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ELEVENTH SESSION OF PROVINCIAL CHAPTER MEETS IN ST. LOUIS
The 11th session of the Provincial Chapter was held March 2 to March 6 at the Marianist Retreat & Conference Center outside St. Louis. It was the final Chapter meeting for the elected members of the group, as well as for three Provincial Council members who are members by right: Bro. Richard Dix, Fr. Tim Kenney and Bro. Mike O’Grady.
Ballots to elect new Chapter members will be sent to Province members in the near future; the new Chapter will be in place by May 1, 2007. Read the Chapter document that outlines the new election process, which will increase the geographic diversity of the Chapter.
Invited as guests to the Chapter were Fr. George Cerniglia, Bro. Joe Markel and Bro. Jack Ventura, all of whom will assume positions on the Province leadership team on July 1, 2007.
Chapter members discussed at length the report of the Provincial Council regarding the Province’s first five years. Bro. Frank O’Donnell reported on the future structures of the Chapter, and Bro. Ray Fitz and Fr. Jack McGrath discussed the efforts of the Chapter Vision Committee. Fr. Marty Solma, district superior of Eastern Africa, gave a comprehensive presentation on the activities of the district (available in the next issue of FamilyOnline). Three sections of the Province directory were approved. Also discussed were two propositions submitted to the Chapter, Province finances and recommendations of the General Chapter held in summer 2006.
On Sunday night, brothers from the St. Louis area joined Chapter members for prayer, dinner and discussion on the work of the Chapter Vision Committee.
A full report on the Chapter from Bro. Stephen Glodek, as well as meeting minutes and acts of the Chapter, will be distributed in the near future. Read Chapter documents on the PORTAL.
SR. GRETCHEN TRAUTMAN TO LEAD SAN ANTONIO VOCATION OFFICE
Bro. Charles Johnson, national vocation director, announces that effective July 1, 2007, Sr. Gretchen Trautman will assume leadership of the San Antonio vocation office, a part-time position, at St. Mary’s University. “We are grateful for Sr. Gretchen’s willingness to accept this assignment and for her enthusiasm for vocation ministry,” said Bro. Charles. Sr. Gretchen is coordinator for the Marianist Leadership Program at St. Mary’s. Bro Charles also wishes to thank Bro. Mike Sullivan and Sr. Evangeline Escobar, who are retiring from direct vocation ministry, for their years of service to the Marianist Province of the U.S. and the former St. Louis Province. Our congratulations and prayers to all in their new ministries.
ST. MARY’S COMMUNITY DEDICATES MEMORIAL BELL TOWER
On Feb. 9, the St. Mary’s University community in San Antonio formally dedicated the Barrett Memorial Bell Tower. Charles T. Barrett Jr., a St. Mary’s alumnus and CEO of Barrett Holdings Inc., made the lead gift for the 100-foot tower. “The tower stands as a memorial for loved ones and a symbol of the excellence of St. Mary’s University,” said Barrett. The tower, which rests on a large, landscaped plaza, chimes music daily. The bell tower will chime the Angelus three times a day and mark the daily “Three O’Clock Prayer” time. Chimes also will be heard for Sunday Masses, school Masses, funerals and certain feast days. The school song, “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” will play on special occasions.
2007 JUBILARIANS; CELEBRATIONS
REMINDER: 2007 PROVINCE ASSEMBLY REGISTRATION
FROM THE GENERAL ADMINISTRATION
Read the March 2007 issue of Via Latina.
NEW MEMBERS ADDED TO MARIANIST LAY COMMUNITY
DESALES CROSSINGS COMMUNITY CELEBRATES MARIANIST HERITAGE
CHAMINADE UNIVERSITY SHARES SOME FOUNDER’S DAY FUN
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE REPOSE OF THE SOUL OF . . .
Bro. Joseph Meierdirks (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 86, who died March 3, 2007. May he rest in peace. Bro. Joseph was a decorated World War II veteran who joined the Society of Mary at age 39. Bro. Joseph taught and was a pastoral minister in Ohio, Kentucky and Florida. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated March 10 at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Mount St. John in Dayton with burial at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Fr. Jim Fitz will be the presider and Fr. Bert Buby the homilist. Bro. Joseph’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.
Bro. Francis Mullan (Mercy Siena, Dayton), 78, who died Feb. 21, 2007. May he rest in peace. Bro. Francis was a teacher and business manager for over 50 years. He spent a large part of his career ministering in Africa. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Feb. 26 at Queen of Apostles Chapel in Dayton with burial at Holy Rood Cemetery, Long Island, N.Y. Fr. Pat Tonry was the presider and Fr. Jack McGrath was the homilist. Bro. Charles Johnson represented the Provincial Council and gave the eulogy. Read the homily, eulogy and Bro. Francis’ obituary.
