“They Do Us Proud:” Marianist Alumni Garner Gold at Tokyo Olympic Games

SAITAMA, JAPAN - JULY 25: Jayson Tatum #10 of Team United States dunks against Team France during the first half of the Men's Preliminary Round Group B game on day two of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Saitama, Japan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
TOKYO, JAPAN – AUGUST 05: Katie Nageotte of Team USA celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women’s Pole Vault Final on day thirteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 05, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

The Tokyo Olympic Games were full of heartwarming and heartbreaking moments. For Jayson Tatum, 2016 Chaminade College Preparatory-St. Louis graduate and member of Team USA men’s basketball, Aug. 7 will forever be remembered as the day the U.S. Olympic team made history, winning its fourth consecutive gold medal in the sport by defeating France 87-82.

The team was rattled just before the Games began when key players, including Bradley Beal, a 2011 Chaminade College Preparatory-St. Louis alum, were pulled from Team USA due to fears of COVID-19 exposure. Beal plays point guard for the NBA’s Washington Wizards. The revolving door of team players kept Team USA on its toes.

“We knew it was going to be different guys every night, and we figured it out,” Tatum said in a post-game interview. The 23-year old Tatum racked up 19 points and 7 rebounds during USA’s victory. Tatum plays professionally for the Boston Celtics.

Two days earlier, Katie Nageotte, who spent the 2011-2012 seasons on University of Dayton Flyers track and field team, won an Olympic gold medal in the pole vault on Aug. 5.

Nageotte, 30, of Olmsted Falls, Ohio, and a first-time Olympian, became the third American woman to win the pole vault at the Olympics.

MLC-NA Welcomes Inagural National Director

The Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA) welcomes Rob Brodrick as its inaugural national director. As national director, Rob will be responsible for implementing the vision of MLC-NA and facilitating its day-to-day operations.

Rob currently serves as the MLC-NA at-large member for strategic planning and web development. He brings extensive experience in service and ministry through his work with the Mission of Mary Cooperative, the International Organization of Marianist Lay Communities and the Adèle Social Justice Project. Rob possesses a deep commitment to the Marianist Charism and to the growth and development of Marianist laity. In this position, Rob will help bring to life the work of the Leadership Council on behalf of our lay members.

Margy Lisjak, MLC-NA chair, writes, “We are grateful to the Society of Mary for its confidence and initial funding to establish this position. Together we will continue to expand and deepen our engagement and communication within the broader Marianist Family.”

“We congratulate and welcome Rob Brodrick as the inaugural national director for MLC-NA” says Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States. “This is an exciting time for the Marianist Family. We look forward to collaborating with the MLC-NA as it continues to expand and facilitate the growth of the Marianist Family and Marianist Charism under Rob’s leadership.”

Read the MLC-NA full announcement.

New Virtual Lay Marianist Formation Program Hosts 21 Participants

The Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA) completed its first Virtual Lay Marianist Formation (VLMF) program in June with 21 participants from across the United States.

“We had people enroll from small towns and cities in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Missouri, Texas and Hawaii,” said Abbey Saurine, head of education for MLC-NA and coordinator of this first cohort.

One of the main reasons people signed up for this first virtual program is the ease and accessibility it affords.

“There are many people who haven’t been able to participate in lay formation because of location, jobs and other circumstances,” said Abbey. “The virtual format overcame those barriers. We’ve been missing some people who want to be formed in the Marianist tradition. We need them – and their gifts.”

“I am grateful to Abbey, as well as Sarah Wood and Margy Lisjak for getting this program off the ground,” said LeeAnn Meyer, head of spirituality for MLC-NA. “Now, when people ask how they can become a Lay Marianist, we have an answer that suits people’s busy lifestyles and different locations.”

Next VLMF program: A new VLMF cohort will start in early 2022. Registration will begin in Nov.-Dec. 2021. The program runs four to five months and meets every other Tuesday evening. To learn more, please contact Abbey Saurine.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Fr. Jakob Gapp, SM – An Advocate for Social Justice

On Aug. 13, we celebrated the memorial of Blessed Jakob Gapp, SM. Our Austrian Marianist Brother was martyred in 1943 for his activities that were deemed detrimental to the Nazi Regime. He persisted in speaking out against the National Socialists since he strongly believed that this government was not conducive to Catholic Christian values. For him, one’s Catholic faith was more important than any nationality. Here is testimony from his interrogation that expounds on his belief when asked about public resistance to National Socialism:

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In The News

Bro. Jesse O’Neill, Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Auxiliary Bishop emeritus Roger Gries, Kim Gorr and Leo Hyland

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School Welcomes New President

On Aug. 11, Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial, and others celebrated the President’s Welcome Mass for Leo Hyland, the new president of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, Akron, Ohio.

Read the article from the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.

Brotherhood is Right for Me

Before he considered a religious vocation, Bro. Allen Pacquing was achieving his professional dreams. Yet, he always had a sense that something was missing in his life; a yearning that he couldn’t pinpoint. Bro. Allen recently discussed his journey to becoming a Marianist Brother in an article for Vision Vocation Network. Read the article.

Continuing the Grace of Charismatic Renewal

The Brothers of the Beloved Disciple, a charismatic and Marian religious community of brothers and priests in San Antonio, was founded by Fr. George Montague, SM, and Fr. Bob Hogan, BBD.  Fr. George, 92, has moved to a care center.  Fr. Bob penned an article in the latest edition of Pentecost Today Magazine in which he discusses how the community is continuing in the spirit of Fr. George with an emphasis on the Holy Spirit.  Click here to read the article.

Marianist Family Updates

First Marianist Jubilarian in Mexico

Bro. Fermín García García is the first Marianist from Mexico to celebrate 25 years as a religious brother. Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, presided at a special Jubilee Mass to honor Bro. Fermín on Sunday, Aug. 15. The jubilee celebration was held outdoors at the Marianist Community in Querétaro. Click here for pictures.

Marianist Novitiate Communities Welcome New Novices

On Sunday, Aug. 15, the Society of Mary (SM) and the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI) novitiate communities welcomed three new novices into their respective novitiate programs. Rose Rucoba and Natalie Ross became novices with the FMI and Juan de la Cruz joined Jesús Alvarez Peña as a SM novice. Sr. Laura Leming, FMI novice director and Bro. Dennis Bautista, SM novice director, blessed the crosses that were presented to the novices. They were joined in a final blessing by Fr. Tim Eden, assistant SM novice director, Sr. Gretchen Trauman, FMI provincial, who directed Rose and Natalie’s retreat and Fr. George Cerniglia and Bro. Ed Brink, who directed the retreat for the SM novices. Novitiate classes began on Monday, Aug. 16. Please join in prayer for all of the young men and women on their Marianist journey!

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Marianist Affiliates Continue to Grow

Rebecca Salkeld, Monica O’Neill, Riza Vlasic, Shirley Vachon, Fr. Al McMenamy

The Marianist Streamwood, Illinois, Affiliate group met on Friday, Aug. 6, in the home of Jay and Monica O’Neill. They shared the sacrament of Reconciliation, The Holy Eucharist, the Anointing of the Sick and the Ceremony of Affiliation for Candidate Riza Vlasic. Fr. Al McMenamy is the spiritual advisor for the group, meets monthly with the group, but has made adjustments due to the pandemic. Welcome to the Marianist Family, Riza.

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Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Fr. Ralph Siefert – 2015

Fr. Ralph Siefert – Early Years

Fr. Ralph Siefert, 76, died Aug. 20, 2021. Father Ralph was a pillar of the school community at Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis, where he served as president for 33 years. He is credited with putting the school on firm financial footing and with building its reputation for excellence in academics. He will be remembered as a caring shepherd, a quick wit, a voracious reader and a gourmet cook.

Read his obituary.

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Good to Know

The FundRun is Back: Lace up your shoes to Benefit Tecaboca

Join the FundRun for Tecaboca: A Marianist Center for Spiritual Renewal, located near Kerrville, Texas. It’s easy to participate. Just find a route to walk/run near your home, and invite your family or friends together to create a small team. Visit the fundraising page to create a team and gather pledges for your walk/run or make a donation. There will be prizes for the individual and team that raise the most and an online silent auction. Set out for your walk/run Saturday, Sept. 11, and watch the Tecaboca Facebook page for live updates throughout the day. Share your videos and pictures using #TecabocaFundRun21. Commit to walk or run.

Click here to learn more about the event.

Seeking business/family sponsors for the event, click here.

Called to Serve- MLC-NA Leadership Council Nominations Being Accepted

MLC-NA is accepting nominations for Head of Spirituality and Head of Temporalities on the national Leadership Council for terms beginning January 2022.

Responsibilities can be found in the MLC-NA Leadership Model document.

Please use the online nomination form to nominate yourself or someone else by September 30. You may re-reuse the link to submit multiple nominations.

Nominees will be contacted to confirm their interest and to complete a questionnaire that will be shared on the ballot.  Nominations are welcome from within the Marianist Family. Voting is limited to members of MLC-NA.

Questions about the process or the positions can be emailed to nominations@mlc-na.org. Thank you for your support!

In the Album

There were some fun pictures submitted this month including:  Bro. Mike O’Grady’s birthday, the Hawaiian pool party in Cupertino, some great photos of the late Fr. Gerry Hammel, and Fr. Mwageni visits St. Francis de Sales Parish. View this month’s photo album.

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Newsletters

District Update #49 from the Marianist District of India
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Marian Library Newsletter Spring 2021
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

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Brother Delmar Jorn Reflects on His Ministry after 38 Years in Southeast Asia

Having served as a librarian at Marianist-sponsored schools in the U.S. Province, Bro. Del Jorn was surprised one day when the late Fr. David Fleming, then provincial of the former St. Louis Province, asked him to consider a missionary assignment in Nepal and India in the 1980s.

“I was hesitant at first because I struggle to learn foreign languages,” he said. “But off I went on a Pan-Am flight to Kathmandu.”

