Many liked the title "Marist at Heart" best, but in final
analysis it does not seem inclusive enough. So with your indulgence,
we'll use "Marists All."
GMC PICNIC: The annual Greater Marist picnic is set for September
19th from noon to 5 or 6 p.m.It will be held at FDR State Park near
Peekskill just off Taconic Parkway at the exit for Route 202. Bring
your own beverage and a pot luck dish. For further info, call Gus Nolan
MONEY MATTERS: Each of the first two mailings of this newsletter
went out to over 350 addresses. We are indebted to Marist College for
the use of their computer and printing facilities, but we had to cover
the nominal cost of the printing and the cost of mailing. That amounts
to almost $100 for each edition, and if we include the introductory
letter, this is the third mailing, bringing the amount spent to almost
$300. We who are more closely involved in the Greater Marist Community,
have shouldered this cost. We should appreciate it very much if you
could send us some financial help: David Kammer, 107 Woodland Drive,
Harwinton, Ct., 06791 or Gus Nolan, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N.
Y., 12601 ... AND JUST AS IMPORTANT NEWS ABOUT YOURSELF & ADDRESSES
OF MARIST FRIENDS!
MARIST CENTENNIAL: On the feast of Father Champagnat, June 6th,
the Marist Brothers celebrated the closing of their 100th anniversary
of serving in the U.S.A. Cardinal O'Connor concelebrated Mass at St.
Patrick's Cathedral with over a dozen bishops and priests associated
with the Brothers. John Kirsch ('59) now of Brownsville, Texas, was
the deacon. Br. Paul Ambrose, Br. Pat McNulty, Br. Vincent Moriarity,
and Br. Simeon Ouellet were commissioned to Liberia and to Japan. Br.
Hugh Turley ('54) pronounced the vow of stability and Br. Kenneth Curley
made first profession.
Almost every seat in the cathedral was filled: Marist Brothers, many
present and past students, relatives and friends, including a large
number of former Brothers, some coming from great distances. There were
Baron Holsenback from Augusta, Georgia; Frank Sutton from Manchester,
Vt.; George Howard from Notre Dame, Indiana; Pat Kielty, Jim Gormally,
and Pat Murphy from Maryland; Frank Reilly from Willimantic, Ct.; Charlie
Scott from Madison, Wisconsin; Dom Cavallaro from Northfield, Mass.;
John Trainor from Pittsburgh. And there were Brothers from distant places,
too: Br. Pat Long from Santa Cruz, California; Br. Stephen Bosco from
Boston; Br. Tom Petitte and Br. Erne st Beland from Lawrence; Br. John
Mash and Br. John Mulligan from Whitinsville, Mass.
After the Mass there was a reception at the diocesan center on First
Avenue. There were so many people that they had to gather in large roons
on two floors ... and thus some of us missed friends and acquaintances.
Yet it was certainly a very happy occasion for all. Thanks to organizers
Br. Vincent Damian and Br. Roy Mooney.
PHILIPPINE Newsletter: Br. Leonard Voegtle has alerted us to the coincidence
of a Philippine newsletter similar to ours. It, too, started in January
of 1987. It states: "Each one of us has a story to tell, filled
with joy, pain, happiness, love, adventure, Mary, God, and true brotherhood."
Quoting Nemesio Blanco's letter to Leonard: "The gang of ex-Marists
had several meetings and group activities, mostly social, one meeting
with Br. Jim McKnight. There is an existing mutual understanding that
the Marists wish to have contacts with us in the same manner that we
don't want to sever our ties with them. This coming Holy Week we will
have a family retreat; the speaker will be Br. Bernard Curtin. Last
year we invited Br. Alfred George for retreat.
FROM ED CASHIN ('46): I like the idea of keeping in touch. Mike Shurkus
dropped by on his way back from San Diego. We went to a restaurant,
and there were Gene Michel, Mike Klug, Jimmy Brady, and Pat McNulty.
Small world, he thought; I see these men at Aquinas High a lot. Am sorry
Pat McNulty is going to Africa. He is a darned good school man and will
be missed at Aquinas. My Eddie is a sophomore there; Milette an eighth
grader. We plan to spend a week in Stowe, Vermont this August. Would
like to see everybody.
