St. Joseph Housing Initiative: Strengthening Communities and Families

St. Mary’s High School’s varsity basketball team, who had just won the district championship the night before, pitches in as the clean-up crew, tossing and carting trash to make way for renovation to begin on the first St. Joseph Housing Initiative home. All photos: Mike Bizelli.

Mike England, top right, with the cleaning crew – St Mary’s High School’s varsity basketball team. All photos: Mike Bizelli.

On March 2, students from St. Mary’s High School put their muscles to work by cleaning out the first house purchased by the St. Joseph Housing Initiative, a Catholic nonprofit with offices at the school.

St. Mary’s sits at the center of the Dutchtown neighborhood in South St. Louis. Housing stock in this part of the city is good, but most residents cannot afford to buy them. The goal of the Housing Initiative is to purchase homes, renovate them and sell them back to low- and moderate-income families at reasonable rates.

“This program enables families to make affordable house payments, build financial equity and create a stable future,” said Mike England, president of the school.

Renovation of the first house is underway and soon a family will be selected to purchase it. Money from the sale will be used to buy the next home, with long-range goals of revitalizing the entire neighborhood through housing acquisitions, renovations and sales.

“It’s a big dream,” said Mike. “But if we don’t do it, who will? We have to help our neighbors and the city of St. Louis get stronger and revitalize this area. This project reflects Marianist values of strengthening communities and families.” See more photos.

Marianist Moment: Annunciation

Marianist Moment is written by Bro. David Betz

March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation of Our Lord, was designated as the Patronal Feast for the Marianist Family. We celebrated the moment when Mary said, “yes” to becoming the Mother of Jesus. She received the message from the angel Gabriel. She listened to what the angel had to say. She pondered on what it meant. She even questioned what it would mean for her. After being reassured by Gabriel, she said, “yes,” and the Spirit overshadowed her and she conceived Jesus into her womb. This is a time when we are asked to remember the time that were called by God and to listen, ponder and hopefully say “yes” to God’s will in our lives. I invite you to read about Bro. Miguel Quiroga, one of our Columbian Brothers, who listened and responded to God’s call. His response eventually led to his martyrdom at a young age. His cause for beatification will be introduced in Rome some time this year.  Read the article.

An Invitation

Dear Readers of Marianist Moment,

As you know, I have been providing you with articles and other information about our Marianist saints from France, Spain and Austria. I have also asked you to keep on praying that men and women can experience God’s grace through the intercession of our Marianist Blesseds, Venerables and Servants of God. Now I would like to invite you to share your prayer experiences of calling on the Marianist saints for assistance in your lives. Sharing your prayer experiences can be uplifting and even a wonderful witness to the Marianist Family and beyond.

Please share your experience using this form. We hope to share one prayer experience each month in FamilyOnline.

Peace,
Bro. David

Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

George Lisjak

George Lisjak is the director of North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) in Dayton, Ohio. 

What gives you hope?

Interest in Marianist formation has increased. Some formation is experiential; that is, we are formed as Marianists by participating in Marianist community. But another important part comes from knowing the history of the Marianist Family and reflecting upon authentic interpretations of the Marianist Charism — exactly what NACMS is about.

What inspires you about the Marianist Charism?

The charism can’t be compartmentalized. It touches and shapes the whole of our lives. It involves both prayerful pondering and courageous action for the common good. It calls us to personal holiness and communal relationships. It is about being Christ for the world and becoming more capable of a relationship with God.

What brings you joy?

I love going into work every day. The NACMS staff is truly a joy to work with. They are knowledgeable, talented and creative people – willing to go above and beyond. Specific moments of joy this past year include Bro. Larry Cada’s return to NACMS after a long absence due to illness; launching the MSP 2.0 studies program (we had hoped for 4 participants and had 13; we have 11 in this year’s program); and the growth of Sr. Gabby Bibeau as a Marianist scholar.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Congratulations Bro. Blaise

Bro. Blaise Mosengo, of the Marianist Sector of Congo, successfully defended his dissertation for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership at University of Dayton. His dissertation was titled “A Phenomenological Study of Academic Leaders at the Marianist University in the Democratic Republic of Congo.” Congratulations Bro. Blaise.

Congratulations Bro. Paul Metzger

To honor Bro. Paul Metzger‘s 37 years of service and support to the Teacher Education Department, St. Mary’s University hung a photo of him in the Department of Education in St. Louis Hall at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

Marianist Ministries in Action

St. John Vianney High School Welcomes Their Patron’s “Incorrupt Heart”

On Mar. 15, the “incorrupt heart” of St. John Vianney graced the campus of St. John Vianney High School, in St. Louis to be venerated by the students, staff, alumni and community. The Heart of a Priest is a six-month nationwide tour of the incorrupt heart of St. John Vianney, the Curé of Ars, and the patron saint of all priests and is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. This extraordinary relic was removed 45 years after he died and remains incorrupt. It is considered a major, first-class relic and is encased in a large gold reliquary designed like a church building.

“Having the opportunity to venerate the relic of St. John Vianney was a truly incredible and moving experience for our Vianney family,” said Vianney President Mike Loyet. “To actually touch the heart of the saint that is our school’s namesake is a once-in-a lifetime experience. From the procession into the Curé of Ars Chapel, to the students, faculty staff lining the hallways at the end of the veneration, every moment of this experience seemed to be blessed. The prayerful respect and emotion that the relic generated in our school was inspiring.  I believe it will be remembered as one of the most special days in our school’s history.”

See more photos. Watch Vianney High School’s Video.

Marianist March Madness

Archbishop Moeller High School ‘s 2019 undefeated boys basketball team. Photo: Tony Tribble, Moeller High School

It has been a great month for watching Marianist high school basketball. Congratulations to all of our Marianist champions!

•  Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, Ohio): The undefeated Crusaders boys basketball team won their fifth Division I state basketball title.

• Chaminade College Preparatory (West Hills, California): The Eagles girls basketball team are CIF-SS Division I champions.

• North Catholic High School (Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania): The Trojanette girls basketball team won the WPIAL Championship and advanced to the Class 4 state semifinals.

• Purcell Marian High School (Cincinnati, Ohio): The Cavaliers boys basketball team completed their season as Division III state semifinalists. The Cavaliers girls basketball had their most successful season in school history making it to the regional championship.

•  St. Mary’s High School (St. Louis): The Dragons varsity basketball team advanced to the Class 4 state championship.

• St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (Akron, Ohio): The Irish boys basketball team won their Division I regional championship and advanced to the state semifinal for the 16th time.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph Hosts Broadmoar Bobcats

On Feb. 22, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School (VASJ) in Cleveland, Ohio, hosted the Broadmoor Bobcats on Friday, February 22, for a basketball game against members of the Vikings boys and girls teams.

The Vikings fought hard but ultimately fell to the Bobcats 53-32, continuing the Bobcats’ 200+ game winning streak. This may be the only game of the year that VASJ doesn’t mind losing.

When the Broadmoor team arrived at VASJ, they received an enthusiastic welcome from a gym full of VASJ students, faculty, and staff dressed in green and white (Broadmoor’s school colors) and decorated with personalized signs and banners.

The basketball game exemplifies the mission of the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood, which is to empower people with developmental disabilities to engage in activities that enrich their lives and contribute to their community.  Read more.

Fr. Ted Ley, Bob Montana and Bro. David Betz after Marianist Affiliation Ceremony

Marianists Welcome New Affiliate

The Marianist Family welcomes Bob Montana who made his Affiliation commitment on Saturday, Mar. 23 in Anaheim, California, during the Los Angeles Religious Education Conference. Bob met the Marianists through Fr. Ted Ley. Bob has been active in his parish and has assisted Fr. Ted with the Schola Cantorum of the Pacific. He works at University of Southern California in the IT department. Many thanks to Bro. David Betz for the preparation and formation of Bob.

See more photos. Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.

Pray With Us

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

Fr. John Bakle – undated

Fr. John Bakle – 2015

Fr. John Bakle, 81, died Mar. 12, 2019. Fr. John was a veteran, military chaplain, teacher, guidance counselor, pastor, and administrator in Marianist high schools, youth programs and retreat centers. He was dependable, intelligent and intensely religious. He dedicated his life to sharing the Marianist Charism and extolling the dynamic presence of Christ in the world.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

Bro. Richard Martens – undated

Bro. Richard Martens – 2015

Bro. Richard Martens, 87, died Mar. 24, 2019. Bro. Richard was a teacher, a coach, administrator, pastor and glee club moderator in Marianist high schools, grammar schools and parishes.  He had a great love of music and shared his musical talent through teaching and performing.  His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.   See more photos.

Good to Know

Chaminade University: A Training Ground for Religious Ministry

Sister Malia Dominica Wong, OP, a recipient of the 2019 Chaminade University Marianist Heritage Award and 1985 graduate, wondered how many other religious and clergy had been fostered in the Catholic intellectual tradition and Marianist spirit of Chaminade University in Honolulu.  She sought the assistance of Bro. Thomas Jalbert, archivist at Chaminade’s Sullivan Family Library (Class of 71), and they compiled a list of 99 religious and clergy graduates. Read Sr. Malia’s article which was published in the “Hawaii Catholic Herald” which includes the impressive list of Religious graduates.

Job Opportunity

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School of Akron, Ohio, seeks an experienced and visionary high school principal. The principal serves at the direction of the president as a member of the executive team. The president is the educational and spiritual leader of the school; the principal serves as the day-to-day educational and spiritual leader of the students and faculty while working closely with the president and administration team and having significant interaction with the board of trustees. Learn more.

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District Update Februaryfrom the Marianist District of India
District Update March
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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 News from the North American Center for Marianist Studies

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For Brother Al Kuntemeier, a Dream Comes True

On Nov. 30, 2018, Bro. Al Kuntemeier attended an early morning Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s Chapel inside the Vatican.

Last year, Bro. Al Kuntemeier had his dream of a lifetime come true. With a little help from his Marianist friends – Fr. Thomas Cardone from the Meribah Province in New York and Bro. Michael McAward in Rome – he boarded a plane in San Antonio in late November for a trip to the Eternal City.

Earlier that year, they had helped him deliver a missive to the Pope with a simple request to meet the pontiff. He got the idea after viewing a film about the Pope and decided he’d like to meet him in person.

On Nov. 30, Bro. Al, along with Fr. David Fleming and about 25 other people, attended an early morning Mass with Pope Francis at St. Martha’s Chapel inside the Vatican.

It was “a once-in a lifetime experience,” said Bro. Al. “My heart was really pumping. All I could say was, “Wow! Wow! Wow! Thank you God … and thank you, Pope Francis!”

It may have helped that last year Bro. Al celebrated his jubilee year – 70 years since professing his first vows. The Pope often displays “a desire to affirm religious in their life and ministry,” said Fr. Dave. See more photos.

Fr. Suman Dungdung is Ordained

On Jan. 28, Fr. Suman Dungdung was ordained as a Marianist priest in the District of India.  The ordaining prelate was Most Rev. Bishop Felix Toppo. Fr. Suman was ordained at Blessed Chaminade parish in Singhpur. About 1,800 family members, Marianists and parishioners attended. His pastoral year will be at Blessed Chaminade parish. Congratulations to Fr. Suman! See more photos.

Marianist Moment: Vision and Leadership Styles of Marianist “saints”

Marianist Moment is written by Bro. David Betz

What traits or characteristics do you think of when someone mentions the Marianist “saints?” Is it their holiness or their willingness to engage with men and women for the sake of a mission?  Is it their perseverance in spite of the difficulties they endured during and after the French Revolution or during the Spanish Civil War or during the Nazi Era? Whatever comes to your mind, no doubt you probably are amazed because of their efforts to bring God’s reign to those with whom they associated.

I invite you to read an article by Alison R. Cawley who reflects upon the vision and leadership styles of Blessed Mother Adèle and Venerable Marie Thérèse de Lamourous and how they can inspire the Marianist Family today. Two of our “saints” who contributed greatly to the building up of God’s Reign and of course the Family of Mary.

Read her paper, “Vision and Leadership Styles of Marie Thérèse de Lamourous and Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon | NACMS.”

Look for a special invitation in the next issue of FamilyOnline to contribute your stories and experiences about praying to our Marianist “saints.”

Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

Bro. David Betz lives in the West Hills Marianist Community in California and serves as a spiritual mentor to Marianist Affiliates in formation.

Bro. David Betz, holding Micah Galinsky, son of Marianist Affiliate April Risteff, while his younger sister, Norah is baptized.

From your ministry with Marianist Affiliates, what gives you hope?

I find hope in people’s desire to deepen their relationships with God by following a charism that calls us to bear Christ in our everyday lives. We are challenged to bring hope, peace and justice to our world in a Marian way. We are called to live with the unexpectedness of our world and to respond as Mary did — to ponder, welcome, question and act — and to invite others to act.

What brings you joy?

I enjoy interacting with Marianist Affiliates. Our conversations are engaging and lively. They are “serious, but not somber,” meaning that humor plays an important part. I also delight in my work because adult faith formation is where I see my skills and gifts being utilized in a profound way — assisting young adults and adults to deepen their faith lives.

I find joy in witnessing Affiliates make their commitments. They say “yes” before a worshiping community who, in turn, supports them in their commitment. I also find joy in sharing special occasions with Affiliates, such as the baptism of an Affiliate’s daughter where I was able to watch the older brother during the service.

