Volume 5, Number 5
THREE MEXICANS ENTER NOVITIATE IN CHILE
Congratulations to Mario Uziel Verduzco Deniz, Nereo Ramírez Hernández and José Jesús Ruiz Santillán who left the Querétaro, Mexico, pre-novitiate community Feb. 27 to begin their two-year novitiate in Chile.
Uziel, 26, from Pihuamo, Jalisco, Mexico, attended school in Pihuamo and studied technical drawing and accounting in Guzmán, Mexico. This past semester Uziel worked as a librarian at IVES Preparatory in the Coatzacoalcos community.
Nereo, 27, was born and educated in Santa Isabel, Tancanhuitz, Mexico. He attended seminary school in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and studied philosophy at the Conciliar Seminary of Tampico. Nereo taught in preparatory schools until 2005.
Jesús, 52, was born in Guanajuato, Mexico. For the last 10 years, Jesús has worked in parish and sacramental pastoral ministry. Our prayers for their continued growth!
CHAPTER MEETING WRAPS UP IN ST. LOUIS
The 9th session of the Provincial Chapter met in Eureka, Mo., from March 3 - 7 at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center. Chapter members held lengthy discussions about the future structure of the Chapter. The group decided that a consultation among the brothers would be held before a final decision was made at the October 2006 Chapter.
The Chapter also decided that when the new Provincial Council is appointed, the Provincial will appoint two or more additional members to participate in Council meetings, bringing variety and specific wisdom to the Council.
The Chapter Vision Committee presented its report on work towards a Province vision statement. The district of Mexico offered an extensive report on its activities. Also discussed were the Province budget, Marianist parishes and Province development. Bro. Ed Violett was elected moderator of the next Chapter in September.
On Sunday night, brothers from the St. Louis area joined Chapter members for dinner and a discussion on the challenges and actions the General Chapter should address at its gathering this summer in Rome.
A full report on the Chapter from Bro. Stephen Glodek will be distributed in the near future. Read Chapter documents on the PORTAL.
NEWS ABOUT VOCATIONS
Bro. Ron Overman (Meyer Hall, Dayton) has joined the staff of the University of Dayton in the new position of business manager, effective March 6. Bro. Ron will work with investments, insurance and purchasing. The Province community extends deep gratitude to Bro. Ron for his eight years as director of the Marianist Mission in Dayton, and prayers for his future ministry. Read the Province statement.
INTERVIEW WITH . . .
KUDOS FOR THE COLORING BOOK
In July 2005, Bro. Charles Johnson debuted the Blessed Chaminade coloring book to introduce children and adults to the story of our founder. Since that time, Bro. Charles has distributed nearly 1,000 copies. Even the Holy Father has one! Read the Vatican's letter to Bro. Charles.
BROTHERS ON WHEELS
VOLUNTEER PROGRAM: NOW RECRUITING
The Marianist Volunteer Program (MVP) is recruiting volunteers to begin in August 2006, with placements available in Louisiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Texas and Mexico. Volunteers must be 21, with a college degree or equivalent life experience, open to community living and to the Marianist charism, and fluent in Spanish for placement in Mexico. Volunteers will serve one year in the United States (two years in Mexico) and will receive room and board, health insurance and a stipend. View the MVP application. Preference will be given to those applying before April 3, 2006. Contact Coordinator Dan Richter with questions or visit our Web site.
MVP HOLDS COMMITTEE MEETING AND RETREAT
FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
Read the March 2006 issue of Via Latina.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .
Florence Baricevic, Earl Moorman, Marie Murphy, Charlotte Perabo, Parameswa Rao and Maura Sullivan. Read more.
SPRING TIME AT QUEENY PARK LAKE, ST. LOUIS
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
Fr. Charles Oyabu (Helotes, Texas), who is suffering from liver and colon cancer. Fr. Charles has moved to the Marianist Residence in San Antonio.
Bro. Louis Pinckert (Chaminade Waldron, St. Louis), who will have cataract surgery on March 8, 2006.
Please pray also for Norbert Alberts, Barney Karpfinger, Clarence Neumann, Al and Eileen Prendergast, Angeline Stratman and Sue Wesselkamper. Read more.
WHO'S DOING WHAT
Bro. Ron Luksic (Montgomery Road, Cincinnati) received the Bro. Lawrence Eveslage Award from the Archbishop Moeller High School alumni association. The school honored Bro. Ron for two decades of service. His numerous contributions include programs for school admissions, community outreach, service, pastoral care and the new "house system" program which increases student care, leadership skills and school participation. Congratulations to Bro. Ron!
Marianist Artists at
Bro. John Lemker (Novitiate, Dayton) has been a nature photographer for more than 35 years. Bro. John began to take photos of the earth's natural beauty in 1969 with a grant from the National Science Foundation to prepare a new high school earth science course. He has used his photos not only in the classroom, but in retreat presentations, scripture study groups and photography workshops. His photos have appeared in Time-Life and Sierra Club publications as well as numerous international publications through a stock photo agency. Bro. John's work has been exhibited at Gallery St. John in Dayton and at galleries throughout Michigan and Ohio. While continuing to recover from a car accident that occurred last summer, Bro. John writes, "I look forward once again to being able to hoist the tripod on my shoulder and the pack on my back and be struck by that 'beauty which leads to contemplation.' This same sentiment was expressed by the late Galen Rowell, who wrote: ' The act of visualizing a meaningful photograph has more in common with meditation than professional skill.' "
NEXT ISSUE: If you're an artist and would like to be featured, e-mail email@example.com. (This feature was produced by Novice Dennis Bautista.)
NEW AFFILIATES RECEIVED IN CUPERTINO
GOVERNOR'S ISLAND ANNOUNCES RETREATS
SHARING FUND PRESENTS GRANTS
MARIANIST LIFE SOCIAL JUSTICE GROUP MEETS
High school teachers from Archbishop Riordan, Chaminade-Julienne, Chaminade St. Louis, Chaminade West Hills, Nolan Catholic, North Catholic, Purcell Marian and Vianney met Feb. 25 on the West Hills campus to discuss ways to integrate the LIFE program with social justice efforts in schools.
FROM THE SCHOOLS . . .
ARCHBISHOP MOELLER HIGH SCHOOL celebrated Catholic Schools/Chaminade Week with special events honoring the Characteristics of Marianist Education. Highlights included a half-year anniversary celebration of the school's new "house system." The program, led by Bro. Ron Luksic, aims to provide a caring environment that breaks down barriers between grade levels and encourages student participation. Fr. Paul Marshall presided at a special Founder's Day Mass. Moeller's Founder's Day Chaminade Award was presented to Mary and Jack Teuschl for their nearly two decades of service to the school.
CHAMINADE COLLEGE PREP MIDDLE SCHOOL in California also celebrated Catholic Schools/Chaminade Week. The school welcomed Cardinal Roger Mahoney, who presided at a special Mass. In addition, each student wrote an essay based on this year's theme "Character, Compassion and Values."
STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Students from Chaminade-Julienne, Purcell Marian and Archbishop Moeller High Schools participated in their third Community Service Exchange Program meeting Feb. 27 at Moeller. The group's goal is to unify the schools in their Marianist vision/mission and to develop a collaborative service project. Each school has hosted a meeting and coordinated a volunteer project for the group at a local non-profit agency.
OUT AND ABOUT
Read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis.
LONG ISLAND MARIANISTS GATHER
MSJC. Read the March 2006 issue of Justice Jottings.
Read Fr. Steve Tutas' March 2006 Maui newsletter.
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