His first assignment in Nepal was working at a library located on the edge of a pasture. “On one side of the modest library was hay storage for cows and pigs; on another side was an open well with plenty of rats,” he said. “And, it was incredibly cold.”

“Picture me trying to work with books in 35-degree weather, and I’m wearing gloves because there’s no heat in the building,” says Bro. Del laughing.

Between Nepal and India, Bro. Del spent nearly four decades managing libraries and collecting and documenting Marianist artifacts. In India, he also taught aspirants and novices in formation, both those of the Society of Mary and the Daughters of Mary(FMI), and supervised finances as head of temporalities.

Learn more about Bro. Del’s life and ministry in ALIVE magazine where he is featured in the Summer 2021 edition.

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Marianist Sister Leanne Jablonski’s Sustainability Expertise is Tapped by Vatican

“Catholics have a critical mass to collectively address climate change, reduce economic poverty and achieve total sustainability,” said Sr. Leanne Jablonski, who along with two other sustainability experts at  University of Dayton have been asked to share their knowledge and experiences with the Vatican.

In May, the Vatican’s Laudato Si’ Action Platform was launched to track goals that were established by Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical on the environment. The trio of UD experts are sharing their sustainability successes and challenges and how some could be implemented on the online platform.

The University attracted the attention of the Vatican group, in part, through the work of the Hanley Sustainability Institute where Sr. Leanne serves as an Institute Scholar for faith and the environment. She also directs the Marianist Environmental Education Center located at Mount Saint John in Dayton.

The global Marianist Family, through its involvement in education, health care, environmental nonprofits, parishes and religious congregations, is already engaged in these sustainability goals, said Sr. Leanne.

To read the full UD News story about Sr. Leanne and UD’s involvement with the Laudato Si’ platform, click here.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Connecting As Affiliates

On Sat., July 17, 2021, the Marianist Affiliates gathered for a virtual National Day of Retreat. The theme was Connecting as Affiliates. This was an opportunity to connect and pray with other affiliates from across the country and Canada.  Fr. Mike Nartker, spiritual advisor for the Marianist Affiliates in Ohio and Pittsburgh, gave a presentation about community using the image of the Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth as a model of affiliation in which we are all called to share the Good News in small and large ways. We share a common experience, just as Mary and Elizabeth did in their pregnancies, which were the result of God’s grace. Bro. Stephen Glodek, spiritual advisor for Marianist Affiliates on the East Coast, Canada and Italy, expanded on this image, saying that we each carry something holy – our ages, life experiences and our affiliations – to our encounters, just as Mary and Elizabeth did.

The retreat included a couple of prayer experiences: The Jesus Prayer which was done in a large group and Lectio Divina in small groups using a passage from Fr. Henri Nouwen on the theme of community. This was the first time many participants had experienced Lectio Divina using a passage from a spiritual reading rather than scriptures. Finally, Bro. Stephen Glodek conducted a session about where we go from here. Once the retreat evaluations are gathered and collated, next steps will be pursued.

If you are interested in becoming a Marianist Affiliate please contact Bro. Jack Ventura, the National Coordinator for Mariniast Affiliation, at jventura@sm-usa.org. He will direct your inquiry to the spiritual advisor in your area.

Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Fr. Gerald Hammel – Undated

Fr. Gerald Hammel – 2011

Fr. Gerald Hammel, 79, died July 10, 2021. Fr. Gerry was a beloved pastor, missionary chaplain, spiritual director, campus minister, retreat master and cook. Beginning his life of service in the kitchen at several Marianist houses of formation, he would go on to feed the spirit of communities on three different continents – ever praying that Mary would help him “develop a gentle, loving care within me for my brothers, that I may care for them as she cared for our Lord, and as she cares for all of us in our mission.”

Read his obituary.

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Bro. Norbert Karpfinger’s obituary: Bro. Norb died on June 23. His obituary was not completed in time for the June issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Jubilee Celebrations

Marianists Celebrate 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. This is the fourth and final group of 2021 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

FATHER JOSEPH RASKY

70 years of profession

Now, at the age of 88, I am filled with gratitude to God for my vocation and grateful to the brothers and priests who have helped me along the way. I have especially enjoyed the laypeople of the Marriage Encounter community and the Marian consecration groups who have been an inspiration to me. I am grateful to God for my good health that enables me to continue to work with these people. I am grateful for the Good News of the Gospel, which shows me how wonderful God is. I feel privileged, and I rejoice that I can proclaim these truths to the world.

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Fr. Joseph Rasky died on April 26, 2021. Read his obituary.

FATHER THOMAS SCHROER

60 years of profession

I love Frederick Buechner’s definition of a vocation as “your deep passion (or gladness) meeting the world’s deep need.” My deep gladness was first expressed around the age of 8 or so, one night while riding with my family in our 1949 two-door Chevrolet along Ohio Rt. 127. We were passing the Precious Blood seminary in Carthagena, Ohio, returning home from visiting our lovable, petite, grey-haired Grandma Schroer. Sitting between my sisters on the floor, I announced from the backseat, “I’m going to that seminary one day.” The courtship period for my deep passion and the world’s deep needs began in my teen years at the Marianist Chaminade High School in Dayton, Ohio. The actual commitment at age 19 and our “honeymoon” took place during my novitiate in Marcy, New York.

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BROTHER FREDERICK SILBEREIS

60 years of profession

I have come to believe firmly that our God is a God of surprises; and not only does He surprise us, but His surprises — after the fact — always look so right. In conversation with a modern-day mystic, God reportedly told the seer that “with Me there is no such thing as a coincidence.” Things that look like accidents or blunders can be His hand at work, directing us in ways in which we would not otherwise have gone — and forcing us to grow.

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BROTHER KENNETH STRAUBINGER

60 years of profession

As the years go by, it causes one to reflect more on how swiftly the years go by. This prompts me to reflect on “how did I get here?” Obviously, it was not only my personal effort. So, I thankfully recall the many, many graces received from our Lord through the love and support of my parents, brothers and sisters and their families. And, finally, but not least, those of the many faith-filled and holy men with whom I lived. A debt of gratitude to all.

BROTHER STANLEY ZUBEK

60 years of profession

At the end of my novitiate, I chose as my motto Philippians 4:13: “I can do all things in him who strengthens me.” Today I would choose Luke 1:47: “My soul magnifies the Lord.” As a magnifying glass makes details clearer, so too, when looking at what God has done for/through me, the Lord is magnified.

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Good to Know

Saint Louis School’s “175 Years: Strength in Diversity” Television Special

Check out the television special celebrating Saint Louis School’s history and diversity! Click here to see special program.

What A Year It Has Been

The link below will indeed make you smile. Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School’s faculty and staff reflect on this past year and the year ahead. I think you will agree that Fr. Bob Jones is Broadway-bound. Enjoy! Click here.

Marianist Celebrate July 4th

Bro. Ed Longbottom and guests celebrated our nations birthday at the Mayer Hall Community Independence Day picnic in the Chaminade Room of NACMS building. Guests included Fr. Buby, Bro. Bob Dzubinski, Ann Frapwell, Bro. Jim Vorndran and Chris Adams. Thanks for sharing Bro. Ed!

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Marianist Vocations – Digital Communications/ Marketing Coordinator

The Marianist Province of the U.S. is searching for a new Digital Communications/ Marketing Coordinator. The Digital Communications/ Marketing Coordinator will work with the National Vocations Director to promote and foster a culture of vocations through a multifaceted approach which includes development and implementation of strategic marketing, advertising and communication. Learn more.

Marianist Retreat & Conference Center – Executive Director

The Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, located in Eureka, MO, is searching for an Executive Director. This position will focus on the overall strategic direction, sustainability, and promotion of the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center (MRCC). In the spirit of the Three Offices of the Marianist Tradition, the Executive Director (Office of Temporalities) will serve in collaboration with the Director of Hospitality (Office of Hospitality), and the Director of Programs (Office of Education & Spiritual/Religious Life). Learn more.

Choir Director at Queen of Apostles Marianist (part-time)

The Queen of Apostles Marianist Community at Bergamo, Mt. St. John, Beavercreek, OH, is seeking a part-time choir director to help with Sunday morning services and other community activities. Learn more.

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

District Update 47 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Marian Library Newsletter Spring 2021
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Other Resources

Marianist Archives     

FamilyOnline Submissions

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“Gathering in the Spirit” Monthly Faith Sharing Continues

Erin Bole

What started out as a practice-run through last May by the Embers Marianist Lay Community turned into a full-fledged community building effort when they launched “Gathering in the Spirit,” an online monthly community in June 2020.

Using monthly Zoom gatherings, Embers has invited others in the wider Marianist Family to join them. Each month about 14 people have participated, said Erin Bole, one of the community members involved in organizing the outreach.

“I have enjoyed meeting new people in the Marianist Family, especially during the COVID shutdown,“ said Erin. “The monthly gatherings gave me an opportunity to reflect and share with others what I was experiencing and to realize that others were struggling, too,” she said when interviewed for an article to be published in the Summer edition of ALIVE Magazine.

The Embers MLC, which was formed in 2007 at University of Dayton, meets annually in March and periodically throughout the year using online technology and in-person gatherings.

For more about “Gathering in the Spirit” which meets via Zoom on the first Wednesday of every month at 8 p.m. E.T., please click.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Marianists Saints Project

I would like to extend my gratitude to you for reading my reflections about our Marianist saints. It has been a pleasure looking at various themes and then looking at what our Marianists saints have said and believed concerning these themes. Granted, most of the reflections dealt with Blessed Chaminade and Blessed Adèle since we have more letters and other writings from them compared to other Marianist saints. But all of our saints are important because of the holiness and faithfulness that they have demonstrated throughout their lives. It is because of this holiness and faithfulness that the Church has formally recognized them as part of the Communion of Saints.

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In The News

A Double Dose of Gratefulness: Cupertino Marianist Community Celebrates

Gratefulness – along with joy, relief and heartfelt appreciation for a strong team effort – were on display on May 25 when the Cupertino Marianist Community gathered to acknowledge the people who kept the health care residence free from COVID-19 for the past year.

