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FOUR SEMINARIANS ORDAINED TO DIACONATE IN
ordination ceremony, Deacons Callistus JeJe
and James Dungdung, Bishop Brian Farrell
and Deacons Marianus Lugun and
Approximately 200 members of the
Marianist family attended the ceremony for four Marianists who were
ordained as deacons on Jan. 20, 2007, at Santo Nome di Maria, the
Marianist parish in Rome. The new deacons are Marianus Lugun
and James Dungdung from the District of India,
and Callistus Jeje and Michael Otieno
from the District of Eastern Africa. Bishop Brian
Farrell, secretary of the Pontifical Council for Promoting
Christian Unity, was the main celebrant and ordaining bishop.
Rector Lorenzo Amigo and Vice Rector Timothy
Phillips presented the candidates. The four deacons, who are in
their third year of studies at the Chaminade International Seminary in
Rome, will finish the academic year before their ordination to the
priesthood. Over the next months, the deacons will assist with liturgies
and other pastoral duties. View a video of the ceremony.
Our congratulations to the new
ceremony also included traditional rituals ( Litany of Saints) and
songs from India and Africa; RIGHT: Bishop Farrell
imposes hands on the candidates. Photos courtesy of
Bro. Pat McDaid
DISCERNMENT RETREAT AT EWA BEACH, HAWAII
a slideshow of the discernment retreat Jan. 26 to Feb.
4 at Ewa Beach on Oahu. Shown, kneeling, Fr. Ken
Templin; standing, front row, Robert Manuel, Mike
Chiuri, Bros. Mike Sullivan, LeRoy Viera and Jim
Wisecaver; second row, Jezga Elias, Bro. Dennis
Schmitz, Dustyn Lai-Ragasa, Bro. Charles Johnson, Aspirant Brandon
Alana, Sr. Laura Leming and Krista Brkick.
Photos courtesy of Bro. Jim
BROTHERS AROUND THE PROVINCE CELEBRATE MARIANIST
Celebrating the liturgy, Frs. Kip Stander, Rich
Wosman and Bernie
Brothers in San Antonio commemorated
the 27th Annual Marianist Heritage Week with a Eucharistic celebration
and an awards ceremony on Jan. 25. The Mass was held at the Chapel of
Our Lady of Guadalupe on the campus of St. Mary’s University. Fr.
Rich Wosman was the main celebrant and homilist. A highlight
of the Mass was the recognition of the 2007 Marianist jubilarians: Bro.
Paul Novosal (70 years), Bro. James Pieper (70
years), Bro. Harold Lootens (60 years), Fr.
George Montague (60 years), Bro. Fred Gelhard
(50 years), Bro. Lester Kaehler (50 years), Sr.
Marcy Loehrlein (50 years) and Bro. Ed Violett (25
years). After Mass, the Marianist Heritage Award was presented to Dr.
Paul Uhlig, associate professor of mathematics at St. Mary’s
University and a Marianist Educational Associate, and Rey Gustamente,
minister for spiritual development at St. Mary’s. The Marianist Student
Leadership Award was presented to students Jennifer A. Buchmeyer
and Henry Van De Putte III. Congratulations
to the jubilarians and award winners!
Frs. Tim Dwyer, Charles Miller, George Montague, John
Manahan and Kip Stander;
Jubilarians, Bro. Lester Kaehler, Fr. George Montague, Bro.
James Pieper and Bro. Paul
Fr. John Thompson, Bro. Kevin Whelan,
Bros. Don Neff and Charles Roggemann
(visiting from Dayton), Bro. George Endres
and Bro. Ray
On Jan. 18, the
Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory school community celebrated
Marianist heritage month with a special Mass. During Mass, Bros.
George Endres, Ray Kane, Kevin Whelan, Charles Roggemann
and Don Neff and Fr. John
Thompson, president of Chaminade-Madonna, renewed their vows and
received a blessing from the lay Marianist community. Collectively, the
six Marianists represent 256 years of vowed life and 82 years of service
to Chaminade-Madonna. A dinner was held that evening at the Jackson Street
community house for the brothers, lay Marianists and school
The brothers receive a blessing from members of
the lay Marianist community in Hollywood,
At the Chaminade Day celebration, seated,
Bros. David Murphy, and Will Halloway, Fr.