Marianist Family Members in the News

Chaminade-Madonna Honors Toni Mesina with Founders’ Award

On Jan. 26, Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, Florida, honored Toni Mesina, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE, with The Founders’ Award. This annual award  recognizes a lifetime of achievement, the benefits that result from the honorees’ unselfish commitment to others and their genuine commitment to the school’s motto, “Toward a Better World.”

While not formally educated at a Marianist institution, Toni was introduced to the Marianist Charism through the LIFE program as a student in 1991 and has been working with the Marianists ever since.  Read Toni’s award bio.

$1 million gift to St. Mary’s in honor of Bro. William Chewning

A $1 million gift to St. Mary’s University from the Charles E. Chewning Irrevocable Trust will aid in the creation of a new School of Science, Engineering and Technology building.

The gift from the late Charles E. Chewning of St. Louis recognizes his brother, the late Brother William “Bill” Chewning, SM, who taught Chemistry at St. Mary’s for decades. Read the article.

 

Marianist Ministries in Action

Celebrating Chaminade through Marianist Heritage Events

Marianist schools and ministries across the country marked Marianist Heritage Week with Masses and special celebrations. The annual event commemorating the death of Marianist founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on Jan. 22 often includes special recognition for those who continue Chaminade’s mission. See more photos.

On Jan. 23, Chaminade University celebrated Eucharist and presented the Chaminade Award to Sr. Malia Dominica Wong, OP; the Marianist Award to Rui Jiang Huang, and the Founders’ Award to Savannah Lyn Delos Santos. Pictured above: Fr. Martin Solma, Dr. Lynn Babington (president), Savannah, Rui, Sr. Malia and Bro. Ed Brink. Learn more about the Awardees..

Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory celebrated Heritage Month. This year’s Founder’s Award honorees were Toni Mesina; Sue Ford Patrick  and Judy Skehan. Read more.

Marianists Welcome New Affiliates in California

In February, the Marianist Family welcomed three new Marianist Affiliates in California. On Feb. 10, Ottilie Valverde, longtime math teacher at Archbishop Riordan High School, made her affiliation commitment  at the Cupertino Marianist Community’s Marianist Martyrs Chapel. Ottilie felt called to become an Affiliate due to her love for the Marianist spirit which she learned from her association with the Marianist who taught at Archbishop Riordan High School.

On Feb. 15, Jennifer Somdal Porter, religion teacher at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California, and Virginia Sendino-Suppan, teacher, writer and wife of Michael Suppan (Chaminade religion teacher) made their commitments as Marianist Affiliates at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church. They were both drawn to the Marianist spirit because they want to follow Mary’s mission of bringing Jesus into the world.

Marianist Affiliation is a unique expression of commitment to the Marianist Family and the Church. Spiritual affiliation is a special vocation in the Church and the Marianist Family of following Mary’s example — her trust in God’s promises, her openness to God’s action in her life and her faithful response to God’s call.

See more photos. Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.

Pray With Us

Good to Know

God’s Quad

Some years ago, Ian Fraser (Iona Community, Scotland) suggested that the explosion of Small Christian Communities (SCCs) in general is the result of “the spontaneous combustion of the Holy Spirit all over the globe.” In recent years, SCCs have also appeared increasingly on both private and public college/university campuses all around the world. The recent publication, God’s Quad: Small Faith Communities on Campus and Beyond (Orbis Books) tells the story of this fruitful development in reaching out to young adults. In this collection of reflections and resources, Bro. Bob Moriarty’s contribution, “The Sunday Gospel – Center Point for the Campus Small Christian Community,” offers an orientation to the communal Lectio Divina model promoted for many years in Quest, the lectionary-based resource for small Christian communities.

Radical Hospitality Retreat

Registration is now open for the upcoming retreat entitled “Radical Hospitality: Deepening our Commitment to Social Justice,” sponsored by the Adele Social Justice Project and the Visitation Marianist State Community.

WHEN: April 12-14, 2019
WHERE: Indianapolis, IN
FACILITATORS: AJ Wagner and Joan McGuinness Wagner

This retreat will offer opportunities to reflect on how we live out radical hospitality in our work for justice, mainly drawing from the Marianist tradition and Mary’s example. More information and registration .

Questions – contact Adèle Social Justice Project.

Associate Director of Marianist Student Initiatives

The Office of Civic Engagement (OCE) at St. Mary’s University is seeking an associate director of Marianist Student Initiatives. The OCE develops and promotes programs grounded in Catholic Social Teaching, social justice and solidarity that advance the mission and identity of the university. The associate director serves to both maintain and grow the mission-focused programming and leadership development opportunities facilitated by the OCE. Learn more.

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update
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

FamilyOnline Submissions

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

Schools Compete in First Marianist Classic Basketball Tournament

On Dec. 21-22, 2018, six Marianist-sponsored schools schools from around the country faced off at the first annual Marianist Classic in Akron, Ohio. Photos: Scott Goldsmith

More than a year ago, Marianist educators began tossing around an idea. “You all have good basketball programs,” said Thomas Carone, president of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School (STVM) in Akron, Ohio. “Why don’t we play each other in a tourney? I’ll host the first one.”

It didn’t take long to sell the others on the idea. On Dec. 21-22, 2018, six Marianist-sponsored schools from around the country gathered to face off for the first Marianist Classic held in LaBron James Arena in Akron.

In addition to STVM, other schools included Chaminade College Preparatory , West Hills, California; Purcell Marian High School, Cincinnati; North Catholic High School, Pittsburgh; Chaminade College Preparatory School and St. Mary’s High School, both from St. Louis.

The tournament featured some fierce competition, including three overtime contests. But no trophies were awarded. Instead, the students were there to learn something about other Marianist high schools and build relationships.

“As a Marianist school, we share a mission with some outstanding institutions,” said Rob Webb, president of Chaminade-West Hills whose school will host the tournament in 2019. “It’s important for our kids to experience this and to know that they are part of something bigger.”

 

Bro. Showraiah Ravulapalli Professes Perpetual Vows

On Jan. 12, Bro. Showraiah Ravulapalli  professed perpetual vows in the Society of Mary, District of India. Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States presided at the Mass and Bro. Bernie Ploeger, assistant provincial of the Province was the homilist. Congratulations to Bro. Showraiah!   See more photos.

Fr. William Joseph Chaminade

Marianist Moment: A Fresh Look at Blessed Fr. Chaminade

Marianist Moment is written by Bro. David Betz

January is the time we celebrate two of our founders, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. They worked diligently to renew the faith in post revolutionary France. They gathered men and women to collaborate with them to seek ways to call people to deepen their desire for God in their lives.

I invite you to read this month’s article about Fr. Chaminade, written by the late Fr. Paul Landolfi, that offers a new perspective about Blessed Chaminade. Fr. Paul wanted us “to discover who he is as a person. To do this, we must stand reverently before him, listen to him in his context, and allow him to reveal himself.” Read “A Fresh Look at Blessed Father Chaminade.”

Marianists of Hope and Joy: Reimagining the Dream

Tim Neary

Tim Neary serves as director of the Marianist Urban Students Program at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School in Cleveland.

What specific traits in MUSP students inspire you – give you hope?

MUSP students at Villa Angela-St. Joseph: McKayla Nicholson, Levelle Smith, Tim Neary (MUSP director) and Joshua Shumpert

Resiliency. The students that I work with overcome more than most people can imagine. Unsafe neighborhoods, moving house-to-house, inconsistency in the family structure, financial insecurity and more. In spite of this, they manage to navigate a world where they are often prejudged in a negative way, and still keep focused on their grades, appearances, character and the pride of their families. They amaze me.

Any moments in the past year that have brought you joy?

This may seem small, but one day my brother, who is the director of facilities at VASJ, inquired about one of our MUSP students. He told me that the student and a small group of others stayed after school to help a woman who was there to set up for an event. She was struggling to lift and carry all of her supplies. It wasn’t the act of helping her that caught me by surprise. It was what the student said after the woman asked him, “Did you miss your bus?” The student replied, “Yeah, but another one comes in 40 minutes. You needed help now.” It’s small things like this that make my day.

Marianist Family Members in the News

They Said ‘Yes’… Now It Is My Turn

Bro. Mark Motz wrote an article  published in Today’s Catholic in which he discusses his discernment journey, saying ‘yes’ to Mary and encourages others to listen to God’s call. Read the article.

 

Aging with Mary

Fr. Jim Heft published an article in Engaging Aging, the National Religious Retirement Office’s Winter 2018 newsletter. In this article, Fr. Jim reflects on aging as a Marianist, while staying focused on Mary. Read the article.

 

Marianist Ministries in Action

Giving Witness to Life

On Jan. 18, 36 students and six chaperones from Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the March for Life. One highlight of the pilgrimage was listening to a testimony by Chaminade senior August Schroeder and his thoughts about what being pro-life means. Tracy Bowler, director of marketing at Chaminade, said, “August’s testimony was both inspiring and profound. His witness has been shared with our faculty and staff who are using it as a catalyst for conversation in their classrooms. I believe his witness is a true example of the amazing work of the faculty at Chaminade support of the Marianist mission.” Watch the video of August’s presentation.

Marianists Welcome New Affiliates

 

The Marianist Family continues to grow as three individuals made their life-long commitment as Marianist Affiliates in January.

Marianist Affiliation is a unique expression of commitment to the Marianist Family and the Church. Spiritual affiliation is a special vocation in the Church and the Marianist Family of following Mary’s example — her trust in God’s promises, her openness to God’s action in her life and her faithful response to God’s call.

Just as Mary welcomed all people, Affiliates are open to spreading God’s Good News to all people, welcoming them to a life of devotion to Christ’s teachings. Becoming a Marianist Affiliate is a public commitment to live a life of prayer, faith, love and service.

On Jan. 7,  Alex and Mary Ann Datoc who both work at Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco, made their Affiliation commitment after a year of formation under the direction of Bro. David Betz (spiritual adviser for Marianist Affiliation, Pacific area). Alex and Mary Ann are members of a Marianist Lay Community that grew out of Pacific LIFE.

On Jan. 11, Nannette Young became an Affiliate making her consecration to Mary during a Celebration of the Eucharist at a mini retreat. Mary is a member of the Marianist Affiliate group in Streamwood, Illinois, which is northwest of Chicago. Fr. Al McMenamy (spiritual adviser for Marianist Affiliation, Midwest and Southwest area), presided.

See more photos. Learn more about Marianist Affiliates.

Pray With Us

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

Bro. Bill Chewning – 1962

Bro. Bill Chewning – 2015

Bro. William Chewning, 94, died Jan. 7, 2019. Bro. Bill was a teacher, high school administrator and professor whose great love for science was only eclipsed by his much greater love of faith and prayer.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

 

Bro. Bernie Stratman – undated

Bro. Bernie Stratman – 2015

Bro. Bernard Stratman, 71, died Jan. 10, 2019. Bro. Bernie held many national leadership roles in the Catholic Church in the United States. He dedicated his knowledge in communications to help guide and shape the future of the Church in the U.S. and nourished it with the Marianist Charism.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

 

Bro. LeRoy Viera – 1987

Bro. LeRoy Viera – 2015

Bro. LeRoy Viera, 92, died Jan. 20, 2019. Bro. LeRoy was a veteran, a skilled carpenter and an artist who dedicated his life as a working brother serving in maintenance and construction positions in Marianist schools and ministries. He found great joy in everything he did in dedicated service to Mary.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

Read Fr. Allen DeLong’s eulogy for Bro. LeRoy.

Fr. Richard Wosman – undated

Fr. Richard Wosman- 2012

Fr. Richard Wosman, 59, died Jan. 21, 2019. Fr. Richard was many things—a teacher, a scholar and an administrator. Through his many years devoted to Catholic Education, he sought to instill the presence of God in the hearts and minds of all he served.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

 

Bro. Ed Zamierowski – undated

Bro. Ed Zamierowski – 2015

Bro. Edward Zamierowski, 85, died Jan. 7, 2019. Bro. Ed was a high school teacher, professor, mentor and environmental advocate. Serving in both the United States and Africa, he inspired others with his vocation as a Marianist and his commitment to service and social justice. Bro. Ed believed in the power of relationships and creativity.

Read his obituarySee more photos.

 

Good to Know

Karen Kelly (clinical professor and director), Tanuja Singh, (dean of St. Mary’s Business School), Dr. Tom Madison, Greg Zlotnick (pro bono coordinator and St. Mary’s Law School’s representative for VITA), Steve Sheppard (dean of St. Mary’s School of Law)

Santa Maria Justice Award

On Dec. 13, 2018, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Center for Legal and Social Justice at St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, awarded Dr. Tom Madison the Santa Maria Justice Award. The annual award has been presented since 1996 to an individual or group that has made outstanding contributions to the advancement of legal and social justice.

Dr. Madison has been the associate dean of the Greehey School of Business since 1998. He has guided countless students through accounting courses and led his colleagues as the chair of the accounting department. His commitment to the common good goes far beyond the campus of St. Mary’s University. Dr. Madison has served as treasurer of LiftFund, offering his expertise and time to the largest non-profit micro-lender in the United States, headquartered in San Antonio.

