FROM BRENDAN HAGGERTY ('50): Just a word of thanks for the placement
in Marists All of the note about the first Marist Brothers Annual Fund.
Word and gifts from former monks went on an upward curve just after
the edition came out. I know Sean, too, will be thanking you and asking
you to keep up the mention. A million thanks for a newsletter that is
looked forward to like no other. (3210 Crest Avenue, Cheverly, Maryland,
MOUNT ST MICHAEL
SAT U R DAY : 12 to 5
September 19, 1992
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the annual Greater Marist
Community picnic to be held again this year at Mt. St. Michael in the
Bronx, Nereid and Murdock Avenues, near the Mt. Vernon border. The gathering
will be in the garth area on Saturday, September 19th, from noon to
5 p.m. Indoor facilities are available in case of rain. Come with spouse
and children or come alone. Bring your own beverage and a pot-luck dish
for a shared meal. All Brothers are most welcome
to join us. Thanks to Brother Pat Magee and to the Mount community for
welcoming us. We have this picnic each year on the second Saturday after
Labor Day; mark Saturday, September 19,on your calendar. We always have
a most enjoyable time!
LIBERIA: This country has suffered much in the recent civil war. We
print an excerpt from a letter written by Brother Leo Shea from Pleebo:
"I went to see the Bishop and asked him what he wanted us to do
for the next year, since the schools were not going to open. He told
me, 'Do anything you can for youth and try to do something for the training
of catechists'. We decided to start a catechetical center. The Bishop
is enthusiastic. We plan to begin in September with a class of fifteen.
We should finish the program at Christmas time. We want to begin a second
class in February. We will set up our trained catechists in nearby villages
where they can train others using their own dialect." (Taken from
FMS ECHO, Rome, February, 1992)
FROM BR. DES KELLY ('53): The Christian community in Pakistan has suffered
greatly during the past few months, as some of our Catholics have been
murdered, jailed, and forced to work in such unsafe conditions that
several have been killed in job related accidents.
On January 6th Naimat Ahmar, a school teacher, was murdered by a boy
who had been brain washed by local fanatics into believing Naimat was
speaking against Islam. Furthermore, it has been learned that the murderer's
uncle had been trying to have Naimat removed from his teaching position
so that he could take his place.
While religious bigotry and deranged fanatics have made headlines we
continue our work at the school educating our Christian and Muslim students
and trying to prepare them to make a difference in the society in which
they live. We have been trying for the past few years to acquire a bus
to provide much needed transportation for our students, and now at long
last we are the owners (as soon as we pay the bill) of a new 30 seater.
With a little extra togetherness we will be able to transport about
One of our students played a major role in advancing our decision to
purchase a vehicle. Nadeem is a sixth grader and lives in Chak 79 that
is about 15 kilometers from school. Each morning he cycles the 15 kilometers
to school over poor to non existent roads with his mother sitting on
a rack above the back wheel. She works at a nearby hospital run by the
Sisters of St. John of God. Nadeem drives her to work before coming
to school and waits for her in the evening to make the return trip to
Chak 79. We asked Nadeem once if he found the cycling difficult and
his answer was an indignant "She's my mother." In Urdu it
sounds much better. In another week we will have the bus on the road,
and we will relieve Nadeem from his chauffeur's job; both mother and
son can ride the new bus. The bus will also provide a greater measure
of safety, taking students off the roads they have to share with trucks,
donkey carts, and trains of camels, not to mention the swarms of indigenous
irritants in the warm weather.
A couple of weeks ago I noticed several boys leaving school on a bike
with a front wheel that had long ago lost any ability to hold air. The
boys were riding on the steel rim with just strands of rubber hanging
on. I sent one of our workers to buy a new wheel and then sent them
on their 15 kilometer journey. The wheel will cut their traveling time
in half. That new wheel, as well as the new bus, not to mention the
food, clothing, and medicine we can provide to our poor families, is
all a result of your love and generosity. The Irish government gave
us a grant to buy twenty typewriters and provides us with powdered milk
through Caritas to distribute to the poor. The Brothers in Switzerland
and in Rome have provided substantial help with the purchase of the
bus, and each and every one of you in your own way has become part of
the work we do in Pakistan. May God continue to bless you and your families
and all your loved ones. (P.O. Box 110; Chak 47 N.B., Sargodha, Pakistan)
FROM ROBERT LOPEZ ('59): My vote is against the features suggested
in the last issue. To dwell on old events, names, and expressions would
be unproductive and unworthy of the greatness of lives dedicated to
the growth and perfection of the Mystical Body. I would much rather
read about today and tomorrow, how each contributing member of this
Marist family sees his/her reality today and how that vision projects
into the future. (59 Heritage Drive, Terre Haute, Indiana, 47803)
FROM RICHARD FOY ('46): Most of your readers know my history up to
1979 when I left Marist College. At that time I opted out of education
for a new career. However, I found it difficult to be considered for
administrative positions in the business world, age and educational
background being cited as the main reasons. I had opportunities to go
into business partnerships, but that required capital, which I didn't
have. Curiously, I finally got my job at Boyden through John McMullen,
the owner of the Houston Astros and the Jersey Devils. John had served
as a trustee of Marist College during the 70's. When he learned that
I was available, he insisted that the executive search firm interview
me for a position in Houston. I rejected Houston, but the search firm
got interested in me because of my experience in administration, finance,
and computing.So I wound up working in New York for Boyden, one of the
six largest headhunting firms in the world. Currently I am the chief
operating officer, reporting to a part time chairman in London, who
himself is a full time recruiter. That makes me the only full time administrator
in a Boyden network of 41 officers around the world.