Bill Behringer, Bros. Joseph Scheible and Richard
Roesch. Standing, Fr. Mike Lisbeth, Bros. George
Kemmett, David Conrad, Jack Dempsey, Paul Hoffman,
and Bob Dzubinski, and Fr. George
Abmayr. Photo by Phil Patrick
In Cleveland, brothers
celebrated Chaminade Day with Mass at St. Aloysius-St. Agatha Church on
Jan. 21. Fr. Bill Behringer was the celebrant,
Fr. Mike Lisbeth was the homilist, and Fr. George
Abmayr concelebrated. After Mass, approximately 200 attended a
reception in the parish hall. Attendees included parishioners, faculty and
friends, including Luis Guerra, a participant in the
Lalanne program and second-year teacher at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High
School in Cleveland, and Contact Jeff
In Dublin, Chaminade Day was celebrated with a
number of activities at St. Laurence School, including a visit from
the Ireland Minister for Education and Science Mary
Hanafin, who helped open the school’s new home economics
room. Mary is holding a copy of ALIVE magazine that
she received from student Nicole Bacon, who is
featured on the cover. Photo by Bro. Fred
MARIANISTS TO LEAVE QUEEN OF APOSTLES PARISH IN SAN
After much prayer and
discernment, Provincial Stephen Glodek announces the
Marianist withdrawal from Queen of Apostles parish in San Jose, Calif.,
effective June 15, 2007. Bro. Mike O’Grady, assistant for
religious life, read a letter from Bro. Stephen announcing the news to the
Queen of Apostles parish community at Masses on Jan. 27 and Jan.
The decision was made
after the Provincial Council and Provincial Chapter carefully studied how
the Marianists can most effectively serve in parish ministry. The decision
is part of a larger plan to maximize resources for future Marianist parish
ministry. In his letter, Bro. Stephen acknowledged the rich ministry at
Queen of Apostles led by Fr. Jim Mifsud, pastor, and
Bro. Bill Bolts, pastoral associate.
The Marianists came to
Queen of Apostles in June 1985, when Fr. Bertrand Clemens
became pastor. At the time, the Marianists operated a school, Archbishop
Mitty High School (1964 to 1990), that was adjacent to the parish. After
Fr. Bertrand’s death, Fr. Joseph Stefanelli served
briefly as pastor and was succeeded by present pastor Fr. Jim Mifsud in
November 1989. Bro. Bill Bolts has served at Queen of Apostles since 1994.
Read Bro. Stephen’s letter.
MORE FROM MEXICO –
BRO. RAYMUNDO’S PERPETUAL VOW CEREMONY
At the perpetual vow ceremony for Bro.
Raymundo Dominguez González Jan. 22 at San Marcos
Evangelista parish in La Chinantla, Mexico, front row,
Prenovice Guillermo Antonio Bóer Pérez, Bro. Fermín García
García, Prenovice Mario Lenín Espinoza, Fr. Mario González-Simancas,
Prenovice Leandro Marmolejo Muñoz; second row, Bro.
Régulo García Hernández, Bro. Charles Johnson, Bro. Roger Bau,
Prenovice Giovanni Lázaro Moreno, Prenovice Saúl Rodríguez
Lavoignet, Bro. Roberto Rapp, Bro. Raymundo González Domínguez, Fr.
Quentin Hakenewerth, Prenovice Raúl Barrientos, and
Prenovice Rigoberto Martínez
CHAPTER TO DISCUSS VISIONING, FUTURE STRUCTURE
From March 2 to
March 6, the members of the eleventh session of the Provincial
Chapter will meet in St. Louis to discuss the visioning process,
review the report of the Provincial Council and review and approve
further sections of the Province Directory. Other agenda items at
the Chapter include the future structure of Provincial Chapters,
follow-up on the 2006 General Chapter meeting and discussions
regarding the new Provincial Council. Read the convocation
of the Chapter from Provincial Stephen Glodek.
View the proposed
agenda and meeting
timetable. Our prayers for the Chapter members in this
important work. (Note: All chapter documents, including budget
documents, propositions and the report of the Chapter Structures
Commission are available on the PORTAL. Click on ”Documents” and
then click on “Chapter Documents.” Feedback on the documents can be
given to Chapter members or
e-mail Fr. Jim Fitz.)
BRO. FRANCISCO GONZÁLEZ HONORED AT FOUNDER’S AWARDS
Receiving their awards, Guillermo
and Belén González, Bro. Francisco, Glorín
González and her
José in Puerto Rico held its annual Founder´s Award celebration,
recognizing the work of people who support the school and represent Fr.
Chaminade´s legacy. Bro. Francisco González,
principal/director of Colegio San José for the past 16 years, was one of
the 2007 award recipients. Bro. Francisco also was celebrating his 25th
anniversary as a Marianist brother and his 50th birthday! Other award
recipients included Glorín González, recognized for her
fundraising and support of school events, and Guillermo
and Belén González, who have made numerous contributions
to the school.