The celebration, organized by Grace Zollman, director of nursing, and Bro. Jack Somerville, community director, was planned shortly after they learned Provincial Fr. Oscar Vasquez, was scheduled to visit Cupertino.

“We wanted to express our gratitude to Fr. Oscar and the Provincial Administration for their ongoing support, especially during the pandemic,” said Grace. “We also wanted to thank Bro. Jack Somerville for his example of humility during this stressful time and acknowledge our solid team of people who worked so hard to keep our residents COVID-free.”

Using the acronym GODD – which stands for “Gratefulness on Double Dose” – the group recalled this past year with thankful hearts. “I encouraged this team to be grateful each day, regardless of how rough some days could be,” said Grace. “We fought COVID with compassion, hard work, efficiency and common sense. And we won!”

Because of the 100 percent success rate, “we decided to double our dose of gratefulness to each other,” said Grace. “We conquered COVID with love.”

Marianist Ministries in Action

Marianist Educational Associates Celebrate Commitments

Two St. Mary’s University community members, Julieta Sanchez and Yolanda Ramirez, were celebrated at their formation and commitment as Marianist Educational Associates (MEA).

Pictured from left to right are current MEA Dr. Michael Losiewicz, who was on the retreat planning team, Julieta Sanchez, Yolanda Ramirez and Dr. Jessica Uhlig. Also, President Tom Mengler joined the group for dinner and the service where other current MEAs renewed their commitment.

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Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Fr. Joseph Hartzler – Early Years

Fr. Joseph Hartzler

Fr. Joseph Hartzler, 65, died May 27, 2021. Father Joe was a beloved teacher, retreat leader, theologian and associate pastor. Remembered for his sense of humor and incisive intellect, he used his scholarly talents to promote and strengthen collaboration between ordained and non-ordained members of the church – working to enhance what he described as “a specific charism of the Society of Mary.”

Read his obituary.

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Fr. Joseph Rasky – Undated

Fr. Joseph Rasky – 2015

Fr. Joseph Rasky, 89, died June 8, 2021. Father Joe was a beloved teacher, associate pastor, hospital chaplain and Marriage Encounter retreat leader. Remembered for an ever-cheerful demeanor and competitive spirit, he willingly devoted all his talents and energy to a variety of ministries – because even as a novice, he had realized “the more I give myself to Mary, the happier my life becomes.”

Read his obituary.

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Bro. Norbert Karpfinger – Early Years

Bro. Norbert Karpfinger – 2015

Bro. Norbert Karpfinger, 89, died June 23, 2021. Bro. Norbert was a beloved teacher, administrator and prolific letter-writer – whose fruitful advocacy for the poor and disadvantaged was profiled in The New York Times in 2013. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

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Jubilee Celebrations

Congratulations to our Cupertino Jubilarians

Fr. Timothy Kenney (50 years of profession), Fr. Theodore Ley (50 years of ordination), Fr. Robert Hackel (70 years of profession) and Fr. Patrick McDaid (25 years of profession).

Marianists Celebrate 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. This is the third group of 2021 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

FATHER JAMES RUSSELL

70 years of profession

With the exception of two long assignments in campus ministry at the University of Dayton and as chaplain at Governors Island, I have had a number of brief assignments, especially in my early years as a Marianist. These were sometimes difficult and caused me to underestimate the value or efficacy of my ministry. However, I now am amazed at how many folks, even after many years, express gratitude for my work with them. This has helped convince me that it was the Lord who was truly the minister.

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BROTHER FREDERICK RECH

60 years of profession

I am very happy being a Marianist, living and working in Ireland, coming up to my 60th year of vows. God knows my parents and family — to whom I am very grateful — were very instrumental in promoting my vocation.

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FATHER TIMOTHY KENNEY

50 years of profession

I cannot believe I am celebrating 50 years as a Marianist in this prophetic and amazing moment in our history: the best of times and the worst of times! I use to look upon golden jubilarians as the old guys. Now I have a different perspective as I continue to see God at work in my life and ministry. I am so blessed with people who love me and encourage me to be better and better.

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BROTHER FERMÍN GARCÍA GARCÍA

25 years of profession

During these 25 years in the Society of Mary, I have experienced and lived many moments of joy. God has given me the opportunity to work at tasks according to my abilities, and I have done so with much joy and satisfaction. My only desire has been and will be to serve, not in my own name, but in the name of the good Master who has invited me to his mission. Being here gives me the assurance that the love and grace of God is much greater than anything I can be or do.

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FATHER JOSEPH UVIETTA

60 years of ordination

I was ordained in Fribourg, Switzerland, on July 16, 1961. I returned to the United States to celebrate my first Mass at my home parish, St. Agnes, in San Antonio. I was graced to have my caring family present for that Mass.

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Good to Know

Catholic Cares Coalition Weekly Updates

Catholic Cares is a coalition of more than 50 Catholic Organizations including the Association of Marianist Universities (AMU) coming together to encourage their constituents and faith communities to get vaccinated as an act of charity and solidarity. Their shared goal is to promote COVID 19 acceptance in the US and around the world. They believe that all people should have the same access to life-saving vaccines. Bro. Tom Giardino, Executive Director of AMU, who is featured in the video says, “Drawing on social Catholic teaching, Catholic Cares stands in solidarity and service. Pope Francis recently said ‘Solidarity finds concrete expression in service, which can take a variety of forms in an effort to care for others. And service in great part means caring for the vulnerable members of our families, our societies, our people.’ Watch the video.

Cupertino Landscaping Upgrade

Bro. Jack Somerville reported that Cupertino Center upgraded its landscaping. He worked with Bro. Bob Juenemann and former Marianist brother Joe Aspell on planning the project. They gathered the necessary resources for completing the project. See the photos of the beautiful results.

New MSP 2.0!

The North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) is offering the members of the Marianist Family an opportunity to explore and create a project on the topic “Marianist Prayer: Listening, Pondering, and Responding” in its one-year Marianist Studies Program (MSP) 2.0. Emerging from this pandemic, many may be asking: How can Marianist Prayer help us be stronger people of faith? How is God calling us to offer the gift of Marianist Prayer to the Church as the world is changed and changing? Join us as we explore how Marianist Prayer transforms us, our community, the Church and the world.

Click here for more information.

Marianist Vocations – Vocation Marketing Coordinator

The Marianist Province of the U.S. is searching for a new Vocation Marketing Coordinator. The Vocation Marketing Coordinator will work with the National Vocation Director to promote and foster a culture of vocations through a multifaceted approach which includes development and implementation of a strategic marketing, advertising and communication. Learn more.

(posted May 26, 2021)

Marianist Retreat & Conference Center – Executive Director

The Marianist Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, located in Eureka, MO, is searching for an Executive Director. This position will focus on the overall strategic direction, sustainability, and promotion of the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center (MRCC). In the spirit of the Three Offices of the Marianist Tradition, the Executive Director (Office of Temporalities) will serve in collaboration with the Director of Hospitality (Office of Hospitality), and the Director of Programs (Office of Education & Spiritual/Religious Life). Learn more.

(posted May 25, 2021)

Choir Director at Queen of Apostles Marianist (part-time)

The Queen of Apostles Marianist Community at Bergamo, Mount St. John, Beavercreek, OH, is seeking a part-time choir director to help with Sunday morning services and other community activities. Learn more.

(posted May 25, 2021)

President – North Catholic High School

North Catholic High School, located in Cranberry Township, PA, north of Pittsburgh, is moving to a President-Principal model for the 2021-2022 school year and seeks a highly qualified candidate for President of the school, to further our Marianist mission of forming Christ-centered young adults who are leaders in their communities, known by their intellectual, practical, ethical, and human skills.   Learn more

(posted April 12, 2021)

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 47 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Marian Library Newsletter Spring 2021
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Other Resources

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Fr. Gene Contadino Assumes Role as Spiritual Director of Marianist Mission

“I’m following in some big footsteps,” said Fr. Gene Contadino, who became the spiritual director of the Marianist Mission in February.

Fr. Pat Tonry, who recently retired, has held the position for the last 14 years. “Besides being a faithful friend, Fr. Pat has been a special mentor of mine,” said Fr. Gene. “He has shown me, by his example, what it means to be a Marianist cleric. It is a blessing to walk behind him.”

The role of spiritual director of the Mission has evolved and expanded since the Mission began in 1960. Started as a Mass card ministry, its main purpose was to support the prayer and faith lives of believers. Over time, the Mission also became a means whereby donors could support Marianist ministries and the priests, brothers and sisters who serve them.

In addition to leading Mass once a week for employees and supporting the work of the Spiritual Alliance, Fr. Gene prays with people who have submitted their intentions to the Mission, providing support via phone, mail or through the Internet.

He also offers a nurturing presence to the 30 employees who staff the Marianist Mission, said Linda Hayes, director. “We are thrilled to have Fr. Gene join our Mission team and provide spiritual direction for this special ministry.”

Marianists Host Farewell Tribute at St. Anthony Parish in Maui

To celebrate the Marianists’ legacy in Maui, Fr. Tim Kenney, assistant for religious life and Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial, concelebrated over a special Pentecost Mass on May 23 at St. Anthony Parish along with Frs. Roland Bunda, pastor of St. Anthony, and Patrick McDaid.

On May 23, the Marianists celebrated a Pentecost Mass and farewell event to honor the Marianist brothers and priests who have served St. Anthony Parish in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii.

On July 1, 2021, they will return the pastoral care of St. Anthony Parish to the Diocese of Honolulu and close the Marianist community on the island. The following Marianists who recently resided on the island will be transitioning to new communities in the Province: Frs. Roland Bunda and Sylverius Kerketta, and Bros. Fred Silbereis, David Quigley and Bro. Frank (Paco) Gomes. A couple of months ago, Bro. Tom Spring left for Cupertino after many years on the island.