Enclosed is a recent news release from Augusta College: "Dr. Edward
J. Cashin, Chairman of the Department of History, Political Science
and Philosophy at Augusta College, will be one of six Georgians to receive
a 1987 Governor's Award in the Humanities on February 10th in Atlanta.
Dr. Cashin was selected because, in addition to his academic work, he
has written textbooks for Augusta schools, served in leadership positions
in various cultural groups and has been a regular participant in community
based educational programs in history." (3112 Woodstone Place,
Augusta, Georgia, 30909)
FROM VINNY ANDIORIO ('67): After leaving the Marist community in Chicago
almost 10 years ago, I briefly taught at another Catholic high school
in the Roseland section of Chicago. There were too many situations in
that setting that I found unconscionable and did the unthinkable right
after the Thanksgiving break: I up and quit. Community-less, jobless,
and full of brava I contacted a former acquaintance who worked at a
local hospital. He convinced me that I was overqualified for an assistant
counselor's position in the Alcoholism Treatment Center, massaged my
resume for me, pulled a few strings, and magically I changed careers!
I've held a variety of positions over the last nine years. Currently
I coordinate the adult outpatient program, with clinical and supervisory
responsibility for about twenty staff members and 300 active outpatients.
I find the work constantly challenging, quite rewarding, and it pays
well, too. I finished a Master's in Counseling not long after I started
to work for the hospital, and found myself teaching several courses
this past year in the Alcoholism Sciences program at the university
where I received my Masters.
From the moment I started working at the hospital, one of the nurses
who was working with me kept bugging me to "just meet" her
little sister. I held out for about seven months, then accepted an invitation
to a 4th of July picnic. Well ... we were married the following June.
Geri and I have two sons, Michael, age 4, and Gregory, age 21/2. The
three of them give me more joy than I have ever imagined possible. We've
been somewhat active in the local parish, working in the CCD and Youth
Programs for several years until our own second son was born. We're
"on sabbatical" now. There's a part of me that feels unexercised,
and eager to work again. (15104 Crescent Green Drive, Oak Forest, Ill.,
60452; phone: 312-687-3596)
FROM ED KELLY ('52): Just returned from visiting with my brother (Br.
Thomas Kelly) at the Marist residence in Oakland, California. Had a
wonderful time during the week I was there, and the hospitality extended
me by all the Brothers in the community was just great. I am now retired
from the NYC police department, and currently working with IBM in Poughkeepsie.
Living close to the college has enabled me to keep close ties with the
Marist family. Took my first vows with the class of '53 and left Marist
College in '55. (37 Tor Road, Wappingers Falls, N. Y., 12590)
FROM BR. BILL LAVIGNE ('50): Since leaving John Coleman H. S. in Kingston
and Esopus in 1974, I have been in ministry here at St. Helen's Parish
Community, Westfield, N. J. Officially, I am Director of Religious Education
and Coordinator of Liturgy and Music for the parish, but one tends to
get involved in many facets of parish life. St. Helen's is a relatively
new parish in the Newark Archdiocese, being formed in 1968 with some
700 families from the only other parish in Westfield, Holy Trinity.
Since then the parish has grown to over 1800 families, many from neighboring
towns. There is a great spirit of community and much enthusiastic cooperation
from the parishioners.
The pastoral staff numbers six of us and we work as a team, although
there is a canonically designated pastor and associate pastor. Six years
ago we added a full time youth minister to our staff and it has resulted
in a vibrant Youth Ministry Program. The Religious Education program
involves over a thousand students from public schools and since most
classes are in a home setting, we need and get many volunteer catechists,
about 125 plus the 40 adults and young adults that help with Youth Ministry.
My main thrust in ministry is presently Adult Education and Adult Spiritual
Development in the parish which I would consider a priority over a child-centered,
school-model religious education program. It is a challenge to get adults
out to participate in programs, though, since here in suburbia, parents
are very involved with all their childrens' activities.
