CAMPUS MINISTERS ATTEND VOCATION WORKSHOP
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.
STUDY UNDERWAY FOR RELOCATING 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.
SAN ANTONIO CELEBRATES SEVEN JUBILEES
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.
BLESSED CHAMINADE ICON BEING DISTRIBUTED
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 email@example.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.
FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
Read the April 2006 issue of Via Latina.
"EVERY STORY IS A SACRED STORY"
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.
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .
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.
PANSIES, MARYLAND AVENUE, ST. LOUIS
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
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.
LATINO FAMILY RETREAT HELD AT CAPE MAY
WHO'S DOING WHAT
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.
(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.
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.
KOREAN MARIANISTS HOLD CONSECRATION CEREMONY
MARIANIST SHARING FUND AWARDS GRANTS
FROM THE SCHOOLS . . .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.
VASJ PARTNERS WITH UD ON ENGINEERING PROGRAM
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.
UD PRESENTS 2006 MARIANIST STUDENT AWARD
BRO. RALPH VISITS CCHS GUARDIAN ANGELS
OUT AND ABOUT
Read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis.
MSJC. Read the March 2006 issue of Justice Jottings.
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.
CAPE MAY RETREAT EXPLORES MARIANIST SPIRIT
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.
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
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