Volume 5, Number 17
Tuesday, August 22, 2006


At the Marianist Volunteer Program commissioning ceremony, front row, Adalee Velasquez, Sarah Dawson, Meagan Brorman, Megan Barron and Norman Capinpin; middle row, Maureen O’Rourke, assistant MVP coordinator, Matt Maroon (honorary volunteer), Meghan Brown and Sarah Marquart; back row, Dan Richter, MVP coordinator, John Graziano, Chris Nieport and Jordan Kaderli

Eleven men and women were commissioned as Marianist volunteers in a ceremony Aug. 5, 2006, at St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis. The ceremony followed a week-long orientation program led by Dan Richter, Marianist Volunteer Program coordinator and Maureen O’Rourke, assistant coordinator. The volunteers work in a variety of service areas, including: the Marianist DECAMP rural development project, La Chinantla, Mexico; St. Mary’s High School and Marian Middle School, St. Louis; and ASK Urban Ministry program, Merced Housing project and the Youth Build program, San Antonio. Congratulations and our prayers to the new MVP volunteers as they begin their ministries. Read more about our volunteers.

Here's what our volunteers have to say...

Comments from our MVP Volunteers

PHOTO LEFT: Lighting a candle for the blessing of the volunteers, MVP Steering Committee Co-Chair Mary Niebler with Maureen O’Rourke and Bro. Jack Ventura, also a steering committee member; PHOTO RIGHT: Bro. Dennis Schmitz, MVP Steering Committee Co-Chair, was the homilist for the ceremony. Photos courtesy of Bro. Brian Halderman



On Aug. 6, approximately 1,000 people gathered in Mombasa, Kenya, to inaugurate the new parish of St. Martin de Porres and to entrust its ministry to the Society of Mary. Fr. Abdon Ilabi of the Foundation of Congo will serve as the parish priest and Bro. Charles Kimeu will serve as parish administrator. The other community members, Bro. Daniel Wang’ombe and Bro. Paul Kageche, will assist in various ways while continuing their involvement at the Marianist Development Project (MDP), located adjacent to the church. A special focus at St. Martin’s will be serving the poor and marginalized in Mombasa. The District of Africa wishes to thank three Marianist parishes for their pledge of support: St. Aloysius, Cleveland; Queen of Apostles, Dayton; and St. Francis de Sales, Cincinnati. Congratulations and prayers for our Mombasa brothers!

At the inauguration ceremony, Bro. Charles Kimeu, Fr. Abdon Ilabi, Archbishop Boniface Lele, Bro. Daniel Wang'ombe and Bro. Paul Kageche; inset photo, St. Martin de Porres church

The colorful celebration for St. Martin’s included singing, dancing and lunch for the entire congregation.



Consultation letters and an e-mail requesting input for the Province Vision Statement were sent to all brothers last week. Several documents also were sent to assist in the discernment process. These documents are available on the PORTAL at www.marianist.com/portal under “Vision Statement Documents.” Also on the PORTAL is the link to use for responses. Please respond by Dec. 2, 2006.



Celebrating jubilees, front row, Bro. Edward Fick (70 years), Fr. George Abmayr (60 years), Fr. Bob Backherms (60 years), Bro. Francis Deibel (80 years), Bro. Paul Jablinski (50 years) and Fr. Ray Middendorf (60 years); back row, Fr. David Fleming (50 years), Bro. Ken Thompson (50 years), Bro. Ray Martin (50 years), Bro. Gerard Mc Auley (25 years), Bro. Larry Cada (50 years), Bro. Frank Damm (50 years), Bro. Don Schaaf (50 years), Bro. Bill Fackovec (60 years) and Fr. Kip Stander (25th sacerdotal). Also celebrating, but not pictured, Fr. Charles Bergedick (60 years), Fr. Donald Bracht (75 years), Fr. Richard Kuhn (60 years) and Bro. Alex Tuss (25 years)

On Aug. 12, more than 250 brothers, family members and friends attended the jubilee celebration for 19 Marianist brothers at Immaculate Conception Chapel on the University of Dayton campus. Fr. Jim Fitz was the celebrant for the special Mass, and Fr. Bert Buby was the homilist. Bro. Mike O’Grady, assistant for religious life, served as master of ceremonies for the dinner at the Kennedy Union Center on campus. Bro. Ken Thompson was the speaker for the jubilarians. Congratulations to the jubilarians!