During the past decade, Dr. Madison has led St. Mary’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) every Spring, traning 200 volunteer preparers—mostly students—to help more than 1,000 taxpayers complete their tax returns, free-of-charge. Read presentation speech.

Job Opportunity

The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) is hiring a full-time staff person who will work half-time with MSJC as assistant director and half-time with the Marianist Lay Network of North America (MLC-NA) as administrator. For MSJC, the person will work with the director in supporting the MSJC issue teams and in staffing other social justice initiatives. For MLC-NA, the person will work with their chair and leadership team to support and implement their action priorities. Read the job description. To apply, send your resume, including a statement of why you are interested in this position, to Jim Vogt. Application deadline is Feb. 1.

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update
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
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In this season of waiting: Marianist Advent podcasts

If you are looking for a meaningful way to observe Advent, consider tuning into “Advent Meditations,” four short podcasts produced by Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau in conjunction with the North American Center for Marianist Studies(NACMS).

Each 10-minute podcast contains a reflection on one aspect of Mary relating to the Advent season: 1) The Annunciation; 2) The Immaculate Conception; 3) The Visitation; and 4) The Nativity.

“Our goal with these podcasts is to help you pray in a new way about Mary and her presence in the Advent Season,” said Sr. Gabby, who created the series last year.

Each podcast includes a scripture reading, narrated by Bro. Tom Redmond, and a few minutes of silence to ponder the readings, along with questions for reflection.

“We suggest that you listen to each episode in a quiet place – in your car, a comfortable chair or even on a walk by yourself,” said Sr. Gabby. “We invite you to relax and remember that you are in the presence of God.”

To access each Advent podcast: click here.

You also can listen on iTunes, Stitcher, or SoundCloud by searching for “Sharing Our Marianist Stories” and subscribe to the podcasts.

For other Christmas gift ideas, prayers and podcasts from NACMS, click here.

Marianists of hope and joy: reimagining the dream

Fr. Ted Ley

Fr. Ted Ley serves as chaplain at Chaminade College Preparatory – West Hills and directs the Schola Cantorum of the Pacific and Escolanía, both choir schools he founded.

From your ministry, what gives you hope?

Our youngest want to help others, make the world better. Generation-Z is open-minded, inclusive, polite and very supportive of one another.

What aspects of your ministry bring you joy?

When I can provide a joyful opportunity for a youngster who has only the clothes on his back, my heart is buoyant, I’m young again.

One terminally ill mom, after the Last Sacraments, thanked me (in Spanish) for what we had done for her younger boys, and asked me to please continue to help her family. We have, as best we can.

Recently, after completing a lesson with the third-and fourth-graders of our Escolanía at Assumption School, I spontaneously began playing their alma mater. They chimed in, perfectly in three parts, with this:

“We love Assumption School. Together we’re at home. We learn, we pray, and win in every way. The Queen of Angels’ arm will keep us safe from harm, as joyfully we run in the footsteps of her Son, until the greatest victory in life is won, to give the love of Jesus to everyone.”

This gave me what jazz musician Dave Brubeck liked to call “one moment worth years.” See more photos. Read ALIVE article  on Fr. Ted from Spring 2017.

Marianist Family members in the news

UD president joins national committee to expand college access

University of Dayton president, Eric F. Spina, has joined the national steering committee of the American Talent Initiative, a growing alliance of colleges and universities dedicated to substantially expanding opportunity and access for low- and moderate-income students.

More than 100 public and private institutions have committed to work together through ATI on a shared goal of educating an additional 50,000 high-achieving, lower-income students across the country by 2025. Read more.

Marianist ministries in action

New Marianist Ministry in Juárez Mexico

Parents meeting at new Marianist school in Juárez, Mexico.

In August, the Marianists officially began a new educational project in Juárez, Mexico. Bishop José Guadalupe Torres Campos approved the project and expressed enthusiasm for the presence of the  Marianists in his diocese.

Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, just returned from a trip to visit their new ministry. He reported, “It was a wonderful experience.” The ministries include: a Montessori pre-school, a Montessori grammar school (grades 1-6, about 90 students); day care center for working parents (about 25 children daily); a pantry that gives out food to families every Saturday, an informal education center that assists individuals who have not received their high school degree (approximately 20 students), a classroom with 12 sewing machines to assist the women in the area to learn a trade and, finally, a center for young people that want to attend an online university. See more photos.

Marianist donor appreciation Mass

On October 27, the Marianists gathered to celebrate and honor the generosity of our cherished donors in San Antonio, Texas.  The event was attended by about 85 individuals and included a Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church  presided by Fr. John Thompson and a dinner reception at St. Mary’s University. See more photos.

 

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November deaths: Three Marianists died in November, the obituaries of two of those Marianists were not completed in time for the November issue of FamilyOnline. Read the obituaries of Bro. Bernard Zalewski and Fr. William Behringer.

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Marianist Moment: Update on the Causes of the Marianist Saints

(Submitted by Bro. David Betz and based on the notes presented by Fr. Antonio Gascon, SM, Postulator General for the Causes of our Marianist Saints to the SM General Chapter of July 2018 in Rome, Italy)

Brothers and sisters, we are reminded that our Marianist Saints are the best living expressions of the Marianist Charism of our founders. It is important for us to look at their lives and to make every effort to imitate them as we seek the grace of God in our own lives. We are being called to open our hearts and to petition our saints to intercede for the men and women who we feel would benefit from God’s loving embrace through a miracle.

At this time I am presenting an update on the status of the Causes of our Marianist Saints to let you know where the causes stand: there are 13 causes of canonization that are open and they are considered actives cases:

Blessed Chaminade: was beatified in 2000 by St. John Paul II and we are waiting for a second miracle. We had a strong hope in the case of Rachel Lozano Baumgartner from St. Louis, MO who had a rare cancer and after the Marianist Family prayed for her healing, it seemed that the cancer was cured. Rachel’s doctors felt that the cure was not the result of their medical intervention but the medical commission in Rome, after its initial investigation, did not agree. The decision has been appealed and Rome is now waiting for an updated report from the St. Louis medical team. If the final decision of the medical commission in Rome is negative after reviewing the St. Louis medical team’s updated report, then no further appeal is possible.

Blessed Adèle (Mary of the Conception): Mother Adèle was beatified on June 10, 2018 after a miracle was approved by Pope Francis in May 2017. The miracle was the healing of Sr. Michela Messina, FMI, from the Daughters’ Italian Province in 1997. Liturgical texts for Blessed Adele are being prepared at this time. Continued prayers are needed for a second miracle.

 

 

Blesseds Jakob Gapp (Austria); Carlos Eraña; Fidel Fuidio; and Jesus Hita (of Ciudad Real, Spain); Miguel Léibar; Sabino Errasti; Joaquin Salazar; and Florencio Arnaiz (of Madrid, Spain): All eight of these Blesseds need a second miracle for canonization to occur.

 

 

 

Venerable Marie-Thérèse de Lamourous: Her cause was opened in 1911. The Society of Mary took up the responsibility of the cause and Fr. Verrier completed the Positio (which is the position paper on the life and deeds of the individual) in 1978. She was declared Venerable in 1989 by St. John Paul II. At this present time the SM is not working on her cause.

 

 

Venerable Faustino Pérez-Manglano Magro: Faustino, a teenager from Valencia, Spain and attended an SM school, died from Hodgkin’s disease at the age of 16. He had a strong devotion to Mary and regularly prayed the Rosary. His Positio was presented in 1994 and got a positive vote in 2010 and then declared Venerable in January 2011. A miracle is needed for Faustino to be declared a Blessed.

 

Servant of God Fr. Domingo Lázaro Castro (1877-1935): Domingo was the 1st Spanish provincial and he was an educational leader in Spain. His cause was opened in 1988 and the Positio was presented in 2013. After an initial examination in 2013 by the theologians, more information was requested and further examination and questions. The questions were answered by 2017 and there is hope that he may be declared Venerable when the next session of the theologians meets.

 

Servant of God Fr. Vicente López Uralde (1894-1990): From Cadiz, Spain, where he worked at San Felipe Neri School. Vincente was a well-known confessor and was very well beloved by the people of the city. His Cause was opened in 2008 and his Positio was presented in 2017 and waiting for the examination by the theologians.

 

 

Miguel Angel Quiroga (1972 to 1988): He a was young Colombian Marianist brother who was killed by paramilitary personnel while defending a group of farmworkers as they were returning to their village to celebrate its patronal feast day. Fr. Antonio Gascon said that it may be possible to use the category which is called the Third Way of Holiness – donation of one’s life because of love. He is looking at opening this Cause and to see if this category would be a possibility.

 

Conclusion: As stated above, there are 13 active Causes. The Causes for Marie-Thérèse de Lamourous and Miguel Quiroga are not considered active at this time. Fr. Antonio Gascon is requesting that the units in the Society of Mary work locally and diligently in promoting our Marianist Saints. He stresses that our Saints are important parts of the work and mission of the Society of Mary and the entire Marianist Family. The promotion of our Marianist Saints contributes to the spreading of the good news of our Marianist Charism. So I invite you to reflect upon what you can do to assist in this venture and if you have any ideas please, feel free to contact Bro. David Betz.

“Family of Mary” gathering January 27

St. Louis-area members of the Marianist Family will want to mark their calendars to attend the annual foundation celebration of the Family of Mary Lay Community. The event, held at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis, includes Mass and a presentation by Bro. Mark Motz. Learn more.

Fr. Jim Heft creating new series of videos

In addition to Fr. Jim Heft’s informative blog Touchpoint, he has started to develop videos. In the coming months, he will be sharing some videos on topics of faith.  His blog and his new series of videos are available on the website of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies . Watch the first video.

 

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PULSE celebrates Means Community House

PULSE Volunteers 2018 – 2019 include: front, Abby Liskaj, Charlene Rocimo, Peter Evans; middle, Pono Riddle, Dominique Dold, Anna Schlegel, back, Julia Love, Alex Moellering, Maureen O’Rourke (PULSE program coordinator)

Joan Means and Maureen O’Rourke

“Deeply grateful” is how many felt as they gathered on Sunday, Nov. 4, with PULSE volunteers and other Marianist community members in Dayton, Ohio, to celebrate the final refurbishing and blessing of the Michael Means Community house. Frs. Bob Jones and Ted Cassidy presided over the house blessing.

“We are especially happy to share this occasion with Joan Means, who graciously helped us purchase this house in 2017 in memory of her late husband, Michael, and thankful for all of you who shared your time and talent to form this home into a Marianist community,” said Maureen O’Rourke, PULSE program coordinator.

2018-2019 PULSE volunteers live in two communities in Dayton: the Means Community and the Marshall Community, named for the late Fr. Paul Marshall, an inspiring witness to social justice and a faithful champion for implementing the PULSE program.

The PULSE (Partners in Urban Leadership, Service and Education) members – or MP3 – as this third Marianist PULSE cohort calls themselves, are comprised of eight young adults. The group was commissioned last summer to serve for a year in nonprofit organizations in Dayton while living in a Marianist Lay Community and learning more about the Marianist charism. Read Maureen O’Rourke’s Means Dedication Reflection. See more photos.

Marianists of hope and joy: reimagining the dream

Bro. Tom Wendorf

Bro. Tom Wendorf is an English professor at University of Dayton.

From your ministry as a college professor, what gives you hope?

Seeing when a poem, a story or a novel awakens a student, even if momentarily, to some aspect of life. Also seeing students make connections between their lives and what they’ve read — that a poem set in 1300 A.D. can speak to their concerns about prayer or justice today; that the words of Walt Whitman about America can stir them with conceptions of country more generous and vibrant than we have today. Such moments of recognition affirm my hope in the power of literature and in the young students whose attention, as for most of us, is already conditioned but who can be coaxed into new attentiveness by works of art.

What aspects of your ministry bring you joy?

When students take off in a discussion that captivates the whole class. It doesn’t happen every day or without a certain amount of priming, but when it does, I’m especially joyful about the active learning that’s taking place. I live for such moments as a teacher and try to foster the atmosphere for them.

The 1,000th peace crane with the staff of the US Marianist National Archives

Bro. Brian’s 1,000 peace cranes

In addition to being an artist and working in the Marianist National Archives in San Antonio, Bro. Brian Zampier undertook  a Peace Crane Project. In February 2016, Bro. Brian began a project of making an origami peace crane each day. He sees the peace crane as a symbol of the Holy Spirit. Each crane was constructed from handmade paper, made by Bro. Brian. His aim was to make and give away one per day for a thousand days while praying for world peace. Most of the cranes were placed around the campus of St. Mary’s University.

Bro. Brian reached his goal of a thousand peace cranes on November 14. Reflecting on the Peace Crane Project, Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Marianist provincial, wrote: “Blessed Chaminade called us to be missionaries. Blessed Chaminade called us to  be missionaries and to look for new ways to change our times. This is what Bro Brian is achieving.” See abzcraneproject for more information. See more photos.

Marianist Family members in the news

New executive director of AMU

Bro. Thomas F. Giardino will serve as the new executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities (AMU). Bro. Tom previously held the position from 2012 to 2015. With his more recent service as provincial assistant for education and as a trustee on all three Marianist university boards, Bro. Tom returns with a fresh understanding of our ministries, cultures and people. His expanded perspective enhances his ability to support, promote and advance Marianist higher education and the collaboration and exchange of experiences among the institutions. Read the announcement.