Besides my work here in the parish, I have been involved with Archdiocesan
projects, chairing Religious Education Conventions, Executive Board
of our Association of Parish DRE's and co-chairing our local clergy
association for this coming year. All in all, I have enjoyed this ministry
and found it very broadening and enriching. Thanks very much for your
interest in promoting this sharing among all of us Marists. It's a wonderful
project to get underway in our Jubilee Year. (1600 Rahway Avenue, Westfield,
N. J., 07090)
FROM MARTY LANG ('47): All these years I have received my copy of the
Marist newsletter for which I am very grateful. I read it, line for
line, with interest, but slowly the new, unfamiliar names replace the
old ones, and the friends of old are found more often in the necrology
than in the new foundations begun since we left. The idea of the newsletter
is great, a tender thread that could continue to hold us in the bond
of caring. Losing contact is still painful, and I guess as long as that
is the case, the bonds are still there. While I continue into my 17th
year as Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Fairfield
U., I see new kinds of students. The nuns are gone, and lay people replace
them moving into all kinds of ministries in the Church. I spend a good
deal of time with adult lay Catholics, teaching in three Lay Ministry
Programs, aside from my regular university work. I am impressed by the
depth of commitment, in terms of service and the giving of time to others
in need, that I see on a daily basis with lay people. One thing is sure,
there are plenty of Christian saints at work in the marketplace in the
most unlikely places. They are unsung heroes, never to be canonized
and of course, the very thought of it would be ridiculous to them. But
they're there, in banks, in the mayor's office, in soup kitchens, nursing
homes, police force, etc. I have been amazed by the spiritual depth
of a person who is a buyer of fashionable women's clothes in an expensive
department store. The incongruity is the marvel.
Would love to hear from the ones long silent; maybe the newsletter
will summon them forth ! (295 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, Ct.,
FROM G. PATRICK GALLAGHER ('55): I really have lost contact with the
monks, although in trying to re-establish some of those ties, I have
in the past five years gotten back to Marist for my 25th, driven up
to the GMC picnic last year, and visited Tyngsboro this summer. I spoke
with Vinny Poisella at length this year just before I went to Jersey
for the 20th high school reunion of one of the classes I had as freshmen
at Roselle Catholic.
There are a lot of people out there that I would be interested in keeping
in touch with, and hearing how the years have been treating them. I
find this more as I reach a certain age; I've just turned 50. It might
be a question of looking back on some of your roots, it might be putting
things in order, it might be restoring and reliving some of the good
In the early 70's when I left FMS, I got involved with criminal justice
work, then police administration, and then police training. At the present
time I'm at the Police Foundation in Washington, D. C. as a consultant
developing training packages on sting, arson, organized crime and the
like. I've been immersed in police work and have made many contacts
and good friends in Europe, especially in the UK.
I've now been married six years. Mary is an RN with an MA in Special
Education. When we were in Florida, she coordinated all the state's
multi-disciplinary child protection teams dealing with child abuse,
and now she's back doing some nursing and some consulting. There are
two children, girls, 10 and 16. In May of 1988 when Karen graduates
we plan to move further west to Laudon County, and then we will be about
50 miles from DC rather than 12. We recently purchased a small bit of
land with a pre-civil war farmhouse on it and some other buildings.
One of these will be converted into an office since I do most of my
work at home, and we then expect to live a quiet, more rural life. (2328
Malraux Drive Vienna, Va., 221800)
Pat received his MA from NYU and did his PhD work at Purdue; he has
taught public safety and criminal justice courses at Indiana U., Purdue
U., American U. in DC, and Golden Gate U. in San Francisco.
FROM BILL REGER ('61): 1965-1969: Trumbull, teacher of French and Spanish,
athletic coach; 1969-71; Wellesley, Mass, teacher of French, athletic
coach; 1972-74: University of Hawaii: research assistant, department
of Political Science; 1974-82: W.Va. Community College and WVU, instructor
in Holistic Health and in Sport and Exercise Studies, graduate division;
1982-87: Wheeling Hospital, Cardiac Center, research coordinator; 1985-87:
W. Va. Legislature, elected representative. 1984 PhD in Exercise Physiology,
WVU. 1984: spent a month in China and took four months sailing from
Hawaii to Washington State and bicycling from there to Wheeling. "More
personally, I'm attempting to get my body, mind, and soul together.
