Volume 3, Number
"EXCELLENT SPIRIT" AT VOCATION WORKSHOP
They traveled from all parts of the continental U.S. and Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Ireland, and ranged in age from 21 to 86. Almost 60 Marianist brothers, novices, aspirants and contacts gathered at the Marianist Retreat and Conference Center in Eureka, Mo., for a Vocation Workshop. There was an "excellent spirit" about the weekend of March 26-28, according to Province Vocation Director Bro. Charles Johnson. The keynote speaker was Bro. Paul Bednarczyk, CSC, executive director of the National Religious Vocation Conference. Provincial Stephen Glodek opened the weekend and Fr. Richard O'Shaughnessy, a member of the Society of Mary for 67 years,
shared his personal vocation story. Five panelists shared their hopes, dreams, concerns and challenges: Ben Dougherty (contact); Luke Hoenigman (aspirant); Brian Halderman (novice); Aaron Sonnenburg (temporary professed); and George Kemmett (young perpetual professed). Bro. Charles thanks all who assisted at the weekend.
NEW REGIONAL COUNCIL INSTALLED
The new Regional Council for the Region of Eastern Africa was installed at the Bro. Vincent House in Nairobi on March 19, 2004. Marianists in Nairobi and representatives from Mombasa and Kitale gathered to celebrate the installation. Fr. Michael Nartker presided at the Eucharist, and Bro. Frank Annunziata represented the Provincial. A dinner in honor of Bro. Frank and his outgoing council followed the Eucharist.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .
Sr. Grace Luther, FMI, 77, who died April 4, 2004, in San Antonio of congestive heart failure. May she rest in peace. The prayer service will be held April 6 at 7 p.m. at Zizik Kerns Funeral Home in San Antonio. The funeral Mass will be held April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at Guadalupe Chapel at St. Mary's University. Sr. Grace hailed from Dayton, the oldest and only girl of four children. She graduated from the University of Dayton and joined the first community of Marianist Sisters in the U.S. in Somerset, Texas. To read Sr. Grace's obit, please click here:
Bro. Josef Gossenreiter (Region of Austria/Germany), 70, who died March 13, 2004, in Fulda, Germany. May he rest in peace. To read Bro. Josef's obituary, please click here:
C. Tom Giardino, 89, who died on April 1, 2004, from complications of a heart attack and pneumonia. May he rest in peace. He was the father of Bro. Tom Giardino (Trinity Avenue, Dayton). The funeral Mass was held April 5 at Church of St. Clare, Lyndhurst, Ohio.
Richard Spang, who died on March 21, 2004. May he rest in peace. Richard was the brother of deceased Marianist religious Bro. Edward Spang.
Hilda Greguras, 73, who died on Feb. 16, 2004, in Omaha, Neb., from a lingering illness. May she rest in peace. Hilda was a Lay Marianist Affiliate.
WHITE CAMELLIA, MARCH 2004
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
Bro. Ed Fick (Villa St. Joseph, Cupertino, Calif.), who has a fractured vertebrae and pneumonia.
Bro. Robert Wade (Villa St. Joseph, Cupertino, Calif.), who continues chemotherapy treatment.
Larry Lisbeth, who has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. Larry is the father of Fr. Mike Lisbeth (Findlay St., Dayton).
Angeline Stratman, who is critically ill with pneumonia. Angeline is the mother of Bro. Bernard Stratman (Washington, D.C.).
Frank Ventura, who is hospitalized in intensive care in New York and had a heart catheterization and an induced heart arrhythmia. Frank is the father of Bro. Jack Ventura (Lindell Blvd., St. Louis).
John Wisecaver, who is recovering from a heart attack and surgery. John is the brother of Bro. James Wisecaver (West Hills, Calif.).
Casey Krings, who will undergo surgery this week for cancer. Casey is the mother of Ann Mueller, who works in Communications at the Provincial office.
Steve Hyland, who is in rehabilitation in Portland, Ore., after surgery for a brain tumor. He is partially paralyzed. Steve is the nephew of Bro. Gerald Hyland (Curé of Ars, St. Louis).
WHO'S DOING WHAT
Bro. Bob Wood (Marianist Residence, San Antonio) has
authored Life in Laredo: A Documentary History from the Laredo
Archives. Bro. Bob manages the archives at St. Mary's University. One
review said: "Life in Laredo is imaginatively organized,
exceptionally well researched, and well written." Kudos to Bro. Bob. To
Fr. Charles Miller (Chaminade Community, San Antonio) was named one of this year's distinguished alumni by the St. Mary's University Alumni Association. Fr. Charles has been a full-time professor at St. Mary's since 1979, and has spent the last three years in Jerusalem in the service of the Holy See. He has raised more than $200,000 in scholarships and has led more than 50 graduate study tours and pilgrimages. Congratulations, Fr. Charles!