Sharing a “go to” story on the radio

Fr. Ken Sommers was featured on WYSO Radio’s segment called “Senior Voices.” Each week, and older person shares a story.  Fr. Ken shared his “go to” story about being on the Chaminade (Dayton) football team under Coach Gerry “Fuzzy” Faust.  Listen to his story.

 

 

Marianist ministries in action

Sponsorship Office helps enrich Marianist Charism

New administrators and provincial council at the Marianist Administrators Conference | Front row: Bro. Joe Markel, Stephen Walswick (Central Catholic), Jon Tobin (Purcell Marian), Michael Palcsey (North Catholic) and Valerie Todd (St. Mary’s) Back row: Fr. Tim Kenney, Bro. Bernie Ploeger, Bro. Charles Johnson, Dan Donnelly, Paulette Neuhalfen (Daniel J. Gross Catholic), Carl Kremer (Archbishop Moeller), Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Bro. Jesse O’Neill and Bro. Kip Stander

Bro. Armand Alcazar, FSC, speaks at MAC.

The Marianist Office of Sponsorship hosted three successful formation events during October and November.

• Board Development Workshop: October 19–20

• Marianist Administrators Conference: October 21–23

• Head-to-Heart: Marianist Spirituality Workshop: November 5–7

At the Board Development Workshop, Jack Peterson of Managing for Mission led participants through a series of presentations to help strengthen the governance and leadership practices of their Marianist-sponsored ministry.

The Marianist Administrators Conference (MAC) featured a two-part presentation by Bro. Armand Alcazar, FSC, titled “Accompanying our Youth on their Faith Journey.” Bro. Armand is a contributor to the Going, Going, Gone research project. He guided discussions and reflection on why young people leave the Catholic Church, and the implications this has on the work of Marianist-sponsored ministries.

The Head-to-Heart (H2H) workshop took place from November 5-7 at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in St. Louis. This workshop welcomed lay collaborators from 18 Marianist-sponsored schools and retreat centers. Participants learned ways to live Marianist spirituality in everyday experiences and provided practical applications to deepen the expression of the Marianist Charism. See more photos.

Club founders: (front) Jacob Marc P. Pascasio and Zach Angeles (back) Emily Barkes and Bianca Baguio

Chaminade students start Filipino culture club

Four sophomores at Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California  started the school’s first Filipino Barkada Culture Club.  Philippine News wrote an article about the new club which has already recruited more than 50 members who want to learn about Filipino culture and raise funds for two charities.  The Barkada Club is just one of the school’s 85 academic, social, service and cultural clubs. Read the article.

Marianist Family sponsors Day of Discernment

More than 60 lay and religious members of the Marianist Family from the greater Dayton area gathered on November 3 for a Day of Discernment at the Madeleine Room in the Chaminade Center at Mount Saint John. The purpose of the Day of Discernment was to identify  a social justice initiative that could be undertaken as a collaborative effort  by the Marianist Family.  Learn more. See photos.

Marianist formation weekend

November 15-18, 28 young men and women in different stages of initial formation attended their annual formation weekend. The topic for this gathering was “Collaboration with Marianist Lay Communities.” Joined by their formators, they met for a wonderful program at Mother Boniface Spiritual Renewal Program in Philadelphia. The weekend was hosted by The Marianist Center for Lay Formation (MCLF) in Philadelphia. Three provinces were present: the Marianist Sisters, the Meribah Province and the U.S. Province.

On Friday, presentations on collaboration were given by Bro. Jack Ventura, Sr. Grace Walle, and Matt Dunn (chair, Marianist Family Council of North America)

Saturday, the group traveled to the MCLF where they had a wonderful panel of committed Lay Marianists which included Toni Messina (Marianist Life), Brian Reavey (Office of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation), Mary Vanderhoof, (Marianist Social Justice Collaborative), and Linda Zappacosta (NE Marianist Family Council). Local members of Marianist Lay Communities and Lay Marianists were also invited to attend the panel discussion. The panel was set in a newscast-style, “produced” by Sr. Grace and moderated by Bro. Jack and Matt Dunn. The weekend concluded with a social at the Marianist Center and Eucharist celebration.  See photos.

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Fr. Don Cowie-undated

Fr. Don Cowie-2015

Fr. Donald Cowie, 89, died November 8, 2018.  Fr. Don was a beloved teacher, chaplain and novice master serving in many Marianist schools communities and ministries.

Read his obituary.  See more photos.

Bro. Ben Zalewski-undated

Bro. Ben Zalewski- 2015

Bro. Bernard Zalewski, 81, died November 10, 2018.  Bro. Ben was a teacher, professor and software consultant who served at University of Dayton in Ohio and several Marianist high schools throughout the United States and in Africa. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.  See more photos.

Fr. William Behringer-undated

Fr. William Behringer-2015

Fr. William Behringer, 86, died November 20, 2018.  Fr. Bill was a teacher, chaplain, administrator, and a Marianist formator. In his more than 69 years of dedicated religious profession, he served as provincial, master of scholastics and director of novices (in both the United States and Africa). He also served as a member of several General Chapters. His obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline. See more photos.

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Marianist Moment: In honor of Blessed Adèle’s beatification

We will continue to present articles written by members of the Marianist Sisters in honor of Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon’s beatification. Her beatification took place on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Agen France.

Each sister shares a reflection concerning Blessed Adèle’s life and invites the reader to pray and consider questions that she presents at the end of the article. Please read these articles and pray for the entire Family of Mary as we celebrate Blessed Adèle’s official recognition in the Communion of Blessed.

In this issue, we present, “Proclamation of the Gospel” by Sr. Tere Ferre, FMI, from the Santa Maria Community in Ranchi, India, in which she offers her reflections on Blessed Adèle’s words and beliefs— that the proclamation of the Gospel has to be done in our daily life, guided by the Holy Spirit. Read the article.

Marianist cemetery restored

Last year, when the Marianist Eldersburg/Rosedale community met at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland, to remember the Marianists interred there, they were disheartened by the conditions of their brothers’ final resting place and they decided to work together to restore the site. “It was not easy to find all the flat-to-the-ground markers,” said Bro. Tom Trager. “Some sank a bit and were rendered unreadable due to the overgrowth of weeds. All of us had to pitch in weeding and trimming. We made arrangements for the purchase of the above the ground, simple white markers. All who have seen the transformation find it an attractive, reverent and fitting final resting place for our brothers.” See more photos.

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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 News from the North American Center for Marianist Studies
Via Latina 22 from the General Administration of the Society of Mary

Three Marianist Brothers profess perpetual vows

Oct. 6 – San Antonio: Fr. Oscar Vasquez with Bros. Mark Motz and Sylvester Burkemper

Oct. 13 – Querétaro, Mexico:  Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth, Bro. José Luis González Molina and Fr. John Thompson

Congratulations to Bros. Mark MotzSylvester “Syl”  Burkemper and José Luis González Molina who all became perpetually professed Marianist Brothers this month.

Bros. Mark Motz and Syl Burkemper professed perpetual vows during the celebration of the Eucharist at Holy Rosary Parish in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 6. Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, presided at the Mass and received the vows. The celebration was attended by approximately 250 family, friends and members of the Marianist Family. A reception followed at the University Center, St. Mary’s University. See the video.  Read more about Bro. Mark Motz. Read more about Bro. Syl Burkemper.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, Bro. José Luis González Molina professed perpetual vows during the celebration of Eucharist at the Chapel of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Querétaro, Mexico. Fr. Oscar Vasquez presided at the Mass. Fr. John Thompson, was the homilist. The celebration was attended by many family, friends and members of the Marianist Family. A reception followed. Learn more about Bro. José Luis.  See more photos.

Marianists of hope and joy: reimagining the dream

Mike Bennett

Mike Bennett serves as a campus minister at University of Dayton and is a Lay Marianist.

What gives you hope?

In my role in campus ministry at the University of Dayton, I am blessed to work with wonderful students who are exploring their relationship with God and what it means to be a person of faith in today’s world. I’m also blessed to work with an amazing staff that is collaborative, challenging, faith-filled and constantly striving for social justice. Working with inspiring students and staff gives me great hope.

Amidst the brokenness of our world, our country and our Church, it is my hope and prayer that we continue to bridge divides, help people become their authentic selves and work for social justice and the common good. Our Marianist Family gives us a firm foundation to do this as individuals and as a community.

What brings you joy?

I sometimes take for granted the opportunities I have to offer support to others and journey with them in their pursuits of faith and personal development. These opportunities bring me much joy, and I try to take them as a humble affirmation of how God is working through me.

MSJC sponsors “Come to the Table” event for immigrants and refugees

Lay Marianists and members of the MSJC Immigrant Justice team at the Come to the Table pot luck dinner included (l to r) Linda Zappacosta, Mary Vanderhoof, Sherine Green, Dave Scheid, Rich Sroczynski, Arlene Sroczynski, Joanne McCracken, and Ashley Davidson.

When the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative’s Immigrant Justice team learned about Campaign for Hospitality, a Catholic social services program, “we knew this fit well with our Marianist charism,” said Mary Vanderfhoof, assistant director of MSJC. The program helps United States residents become acquainted with recent migrants.

In August, the team organized its first “Come to the Table” pot luck, a dinner suggested by the Campaign for Hospitality. The event brought together 133 people — 50 of whom were newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Others were parishioners from Catholic Community of Christ Our Light, a parish in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, who hosted the dinner, along with Lay Marianists from South Jersey and Philadelphia.

“It’s powerful when people from different cultures, races and socioeconomic groups meet and share their stories,” said Sherine Green, a member of the Immigrant Justice team and director of youth faith formation at Christ Our Light.

“We’d like to see this event replicated around the country,” said Mary. “It’s fairly easy to do and so rewarding!”

To sponsor a “Come to the Table” event or learn more, contact Mary at 609.731.8031 or mary.vanderhoof@gmail.com.

Marianist Family members in the news

NRRO bids farewell to Bro. Bob Metzger

In September, Bro. Bob Metzger, completed his time of service to the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO). The executive director, Sister Stephanie Still, PBVM, published an article of tribute to Bro. Bob for his many years of service.  Read the article. Thank you, Bro. Bob, for dedicating your time and talents to serve the broader Church.

San Antonio Newspaper features Fr. Oscar Vasquez

The October 15 edition of San Antonio Express-News featured the new Marianist Provincial of the United States, Fr. Oscar Vasquez. A San Antonio native, Fr. Oscar took the helm of the United States Province in August. Read the article.

 

Marianist ministries in action

Marianist Women come together to learn from Blessed Adèle

Marianist Women from the United States and other countries including South Korea, Ireland and Canada gathered at the Marianist Women’s Summit from October 12-14. More than 45 women attended the summit at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Missouri. The summit offered presentations, reflections, prayer, and small group discussions focused on the theme, “Courageous Hope in the Spirit of Adèle.” It was an opportunity to get to know Adèle, her story and how, today, her life sheds light on issues and inspires us to be “crazy brave” as we navigate the challenges of life with faith, love and hope.

Marianist Educator’s Day in St Louis

The faculty/staff of the three Marianist high schools in St. Louis (Chaminade College Preparatory, St. John Vianney and St. Mary’s) gathered on Monday, Oct. 1, to celebrate their common Marianist heritage. This annual day of prayer and reflection has been celebrated for a number of years. Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, gave the keynote address entitled “A New Fulcrum to Move the World-Doing What is Ours to Do.” We are thankful to all of our faculty and staff who continue to serve in each of these schools.

L-R: Matt Dunn, chair of MLC-NA; Sr. Gretchen Trautman, FMI, provincial; Bro. Bernie Ploeger, asst. provincial; Sr. Laura Leming, FMI, head of Religious Life; Margaret Lisjak, interim head of Religious Life for MLC-NA and Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial.

North American Marianist Family Council

On Friday, Oct. 18, the North American Marianist Family Council met in Dayton. The council meets once a year in a face to face meeting to share news from the respective branches, to review the accomplishments of the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, to encourage the growth and work of regional Marianist Family Councils and to strategize ways to improve formation for Marianist life and mission.

Visitation State Marianist Community after Mass on Oct. 20

Visitation State Marianist Community

The Visitation State Marianist Community held their autumn retreat at Bergamo Center October 18-20. A highlight was their annual re-commitment during Mass on Saturday, Oct. 20. George and Margy Lisjak made their first state commitment while 21 others renewed theirs. George Lisjak and Linda Zappacosta are also celebrating 50 years of Marianist commitment this year.

Mary Lou Steuben received as a new Marianist Affiliate

Fr. Al McMenamy (spiritual assistant), Jane Alexander, Mary Lou Steuben (new Affiliate), Eileen Tinajero (coordinator) and Mary Wingate.

During Mass on Wednesday, Sept. 26, Mary Lou Steuben was received as a new Marianist Affiliate in the Marianist Affiliate Community in Amarillo, Texas. The Reception Ceremony of Affiliation took place at the end of a mini-retreat in preparation for the reception of a new affiliate. The Amarillo Affiliate Group meets regularly and Fr. Al McMenamy, travels from St. Louis once or twice a year to meet with them. Welcome to the Marianist Family, Mary Lou.

