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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Brother Joseph Kurt Nugent professes first vows

Bro. Joseph Kurt Nugent celebrates first profession of vows. Photo courtesy of Bro. Dennis Bautista, SM

On Saturday, May 18, Marianists and family members gathered in Dayton, Ohio, to welcome the newest professed member of the Society of Mary.  Bro. Joseph Kurt Nugent  celebrated his first profession of  vows during the Vigil Mass of the Solemnity of Pentecost at the Queen of Apostles Chapel at Mount Saint John.

Fr. Bill Meyer, SM, assistant for religious life, presided at the Mass and presented Bro. Joseph Kurt with the Marianist Rule of LifeBro. Joe Kamis, SM, assistant provincial received the vows.  Fr. Chris Wittmann, SM, director of novices, gave a homily that offered anecdotes from Br. Joseph Kurt’s novitiate journey and reflections on the nature of religious life.

Joseph Kurt, 29, was born in Nova Scotia. He met the Marianists through Frs. John Kracher, SM (Region of Canada) and Luis Melo when he was a teenager. He completed the Marianist aspirancy program in San Antonio in 2014. He then entered the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX, where he earned a master’s degree in theological studies. Joseph Kurt has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in Catholic studies from the University of Manitoba. He entered the Marianist novitiate in 2016. See more photosWatch the video.

The profession of first vows is an important step in his faith and vocational journey as a Marianist brother. Learn more about Marianist formation.

Congratulations, Bro. Joseph Kurt!

 Adèle’s Beatification

On June 10, Adèle de Trenquelleon, foundress of the Marianist Sisters and Fr. Chaminade’s collaborator, will be Beatified in Agen, France. May the world-wide Marianist Family mark this important day, celebrating Adele’s remarkable life and vision!

The Marianists sisters have prepared a packet of materials to aid in planning for this joyous event.
Prayer Service
Letter with prayer service
One-page biography of Adele
Adele’s theme song from the musical “Spectacle”

Please feel free to use or adapt these resources as fits your Marianist setting. You are also invited to participate in the international photo contest. Details for contest.

If we Sisters can be of any further help to you as you celebrate, please let us know. If it’s possible to send us a photo of whatever you do to celebrate, that would be a great contribution. Please send anything you’d like to contribute or any questions you may have to rellifefmiusa@gmail.com.

Thank you for celebrating with us, and helping us to make Adele’s remarkable life and vision better known!

 

Three questions with . . .

Terri Burgin

Terri Burgin lives in Philadelphia where she is co-chair of education for the Northeast Marianist Family Council and active in POWER, an interfaith organization where she focuses on economic policies that impact marginalized communities.

What drew you to working on social justice issues in Philadelphia?

When I heard children talking about not having hope, and as I watched the number of people increase each year at the soup kitchen at my church, I knew something was wrong. I needed to speak up until someone listens and does something.

Anything surprising that you learned about yourself from community activism?

When I started, I didn’t have a lot of confidence or belief in myself. Through standing and talking for others, I have found my own voice and belief in my own power.

Why is it important for young adults to get involved in social justice?

Social justice is working for the world we want for tomorrow. This is work God has called us to do when he made us stewards of the earth and that Jesus ratified when he called us to serve the least of our brothers and sisters.

Marianist history comes alive in Spectacle

Father William Joseph Chaminade’s most heartfelt desire after the French Revolution was to restore the Catholic faith in France. But it would take something big, a mass movement, a spectacle of people drawn to authentic Christian community – “a spectacle of saints,” he said.

That idea – and the turbulent years when Chaminade and his friends faced persecution by French authorities for practicing their faith – captured the imagination of Nick Cardilino, associate director of campus ministry at University of Dayton. “You could write a musical about this,” he remembers thinking when he first learned Marianist history.

That seedling of an idea came to life in April when University of Dayton presented the world premiere of Spectacle, an original musical that tells the story of three holy people at the foundation of the Marianist story: Father Chaminade, Marie-Thérèse de Lamourous and Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon.

Cardilino co-wrote the music and lyrics with Jim Ford, executive director of the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in St. Louis and Bro. Stan Zubek, who serves at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May, New Jersey.

The musical was performed before sold-out audiences. So that others can enjoy the production, it was filmed and will be available later this year for public viewing.

Marianist Family members in the news

Marianists celebrate jubilees

The 2018 Jubilee season began in St. Louis on Saturday, April 28, with 8 men celebrating more than 460 years of Mariainist life and ministry. Seven men marked milestone anniversaries of their first vows as Marianists and one marked 50 years of priestly ordination.  The celebration was held at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish. The next several issues of Family Online will include a special section (below) honoring Marianist jubilarians. See more photos.

 

Bro. Bob Metzger (50 years profession), Fr. George Cerniglia (60 years profession), Fr. Tim Dwyer (50th Sacerdotal), Bro. Delmar Jorn (60 years profession), Bro. Al Kuntemeier (70 years profession), Bro. Chester Burnog (50 years profession), Bro. Earl Leistikow (60 years profession), Bro. Ed Loch (60 years profession)

Marianists celebrate Brothers Day

On May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, religious brothers all over the country celebrated the 2nd annual Religious Brother’s Day.

Many members of the Marianist Province observed  this important ecclesial event.  Brothers in San Antonio gathered with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, himself a religious, to celebrate the gift of the consecrated life in the Church.

“San Antonio: A Saint’s Spirit Prospers in Our City”

Fr. Rudy Vela wrote, “San Antonio: A Saint’s Spirit Prospers in Our City,” to help commemorate San Antonio’s 300th Anniversary. His  article is the first in a series of articles featuring reflections about the city and its history from community leaders. Read the article.

Marianist librarian featured in Catholic Library World

Bro. Andrew Kosmowski was featured in the April 2018 issue of Catholic Library World.  Bro. Andrew discusses his work at University of Dayton’s Marian Library and why he became a Marianist brother.  Read the article.

Landscape

At its recent meeting, Bro. Don presented members of the Provincial Council with a copy of the book.

Landscape: A History of Mount St. John is the latest publication by Bro. Don Geiger, SM.

The publication reviews the development of the Mount Saint John property in Dayton, Ohio, from the time of glacial activity 17,500 years ago to the construction of the novitiate building in 2011. Bro. Don presents many interesting facts about the ecological environment of the property, the acquisition of land and the development of property buildings.  George Lisjak and Dan Jordan, members of the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) team, helped with the publication.  Bro. Don’s book was inspired by and dedicated to the late Fr. Jack McGrath, SM (1935-2015) Copies of this book can be obtained through NACMS.

Marianist ministries in action

Most Reverend Larry Silva, Bishop of Honolulu, confirmed more than 40 individuals during his official visit to St. Anthony Parish.