Prior to joining Boyden, I held headhunters in low esteem, as I judged
them to be an extension of the old boy network. To my surprise, the
great majority of them are fine people, moral, considerate, and trustworthy.
The Ivy League tradition is fast disappearing, replaced by an environment
of performance and fairness.
How do I fit into this company? My Marist background makes me truly
international in outlook. This goes back to our Juniorate teachers from
France, to Br. Paul Ambrose's exposing us to student Brothers from China,
Canada, Africa, South America. It was reinforced by my stay in Fribourg,
and even more by my participation in the chapters of 1967 and 1968.
It imbued me with a respect for other nations and cultures, a conviction
that Americans no longer know all the answers. Unfortunately, many American
businessmen as well as many of my American associates held a condescending
attitude towards non-Americans, which leads to resentment on the part
of the non-Americans.
My rudimentary knowledge of several languages, but especially my ability
to accept people as they are, quickly put me in a position where I became
the chief contact between the American associates and our international
partners; over two thirds of our work is done overseas. My role as corporate
trouble shooter has enabled me to travel to Europe, Asia, Central and
South America. Until Boyden opened offices in Scandinavia, I was able
to boast that there was either a Marist Brother or a Marist College
graduate in every city where Boyden maintained an office!
The Marist experience crops up in many places. One of our Spanish partners
had Br. Basilio Rueda as a teacher in Mexico. An Australian partner
attended Marist schools in Melbourne. Last fall at a regional meeting
in Brussels, Atauo Tsukada, our Japanese managing director, remarked
to me that he met a classmate whom he had not seen since 1948. He showed
me a class picture, and I noticed that the inscription was "St.
Louis College, Tientsin." I was able to tell him that was a Marist
school. My brother, Peter Foy, had visited that school while he was
with the Marines after World War II. Tsukada told me he came to Brussels
via Ireland, where he had visited the Brother who had taught him English.
He kept in touch with all his teachers, including Br. Doheny in Hong
Kong and Br. Raphael in Japan. Later in the meeting, he showed me a
picture of himself in Marist Echo, taken when he visited the grave of
his former teacher, Br. Ildebald in Furth.
I must avoid the temptation to be smug when I hear all the talk of
globalization and of the new global economy. It makes me proud to be
a part of the Marist circle, whose founder, a country boy barely smart
enough to graduate from the seminary, had the foresight as early as
1820 to insist that the Brothers' territory was the entire world. It
makes me proud to have taught Des Kelly, the wild colonial boy from
Manhattan who winds up in Pakistan. (I leave space here for readers
to add similar examples from their Marist experience.)
Family news: My brother, Peter, turned 65 in February, and retired
from NCR after 40 years in computing, No more tennis for him, as he
had a hip replacement and a heart attack within the past three years.
Mary and I have a son, Peter, who is a freshman at Marist College, and
a daughter, Bridget, a sophomore at Horace Greeley in Chappaqua. She
plays varsity basketball and hopes to make varsity softball as a pitcher.I
took both children skiing one weekend in March. I regret to say that
by 2 p.m. I was relegated to the lower, kinder, gentler slopes so that
my children might experience the thrill of real skiing.(717 Washington
Avenue, Chappaqua, N. Y. 10514-3309)
FROM BR. CYPRIAN ROWE ('53): These Marists All letters must be thrown
away! When I save them, I am powerless, as I reread them even if I should
come across them for the sixth or seventh times. The feelings they provoke/evoke
are precious and not too few. For all of us the miracle of Champagnat
is that his Spirit wears long despite the changes of fashion even in
Returning to academia, after setting up a special project at the Office
for Treatment Improvement (a federal agency dealing with treatment of
addiction), has been something of a joy. While the government work was
eye opening and exciting for a while, I discovered that poets do much
violence to their selves by staying long. I think, perhaps, I almost
stayed too long. It took me a good while to fill up again; school is
a wonderful place to do that. I also work at the Johns Hopkins School
of Medicine on the psychiatry faculty as a Research Associate. I really
love this, working with African-American males, all carrying a diagnosis
of major mental illness.