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Marianist Moment: In honor of Blessed Adèle’s beatification

We will continue to present articles written by members of the Marianist Sisters in honor of Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon’s beatification. Her beatification took place on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Agen France.

Each sister shares a reflection concerning Blessed Adèle’s life and invites the reader to pray and consider questions that she presents at the end of the article. Please read these articles and pray for the entire Family of Mary as we celebrate Blessed Adèle’s official recognition in the Communion of Blessed.

In this issue, we present, “Mary, Our Model and Patron” by Sr. Caty Pilenga, FMI, of the Community of Monteortone, Italy, as she reflects on Blessed Adèle’s words, “Always take as your model, The Most Holy Virgin, Our Good Patron.” Read the article, “Mary, Our Model and Patron.”

“Youth, the Catholic Church and our Future”

The Institute for Advanced Catholic studies at the University of Southern California has been researching the growing number of young Catholic adults who no longer go to the church.  Although this research will be published as a book next year, the team of researches also created a pamphlet with a succinct summary of their findings. Read the pamphlet.

Marianists attend the canonization of Paul XI and Oscar Romero

On Sunday, Oct. 14, Pope Francis canonized modernizing Pope Paul VI and martyred Salvadoran Archbishop Óscar Romero at Mass in St. Peter’s Square.  There were more than 70,000 faithful witnesses present including several Marianists.

Photo: Members of the Community of the Chaminade International Seminary in Rome pose after attend the recent canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero, Pope Paul VI and others. Back row(L-R): Bro. Víctor Ferreira de Aguiar (Brazil), Rose AsiagoFr. Stephen Wanyoike (Kenya), Wilfred AsiagoBro. Lester Kaehler (US, vice rector), Fr. Francisco Canseco, (Spain, rector). Front row (L-R): Bro. Peter Heiskell (Meribah), Bro. Alejandro Borella, (Spain) and Bro. Brandon Paluch (US)

Vianney seeks director of advancement

St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis is seeking a director of advancement to develop and lead funding strategies tat support the mission and advancement of the school. Learn more.

Chaminade West Hills seeks candidates for two key positions

Chaminade College Preparatory-in West Hills, California, is seeking candidates to fill  two key positions on their advancement team: vice president of institutional advancement and director of development, parent giving.

Vice president of advancement

An experienced and visionary vice president of advancement leads the Advancement team and collaborates with faculty, staff, and administration in our mission to inspire young people to love, learn and lead through our Catholic and Marianist traditions of a loving faith, academic excellence, and moral responsibility. Learn more.

Director of development-parent giving

Under the direction of the vice president of advancement, the director of development-parent giving is the primary manager for all parent and grandparent fundraising activities and initiatives. Learn more.

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
India Update from the Marianist District of India
Gift 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 News from the North American Center for Marianist Studies

Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School celebrates 50th anniversary

Dr. Dorothy Ostrowski, president of Gross Catholic High School, with students Michael Monico and Rachel Jacobson; Gross is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Photo Omaha World Herald.

What better occasion to celebrate the founding of a Marianist-sponsored school than Homecoming! To kick off their Homecoming weekend starting Sept. 14, Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School rolled out a number of festivities commemorating the day in 1968 when the late Bro. Leo Willett, SM, and Sr. Mary Consuella, FSOLPH, co-principals, opened the co-educational school with a freshman class of 175 students.

Workers place the final cornerstone of the new school, 1968.

Other Marianists fondly remembered for their service to the school include Fr. Al McMenamy and the late Bros. Joe Barrett and Rich Middleton, said Dorothy Ostrowski, president, who has served at the school as a teacher and administrator for 38 years.

“Gross Catholic has been blessed with a rich history, helping our students grow both academically and spiritually as part of our Marianist heritage,” said Dorothy. “We stand on the threshold of our 50th anniversary with great anticipation and enthusiasm. This is a time of growth. A time of renewal. A time of innovation.”

Gross Catholic was built in 1968 by the Archdiocese of Omaha, with the help of Daniel & Louise Gross, to meet the critical needs for Catholic education in Omaha, Nebraska. Read more about the anniversary.

Marianists of hope and joy: reimagining the dream

Brian Reavey

Brian Reavey serves as director of the Office of Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation for the Marianist Province of the United States.

What gives you hope?

The brothers give me hope through their actions: educating our new generation of advocates at our Marianist institutions; providing medical care for those experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati; participating in social justice rallies across the U.S.; and practicing “armchair activism” by signing petitions and writing U.S. legislators.

The brothers also give me hope through their empathy for others, their willingness to educate themselves on social issues and their spiritual stamina to pray for the marginalized and oppressed.

What brings you joy?

Two words: the people. In addition to Marianist religious, I work alongside Marianist PULSE volunteers who bring me a particular joy. These young adults live a simple, prayerful lifestyle in two lay communities in Dayton. Their wholehearted service to the city via eight nonprofit partners – impacting thousands of people each year – is a natural “joy-boost” for me. And their commitments to each other, their neighbors and the charism have brought me immense joy.

I also enjoy working with our justice advocates at the Marianist Environmental Education Center (MEEC) and Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC). There is no greater joy than witnessing the Marianist Family collaborate to make the most collective impact possible for systemic change in the communities we serve.

Marianist Family members in the news

From feeding cows to pastoring sheep

Fr. George Cerniglia was featured in the Hawaii Catholic Herald this month discussing his journey as a Marianist. In the article, Fr. George recalls his scholastic years in Dayton, Ohio, where he attended classes and was also assigned to work on a farm run by the Marianists. He discusses his transition to being a Marianist educator, his time as vicar general in Rome and the precious moments that have made his life as a Marianist so blessed.

Fr. George is celebrating 60 years of profession (see his jubilee profile below). Read the article.

Marianist website receives Lumen Award

The Marianist Province of the United States website redesign received a 2018 Lumen Award from The National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC). The NCDC Lumen Awards were created to acknowledge excellence in the ministry of fundraising and to enrich the Catholic development community through sharing this excellence. The Latin term lumen was chosen as the name of the award to represent the vision and clarity fundraisers must strive for while promoting their missions.

The Marianists are honored to receive this award and would like to thank Carol Dexter, former Marianist senior communications manager; Sandy Barnett, Marianist web & technology coordinator and Tuva Interactive; for their excellent design and implementation of this award-winning project.

Marianist ministries in action

7th International Lay Marianist Assembly in Seoul

North America & Asia Delegations: Back: Atsuyuki Yanagawa, Tony Fitzgerald, Fr. Jinu Muthukattil, SM, Marceta Reilly, Ted Cassidy, SM, Matt Dunn, Seong Jin Park (Thaddeo), John Park | Middle: Sebastian Lee, Sanjay Saraiya, Katie Gushoney, Christina Kim | Front: Josee Roberge, Maureen O’Rourke, Jim Vogt, Susan Vogt and unidentified.

The 7th International Lay Marianist Assembly was held in Seoul, South Korea, from August 12-18. Sixty-one delegates from 25 countries met to explore the future of the laity’s role in the Marianist Family. Eight Lay Marianists from the United States attended. Susan Vogt, former regional representative for North America and Asia, took the lead in coordinating the international meeting.

Susan stated, “The assembly was historic not only because it was the first time that an Asian country hosted this event, but also because it emphasized the lay branch’s growth from younger sibling to adult member of the Marianist Family. In unpacking the theme, Walking Hand in Hand: The Gift of Laity to the Marianist Family, we matured to see ways to take more leadership, more responsibility for our formation in partnership with the vowed religious and more financial responsibility for our needs.

A new international team was elected at the assembly. Marceta Reilly was elected to follow Susan as the new regional representative for North America and Asia. See more photos. Learn more about the Lay Marianists.

Pray with us

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

Fr. Joseph Stephanelli – 1951

Fr. Joseph Stefanelli – 2015

Fr. Joseph Stefanelli, 96, died August 17, 2018.  Fr. Joe was a Marianist historian, author, teacher, mentor, translator, novice director, pastor, and Provincial for the former Marianist Pacific Province.

Read his obituary.  See more photos.

Read Fr. Steve Tutas’ Homily.

Diane Guerra

Diane Guerra, former national communications director for the Marianist Province of the United States, died Aug. 23, 2018, in St. Louis. Diane retired in June 2016 after serving as communications director since 2002. She is credited with launching ALIVE magazine, FamilyOnline, and marianist.com, and establishing the look and tone of communications for the province.

“Diane’s death leaves a big hole in the lives of so many,” said Fr. Martin Solma, former provincial who presided at Diane’s Mass of Christian Burial. Jan Dixon, editor of ALIVE,  gave the eulogy. Read Fr. Marty’s homily.  Read Jan Dixon’s eulogy.

Jubilarians

Marianists celebrate jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of the first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the fifth and final group of 2018 jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

FR. H. JAMES BARTLETT

60 years of profession

When my pastor suggested going to see the Marianists, I did just that, learning much about them and eventually, deciding to join them. I made first vows Dec. 8, 1958, at Marcy, New York, and finished college at University of Dayton. My first assignment was teaching at Mineola, after which, I was transferred to Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati where I conducted an all-Catholic school choir and also coached track. Three years later, I entered the seminary in Switzerland where I got to know Marianists from other nations, which helped us understand one another and how the Society of Mary was lived elsewhere. Read more.

Fr. George Cerniglia

60 years of profession

“The favors of the Lord are not exhausted, God’s mercies are not spent; they are renewed each morning, so great is God’s faithfulness.” [Lamentations 3: 22-23]

Without a doubt, these words of Scripture are foremost in my sentiments as I mark 60 years of Marianist religious life. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Rose (Zito) and Paul Cerniglia. Although I have only one sibling — my brother, Anthony — I was nurtured in the wider family of my Italian heritage. Grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins were a large and important part of growing up.  Read more.

Bro. Howard Hughes

70 years of profession

Marianist influence began early in my life — my grand uncle was a Marianist and is buried in Hilo. At St. James Parochial School in Baltimore, I had Marianist teachers from fourth to eighth grade. Recognizing my musical interests, Bro. Robert Holzmer became my musical mentor, working with me at the piano and organ. By 15, I already had played the pipe organ for services in the community chapel. Along with the usual academic studies over the following years, I continued studying organ music. After graduation, I entered the Marianist postulate at Mount Saint John in Dayton, Ohio. Read more.

Bro. Delmar Jorn

60 years of profession

I am the youngest of four children, born in the farm country of Illinois, 75 miles northeast of St. Louis. My sisters are 92 and 89, my brother is only 83. My education included eight years in a one-room country school, a public high school and two years of college at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois, where my vocation story began. I am not an initiator, nor a volunteer, thus I have not asked for assignments or made plans for my future, and yet God has deigned to work with me in that way. Read more.

Bro. Albert Kuntemeier

70 years of profession

Some years ago, I discovered a quotation from St. Julian of Norwich: “The greatest honor we can give to God is to live joyfully in the knowledge of his love for us.” I feel that I have tried to live these inspiring words every day of my 70 years as a Marianist. That joyful living is possible because of the love and support that I have received from family, friends and my fellow brothers. Thank you, Marianists, for helping me attain and maintain this joy.

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Marianist Moment: Marie Thérèse de Lamourous

Venerable Marie Thérèse de Lamourous was born in 1754 in Pian, France. She lived during and after the French Revolution. Marie Thérèse was instrumental in maintaining a faith community in the Bordeaux area when it was risky to do so. She collaborated with Blessed Chaminade in the foundation of the Bordeaux Sodality and assisted with foundation of the first community of the Daughters of Mary in Agen, France. Her predominant work was with the leadership of the Miséricorde, a home and rehabilitation center which assisted women to reform their lives. Marie Thérèse died on the Feast of the Exultatation of the Cross on September 14, 1836.

This month, Marianist Moment shares a paper written by Sr. Laura Leming, FMI, a professor of Sociology at the University of Dayton in which she offers her reflections on Marie Thérèse’s life and work. Read the paper.

2018 Common Bond Triennial Reunion

Seventy-five of the 103 members present at the 2018 Common Bond Reunion.

One hundred and three of approximately 700 members of Common Bond reunited at University of Dayton from July 27 – 29 for the 2018 Common Bond Triennial Reunion. Common Bond is an association of former members of the Society of Mary that strives to foster and strengthen the faith and friendships created during their experience as Marianists. In addition to members, 36 spouses/guests attended. Attendees came from 22 different states, Washington DC, Ireland and Italy. The first vow classes of members who attended the reunion ranged from 1942 to 1983 – a 40 year span.

This year, 2018, marks the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Common Bond.  Members hold a formal reunion every three years. Highlights included various workshops, liturgy at the Immaculate Conception Chapel (University of Dayton), and memorial service at Queen of Heaven Cemetery with Fr. Tom Schroer presiding. The reunion also featured several presentations on “The Marianist Charism – 2018 and Beyond” from Dr. Eric Spina, president of the University of Dayton; Fr. Ted Cassidy; Dr. John Moder, president of Common Bond and Matt Dunn, chair, Marianist Lay Community of North America and Marianist Family Council of North America.

During his presentation, Common Bond President, Dr. John Moder, remarked, “The one thing we share in Common Bond is our experience of Marianist Formation. Even though we come from different provinces and different eras, our common bond is our formation in that Marianist charism. Since then our lives have moved in a great many directions, our paths are as diverse as we are.”