Spring is alive with activities in Maui

St. Anthony Parish in Maui, Hawaii, has been bustling with activity this spring. Bro. Fred Silbereis reports that they have held many exciting events including the Valley Isle Liturgy and Arts Conference (VLAIC), Chrism Mass, spring band concert and Bishop Larry Silva’s official visit to the parish. See more details and photos.

Kuikahi lay community members; Front row: Fr. George Cerniglia, SM, Claire Riggan, Micaela Mariano, Caitlin Martinez, Ashlee Navarro, Justin Carrillo, Myles Santos. Back row: Rena Pascual, Jackie McGreal, Andrew Trapsi, Adam Perez, Andrew Ancheta, Eddie Adachi, Bro. Ed Brink, SM

Marianists welcome new lay community

On Sunday, April 24, a new student Marianist lay community made their initial commitment.  The group is named “Kuikahi” which means “covenant” or “unity” in Hawaiian.  This is the fifth Marianist Lay community of students from Chaminade University of Honolulu.

Bro. Ed Brink, vice president for mission and rector at Chaminade University of Honolulu, and Fr. George Cerniglia, university chaplain, worked with the group over a four month period to prepare for their commitment.

Pray with us

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

Bro. Gene Frank- undated

Bro. Gene Frank – 2015

Bro. Eugene Frank, 86, died April 22, 2018.  Bro. Gene was a gifted musician, scholar and spiritual seeker.  He was a beloved teacher, administrator, archivist and IT specialist in both the United States and Korea.  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 first group of 2018 jubilarians we honor as a special section of Family Online.

Bro. Joseph Barrett

75 years of profession

A life of miracles.  Yes — 31,755 times that I received Eucharist. The first, in second grade, to a boy of 6. They followed daily for 12 years. My food from heaven, Jesus, my Brother. Body and soul.

Attending Catholic schools for 12 years and serving Mass on non-school days.

Following graduation, I entered the Marianists.

The daily Eucharist has been my daily visit to heaven. Read more.

Fr. Norbert Burns

75 years of profession

This year, I am celebrating 75 years as a Marianist — 62 in the classroom, 65 as a priest and 50 as a professor at University of Dayton.

I am living at the Sawmill Road Marianist community, and I hold the position of professor emeritus at UD, where I have served since 1958. My work has been my great expression of my love for Mary. Who I am — as well as my convictions —have been manifested through my apostolate.

I joined the Society of Mary with two predominant convictions… Read more.

Bro. Walter Ebbesmeyer

75 years of profession

I am very honored to celebrate my 75th jubilee.

Most of my active ministry life started in 1945 and ended in 1988. I taught in St. Louis, Milwaukee, San Antonio and East. St. Louis, Illinois.

It makes me proud to be here at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. I have plenty of time to read and have read more than 400 books — and enjoyed all of them!  Read more.

Fr. Quentin Hakenewerth

70 years of profession

I entered the Society of Mary at age 15. All my educational opportunities after grade school came to me through the Society of Mary. As a Marianist, everything I ever have been asked to do in service of others has brought me greater opportunities to grow. Even though some tasks have been difficult, the graces they have brought me always have been greater. I am deeply grateful to the Society of Mary and to my fellow brothers for what I am today.

My most rewarding experience as a Marianist has been discovering the tremendous grace that God has given us… Read more.

Fr. Anthony Jansen

75 years of profession

I was born on May 13, 1924, the son of Bernard and Frances Elizabeth Kemethere Jansen. I had two sisters and a brother, and grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, where I attended Catholic elementary and high school. I met the Marianists through my cousin, Bro. John Jansen, S.M. I made first vows on Aug. 22, 1943, and perpetual vows on Aug. 25, 1946.

After earning a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees, I entered the Regina Mundi Marianist Seminary in Fribourg, Switzerland, and was ordained on July 24, 1954. Read more.

Bro. Edward Unferdorfer

75 years of profession

In my 75 professed years as a Marianist, I always tried to give high priority to living the Rule of Life to its exact fullness. In my early years, “Keep the Rule, and the Rule will keep you” was a popular slogan heard at annual retreats. Living this Marianist way gives me great satisfaction and dedication to perform my job as a Marianist worker and teacher.

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Marianist Moment: Sainthood

How do you pray for a miracle through intercession of a particular Blessed or Venerable? Can you invoke an entire group of “holy ones?” Bro. David Betz thinks he has found the answers to some of these questions on Sainthood in this month’s Marianist Moment.  It features a correspondence between two Marianists: the late Fr. Paul Landolfi and Fr. Antonio Gascon, Postulator General of the Society of Mary. Read the correspondence.

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 and 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

Learn more.

Read Fr. Tim’s Message.

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

Got prayer?

Attention modern mystics, music makers and prayer-filled pilgrims. North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS) is creating a new prayer resource, and we need your help.

If you have written original  Marianist or Marian prayers or music, please send them to NACMS.  We are creating a new version of our popular “The Marianist Family Prayer Book” and welcome your contributions.  Submissions must be received by Sunday, July 22.

More information.

Director of development opening at Chaminade College Preperatory

Chaminade College Preperatory in Chatsworth California has an opening for a director of development.  Under the direction of the vice president of institutional advancement, the director of development is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of strategies to increase leadership support for the Chaminade Fund.  Read more.

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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
OLN News Issue 3 from the Marianist Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School
OLN News Issue 4 from the Marianist Our Lady of Nazareth Primary School
Via Latina 22 from the Marianist General Administration

Three Marianists Brothers Approved for Perpetual Profession

At its most recent meeting, the Provincial Council approved the requests of Bros. Sylvester Burkemper, José Luis González Molina and Mark Motz for perpetual profession in the Society of Mary.

Bro. José Luis González Molina

 

Bro. Mark Motz

Bro. Sylvester Burkemper

Marianists Brothers, Sisters, several lay communities and PULSE volunteers participate in Good Friday Walk for Justice and Peace in Dayton

Good Friday Walk for Justice and Peace

Dozens gathered on Courthouse Square in Dayton on Good Friday during the Good Friday Walk for Justice and Peace to call attention to social injustice. This annual inter-faith event drew more than 100 people including Marianist Brothers, Sisters, several lay communities and PULSE volunteers. Beginning at the Old Courthouse and ending at First Baptist Church, marchers set out on a two-hour journey throughout downtown Dayton.  They carried crosses that represented 14 social justice issues chosen to correspond with the 14 Stations of the Cross.

The walk is an ecumenical tradition in Dayton.  Each year, participants reflect on new and ongoing social justice issues, and call each other to live in the just and inclusive community Christ came to create. It was sponsored by nearly 30 churches, faith communities and social justice organizations.  Sponsors included the Archdiocesan Catholic Social Action Office, the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative, Sisters of the Precious Blood, The UD Center for Social Concern and Greater Dayton Christian Connections. See more photos.

Three questions with …

Bro. Dennis Bautista

Bro. Dennis is a professor of communications at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and faculty adviser of the award-winning student newspaper, The Rattler.