Since I've been in politics, I've found myself too preoccupied with
what I do and too little concerned with who I am. Instead of running
17 hours a day, I'm taking at least some time out. Rediscovering a spirituality
has helped provide me with some serenity. Just had lunch with Leonard
Voegtle; told him about my upcoming wedding, July 25th." (37 Era
Street, Wheeling, W. Va., 26003)
FROM JOE STRANG: As Br. Joel Gilmary from '52 to '67, I developed principles
that have stayed with me for life. After leaving from Manhasset, I taught
public school in Mastic Beach for seven years and bought a house in
Patchogue. Then I taught in the Virgin Islands before coming to California,
where I left teaching in 1982. I am now a full time professional gardener
on the Monterey Peninsula. (Box 857, Pacific Grove,.Ca., 93950)
FROM BR. SIXTUS VICTOR LUIZZO ('42): About ten years ago, when I was
on a winter break for a week at my brother's home in Florida, I had
a heart attack. To this day I am still shocked that it happened to me,
considering that I have never been sick over the years. I thank the
Lord each day for the good health he has since given me. I stopped smoking
ten years ago, and I visit my cardiologist four times a year for an
EKG. My last visit was about a month ago and the results were most gratifying.
My teaching schedule is a full one. Between chemistry labs and teaching
Regents Chem, I have 26 periods a week. One of these classes is an Honors
Chemistry. To keep myself out of trouble, I operate the bookstore. In
community, there are ten of us; I do the food shopping for the Brothers.
A couple of years ago I said to myself, if I must get involved with
computers and their gadgets I would give up teaching. Well, I ate my
words. Next school year, the three science labs will each have a computer
and software. I have to keep up with it if I am to show the students
how it operates. Last summer I started to teach myself on an old Commodore
and then switched to a Tandy 1000. I went to school for a few lessons
and sought help from one of the teachers who does accounting by computer.
(51 Clapham Avenue, Manhasset, N. Y., 11030)
FROM BILL GILBERG ('61): Since I left in 1971, I taught until 1978.
Then I took over the operation of this retreat/workshop/conference center
in Ossining owned by the Dominican Sisters. It's called Mariandale.
65 beautiful acres. Since that time this operation has gone from an
annual income of $38,000 to $265,000. It certainly is a success story
for the congregation. In 1975 I married and moved to Bronxville. My
wife is a secondary educator of Spanish. In 1980 our twin daughters
Marissa and Beth were born. They are part of our own personal success
story. Both of them have been enrolled in a special education program
for the gifted and talented for these past three years. (9 Birch Brook
Road, Bronxville, N. Y., 10708)
FROM MANNY LOPEZ ('65): Many things have happened to me since I left
comunity. Suffice it to say I now have my BA in Classical Studies with
a minor in Archeology awarded in 1985 after going to school at night
since 1969. For 13 years I had been singing in the first tenor section
of a major choral society in New York. I've been jogging for seven years
and in that time my weight and diet have gone from a high of 265 lbs
on a six foot frame to a low of 190 lbs and a vegetarian diet.
For most of my working life I've been doing clerical work in brokerage
houses and insurance companies; this year, after two years of temporary
services and unemployment, I'm working in construction for the first
time in my life. Also I am working as a volunteer at Gay Men's Health
Crisis in the pediatric division for children with aids, the result
of the grieving process after having lost my brother, Diego, to aids
in September. I do weekly sittings with monks and members of the Zen
Studies Society as a result of my readings on Thomas Merton and a Japanese
Zen monk. This has added a significant dimension to my life. I try to
get to Mass as often as I can, two or three times weekly in addition
to my Sunday liturgy.
I really would like to find out what's going on with my classmates.