Learn more about Common Bond. See more pictures.

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The Fulcrum from the Marianist LIFE
District Update from the Marianist District of India
Gift 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

Provincial releases statement regarding abuse allegations

August 29, 2018 – In a letter released this week, Fr. Oscar Vasquez, Provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States, addressed all Marianist Brothers in the province, Marianist ministries and Lay Marianists calling for prayers and compassion for victims of abuse. The letter further outlines measures taken to ensure a safe environment for our students and families. Read the letter.

Marianists of hope and joy: reimagining the dream

Bro. Bob Donovan

Bro. Bob Donovan, SM, MD, serves as a physician at the Center for Respite Care, a nonprofit he helped found 15 years ago that provides quality, holistic medical care and respite services for people experiencing homelessness in Cincinnati.

What gives you hope?

Regarding homelessness, if I only look at the big picture, I can get discouraged. However, seeing individuals getting well despite all the hurdles they face, and then transitioning from respite care into housing, keeps hope alive in me and each person I see.

What brings you joy?

I mentor students and residents at all levels of training in health care. Seeing their excitement about working with the homeless brings joy to my work life. But sometimes all it takes is hearing one of my homeless or respite patients greet me with “Hi, Doc!” on my walk home from work.

I also experience great joy and hope when I attend gatherings with fellow Marianists and members of the Marianist Family – such as our assembly in July. Mary reminds us of how God is working despite events that may seem like horrible setbacks.

What renews your spirit?

Prayer is always renewing. It reminds me daily of God’s presence and that the Holy Spirit is the source of love in my heart that I can pass along to everyone I meet. I don’t think I could have made it 30 years in this work without prayer and the Marianists!

First camp for girls at Tecaboca is a big hit

All photos © 2018, Robin Jerstad

“Girls + Horses” is almost guaranteed formula for success. That’s what camp directors at Tecaboca bet on two years ago when they began planning the first Girls Camp at the Marianist retreat center and summer camp. They were not disappointed.

In July, 23 girls ages 7 to 14 became “vaqueras” – cowgirls – for the two-week camp. The program offered basic equestrian skills and many of the activities that have made the Boys Camp so attractive. Besides archery, marksmanship, swimming and other games, they also enjoyed cookouts, campfires and traditional Marianist singalongs.

The camp experience was designed to help girls “understand that they can do anything they set their minds to,” said Kay Tally-Foos, executive director of Tecaboca. “We had seven year olds who were trembling on a horse that first day. Four days later, after grooming and saddling the horses, the girls were riding on the trail on their own.”

Even though the camp setting was fairly primitive, “the girls loved ‘roughing it’ and teaching and encouraging one another,” said Kay. “Giving them experiences that build confidence is one of the most critical things we can do as Marianists and as a Church. Camp does that.” See more photos.

Marianist Moment: In honor of Blessed Adèle’s beatification

This is the final article of a three-part series in Family OnlineMarianist Moment  in which we have been sharing articles written by members of the Marianist Sisters in honor of Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon’s beatification. Her beatification took place on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Agen France.

Each sister shares a reflection concerning Blessed Adèle’s life and invites the reader to pray and consider questions that she presents at the end of the article. Please read these articles and pray for the entire Family of Mary as we celebrate Blessed Adèle’s official recognition in the Communion of Blessed.

In this issue, we present, “Walking in Solidarity” by the Saragossa Community of the Province of Spain, as they reflect on Blessed Adèle as a woman in solidarity with the poor.

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Marianist Family members in the news

Marianists celebrate jubilees in Dayton

On Saturday, August 11, 2018, a Marianist Jubilee Celebration was held at the Immaculate Conception Chapel at University of Dayton in Ohio.

Congratulations to the many faithful brothers who celebrated important milestones in their Marianist lives and ministries. This issue of FamilyOnline features the fourth and final special section (below) honoring Marianist jubilarians of 2018.  See more photos.

2018 Marianist Jubilee | Immaculate Conception Chapel, University of Dayton | Aug. 11, 2018
Front row – Fr. Anthony Jansen (75 years profession), Fr. Lawrence Schoettelkotte (60 years profession), Fr. James Bartlett (60 years profession), Fr. George Cerniglia (60 years profession), Fr. Thomas Thompson (50 years ordination), Bro. Edward Unferdorfer (75 years of profession) and Fr. Norbert Burns (75 years of profession). Second row – Fr. John Klobuka (50 years of profession), Bro. Ronald Luksic (50 years of profession), Bro. Al Kuntemeier (70 years of profession), Bro. Robert Metzger (50 years of profession), Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti (50 years of profession), Bro. Steven Grazulis (50 years of profession) and Bro. John Laudenbach (60 years of profession). Photo © 2018, Skip Peterson

University of Dayton honors Fr. Martin Solma

Fr. Martin Solma concluded his tenure as provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States last month. The University of Dayton ensured he was given a proper send off by creating a beautiful tribute video. Fr. Marty is a University of Dayton alumnus and has served as Vice Chair of the University Board.  Eric Spina, president of University of Dayton also wrote a touching tribute to Fr. Marty in his blog. Watch the tribute videoRead Eric Spina’s blog.

 

Chaminade University’s award-winning theatre productions

Chaminade University productions of Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and Beyond Therapy garnered a total of 13 Po’okela Awards for excellence at the Hawaii State Theatre Council awards dinner on August 6. Both of Chaminade’s theatre productions were directed by Bro. Gary Morris.

The fall production of Beyond Therapy received two Po’okelas for lighting design and featured actress in a Play. The spring musical Sweeney Todd received 11 Po’okelas in costume design, hair, wig, makeup design, lighting design, sound design, featured male in a musical (2), featured female in a musical (2), musical director, director of a musical and overall production of a musical. Sweeney Todd was honored with more combined awards than any other single musical production in Hawaii this year. The Po’okela Awards were created in 1984 as a way to recognize and celebrate excellence in local Hawaiian theater. Po’okela is the Hawaiian word for excellence. See more photos.

Marianist ministries in action

Growing “Roots”  for 10 years.

Marianist Lay Community “Roots” meets at Marianist Novitiate in Dayton, Ohio.  Members (left to right): Eric Grimm, AJ Grimm, Kateri, Owen, Josh Richardt, Suzy Richardt, Mike Bennett, Caitlin Bennett, Delia, Avery, Chris Neiport, Dominic, Isaac, Tina Nieport, Thane, Andy Badinghaus, Alaya, Jama Badinghaus, Maureen O’Rourke

Marianist Lay Community “Roots” was originated in 2008 as a Lenten prayer group.  It has evolved to become a MLC comprised of 16 adults and 12 children. The community has journeyed with dozens of young adults in various stages of formation and life transitions over the last 10 years. They have been blessed to have several vowed religious journey with them when they have been living in Dayton.

The name “Roots” was selected to signify the Marianist Charism as a foundation of their faith lives and that their community is an extended family where they can continue to be formed and rooted in their call to be Christ for the world. “Roots” meets biweekly for fellowship, dinner and prayer. They are committed to supporting the larger Marianist Family primarily by working with other Marianist ministries including University of Dayton, Marianist PULSE, Chaminade Julienne, Mission of Mary Cooperative, Bergamo Center for Lifelong learning, and various committees of Marianist Lay Community of North America and Marianist vocation teams.

Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth with graduates from formation program

Mexican Marianist lay formation course

Marianist lay leaders celebrate the conclusion of their Marianist lay formation course at the Chapel of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe located in the Amanecer (Dawning) colony in Querétaro, Mexico.  Over the course of 18 months, the attendees studied sacred scripture and learned how to be better Marianist lay leaders.  All who graduated are now recognized as “Marianist Animators.” See more photos.

Pray with us

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

Bro. Joseph Barrett- undated

Bro. Joseph Barrett – 2015

Bro. Joseph Barrett, 93, died August 7, 2018.  Bro. Joe was a beloved teacher, guidance counselor, vocation director and mentor  serving in Marianist schools, colleges, and communities. Read his obituary.  See more photos.

Watch memorial video created by St. Mary’s University.

Jubilarians

Marianists celebrate jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of the first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the fourth and final group of 2018 jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

Bro. Giancarlo Bonutti

50 years of profession

I currently am living with the St. Francis De Sales Community in Cincinnati, Ohio, where I have been a member since 1990. This year, I have been blessed to have time for a year of sabbatical, having finished the Ministry to Ministers Program at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX.

I am looking forward to The Third Age Marist/Marianist Renewal Program in Manziana, Italy, beginning in October 2018. Before starting the renewal program, I am planning to visit my relatives in Northern Italy, where I was born.

Bro. Chester Burnog

50 years of profession

For the most part, I have loved my life as a religious brother in the Society of Mary. The teaching was very enjoyable, and the coaching was outstanding, as it put me in a different atmosphere with the students than that of the classroom. The jobs I had at St. John Vianney High School were varied but were primarily focused within the business office.

Currently, the job I have here in San Antonio has been very relaxing and rewarding, especially since I have many good experiences with my fellow brothers. Religious life has been a great experience for me. Praying each morning and afternoon has enabled me to focus my life and grow as a person. I still have a long way to go, but I am hoping I have at least been able to knock on the door of heaven and that the Lord will let me in.

Bro. Steven Grazulis

50 years of profession

Nothing we plan ever can be as rewarding or fulfilling as God’s plans for us. This has been my life as a Marianist. The people I have met in my journey as a formator, teacher, brother, counselor or friend never could have been scripted or even imagined by me. What a magnificent journey and adventure. From Cleveland to Cincinnati to Nigeria, Kenya and now, Zambia. New people, cultures, situations and experiences … what a mysterious adventure of faith it has been. Totally rewarding and extremely fulfilling. Thanks be to God for these 50 years. Read more.

Fr. John Klobuka

50 years of profession

I have found spiritual, intellectual, physical, psychological and emotional support, acceptance and encouragement from my religious brothers and priests with whom I have lived throughout the past 50 years. We share common goals and Mary’s mission. I also like to think that I have shared much of my life, heart, time, energy, talent and commitment with my brothers, as well, in communities in which I have lived. I have been privileged to be a local director for some 18 years in about six different geographic locations in the U.S. and Australia. Read more.

Bro. Ronald Luksic

50 years of profession

As a very quiet sophomore in high school at St. Joe’s, sitting in biology class, I developed a friendly relationship with my teacher, Bro. Don McCoy, as did a few of my friends. As time went on, our group spent more and more time working on different projects with the brothers, helping on retreats and going out on Lake Erie water skiing on the brothers’ boat. Not bad!! The brothers’ sense of community, along with the teaching, had a big effect on me during those years. Could I someday have the same life-changing effect on young people as the brothers at St. Joe’s had on me? Read more.

Bro. Robert Metzger

50 years of profession

“O Lord, you have probed me and you know me;
You know when I sit and when I stand;
You understand my thoughts from afar.
My journeys and my rest you scrutinize,
With all my ways you are familiar.”
-Psalm 139 v. 1-3

I like to pray Psalm 139 whenever I think of my vocation story, as God knows and understands me better than I do. Looking back to my younger days, I did not understand this, but God was always there to guide me.  Read more.

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New director of Marianist Urban Students Program

On July 31, Jamar Mosley began his role as director of the Marinianist Urban Students Program at Purcell Marian High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. He brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to the team.  Mosley graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Physical Education.

LGBT initiative’s third annual retreat

The Marianist Social Justice Collaborative’s LGBT Initiative is sponsoring its third annual retreat for LGBTQ Catholics, their families and friends. The retreat will be held at Tecaboca, a Marianist spiritual renewal center in the beautiful Texas hill country just north of San Antonio, Texas, on September 28 – 30, 2018. The theme for the weekend is “Washed in the Spirit: A Gift for All.” Fr. John Markey, OP, director of the Ph.D. program in Spirituality at the Oblate School of Theology, will provide enriching input throughout the weekend.

To learn more and register, visit the retreat webpage.

Consider making a small gift in support of the scholarship fund.

Chaminade Julienne named a Best School by Niche

Niche.com’s recent rankings of best private schools included Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School which received an “A” grade. A full breakdown of CJ’s rankings can be found on the Niche website.

CJ Principal John Marshall ’86 said of the rankings, “These numbers are affirming as we look at the overall success of our students during their time at CJ and beyond. One of the areas I enjoy being recognized in is diversity as it speaks to our intentional efforts to have a diverse community at CJ.”

Executive director opening at Association of Marianist Universities

The mission of Association of Marianist Universities (AMU) is to support, promote and advance Marianist higher education. AMU seeks to achieve its mission by fostering formation in the Catholic and Marianist educational traditions at its three member institutions – Chaminade University, St. Mary’s University, and University of Dayton. The executive director’s office will be located on one of the the three Marianist university campuses. The Executive Director reports to AMU’s Board of Directors. Learn more.

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District Update from the Marianist District of India
Gift and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE

Marianists gather in Rome for General Chapter 35

SM General Chapter delegates gather in Rome.
Fr. André Fétis is elected 15th Superior General of the Society of Mary.

