Volume 5, Number 7
Tuesday, April 4, 2006


Vocation workshop participants, front row, Ernie Mendoza, Errol Christian, Christine Firestone, Adam Beccera, Bro. Brian Halderman, Bro. John Habjan; middle row, Bro. Len Rudy, Bro. Leo Willett, Mary Kay Fitzpatrick, Greg Evans, Bro. Kevin Whelan, Carol Lamont; back row, Bro. Charles Johnson, Bro. Sean Downing, Jessica Horne, Sr. Rosemary Stanton, Bros. Reinaldo Berrios, Roy McLaughlin, Rich Thompson and Jim Dods; Jose Matos and Fr. Edwin Johnson

Campus ministers and professed Marianists who teach at Marianist schools visited St. Louis March 25-26 to discuss, share and learn more about vocations and the resources available to them.

Bro. Charles Johnson, national vocation director, coordinated the workshop at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center in Eureka, Mo. Several Marianists, including Bro. Mike O'Grady, assistant for religious life, Fr. Joe Kozar, Bro. Leo Willett and Bro. John Habjan, spoke on topics ranging from "why choose a Marianist vocation" to "how to develop a vocation plan." Bro. Brian Halderman presented an overview of the vocation Web site.

(Note: The videocast is available with QuickTime or Windows Media. Please allow a few moments for download.)
Bro. Charles Johnson and campus ministers are interviewed. Produced by Dennis Bautista.

At the campus ministers' workshop, Errol Christian (Saint Louis School, Honolulu), Ernest Mendoza (St. Anthony Jr./Sr. High School, Maui) and Bro. Jim Dods (Saint Louis School)



The Marianist Center at Mount St. John in Dayton houses the NACMS office and the MSJ office. It previously housed the Province office for the former Province of Cincinnati. A study is underway to determine the feasibility of remodeling the building to house the staff of the Marianist Mission.

The Provincial Council has approved a detailed study of moving the Marianist Mission from Franklin Street in downtown Dayton to the Marianist Center at Mount St. John, which once housed the offices of the former Province of Cincinnati. Mount St. John is in suburban Dayton. Preliminary architectural designs and cost estimates for the move were submitted recently to the Provincial Council by Lisa Gooding, Province director of development, and shared with the Provincial Chapter and the Mount St. John Council, which includes a representative from each of the entities on the property. Renovation plans include the offices of the North America Center for Marianist Studies, which would share space at the Marianist Center with the Marianist Mission. The cost of upgrading the Franklin Street building also is being studied before the decision to relocate is made. According to Fr. Jim Fitz, the project's timeline will be determined after final plans and cost estimates have been approved. View a map of MSJ.



Congratulations to the 2006 jubilarians from San Antonio: standing, Fr. Richard Wosman (25 years), Bro. Joseph Grieshaber (50 years), Fr. John Leies (50th sacerdotal) and Fr. Charles Stander (25th sacerdotal); seated, Bro. Eugene Feld (70 years), Fr. Norbert Moellering (60th sacerdotal) and Bro. Victor Naegele (70 years)

(Photos by Scott Schrader)

Seven Jubilarians were honored at a special Mass and reception at the Marianist Residence Chapel in San Antonio on March 25. Fr. John Leies presided at the Mass and Fr. Richard Wosman gave the homily. Representing the Province, Bro. Mike O'Grady, assistant for religious life, witnessed the renewal of vows. Approximately 100 brothers, sisters, friends and relatives attended the event. Read Fr. Richard's homily.

Clockwise from top left: Fr. John Leies, Fr. Richard Wosman, Fr. Norbert Moellering and Bro. Joseph Grieshaber



Prints of the Blessed Chaminade icon are now being shipped to all communities, parishes, retreat centers and other Marianist ministries in the U.S. Province. Each will receive a 20" x 24" print and a 4" x 6" print. Holy cards also are in process and will ship to Province members upon availability. The Province encourages all communities to celebrate the birthday of Blessed Chaminade, April 8, with a blessing of the icon. (PLEASE NOTE: Up to three holy cards are available free of charge by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Chaminade Icon, 4425 West Pine Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108. For larger quantities (4-25), a donation is appreciated. For bulk quantities or more information, please e-mail us at marianist@marianist.com. Large prints mounted on gator board are available for $50 (20" x 24") and $8 (4" x 6"). Please make checks payable to: The Marianists, Province of the United States.