How do you carry the Marianist charism into the classroom?

I used to think this meant being well-prepared for classes, developing creative assignments and providing constructive feedback to help them reach their potential. But I know that students also recognize such things as being happy, excited to teach and passionate about the subject we are learning. After all, being a Marianist religious is about living a joyful life centered in Christ and sharing that with others.

Do students have misconceptions about religious brothers?

Some have told me they thought Bro. Dennis would be “an older man with white hair who teaches religion.” When I work out at the St. Mary’s gym, some students have said, “I didn’t know you were a brother; I thought you’d be at church praying all morning.” So, yes. A few misconceptions.

What do you want your students to know about the Marianists?

I want them to know that we are community of “professional God-seekers.” While we are a diverse group of men with varying talents and personalities, what is central for us is discerning God’s presence in our lives, and how that moves us to grow in relationship with one another and in becoming the people God wants us to be.

Marianists Practice the “Ministry of Presence” at L. A. Congress

Back row, Bros. Dennis Schmitz, Dave Murphy, Esteban Reyes Duran, Kumaraswamy, David Betz, Mark Motz and Aspirant Leno Ceballos; front row, Bro. Tom Oles, Frs. Roland Bunda, Ken Templin and Josephraj

 

It’s billed as the nation’s largest gathering of Roman Catholics, and on Mar. 15 – 18, the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress lived up to its reputation with nearly 40,000 educators in attendance.

Once again, the Marianist Family was on hand, inviting people to stop by its booth to enjoy conversation, entertain questions and find some respite from the noisy crowd. The booth was sponsored by the Marianist Mission, the Association of Marianist Universities and the Office of Vocations for both the Society of Mary and the Marianist Sisters.

Bro. Mark Motz, national vocation director, was especially interested in talking with the young adults who are discerning their vocations.

“Listening for God’s call is a process,” he said. “It means finding space for silence and prayer and seeking the advice of others. Our greatest gift to young people is simply being present, serving as sounding boards as they discern their vocations.”

More than a dozen Marianists were on hand to lend support and to listen throughout the four-day event. Check out the large contingent from the Marianist Family who attended the Congress. See more photos.

Marianist Family members in the news

Marianist’s Artwork Published in Letter Arts Review

Bro. Brian Zampier’s abz Needle Felted Alphabet

Bro. Brian Zampier’s abz Needle Felted Alphabet was published in the Annual Juried Issue of Letter Arts Review (Winter 2018).  Each letter of the alphabet is appoximatley 6 inches tall.  Bro. Brian rendered each peice in three-demensional form with wool roving and a felting needle.  Bro. Brian states, “My personal creative challenge was to make it fun, make it colorful and to use alliteration in the titles.”

Bro. Brian is an artist and social media archivist.  As part of the team at the National Archives of the Marianist Province of the United states at St. Mary’s University, Brian has a passion for creativity, humor, mark making, needle felting, and sketchbook journaling.  He is a member of the San Antonio Calligrapher’s Guild.  Learn more about Bro. Brian’s work at abrianzamp.wordpress.com

Bro. Frank Spaeth’s Car Day

Bro. Frank Spaeth, 94, is in charge of the cars at the Marianist Center in Cupertino.  Once a month, he organizes “Car Day” during which he checks tire pressure, addresses fluids,  vacuums the interior and washes exterior windows.  Thanks to Bro. Frank,  all 6 cars are always running smoothly and looking nice.

 

Marianist ministries in action

Marianist schools honor victims of mass shootings

Chaminade College Preparatory – West Hills

Some prayed. Some walked. Some bowed their heads in silence. Hundreds of students at Marianist schools across the country gathered on Mar. 14, to honor those killed in recent school mass shootings on #NationalWalkoutDay.

At Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School – Dayton, Ohio, students, faculty and staff attended a prayer service. The prayers consisted of 17 quotes, read over a span of 17 minutes with 17 candles lit to symbolize the 17 students who lost their lives at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

At Chaminade College Preparatory – West Hills, CA, students and faculty gathered during a school-wide lunch and participated in a 17-minute walk around the school’s athletic track to honor the Parkland students.

At Chaminade College Preparatory – St. Louis, MO, the student body gathered to remember those who lost their lives in Parkland with 17 minutes of silence.  Watch the video. 

There are lots of things that students learn from participating in these events. “They learn that they have a voice, and that it’s OK to share their viewpoints,” said Toni Mesina, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE. “They also learn that they are not alone. It takes a community to address big issues such as gun violence.”

Vittorio Anastasio makes affiliation consecration

Bro. Bill Bolts, Vittorio Anastasio and Bro. David Betz

Vittorio Anastasio from San Francisco, a 1984 graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School made his affiliation consecration on Saturday, April 7, during Evening Prayer at the Chapel of the Marianist Martyrs at the Cupertino Marianist Community. Bro. David Betz, SM, Spiritual Advisor for Affiliation for the Pacific Area presided at the service and Bro. Bill Bolts, SM shared reflections during the service. The ceremony was attended by the Marianists and friends and family of Vittorio Anastasio. See more photos.

Marianists at Chaminade-Madonna gather to celebrate

Fr. Robert Bouffier shares a reading during the Mass of Appreciation.

The month of March marked two joyous celebrations at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, in Hollywood, Florida. On Mar. 10, Marianists, alumni and friends gathered at the school for a Distinguished Alumni Celebration.

“This annual event recognizes alumni who have brought the Marianist spirit to life in their post-secondary education, professional careers and ongoing service to their communities,” said Sara Perez, alumni relations & events coordinator.

The next morning, the school held a 200th Anniversary Mass of Appreciation for all Lay Marianists, faculty and staff to mark the close of the Bicentennial. More photos.

Pray with us

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

Bro. Jim - 1971

Bro. Jim – 1971

Bro. James Droste

Bro. Jim – 2015

Bro. James Droste, 83, died on April 14, 2018, with 62 years of religious profession.  Bro. Jim was prayerfully devoted to our Blessed Mother, and he dedicated more than 20 years as a high school teacher and administrator.  Later, he served in parish ministry, maintenance and grounds keeping. Read his obituarySee more photos.

Fr. Francis Eulogy

The Marianist Family in Honolulu, joined by the Japanese community, celebrated the life and ministry of Fr. Francis Tasuku Nakagawa  on April 13, 2018.  The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Mystical Rose Oratory and burial followed in the Marianist cemetery plot near Diamond Head.  Bro. Jack Somerville presented the eulogy.  Read Bro. Jack’s eulogy for Fr. Francis.

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faustino fol

Marianist moment: Venerable Faustino Pérez-Manglano

part 2

This month’s Marianist Moment continues the story of Faustino Pérez-Manglano, the youngest of the Marianist “saints.” This second part includes two articles by Fr. José María Salaverri, who knew Faustino personally.

