COMMUNITY DIRECTORS MEET IN SAN ANTONIO
Marianist community directors gathered with Provincial Council members at the Oblate Retreat Center in San Antonio for prayer, discussion, presentations and workshops from Oct. 6 to Oct. 8. Speakers included Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, who began the session with a presentation on "Nurturing a Spiritual Leadership," and Paul Fanucchi, director of nursing at the Marianist Residence in San Antonio, who spoke on the physical health concerns of brothers. Paul also gave a workshop on helping senior members deal with physical changes and limitations. Other workshops included the "Dynamics of Formation/Vocation Discernment Communities," given by Bros. Mike O'Grady and Charles Johnson, and "Responding to the Difficult Person in Community," by Bro. Stephen Glodek. Presentations were given by the Provincial officers, including a session on the goals and orientations of the Provincial Council for 2006-2007.
CONSULTATION FOR ASSISTANT PROVINCIAL BEGINS
Last week brothers were sent by e-mail and surface mail the consultation for assistant provincial from Fr. Manuel Cortés, superior general. If you have problems accessing the document, or did not receive a copy in the mail, please contact Pat Stephens, assistant to the provincial, at email@example.com or 314.533.1207. The superior general has requested that responses be e-mailed or faxed to Rome no later than Oct. 29, 2006.
In his letter, Fr. Cortés summarized several Province challenges and priorities that were sent by brothers to the General Administration last May, including issues relating to mission and vision, vocations, the problem of aging, development of leadership and the burden of legal matters.
ALUMNI HALL GARDEN OFFERS PEACEFUL REFUGE
FALL CHAPTER MEETING WILL FOCUS ON DISCUSSION
The tenth session of the Provincial Chapter will convene Oct. 27 to Oct. 29 at the El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, Calif. There will be no propositions solicited for this session. The next legislative session is March 2 to March 6, 2007. Read the convocation of the Chapter from Provincial Stephen Glodek.
FR. OSCAR NAMED DIRECTOR OF TEMPORARY PROFESSED
NEWS ABOUT VOCATIONS
ACCREDITATION ENSURES HIGHEST STANDARDS
Fr. Stan De Boe, OSST, and Christy Schiller, MA, of Praesidium, the national leader in abuse risk management, visited the Provincial offices and four communities in St. Louis Sept. 27 and Sept. 29 as part of the Praesidium Accreditation™ process. Visits also were made to communities in Cupertino, Dayton, Honolulu and San Antonio. According to Fr. Stan, Praesidium provides a fresh set of eyes to review Province abuse policies and ensure standards are met. In interviews with Province leadership, Marianist religious and lay employees, Praesidium examined three issues: prevention of abuse; response to allegations; and supervision of members with abuse allegations. When the process is finished, the U.S. Province will be Praesidium Accredited™ and the report can be made public. A letter also will be sent to diocesan offices notifying them of the U.S. Province’s accreditation. Read more.
COMMUNITIES DISCUSS SHARED MISSION TO SERVE POOR
"When we work at advancing justice, how is our neighborhood, Walnut Hills, Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, and those we serve, going to be better or different because the Marianists are there?" This is a question Bro. Ray Fitz poses frequently as facilitator at meetings between the DeSales Crossings and Over-the-Rhine communities. The communities have been meeting regularly since January 2006 to discuss their common mission and vision in working with the area's poor. The goal of these conversations is to find ways to partner and support each other in serving the poor and to develop a shared vision/mission that can be submitted for Province funding. The group will meet again in December.
GENERAL COUNCIL MAKES APPOINTMENTS
On Sept. 25, 2006, the General Council in Rome made the following appointments to the General Administration. Prayers and our congratulations to the brothers as they begin their new assignments.
FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
Read the October 2006 issue of Via Latina.
ST. LOUIS MARIANIST HIGH SCHOOLS MEET, CELEBRATE
On Oct. 2, for the first time, the administration, faculty and staff of three St. Louis Marianist high schools—Chaminade College Preparatory, St. John Vianney and St. Mary's—gathered for Eucharist, a meal, and a talk by Fr. Joseph Tedesco. Approximately 300 people attended the event, which began with Eucharist at Our Lady of the Pillar Church, followed by a brunch and social in the dining room of Chaminade. The theme was "Colleagues in Marianist Education," and its goal was the ongoing commitment of the schools in implementing the Characteristics of Marianist Education.
Also attending were Marianist brothers and priests from the greater St. Louis area, representatives from the St. Louis Archdiocese, and guest speaker Fr. Joe Tedesco. Fr. Tim Kenney, director of education, was the presider and homilist at Mass. Provincial Stephen Glodek offered a blessing and commissioning of the group. The event was coordinated by Dr. Stephanie Kralemann, associate principal for academics curriculum at Chaminade.
MARIANISTS PREPARE FOR WORLD DAY OF PRAYER
MARIAN SHRINE IN LUSAKA NEARING COMPLETION
PROGRAMS OFFERED FOR SPIRITUAL RENEWAL
Bro. Tom Giardino announces programs for spiritual renewal for Marianist brothers in collaboration with the Marist brothers and coordinated by the International Center for Marianist Formation (IMCF). A program for religious from 65 to 80 years of age is scheduled for October to December 2007 in Italy. View the program listing. For more information, contact your unit superior or Bro. Tom.
ASPIRANCY HOUSE IS TAKING SHAPE IN AFRICA
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .
Fr. Robert Hoeper (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 87, who died Sept. 25, 2006. May he rest in peace. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 30 at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Mount St. John in Dayton. Burial was at Queen of Heaven cemetery at Mount St. John. The presider and homilist was Fr. Tom Schroer. Read Fr. Robert’s obituary.