At the ceremony, CLOCKWISE from top, Bro. Bill Fackovec, Fr. Charles Bergedick and Fr. George Abmayr; Fr. David Fleming; Fr. Jim Fitz and Fr. Paul Vieson congratulate Bro. Edward Fick; and Bro. Frank Damm, Bro. Ken Thompson and Bro. Donald Schaaf



Provincial Stephen Glodek and Assistant Provincial Jim Fitz, along with more than 140 other religious leaders, attended the Conference of Major Superiors of Men 50th Jubilee Assembly Aug. 2 to Aug. 5 in Burlington, Vt. Bro. Stephen, former president of CMSM, gave a presentation on “The Contemporary Challenge” at the event. During the course of the assembly, CMSM members unanimously approved a resolution condemning torture. (Editor’s note: Over the 50-year history of CMSM, two other Marianists, Fr. Steve Tutas and the late Fr. James Darby, also served as CMSM president.)



At the director’s meeting, kneeling, Bros. Steve Grazulis, Patrick Kagai, Timothy Mazundah, Kondwani Nalivata and Godfrey Ssenyomo; standing, Fr. Martin Solma, Bro. Daniel Wang'ombe, Fr. Mike Nartker, and Bros. Chola Mulenga, Frank Annunziata, Joseph Maricky, Erick Otiende and Bill Schlosser

Leaders from eight communities in the District of Africa met Aug. 14 to Aug. 16 at the Dimesse Centre in Nairobi for their annual directors’ meeting. Fr. Joe Lackner, assistant for developing regions, also was present at the meeting. Among the items discussed were two district documents: “To Follow, To Witness and To Serve: Guidelines for Professional Behavior”and “Strengthening Community Life.” The directors and Nairobi Marianists gathered for a special Mass on Aug. 15 to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption at the Marianist scholasticate community. At the celebration were Fr. Allen DeLong, who was visiting from Honolulu, and two brothers from West Africa: Bro. Jerome Kanhou (Ivory Coast) and Bro. Emmanuel Souly (Tunisia). After the directors’ meeting, community business managers met to discuss ways to standardize fiscal policies and procedures.



Fr. John
bids farewell to Holy Rosary parishioners and, right, poses with Holy Rosary community members Bro. Rich Thompson, Fr. Cris Janson, Bro. Ralph Neumann and Bro. Richard Schrader. Photos courtesy of Bro. Dennis Bautista

On Aug. 13, Fr. John Manahan presided at his final Mass, after 10 years as pastor, at Holy Rosary Parish in San Antonio. Following the Mass, hundreds of parishioners gathered at Holy Rosary school cafeteria for a reception to bid Fr. John farewell and thank him for his years of service. Fr. Cris Janson assumed responsibilities as pastor effective Aug. 15 and has joined the Marianist community at Holy Rosary Parish with Bros. Ralph Neumann, Rich Schrader and Rich Thompson. Fr. John will participate in the Ministry to Ministers Sabbatical Program at the Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio, Aug. 14 to
Dec. 19.



The Casa María community in San Antonio hosted a dinner for all university resident hall directors on Tuesday, Aug. 8. Bro. Mike Sullivan hands a Chaminade coloring book to Teresa Anjah-Dalvi (7 years old, center) and Prasad Xavier Dalvi (5 years old, right), children of Teresa M. Treviño (back), Chaminade Hall Director at St. Mary's University. Photo courtesy of Bro. Dennis Bautista



Charles “Bud” Hayes, 55, who died in a motorcycle accident Aug. 14, 2006, in California. Charles was the cousin of Fr. Ted Ley (West Hills, Calif.) May he rest in peace. Mr. Hayes recently was honored as Alumnus of the Year at Chaminade College Prep in California.

Marie Kaven, who died Aug. 15, 2006. May she rest in peace. Marie was a longtime cafeteria manager at Chaminade-Madonna High School, Hollywood, Fla.

Paul Nash, who died Aug. 17, 2006. May he rest in peace. Paul was a former novice of the former Cincinnati Province. He joined the order in Ireland, and remained close to the community in Dublin. Fr. Mike Reaume celebrated his funeral Mass.



Photo courtesy of Bro. Bob Resing, S.M. Bro. Bob's images are available for sale as note cards or prints. To order, visit file:///Z:/HTML/Marianists/Newsletters/2006/fol-v5-17/www.resingart.com



Bro. Art Dofing (Curé of Ars, St. Louis), who is still hospitalized and recovering from surgery.