I am in my fourth year of living with the Josephite Fathers and Brothers.
These men are family-like to me, but I miss our own Brothers. At the
same time, living in an environment that is alive with African-American
life and rhythms is life giving to me. One does not realize it until
it is gone.
My mother moved to Baltimore in the summer of 1990. Nothing to do with
me; I pretended to be totally committed to her will. She is a great
blessing, still vigorously active.
My son (the one I adopted in Ghana in 1968) is a student at Marist.
This year he stayed at home and has been help to me more than to mother
given my state of disorganization at any one given time. I have one
grandson (Cyprian Rowe) and one granddaughter (Helen Rowe). A third
grandchild died shortly after birth in the winter of 1988, and my son's
wife died in late spring of 1990 shortly before he returned home for
his first visit.
Last summer I had the great opportunity of being sent by the government
to Gallaudet University to study American Sign Language, one of the
greatest experiences of my life. Humbling, but wonderful. My hope is
to work with persons who are deaf or severely hearing-impaired. Guess
I never quite got over the beauty of Johnny Belinda.
Raphael Martin is pretty much in touch.In my travels I have been able
to stay with him twice. The next level, I suppose, will be making it
to the fall picnic. Oh, for a driver! (1546 North Fremont Ave., Baltimore,
FROM JIM GULDNER ('66): After attending the 25th reunion of the Esopus
novitiate classes of 1966-67 last month, I was attacked by a flood of
memories. They were fond. I offer a short bio and then a list of those
Marist memories. My thanks to Pat Murphy for organizing the reunion
and to Charlie Mahon for sending me all of the back issues of Marists
It seems that I'm one of very few ex-monks who is not into teaching,
psychology, ministry ... I graduated from Manhattan College in Civil
Engineering in 1970, the same year Fran and I got married. I finished
my masters at night, from Brooklyn Poly. Worked for two contracting
firms in NYC and then in NJ and around the nation until 1984: capitalist,
industrious, corporate ladder stuff. Have run my own small consulting
engineering and surveying business in northwestern NJ since '84. God
has been good to us over these business years.We relocated to NJ from
Queens in 1980. We have two young daughters, Suzanne (19) has just finished
her first year at Rutgers; in the fall Christine (18) will begin her
collegiate career at Drew University. Fran and I have been blessed with
them; they're straight, bright, and sometimes even fun to be around.
Now here are my Marist memories, given in chronological order as any
good engineer would do. 1958-61: upper grammar grades at Resurrection-Ascension;
football with Willie Maura and Joel Gilmary; permanship with Regis;
the obvious start of my Marist way, 1961-62: Freshman at Molloy; impressed
with my homeroom teacher from Michigan Tech, Br. Ronald David, and with
my French prof Br. Aidan Francis, who really steered my vocation;
intramurals and dances.
1962-63: to the juniorate in Esopus; seniors John Quinn, Ace Norton,
and Bill White at my first "table"; Dave Jackson leaving in
one month; "Three Hail Mary's and Lay off the Peanut Butter!"
not working, with me winding up in the hospital for a week; hand signals;
bug juice; scullery; daily resolutions; censored mail; my tormentors,
Pat Connors and Bob Bifano, christening me "Diddy"; my inspiration
for being "cool" and still a Brother was Joe McKenna over
at the Novitiate wearing white socks and penny loafers; finally beating
Chips Kubat in ping-pong; PJ, JL, Denis, and Berky.
1963-64: on to Cold Springs, merging the two juniorates; losing Jim
Collins; stories of Junky's nighttime walks around the dorm; JFK; Beatles
on Ed Sullivan; Denis busting Blaser; Andy and Mrs. Andy and little
Andy; Mt. Washington climb; the famous Miss Clairol commercial at the
1964-65: varsity BB with Bruce, Woodsie, and Greg Skrzypek; fighting
forest fires; losing to Jody Lederer in the pool finals; Army-Navy games;
thanking God for my classmates' sisters, such as Basil's Griff's, Steve
1965-66: back in Esopus; Freddie getting me through the first month;
"deep" nighttime discussions with Tom McGovern and Jack Lehman;
playing with water and Br. Eugene simultaneously (not what we would
now call a good career move); the ten day retreat where I was after
Fred and Tom Ting to cut down on the talking during Great Silence (now
there was a switch).