Thanks to Bro. David Betz and Lay Marianist Mary Kay Fitzpatrick for this compilation about Faustino Pérez-Manglano. Read it.

Campus ministry opening at Central Catholic

Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, Texas has an opening for a Director of Campus Ministry. Under the supervision of the principal, the campus minister helps create an environment which encourages and guides all members to the Catholic Marianist identity of the campus.

Learn more.

Is Pope Francis a heretic?

Pope Francis is arguably one of the most loved and admired popes in history. His latest approval rating among Catholics in the United States is 84 percent, the envy of any politician.

On the other hand, he has been accused of misleading the faithful on some moral issues, and by some people of outright heresy. Some of these critics are bishops, including four cardinals.

Is the pope a heretic? Read what Fr. James Heft has to say in this recent talk, which was part of the Condon Lecture Series at the University of Southern California.

Fr. Jim is president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC.

Velma Uriegas selected as Teacher of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Velma Uriegas ,from Central Catholic High School, was selected as the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year by the Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of San Antonio! She represents the many teachers in Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of San Antonio who continually make sacrifices to ensure the best quality of Catholic education for the youth of our communities. More importantly, for the young men of Central Catholic!

 

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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
Via Latina 22 from the Marianist General Administration

Marianist family spirit thrives in this house (system)

At Archbishop Riordan High, house competitions can take silly but delicious forms. House of Cana member Alec Douglas bites into the doughnut-eating contest, cheered on by housemates Ryan Quock (crouching) and  Trevor Paulbitski (right). At left is House of Bolts member Aidan Murtagh.

Freshmen bond with freshmen. Sophomores hang out with sophomores, juniors with juniors, seniors with seniors. That’s a typical high school.

A number of Marianist schools, however, offer a “house system” that breaks down the walls of class silos. The result? A more unified student body and increased family spirit – a defining characteristic of Marianist education.

Last fall, Archbishop Riordan High School implemented a house system for its 680 young men. Each student was assigned to one of four houses — Cana, Bolts, Russi and Pilar — with each house having a mix of students from grades 9 to 12.

During its inaugural year, Riordan introduced several competitive events in which houses earned points to capture the Chaminade Cup.

“The events encourage healthy competition,” said Valerie O’Riordan, head of Russi House and Riordan’s drama director. One recent event was called the RochambeauTournament. “It was ridiculously fun with 600-plus kids cheering each other on,” said Valerie. Watch a video from the event.

Other Marianist-sponsored schools with house systems are Chaminade College Prep (St. Louis), Chaminade-Madonna, Archbishop Moeller and Gross Catholic.

“Having the house system has energized the student body,” said Riordan sophomore Michael Gray. “We’re having more fun and we’re a better, more unified school.”

Bro. Justin Quiroz: In the ‘person-building’ business

In the computer lab at Mother Seton Academy, Bro. Justin Quiroz assists My’Zel Brunson and Devan Lawal.

Bro. Justin Quiroz is in the “person-building” business, which is to say he teaches middle schoolers.

Bro. Justin, 27 and a Houston native, has been teaching technology and English at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore for two years. It’s a role he treasures. “It’s the greatest feeling going to work every day. I serve as a religious presence in their lives, but I’m like a big brother, too.”

The students at Mother Seton come from families that are unable to afford a Catholic education without the school’s financial assistance. The Marianists cosponsor Mother Seton with five other religious orders.

“A lot of these kids don’t have any positive male role models,” Bro. Justin says, and he’s happy to step up to that challenge. He hopes to help students discover their potential. “The kids are in an important phase,” he says. “They’re beginning to shape their character. Essentially, we’re person-building, preparing them to make the right choices in tough situations and help them find what God wants them to be.”

Watch for more about Bro. Justin and his work at Mother Seton Academy in the spring issue of Alive magazine.

Special-needs students find empathy, inclusion at Chaminade Julienne

Inclusion is a hallmark of the Marianist charism. And at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School, that means that young people with learning disabilities are very much a part of the school community.

This is an unusual approach for a Catholic school, most of which don’t have the resources to meet the needs of special education students.

Currently, 108 CJ students receive special support services. That’s one in every seven of the school’s 680 students. These students’ disabilities may involve Down syndrome or low IQ, or specific learning disabilities such as reading or speech disorders. Others have autism spectrum disorder, which includes Asperger’s syndrome or other challenges.

The special-needs students are mainstreamed into academics, extracurricular programs, retreats and all of the school functions, as much as possible, according to John Marshall, CJ’s principal. “The kids in this program fit seamlessly into the fabric of our school.

“These students have lot to teach us — about differences, about empathy, and what it means to be human,” says Marshall. “We are a stronger, more compassionate community because they are here.”

Watch for a more detailed story in the spring issue of Alive magazine.

Students with a wide range of learning abilities make up the CJ community. Here, Joe Siefert and Cecelia Meadows grab a quick study break in a school hallway.

Marianist Family members in the news

Joseph Kurt Nugent will profess first vows as a Marianist brother on May 19 in Dayton.

Joseph, 29, was born in Nova Scotia. He met the Marianists through Frs. John Kracher and Luis Melo (Region of Canada) when he was a teenager. He completed the Marianist aspirancy program in San Antonio in 2014. He then entered the Oblate School of Theology, where he earned a master’s degree in theological studies. Joseph has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy with a minor in Catholic studies from the University of Manitoba. He entered the Marianist novitiate in 2016.

Learn more about Marianist formation.

Congratulations, Joseph!

Brian Reavey, director of the Marianist Office of Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation, was recently quoted in an article in the National Catholic Reporter.

Brian described how he and his peers serving religious orders work for transformation and promote “armchair activism.” Read the article.

Women and men in Marianist formation gathered at the Emmanuel Retreat House for the March retreat.

Formation weekend participants ‘Pray the Psalms’

In early March, aspirants, novices and temporary professed members of the Marianist Sisters and the Marianist Province of the United States and the Marianist Province of Meribah gathered for a formation weekend in New York.

The theme was Praying the Psalms. Bro. Ken Hoagland of the Province of Meribah was the presenter.

Marianist ministries in action

At St. Mary’s High School, open doors address a taxing issue

Sometimes, building community at a Marianist school includes opening doors, literally, to neighbors.

For the past 13 years, St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis has opened its doors as a host site to enable its low-income neighbors to get tax assistance. Every weekend from late January through early March, volunteers from the St. Mary’s community – administrators, teachers, alumni and students – welcome guests who come to receive free tax help.

St. Mary’s is the largest host site for the nonprofit St. Louis Tax Assistance Program. Last year alone, more than 550 families were helped at St. Mary’s

“It’s rewarding to watch families walk out of here knowing they will get a tax refund,” says Kevin Hacker, St. Mary’s principal. “The average refund last year was $1,341. For these families, that amount can be a lifeline.”