Bro. Joseph Gaudet (Mercy Siena, Dayton), who will have surgery this week.

Please pray also for Kay Cleary, Diane Guerra, Art Hammel, Dorothy Janovac, Jessica Koenig, Michael Murray, and Bob Wightman. Read more.


During a recent trip to Baltimore, Bro. Tom Payne (not pictured) and Bro. Richard Dix (left) visited with Fr. Paul Reich and Bro. Joseph “Jomo” Mwaura at St. Joseph Parish in Eldersburg, Md. Photo courtesy of Bro. Tom Payne



At the MLNNA assembly, Brian Reavey, Cristin Fong, Ashley McEnary, Bro. Jack Ventura, Kathy Murray, Jamieson Fong and Toni Mesina

In late July, Marianist Young Adults gathered at the MLNNA Continential Assembly in San Antonio. Cristin Fong and Brian Reavey, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE, helped organize a focus group for developing small communities of faith for young adults. Bro. Jack Ventura presented a workshop titled, “Is it Random, or is it a Process?"



Fr. Charles Miller (Chaminade Community House, San Antonio) and his “Roamin’ Rattlers” group visited with Fr. David Fleming in Rome in July.

Fr. Charles, first row, far left, and Fr. David, second row, center

Bro. Dennis Bautista (Casa Maria, San Antonio) was featured in a two-page article in the July 28 issue of the Hawaii Catholic Herald newspaper. Aspirant Brandon Alana also appears in the article. Read the article.

Bro. Brian Halderman (Marybrook, St. Louis) was quoted in an article in the St. Louis Review about the new Marianist vocations Web pages. Read the article.

A new grotto at the Catholic Campus Ministry Center of the University of North Texas/Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas, was recently dedicated to the memory of Marianist Fr. Bob Lewandowski (photo inset), who served in campus ministry for many years until his death in August 2003.

The grotto was built and funded by students, alumni, faculty and staff under the direction of Eric Gray, campus minister. Photo courtesy of Paul Combest.

Fr. Richard Wosman (Woodlawn, San Antonio) has had a busy summer. In July and August, he spoke at eight gatherings of educators (more than 1,000 individuals) in four Texas dioceses: San Antonio, Austin, Victoria and Corpus Christi, including a talk to almost 400 teachers in the Corpus Christi diocese on the qualities and roles of Catholic school educators. He has more engagements coming up, including a talk to the superintendents of all Texas dioceses at the Texas Catholic Conference. Read an article that includes Fr. Rich.

Bro. Steve Grazulis reports that the new e-mail address for the novitiate in Limuru, Kenya, is smlimuru@yahoo.com.


Marianist Sharing Fund The Marianist Sharing Fund supports programs that promote social, structural and systemic change. Applications for 2006 – 2007 are now being accepted. Find out more.

A Marianist Sharing Fund grant provides tuition assistance to pre-kindergarten students in the St. Joseph Collinwood Family Care Program in Cleveland.

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



In the late 1960s, the late Bro. Julian Murua from Spain began a program that brought Spanish students to Ireland during the summer to learn the English language. The English Academy continues today, hosted by the Marianist secondary school in Dublin, St. Laurence College. Bro. Bob Flaherty from Cincinnati has taught at the academy for 18 summers; Bro. Paul Metzger from San Antonio has taught for 13 summers. Above left, Bro. Bob works with student Gonzalo de Cos Granero; at right, Bro. Paul with student Nutria Pente


In front of their home in Ballybrack, just south of Dublin, Bro. Fred Rech, Fr. Neville O'Donohue, Aspirant Alan Smith, Bro. Gerry Mc Auley and Fr. Mike Reaume. INSET: Bro. Jim Contadino. The home dates to the mid-1800s. The Marianists have been in Ireland since the late 1960s, when they started St. Laurence College, a secondary school, in nearby Loughlinstown.
Read more about the Irish brothers.



ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY. The Bill Greehey School of Business at St. Mary´s University in San Antonio has been rated as an outstanding business school by The Princeton Review and will be listed among the best in the nation this fall. Read more.

St. Mary’s also earned a top tier ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide for the 13th straight year. Read more.

UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON again has been ranked as a top-tier national university in U.S. News & World Report’s 2007 edition of America’s Best Colleges. UD ties for 105 among 248 universities nationally that offer a wide range of undergraduate, master's and doctoral degrees. Read more.