1966-67: closeness with Steve Brown; Br. Eugene's "reality"
conferences and directions; mail hand-delivered by my parents; Marist
150th anniversary with Marist priests and nuns, including Mrs. Bob Buckley;
Dang's last night on the road with Jack and 0'D, with a little help
from Henry Cisler and Bill Lavigne; and finally my last day. Special
thanks to Wally Klinger, John Wesp, Bill White, and Bob Joyce for easing
my transition, and to Jimmy Collins for showing me the night life in
Sunnyside when I first got home.
I hope these memories help to awaken other memories in my classmates,
and I hope they have the effect the past issues of Marists All have
had on me. Still your brother in JMJ, Jim Guldner. (15 Stanley Place,
Budd Lake, N. J. 07828; 201-347-0961)
FROM GENE CONNOLLY ('44): Marists All has asked readers to submit nicknames
that they recall being used for some of the "old Brothers."
These may bring back fond memories:
Br. Anthony Charles: Tony Boards
Br. Anthony of Padua: Tony Shortpants
Br. Edmund Conrad: Sparky
Br. Benedict Henry: Big Ben
Br. Xavier Leonard: Ti Boute
Br. Henry Charles: Ti Gris
Br. Leo Joseph: Truman
Br. Anthony Mary: Hoover
Br. Constantine: Con-con
Br. Albert Hamel: Fat Al
Br. James Hellade: Fatty Jim
Br. Joseph Orens: George Washington
Br. Robert Koehly: Bob Experience
It is interesting to reflect upon the American Marist culture that
generated such nicknames and upon the community character and spirit
that sustained those names to an extent that similar names have not
been part of any other community I have belonged to, professional, familial,
etc. In a sense, I suppose, they are "family names," names
we give to intimates as the Cosa Nostra does or to familiars, as in
Good Fellas, whose members share with us at least a general purpose,
and often much more.
As I look back over the list I have compiled, I cannot help but recall
that among those names are indeed "good fellas," people whom
I knew and loved, some who were truly great and live today enshrined
in my memory and in my heart. (19 Bayberry Road, Danvers, Massachusetts,
FROM ED CASHIN ('46): Your suggestion of feature reminiscences is fraught
with possibilities. I think of Br. Henry Charles' compelling but inexact
orders, such as "Weed the rhubarb," which resulted in all
the rhubarb being pulled up, or "Chop down that tree," which
meant the end of several uncertain, innocent trees. There were those
great extemporaneous after dinner speech duels between Linus William
and John O'Shea. And I think of Mike Shurkus's impassioned arguments
with Nilus about whether St. Paul corrupted Christianity.
One of the most fertile story sources is my high school principal in
Augusta and my director at Columbus in Miami, Brother Ben. Ben always
kept an empty Ballentine bottle for the visit of a distinguished guest.
Before the guest arrived, Ben would fill the Ballentine bottle with
cheaper Scotch, humming a unique Ben tune all the while. Of course,
the distinguished visitor would figure out what had happened after the
first sip. Another of Ben's habits was to wait until someone got up
from table to ask for what he wanted. "While you're up ..."
was a famous expression at Columbus. Then, there were his transparent
exaggerations: "O yes, we always stay at the Aztec!" when
he had stayed at the Aztec Hotel once. And Ben had a compass in his
head geared for the southern hemisphere; he would consistently point
in the wrong direction. We would expect it and point the opposite way.
He would always be surprised.
I'd like to challenge the real pros to tell some of their Ben stories
... Deccy, Hugh Andrew, Gerry Cox. The book would be a best seller!
(3412 Woodstone Place, Augusta, Ga. 30909; 404-736-1561)
DECEASED: Br. Edward Michael ('21) died on Easter Sunday at the age
On May 20th, Br. William Lee ('46) died of a heart attack. Brother
Aidan Francis Flanagan ('24) died in late May at a Miami nursing home;
he was 84 years of age. And Br. Leo Joseph ('13) died in Lawrence also
in late May; he was in his nineties, May all deceased Marists rest in
FROM TONY FRAGALE ('67): My life since a postulant in 1966 has been
profoundly affected by this statement, and it remains the basis of my
understanding of life today: "One of the main themes of the Book
of Exodus is that we have been chosen. God has us here now for a purpose.
Each person with whom we interact is somehow meant to be a part of our
lives, and we a part of theirs." John Malich, Old Testament class,
Tyngsboro, first days as a postulant, fall of 1966.