Updates to the Necrology book were mailed last week. If you did not receive your copies or require any additional information, please e-mail Bro. Bob Resing.



Read the April 2006 issue of Via Latina.



Photo by Bro. Jim Wisecaver – San Juan Mission, Texas

Read a poem written by Fr. Gus Biehl (East St. Louis, Ill.) called “Learning Calvary.” It’s included in his book of poems, essays and reflections called “Walking, Waiting, Loving.”



Ray McCracken, assistant director for programs at the North American Center for Marianist Studies (NACMS), is doing the research project of a lifetime—in fact, many lifetimes.

"Lest We Forget" is the title of a series of interviews McCracken and others, including the late Bro. Walt Oberster, have conducted with 120 Marianist brothers and sisters, primarily at the heathcare centers, as part of a NACMS-sponsored research project. The aim of the project is to record the life stories of Marianists and use the information to examine trends and other findings. Ray says that 99 percent of brothers were positive about their vocation and life choice. Read more.



Fr. Lawrence Jordan (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), 98, oldest Marianist in the U.S. Province, who died March 16, 2006. May he rest in peace. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated March 20. Read Fr. Lawrence's obituary.

Bro. Millán Ortega (Province of Zaragoza), 67, who died March 18, 2006, in Zaragoza, Spain. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Millán's obituary.

Bro. Benigno Villardi (Province of Italy), 76, who died March 28, 2006, in Rome. May he rest in peace. Bro. Benigno's obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.

Please pray also for Norbert "Buddy" Alberts, Fr. Dennis Andrews, Frankie Cox, Ruth Hoffman, Emigdia Lara, Viola McCabe, Clarence Neumann, Paul Oguda and Julio Trimboli. Read more.



Photo courtesy of Bro. Bob Resing, S.M. Bro. Bob's images are available for sale as note cards or prints. To order, visit http://www.resingart.com/



Fr. Gus Biehl (East St. Louis, Ill.), who is recovering from a minor stroke.

Bro. Joseph Meierdirks (Mercy Siena, Dayton), who had a heart attack and is in Miami Valley Hospital.

Bro. William McCall (Villa St. Joseph Residence, Cupertino), who has been diagnosed with rectal cancer and will be starting treatment.

Fr. Charles Oyabu (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), who suffers from cancer.

Please pray also for Richard Csarny, Jane Cox, Maura Finn, David Fitz, Lisa Koppin, Sr. John Marie Samaha, Angeline Stratman, Mrs. Verbesey and Theresa Ventura. Read more.



Bro. Ralph Neumann (standing, second from left) and Fr. Ted Cassidy (kneeling, center, second from right) visited several Latino parishes in South Jersey to promote the Latino Family Retreat which was held at the Cape May Retreat Center March 17-19. The weekend was a complete sell-out! A $1,000 grant from the Marianist Sharing Fund helped make the event possible.



 Bro. Tom Wendorf (novitiate, Dayton) was recently promoted to associate professor of English at the University of Dayton. Bro. Tom and other faculty members were honored at a luncheon at UD March 20. Congratulations Bro. Tom!

Bro. John Samaha (Villa St. Joseph, Cupertino), Province liaison to the Procurator General, reports that Fr. José María Salaverri (Valencia, Spain) and Fr. Enrique Torres (Madrid) are working on biographies of the four martyrs of the Spanish Civil War killed in Madrid: Fr. Miguel Leibar and Bros. Florencio Arnaiz, Joaquín Ochoa and Sabino Ayastuy. According to Bro. John, a meeting of the bishops and cardinals to approve their martyrdom could happen as soon as fall 2006.

Bro. Bob Donovan is a finalist for the Cincinnati Jefferson Awards, given for public service. He will join other nominees in June as finalists for five national Jefferson Awards given by the American Institute for Public Service. Bro. Bob, a doctor, provides medical care to the poor and homeless. Kudos to Bro. Bob. Read more.