Common Bond President John O’Connor, Tom Brooks, and Reunion Committee Chair Myron Achbach

Approximately 200 former Marianists and Marianists attended the Third National Common Bond Reunion July 28 to July 30 at the University of Dayton. A highlight of the event was a special Mass celebrated at the Chapel of Immaculate Conception on the UD campus. Fr. Pat Tonry was the homilist. Twenty members of the Mercy Siena community also attended. “There is nothing like the sound of 200 voices,” said former Marianist Joseph Kuntz. “The chapel just rang.” The reunion also included a workshop and a visit to Mount St. John.



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

Please note: The new 2006-2007 Personnel will be distributed in mid-September.

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



In correcting information about Bro. Ron Luksic’s African safari last issue, we mistakenly identified him as Bro. John Luksic. Our apologies, again!


CAPE MAY. Read the August 2006 issue of Beacon.com, the newsletter of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J.



Fr. Gene Contadino
getting his head on straight before beginning his day at the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J. Fr. Gene served as chaplain for one of the family retreats in early August.



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8 Xavier Raj S. rajxavier34@hotmail.com
9 Robert Flaherty RFlaherty@moeller.org
10 Joseph Jeje  
  Oscar Kerketta oskerketta@yahoo.com
  Anand Prakash Kujur prakashkuj@yahoo.co.in
  Lee Sciarrotta parishoffice@emmanuelcatholic.com
  Santosh Tudu santudu@hotmail.com
11 Edward Brink Edward.Brink@notes.udayton.edu
  Bernard Foster  
  Cyril Middendorf  
  D. Leo Willett leo.willett@notes.udayton.edu
12 Raymond Fitz Raymond.fitz@notes.udayton.edu
  Raju Prakash Kerketta kerkettaraju@yahoo.com
13 Francis Deibel deibelfr@notes.udayton.edu
  James Moran jmoran@moeller.org
14 Richard Roesch roesch60@yahoo.com
15 Joseph Grieshaber jgrieshaber@stmarytx.edu
  Patrick Kagai smlimuru@maf.or.ke
16 Richard Thompson  
17 Paul Fitzpatrick pefsm817@gmail.com
  Roberto Hanss robertohanss@yahoo.com
  Paul Marshall Paul.Marshall@notes.udayton.edu
  Lawrence Shoettelkotte lschoettelkotte@moeller.org
18 Richard Olsen bdicksm@yahoo.com
19 David McGuigan Davesm92@aol.com
  Daniel Odero  
21 Rajesh Kandulna kandulna_r@rediffmail.com
  Raymond Martin ray.martin@notes.udayton.edu
  William Meyer mailto:wjmeyer@ost.edu%20
22 Paul Bredestege pbredus@yahoo.com
  Paul Neumann novmaria@prodigy.net.mx
23 Eugene Contadino eugene.contadino@notes.udayton.edu
24 David Conrad  
25 Anthonyraj A. anthonysm@rediffmail.com
26 Frank Gomes envia@aol.com
27 Charles Ehrenfeld  
  Sudhir Kujur brosudhir@yahoo.co.in
  Eldon Reichert  
  Lawrence Scrivani scrivani@juno.com
28 Hanson Sitali  
29 William Deanhofer bdeansm@earthlink.net
  Robert Dzubinski bobdzubinski@yahoo.com
  John Schlund brojohnsm@aol.com
30 Michael Galvin mgalv@juno.com
  Joseph Gaudet  
31 John Manahan johnmanahan@swbell.net
  Nilesh Parmar P.D.  


1 Roger Bau rogerbau@hotmail.com
  Francis Heyer  
  Raymond Kane rkane@cmlions.org
2 A. Paul Jablonski pauljablinski@gmail.com
  James Lehay brojimsm@aol.com
3 William Christensen iird@bdmail.net
4 John Bolin jfbolinsm@aol.com
  Lawrence Cada cada@notes.udayton.edu
5 Maurice Beyer  
7 William Bots bbolts@juno.com
  Ananias Tete ananiastete@hotmail.com
8 Arthur Cherrier acherrier@sm-usa.org
  Saghaya Raj M. saghairajsm@rediffmail.com
9 Edwin Shiras  
10 William McCall  
11 William McCarthy wrmccarthysm@yahoo.com
  Peter Nato  
12 Prasad Nittamaria  
  Nicholas Rufo nickrufosm@yahoo.com
15 Robert Massa  
  Valentine Mulenga cholasm@sm-ea.or.ke
  Thomas Tessmer  


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