Fr. Bernard Lee (Woodlawn Community, San Antonio) is coauthor of "Theological Reflection for Transformation," published by the Center for the Study of Religious Life. The publication offers religious communities resources for studying and responding to the unique issues they face.
Fr. Joe Tedesco has been busy since moving to Dayton's Alumni Hall. In addition to pursuing his Ph.D. in sport psychology at the San Diego University of Integrative Studies, Fr. Teddy has designed and led workshops for grade-school teachers, high-school coaches and parish parents; participated in parish missions; and presented at a February 2004 retreat for young adults at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J.
Bros. Mel Meyer (Curé of Ars) and Brian Zampier (Lindell Blvd., St. Louis) will each display three pieces of their artwork at a show hosted by Concordia Lutheran Church in Kirkwood, Mo. The pieces will be on display through April 18, 2004. Contact Bro. Brian for more information.
HOLY WEEK ON CAMPUS
FR. RUDY'S THOUGHTS ON THE BOMBING IN MADRID
Fr. Rudy Vela (Woodlawn, San Antonio) shares his thoughts about the train bombing in Madrid on March 11. Fr. Rudy is teaching at the Universidad de Alcalá outside Madrid through May 5 as part of the Study Abroad Program of St. Mary's University. To read his reflections, please click here:
JOY, HAWAIIAN STYLE
Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Omaha, Neb., revived its affiliation with its Marianist heritage on March 18, 2004. School officials and Marianist representatives formalized the school's relationship with the Province by publicly signing a sponsorship agreement in a ceremony before the student body and Gross community members. To read an excellent article about the ceremony from The Catholic Voice (archdiocese of Omaha), please click here:
A liturgy at Central Catholic High School in San Antonio on March 25 included a recommitment of the school to its Marianist heritage that dates back 152 years.
REDS WORKSHOP ON EDUCATION
L.A. RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONGRESS
Bro. Dennis Schmitz (Center Community, Honolulu) reports that the Marianist Vocation Ministry booth at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress was well received by congress participants. More than 38,000 people attended the congress, held Feb. 20-22, 2004. Twenty young men visited the booth and filled out cards expressing interest in the Marianists. In addition to Bro. Dennis and Fr. John McEnhill, Fr. Ken Templin, Bro. Jim Wisecaver, contacts Brian Sheehan and Roberto Rivera, and Lay Marianist Affiliate Kay Stone worked at the booth and Bro. Agustin Guzman helped set up the display. Bro. Bill Bolts, Frs. Roland Bunda and Ed Johnson, and Bro. Bob Juenemann visited the booth.
SAN ANTONIO LAY NETWORK MEETS
NOTES FROM THE PROVINCE OFFICE
The Province office in St. Louis will be closed Good Friday, April 9, 2004.
Inserts for the Necrology for 2001, 2002 and 2003 have been mailed to all communities. For additional copies, contact Bro. Bob Resing at firstname.lastname@example.org
VOCATION WORKSHOP: YOUTH & WISDOM
PRIEST. The Region of India is seeking a priest to serve at the Aspirancy Program in Bangalore for some months from July 15, 2004, to May 15, 2005. It could serve as a sabbatical. Contact Fr. Joe Lackner atmailto:email@example.com.
SEDER MEAL. The St. Aloysius community in Cleveland needs help in the organization and preparation for the Seder meal on Holy Thursday. Contact Bro. Mike O'Grady at firstname.lastname@example.org or 216.451.2215.
RETREAT CENTER DIRECTOR. The Marianist Family Retreat Center in Topsail Island, N.C., seeks a center director. The position is open to religious and lay applicants. To read the job description, please click here: For more information, contact Joyce O’Toole at email@example.com.
PROGRAM SPECIALIST. Circle Lake Retreat Center in the Houston area seeks a program specialist. Director Bob Schmidt says that the administration team is composed of lay Marianists and he invites members of the Marianist Family to apply. To read the job description, please click here: For more information, contact Bob at 281.356.6764, x. 11.
SPRING SNOW IN KOREA
MAUI REPORT. To read Fr. Steve Tutas' April 2004 letter from Maui, please click here:
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To read Update #16 of the 2003-2004 Personnel, please click here: If you need additional copies of the Personnel or to make changes, please contact Ann Mueller at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Remember that updated personnel information is always available at www.marianist.com/portal.)
HAPPY EASTER FROM PETER "POLYESTER-TAIL"
OUT AND ABOUT
To read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis, please click here:
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