Please pray also for Elizabeth Benkowski, James Dowdy, Earl Plavier, and Robert Wightman. Read more.
PORTRAIT OF AN AUTUMN ROSE
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
Bro. Paul Metzger (Marianist Residence, San Antonio), who is hospitalized and recovering from heart bypass surgery.
Fr. Mario González-Simancas (Province of Madrid), who is hospitalized with a heart condition. Fr. Mario is assigned to the Marianist Community, Puebla, Mexico.
Please pray also for Patricia Deaton, Al Dexter, A. Gardner Finn, Ross Maguire, Colin McNeil, Sr. Sue Rech and Joseph Veasey. Read more.
WHO'S DOING WHAT. . .
Bro. Larry Cada (Indiana Ave., Dayton) taught a class on Marianist spirituality for the opening of the 2006 - 2007 seminary year in Rome. During his stay he fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams—visiting the city of Pompeii.
Fr. Jim Heft, president of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California and former professor of faith and culture and chancellor at the University of Dayton, gave the homily at the Mass of the Holy Spirit (called the "Red Mass") celebrated by the University of Dayton School of Law on Sept. 24 at the UD chapel. Read Fr. Jim's homily.
ASPIRANTS JOIN IN JUBILEE CELEBRATION FOR SISTERS
SHARING FUND AIDS CAPE MAY NEIGHBORHOOD GROUP
Funds provided by the Marianist Sharing Fund are helping to develop a faith-based community organization in Cape May County, N.J. On Sept. 23, Fr. Ted Cassidy, along with more than 20 other clergy and leaders of faith groups, met to discuss the problems their congregations face and ideas for creating a community organization to address these problems. One of the organization's goals is to help low-income residents improve their neighborhoods and address social problems.
WORKSHOP IN HONOLULU ASSISTS LAY MARIANISTS
A renewed energy for Marianist Lay Communities in Hawaii surfaced at a recent gathering at the brothers' house at Ewa Beach near Honolulu. Almost 30 lay Marianists attended a one-day workshop by Bro. Jack Ventura. Bro. Jack shared ideas for starting and sustaining Marianist lay communities. Participants included faculty, staff and alumni from Saint Louis School and Chaminade University of Honolulu and Pacific Marianist LIFE moderators. Plans are underway for future gatherings.
ST. LAURENCE SCHOOL IN DUBLIN HOSTS FR. TIM
FROM THE SCHOOLS . . .
CHAMINADE CAPS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
On Sept. 16, Chaminade University of Honolulu concluded its golden anniversary celebration with a Mass at the Mystical Rose Oratory followed by a reception. The yearlong celebration included academic forums, guest speakers, a gala and alumni gatherings. Community service was a special emphasis of the anniversary activities. Faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends logged more than 90,000 volunteer hours from January 2005 to September 2006, far exceeding the school's goal of 50,000 hours. During the anniversary year, the school's capital campaign raised nearly $40 million toward its goal of $50 million by 2008 and broke ground on its largest construction project in decades—The Sullivan Family Library and Information Resource Center.
OUT AND ABOUT
Read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the Provincial staff in St. Louis.
UD STUDENTS EXPERIENCE MARIANIST FAITH COMMUNITIES
Four Marianist student communities began the academic year with a progressive dinner and house blessing at the University of Dayton. Bros. Charlie Wanda and Tom Pieper, along with Joan McGuinness Wagner, coordinator, shared in prayer and a blessing. These UD students will be a Marianist presence in the student neighborhood and meet regularly for prayer and service. The communities are mentored by faculty and staff of UD, many of whom are Marianist Educational Associates.
CMSC HOLDS ANNUAL LEADERSHIP WORKSHOP
MARIANIST "THEOLOGY ON TAP" SERIES BEGINS
The Chaminade Faith Sharing group invites all Marianists in the greater St. Louis area to its “Marianist Theology on Tap” discussion series. A new topic is discussed each month. Meetings are from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Seamus McDaniel’s. View the schedule. For more information, e-mail Ashley McEnary.
BEAUTIFUL CARDS RECOGNIZE DECAMP DONATION
With every gift of a farm animal purchased through the Marianist Rural Development Project (DECAMP) in Uxpanapa, Mexico, a beautiful hand-embroidered card, made by the Chinantecas women, is sent in recognition of the donation. Donations assist and empower the poor in southern Mexico. A new supply of cards is now available. Order animal gifts now for the holidays, as Christmas card supplies are limited. Visit the DECAMP web site to donate.
CHAMINADE CELEBRATES MEA COMMITMENT
Earlier this month, Chaminade University celebrated the 189th birthday of the Society of Mary with a special service witnessing the public commitment of nine lay people from its faculty and staff as Marianist Educational Associates (MEA). MEAs play a key role in helping the universities promote Catholic and Marianist traditions of education at the administrative, faculty and staff levels.
HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT. St. John Vianney High School in St. Louis is seeking applications from qualified religious and lay persons for the position of president. Application deadline is Nov. 15, 2006. Read the job description.
NEW PERSONNEL ARRIVES!
CAPE MAY. Read the October 2006 issue of Beacon.com, the newsletter of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in Cape May Point, N.J.
GALLERY ST. JOHN. Read the September 2006 issue of Gallery St. John News-Notes.
MARIANIST SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE. Read the October 2006 issue of Justice Jottings.
MARIANIST INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEERS. Read the September 2006 issue of the MIV newsletter.
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PLAYING THE GAME OF LIFE IN DAYTON
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