeys towards maturity.

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BROTHER DAVID QUIGLEY

60 years of profession

To reflect on 60 years of service and growth as a Marianist can be summed up as “adaptation and change.” At the time I entered the Marianists, the picture was very traditional. Shortly, the Second Vatican Council called for an updating and changes in the Church; the changes were many, and there were many meetings and proposals for change in dress, in styles of prayer, in approaches to personal education and in personal accountability.

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Jubilarians Featured in June

FATHER PATRICK PHILBIN

70 years of profession – 50 years of ordination

As a young religious, I never expected that my ministerial experience would be so varied: extremely intelligent, well-to-do students of Irish and Italian ancestry at Chaminade Mineola, to struggling African-American males from the Watts area of Los Angeles at Serra High School in Gardena, to Asian-American students at the predominantly Asian University of California in Irvine.

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BROTHER THOMAS SPRING

70 years of profession

I lost my father just before I turned nine. I met the Brothers of Mary (now Marianists) when I started attending Saint Louis College on the slopes of Kalaepohaku. They were friendly, cheerful, available and good teachers. And they were good, strong, gentle men, just like my father had been.

After several years with them, I found it easy to accept their invitation to become one of them.

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FATHER JAMES HEFT

60 years of profession

As I get older, I become more and more aware of how much of my life is a grace. Like nearly everyone who becomes as old as I now am, I am increasingly aware of how short life is. As John Henry Newman wrote at the end of his Essay on the Development of Doctrine, “Time is short, eternity is long.” He wrote that when he was 44 years old. It has taken me longer to arrive at the same insight. I feel blessed to be living in the Church at a time of deep change — a time that gives me hope and an ever-deepening desire to discern the ways of the Spirit in the years that remain and to serve in the most useful ways possible.

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BROTHER JOHN PATRICK DEMPSEY

60 years of profession

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, to James Dempsey and Mary Graham (both offspring of Irish immigrants), I am the fourth of six siblings — three of whom have died since 2017. We all attended Catholic schools from K-12 and are grateful to the Ursuline nuns of Cleveland, our elementary school educators. My father graduated from Marianist Cathedral Latin School in 1923, as did all his sons.

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FATHER ROLAND BUNDA

60 years of profession

During the past 60 years as a Marianist, I have been graced and blessed to serve as a teacher at a number of our Marianist high schools, along with services as campus minister and principal. I have served as director of a Newman Center, an assistant novice master, and as a pastor at St. Anthony Church.

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BROTHER THOMAS REDMOND

50 years of profession

I believe the words from John 1:16 “grace upon grace” sum up my experience of Marianist religious life throughout these 50 years. I’ve experienced God’s continued flow of grace upon me through an ongoing invitation into deeper prayer, through the meaningful relationships with my brothers in community and through those I have served in ministry.

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Jubilarians Featured in July

BROTHER A. JOSEPH BARRISH

75 years of profession

After all these years, I am blessed to truly believe that my image of God is one in which He is continuously smiling and laughing. My life has been filled with both many graces and surprises!

I enjoyed my early years of formation and studies very much. I was fortunate to study both in the U.S. and Europe. Superiors and my fellow brothers have both supported and encouraged me…

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FATHER PATRICK TONRY

70 years of profession

I met the Marianists at my brother John’s first vows in Beacon, New York, on Aug. 22, 1949. At that time, I was considering joining the Capuchins, but was so impressed by the joyful fraternity of the Marianists I met at first vows, that I wanted to become a Marianist myself. That experience, “vision,” has been my life these past 70 years and has sustained me in good and difficult times.

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FATHER BERTRAND BUBY

70 years of profession

From my first year with the Marianists, my Marianist Family of the Society of Mary was involved in my formation. I felt a warmth of welcome from them and from the presence of Mary in my life. This developed from decade to decade. I think it never stops. Like our permanent mission to be apostles of Mary so, too, Marianist formation is always at work in us…

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BROTHER THOMAS GIARDINO

60 years of profession

It’s a big number! A lot of days. What makes them real and a joy for me is reflected in my favorite article [91] in our Rule of Life, “To the end of our days, we are happy to spend our lives and our strength in Mary’s service since they belong to her …”

The path of Marianist days began for me as a search for freedom, even if I didn’t realize it fully then.

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FATHER THOMAS SCHROER

50 years of ordination

I love Frederick Buechner’s definition of a vocation as where “your deep passion (or gladness) meets the world’s deep need.” My “deep passion” was introduced to “the world’s deep need” way back in 1956 at the tender age of 14, at Marianist Chaminade High School in Dayton, Ohio.

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Jubilarian Profiles Coming Soon

Bro. Robert Maruyama

Rev. Thomas French