Fr. Charles Miller (Chaminade Community, San Antonio), director of the "Roamin' Rattlers" travel service at St. Mary's University, guided 17 pilgrims from the Diocese of Amarillo, Texas, and bishop, Most Rev. John Yanta, on a Lenten pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Italy March 3-9. In Rome the group attended a papal audience.

Limited free copies of "A Short History of the Marianists in India" are available by contacting Ann Mueller. The book was created by Bro. Delmar Jorn in collaboration with Frs. David Fleming, Florian Royer-Chabot and Bill Christensen, Bros. Ed Violett and James Perikala, and Mr. Jim O'Hara.

  Sr. Laura Leming, assistant professor of sociology at the University of Dayton, spoke at the 2006 Miryam Award presentation March 22. Amy Lopez, director of conference services and Kennedy Union at UD, was named the 2006 Miryam Award winner. She was recognized for her work to enhance the lives of women on campus.

Fr. Bob Hogan (Casa San Juan, San Antonio) recently moderated parish programs on parent and community outreach at St. Mary Magdalen Church in San Antonio, where he is pastor.

Myron Achbach
Common Bond President John O'Connor and Reunion Committee Chair Myron Achbach invite all to attend the Third National Common Bond Reunion July 28-30 at the University of Dayton. For more information, e-mail Myron.

One of the quiz teams at St. John’s confers about a question.

What is a Marianist? What year were the Marianists founded? Wally Rodier reports that 16 boys at St. John’s Residence in Rockaway, N.Y., answered questions like these at a Marianist “quiz show” coordinated by the Marianist community at St. John’s. Fr. Paul Landolfi and Bros. Tom Trager, John Collins, Steve O’Neil and Ray Miklich gave presentations about the founders, directed questions to the contestants, kept score and called time. St. John’s has been operated by the Marianists since 1938.



The Korean Marianist National Board celebrated the consecration of 12 new candidates Feb. 5 in Seoul. In preparation for this ceremony, Bro. John Ko (Region of Korea) has spent the last several months mentoring the candidates on the characteristics of lay Marianists.



Call For Action on Immigration The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2006 was passed by the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee March 27. The next few weeks are critical in passing comprehensive reforms that protect U.S. security and create fair and just immigration legislation. Take action and contact your senator today.

Bro. Galvin Attends Immigration Rally in D.C.

Bro. Mike Galvin (right) participated in an immigration rights rally on the lawn of the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., March 27. As the Senate Judiciary Committee debated immigration reform inside, rally participants of many faiths assembled outside the Capitol building to pray for fair and just immigration legislation. According to Bro. Mike, the proposed new legislation, passed that afternoon by the Judiciary Committee, addressed all of their major concerns.

Peace and Justice Blog Blogging about justice -- UD's Zimmerman Law Library has unveiled a blog that has information on immigration, civil rights, debt, the environment, human rights, globalization, indigenous rights and labor and employment.

Katrina Workshop/Service Opportunity Two programs for Marianists to meet, work and pray with the victims of the Gulf storms are scheduled for April 28 - May 1 (primarily for university people), and June 23 - 26. Limit 15 per session. More information.

Contact Myles McCabe, Province Director of Peace & Justice, mmccabe@sm-usa.org. 314.533.1207, x. 235



Bro. Aaron Sonnenburg
, left, presented a check for $2,500 to Jan Lepore-Jentleson and Mark Manovich of East End Community Services in Dayton. East End has teamed up with the Marianist Youth Tutoring Project at Chaminade-Julienne High School to create a youth development program emphasizing personal strength through positive relationships with adults and peers. The funds will be used for software to help students improve their academic skills.

Bro. Tom Spring presented a check to Chaminade University of Honolulu Professor Margaret Mize for $1,000 for a summer science program at Palolo Elementary School. Chaminade students will assist with the program. Also shown are Palolo Principal Ruth Silberstein (left) and Candice Sakuda, director of Chaminade's Service Learning Program.


VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH honored its 20 Marianist Urban Student Program participants at a special Founder's Day Awards ceremony in January. The students are from St. Joseph Collinwood and St. Aloysius/St. Agatha schools (both Marianist-sponsored) in Cleveland. Their MUSP scholarships provide them with financial aid, tutoring, mentoring and community building opportunities.

Villa Angela-St. Joseph MUSP participants.


Villa Angela-St. Joseph was selected as the pilot school for a collaboration with the University of Dayton on a new pre-engineering program. The program, aimed at introducing high school students to the engineering field, will help position VASJ as one of the top pre-engineering high schools in Northeast Ohio.
VASJ Seniors Robert Boos, Nick Horner and Morris Williams explore the Chemical Engineering Laboratory at UD.

ST. MARY'S UNIVERSITY The St. Mary's School of Law has reached its $1.6 million goal to renovate its moot courtroom, a setting where students receive hands-on courtroom training. The SBC Foundation made an initial $300,000 challenge grant to kick off the fundraising effort. St. Mary´s University contributed more than $700,000 to the initiative with the remainder coming from individual alumni contributors, corporations and law firms, the Law Alumni Association and faculty and staff of the law school.

UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON "Beads that feed" are the latest trend on the UD campus. Many UD employees are sporting handmade beaded necklaces made by UD records auditor Chris McCann. The proceeds from these necklaces, which sell for $7 to $20, benefit Our Lady of Nazareth, a school of 1,500 children in Nairobi, Kenya, run by Fr. Marty Solma. McCann has raised nearly $1,500 already—enough to feed, clothe and educate 12 children for a year. Learn more about Our Lady of Nazareth. Watch our videocast interview with Fr. Marty.
Chris McCann, right, and coworker Rosie Terzian, bead sales manager, show off the many colorful strands.


University of Dayton Senior David Prier has been awarded the 2006 Maureen O'Rourke Marianist Student Award. The award is given to a graduating senior who exemplifies the Marianist charism on campus. Congratulations David! Read David's acceptance speech.



Bro. Ralph Neumann (first row, second from right) poses with the Central Catholic High School Guardian Angels, a group of students who perform campus service projects. Bro. Ralph made a presentation to CCHS on Marianist ministries in Mexico. The Guardian Angels collected over $400 for the Mexican mission.



Read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis.

Read updated changes to the personnel.

For more copies of the new personnel, e-mail amueller@sm-usa.org.

Remember that personnel information on the PORTAL is updated on a regular basis at www.marianist.com/portal



PRINCIPAL. Nolan Catholic High School in Fort Worth, Texas, is seeking a principal for the 2006-2007 school year. The position will be effective July 1, 2006. Read the job description.

ADMISSIONS COORDINATOR. Central Catholic High School in San Antonio seeks an admissions coordinator. This is a 12-month, full-time position reporting directly to the principal. Read the job description.

DISTRIBUTION VOLUNTEER. Bro. Mike O'Grady (Assistant for Religious Life) is looking for a volunteer person or group to act as the distribution center for the Province's Chaminade literature and other Chaminade materials. Storage space and the ability to fulfill requests and process returns are required. Postage costs will be paid by the Province. For more information, contact Bro. Mike at 314.533.1207 or mogrady@sm-usa.org.



CMSC. Read the April 2006 issue of Centerpoint.com, the newsletter from the Center for Marianist Spirituality & Communities.

MSJC. Read the March 2006 issue of Justice Jottings.

TOPSAIL. Read the March/April 2006 issue of High Tidings, the e-newsletter from the CFL Family Retreat Center in N. Topsail Beach, N.C. Featured in this issue is new director Marilynn Shackelford. Marilynn's new e-mail address is: cfldirector@charterinternet.com

Marilynn Shackelford

MLNNA. Two newsletters are available from the Marianist Lay Network of North American: Friday Magnificat (a joint publication of MLLNA and MSJC) and MLNNA-Enews. To sign up for these newsletters e-mail Dan Jordan.

MAUI. Read Fr. Steve Tutas' April 2006 Maui newsletter.



Fr. Ted Cassidy (photo left) and a student retreatant (photo right) worked on crafts projects with inner-city children.