Founder’s Awards celebration, front, Bro. Francisco
and his parents, Nadine and Frank
González; back, Bro. Reinaldo Berrios, Provincial
Stephen Glodek, Bro. Armando Añeses and Fr. Don
DISCERNMENT RETREAT HELD AT GOVERNOR’S
“ The weather was freezing, but our Marianist
spirit kept us warm,” said Bro. Charlie Wanda of
last weekend’s discernment retreat at Governor’s Island in
Huntsville, Ohio. The retreat was the second vocation retreat of the
academic year. Activities included prayer, reflection and discussion
on vows and Marianist life. Retreatants shown, front, Amanda
Hall, UD student, Sarah Deak, UD,
Amiee Gessel, graduate of St. Mary’s University
and Joe Melendrez UD; top, Sr. Laura
Leming, Bro. Tom Pieper, Erin Iturriaga, Washington,
D.C., Bro. Andy Kosmowski, Bro. Charlie Wanda, Doug Amber,
Indiana, and Eric
Best wishes to Fr. John Klobuka, who is the new
associate pastor of St. Joseph Parish and who has joined the
Marianist community in Eldersburg, Md.
Bro. Dan Stupka will join the Alumni Hall community
in Dayton, effective Feb. 10. Bro. Dan is exploring ministry
opportunities with the Marian Library, International Marianist
Research Institute and various tutoring programs. Our best wishes to
Novice John Darius Mulenga and first year Novice
Cyprian Maingi have announced their withdrawals from the
novitiate in Eastern Africa in Kenya. We thank John and Cyprian for their
time with us and wish them God’s blessing in their future
BOARD FORMATION GATHERING TO BE HELD IN
Sharing the Mission: A Conference of Marianist Boards will
take place Feb. 15 to Feb. 18 in Dallas. The gathering will bring together
three people from each Marianist institution— the chair of the board, the
president/director of the institution, and a mission integration person,
to discuss ways to unify the governance and mission characteristics of
Marianist boards. Approximately 100 people will attend the meeting, which
will include input from Provincial Stephen Glodek, SM,
and Sr. Pat Talone, RSM, vice president of mission
services at the Catholic Health Association. The event is co-chaired by
Tony Fitzgerald of the Marianist Family Retreat Center in
Cape May, N.J., and Bro. Jack Ventura.
LIGUSTRUM COMMUNITY WELCOMES MARIANIST
Once a week, Fr. Bernie Lee
and Fr. Rudy Vela invite two young men who
are part of the Marianist Volunteer Program in San Antonio for
Eucharist and dinner at the Marianist Ligustrum residence. Shown,
Fr. Bernie, volunteers Jordan Kaderli and
Norman Capinpin and Fr. Rudy. Jordan is volunteering at
Merced Housing Texas, which works for housing justice for the poor.
Norman ministers at After School Kare, a program of San Antonio
Urban Ministries, which provides safe after-school supervision for
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . .
Bro. Robert Massa (Marianist
Residence, San Antonio), 78, who died Jan. 31, 2007. May he rest in
peace. Bro. Bob taught high school history, reading and English for
37 years in St. Louis, Milwaukee and Chicago. After retiring from
teaching, he served as host at the Marianist Retreat &
Conference Center in Eureka, Mo., for 16 years. A Mass of Christian
Burial was celebrated Feb. 3 at Our Lady of the Pillar, St. Louis,
with burial at Maryhurst Cemetery. Fr. Jim Fitz was
the presider and Fr. Joe Uvietta was the homilist.
Read Bro. Robert’s
Bro. Bob, early years
| Bro. Victor Naegele (Marianist
Residence, San Antonio), 90, who died Jan. 29, 2007. May he rest in
peace. Bro. Victor taught high school for 25 years before joining
the Sociology department at St. Mary’s University. He was active in
the American Sociology Society and was a lecturer, committee member
and consultant for migrant issues. Bro. Victor also was known for
his photography skills and travels around the world. A Mass of
Christian Burial was celebrated Jan. 31 at the Marianist Residence
Chapel, San Antonio, with burial at the Marianist cemetery.
Fr. Bernard Lee was the presider and homilist.
Read the homily and Bro. Victor’s obituary.
Bro. Celestino Bacas (Province of Madrid), 66, who died
Jan. 18, 2007, in Madrid. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Celestino's obituary.
Please pray also for Sr. Susan Keferal, Ray Ledinsky, Rita
Middleton, Al Minoletti and Vincent Pokhrel. Read more.
YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CALIFORNIA
Photo by Fr. Roland
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . .
Deanhofer (Governor’s Island, Huntsville), who underwent knee
replacement surgery today.
Deibel (Mercy Siena, Dayton), who is having a procedure to insert
a feeding tube.
Merland (Cincinnati, Ohio), who is being treated for esophageal
cancer with chemotherapy and radiation. A cure is sought through the
intercession of Venerable Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon.
Doyle (Port Washington, N.Y.), who is hospitalized and undergoing
tests following a fall.
Buttner (Marianist Sisters, Dayton),who had lung surgery
Please pray also for Joseph Alessandrini, John Brossart, Cathleen
Campbell, Richard Csarny, Dolorous Heffner, Johnny Gomes, Karin Gomes,
Ashley Kessler, Anna Oldenski, Dan Paul and Beth Sargent.
MARIANIST LIFE INTRODUCES “THE FULCRUM”
Reavey, national coordinator for Marianist LIFE, has issued
the first edition of LIFE’s electronic newsletter “The Fulcrum.” The
publication includes the latest news, resources and links for
Marianist LIFE activities. Read the newsletter.
WHO'S DOING WHAT. . .
| Bro. Stan
Mathews (Mercy Siena, Dayton),
former principal of St. Joseph’s High School in Cleveland, recently
visited with alum, Dan Dever, who graduated from
St. Joseph’s approximately 40 years ago. Dan is now a teacher at
Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton.
Dan and Bro. Stan.
Dan says he is grateful to be part of a Marianist school
|| Fr. Jim Heft
Angeles) recently edited and introduced a new book “Passing on the
Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews,
Christians and Muslims,” published by Fordham University Press. The
book includes essays that explore the challenges of passing on the
faith to young people. |
Bro. Ed Loch
(Central Catholic, San Antonio), archivist for the San Antonio
Archdiocese, was featured in an article in the Jan. 21 issue of the
San-Antonio News Express for his efforts to help churches salvage
religious items from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Read the article.
Charles Miller (Chaminade Community House, San Antonio),
director of the St. Mary’s University Roamin’ Rattlers,
collaborated with the Institute for Interfaith Dialogue to lead
a group of St. Mary’s faculty and staff on a Christian-Muslim
tour of Turkey in January.
Fr. Charles, center, and Sr.
Grace Walle, back row, far right, with the tour group in
front of the library in Ephesus
Bro. John Samaha
Joseph, Cupertino) offers this article, translated by Fr. Joe
Stefanelli, on the history of the Region of Austria (formerly the
Province of Austria). The Region is celebrating its 100th anniversary this
year. Read the article.
Curran, president of the
University of Dayton, received the regional volunteer leadership
award from the Dayton Development Coalition. He was recognized for
his efforts in securing more than $55 million in grants for the
Miami Valley area. Read more.
Rey Gustamente, minister for spiritual development
at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, who received a Marianist
Heritage Award Jan. 25 for his contributions to the school’s
Mary’s President Charles Cotrell and
Grace Pancipanci, director of nursing for the
Marianist Health Care Center in Cupertino, Calif., thanks the
Marianist brothers in Cupertino for their support of her efforts to
aid Balay Pasilungan, a shelter for homeless children in Davao City,
Philippines, staffed by Marianists from around the world. “Even in
their retirement years, the brothers are very productive in their
own simple ways,” said Grace. To find out how you can help the
MAKING PROGRESS ON FAUSTINO HOUSE IN
Bro. Jack Somerville, project
manager for Faustino House, the new aspirancy house in Lusaka,
Zambia, with Andrew Mwala, site agent, and
TEACHING NON-VIOLENCE IS ON “TAP” AT CINCINNATI
members work with children at St. Francis DeSales grade school in
Cincinnati. The teens helped design content and activities
appropriate for each grade
"Teens Acting for
Peace" or TAP is a program that helps teens learn strategies to encourage
non-violence and ways to teach younger students alternatives to fighting.
Ten students from Purcell Marian and eight students from Archbishop
Moeller High Schools are participating in the program. The teens made
their first presentation to students at St. Francis DeSales grade school
in Cincinnati in November. They will return each quarter to build
relationships with the grade school students. Jen
Meinking, director of campus ministry at Purcell Marian, and
Todd Forman, director of community service at Archbishop
Moeller are the program coordinators.
FROM THE SCHOOLS . . .
|ARCHBISHOP MOELLER HIGH
SCHOOL celebrated its
Marianist heritage with a special Mass and awards celebration
Jan. 25. Founder’s Awards were presented to teacher
Michael Moroski for his work with area
homeless and Whitey and Carol
Campbell for their over 26 years of volunteer service
to the school. Read more.