A Marianist Community has been present on the island of Maui since 1883, serving the St. Anthony Catholic Community, which includes the parish of more than 900 families, and St. Anthony School, serving students from pre-K to 12. The Marianists have staffed the parish since 1976.

Earlier this year, the Marianist Provincial Council decided to close the community and withdraw from the parish due to its aging and declining number of priests and brothers. Still, the Society of Mary will maintain a significant presence on Maui through its ongoing sponsorship of the school and a committed Marianist Lay presence.

“St. Anthony Parish has a special place in our hearts,” said Provincial Fr. Oscar Vasquez. “Closing the community and withdrawing from the administration of the parish has been a difficult decision, but we are thankful for our many years of sharing the rich island tradition and culture. We have also been blessed by vocations to the Marianists from Maui and by the warm welcome and hospitality of this wonderful parish.”

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A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

The Feast of Pentecost

During my time as a coordinator of Christian Initiation of Adults, whenever the Feast of Pentecost was the topic of the formation session, I would tell the candidates that we are people of the Spirit. It is the action of the Holy Spirit that enables us to believe in Jesus and his Paschal Mystery. The Spirit gives us the ability to have this faith since we are not the first generation of Christian believers such as the apostles and the early disciples of Jesus. It is the Spirit that allows us to be the descendants of this apostolic tradition. Our call is to be open to the Holy Spirit so that we can be as bold as the apostles in sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ. And as members of the Family of Mary instilled by our Blessed Founders, this sharing of the Good News is demonstrated by proclaiming Jesus Christ, Son of God, become Son of Mary for the salvation of all.

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In The News

Archdiocese of Cincinnati  Bicentennial Publication Includes History  of  Society of Mary

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is celebrating its  200th anniversary in June. To celebrate the bicentennial, The Catholic Telegraph is featuring events and people who played a part in the archdiocese’s rich history of faith in western and southwestern Ohio. This month, they featured the history of the Society of Mary which began when Fr. Leo Meyer and Bro. Charles Schultz arrived in Cincinnati in 1849.  Read the story.

Bro. Andrew Kosmowski Named New Vice-President/Treasurer of Catholic Library Association

Congratulations to Bro. Andrew Kosmowski, director of library services at NACMS, has been named vice-president/treasurer of Catholic Library Association (CLA). This is ultimately a six-year commitment, as the first two years are vice president/treasurer, the next two are president, and the final two are past president. He also serves as chair of CLA’s finance committee and of the academic libraries, archives and library education (ALALE) section.

Bro. Andrew has been an active member in CLA. He first attended the Saint Louis Chapter’s conference in 2014. Since then, he has attended occasional Greater Cincinnati Chapter conferences as well as the CLA conferences since 2017, when he became vice chair of the ALALE section. Since 2019, he has served as chair of that same section. As part of his major responsibilities for this section, he has prepared nominations and presented recipients of the Saint Jerome Award, named after the patron saint of libraries and awarded in recognition of outstanding contribution and commitment to excellence in scholarship which embody the ideals of the Catholic Library Association. He has also presented “Religious Orders and Their Libraries: Pursuing the Mission of the Church” with a library school classmate at CLA’s October 2020 conference. This presentation was based on his cataloging work with the NACMS library.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Mission of Mary Cooperative

Stephen Mackell

Mission of Mary Cooperative (MMC) — an urban farming operation — is located in the Twin Towers neighborhood of East Dayton, Ohio, a low-income area where access to healthy food is difficult.

To meet those needs, MMC was launched in 2007. Today, this well-kept secret produces 80 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits and sells the produce to Dayton-area families. The cooperative also encourages neighbors to grow food themselves through its community garden and backyard garden programs.

Read more.

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Photographer: MARLENE QUARONI | FC Judith Mucheck, right, head of school at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, presents Samantha Stokesberry, ’09, with the Founders’ Award after the Mass marking the Hollywood school’s 60th anniversary.

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory was recently featured in the Florida Catholic magazine of the Miami Archdiocese for celebrating 60 years of emphasizing spirituality and community.

To read the story, click here.

Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Bro. Paulus Lakra’s obituary: Bro. Paulus died on April 26. His obituary was not completed in time for the April issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Bro. Raymond Bernard Gohring’s obituary: Bro. Raymond died on April 21. His obituary was not completed in time for the April issue of FamilyOnline. It is available now. Read his obituary.

Jubilee Celebrations

Congratulations to our San Antonio Jubilarians

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Bro. Gerard Sullivan (70 years of profession), Bro. Daniel. Stupka (70 years of profession), Fr. Joseph Uvietta (70 years of profession and 60 years of ordination), Fr. Patrick McDaid (25 years of profession), Fr. Donald Cahill (60 years of ordination), Sr. Gretchen Trautman (50 years of profession), Fr. Joseph Rasky (70 years of profession) and Bro. James Jaeckle (60 years of profession). Not pictured, Bro. Norbert Karpfinger (70 years of profession).

Fr. Mike Nartker’s 25th Anniversary of Ordination Celebration

The Cincinnati Marianist community at St. Francis DeSales parish locally celebrated the 25th anniversary of Fr. Mike Nartker’s ordination to the priesthood. At the parish Mass, Bro. Bob Dzubinski, as Director of the Marianist community, witnessed Fr. Mike’s public renewal of his priestly dedication. In the evening the community celebrated with a wonderful salmon dinner. In the picture, the Marianist Brothers patiently pose before diving into their festive dinner. Not pictured is photographer Bro. Ed Longbottom.

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Bottom row-Bob Politti, Mike Nartker, Bill Grundish. Top row-Paul Hoffman, Bob Donovan, Bob Dzubinski

Marianists Celebrate 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. This is the second group of 2021 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

BROTHER LOUIS FOURNIER

50 years of profession

Since entering the Society of Mary as an aspirant in September 1969, I have been blessed to meet even more holy and interesting men and women: professed religious and lay, Christian and non-Christian. They all have been a help on my journey.

FATHER PATRICK MCDAID

25 years of profession

From the hallowed “Harvard of the Midwest,” aka: University of Dayton, where the invitation to consider a vocation to the Society of Mary from Lay Marianist Bill Sherman to community, school, military and prison ministries in Honolulu, the past quarter of a century has been filled with grace.

Read more.

FATHER J. DONALD CAHILL

60 years of ordination

I was ordained on June 11, 1961. There were four of us: Don Cowie and me, as well as a Japanese Marianist and a Spanish Marianist who went to a nearby German diocese and were ordained with their ordination class. I returned to the United States and celebrated my first Mass at my home parish, Holy Redeemer in Detroit, with my family present.

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FATHER THEODORE LEY

50 years of ordination

The day my father drove me to what was once a military academy, to see if I might like the new Chaminade High School, a tall, genial young man walked down the steps of “The Hanging Gardens of Chaminade,” and introduced himself as Brother Dave. Father David Schuyler was the first Marianist I met. A few weeks later at entrance exam, Marianist “prudent inclination towards leniency” was already evident: Brother John Samaha told us not to worry about the exam. Two years later, I asked Father Lawrence Mann how I could become a brother.

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FATHER MICHAEL NARTKER

25 years of ordination

Being a formator for 15 years, I have told my vocation story many times to the young African brothers who had joined us each year. As I reflect now on my life and service as a Marianist, I cannot help but remember how I was first called to religious life — through and to the Marianist community. Even now, I can see the faces of those brothers and recall some of the names of the brothers who ran the vocation “Come and See” programs more than 30 years ago. It was their community that had attracted me to the Marianist life as well as others who would follow.

Read more.

Good to Know

Bro. Frank Spaeth Celebrates 98 Years Young

On May 17, 2021, the Cupertino Community, as well as all the members of the Province via Zoom, got together to celebrate Bro. Frank Spaeth’s 98th Birthday! Thanks to Bro. Jack Somerville for sharing this wonderful time.

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Fr. Varghese Manooparampil Graduates

Congratulations to Fr. Varghese Manooparampil from the District of India, who graduated from University of Dayton on May 7, 2021, with a master’s degree in Religious Studies. The title of his comprehensive project was: “The Evolvement of Marian Thought After Vatican II in the Society of Mary: An Indian Perspective.” There was a gathering at the Stonemill-Kiefaber community to celebrate his accomplishment, and six members of the Religious Studies department came to honor Fr. Varghese along with other SM, FMI and fellow graduate students.

Fr. Jim Heft Pens Another Book

Fr. Jim Heft has written a new book titled “The Future of Catholic Higher Education The Open Circle.” In his new book, he talks about the current state of Catholic education and what needs to be done to ensure that it is not phased out of the educational system.

The book will be published in June 2021. You can pre-order here:

Oxford University Press

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

New Marianists Write Now!

NACMS is offering another Marianists Write Now! program on June 11-12, 2021.

Marianists Write Now! is a structured opportunity for members of the Marianist Family to share written reflections about their experiences of the Marianist Charism. The topic for the June reflection is: “What is the role of the Marianist Family in the future of the Church and of society?”

Write Now begins on Friday evening, June 11, and continues through Saturday, June 12. Although the program uses Zoom to gather for prayer, writing exercises and peer consultations, most of the time will be spent on personal reflection and writing.

Click here to register by June 4, 2021.

Marianist Social Justice Collaborative – Juneteenth Event

The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) is having a Juneteenth Racial Dialogue Event. Learn more.

Marianist Vocations – Vocation Marketing Coordinator

The Marianist Province of the U.S. is searching for a new Vocation Marketing Coordinator. The Vocation Marketing Coordinator will work with the National Vocation Director to promote and foster a culture of vocations through a multifaceted approach which includes development and implementation of a strategic marketing, advertising and communication. Learn more.

(posted May 26, 2021)

Marianist Retreat & Conference Center – Executive Director

The Marianist Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, located in Eureka, MO, is searching for an Executive Director. This position will focus on the overall strategic direction, sustainability, and promotion of the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center (MRCC). In the spirit of the Three Offices of the Marianist Tradition, the Executive Director (Office of Temporalities) will serve in collaboration with the Director of Hospitality (Office of Hospitality), and the Director of Programs (Office of Education & Spiritual/Religious Life). Learn more.