“I know a lot of people in St. Louis struggle to make ends meet,” says Forest Shipp, a St. Mary’s senior who volunteers by welcoming visitors, offering coffee and helping with clean-up. “Participating in this feels good and I know it helps the community.”

UD senior combines supporting free trade, ending human trafficking

UD senior Bradley Patrella with fair trade goods in the campus bookstore. Photo by WGRT (Fox45) Dayton.

University of Dayton senior Bradley Patrella got a shout-out from a local TV station for his work in promoting free trade practices and raising awareness of human trafficking.

Earlier this month, Bradley was featured on WGRT for his efforts, backed by UD human rights professor Tony Talbot.

“A fair trade campaign on campus is just a way to show official support and help educate people,” Bradley said. See the story.

Teachers retreat at Cape May

Several teachers from Marianist-sponsored schools attended a mid-February retreat at the Marianist Family Retreat Center. The retreat focused on self-care for busy teachers and featured prayer services and guided meditation.

The program was conceived in cooperation with Toni Mesina, Marianist LIFE coordinator and Fr. Dave McGuigan, the retreat center’s chaplain.

Retreat participants included Fr. Dave McGuigan, Jim Sparrow (Chaminade Julienne), Kevin Kelly, Christina Stires, Meghan Singleton (all of St. Vincent-St. Mary) and José Rivera (Chaminade-Madonna).

In the shadow of Fr. Chaminade, Fr. Don Wallace leads student actors through the living Stations of the Cross.

Living stations at Colegio San José

In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Colegio San José, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, experienced serious disruption. Yet faith abides and important traditions continue.

The school community gathered March 8 for its annual Via Cruces Viviente — the living Stations of the Cross. Fr. Don Wallace, CSJ chaplain, led the solemn ritual.

Read more (en Español).

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Bro. Gerry – undated

Bro. Gerry – 2015

Bro. Gerald Hyland, 95, died on Feb. 11 with 65 years of religious profession. Bro. Gerry was a teacher and an artist. He entered the Society of Mary after serving and suffering severe injuries in World War II. Read his obituary. See more photos.

Fr. Francis – 1957

Fr. Francis – 2016

Fr. Francis Nakagawa, 90, died on Feb. 24. He had been a Marianist for nearly 70 years. Fr. Francis was a teacher and pastor who served the Church in Japan for many years. He was beloved by the members of the Japanese Catholic community in Hawaii. Read his obituary. See more photos.

Good to know

Marianist moment: Venerable Faustino Pérez-Manglano

In this month’s Marianist Moment, we meet Faustino Pérez-Manglano, the youngest of the Marianist “saints.” Faustino was a Spanish boy recognized for his deep love for the Virgin Mary.

Thanks to Bro. David Betz and Lay Marianist Mary Kay Fitzpatrick for creating this first article in a two-part series about Faustino Pérez-Manglano.

Touchpoint from Fr. James Heft

How seriously should we take the “seven deadly sins”? Do they still apply in the modern era?

In the first of a two-part Touchpoint article, Fr. Jim Heft says, “First of all, the seven deadly sins are neither deadly nor sins. They are not sins because they are tendencies. They are not deadly because when acted upon they can be forgiven.” Read more

Fr. Jim is president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California.

University of Dayton hosts sixth Marian forum

Anyone interested in improving their understanding of the Blessed Virgin is welcome to join an online forum on April 6 presented by the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton.

The forum — titled “Mary, Yesterday and Today” — will examine how Marian theology and spirituality have evolved since the middle of the last century.

The event includes presentations by Frs. Johann Roten and Thomas Thompson, as well as time for questions and discussion. Learn more.

Summer family retreats at Governor’s Island

Join the members of the Governor’s Island Marianist Community in Huntsville, Ohio, for a family retreat this summer. Choose from two dates: June 19-23 or July 17-21. It’s an affordable family getaway that builds faith and emphasizes fun! Learn more.

Chaminade Julienne seeks assistant director of ministry

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School in Dayton seeks an assistant director of ministry and retreats. This full-time position reports to the director of ministry and is responsible for overseeing CJ’s retreat program. Learn more.

Tecaboca seeks program director

Tecaboca, a Marianist-sponsored summer camp and retreat center in Texas, seeks a full-time program director to manage summer camps and retreats. A strong candidate will be a visionary leader with strong attention to detail. Learn more.

Upcoming feast days

March 19 – Saint Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary
April 1 – Resurrection of the Lord
April 8 – Birthday of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, 1761
April 9 – Annunciation of the Lord

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The Fulcrum from Marianist LIFE
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Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
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The Open Window from the Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning
Via Latina 22 from the Marianist General Administration

Celebration in India closes out Marianist Bicentennial

The Marianist Bicentennial came to a colorful, joyous conclusion in Singhpur, India, on Chaminade Day, Jan. 22.

The event was the culmination of a global, 18-month-long observation of the 200th birthdays of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianist Sisters) and the Society of Mary.

The location of the final festivities was no cavalier decision. “With the selection of this place, we wish to express a projection toward the frontiers and toward the future of our Marianist religious life,” wrote Sr. Franca Zonta and Fr. Manuel Cortés, superiors of the Marianist Sisters and the Society of Mary, in a joint circular. Both branches of Marianist religious are present in India, with multiple communities and vital ministries, and there are growing numbers of Lay Marianists as well.

The closing ceremonies were full of music, dance and prayer, incorporating vibrant Indian cultural traditions. See more photos!

Benefactor’s big heart beats for Marianist PULSE ministry

Joan Means in front of the PULSE house in Dayton. Joan donated the house to the PULSE ministry in honor of her late husband, Michael.

Joan Means has a big heart. And when she learned that the Marianist PULSE ministry was struggling to find housing for its participants, her big heart hatched a big idea.

“Why don’t I help the PULSE program buy and refurbish a house in the Five Oaks Neighborhood?” she thought. Five Oaks is where she and her husband, Michael Means, who died in 2015, had lived for many years.

Michael was an English teacher at the University of Dayton, and he and Joan had shared a passion for community activism. They had served on many nonprofit boards and committees alongside Marianist brothers and priests.

“I thought it was the perfect way to memorialize Michael — to meld all of his work at UD and in the community — with this Marianist volunteer program,” she said.

The home is one of two PULSE community houses in Dayton. “PULSErs” live at the home while they work at local nonprofit organizations and participate in Marianist leadership development programs.

“Joan views this incredible gift as legacy for her husband, but it’s also a legacy for this neighborhood. She’s ensured that PULSE can be lasting presence here,” said Maureen O’Rourke, PULSE coordinator. See more photos.

Three questions with …

Fr. Joe Uvietta

Over the course of 65 years of ministry, Fr. Joe, 86, has served as a high school teacher, novice master and chaplain. He was president of his alma mater, Central Catholic High School and director of the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center. He also was head of religious life and provincial of the former St. Louis Province.

What’s keeping you busy these days?

