February 14, 2017
Lay Marianist Continental Assembly
Registration is now available for the Marianist Lay Assembly July 13 – 16 at the University of Dayton. This family-oriented event is open to all who embrace the Marianist Charism.
The assembly will include speakers, workshops, liturgies and entertainment to prepare participants to follow the example of Mary in saying, Yes, God!
It will be a weekend of inspiration, prayer, community-building, education and fun!
October 13, 2016
Sean Downing ordained to priesthood
In a joyful ceremony at the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception in Dayton, Bro. Sean Downing was ordained to priestly ministry in the Society of Mary. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., Archbishop of San Antonio presided at the Oct. 8 ordination, which was witnessed by a happy crowd of family, friends and fellow Marianists.
Fr. Sean, 48, is a native of Xenia, Ohio. He entered the Society of Mary in 2002. In his first year of priesthood, he will serve in pastoral ministry at Holy Rosary Parish, Central Catholic High School and St. Mary’s University, all in San Antonio.
September 30, 2016
Two profess perpetual vows in St. Louis
Before a beaming assembly of family, friends and fellow Marianists, Bros. Michael Chiuri and Brandon Paluch professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary. The Sept. 24 celebration took place at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish. Fr. Martin Solma, provincial, presided at the Mass and received the vows. Frs. Bill Meyer and Oscar Vasquez concelebrated.
Marianists profess perpetual vows four years after their initial vows. They commit to a life a chastity, poverty, obedience and stability.
Bro. Michael, 43, is a native of Nairobi, Kenya. He moved to the United States to pursue a master’s degree in business administration in the late 1990s. He entered the Marianist novitiate in 2010. Most recently, he taught at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore, Maryland.
Bro. Brandon, 33, was raised in the Chicago, Illinois, area. He earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and history from the University of Dayton in 2006. He entered the Marianist novitiate in 2010. Most recently, he served in campus ministry at the University of Dayton.
Both men currently are studying philosophy at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, in preparation for entrance to the seminary.
July 11, 2016
New bicentennial web pages
To help celebrate the bicentennials of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate and the Society of Mary, the Marianist Province of the United States has launched new web pages devoted especially to this joyful event.
At marianist.com/200, there are resources and information to help members of the Marianist Family take part in the celebration, which runs through Jan. 22, 2017. The pages are also accessible from the homepage of this website under the “Bicentennial” tab.
If you have questions about the celebration or the web pages, please contact Carol Dexter, senior communications manager.
May 23, 2016
Welcome, brother! Justin Quiroz professes first vows
It was a joyful celebration at Queen of Apostles Chapel on May 21, as Justin Quiroz professed first vows as a Marianist brother.
Fr. Martin Solma, provincial, celebrated the Eucharist and received the vows. Bro. Joe Kamis, assistant provincial, presented Justin with the Marianist Rule of Life.