(posted May 25, 2021)

Choir Director at Queen of Apostles Marianist (part-time)

The Queen of Apostles Marianist Community at Bergamo, Mt. St. John, Beavercreek, OH, is seeking a part-time choir director to help with Sunday morning services and other community activities. Learn more.

(posted May 25, 2021)

President – North Catholic High School

North Catholic High School, located in Cranberry Township, PA, just north of Pittsburgh, is moving to a President-Principal model for the 2021-2022 school year and seeks a highly qualified candidate for President of the school, to further our Marianist mission of forming Christ-centered young adults who are leaders in their communities, known by their intellectual, practical, ethical, and human skills.   Learn more

(posted April 12, 2021)

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 45 from the Marianist District of India
District Update 46 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Other Resources

Marianist Archives     

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Marianist Lay Leader Dons Role as “Vaccine Fairy” to Help Vulnerable People Get Vaccinated

Once upon a time … actually, at the start of Lent, Ashley Overeem, a member of the Heart of Mary Marianist Lay Community in Philadelphia, made a promise. “I decided to help as many people get vaccinated as I could,” she said.

She especially wanted to help the elderly navigate the technically cumbersome process of signing up for vaccinations in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

After receiving the vaccine herself, Ashley turned to her grandmothers. “Both have dementia and I couldn’t stand the thought of them succumbing to COVID,” she said.

From there, she advertised on Facebook, offering to assist anyone who was 65+ and needed a vaccine. Word traveled quickly. Soon Ashley, now known as the “Vaccine Fairy,” was helping people across the tri-state region.

As of this month, she has assisted 650 people in getting vaccine appointments. “I keep a running list of those I’ve helped and put their first names into a Lenten prayer cross I created. ( See cross.)

“We see her as a modern-day Marie Thérèse, one of the Marianist Founders,” said Diane Browne, a member of Ashley’s lay community.

Ashley agrees: “I believe this is what Marie Thérèse would have done if she were alive today.”

For more information: Contact Ashley Overeem at: ashleygrace216@gmail.com

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Resurrection:

On the third day, he rose again from the dead (The Apostle Creed).

And rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (The Nicene Creed).

When one engages in the study of Marianist history, you can see the many roles that Blessed Chaminade had during his lifetime. He was an educator, a spiritual mentor, an apostolic missionary, a founder and a pastor. In all these roles, Blessed Chaminade was a strong believer in the Providence of God, and it was his primary motivation in all the different endeavors that grew out of these roles. He believed that being a faithful person was essential to his goal of revitalizing the Christian faith in France after the French Revolution. He strove to witness this faithfulness to his disciples, lay and religious, as well as calling his disciples to do the same when they gathered in community and went out to share the Good News. And for Blessed Chaminade, a tool that he used to stress this faithfulness was the Creed.

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In The News

Saint Louis School Launches 175th Anniversary Celebration

Did you know that Saint Louis School (SLS) is one of the oldest institutions in the Marianist network of sponsored schools?

Founded in 1846, the school was built on property granted to the Fathers of the Sacred Heart by King Kamehameha III. In 1883, when the Marianists assumed sponsorship of SLS, it had already been relocated from Ahuimanu – the opposite side of Oahu – to Honolulu.

Looking back on its history, “SLS has much to be grateful for,” said Glenn Medeiros, school president. “We are especially proud to be the only boys school left in Hawaii that provides instruction for students in K-12.”

To share its appreciation of the school’s history with students, faculty and alumni, it recently launched a year-long 175th anniversary campaign called “Ho’i i ka piko” – or “Return to the Source.” The multi-media campaign includes a one-hour television special to air in May, along with TV and radio spots and in-person assemblies.

“We would not be celebrating 175 years of Catholic education if not for our Marianist Fathers and Brothers,” said Glenn. “Their faithfulness and the ongoing support of our dedicated Saint Louis Alumni Association are the reasons we are still going strong today.”

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Saint Louis College Band (date unknown)
The first SLS campus called College of Ahuimanu, 1877

Marianist Ministries in Action

Pillars of Marianist Community

New Marianist Lay Community: On Saturday, April 24, seven students at the University of Dayton made their commitment as a lay Marianist community. The members of the Pillars Community were involved in a semester-long formation process directed by  LeeAnn Meyer, Bro. Mitch Schweickart and Sr. Emily Sandoval. We welcome Andrew Buchanan, Diego A. Buxeda, Morgan Cox, Jack Dalton, Tyler Horton, Ashley Kush and Nicole Vanvoorhis to the Marianist family.

Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Bro. Ed Shiras – Undated

Bro. Ed Shiras – 2015

Bro. Edwin Shiras, 86, died April 2, 2021, in Cupertino, California. Bro. Ed was a working brother who dedicated his life to serving in maintenance, construction, and technology roles in Marianist schools and ministries. He found great joy in working with his hands and dedicating his life to God and Mary through service to others.

Read his obituary.

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Bro. Paulus Lakra – 2012

Bro. Paulus Lakra, 57, died April 26, 2021, in Rachi, India. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. Read the tribute published in District of India Update 45.

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Bro. Ray Gohring – Undated

Bro. Ray Gohring – 2015

Bro. Raymond Bernard Gohring, 88, died April 21, 2021, in San Antonio, Texas. Bro. Ray was a math and science teacher who ministered in New York, Puerto Rico, and most notably at Matero Boys Secondary School in Lusaka, Zambia, where he taught for 40 years. A quiet, reserved man, he was nonetheless an excellent teacher who was beloved and respected by his students. His obituary will be available in the next edition of FamilyOnline.

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Former Marianist NACMS Director Passes

Carol Ramey, former director for the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS), died April 11, 2021. Carol retired from NACMS in 2016. She was a Marianist Lay Affiliate and a life-long member of the Visitation Marianist State Community. Carol lived a life of service inspired by her faith and modeled upon the virtues of Mary the Mother of Jesus. As the director of NACMS, her writings, editing and publications enjoyed national and international influence.

The staff of NACMS said, “we were deeply saddened to learn of Carol’s death. NACMS and Marianist scholarship wouldn’t be what it is today without the faithful and tireless leadership of Carol. The Marianist Family has lost another giant; we miss her already.”

Read Carol’s obituary.

Jubilarians

Marianists Celebrate 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. This is the first group of 2021 Jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

FATHER ROBERT HACKEL

70 years of profession

Fr. Robert was born and raised in St. Louis. He professed first vows on Aug. 15, 1951, in Galesville, Wisconsin, and was ordained on April 3, 1965, at the Marianist Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland.

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BROTHER NORBERT KARPFINGER

70 years of profession

It is difficult to imagine that I am celebrating 70 years of Marianist religious life. I believe that I have been greatly blessed the entire time — the first blessing being my family that nurtured me in faith. The next blessing was meeting the brothers at Thomas More High School in Milwaukee. I found my calling there.

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BROTHER JOHN LEMKER

70 years of profession

In my many nature photography adventures, I often have found myself “standing in awe” at the beauty of God’s creation. This jubilee time of 70 years is truly another time of awe and wonder at God’s presence in my Marianist life. Ministries developed surprisingly — actually the work of the Holy Spirit — and with them came profound influence on my spiritual life.

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FATHER GERALD HAMMEL

60 years of profession

I thank the brothers at Coyle for the example they gave of happy and prayerful men. Especially, I would like to thank Bro. Al Kuntemeier for asking me to join the Marianists. It has been great — not always easy — but it was in the hard times that I met the Lord and Mary. I know they were with me because I could not have done the things I have done without graces from them.

BROTHER JAMES JAECKLE

60 years of profession

My call to be a Marianist religious started before I even started. I was attracted in high school by the work and service of a number of religious who worked at Central Catholic and the boys camp, Tecaboca.

Read more.

Good to Know

San Antonio Area Jubilarians and the Birthday of Fr. Chaminade

President – North Catholic High School

North Catholic High School, located in Cranberry Township, PA, just north of Pennsylvania, is moving to a President-Principal model for the 2021-2022 school year. North Catholic seeks a highly qualified candidate for President of the school, to further our Marianist mission of forming Christ-centered young adults who are leaders in their communities, known for their intellectual, practical, ethical, and human skills.   Learn more

National Director – Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA)

The Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA), a private association of the faithful in the Marianist tradition, comprised of lay Catholics formed in, committed to, and living the Marianist charism, is seeking a National Director. The ideal candidate in our search will share the passion for the mission and work of the Marianist Family formed by the vision of our Founders, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon.  Learn more.

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 44 from the Marianist District of India
District Update 45 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Other Resources

Marianist Archives     

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Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

Fr. Chaminade ministered in a time of fear, violence and division after the French Revolution and was influenced by the call for Fraternity, Liberty and Equality. We too, in this time of fear, violence, and division, must come together as a people of faith in need of healing and reconciliation. As we encounter Christ in the shadows of hate and violence may we pray and act for a more fraternal, free and equal society. We would like to encourage you to spend time reflecting on the hymn “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” during your prayers as we prepare for Easter. How you will act for peace, healing and reconciliation?

Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace

Fr. Chaminade ministered in a time of fear, violence and division after the French Revolution and was influenced by the call for Fraternity, Liberty and Equality. We too, in this time of fear, violence, and division, must come together as a people of faith in need of healing and reconciliation. As we encounter Christ in the shadows of hate and violence may we pray and act for a more fraternal, free and equal society. We would like to encourage you to spend time reflecting on the hymn “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” during your prayers as we prepare for Easter. How you will act for peace, healing and reconciliation?

Activities Director Delights in Making Protective Gear for Staff

When Sarah Makena Hamilton (who goes by “Makena”) noticed that the staff at the Marianist Residence, a health care and retirement center in San Antonio, were buying their own scrub caps to protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, she decided to jump into action.