I’m chaplain for a community of retired Mercy Sisters, and I say Mass there every day but Saturday. There are about 50 of the Mercy Sisters, plus about seven Visitation Sisters who live there as well. I also help out at three local parishes, and I celebrate Mass at St. John Vianney twice a month, plus some faculty masses now and then. I’m also chaplain for the board of trustees at Vianney. I have something going every single day.

You’ve served in so many ways. What has been your favorite ministry?

I loved teaching high school. It’s been 34 years since I was in the classroom and I still miss teenagers. I always loved school and I wanted to share that; it’s what attracted me to the Marianists in the first place.

What gives you joy?

Being with people. I am grateful for all the interactions, whether it’s with the faculty at Vianney or the housekeepers at the sisters’ community. The family spirit of the Marianists has always been so important to me.

Contacts explore Marianist calling

Am I called? That was among the questions seven young adults explored at the annual Marianist contact retreat last month. The weekend provided time to pray and reflect with one another about what a religious calling feels like — and whether a Marianist vocation is right for them.

“Contact” is the first stage of Marianist formation.

Each of the contacts attending already had a relationship with the Marianists: Six are Marianist university students or alumni. Four are Lay Marianists. Three have lived in student Marianist Lay communities. Two are graduates of Marianist high schools. One currently is serving with Marianist PULSE.

“They already had a heartfelt connection to the Marianists,” said Bro. Mark Motz, national vocation director. “The most satisfying part of the weekend was spending time with people who are deeply interested in doing whatever God is calling them to do and exploring those possibilities with us.”

Read more about formation in the Society of Mary or Marianist Sisters.

Retreatants visited the historic Mission Concepción in San Antonio. In front: Sr. Nicole Trahan, Peter Evans and Tori Schoen. In back: Sam Brickweg, Kevin Prada, Chicago Schuller and Bro. Mark Motz. Not pictured: Elizabeth Adams and Sam Mullins.

Marianist Family members in the news

Marianists announce new Provincial Council members

The Marianist Province of the United States has announced the new members of its Provincial Council.

Last fall, the Marianist General Administration in Rome announced Fr. Oscar Vasquez and Bro. Bernard Ploeger as the new provincial and assistant provincial for the Marianists in the United States. Fr. Oscar and Bro. Bernie now announce those who will assume additional key leadership roles in the province, beginning Aug. 1, 2018.

Asst. for Religious Life
Fr. Tim Kenney

Asst. for Education
Bro. Jesse O’Neill

Asst. for Temporalities
Bro. Joe Markel

Councilor
Bro. Charlie Johnson

Councilor
Fr. Kip Stander

These new council members were chosen following a formal consultation process involving all member of the Province of the United States. Fr. Tim and Bros. Jesse and Joe will serve at the province offices in St. Louis. Bro. Charlie and Fr. Kip will remain in San Antonio and Dayton respectively, providing a broader perspective on the province.

Read more about the new members of the Provincial Council.

Two Marianists ordained in India

The Society of Mary welcomed two new priests on Jan. 28, as Bishop Telesphore Bilung, of the Archdiocese of Ranchi, India, presided at the ordination of Sebestian Bara and Raj Mohan.

The ordination ceremony took place at the Marianist novitiate in Ranchi.

The District of India is a growing unit sponsored by the Marianist Province of the United States.

Following the ordination ceremony, Bishop Bilung helps Fr. Sebestian Bara light the many candles on the cake. Fr. Raj Mohan is at left.

New Marianist Affiliate welcomed

Among the members of the Marianist Affiliate group in Illinois are its coordinator Shirley Vachon, Jay O’Neill, new Affiliate Monica O’Neill and Fr. Al McMenamy.

A small but growing group of Marianist Affiliates welcomed a new member last month. Monica O’Neill made her commitment in the company of friends based at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Streamwood, Illinois. Fr. Al McMenamy is the group’s mentor and spiritual adviser.

Read more about Marianist Affiliates.

Sr. Gabrielle Bibeau was interviewed on Relevant Radio (a Catholic station) for Chaminade Day. The topic? Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, of course.

Listen to the interview; Sr. Gabrielle begins at 6 minutes, 17 seconds. Sr. Gabrielle works at the North American Center for Marianist Studies.

Bro. Harry Cornell was honored at Central Catholic High School during Marianist Heritage Week last month. In addition to being an alumnus (class of ’58), Bro. Harry has taught at CCHS for 55 years!

Bro. Darwin Joseph was awarded a doctorate degree in philosophy last month from Assumption College in Bangkok, Thailand. Bro. Darwin is the first Indian Marianist to earn a doctoral degree. He also serves as assistant district superior for the Marianists in India.

Bro. Prakash Kujur earned a master’s degree in school administration from Assumption University of Bangkok, joining Bro. Darwin (above) at graduation ceremonies last month. These achievements will enable Marianists in the District of India to continue to strengthen their educational ministries.

Fr. Ted Ley received a Founders Award from Chaminade College Preparatory in West Hills, California, as part of the school’s Founder’s Day celebration last month. A 1958 CCP graduate, Fr. Ted was recognized for his many years of service to the school. Read more.

Fr. Francis Nakagawa was recognized in a recent article in the Hawaii Catholic Herald. The article described a recent visit to Honolulu of the Japanese Peace Committee, which includes religious leaders from a variety of faith traditions.

For many decades, Fr. Francis, now age 90, welcomed this group to Honolulu as head of the Japanese Catholic Community of Hawaii. Read the article.

Marianist ministries in action

New president formally installed at Chaminade University

At her inauguration ceremony Jan. 20, Lynn Babington received a print of Our Lady of the Pillar, a cherished Marianist icon. Fellow Marianist University presidents Eric Spina (in red) from the University of Dayon and Thomas Mengler from St. Mary’s University assisted in presenting the print, which was a gift from the Society of Mary. Marianist Provincial Fr. Martin Solma, (back to the camera) made the presentation on behalf of the Marianist Province of the United States. At his left is Steve Neiheisel, executive director of the Association of Marianist Universities.

Chaminade University of Honolulu inaugurated its 10th president on Jan. 20. Before a crowd of community dignitaries, university regents, family, friends and colleagues, Dr. Lynn Babington pledged to usher in a new era of innovation while remaining true to the school’s Marianist heritage.

“Higher education with a higher purpose is the life led here at Chaminade,” she said in her inaugural address.

Lynn began the leadership role this summer, taking the reins from Bro. Bernie Ploeger, who had been Chaminade’s president since 2009.

Among the highlights of the event was the presentation of a historic Hawaiian artifact, a walking stick, that had been in the collection of the Marianist Archives. The walking stick was inscribed with the name of Hawaii’s last king, King Kalakaua, and was among the belongings of Bro. Bertram Bellinghausen, one of the first Marianists on the island. In honor of Lynn’s inauguration, the Marianists made a permanent gift of this artifact to the ‘Iolani Palace, the former home of King Kalakaua and a National Historic Landmark.