Sixteen high school and college students participated in a retreat at the Marianist Family Retreat Center at Cape May Point to explore the Marianist spirit. Moderators were Fr. Ted Cassidy, Jessica Sherwin and Fr. Terry Weik from Cape May and Chris and Ann Van Dame, Sr. Grace Walle and Maureen O’Rourke. Bros. Ed Unferdorfer and Al Koch also participated. The Marianist Vocation Office and the Marianist Volunteer Program helped sponsor the retreat, which included presentations on the process of discernment, ways to pray and a service project with inner-city children.



TECABOCA Family Retreat: Anyone interested in attending or volunteering for the TECABOCA Marianist Family Retreat June 1-4, should e-mail Pati Krasensky. Read more about the retreat.

St. Louis area priests: The Archdiocese of St. Louis needs confessors on Mercy Sunday, April 23, at the Cathedral Basilica. If you can hear confessions that day from 1 – 2 p.m. or 2 – 3 p.m., call the Office of Worship at 314.792.7230 by
April 5.

FamilyOnline: The next issue of FamilyOnline is Tuesday, April 25. The deadline for stories is Tuesday, April 18.



Photo by Bro. Phil Aaron

The spiritual quest is not for interesting "spiritual experiences" but for the expansion of our capacity for mercy, the opening of our hearts wide enough to embrace the world, and not just the fragments of it, here and there, which at present we manage to feel with and care about.

Martin L. Smith



Faith Pinter
reports that Madeline Hirbe, a longtime St. Louis Marianist Affiliate, got the royal treatment at her 99th birthday party from members of the Marianist Family including (standing) Bro. Bill O’Leary, Bro. Norb Karpfinger, Fr. Gus Biehl, Bros. Fred Hausch, Francis Heyer and John Klein; (seated) Bro. Bob Massa, Madeline Hirbe and Bro. Ken Jung



All smiles at the campus ministers workshop, Kristin Firestone (Chaminade College Preparatory High School, West Hills, Calif.), Adam Beccera (Chaminade Middle School, Chatsworth, Calif.), Fr. Edwin Johnson (chaplain, Chaminade, West Hills), Greg Evans (North Catholic High School, Pittsburgh) and Jessica Horne (Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Cleveland)




Richard Kuhn. papasmurfsm@yahoo.com
  Ronald Luksic Rluksic@moeller.org
  Robert Wiethorn Brobobwiethorn@fuse.net
6 Kathy Cooper kcooper@sm-usa.org
Louis Mason  louis.t.mason@lycos.com
  David Quigley  
9 Jack Ventura jventura@sm-usa.org
10 Ralph Siefert rsief@aol.com
11 Joseph Okoth maboys@zamnet.zm
12 Mary Ellen Garcia megarcia@sm-usa.org
  Thomas Heinle tomheinle@aol.com
13 Raymond Kacirk kacirkdrb@aol.com
14 David Fleming gensup@smcuria.it 
15 Jorge da Silva jorge_da@msn.com
16 Eugene Feld  
  Sylverius Kerketta frsylsm@yahoo.com
  Martin McMurtrey  
17 Robert Backherms frbobsm@yahoo.com
18 William Fackovec william.fackovec@udayton.edu
19 Donald Neff dneff4@yahoo.com.au
20 Francis Matthews francis05skip@yahoo.com
21 Mariandu Belevendiran A.  
  Lawrence Corbin lcorbin@fuse.net
22 Sean Downing seandowning@yahoo.com
23 Joseph Barla barlajoseph@hotmail.com
  Allen DeLong adelong@saintlouishawaii.org
  Thomas Oldenski toldenski@hotmail.com
24 Robert Hackel rehackel@aol.com
  John Leies jleies@stmarytx.edu
  Angelo Mugo Nyaga  
  Roberto Rivera roberto_rivera2003@yahoo.com
25 Stephen Wanyoike  
27 Alexius Toppo toppoa@rediffmail.com
28 A. Joseph Barrish joseph.barrish@notes.udayton.edu
  Daniel Dhanaraj N ndany@rediffmail.com


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