While stuck at home during the ice storm that devastated Texas in February, Makena, who serves as the activities coordinator at the Residence, said it was the perfect time to dig out fabric from her stockpile of old scrubs, sheets and discarded scraps, and begin sewing new caps.

“Sewing offers me a creative outlet from my day job,” she said. “The scrub caps are quirky, mix-matched and colorful. I feel like they bring joy to everyone who sees them.”

Last year, Makena, a 2016 St. Mary’s University alum and Lay Marianist, also worked with a crew of women to assemble about 300 masks for the Residence and others.

Makena doesn’t see herself as the hero of this story. “The real MVPs are our medical, housekeeping and kitchen staff who have been working crazy hours this past year, adapting their routines to meet the needs of the pandemic,” she said. “I’m just happy I could do something to brighten their days.”

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Faustino Pérez-Manglano

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Venerable Faustino Pérez-Manglano (Feast Day: March 3) – A Youth Who Prayed the Rosary

During a recent online reading group sponsored by the North American Center for Marianist Studies, the discussion dealt with the Spirit leading Jesus into the desert. The facilitator then asked the following question: Where is the Spirit leading you at this moment? I answered by saying that I have been drawn to praying the rosary during my walks. This answer may surprise several people because I have said that the rosary has not been one of my prayer practices over the years. It was not a prayer form that my family did while I was growing up. The repetitiveness of the rosary did not attract me. Therefore the rosary has not been a component of my Marianist life up to this point. But God is a God of surprises, and I am surprised as much as other people who may know me!

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In The News

St. Mary’s Appoints Two Marianists for Leadership Roles

On March 2, St. Mary’s University named Fr. John Thompson as Vice President for Mission; and Fr. William J. Meyer as Rector.

Both appointments begin June 1, but Fr. Thompson will delay transitioning to campus until July 1 as he finishes fulfilling his commitment as pastor of Holy Rosary Parish, which is adjacent to the University.

As called for in the St. Mary’s Bylaws, the appointments of the Vice President for Mission and the Rector are made in consultation with the Marianist Province of the United States and confirmed by the Board of Trustees.

“Because we have two outstanding professed Marianists with significant leadership experience, including in Marianist higher education, I and my colleagues are delighted that the Marianist Provincial Council and the St. Mary’s Board of Trustees have approved these appointments,” said President Thomas Mengler, J.D. “Father Thompson and Father Meyer will enable the University to continue its strong commitment to educating for formation in faith in significant new ways.” Read the announcement from St. Mary’s University.

Fr. Chris Wittmann Participates in an Anti-Death Penalty Legislation Press Conference

Last month, Fr. Chris Wittmann participated in the virtual press conference to launch a bipartisan death penalty abolition for the state of Ohio. “The press conference participants presented many of the injustices of the death penalty in Ohio- beyond the basic objection that execution is a violation of human dignity,” said Fr. Wittmann. Other participants in the group who are asking Ohio state legislators to pass a bill to eliminate the death penalty in Ohio included a death row exoneree, victim family members, and legislators.

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New Book Features Work by ALIVE Magazine Editor

Jan D. Dixon, editor of ALIVE Magazine, had seven poems included in a new book called WET: An Anthology of Water Poems and Prose, published by Sharehouse Press.

Thirty writers, all who live in the Southwestern part of the United States, were selected for this special edition. Each submitted their stories, poems, and prose about the subject of water, a scarce and sacred element in this high desert region of the country. This collection is the first in a series on the four elements: Water, Earth, Air and Fire.

All of the writers took off their journalism caps, set aside their writing day jobs, blogs and marketing and wrote from their hearts about “water as life.”

Half of the writers in this collection are Native American, and five languages are published in the book: Diné (Navajo), Haak’u/Acoma, Spanish, Mvskoke and English.

To order a copy or get more information about the book, email: info@montezumafoodcoalition. Please put “Anthology Sharehouse Press” in the subject line.

Marianist Alumnus Completes Half Marathon Bear Crawl

The pandemic has led some people to do some extraordinary things. Some people took up new crafts or hobbies during quarantine. Some spent their time working on theirs gardens or reading. Tommie Le, a 2020 graduate of St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis, was inspired to help people stay physically and mentally healthy during a challenging time. During last spring’s COVID quarantine, he developed a fitness program for himself to push others to stay in shape. He recently decided to ramp up his fitness efforts to help raise funds for the Thirst Project, which is focused on ending the global water crisis. He organized a fitness fundraiser on Saturday, February 27th, and challenged himself to complete a 13.1-mile “bear crawl” through St. Louis’ historic Forest Park. For anyone who isn’t familiar with the term bear crawl, it is an exercise that takes considerable core body strength and endurance. Most people struggle to bear crawl across a gym floor, much less the distance of a half marathon. Congratulations, Tommie, on an incredible feat for an important concern!

See more photos.

Click here for Tommie’s Instagram.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Scriptural Way of the Cross

As the season of Lent draws to a close, the JPIC ministry has put together a “Ways of the Cross” that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Click here to read and meditate on the readings.

St. Anthony School in Maui to Remain a Marianist-Sponsored School

Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, confirmed that St. Anthony School, Wailuku, will continue to be a Marianist Sponsored school, even though the school and parish have been transferred to the Diocese of Honolulu. In a letter sent earlier this month, Bishop Silva wrote, “It is a consensus that the school has greatly benefitted from its Marianist Sponsorship. We are most grateful to you for offering us this possibility and we look forward to our continuing partnership at St. Anthony School.”

Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Fr. Jim Mueller – Early Days

Fr. Jim Mueller – 2015

Fr. Jim Mueller, 86, died Mar. 15, 2021. Father Jim was a beloved teacher, chaplain, administrator and community director known for his warm, welcoming ways. He ministered for more than 20 years at schools in Japan and also taught and served as chaplain at schools across the United States. He particularly enjoyed ministering during summer camp sessions at Tecaboca, a Marianist camp and retreat center in Texas. He taught countless young boys how to fish, and he shared with them his love of the outdoors and the Blessed Mother.

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

Good to Know

The Spring 2021 Edition of ALIVE is Here!

Check out the latest issue of ALIVE magazine which includes stories about Bro. John Lemker and his photographic skills, Mary and those caught in the border crisis, and a 13-year girl in Illinois who raised funds for children at a Marianist school in Kenya. Read it now!

To receive your free subscription to the print edition of ALIVE, please send your name and mailing address to marianist@marianist.com.

Art Among Us

The extraordinary artwork on the campus of the University of Dayton was highlighted in UD Magazine Spring 2021. The extensive collection includes many works by Marianists artists. Read the article.

Marianist Narrates Mozart’s “Bastien & Bastienne”

Bro. Gary Morris is currently playing the Narrator in the Hawaii Opera Theatre’s online production of Mozart’s “Bastien and Bastienne,” the one-act opera that Mozart wrote when he was only 12 years old. Not only does Bro. Gary speak the role of the narrator, but he does it with a sheepdog puppet, thus displaying his skill at puppetry as well.

For tickets to view the opera which is now streaming online, click here, or contact the HOT box office at hottickets@hawaiiopera.org.

National Director – Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA)

The Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA), a private association of the faithful in the Marianist tradition, comprised of lay Catholics formed in, committed to, and living the Marianist Charism, is seeking a national director. The ideal candidate in our search for this newly created position will share the passion for the mission and work of the Marianist Family formed by the vision of our Founders Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon and Venerable Marie Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous.

This is an exciting time for the Marianist Family. We invite your discernment to join us in this collaborative and engaging work.  Learn more.

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 43 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Other Resources

Marianist Archives     

FamilyOnline Submissions

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Bro. John Lemker Uses His Gifts for Photography to Celebrate God’s Creation

Bro. John Lemker didn’t start his ministry with the Marianists as a photographer. In fact, it wasn’t until developing a geology course at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati in the early 1970s that he first picked up a camera and discovered the possibilities.

“I spent three consecutive summers in Arizona, Colorado, and Utah where I documented geological formations for the course,” he said. But while exploring these rugged landscapes, he also began noticing God’s grand design, both in the intricate details of a tranquil woodland marsh or the stunning turbulence of a frenetic mountain stream.

His photography took on new acclaim when two of his images were published in Sierra Club calendars in the 1980s.

Clearly, knowing when to hit the shutter button is part of his photographic gift. But he also has an eye for beauty and design.

“There’s an art to seeing,” he said. “When you look at nature, there comes a point when you see with your whole self, and your soul says, ‘that’s it.’”

Bro. John and his photography are featured in the Spring 2021 edition of ALIVE magazine which will be published in mid-March.

See more photos.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Remembering Venerable Fr. Domingo Lázaro Castro, SM – Educator, Priest, Mentor, Formator

A part of my responsibilities as the Pacific Area Spiritual Advisor for the Marianist Affiliates, I am involved with the initial formation of candidates for Marianist Affiliation. Reading Marianist documents from our Marianist history is part of this process, and one of these documents is Blessed Chaminade’s “Letter to the Retreat Masters” of 1839. He wrote this letter on Aug. 24, 1839, to Georges Caillet, Jean Baptist Fontaine and Jules Cesar Perrodin who were charged to lead the annual retreats for the members of the Society of Mary and the Institute of Mary. Blessed Chaminade wrote it after he received a decree of praise for the Society and the Institute from Pope Gregory XVI in July 1839. Chaminade’s primary purpose for this letter was to let the retreat directors know how important it was to acknowledge the great work we do under the auspices of Mary and that our vow of stability calls us to persevere in this work, especially when we are called to “ do whatever He tells you.” Near the end of the letter, he stresses this great call in light of the special vow of teaching. (Note: The vow of teaching was dropped by the time the SM Constitutions were approved in July of 1891.)

Read more.

In The News

2021 Marianist Heritage Awards Recipients
2021 Marianist Heritage Awards Recipients

Marianist Heritage Awards

Last month, St. Mary’s University honored four individuals with the Marianist Heritage Award. The award, which has been given each year since 1981,  recognizes faithfulness to the University’s Marianist heritage. It is expressed by an interest in the 200-year development of the Marianist Charism through efforts at increasing knowledge and working for its implementation in the university community.  The award recognizes recipients for their support and promotion of the Catholic and Marianist educational mission and tradition at St. Mary’s.