Michael Moroski, Bro. Bob Flaherty
PREPARATORY invited St. Louis
Archbishop Raymond Burke to celebrate Mass
Jan. 26 as part of its Chaminade heritage week. During Mass,
Chaminade graduates Edward Hamilton ’52
received the Alumnus of the Year Award and John C.
Vatterott ’61, received the Alumni Humanitarian
Archbishop Burke, Dr. Louis Peters,
Chaminade principal, Fr. Ralph Siefert,
Chaminade president, Fr. Edmund Griesedieck,
Chaminade alumnus and Fr. Jim
|DANIEL J. GROSS CATHOLIC HIGH
SCHOOL students celebrated
Chaminade heritage week with special morning prayers, history
and facts about the Marianists and their works throughout the
world, and a Mass on Jan. 25 planned by the school’s Marianist
LIFE group. The LIFE group invited the local Lay Marianist
Affiliate group to attend the Mass .
A LIFE team member helps prepare for the
Chaminade Day Mass.
HIGH SCHOOL art students created a
special mural crafted of ceramic tiles in honor of Chaminade
DAYTON law school was
recognized in a recent Carnegie Foundation report for its
“Lawyer As a Problem Solver” curriculum. The courses allow
students to apply their knowledge to real world situations. Read
ST. LOUIS VOWED, LAY MARIANISTS CELEBRATE FOUNDATION
Every year in early February, Brother Jack
Ventura invites vowed and lay Marianists from St. Louis for
evening prayer and dinner at Our Lady of Pillar parish to celebrate
the anniversary of the Foundation Day of Marianist Sodalities. This
year it’s the 206th anniversary. Top, Alvan Sage,
former president of the board of trustees of Chaminade College Prep
in St. Louis, and his wife Amy, with Bro.
Tom Payne in the background, participate in the Candlemas
Ceremony, when the group recommits to the building of faith
communities in the Marianist tradition. Bottom, Frs. Gene
Sweeney and José Ramirez, Bro.
Fred Hausch, Fr. Gerry Hammel and Lay Marianist Affiliate
Nancy Davies enjoy the dinner.
GOOD TO KNOW
ABOUT. Read the upcoming travel schedule of members of the
Provincial staff in St. Louis.
Read the changes. Remember that personnel
information on the PORTAL is
updated on a regular basis.
FORUM. The Religious Formation
Conference will present “Right Relationships: A Reflection on the
Vow of Chastity,” July 14 to July 21 at the Washington Theological
Union in Washington, D.C. Read more.
Feb. 9 – Feb. 13
Council Meetings, San Antonio
Feb. 15 – Feb. 18
of Marianist Boards, Dallas
Feb. 16 – Feb. 18
Artist Vocation Retreat, Eureka, Mo.
BRO. ED UNFERDORFER.
Bro. Ed Unferdorfer and
Eddie Fucci, son of Marianist Family Retreat Center
director Anthony Fucci, take a break after the
Chaminade Day festivities in Cape May Point,
Marianist Associate John Linge from New York writes a
weekly reflection on the Sunday readings, and includes sharing questions
based on the readings. If you’d like to link to John’s column, contact John and
CENTER. Read the latest issue of CFL High Tidings, a newsletter from the
Christian Family Living Retreat Center in N. Topsail, N.C.
CUPERTINO. Read Fr. Steve Tutas' February
2007 Cupertino newsletter.
INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION OF
the January 2007 issue of Gifts and Tasks.
MEXICO. Read the February 2007 issue of
Marianistas México. This publication is
MARIANIST SOCIAL JUSTICE
COLLABORATIVE. Read the February issue of
MLNNA. Read the January issue of E-NEWS from the Marianist Lay
Network of North America.
SANTA CRUZ NEWMAN CENTER HOLDS BENEFIT
Bro. David Betz, standing,
center, with student volunteers for the 10th annual benefit dinner
for the Newman Center at the University of California at Santa Cruz
held Jan. 27 at St. Joseph Parish in Capitola, Calif. The Newman
Center serves students at UCSC, Cabrillo College and California
State University Monterey Bay.
DIRECTOR FOR LITURGY &
MUSIC. St. Joseph Parish in Eldersburg, Md., is seeking a
practicing Catholic with a master’s degree in music to direct its parish
music programs, liturgical ministries and activities. Find out more.
JUST ONE MORE...
ICE IN SAN
ANTONIO? Fr. Cris Janson caught
this rare occurrence on camera as San Antonio experienced an ice
storm in January.
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