Read more about the inauguration.

Marianist schools mark Chaminade Day, Heritage Week

There’s always a blizzard of family spirit in late January as Marianist high schools and universities celebrate their heritage with Masses, special awards and celebrations honoring Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and all those who carry on his traditions. See more photos!

At Central Catholic High School in San Antonio, senior Christian Carranza poses with the Fr. Chami mascot as part of Marianist Heritage festivities. Insiders report that Eddie Ybarra, interim principal, is inside the costume.

At Chaminade University of Honolulu, Fr. George Cerniglia helps oversee the bedecking of the statue of Blessed Chaminade with traditional Hawaiian lei. Each year, students and campus ministry staff honor Fr. Chaminade as part of Marianist Heritage celebrations.

St. Laurence College celebrates 50th anniversary

St. Laurence College, a Marianist-sponsored secondary school in Dublin, Ireland, marked its 50th anniversary on Jan. 28 with a Mass and afternoon tea for the school family, including alumni, faculty, parents and students. “It was a wonderful event that captured the warm spirit of St. Laurence,” said Bro. Joe Kamis. Bro. Joe, assistant provincial, attended as a representative of the Provincial Council. He served as principal of St. Laurence from 1980-1985.

The Marianists of the St. Laurence College Community include Bros. Fred Rech, and Gerry McCauley, Bro. Joe Kamis (representing the Province of the U.S.), Fr. Mike Reaume and Bro. Jim Contadino.

Bro. Joe Kamis, assistant provincial, addresses those gathered to celebrate St. Laurence College’s 50th anniversary.

Gross Catholic family explains the Catholic school advantage

The Sweetmon family (photo by omaha.com)

A Catholic Schools Week article on omaha.com highlighted the choices of the Sweetmon family in choosing Catholic schools — both for their careers and as educational paths. The parents both serve at Daniel J. Gross Catholic, a Marianist-sponsored school in Omaha, where their oldest daughter will attend next year.

Read the article.

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Fr. Richard – undated

Fr. Richard – 2015

Fr. Richard Loehrlein, 87, died on Jan. 21. He had been a Marianist for 68 years. Fr. Richard was a missionary, teacher and chaplain who served in Eastern Africa for nearly 30 years. He is credited with establishing vibrant Lay Marianist communities. Read his obituary. See more photos.

Good to know

Marianist moment: Fr. Domingo Lázaro

Among the Marianists on the path to sainthood is Fr. Domingo Lázaro, a Spanish priest who has been named a Servant of God.

Fr. Lázaro was the first native-born provincial for his country. He was recognized for his skill as an educator, and he believed strongly in a family model of teaching. He wrote:  “Educators who are truly faithful to and successful in their trade owe all of their art to mothers.”

Thanks to Bro. David Betz for sharing this article about Fr. Domingo Lázaro.

Cathedral Latin Alumni Association to honor Fr. Paul Marshall

The Cathedral Latin Alumni Association will honor the late Fr. Paul Marshall with its Merit Award at a Mass and ceremony on April 29 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Cathedral in Cleveland.

Fr. Paul, who died in 2014, was a member of the Cathedral Latin class of 1965, and he taught there in the early years of his ministry.

For more information on the Mass the breakfast that will follow, please contact Joe Spagnuolo.

Upcoming feast days

Feb. 11 – Our Lady of Lourdes
Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday

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Justice Jottings from the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative

Magnificat from the World Council of the Marianist Family
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Via Latina 22 from the Marianist General Administration

World-class Marian collection marks 75 years

On a sturdy branch of the Marianist Family tree is one of the world’s largest collection of books and artifacts about the Virgin Mary. The collection, begun with the gift of single book by Marianist Fr. John Elbert in 1943, has become a destination for scholars and admirers of the Blessed Mother from across the world.

The Marian Library at the University of Dayton celebrates three-quarters of a century in 2018. The university will mark the milestone with concerts and exhibits throughout the year. The events are free and open to the public.

“Mary leads to Christ, of course, but also to art, history, culture, spirituality and so many directions because of the role she played and the way her role has become important for individual persons and the whole church,” said Fr. Johann Roten, a noted Marian scholar at UD’s International Marian Research Institute.

Read more about the anniversary. Read an Alive magazine article about Bro. Andrew Kosmowski, a “trail guide” at the Marian Library.

As ‘all missionaries,’ Marianists defy retirement norms

Bro. Harry Cornell has taught at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio for more than 50 years.

The average age of the eight Marianist brothers and priests who live in the Central Catholic High School community in San Antonio is 81. Not a single one is retired.

For these men, as for most Marianists, remaining active past normal retirement age is an extension of Blessed Chaminade’s teaching that “you are all missionaries.” The founder’s sentiment doesn’t indicate any end date of this obligation. Health permitting, Marianist brothers and priests continue active ministry well into their 70s or even 80s.

The Marianists at Central Catholic — Frs. Jim Mueller, Don Cowie and Gerry Haby, and Bros. Richard Martens, Harry Cornell, Irwin Wachtel, Ed Loch and Jim Burkholder — live this missionary spirit to the fullest.

“These dedicated men live a consecrated life given to the service of Mary and the Church,” says Fr. Martin Solma, provincial. “It’s their missionary spirit that underpins everything else.”

Read more about these Marianists in the current issue of Alive magazine.

Three questions with …

Bro. Brandon Paluch

Bro. Brandon is a seminarian at the Marianist International Seminary in Rome, Italy. The seminary community includes 11 Marianists from around the world.

What about life there has surprised you?

There is no place like Rome to experience the depth of our Catholic tradition. A short walk from our community are catacombs that date back to the beginnings of Christianity. And I am amazed at what an aesthetic culture exists here. Beauty is cherished and sought after. There is no shortage of opportunities to take in His beauty and to evangelize through beauty.

How are your classes?

Fascinating! I love the courses I am taking at the Gregorian University, although studying theology in Italian does give me a run for my money. The international composition of the university’s faculty and student body is enriching, too. The context itself and the relationships we build help form us to serve our brothers and the Church as Marianist priests.

How would you describe the spirit of the seminary community?

This year we have brothers from Colombia, Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Spain and the U.S. While there is not a single Italian seminarian, Italian is the language of the house. We are all stranieri (foreigners) here, stumbling to communicate in a language and culture other than our own. Being stranieri helps us be more mindful of migrants, and of the fact that our true citizenship is in heaven.

Honoring our bicentennials – a final page from the family album

For the past 20 months, FamilyOnline has featured historical photos to highlight the bicentennials of the Marianist Sisters and the Society of Mary. Chaminade Day – Jan. 22 – marks the conclusion of the Marianist Bicentennial commemoration. The event will be celebrated in Singhpur, India. India was chosen because it is an area of growing Marianist life and ministry.

