TEMPORARY PROFESSED GATHER IN PUERTO RICO
Eight temporary professed brothers gathered in San Juan, Puerto Rico, June 15 to July 3 for a retreat and workshop organized by Bro. Ed Violett, coordinator of the temporary professed program. Presenters included Frs. Steve Tutas and Rudy Vela, Sr. Mary Haddad, RSM, and Provincial Stephen Glodek. Fr. Oscar Vásquez served as chaplain. The gathering concluded with Bros. Tobías Ferrer, Brian Halderman, Isak Keyman-Ige and Aaron Sonnenburg renewing their temporary vows.
GENERAL CHAPTER “BLOG” TO GO LIVE JULY 10
Brothers who are attending the 33rd General Chapter in Rome July 10 to July 30 will begin posting stories about the meeting to the new General Chapter Blog* July 10. The brothers attending the General Chapter who will contribute to the blog are: Bro. Stephen Glodek, Fr. Jim Fitz, Fr. Joe Lackner, Bro. Mike O’Grady, Bro. Ray Fitz, Bro. Francisco González, Bro. Charles Johnson, Fr. Paul Marshall, Fr. Jack McGrath and Fr. Dave McGuigan. Brothers are encouraged to read the blog for news and insights regarding the General Chapter and to post comments to the journal entries from the Chapter participants. New entries will be available by noon CST each day. To access the blog, simply log in to the PORTAL starting July 10 and click on the link for “General Chapter Blog.”
A “blog” is short for Web log, a Web page that serves as a journal and is usually updated daily. A blog contains journal entries that are shown in reverse chronological order, and often there is a place for readers to comment on postings. Note: Because the SM PORTAL is password-protected, the blog is not searchable on the Internet.
NEWS ABOUT VOCATIONS
DISTRICT OF INDIA HOLDS CHAPTER MEETING
Thirteen members of the District of India gathered at the novitiate community in Ranchi, India, for the District’s chapter meeting June 15 to June 17. Bro. Tom Giardino of the International Center for Marianist Formation kicked off the session with discussions on the roles and responsibilities of the district council and district chapter. The group also discussed community subsidies, the new mission in Nepal and long-term strategic planning. Bro. Tom facilitated meetings with the district formation committee, which reviewed the initial formation programs.
CAUSES OF MADRID MARIANISTS ADVANCED
During an audience June 26 with Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, CMF, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Pope Benedict XVI authorized that the four Marianist martyrs of Madrid, along with 38 Dominican martyrs, may now be called “Venerable.” The four Madrid martyrs were persecuted and killed because of their religious beliefs during the Spanish Civil War. At the time, they were teaching at a Marianist school in Madrid. An announcement on the beatification of Marianist Bros. Joaquin Ochoa Salazar, Sabino Ayastuy Errasti, Florencio Arnaiz Cejudo and Father Miguel Leibar Garay will probably be made by spring 2007. View the entire list of Marianist candidates for sainthood.
FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
Read the July 2006 issue of Via Latina.
MARIANIST EDUCATIONAL ASSOCIATES GATHER AT MUM
Twenty-five Marianist Educational Associates from the three Marianist universities attended the Marianist Universities Meeting June 5 to June 8 at Chaminade University of Honolulu. The MEAs, who work at the universities, are expected to play a key role in helping the universities promote Catholic and Marianist traditions of education at the administrative, faculty and staff levels.
MORE FROM MUM
“ONE OF THE MOST INTENSE FIVE DAYS OF MY LIFE”
This is how Jim McGinnis of the Institute for Peace and Justice in St. Louis described the recent Katrina immersion experience he and eight others participated in from June 23 to June 26 in New Orleans. The group, organized by Myles McCabe, Province director of peace and justice, gutted homes and listened to the stories of suffering and hope from Katrina survivors. In addition, a group of 35 students, parents and teachers from Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton and Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati worked with Habitat for Humanity in nearby Slidell, La. Read more.
SUMMER RETREATS IN ALL SIZES AND SETTINGS
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . .
Fr. Bernard Meyer (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 85, who died June 17, 2006. May he rest in peace. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated June 20 at Holy Rosary Parish, San Antonio. Burial was at the Marianist Cemetery on the campus of St. Mary’s University. The presider and homilist was Fr. John Manahan. Read Fr. Bernard’s obituary.
