Bro. Ray Fitz (Stonemill Road, Dayton), former president of the University of Dayton, has been named executive director of the newly-formed Association of Marianist Universities, effective Aug. 15, 2003. The mission of the new association is to support Marianist higher education by facilitating cooperation among the three Marianist universities; by providing a forum to exchange experience and education; and by representing the work of Marianist universities nationally and internationally. Bro. Ray, 61, served as president of UD for 23 years. He stepped down in June 2002 and is the Ferree Professor of Social Justice in the school's Raymond L. Fitz, SM Center for Leadership in Community. His term as executive director is four years. The position is part-time; the office will be located in Dayton. Sue Wesselkamper, president of Chaminade University, is acting chair of the board of the association. Other board members include Daniel Curran, president of the University of Dayton; Charles Cotrell, president of St. Mary's University; and Provincial Brother Stephen Glodek. Best of everything to Bro. Ray!
NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL OF KOREA
Stephen Glodek has ratified the choices for the new Regional Council
of Korea. They are Fr. Timothy Kim, regional superior and assistant
for religious life; Bro. John Ko, assistant for education; Fr.
Paschal Lee, assistant for temporalities; and Bro. Vianney Ahn,
councilor. Congratulations and best wishes to these four
WHO'S DOING WHAT
Fr. Dave McGuigan (Kiefaber Street, Dayton) has been appointed Province novice director for a three-year term effective August 2004. Fr. Dave currently serves in campus ministry at the University of Dayton; he will move to the novitiate community in Dayton this summer. In preparation for his new position, he will enroll in the Intercommunity Religious Formation (IRF) Program in Chicago for the 2003-2004 academic year, and attend the Seminar for New/Future Marianist Formation Directors in June 2004 in Nairobi. Our best wishes to Fr. Dave.
Bro. William Campbell (Portland, Ore.), assistant superintendent of personnel and technology for the archdiocese of Portland, has been appointed assistant executive director of the elementary department of the NCEA in Washington, D.C., effective Aug. 1. Bro. Bill is the author of Principal Formation Program: A Self-Directed, Self-Paced Discernment Process (NCEA Press), which has garnered very positive reviews. Our warmest congratulations to Bro. Bill!
Fr. Charles Miller (Chaminade Community, San Antonio) served as honorary canon for Holy Week liturgies at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcre in Jerusalem. Three canons accompany the Latin Patriarch or presiding bishop on processions from the patriarchate and the basilica, and concelebrate at Masses. Fr. Charles has been on leave from St. Mary's University since January 2000, and will return in August. In his first year away he worked at the Vatican as director of pilgrimages for the Catholic Near East Welfare Association, and has functioned as rector of the Ratisbonne Pontifical Institute-Christian Center for the Study of Judaism in Jerusalem since June 2001.
Frs. Johann Roten, Tom Thompson (Alumni Hall, Dayton) and Bert Buby (Stonemill Rd., Dayton) and Bros. John Samaha (Villa St. Joseph, Cupertino) and Larry Scrivani (Pacific Grove, Calif.) are serving as moderators or speakers at the 54th annual program of the Mariological Society May 21- 24 at Mount St. Mary's College in Los Angeles. The program is entitled "The Marian Dimension of Christian Spirituality." Bro. Joseph Barrish (Meyer Hall, Dayton) designed the cover art for the program brochure. For information, call 937.229.4214 or e-mail email@example.com
CURRAN NEW UD PRESIDENT
Brother Stephen Glodek, vice chair of the Board of Trustees of the University of Dayton, presented the President's Pin to Daniel Curran at Curran's installation as president of the university on April 11 at the Frericks Convocation Center. More than 1,000 educators, students, alumni and community leaders were in attendance. To read Daniel Curran's installation address, please click here:
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF …
Bro. Fumikazu Paul Sugiyama (Province of Japan), 70, who died April 26 in Nagasaki. May he rest in peace. Bro. Sugiyama's obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.
Fr. Isidore Heitz (Province of France), 83, who died April 4 in Lavaur. May he rest in peace. To read Fr. Heitz' obituary, please click here:
Leonia A. Parker, 99, Marianist Affiliate and benefactor, who died April 15 in Miami Beach. The funeral Mass was celebrated in the chapel of Madonna-Chaminade High School in Hollywood, Fla. She was a frequent and beloved visitor to the school. Its athletic facility, Parker Annex, was made possible through her generosity. May she rest in peace.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF …
Fr. Bill Behringer (St. Clair Ave., Cleveland), who was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs and is now recovering at home.
Bro. Jim Christiana (Center Marianist, Honolulu), who underwent surgery to relieve the buildup of fluids in the brain and has been moved to a rehab center. Although he is in pain, Bro. Jim can see and speak and is moving with a walker.
Bro. Frank Deibel (Alumni Hall, Dayton), who is in Kettering Hospital in Dayton being treated for pneumonia.
Bro. Ed Keifer (Madelaine House, New Orleans), who is receiving chemotherapy for cancer.
Bro. Frank Mullan (Alumni Hall, Dayton), who is in Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton for treatment of pneumonia.
Bro. Max Beyer (Alumni Hall, Dayton), who was operated on yesterday for hip replacement surgery at Miami Valley Hospital. After his hospitalization he will receive physical therapy at Mercy Siena.