Fr. Alfonso Santorum (Province of Italy), 92, who died March 6, 2007, in Verbania Pallanza. May he rest in peace. Fr. Alfonso’s obituary will appear in the next issue of FamilyOnline.
Bro. Antonino Pardo (Province of Madrid), 81, who died Feb. 15, 2007, in Madrid. May he rest in peace. Read Bro. Antonino's obituary.
Please pray also for Mary V. Cunningham, Peggy Keane, Al Minoletti, Lloyd Samaha and Robert Zumwalt. Read more.
MARIANIST CEMETERY, SAN ANTONIO
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE HEALING OF . . .
Bro. DuWayne Brisendine (Marianist Hall, Honolulu), who is recovering from back surgery.
Fr. Thomas Doyle (Port Washington, N.Y.), who has returned to a nursing home for further rehabilitation from a stroke.
Bro. Paul Hoffman (St. Clair Avenue, Cleveland), who had surgery on his wrist and thumb following a fall.
Bro. John Klein (Marianist Community, East St. Louis), who has transferred to the Marianist Residence in San Antonio for recuperation from hip surgery.
Fr. Cy Middendorf (Mercy Siena, Dayton), who has returned to his community and is recovering from a serious infection.
Bro. Tom Payne (Maryland Avenue, St. Louis), who underwent back surgery today.
Bro. Frank Smith (Snead’s Ferry, N.C.), who has been hospitalized for tests.
Please pray also for Dr. Rudolf Dittrick, Dan Fisher, Sr. John Marie Samaha, SHF, and Erna Wethington. Read more.
MARIANIST RETREAT CENTER HONORS SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
MID-LIFE HOLDS ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN CALIFORNIA
Approximately 30 adult moderators and staff participated in the third annual Mid-LIFE conference held Feb. 22 to Feb. 25 at the Mercy Retreat Center in Burlingame, Calif. The weekend included time for reflection, professional development and sharing of best practices with schools and parishes from around the country. Presenters included Fr. Daniel Groody, CSC, who gave a keynote talk on immigration, Sr. Grace Walle, who led the day of reflection and retreat, and Marlena Johnston, Archbishop Riordan High School, who provided social justice resources to the group. The event was organized by Brian Reavey, national coordinator for LIFE.
UD MARIANIST LEADERSHIP SCHOLARS STRIKE AGAIN
WHO'S DOING WHAT. . .
BROTHERS EXTEND WARMTH, SUPPORT TO DYING SISTER
Sr. Susan Keferl, provincial of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, went to Honolulu in January seeking a sunny destination to take a break from her chemotherapy treatment for ovarian cancer. For Sr. Susan, however, it was the warmth of her fellow religious, including brothers from the Center Marianist community, that comforted her when she became gravely ill during her stay. Fr. Tim Eden, accompanied by other Marianist brothers, visited Sr. Susan at the hospital and anointed her before she died on Feb. 4. The brothers also hosted Sister Patricia Knopp and Sister Colette Quinn at the Center Marianist community while they were in town to be with Sr. Susan during her final days. “You have truly reflected. . . Mary’s warmth of welcome to God and to others, “ said Fr. Jim Fitz, in a letter thanking the community for its kindness.
CHAMINADE SCHOLARS REUNITE AT GOVERNOR’S ISLAND RETREAT
The Chaminade Scholars Program, sponsored by the University of Dayton, challenges students to prepare for their postgraduate lives spiritually as well as academically. Fifteen students are admitted to the program each year. On the weekend of March 2, 10 members of the 2005 Chaminade Scholars Program gathered at Governor’s Island in Huntsville, Ohio, to discern ways to continue their group experience in their post-college lives. The retreat was organized by Maureen O’Rourke, a 2005 Chaminade Scholar and coordinator of Marianist Activities and Scholarship at the University of Dayton.
MARIANIST SISTERS ASSIST WITH REDS PROGRAM IN RANCHI, INDIA
GOVERNOR’S ISLAND HOSTS RETREAT FOR UD STUDENTS
MELENDREZ SHARES BURRITO BOUNTY WITH HOMELESS
REDS. Read the January 2007 issue of Friends the newsletter of the Ragpickers Education and Development Scheme in Bangalore, India.
DISTRICT OF INDIA. Read the February 2007 newsletter.
MLNNA. Read the February 2007 issue of MLNNA E-news, the e-newsletter of the Marianist Lay Network of North America.
MARIANIST SOCIAL JUSTICE COLLABORATIVE. Read the March 2007 issue of Justice Jottings.
MARIANIST AFFILIATE CELEBRATES 100TH BIRTHDAY
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF CAMPUS MINISTRY. Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis has an open position in campus ministry for the 2007 – 2008 school year. The associate director will assist with retreats, liturgy and service and help organize new areas of ministry. For more details, e-mail Peter Vlahutin.
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