I think I was in the class of '65, Esopus. I look at my novice class
picture and recognize almost every face. Let me know what's going on
with Ken Curtin, Joe Baker, etc. (56 Bay 40th Street, Brooklyn
N. Y., 11214)
FROM BR. WILLIAM MIELKE ('59): The Lord has been good to me. I'm in
my 5th year in Miami. After 19 years at Molloy, I left a place I loved
so much. I'll always be a Stanner. I had the greatest kids there and
I had tears in my eyes as I boarded Pan Am. But I was getting restless
and had to move on. Since I've been here I'm very happy. I'm still teaching
9th graders history and have a Liturgical Choir of 20 singers with flute,
trumpets, guitars. I never had that opportunity at Molloy. I'm also
Music Minister at a nearby parish. You would be surprised to see me
before a group of ladies teaching them "Here I am Lord." This
summer I'll be enrolled in Liturgical Music Courses at St. Joseph's
College in Rensaleer, Indiana, working toward a certificate in Church
I've been fairly well these past five years. Before that I was seriously
ill and almost made the journey to the lord. The diagnosis of cancer
was wrong, since I had a massive bladder abscess and not cancer. Again
praise the Lord: Frank Garza of '59 is also here, as principal. Leo
Vincent at 81 years of age is still doing guidance here, a fantastic
man. (3000 S.W. 87th Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33165)
FROM DONALD MULCARE ('57): A Marist Family newsletter would be welcomed
here. I will contribute news to help get things started: My wife Nancy,
three of our four children, and I have been involved in providing religious
education in St. Mary's parish of Fairhaven (across the river from New
Bedford). Nancy just stepped down as DRE for grades 7 to 10, in order
to devote her full time to teaching religion at Bishop Strang High School.
Our two daughters are about to become confirmation sponsors. Jennifer
(18 next April) and Bridget (16 next April and about to be confirmed
herself) were each asked by girls who are just about their age, to be
their sponsors. Our daughters are taking this seriously and insisting
that the candidates do the same. It was a surprise that our daughters
were selected by their friends. Jennifer and Bridget have provided their
parents with resistance and grief, but to their friends they were genuine
witnesses to the faith.
My job in the Biology Department of Southeastern Massachusetts University
is centered on teaching. The courses include Embryology, Biology of
Aging, Tissue Culture and a number of introductory courses. The big
project of the moment is the development of a course in Marine Biotechnology,
the only course of its kind on the east coast. (105 Long Road, Fairhaven,
FROM JACK KELLY ('64): I started my own company in 1983, Money Manggement
Resources, Ltd., and I work the hours that go with owning a business,
long hours. I am a Certified Financial Planner, and provide comprehensive
financial planning services for individuals and for small businesses.
The work is enjoyable for me, and I've been successful at it. Two of
the ex-monks I've kept in touch with are Joe McHorrow and Jim Schroeder.
Jim was in the "other" province. Joe is living in Canada,
Fort McMurray. He's in charge of religious education for a school district
or diocese. (7507 Lowell Avenue Skokie, I11., 60076) 312-397--8050)
.....Jack has authored several articles for the National Center for
Financial Education Inc. "Rate of Return: Illusion and Reality",
"12 IRA Myths" and "Financial Fitness Test"
FROM BR BRENDAN (LARRY) HAGGERTY ('50): This letter has been a long
time in coming. I'll always consider myself a member of the Marist family
and welcome all news of friends. Ken Voegtle has been a godsend to me,
as to many, filling any void that developed over the years. I've stayed
in touch with Jules Roy in Chicago and had visits from Kieran, Mike
Sullivan, and others on occasion, but my wife, children, and I welcome
We've lived in a sleepy, neighborly little town of Cheverly, Maryland,
for 17 years now. My wife, Evy, is a "Newport belle" hailing
from Rhode Island. She came to Catholic U. to study at the same time
I was asked to join the staff there. I was completing a degree, and
we met in a Financial Problems course. We have two beautiful daughters,
Mary 13, and Shaleen 12. Mary won the academic achievement award at
St. Ambrose this year and is our reader/scholar. Shaleen is a gymnast
and a student of Karate. Ev teaches English to speakers of other languages
ESOL in the county school system, and for the past seven years I've
been a developnent staffer for the Red Cross now senior development
officer at National Headquarters, responsible for the Red Cross planned
I spent my last Marist years at Lourdes in Poughkeepsie and was saddened
by its closing, as far as the Brothers are concerned. A blessing the
Msgr. Matt Cox, my old mentor, had passed away. It would have broken
his heart; he loved the monks and the school he founded with Eddie Lyons.