Bro. Severo Pereda Fernández (Province of Zaragoza-Spain), 89, who died June 3, 2006. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Severo’s obituary.
Bro. Fernand Bibeau (Region of Canada), 73, who died June 15, 2006, in Québec, Canada. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Fernand’s obituary.
Provincial Stephen Glodek offers this note of thanks: “I am unable because of time, energy and the upcoming trip to Rome to respond individually to all the cards and e-mails that were sent at the time of the death of my father. On behalf of my brother and I, I would like to extend to you the deep gratitude of the Glodek family for your kindness, prayers, and support that you expressed to us.”
also for Robert Davis, Carol Eppy, and Beverly
Karpfinger. Read more.
YELLOW CACTUS FLOWERS, MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
Fr. Charles Bergedick (Washington Street, Dayton), who is hospitalized for tests at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton.
Fr. Larry Mann (Villa St. Joseph, Cupertino), who is hospitalized after suffering a slight stroke.
Bro. Joseph Mariscalco (Meyer Hall, Dayton), who is recovering in his community from hip surgery.
WHO'S DOING WHAT
Bro. Al Koch (Cape May, N.J.) and his Legion of Mary Team recently participated in an evangelization project at St. John of God Catholic Church in North Cape May, N.J. The group visited over 300 area homes in an effort to spread the Catholic faith.
Two of Bro. Mel Meyer's (Curé of Ars, St. Louis) sculptures were recently dedicated. The first is a 12-foot stainless steel spire sculpture entitled “Dianne,” which pays tribute to an Arts Company employee who died of cancer. The Arts Company in Nashville, Tenn., exhibits and sells Bro. Mel’s work. A second sculpture, which is 11-feet tall and made of curved pieces of stainless steel, was installed at the Reed School in St. Louis.
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF MINISTRY
VISITING AT CAPE MAY
Marianist Artists at
By the time Bro. Bob Dzubinski (St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland) was in ninth grade, he was playing the organ at his church. Throughout high school, his music teachers and the band and choir influenced him to pursue a career in music. So it was no surprise when he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music education. What does surprise and delight Bro. Bob is how this white, classically-trained musician finds himself in Cleveland’s inner-city, teaching African-American gospel music to youngsters in kindergarten through eighth grade. “My ministry has enabled me to expand into areas outside my comfort zone,” said Bro. Bob, who teaches music at St. Aloysius and St. Joseph schools in Cleveland. Bro. Bob produces an annual gospel choir concert with the students that has become the highlight of the schools’ music programs. “It’s an event filled with energy and excitement which reflects the energy of Bro. Bob,” said Fr. Joe Lackner, who attended this year’s concert. “The students processed into the concert in dance with Bro. Bob dancing behind them with even more enthusiasm.”
Bro. Bob says he really enjoys his work: “The faculty and staff at the schools are exciting to work with, and the parishioners are delightful and dedicated to their parish, and very appreciative of the Marianist presence.”
FROM THE SCHOOLS . . .
BIDDING FAREWELL TO HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL
MARIANIST LIFE SUMMER GATHERINGS
Brian Reavey, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE, announces two LIFE reunion gatherings July 21 to July 22 in Dayton and July 29 to July 30 in San Antonio. Find out more. In addition, members of the Marianist Family also are invited to attend these LIFE gatherings:
BIG, BIG BIRTHDAY BASH: THREE 60s and a 50
OUT AND ABOUT
Read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis.
Provincial Stephen Glodek notes that from July 7 to Aug. 7, 2006, during the time of the General Chapter and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, ordinary matters of Province business and notification of deaths will be handled by Fr. Tim Kenney and Bro. Richard Dix through the Province offices in St. Louis. Fr. Fitz and Bro. Stephen will have irregular e-mail and telephone contact during the month that they are away from St. Louis. In the case of emergency or any matters needing their attention, please contact Pat Stephens or Sue McKamely at the Province offices. Thank you.
MARIANIST SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE. Read the July 2006 issue of Justice Jottings.
MLLNA. Read the June/July 2006 issue of MLNNA E-News
In our story about the new formation community in Zambia in the June 20 issue of FamilyOnline, we incorrectly identified Bro. Erick Otiende as the District of Eastern Africa vocation director. Bro. Erick is the vocation director for Zambia. Also Bro. Erick is not the director of aspirancy in Lusaka, as that program has not begun.
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