THE MARIANIST CONFERENCE
Bro. Stephen Glodek reports that The Marianist Conference met April 26 at the Provincial offices in St. Louis to explore mutual areas of cooperation and to collaborate on personnel and projects for the Marianist mission in North America. The Marianist Conference is composed of Provincial Stephen Glodek and Assistant Provincial Jim Fitz of the Province of the United States; Provincial Thomas Cardone and Assistant Provincial Kenneth Hoagland of the Province of Meribah; and Regional Superior Paul-Arthur Gilbert of Canada. Brother Stephen will represent this group at the Enlarged General Council May 7-10 at the Curia Generalizia Marianisti in Rome, where he will join the leaders of the other three zonal conferences and members of the General Council of the Society.
Fr. Tim Dwyer (Maryland Avenue, St. Louis) reports that Fr. Gary Secor, vicar for clergy for the diocese of Honolulu, needs one or two priests to serve temporarily in Honolulu. Transportation and salary are provided. One priest is needed immediately to assist the pastor at St. Joseph's Hilo for one to three months. A priest also is needed from June 9 until the end of July at Our Lady of Peace Cathedral. Contact Fr. Gary at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org%20or 808.585.3343 or by snail mail at 1184 Bishop Street, Honolulu HI 96813.
To read the April 26 news from the Region of India, please click here:
THE LEGACY CONTINUES
Bro. Martin McMurtrey (Central Catholic Community, San Antonio) retired from Central Catholic High School in 2000, but his legacy lives on. It persists not only in the lives of the more than 6,000 students he influenced during his 49 years at the school as a beloved English teacher, but also in the scholarship fund created in his name in 1975. Approximately $250,000 in scholarships has been awarded in the history of the fund.
This year, 19 students received scholarships that total $24,875. One parent wrote, "Thank you for helping my son fulfill his dreams. I believe he will grow to be another success story out of a great institution."
Brother Mac continues to commit many hours to building the fund. It received a healthy boost on Oct. 7, 2000, when 300 friends and former students celebrated his retirement with a dinner called "The Last English Class." On that evening $106,000 was raised.
HOLY WEEK RETREAT IN CALIFORNIA
Bro. Jim Leahy (Riordan Community, San Francisco) reports on the Holy Week retreat at the Marianist Center in Cupertino. Bro. Jim gathered the group for their "Easter Sunday Best" portrait and has offered to supply a digital or hard copy of the photo. Contact him at email@example.com
BUILDINGS 'R US
Bro. Roberto Rapp (La Chinantla, Veracruz, Mexico) is excited to announce a grant of more than $100,000 from the Mexican government to DECAMP, the Marianist Rural Development Project in the Uxpanapa Valley. The money will purchase additional chilling tanks for milk production, allowing 80 more Mexican farmers to sell their milk to DECAMP's cheese factory and lift themselves out of poverty. The grant will increase milk production from 4,200 liters of milk per day to 6,000 . . . resulting in an increase of cheese production from 4,800 pounds of cheese per week to 8,000 pounds. Bro. Roberto says he's now showing a profit -- a word his friends say he never understood.
The Marianist Residence on the campus of St. Mary's University in San Antonio celebrated the fifth anniversary of its Adopt a Brother program March 1. DeLisa Nichols, activities coordinator, founded the program to give retired Marianists, with their education and experience, and university students, with their energy and enthusiasm, the opportunity to visit regularly.
Political science student John Hodge was particularly happy when Nichols paired him with Bro. John Sheehy. "He knows everything about politics," Hodge says. "He tells me about campaigns he's worked on. He's told me stories that changed my life. I've learned more from him than I could have ever imagined." Hodge says his commitment to the program is one of the best decisions he has made at St. Mary's.
VIRTUAL LEARNING AT SAINT LOUIS SCHOOL
Religion teachers at Saint Louis School in Hawaii are going back to the classroom without setting foot in one. They are taking advantage of online classes offered by the Virtual Learning Community for Faith Formation (VLFF), sponsored by the University of Dayton Institute for Pastoral Initiatives. VLFF classes are part of the school's ongoing professional development program. Saint Louis School is a college preparatory school in Honolulu serving students from grades 5 to 12. Fr. Allen DeLong serves as president.
JUBILARIANS OF 2003
We celebrate the jubilees of 50 members of the Society of Mary this year from the new Province of the United States, whose combined years of service exceed 2,095 years of religious profession and 450 years of ordained ministry. Congratulations to all! We will include photos of every jubilarian in FamilyOnline in small groups. Our third group includes some of those who are celebrating 50 years with the Society. Jubilee celebrations have been held in San Antonio (March 29-30) and Honolulu (April 27) and will continue on May 18 in San Jose; May 24 in St. Louis; June 14 in Baltimore and Aug. 16 in Dayton.
NEWS RELEASES: We're sending a news release to the local newspaper of each jubilarian. If you see an article about any jubilarian, please clip it and send to Diane Guerra, Province of the United States, 4425 West Pine Boulevard, St. Louis MO 63108. Thank you.
50 YEARS A MARIANIST - CONGRATULATIONS!
Row: Bros. Cletus Behlmann, DuWayne Brisendine and William Deanhofer;
Fr. Allen DeLong
Chaminade College Preparatory School, St. Louis, is looking for a director of institutional advancement reporting to the president of the school. This key leadership position is an exciting opportunity for an experienced fundraising professional with a proven track record. To read the complete job description, please click here.
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