AYE, AYE, CAP’N CHARLES
CONVOCATION OF THE PROVINCIAL CHAPTER
Provincial Stephen Glodek has convoked the eighth session of the Provincial Chapter, which will be held Sept. 23-25, 2005, at the Oblate Center in San Antonio. This fall Chapter session is designed for discussion only. Agenda items will include implementation of the mission statement and an update on the Provincial Council’s “Orientations and Priorities for 2004-2007.” Province members are invited to a gathering in San Antonio Saturday evening, Sept. 24 (more information coming). The next legislative session of the Chapter will be held March 3-7, 2006.
EASTERN AFRICA CELEBRATES AS FIVE PROFESS VOWS
On July 30, 2005, the Region of Eastern Africa celebrated as five young men made their first vows at St. John the Evangelist parish in Limuru, Kenya: Bros. Floyd Chanda, Henry Kamundi, John-Paul Kirimi, Moses Okoth and Dingiswayo Soko. Regional Superior Fr. Marty Solma accepted the vows; Bro. Michael Otieno gave the homily. The newly professed brothers were joined in the celebration by other Marianist brothers, family members and lay Marianists. The five will move to the scholasticate community to pursue their studies in preparation for future ministries. Congratulations to all!
TWO BROTHERS TAKE VOWS IN QUERÉTARO, MEXICO
Congratulations and best wishes to two brothers from the District of Mexico who professed vows on Aug. 6, 2005, at Our Lady of Guadalupe church in Querétaro, Mexico: Bro. Régulo García Hernández, who professed perpetual vows, and Bro. Gobi Torres Nazarío, who professed first vows. Provincial Stephen Glodek and Bro. Charles Johnson represented the Province at the profession.
GOVERNOR’S ISLAND, HUNTSVILLE, OHIO
PROVINCIAL LETTER DISCUSSES FAITH, CULTURE
Provincial Stephen Glodek has written Provincial Letter 14, dated Aug. 4, 2005, entitled, “The Implementation of the Province Commitment to the Dialogue between Faith and Culture 2002-2007.” Brother Stephen details the history of the Province’s efforts in this dialogue, as well as ongoing efforts and plans for the future. Read Provincial Letter 14.
FR. ANTONIO SOLDÀ VISITS ST. LOUIS
NOVICES TO SERVE IN FOUR MINISTRIES
This fall, the Province’s second-year novices will venture to four locations – St. Louis, Fort Worth, San Antonio and Veracruz, Mexico – to serve in a variety of ministries. Our prayers and best wishes in their endeavors.
MARIANIST VOLUNTEER PROGRAM COMMISSIONS SIX
Six volunteers with the Marianist Volunteer Program (MVP) were commissioned Aug. 7, 2005, at Bergamo Center in Dayton. The volunteers spent the previous week in an orientation led by MVP Coordinator Dan Richter. Speakers were Bro. Mike O’Grady, Bro. Phil Aaron, Dick Ferguson, Sr. Laura Leming, Myles McCabe, Patricia Mejia, Carol Ramey and Bro. Dennis Schmitz. Topics included the Marianist charism, leadership, service, and simplicity and justice. Congratulations and best wishes to the new volunteers!
RENEWING VOWS, HONOLULU
Congratulations and prayers to the following brothers who have accepted director assignments, effective Aug. 15, 2005. We pray also for brothers who will be serving in new ministries.
FIRST TERM (three years)
The Provincial Council thanks Frs. Edwin Johnson and Terry Weik for their years of service as director.
Juan García Jiménez (District of Mexico) has withdrawn from the Society of Mary. Our best wishes to Juan in his future endeavors.
DISCERNMENT WEEKEND AT GOVERNOR’S ISLAND
The first "Look, Listen and Lounge at the Lake" discernment retreat was held July 28 – Aug. 1 at Governor’s Island in Huntsville, Ohio. Attendees included 25 contacts, aspirants, novices and professed who gathered for discernment, discussions on religious life and Marianist life, Eucharist, personal reflection and relaxation. The vocation ministry thanks the Governor's Island community for its hospitality. Slideshow courtesy of Bro. Brian Halderman.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .
Fr. Richard Knuge, 79, who died Aug. 6, 2005, in Dayton of complications of cancer. May he rest in peace. Visitation for Fr. Richard will be Aug. 11, 2005, at 6 p.m. at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Mount St. John in Dayton, with a funeral liturgy at 7 p.m. Burial will follow at Queen of Heaven cemetery. Fr. Richard’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.
Vera Siefert, who died Aug. 6, 2005. May she rest in peace. Vera was the mother of Fr. Ralph Siefert (Waldron Community, St. Louis).
Nancy Cady, who died Aug. 9, 2005, in Florida. May she rest in peace. Nancy was the sister of Bro. Ken Straubinger (Maryland Avenue, St. Louis).
Marian Hoffman, who died on Aug. 4, 2005. May she rest in peace. Marian was the aunt of Bro. Paul Hoffman (Findlay Street, Cincinnati).
Cecilia Therese Koenig, daughter of Jessica and Andreas Koenig, who was stillborn on Aug. 7, 2005. May she rest in peace. Cecilia was the granddaughter of Donna Tucker, secretary for the Province Office of Religious Life. Jessica is Donna’s daughter.
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN, ST. LOUIS
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
Fr. Joe Rasky (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), who is recovering from successful hip surgery.
Bro. Anthony Sobocinski (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), who is suffering from pneumonia.
Bro. Tom Spring (Chaminade Pohaku Community, Honolulu), who will have surgery to remove a melanoma on Aug. 16.
Please also pray for Archbishop Raymond Roussin, Melzetta Brown, Patrosenia Bunda, Marie Galevic and Mary Kay Plassenthal. Read about these intentions.
HONOLULU MARIANISTS WELCOME NEW BISHOP
MARIANIST LAY COMMUNITIES MEET IN BORDEAUX
Tony Garascia reports on the success of the 4th International Meeting of Marianist Lay Communities (MLC) in Bordeaux, France, from July 23-29, 2005. He says that 17 delegates and lay observers represented countries from Eastern and Western Africa, Haiti and India, as well as delegates and observers from Japan and Korea. “I returned from France with a sense that the effort to build the world Marianist Family is bearing fruit,” Tony said. Read the meeting highlights. Read In Alliance with Mary, a document that discusses who Mary is for the MLCs in the 21st century.
Marianist Sharing Fund in
Bro. Bob Wiethorn, assistant director of Mercy Connections in Cincinnati, together with his community, De Sales Crossings, applied for a Marianist Sharing Fund grant for Project Surpass, a computer-based job training program that helps the unemployed and under-employed qualify for entry-level office positions. The grant was accepted. The money paid for training for the project instructor to help students with computer programs. Myles McCabe reminds Marianists that Sharing Fund requests endorsed by Marianist communities receive priority!
To read more about Project Surpass and to apply for a Sharing Fund grant, visit the Marianist Web site.
WHO'S DOING WHAT
MARIANIST FAMILY RETREAT ON SHELTER ISLAND
2005-2006 PERSONNEL COMING IN SEPTEMBER
OUT AND ABOUT
Read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis
TEMPORALITIES MEETING, ROME
The General Administration hosted the International Meeting of the Marianist Assistants for the Office of Temporalities from July 10-16 at the GA offices in Rome. The brothers exchanged information about their work and discussed alternative investments, responsible investing, peace and justice and a possible proposition for the next General Chapter.
NEWS FROM INDIA. Read the July 2005 issue of the newsletter from India.
REDS. Read the July 2005 issue of the REDS newsletter (Ragpickers Education Development Scheme).
MAUI. Read the August 2005 issue of Fr. Steve Tutas’ report from Maui, Hawai’i.
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MYSTERY MARIANIST UNVEILED . . .
It's Bro. Franklin Pao, who lives at the Center Marianist Community in Honolulu and serves as the registrar at Saint Louis School. Bro. Franklin lived and ministered in California for 30 years. As a Hawai’ian, he is proud of his culture and has been a state-licensed Kahuna Nui of the Royal Order of Kamehameha since 1988. Bro. Franklin’s life lesson: ”I have learned how to accept myself as I am, and others as they are. We are all the same in the eyes of God.”
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