The Pope has arrived! There goes the Popemobile!!
We are one hour from the start of the Junipero Serra Canonization Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception!
This is the first photo I took right after Bro Charlie Kitson, FSC, Auxiliary Visitor of DENA and I got thru security. We’ve run into several alum who stopped us when they saw us in the robe; these two gentlemen (below) represent their states for the Knights of Columbus.
More to come…
Brothers and Lasallian friends and family members gathered on Saturday, July 25, for the annual Midwest District Day at Lewis University. Brothers met all morning and engaged in a process to converse about the state of the District as the new Visitor term begins. Brothers Bede and Michael, the two new Auxiliary Visitors, also had a chance to share a bit about their own roles going forward.
In the afternoon several “breakout sessions” occurred, including one involving the six participants in the Camino experience which concluded in Spain on July 22. The District nurses, who were holding their annual meeting concurrently, were also present for consultations.
At 5:00pm the District Day liturgy began in St. Charles Borromeo chapel. The mass honored the eight jubilarians, and also included special ceremonies for the young men in various phases of initial formation.
The liturgy concluded with a special blessing for the New Visitor Team, followed by a reception.
THANKS to all who helped make District Day 2015 such a success!
This striking bronze statue was unveiled on Friday, June 26, and with the bench and plaque, serves as a dynamic tribute to the 110 De La Salle Christian Brothers who have served at the university since 1960. Designed and executed by artist Alec M. Smith of St. Paul, Minnesota, the project was funded through the generosity of the late James (’60) and Mary Clare Sczepaniak.
What marks this statue as distinctive is its uncanny ability to “pull you in”. The way the Brother is situated on the bench and the fact that the bench is curved means that in order to really gaze at the statue means you have to sit down and engage in a “conversation”. The intensity of the face and the attentive demeanor are striking, as is the rather rumpled and therefore realistic appearance of the Brother’s suit. All of these touches are clearly deliberate on the artist’s part to represent a “real” Brother truly being present to whomever is seated with him.
The image of the Brother is not based on any particular Brother, but rather is meant to represent all Brothers on this, the 55th anniversary of the Brothers coming to Lewis. It truly is a special and fitting tribute to all of these men, past and present, who have served at Lewis,. Particular mention needs to be made of Bro. Ray McManaman, who was part of the unveiling. He is one of the original seven Brothers who came to Lewis. He is the only one still alive, and also is still teaching full-time in the theology department. Bravo, Bro. Ray!
Before we left, Brother did ask to have a special talk with Bro. David Galinski, and most of us Brothers would agree that such a talk was long overdue!
Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever!
Instituto Fe y Vida (Fe y Vida) is a national non-profit Catholic leadership institute widely recognized as the authority in the field of Hispanic youth and young adult ministry in the United States, and the leading agent in bringing the Bible to young Latinos throughout the Americas.
Friday, June 26, 2015 marked a very special transition in the 20-year history of Fe y Vida: that is the day that it officially became part of Lewis University. Since the beginning of the Midwest District, it has been the lone District ministry headquartered in California. During May and June, director and founder Dr. Carmen Cervantes has relocated the offices of Fe y Vida from her home in Stockton, CA to the St. Charles Borromeo Center on Lewis campus.
During his remarks, Brother Larry, Visitor, presented Carmen with a statue of St. John Baptist De La Salle and a District candle after sharing that this event really is a “dream come true.” Thanks to the very hard work of so many at both Lewis and Fe y Vida, and in particular, thanks to Brother Mike Fehrenbach and Soraya Garcia, this new and significant chapter in the life of Fe y Vida has begun.
Friday’s launch served as a prelude to the National Summer Program being held at Lewis the week of June 28-July 4, with over 200 participants.
Fe y Vida, WELCOME/BIENVENIDOS to Lewis University and the Chicagoland area!
Learn more about Fe y Vida at: http://www.feyvida.org/
Lasallians are all about “together and by association”, or at least they say they are. Sometimes, though, the reality is quite different. The reason is obvious: everyone gets caught up in the daily demands of his or her own ministry and that seems especially true for the good folks in development and fundraising. Yet this is such a critical part of nearly every ministry, because without it, the ministry would have to close its doors!
With that in mind Rob Cummings, Chief Development Officer for the Midwest District, along with Assistant Directors Megan Davison and Alex Vasiliades hosted a three-day gathering for District development people, and all but seven ministries were present. I had the opportunity to stop by for a session entitled, “Never Let Your Team Fail: Supporting Your CEO & Board”. It featured Dave Thies, AFSC,(DeLaSalle HS); Andrew Stith, (Cristo Rey, Milwaukee) and Frank Miley (Cretin-Derham Hall). Their counsel was very insightful and their stories were both inspiring and moving.
Nancy Lanigan from CBHS in Memphis said this: “Wow! What an amazing Midwest District Development Conference you all hosted last week. I came away energized with new ideas and certainly enjoyed connecting and benchmarking with fellow Lasallians from around the country. These events don’t just happen, and I sincerely thank each of you for your vision, your commitment, and certainly your hospitality. Well done!”