Fr. Bill Meyer, associate vice president for Mission and Rector, and  Dr. Jessica González Uhlig, director of Marianist Educational Associates and President’s Ambassador Program, coordinated this year’s awards. St. Mary’s University President Tom Mengler presented the awards and recognized the recipients.

 

Congratulations to the 2021 Marianist Heritage Awards Recipients

David Sommer, Ph.D.
Professor, Greehey School of Business

Fred “Steve” Hemphill
Director of Development, University Advancement

Jeff Schomburg
Executive Director, Academic Technology Services

Alyssa Sarmiento
Student, Biochemistry Senior

Watch the 2021 Marianist Heritage Awards.

Watch Marianist Heritage Recipients Through the Years.

Marianist Ministries in Action

Margy Lisjak, Chair of MLC-NA

MLC-NA Introduces New Virtual Lay Formation Program

When the Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA) convened a group of Marianist laity and vowed religious in 2018 to envision a new model for Marianist Lay formation, they couldn’t have anticipated that a global pandemic would assist their efforts.

But one positive outcome of COVID-19 is that “people are now familiar with video conferencing, such as Zoom, and aren’t afraid to use it,” says Margy Lisjak, the new chair of MLC-NA.

MLC-NA is launching its new Virtual Lay Formation (VLF) program in March. “We didn’t want people to wait any longer to get started,” said Margy. “And the beauty of an online program is that it’s a cost-effective way to connect people in parts of the country who don’t have a local Marianist community nearby.”

MLC-NA leaders Abbey Saurine-Seitz, head of education, and LeeAnn Meyer, head of spirituality, with support from Bro. Stephen Glodek spearheaded the development of the VLF program which is taught by Marianist Brothers, Sisters, and Laity.

VLF runs from Mar. 23–June 29, with participants meeting every other Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. E.T.
MLC-NA envisions the VLF program as the first step in a larger Lay formation initiative.

For more information, please click here.

Bro. Bob Politi prepares the “Things Marianist” packets.

Celebrating Marianist Founders

This January, Marianist ministries throughout the United States celebrated Marianist Founders, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Venerable Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, and Venerable Marie Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous.

One example: St. Francis de Sales Parish in Cincinnati celebrated the Marianist Founders and Marianist vocation in January at both the Sunday and Wednesday evening parish Masses.

The celebrations highlighted the works and inspiration of each founder on a particular day and included brief summaries in the parish bulletins. Also. a packet of NACMS publications was distributed at each Mass.

To access the January parish bulletins and the features about the founders and vocations, go to the St. Francis de Sales January parish bulletins on the website.  You can also find a link to attend a Sunday Mass on their site.

Thanks for sharing Bro. Ed Longbottom.

New Marianists Write Now!

NACMS is offering another Marianists Write Now! program on Mar. 12-13, 2021.

Marianists Write Now! is a structured opportunity for members of the Marianist Family to share written reflections about their experiences of the Marianist Charism. The topic for the March reflection is: “What does it mean for me to live a committed Marianist life?”

Write Now begins on Friday evening, Mar. 12, and continues through Saturday, Mar. 13. Although the program uses Zoom to gather for prayer, writing exercises and peer consultations, most of the time will be spent on personal reflection and writing.

Click here to register by Mar. 2, 2021.

FAQs

Click here to read the contributions from our first gathering.

Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Bro. Jose Degorio – Undated

Bro. Jose Degorio – 2015

Bro. Jose Degorio, 82, died Feb. 15, 2021. Brother José served many years in administrative support positions in California and Hawaii, and also taught high school business courses, a role he greatly enjoyed. He will be remembered as a gentle, humble man with a cheerful heart.

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

Good to Know

Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis Launches Dual Credit Program

Premised on Blessed William Joseph Chaminade’s vision “new times, new methods,” Chaminade-St. Louis implemented the Pathway to Access College Early (PACE) program to provide students an opportunity to earn college credit while in high school. The PACE program has elevated Chaminade as a leader among dual credit programs in participating high schools locally, nationally and internationally while maintaining the integrity of the Five Characteristics of Marianist Education.

PACE enables students to complete and transfer up to two years of college coursework to universities upon graduation. Chaminade has recently reached an agreement with University of Dayton, which ensures the transfer and acceptance of 60 specific Chaminade dual college credits toward a degree. Historically, UD is one of the top three universities Chaminade students choose to attend.

The expansion of the PACE program is possible because of Chaminade’s partnership with three area universities: Missouri Baptist University, Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. These four-year institutions are accredited by the National Alliance for Concurrent Enrollment Program and enable Chaminade to offer:

  • More than 100 dual credit courses through PACE
  • An opportunity for students to earn at least 60 college credits by graduation
  • Enrollment in college-level courses on the Chaminade campus
  • University adjunct instructor status for 50 Chaminade faculty to teach for the universities
  • Opportunities for Chaminade international resident students to enroll in American universities

National Director – Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA)

The Marianist Lay Community of North America (MLC-NA), a private association of the faithful in the Marianist tradition, comprised of lay Catholics formed in, committed to, and living the Marianist Charism, is seeking a national director. The ideal candidate in our search for this newly created position will share the passion for the mission and work of the Marianist Family formed by the vision of our Founders Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon and Venerable Marie Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous.

This is an exciting time for the Marianist Family. We invite your discernment to join us in this collaborative and engaging work.  Learn more.

Marianist Vocations – Vocation Ministry Coordinator

The Marianist Province of the U.S. is searching for a Vocation Ministry coordinator. The Vocation Ministry coordinator will work with the National Vocation director to promote and foster a culture of vocations through a multifaceted approach which includes development and implementation of strategic marketing, advertising and communication. Learn more.

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 43 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Other Resources

Marianist Archives     

FamilyOnline Submissions

We welcome and encourage submissions of interest to our nearly 3,400 subscribers. Please send them to Bernadette McCaffrey Groner.

GET CONNECTED!

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New Year Blessings

As we begin this new year, we pray that the Lord will give us strength and wisdom. May we feel His luminous presence in our hearts each day as we begin our journey anew.

In the peace and joy of Christ,

Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial
Marianist Province of the United States

Marianists Announce Departure from St. Anthony’s Parish

On Jan. 16, the Marianists announced that the Society of Mary is withdrawing from St. Anthony’s Parish on the Hawaiian island of Maui, effective July 1, 2021. The departure results from multiple factors, including a declining and aging population of priests and brothers in the congregation. As part of the withdrawal, the Diocese of Honolulu will assume day-to-day operations of the parish and its spiritual community, with full details to be announced in the coming weeks.

“This was a difficult decision that we didn’t take lightly, especially given the Marianist’s historic presence in Hawaii and our special relationship with the St. Anthony’s community,” said Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Marianist Provincial. “However, after reviewing all of our available resources, it was ultimately decided that the spiritual, physical and social needs of St. Anthony’s parishioners would be best served by the diocese moving forward, and we’re grateful for its support.”

Current Marianists assigned to the parish community include Pastor Fr. Roland Bunda, Associate Pastor Fr. Sylverius Kerketta, Pastoral Assistant Bro. Fred Silbereis, and in-residence Bro. Dave Quigley. In addition, Bro. Fank Gomes, who is a graduate of St. Anthony’s, resides on the island of Maui. All will be assigned to other Marianist communities. Although the withdrawal will result in no active Marianists serving the island of Maui, the society will still maintain a significant presence in the region, including Chaminade University of Honolulu and Saint Louis School. The Marianists will continue to provide ongoing support and resources to the existing Lay Marianist groups both on Oahu and Maui. Similarly, we are pleased to continue our sponsorship of St. Anthony’s School.

St. Anthony’s is a special community, with its roots on the island dating back more than 150 years. Founded by the Fathers of the Order of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in 1848, the parish has grown over the decades to include a diverse parish of more than 900 families, many ministries, a preschool, cemetery and the only Catholic high school on the island of Maui. Although the Marianists formally assumed leadership of St. Anthony’s Parish in 1976, the Society of Mary was already well known to the community, having founded the Wailuku School for Boys in 1883 at the invitation of the Sacred Hearts Fathers.

The Marianists are planning a parish farewell event on May 23, 2021, to honor the many brothers and priests who have served the parish there and to thank the St. Anthony Community for their collaboration and support.

Read the Press Release

Read the Announcement in the Hawaii Catholic Herald.

Congratulations Fr. Renny Markose

The Province of the United States joins with the District of India in giving thanks for our newest Marianist priest. Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado, Archbishop of Bangalore, ordained Deacon Renny Markose to the priesthood in Deepahalli, Bangalore, on January 23. The ordination ceremony took place outdoors with appropriate safety measures and with the assistance of all the communities on the Deepahalli campus.

About 200 family members, religious sisters, priests and the Marianist Brothers participated in the celebration. The ordination celebration ended with lunch and the participants congratulated and prayed for the newly ordained Fr. Renny. On Feb. 8, Fr. Renny will celebrate his first Mass in his home parish along with his family members.

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Virtual Prayer Services at Villa Angela-St. Joseph Sustain Community During Pandemic

While the coronavirus pandemic has kept students, faculty, staff and alumni at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland from in-person gatherings since last March, it has not dampened their enthusiasm for community.

As a Marianist-sponsored school, “We wondered: How can we bring our whole community together in prayer?” said Cheryl Stashinko, associate director of alumni relations.“

Cheryl, along with Brianna Wilson, campus ministry director, decided one way to support people was through a monthly Zoom prayer service. “We launched our first service, called “Forever Faith and Family,” in November,” said Brianna.

“The services enable us to open our Zoom doors to our community at large, even those who no longer live in Cleveland, and be in prayerful support of one another,” added Cheryl.

“It’s a difficult time for many, but in these prayer gatherings we can talk to God and share our concerns,” said Brianna.