Marianist capitulants from all over the world gathered at the Marianist Generalate in Rome for the Marianist 35th General Chapter from July 8 – 29. This international Marianist event occurs once every 6 years. The Marianists gathered spent much time discussing important issues and electing new leadership for the Society of Mary. The delegates elected Fr. André Fétis of the Province of France to be their 15th Superior General. He succeeds Fr. Manuel Cortés who just completed his second term as Superior General.

The delegates then elected three assistants who, with the Superior General, compose the new General Council. Fr. Pablo Rambaud of the Province of Spain was elected assistant general for religious life. Bro. Maximin Magnan of the Region of Togo was elected assistant general for education. Bro. Michael McAward of the Province of Meribah was elected assistant general for temporalities.

Read news from Chapter 35

Watch General Chapter video

Fr. Pablo Rambaud
Bro. Maximin Magnan
Bro. Michael McAward

Brothers of hope and joy

From June 28 – July 1, more than 200 vowed religious and more than 30 lay collaborators gathered for conversation and prayer in St. Louis, Missouri, at the 2018 Marianist Province Assembly. The theme for the assembly was, “Brothers of Hope and Joy-Reimagining the Dream.” Over the course of four days, participants engaged in meaningful conversation. It was a time of prayer, inspiration, friendship, gratitude and encouragement.

On the last day of the assembly, the New Marianist Provincial Council of the United States was blessed and will begin its term on August 1. The assembly offered an opportunity to thank the current Provincial Council for their many years of dedicated leadership. This special province event was a grace for all Marianists as they plan for the future, celebrate new leadership, and reimagine the dream. See more photos.

Marianist Provincial Council of the United States 2018-2023. Front: Bro. Jesse O’Neill, assistant for education; Fr. Oscar Vasquez, provincial; and Bro. Bernard Ploeger, assistant provincial. Back: Fr. Charles (Kip) Stander, councilor; Bro. Joseph Markel, assistant for temporalities; Fr. Timothy Kenney, assistant for religious life; and Bro. Charles Johnson, councilor.

Marianist Provincial Council of the United States 2015-2018: Front: Fr. John Thompson, councilor; Fr. Martin Solma, provincial; Bro Joseph Kamis, assistant provincial; Bro. Thomas Giardino, assistant for education. Back: Bro. Charles Johnson, councilor; Bro. Ronald Overman, assistant for temporalities; Fr. William Meyer, assistant for religious life; and Bro. Dennis Bautista, councilor.

Marianist Moment: in honor of Blessed Adèle’s beatification

For the next two issues of Family Online, Marianist Moment would like to continue to share with our readers some articles written by members of the Marianist Sisters in honor of Blessed Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon’s beatification. Her beatification took place on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Agen France.

Each sister shares a reflection concerning Blessed Adèle’s life and invites the reader to pray and consider questions that she presents at the end of the article. Please read these articles and pray for the entire Family of Mary as we celebrate Blessed Adèle’s official recognition in the Communion of Blessed.

In this issue we present, “This is the Favorable Time” by Blanca Jamar, FMI, as she reflects on Blessed Adèle’s living in a constant attitude of conversion by her being “Turned towards the Lord.”

Marianists of hope & joy: reimagining the dream

Fr. Tim Kenney

 

Fr. Tim Kenney served as campus minister at St. John Vianney High School since 2007. In August, he will begin serving as provincial assistant for religious life.

What gives you hope?

I am leaving Vianney with much hope, inspired by young people who want to be of service and make their faith come alive. I conducted five mission immersion programs while I was there and was amazed by students’ willingness to be missionary disciples – share their faith, build homes, play with children in orphanages and get their hands dirty.

I am inspired by young people who feel called to create a culture of life. Yearly, we had a busload of students go to Washington, D.C., to March for Life while others participated in prayerful vigils. I also am inspired by the boys’ willingness to turn to God in prayer as they face a wounded world.

What brings you joy?

I find great joy in my vocation as a priest. I love traveling and being a witness to the living gospel. I have seen God’s miracles at work in the lives of people all over the world, especially on mission trips where we had to get out of our comfort zones and experience another culture. I also have witnessed Marianists working with the poor in Mexico, India, Eastern Africa – experiences of joy that will stay with me for the rest of my life! See more photos.

Marianist Family members in the news

First profession

Congratulations Bro. Sung Yong Joseph Kim of the Marianist Region of Korea who professed first vows as a Marianist on June 30th in Seoul, Korea. Bro. Joseph Kim spent the past two years at the Marianist Novitiate in Dayton, Ohio. Fr. Chris Wittmann, director of novices, was present for the profession to represent the Marianists Province of the United States.

Gold & Blue features two Marianists

The Summer issue of St. Mary’s University Gold & Blue features two Marianists. The feature story, “Defining Catholic Education” reveals how St. Mary’s is advancing the Marianist mission. The cover features the Moipei triplets with Fr. Marty Solma, SM.

Bro. Al Kuntemeier is also featured.  Read the Gold & Blue Summer Issue.

Marianist sister finds her vocation at University of Dayton

The July edition of the Catholic Telegraph featured the vocation journey of Sister Gabrielle “Gabby” Bibeau.  The story reveals how Sister Gabby first began considering religious life and how she first found the Marianist sisters at Dayton.  Read the story.

 

Marianist ministries in action

Marianist national archives: an invitation to living history

A box of Holy Cards on the shelf at the Marianist National Archives in San Antonio.

Photographs, holy cards, letters, sketchbooks – these are just some of the items housed in the Marianist National Archives.

Since 2014, when the Marianists relocated their National Archives to San Antonio, they have received hundreds of boxes filled with materials that Province Archivist Mary Kenney called a “living archive” for historians, students, Marianist Family members and others to access and use.

Mary is assisted by Bros. Earl Leistikow and Brian Zampier.

To read more about the Marianist National Archives and its collections, see the Summer 2018 edition of ALIVE magazine.

For more information about the Marianist National Archives, contact Mary Kenney at mkenney@sm-usa.org or call 210.436.3329. See more photos.

Pray with us

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

Fr. Richard Kuhn – 1974

Fr. Richard Kuhn – 2015

Fr. Richard Kuhn 90, died July 5, 2018 . Fr. Richard was a beloved teacher and chaplain who inspired many with his devotion to Mary and apostolic focus on family through his retreat ministry. Read his obituary. See more photos.

Jubilarians

Marianists celebrate jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of the first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the third group of 2018 jubilarians we honor as a special section of FamilyOnline.

Fr. Theodore Cassidy

50 years of ordination

I write in a spirit of profound gratitude and also humility — acknowledging complete dependence on God.

I sensed a call to be a missionary in the sixth grade. I was raised in a loving family on Long Island, New York, attended grade school with the St. Joseph Sisters of Brooklyn and the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and spent four great years at Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York. The brothers pulled me aside and guided me in my decision to go to the novitiate in 1956.  Read more.

Fr. Timothy Dwyer

50 years of ordination

On August 4, I will celebrate 50 years as a Marianist priest. Thinking back over these years, I’ve come to realize how important family has been throughout my entire life. I was born an only child, but into a large extended Irish-American family; I don’t think I was ever very conscious of being an “only.” We actually referred to our family as a tribe — parents and grandparents, uncles and aunts and numerous cousins; we belonged to one other. So family has been important to me from the beginning. Read more.

Fr. Raymond Malley

50 years of ordination

I am celebrating 50 years of ordination with eight other Marianists: one in the region of Canada, one in the region of Austria, one in the Province of Meribah, and five in the Province of the United States.

I was born and raised in San Francisco, California, and attended high school at Archbishop Riordan High School, administered by the Marianists of the Pacific Province. The pastor at my home parish of St. John the Evangelist made the liturgy an important part of Catholic life and gave that sentiment to the parishioners. He fostered vocations.  Read more.

Fr. John Manahan

50 years of ordination

The longer I live, the more jubilees I celebrate. That is the result of a long life in the Society of Mary. Since I professed my first vows in 1954, I have celebrated 50 years in 2004 and 60 years in 2014. This pattern persists. Because I was ordained a priest in Fribourg, Switzerland, in 1968, 2018 marks 50 years as an “ordained brother.” It doesn’t seem that long ago, but calendars always tell the truth.

My ministry since ordination has been pretty much as it was before. I’ve worked in high schools as a teacher, counselor and campus minister; in retreat houses in Galesville and Glencoe, and from 1995 to 2006 at Holy Rosary parish in San Antonio. Read more.

Fr. Thomas Thompson

50 years of ordination

My vocation is rooted in the fervent Catholic atmosphere that was part of the family, school and parish life in Pittsburgh in the early 1950s. An uncle, Bro. Joe Meder, was an enthusiastic religious whose weekly letters to his mother (my grandmother) and family described the daily life of a versatile grade school principal. The Sisters of Divine Providence at my home parish, St. Basil’s, provided a rich devotional atmosphere. (I still correspond with and am grateful to my piano teacher, Sr. Generosa, who introduced me to the joy of music, without which I cannot imagine life.) Read more.

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Sanity About Sin

Father Jim Heft delves into the truth about the “seven deadly sins” in a two-part reflection series, “Sanity About Sin.” Are they, in fact, sins and are they really deadly? Read what Fr. Jim has to say about it in Sanity about Sin: Part I and Sanity about Sin: Part II

Mystical Rose receives permanent crucifix

On July 8, Father George Cerniglia blessed a crucifix that was especially crafted for the Mystical Rose Oratory on the campus of Chaminade University and Saint Louis School in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He also blessed and dedicated a statue of St. Damien of Molokai which was newly installed in the front of the oratory.

Both pieces were created by Maui artist Dale Zarella. The corpus is carved out of koa and mounted on an oak cross made by Saint Louis School alumnus Rick Castillo.

Mystical Rose Oratory had never had a permanent crucifix until the staff began exploring the idea and asked Zarella to consider the project. Read more.

Pilgrimage on the Rhine

Presented by Marianist Mission

You are invited to join us on the 2019 Marianist  Mission Pilgrimage April 25 – May 5, 2019!  Embark on a journey with Fr. Tim Kenney as we explore  three wonderful countries: Holland, France and Germany over the course of 10 days and take a fantastic cruise on the Rhine River.

Ten days from Amsterdam to Zurich including:

  • •  7 night Rhine cruise and pre/post nights in Amsterdam and Zurich
  • •  22 meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ship
  • •  Beer & wine with lunch & dinner
  • •  Daily touring during the cruise
  • •  Special private tours in Amsterdam and Zurich before and after the cruise
  • •  Daily Mass with Fr. Tim Kenney, SM
  • •  Air travel to/from Newark, N.J.

Learn more.

Read Fr. Tim’s Message.

For pricing and travel arrangements contact: Deanna Snyder at dsnyder@sm-usa.org ; 314.338.7229

Sign up for the next Marianist Studies Program 2.0

Interested in exploring the topic of “Building Today’s Marian Church?” There’s still time to sign up for the next session of Marianist Studies Program 2.0. – a year-long study group bringing together lay and religious Marianists.

Deadline: August 2018. More information, contact Patti Gehred at gehredp1@udayton.edu.

Stay in touch

Newsletters

District Update from the Marianist District of India
Gift and Tasks from the Int. Organization of Marianist Lay Communities
Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative
Lalanne Connections from the University of Dayton’s LaLanne program
Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
MLC-NA e-News from the Marianist Lay Community of North America
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
Via Latinia 22 from the Marianist General Administration

Beatification of Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon

M. Bruno Lambert
Beatification of Blessed Adèle

For three days, the small town of Agen, France, became a global capital of Marianist life. From Friday, June 8, delegations from all over the world began to flow into the town to participate in the long-anticipated beatification of Mother Adèle.

Fr. John Thompson, Bros. David Betz, Bernie Ploeger, Tom Giardino, and Fr. Joe Kozar at the Beatification of Blessed Adèle

The three day celebration culminated on Sunday, June 10, at 10 a.m.,  when members of the Marianist Family from all parts of the world, local clergy, Adèle’s family, and thousands of other faithful from around the globe gathered to witness the beatification of Blessed Adèle.

The ceremony of beatification was presided over by Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect for the Congregation of the Saints. Numerous representatives from the Church of France were present, including Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris .

At the Vatican, Pope Francis referred to Blessed Adèle as a “gift to the whole church” during his mid-day Angelus on Sunday, June 10, which garnered applause from all the faithful present in St. Peter’s Square.

Read more about the joyous beatification in Via Latina 22, the Marianist Bulletin, and University of Dayton President Eric Spina’s blogSee more photos.

 

Marianists in San Antonio and Cupertino celebrate Jubilees

On Saturday, May 29, a 2018 Marianist Jubilee Celebration was held in San Antonio and on June 2, another 2018 Jubilee Celebration was held in Cupertino, CA.

Congratulations to the many faithful brothers who celebrated important milestones in their Marianist lives and ministries.  This issue of Family Online features the second special section (below) honoring Marianist jubilarians of 2018. See more photos.