As Visitor of the District, it makes me so proud to know that not only does our Development Office carry out its vital ministry very successfully and professionally, but they also take on the challenge of serving our many varied ministries in the District. It saddens me that not all of our ministries were present; they truly missed out on a wonderful opportunity both to network and learn. Hats off to Rob, Megan, and Alex!
Brother Denis Murphy has spent time at several Catholic Worker houses, but Trinity House looks like it might be the place where he’ll settle in for a while!
Located in southwest Albuquerque on Five Points Road, it is a sort of a “Catholic strip”. A couple blocks one way is the Franciscan parish of Holy Family , and a couple blocks the other way is Fr. Richard Rohr’s Center for Action and Contemplation. Richard joined us one evening for dinner, and the following day we stopped by the Center for a visit. He kindly took the time to give us a tour.
Denis is a student in the two-year program at the CAC, which was his motivation for relocating to Albuquerque in the first place. A combination of mild weather, a good location, plus the very positive difference Denis has made in his two years there seems to point to Trinity House being a vey good fit in so many ways.
The three of us also had the opportunity to visit the Albuquerque campus of Lewis University. Executive Director Jim Saya gave us a tour of this impressive and growing campus in Albuquerque, and we met several staff members.
Currently, Lewis occupies the first floor of the building, which is conveniently located near an expressway and a nearby shopping center. As a Lewis trustee, I was very happy to make a visit and get a better idea of all that is happening at “Lewis Southwest”!
We also explored Santa Fe and took a trip out to see the Sangre de Cristo property, where so many Brothers and others have spent time. The caretaker and his little son gave us a tour. In Santa Fe, our first stop was the Georgia O’Keefe museum downtown. As many of you know, this part of New Mexico is where Georgia O’Keefe settled and did some of her most famous work.
Santa Fe is lovely, filled with wonderful art, and also just a tad “pricey”. We very much enjoyed strolling around the historic downtown and we had a very pleasant lunch there.
Right outside Albuquerque is the Petroglyph National Monument, and we spent a sunny late afternoon visiting the site. It is estimated that these were done around 1300AD, but no one is certain what each image depicts.
We also strolled around Old Town, which is the site of the original setting of the city. It’s a delightful area to spend time in, with lots of local folk art represented.
Sheila and I were both very impressed with the hospitality and welcome we received everywhere, especially on Five Points Road. We strongly encourage you to plan a trip to northern New Mexico. It really did live up to its name. “The Land of Enchantment.”
A few parting shots:
MUCHAS GRACIAS to Denis and everyone who made our stay so memorable!
The Midwest District Triduum Retreat was held at Saint Mary of the Lake University April 2-5. The presenter and presider was Fr. Ivan Cormac Marsh, O. Carm. There were about 80 participants, including four postulants and two contacts.
Comments from two retreatants: “This is my first retreat in 10 years. It’s great to be back! The opportunity to be together for prayer, reflection, and socials is wonderful.” “Thanks for a wonderful Holy Triduum Retreat! It was just what I needed to recharge my batteries!”
A special thanks to Brother Mark Snodgrass, who coordinated the retreat.
Mark 16:1-7 ● John 20:1-9
Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed all in white. They were completely taken aback, astonished.
He said, “Don’t be afraid. I know you’re looking for Jesus the Nazarene, the One they nailed on the cross. He’s been raised up; he’s here no longer. You can see for yourselves that the place is empty. Now—on your way. Tell his disciples and Peter that he is going on ahead of you to Galilee. You’ll see him there, exactly as he said.”
The resurrection stories can be boiled down to three mandates. First: “Do not be afraid.” Second: “Peace be with you.” Third: “Go and tell someone the good news.” Here we read of two of these injunctions: the encouragement to let go of fear and to start spreading the good news. In fact, even before the resurrection stories, the Bible is full of injunctions from angels and from Jesus to “be not afraid.” So let’s let go of our fear and go out with boldness to spread the joy of the resurrection—in our workplaces, in our families, and in our neighborhoods, remembering the saying, “Preach the gospel at all times. When necessary, use words.”
What keeps you from sharing the good news of the gospel more often? Is it fear of ridicule? Fear of being cast as a religious weirdo? Fear that others think that God is irrelevant? Ask for the grace to let go of your fear and to have the courage to more boldly proclaim, with your life and/or with your words, the good news that Jesus is for you.
Reprinted with permission. For more information about this booklet and Bible translation, please see TheMessageCatholic.com.
Isaiah 52:13-53:12 ● Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 ● John 18:1-19:42
Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
While he lived on earth, anticipating death, Jesus cried out in pain and wept in sorrow as he offered up priestly prayers to God. Because he honored God, God answered him. Though he was God’s Son, he learned trusting-obedience by what he suffered, just as we do.
Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9
What separates Christianity from all of the other great world religions is Jesus: God who became human, a human who “experienced it all” except for sin. How fortunate we are to have a God we can pray to who has been through weakness and testing, who knows what it is like to cry out in pain and weep in sorrow. This Jesus is our greatest advocate, and we can go directly to him to ask for help. We don’t need to be ashamed to ask, because Jesus knows what it is like to try to trust in God even while suffering.
The scriptures often urge us to ask God boldly and directly for what we need. Bring your requests to Jesus now, without shame.
Reprinted with permission. For more information about this booklet and Bible translation, please see TheMessageCatholic.com.