The 30-minute gatherings average about 15 people and have attracted a diverse group including students, faculty, board members, alumni and Marianist friends.

Upcoming Forever Faith and Family prayer services are scheduled on Feb. 9, Mar, 9, April 13 and May 11, at 11 a.m. E.T.

To participate in a Forever Faith and Family prayer service, visit: https://vasj.com/alumniprayerseries.

A Marianist Moment

By Bro. David Betz

Blessed Chaminade and Blessed Adèle – Models of Faith and Perseverance

When I reflect on our two Blesseds, Chaminade and Adèle, faithfulness and perseverance are dominant themes that arise. They lived in the tumultuous time of the French Revolution and to survive they undoubtedly had to have much faith and perseverance. And so, I wonder where they got these attributes since they modeled them throughout their entire lives. Of course, family comes to mind. It was their families that instilled these characteristics. Since many of the institutions during the French Revolution were nonexistent, they had to depend on the people who were essential in their lives.

Read more.

In The News

On the left: Fr. Ralph Siefert, SM and on the right: Dr. Todd Guidry

Chaminade Names New Leadership

Congratulations to Fr. Ralph Siefert, (president, Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis) on the announcement of his retirement effective June 2022. And congratulations to Dr. Todd Guidry (Chaminade middle school principal) on his appointment as the school’s next president.

“The 2021-2022 school year will serve as a transition year with Fr. Ralph in the role of president and Dr. Guidry serving as executive vice president,” stated John F. Eilermann, chair of the Chaminade Board of Trustees. “This will allow for a seamless transition upon Fr. Ralph’s retirement in June 2022.”

Fr. Ralph Siefert has dedicated much of his life to Chaminade having first taught there in 1968 and then returning as president in 1987. In his announcement letter he wrote, “One of the greatest blessings of my life has been the opportunity to work and minister at Chaminade. More than half of my adult life has been spent as an active member of our school family, and I believe that I have been incredibly gifted to learn from students, faculty, staff and fellow administrators over the years about the importance and value of Catholic, Marianist education.”

Click here for full details on this announcement.

Brenden Piontek

Chaminade Student Receives MLK Model of Justice Award

On Sunday, Jan. 17, Chaminade College Preparatory sophomore Brenden Pionteck was one of 29 St. Louis Catholic teens honored with the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Model of Justice Award. Also honored were, Elian Dominguez from St. John Vianney and Chris Garcia from St. Mary’s High School. Congratulations, to all!

Read the feature article on Brendon in the St. Louis Review.  (Download pdf.)

Marianist Ministries in Action

Filius Mariae Podcast Series Invites Listeners to Develop Their Interior Lives

When he was ordained last August, Fr. Brandon Paluch, priest in residence at Holy Rosary Parish in San Antonio, began experimenting with an idea. “At the advice of my friend, Dr. Chris Albanese, I started posting my homilies each Sunday as a podcast,” he said.

A few months later, Bro. Mark Motz recommended he take it a step further and record short meditations on the Scriptures for each day. The podcast series, called Filius Mariae — which means “the Son of Mary” — now features daily segments that run about five-to-eight minutes each, as well as the longer Sunday homilies.

“Part of my job as a priest is to preach the Gospel on a regular basis,” he said. But with COVID-19 limiting his contact with people, reaching out through an audio medium seemed like a good plan.

He credits Marianist Sr. Gabby Bibeau for providing him technical advice on how to produce a podcast based on her work at the North American Center for Marianist Studies.

And it was Crystal Sullivan, director of campus ministry at University of Dayton, who inspired him when she suggested that the pandemic offered an opportunity to help people develop their interior lives.

“My daily podcasts are a modest attempt to help people reflect on God’s word every day,” he said.

Visit Filius Mariae. Also available on Alexa, Apple, Google, iHeartRadio, Pandora, Spotify and Stitcher.

Pray With Us

Please join us in prayer for these members of the Marianist Family.

Bro. Don Geiger – Undated

Bro. Don Geiger – 2015

Bro. Don Geiger, 87, died Dec. 29, 2020. Bro. Don was a noted scientist, an environmentalist and a teacher for more than five decades. He founded the Marianist Environmental Education Center and was instrumental in the creation of other conservation organizations and programs.

Read his obituary.

See more photos.

Fr. Raymond Malley

Fr. Raymond Malley – 2015

Fr. Raymond Malley, 80, died Jan. 7, 2021. Fr. Ray was a teacher, school administrator and pastor who served in California, Washington and Hawaii. He will be remembered as a dedicated Marianist and a quiet, gentle priest whose humble leadership brought out the best among those he shepherded.

Read his obituary.

Read his obituary from the Hawaii Catholic Herald.

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Good to Know

Marianists Grow in Formation

On the left: Jesus (Chucho) Alvarez, Peter Evans and Steve Kim make their commitment to the novitiate. On the right: Chicago Schuller formalized his commitment as an aspirant.

At an evening Eucharist on Sunday, Jan. 17, Jesus (Chucho) Alvarez, Peter Evans and Steve Kim made their commitment to the Marianist novitiate. Also this month, Chicago Schuller formalized his commitment as a Marianist aspirant in a ceremony at the Stonemill-Kiefarber Marianist Community in Dayton, Ohio. In addition, two Marianist aspirants Joseph Choi (Korea) and Guillermo (Memo) Peña Contreras (Mexico) arrived for the pre-aspirancy program at Casa Maria Community in San Antonio, Texas this month.

Are you called to become a Marianist? This is a great question to be asking yourself. The Marianists – members of the Society of Mary – are a joyful, prayerful community of men. We represent a wide range of ages and cultural backgrounds. We share a devotion to the Blessed Mother and a commitment to service. Learn more about Marianist Formation.

Our Lady of Pillar Parishioner Helps Name the St. Louis Review

In 1957, Our Lady of Pillar Parishioner Mary Gotwals was just 26 when she was one of four St. Louisans to name St. Louis’s Catholic Newspaper.

Read the story in the St. Louis Review. (Download pdf.)

Graduate Assistantships at University of Dayton

Share your faith ministering to college students while pursuing a Masters in Theology or Pastoral Ministry. Work alongside seasoned campus ministers and engage in holistic ministerial formation as you form your own ministerial identity and approach. Serve undergraduate students by journeying with them to cultivate faith, foster spiritual growth and form Christian leaders through spiritual mentoring and discipleship, leading small groups, facilitating retreats, planning worship, coordinating service and justice initiatives and more.

Positions for the upcoming year will be comprised of unique portfolios that include a combination of the following: Residence Life ministry, retreats, service and justice, and vocational discernment ministries. Tuition, stipend and housing are provided.

Click here for application and more information or contact Kelly Adamson, 937.229.2574.

Applications due Feb. 1.

Marianist Retreat & Conference Center – Executive Director

The Marianist Marianist Retreat & Conference Center, located in Eureka, Missouri, is searching for an executive director. This position will focus on the overall strategic direction, sustainability, and promotion of the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center (MRCC). In the spirit of the Three Offices of the Marianist Tradition, the executive director (Office of Temporalities) will serve in collaboration with the director of hospitality (Office of Hospitality), and the director of programs (Office of Education & Spiritual/Religious Life). Learn more.

Marianist Vocations – Vocation Ministry Coordinator

The Marianist Province of the U.S. is searching for a Vocation Ministry coordinator. The Vocation Ministry coordinator will work with the National Vocation director to promote and foster a culture of vocations through a multifaceted approach which includes development and implementation of strategic marketing, advertising and communication. Learn more.

President of School – Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School

Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Omaha, Nebraska, is searching for a new president beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. Gross Catholic is “a faith and family-based community committed to developing Christian leaders through educational excellence in the Marianist tradition.” To learn more about this position and the application process, please click here.

Stay in Touch

Newsletters

AMU Newsletter from the Association of Marianist Universities
The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update 42 from the Marianist District of India
Gifts and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
NACMS Newsletter from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Other Resources

Marianist Archives     

FamilyOnline Submissions

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The Society of Mary (Marianists,) an international congregation of Catholic priests and brothers, announced today that it is withdrawing from St. Anthony’s Parish on the Hawaiian island of Maui, effective July 1, 2021. The departure results from multiple factors, including a declining and aging population of priests and brothers in the congregation. As part of the withdrawal, the Diocese of Honolulu will assume day-to-day operations of the parish and its spiritual community, with full details to be announced in the coming weeks.

“This was a difficult decision that we didn’t take lightly, especially given the Marianist’s historic presence in Hawaii and special relationship with the St. Anthony’s community,” said Father Oscar Vasquez, SM, Marianist provincial. “However, after reviewing all of our available resources, it was ultimately decided that the spiritual, physical and social needs of St. Anthony’s parishioners would be best served by the diocese moving forward, and we’re grateful for its support.”

Current Marianists assigned to the parish community include Pastor Rev. Roland Bunda, SM, Associate Pastor Rev. Sylverius Kerketta, SM, Pastoral Assistant Bro. Fred Silbereis, SM, and in residence Bro. Dave Quigley, SM. All will be assigned to other duties. Although the withdrawal will result in no active Marianists serving the island of Maui, the society will still maintain a significant presence in the region, including Chaminade University of Honolulu and Saint Louis School. The Marianists will continue to provide ongoing support and resources to the existing Lay Marianist groups both on Oahu and Maui. Similarly, we are pleased to continue our sponsorship of St. Anthony’s school.

St. Anthony’s is a special community, with its roots on the island dating back more than 150 years. Founded by the Fathers of the Order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1848, the parish has grown over the decades to include a diverse parish of more than 900 families, many focused ministries, a preschool, cemetery and the only Catholic High School on the island of Maui. Although the Marianists formally assumed leadership of St. Anthony’s Parish in 1976, the order was already well known to the community, having founded the Wailuku School for Boys in 1883 at the invitation of the Sacred Heart’s Fathers.

The Marianists are planning a parish farewell event on May 23, 2021 to honor the many brothers and priests who have served the parish there and to thank the St. Anthony Community for their collaboration and support.