(3210 Crest Ave., Cheverly, Md., 20785)
FROM DANNY NOLAN ('56): My days with the Marist Brothers go from '52-'68,
mostly at St. Helena's and Laredo-Br. Robert Fidelis. I am presently
employed as a Probation Officer in New York Supreme Court. In my spare
time I am studying counseling. I still have fond memories and feel strongly
about my years as a Marist, the best and the brightest!
May I suggest that you, or anybody, or even me, start a Marist Retirement
Fund. I don't know what kind of financial health the brothers are in,
but I do know that many who gave their lives to teaching have not been
remunerated financially, although rewards in other areas have not been
wanting. I would like to pledge $100 to the fund, and I think that others
who have had the pleasure of being friends of the Brothers would do
likewise. Meanwhile, here's $5 to pay for postage. I hope to continue
to hear from you via the newsletter.(86-05 Forest Parkway, Woodhaven,
N. Y. 11421)
FROM JIM GORMALLY ('65): I felt a very positive reaction to being in
NYC at the centennial reunion. It validated a very important part of
me. I left the Marists in 1970 after a fine teaching experience at Aquinas
in Augusta. I was truly fortunate to work for Br. Luke Driscoll and
for Sr. Mary, the principal. I left several close ties with high school
students that probably had a big role in my choosing a helping profession
as a career. I did graduate work in counseling psychology from '70-'73
at Southern Illinois U. (George Howard and Tom McGovern were to come
to SIU later.) My internship was at the University of Florida and I
studied community psychology. I suspect my Marist activist spirit was
at play here. I got a PhD in '74. My first job was at American U. in
Washington doing research and counseling students. After that, I did
research and teaching at the University of Maryland. Now.. I am in a
full time clinical job, as a private practitioner in Silver Springs,
Maryland. I am married to a fellow SIU graduate student, now professor
of psychology; we have two children --Kevin 8 and Katie 6--who give
us much joy and grief. (806 East Franklin Avenue, Silver Springs, Maryland,
FROM ROBERT LOPEZ ('59): I was delighted to be swept up in the FMS
net that you cast. I have not had any contact with any of the Marist
family since 1965. I once ran across Brother John Malachy at the University
of Pittsburg (1970) the summer I finished by PhD at Purdue. Br. John
was in Wheeling, and was attending some class at U Pitt while I was
at a conference celebrating my new degree. Except for that chance encounter,
this is the first contact with the Marist world since I left. Recently,
however, I spoke with Richard Foy on the phone and he passed my name
along to the Marist College alumni office.
After getting degrees in math from two mid-western universities and
teaching for three years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I took
my family (wife and two young boys) to Canada. For twelve years I followed
my dream: taught my kids to play ice hockey, played myself, coached,
and even managed to earn a living teaching math at Memorial University
of Newfoundland. It was great. A remarkable place to have lived, very
romantic, very different, very interesting.
You get a fresh perspective on things when you step back and see them
from some other point of view. For example, the Newfoundland school
system is denominationally organized but supported with public funds.
My two boys were able to receive parts of their educations from Chriatian
Brothers at schools that turn out to be far superior to what is available
here locally. There is a desperate need here in the midwest for a new
In Newfoundland I served the youth of the community in the various
sports programs available. I think I enjoyed it more than the kids.
But gimpy knee have a way of telling you it's time to hang up the skates.
So all dreams end, and now we are back in the states where I teach
at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute. This is a small
(1300) private engineering college with over a hundred years of tradition
and experience in turning out engineers and scientists. Being here lets
me pursue another dream, engineering. When I graduated from college
in '63, I remember saying that if the Fairy-God-Mother were to have
given me one wish, it would have been to be an NHL hockey player. Now,
I think my immediate response would be "to be an engineer."
Well, you pay your money, and you take your pick. Only you just have
but a handfull of chances.
My oldest son has finished a year at U Dayton, so he is already older
than I was when you and I first met. I seems like only this morning
I went off to school myself, and here I am reading about all these lives
of people I once shared moments with. Will you put people in touch with
one another if they request such a contact? (59 Heritage Drive,
Terre Haute, Indiana, 47803)
Ed's note: request a name and address and we'll send same if we have
it; thanks loads for the above, Bob.
Note from the Editor:
GMC Picnic at F.D.R. State Park will take place at the site close to
Parking Area # 2. Directions to this location can be obtained at the