American Marianists began serving in India in 1980, creating schools and other ministries to serve the poorest of the poor and to encourage Marianist vocations. The mission of the Marianists in India has continued to grow, and today there are more than 90 Indian Marianist brothers and priests. Read more about Marianist ministries in India.

Marianist Family members in the news

Fr. Jim Heft is featured in a recent video released by an organization called Faith Leaders of Los Angeles. The video presents a united front from leaders of a variety of faith traditions calling for action to address the issue of homelessness in LA. The video was presented at a conference sponsored and organized by  the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies, of which Fr. Jim is president. Watch the video.

Bro. Gary Morris was featured in a recent issue of the Hawaii Catholic Herald. The article describes Bro. Gary’s experience in helping his students at Chaminade University of Honolulu blossom and grow through the performing arts. Read the article.

Fr. Johann Roten was quoted in a December NBC News story about Our Lady of Guadalupe. The article describes why the enduring symbol of Mexican faith, identity and patriotism also is revered in the United States. Read the article. Fr. Johann, a Swiss Marianist who has long served in the U.S., is director of research and special projects at the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton.

Sr. Nicole Trahan was featured in a recent post on the Global Sisters Report website. The article, which also quotes Sr. Laura Leming, describes how the Marianist Sisters and other members of the Marianist Family have responded to recent hurricanes. Read the article.

Christmas cheer from the Casa Maria Community

The Casa Maria Marianist Community on the campus of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio has gained a certain amount of acclaim for its annual holiday video. The most recent edition combines Christmas and the Marianist Bicentennial.

Marianist ministries in action

Waste not: Chaminade-St. Louis gets greener

A Chaminade College Prep student diverts his cafeteria waste from the landfill. It’s headed instead for a second life as compost.

It’s taking twice as long to fill the dumpsters at Chaminade College Preparatory in St. Louis. It’s an odd fact, but one the school is deservedly proud of.

Last fall, in keeping with the Marianist value of safeguarding the environment, the school began a composting project to complement its active recycling program. So much cafeteria waste is now composted or recycled that the school has reduced its dumpster trash by half.

“We realized that to do recycling well, we needed to add a composting station to recycle leftover foods,” said teacher Mark Laury. The waste is picked up by a local company that converts it to nutrient-rich compost for resale.

Mark and fellow teacher John Kelly have been the masterminds behind the composting project, which was launched last fall. A corner of the school’s cafeteria has a “composting/recycling eco-corner;” the bins were a gift from the Class of 2017.

“We want students to understand that being stewards of the earth is an obligation that comes with our Christian and Marianist identities,” said Todd Guidry, middle school principal. “We want them to be as respectful of God’s creation as they are of one another.”

Read more about the school’s “green efforts” on page 10 of the current issue of Chaminade’s Esto Vir magazine.

Uncertainties linger for Colegio San José families

In the early morning hours of Sept. 20, 2017, Pedro and Pilar Gerena huddled in their bedroom with their three children and two dogs, listening to the howling winds of Hurricane Maria as it passed over San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Stepping outside after the storm, they were shocked. “Not one tree was standing in our neighborhood,” said Pilar. “Debris was everywhere.”

Still, Pedro and Pilar, both Lay Marianists, are luckier than many. Pedro runs a lawn and garden business and was able to get back to work quickly, selling chainsaws and generators – things most everyone needed. Pilar, a pediatrician, opened her clinic within four days despite having no hot water or electricity.

The Gerena’s son, Pedro, is a sophomore at Colegio San José.  “A lot of Colegio families were not so fortunate,” said Pedro. “Large pockets of the island are still without power and many people are still without incomes.”

In spite of uncertainties, Bro. Francisco González, president of CSJ, is grateful. “I want to thank all of the people of the Marianist Family who have given generously to help us,” he said. “Your prayers and support are what keep us going,” he said.

Please consider helping CSJ by providing tuition assistance.

The statue of Blessed Chaminade at Colegio San José was unscathed by the hurricane. Most of the island wasn’t as lucky.

Archbishop García-Siller visits Central Catholic High

Central Catholic High School in San Antonio was pleased to welcome Archbishop Gustavo García–Siller, M.Sp.S., for Mass and fellowship in celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8.

Central Catholic’s chaplain, Fr. Sean Downing, right, concelebrated Mass with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller.

Following Mass, the archbishop toured CCHS and greeted students, including senior Jamie Cantrell.

Archbishop Gustavo was gracious in pausing for photos with members of the CCHS family, including these cafeteria staff members.

Saint Louis School alumni make football playoff news

It’s a bit difficult to ignore when two Marianist school alumni, from the same school, make football playoff headlines in the space of a week.

On. Jan. 8, Tua Tagovailoa – a 2017 Saint Louis School grad and freshman at Alabama – came in during the second half and led his team to victory over Georgia in the college football playoffs.

A few days earlier, another Saint Louis grad, 2015 Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota, made an unusual touchdown that helped give his Tennessee Titans a victory over Kansas City. Just for fun, we’re sharing it below. (NFL rules – you’ll need to go to YouTube to watch it.)

Congratulations to Saint Louis School, Tua and Marcus! Read more about the pair in a Jan. 9 USA Today article.

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

Bro. Don – undated

Bro. Don – 2015

Bro. Donald Schaaf, 81, died on Jan. 3. He had been a Marianist for 61 years. Bro. Don was a teacher and business manager who also ministered in the juvenile justice system. Read his obituary. See more photos.

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Marianist moment: Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

This is part of a series on Marianists who are on the path to sainthood. We thank Marianist Affiliate Mary Kay Fitzpatrick and Bro. David Betz for preparing these articles.

We commemorate the anniversary of the death of Marianist Family founder Blessed William Joseph Chaminade on Jan. 22. Fr. Chaminade, who died in 1850, is credited with helping reestablish the Christian faith in France following that country’s bloody revolution.

Read the article.

Bicentennial wrap-up: closing event in Dayton

The Greater Dayton Marianist Family is sponsoring a final Marianist Bicentennial celebration on Jan. 20 at the University of Dayton’s Frericks Center. The event includes Mass followed by a reception. All are welcome! Learn more.

‘Journeying to Wisdom’ MEEC winter mini-retreat

The Marianist Environmental Education Center is hosting an winter retreat Feb. 10 at Mount Saint John in Dayton. The afternoon event includes a presentation on the patterns and rhythms of wholeness. Learn more.

Family of Mary gathering in St. Louis

The Family of Mary Lay Community welcomes St. Louis-area friends to its annual Foundation Day event on Jan. 28. The celebration includes Mass and a presentation by Sr. Nicole Trahan. Learn more.

Upcoming feast days

Jan. 22 – Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, 1850
Feb. 2 – Presentation of Our Lord
Feb. 11 – Our Lady of Lourdes
Feb. 14 – Ash Wednesday

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