Front row: Sr. LaVon Kampf, FMI (50 years of profession), Fr. Anthony Jansen (75 years of profession), Bro. Walter Ebbesmeyer (75 years of profession), Fr. John Manahan (50 years of ordination), Bro. Joseph Barrett (75 years of profession) Second row: Bro. Edward Loch (60 years of profession), Fr. H. James Bartlett (60 years of profession), Bro. Earl Leistikow (60 years of profession), Bro. Delmar Jorn (60 years of profession), Bro. Chester Burnog (50 years of profession), Fr. Timothy Dwyer (50 years of ordination), Bro. Al Kuntemeier (70 years of profession), Fr. Jorge Roos (Region of Peru, 60 years of profession) Missing from the photo: Fr. George Montague (60 years of ordination)

 

Fr. Raymond Malley (50th Sacerdotal), Bro. Robert Metzger (50 years of profession) and Bro. Howard Hughes (70 years of profession)

Three questions with…

Fr. Tom Schroer with Valarie and Jerry Weisbecker, members of Queen of Apostles Parish

Fr. Thomas Schroer

Fr. Tom is pastor at Queen of Apostles Parish, a Marianist parish in Dayton, Ohio, and a campus minister at University of Dayton.

What aspect of your work gives you joy?
I especially delight in seeing people grow spiritually and experience new possibilities for themselves. This happens during the Sacrament of Reconciliation when a penitent experiences a new freedom in his spiritual journey or a renewed confidence in her relationship with the risen Christ. This also happens during counseling or spiritual direction, when I see people come to a new appreciation of a gift or talent they may have overlooked.

What is your favorite part of a normal day?
My favorite part is coming home in the evening and spending time in prayer – just resting in a “Gracious Embrace.” That means turning off my clamoring mind, letting go and experiencing the peace that is beyond understanding.

What’s the best thing about being a Marianist?
The best thing is my commitment to something that cannot be completed in a lifetime, which gives my entire life meaning and challenges me to keep growing spiritually. Another best thing: In my early years, I experienced the so-called “sacrifices” of living the Marianist life. But now I realize all the wonderful and incredible ways I am constantly being gifted and blessed in my life as a Marianist.

More photos.

 

Marianist Studies: Calling all Marianist scholars!

Patti Gehred, center, talks with Tony and Beth Garascia at the Marianist Studies Program, 2.0, held at NACMS in Dayton, Ohio. June 21, 2018 © 2018 Photograph by Skip Peterson

When George Lisjak, director of the North American Center for Marianist Studies, and Patti Gehred, program and curriculum coordinator, relaunched the Marianist Studies program last summer, they were looking for a format compatible with today’s lifestyles.

“We decided to offer the monthly sessions online to enable people from across the country to participate,” said Patti. Still, they had no idea how many people would be interested.

“We were elated when 13 people — four religious and nine lay people – committed to the year-long study,” said Patti. Their research focused on the topic: “The Five Silences: Marianist Mindfulness for the 21st Century.”

MSP 2.0 was patterned after the popular Marianist Studies program offered in the ‘70s and ‘80s that yielded scholarly papers – many of which are still used by NACMS today. “Our goal was to inspire new scholarly Marianist work and to create a supportive scholarly community,” said Patti.

While projects from the past were primarily papers, today’s scholars are using diverse media: podcasts, videos, books, retreats, apps for digital devices, as well as traditional papers. The program concludes in August when participants will share their final research projects.

Sign up by August 2018 for the next MS 2.0 class.  More information. More photos.

 

Marianist Family members in the news

Tradition: A Catholic Understanding

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Lutheran Valparaiso’s Honors College, five scholars were invited to describe the meaning of tradition in their own religion (an Orthodox Jew, Orthodox Christian, a Muslim, a Lutheran and a Catholic). Fr. James Heft was invited to present a Catholic understanding of tradition. Read what Fr. James Heft has to say in his most recent presentation. Fr. Jim is president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC.

 

Marianist ministries in action

Chaminade Julienne High School GotVeggies? team hopes to inspire other Marianist Schools

Samantha Evans, Evan Eichenauer, Clay Mathile, Nicole VanVoorhis, Cole Breeding and Katie Kohnen (not pictured Sarah Hartley and Andrew Buchanan).

A Senior Capstone project, which began with members of the Class of 2016, lived on as several members of the Class of 2018 continued the Got Veggies? mission of bringing fresh produce to those in need in the Miami Valley.

The 2018 GotVeggies? team gleaned more thean 16,000 pounds of fresh produce that was then given to Catholic Social Services‘ food pantry.  They were also honored by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati with the “Spirit of Sr. Dorothy Stang Award.”

Eight members of the Class of 2018 split into two Senior Capstone groups to continue the Got Veggies? mission. One group was focused on  gleaning the produce, expanding the network of recipients, social media advertising and circulating recipes, explains Katie Kohnen whose group included Cole Breeding, Evan Eichenauer, Sarah Hartley, and Clay Mathile. The other group, comprised of Andrew Buchanan, Samantha Evans, and Nicole VanVoorhis, focused on education and produced a video which would help spread the word about the program.

“We hope the video will encourage other teens and schools to start their own gleaning teams and also recognize how fun service can be,” says Senior Capstone coordinator Molly Bardine. “We hope that our experience with Got Veggies?, will be a resource for other Marianist high schools and colleges.”  Watch the video.  Learn more.

 

New study abroad opportunities for Marianist law students

The St. Mary’s University School of Law has joined forces with University of Dayton School of Law to offer Marianist law students summer study law abroad experiences on two continents.

“I am very excited that the two Marianist law schools are now collaborating to provide outstanding foreign legal experiences to our students,” said Stephen M. Sheppard, J.S.D., dean of St. Mary’s Law. “Sharing a single mission of justice in the global setting makes great sense for Dayton and St. Mary’s.”

“We are proud to be joining St. Mary’s, our sister Marianist law school, as co-sponsors of its two-storied study abroad programs in Innsbruck, Austria and Beijing, China,” said Andrew J. Strauss, dean of University of Dayton School of Law. “As the world becomes more globalized, the ability to understand foreign and international law firsthand is becoming increasingly important.” Learn more.

Student at St. Laurence College gives tribute to Marianist Education

St. Laurence College Class of 2018. Aimee Ford is first on the right in the second row.

Aimee Forde, the Head Girl of St. Laurence College in Dublin’s Class of 2018, delivered a touching graduation speech to her fellow classmates. Mary McBride, school chaplain, shared, “Aimee delivered her speech so beautifully at the celebration.  The students are so proud of the St. Laurence College Community and the Marianist education they have received.  I was so moved when she referenced Blessed Chaminade’s words.  This is a testament to the value of Marianist education.”  Read Aimee’s 6th Year Graduation Speech

Pray with us

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

Fr. Ed Jach – undated

Fr. Ed Jach – 2015

Fr. Edward Jach 86, died June 7, 2018 . Fr. Ed was a teacher, school chaplain, pastor and dedicated many years to Marianist formation. Read his obituary. See more photos.

Bro. John Rohe – 1974

Bro. John Rohe- 2015

Bro. John Rohe 87, died June 13, 2018 . Brother John was a gifted teacher.  He inspired countless students with his love of science and his love of Mary.  Read his obituary. See more photos.

Jubilarians

Marianists celebrate jubilees

Each year, the Society of Mary recognizes brothers and priests who are marking milestones of the first professions of vows or of their priestly ordinations. This is the second group of 2018 jubilarians we honor as a special section of Family Online.

Fr. Richard Kuhn

60 years of ordination

I was born April 4, 1928, the eldest of six children, into what I now appreciate as a very faith-filled home. That, the family agrees, was God’s special gift to us through our mother, Violet — very loving care, the rosary, daily Mass, grace at meals, Catholic schooling and much more. My youngest brother, Eddie, died at age 10, when I was a student at Most Holy Trinity High School. It left me thinking about how short life can be. Bro. Wilb, my good friend and teacher, listened to my story and started me on a search that led to religious life. Read more.

Bro. John Laudenbach

60 years of profession

I first professed religious vows in September 1958. After earning a bachelor’s degree in physics at St. Mary’s University in Texas, I was assigned to Assumption High School in East St. Louis, Illinois. I have served in that city for 44 of my 54 years of education ministry at: Assumption, Vincent Gray Alternative High School and the Catholic Day Care Center. I also taught two years in Milwaukee, six years in St. Louis, and two years in Chicago. Read more.

Bro. Earl Leistikow

60 years of profession

I was born Oct. 24, 1938, in the small railroad town of Parsons, Kansas. My father worked for the railroad, and my mother was a housewife who raised my two sisters and me. I was taught by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Wichita at St. Mary’s parochial school in Parsons and graduated in 1956 from the Catholic high school — St. Patrick’s —tied in ranking as top student in my graduating class of 25. I was involved in sodality and attended regular Masses at the parish church next door, staffed by priests from Ireland. Inspired by religious teachers, I was interested in becoming a teacher in a religious order. Read more.

Bro. Edward Loch

60 years of profession

I was born in Milwaukee in 1939 on the feast of St. Edward the Confessor. The name Edward means guardian of property, land, goods. As the archivist of the archdiocese, I am playing out the role of my name.

When I graduated from grade school, it was a natural progression to go to Don Bosco High School, where I had the Brothers of Mary as my teachers. My freshman homeroom teacher, Bro. Charles Sontag, promoted vocations; Bro. George Montague interrupted our algebra class to teach us mental prayer from his new pamphlet. This was my introduction to prayer. Read more.

Fr. George Montague

60 years of ordination

Community life and service as a Marianist have formed me in ways I never would have experienced had I followed some secular vocation. Since the age of 6, I wanted to be a writer and a newspaper publisher, and from ages 11 to 15, I published a monthly newspaper in my home town of Bandera, Texas. But at Central Catholic High School, I experienced the touch of the Lord, mediated in large part by the mentoring of the “Brothers of Mary,” as the Marianists were known in those days, and by the example of their community life and family spirit … Read more.

Fr. Lawrence Schoettelkotte

60 years of profession

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 17, 1938, I attended Catholic grade school at St. John the Evangelist in Deer Park. After graduation in 1953 from eighth grade, I went to Purcell High School. During my senior year, I decided to be a priest or religious. I was attracted to both the diocesan priesthood and to the Society of Mary. There were nearly an equal number of diocesan priests and Marianists at Purcell at that time. I talked seriously to both about a vocation. After a real struggle and a lot of prayer, I decided on the Society of Mary and have been happy and grateful with the decision ever since. Read more.

Good to know

Marianist Moment: In Honor of Mother Adèle’s Beatification

For the next three issues of Family Online, Marianist Moment would like to share with our readers some articles written by members of the Marianist Sisters in honor of Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon’s beatification. Her beatification took place on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Agen France.

Each sister shares a reflection concerning Blessed Adèle’s life and invites the reader to pray and consider questions that she presents at the end of the article. Please read these articles and pray for the entire Family of Mary as we celebrate Blessed Adèle’s official recognition in the Communion of Saints.

In this issue we present, “Time and Life” by Clotilde Fernández del Pozo, FMI, as she reflects on Blessed Adèle’s words, “There is no time to be lost.”

 

Director of Marianist Urban Students Program opening at Purcell Marian High School

Purcell Marian High  School in Cincinnati, Ohio, has an opening for a director for their Marianist Urban Students Program. The director assists economically disadvantaged students to maximize their potential and achieve success in their education within the Christian atmosphere of this Marianist urban high school.  Learn more.

Pilgrimage on the Rhine

Presented by Marianist Mission

You are invited to join us on the 2019 Marianist  Mission Pilgrimage April 25 – May 5, 2019!  Embark on a journey with Fr. Tim Kenney as we explore  three wonderful countries: Holland, France and Germany over the course of 10 days and take a fantastic cruise on the Rhine River.

Ten days from Amsterdam to Zurich including:

  • •  7 night Rhine cruise and pre/post nights in Amsterdam and Zurich
  • •  22 meals, including breakfast, lunch and dinner on the ship
  • •  Beer & wine with lunch & dinner
  • •  Daily touring during the cruise
  • •  Special private tours in Amsterdam and Zurich before and after the cruise
  • •  Daily Mass with Fr. Tim Kenney, SM
  • •  Air travel to/from Newark, N.J.

Learn more.

Read Fr. Tim’s Message.

For pricing and travel arrangements contact: Deanna Synder at dsnyder@sm-usa.org ; 314.338.7229

Executive director opening at St. Joseph Housing Initiative, St. Louis, MO

The St. Joseph Housing Initiative is a new organization  in partnership with St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis  that will begin its work in South St. Louis.  Reporting to the board of directors, the executive director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for St. Joseph Housing Initiative’s staff, programs, expansion and the execution of its mission. The executive director will have an understanding of overall construction and real estate management, as well as a deep commitment to the mission of St. Joseph Housing Initiative.  Learn more.

 

Farewell Bro. Jesse O’Neill

Standing: Phil Forte, Carol Wellman, Jack Bonney, Bro. Jesse, Bro.Frank O’Donnell, Bill Bauman and Bro.Tom Trager Seated: Lisa Hackett, June Bonney, Fr, Rich Kuhn, Tina Bauman and Elaine Hughes.

 

On May 14, 2018, the Hearts on Fire Marianist Faith Community of Baltimore, Maryland, hosted a prayer service and dinner for Bro. Jesse O’Neill, who will be leaving Baltimore to take his place as assistant for education on the new Provincial Council of the Marianist Province of the United States.

During the prayer service, those present had an opportunity to say how Bro. Jesse influenced them as a person, a Marianist and an educator. and pray for his continued success in his new Marianist role.

Stay in touch

Newsletters

District Update from the Marianist District of India
Gift 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
The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
Via Latinia 22 from the Marianist General Administration