After leaving the Brothers from Lawrence in 1971, I taught in Peabody,
Mass., for one year, and then moved back to my native West Virginia
where I taught for two years, got married, then moved to St. Louis to
obtain an M.A. in Religion-Education from St. Louis University in December
of 1975. I went back to another area of West Virginia, where I taught
Religious Education at a Catholic high school and worked part time as
Director of Religious Education at a parish for four years, during which
I became increasingly passionate about the role of the layman in today's
church vis-a-vis the clergy. It was during this time, 1976, that my
son, David, was born.
Realizing that the pay and benefits of the Catholic school system would
not take care of my family's needs, I moved into the public school system.
I had to overcome my major incorrect perception that to serve God, one
had to be involved in Catholic schools. I decided to return to studies
at WVU to pursue a second M.A. in CounselingPsychology, which I completed
in 1980. I continued to take more courses in counseling and curriculum
development until I was asked to declare my doctoral candidacy. I completed
all major field courses in both disciplines while working as a counselor
in a middle school setting, teaching part time in a small liberal arts
college, working whenever possible in Religious Education until 1987,
when with four courses left in research, statistics and dissertation,
I came very close to a nervous breakdown, suffering from a major clinical
depression which lasted for nearly three years before finally becoming
We moved to Orlando, my wife and I were separated and divorced, and
my son and I moved into our own place. However, God was actively pointing
out that it was still He who was truly "my rock of refuge, my hope
in whom I trust." I took a job at Edgewater High School in Orlando
as a guidance counselor and also a part time (?) job as Director of
Religious Education at St. Andrew's Church. I maintain both jobs to
the present and have been led to renewed health, rejuvenated enthusiasm
and faith, and am having more fun than at any other time in my life
through the involvement that my jobs have produced. My son will be 16
this fall, and you know the challenge that can be, but he is a fine
young man of whom I am extremely proud.
I find that these years have grown out of the foundation I received
at Tyngsboro and the gifts shared with all of us by such men as Brothers
David Ottmar, John Malich, John Wilcox, Peter Ostrowski, the community
of older Brothers in Tyngsboro, Vincent Dineen, Jude Driscoll, and all
who visited and shared their gifts with us. I am firmly convinced that
at each step of my life God has placed me in places where others did
have an immense influence in leading me to a personal life of faith;
through me hopefully others come to know and experience His love. It
is exhilarating to be part of His plan!
I often wonder about the various people I have met through my Marist
days. It would be nice to know that they care about what has happened
to me, as I trust they do.
I would love to be at one of the reunions. If any of you are ever in
Orlando, I am in the phone book, so give a call; leave a message if
I'm not home and I will get back to you. (4674 Pheasant Run Drive,
Orlando, Fl. 32808; 407-292-0170)
FROM JOHN WESP ('65): I spent four great years at Marist: Esopus, Cold
Springs, and back to Esopus. Br. John B. gave me the opportunity to
do a lot, as many of you will recall. I cooked, I took care of boilers,
I did repairs with big John Sheehan, and I cut hair; I still do cut
hair. I would like to thank Brother John for all he did for me. He was
a great part of my four years at Marist.
After leaving, I finished my B.A. at St. John's University, and then
I taught at Glen Cove. For over 21 years now I have been teaching in
the Middle County School District, Centereach, N. Y. I spent some time
in administration, but the summers are too important to me to stay with
that. I went camping out west for eleven summers, and I have gone to
Cape Cod, my second home, for nine summers, sailing daily.
In 1969 I married and now have three children, one boy 15, another
11, and a girl 4. Over the years I have spent a lot of time with Bob
Joyce, Bill White, Brian Levens, and Jim Guldner, but we don't see one
another often any more. I saw Bill Parker several times in the 80's,
and lately I met Don Gillespie. I stopped at Camp Marist several years
ago, but no one there knew me. I remember my days at Ossipee setting
up camp, another great time! I thoroughly enjoy teaching, have a great
family, and would not change too much of my past, especially my four
years at Marist.
I received copies of Marists All up to issue #18, November of 1991,
from Jim Guldner. I enjoyed reading them, and am sending them on to
Bob Joyce. Please put me on your mailing list. I sure hope you continue
with the newsletter. (82 Main Avenue, Centereach, New York, 11720-1640)
FROM MIKE KELLY ('50): Thanks for sending the latest issue of the newsletter.
While it is always good to hear the news from around the Marist world,
it is sometimes sad to hear about the problems being experienced by
some old friends.
We are settled into Atlanta and enjoy the southern hospitality which
is so much in evidence. By this time next month we will have been settled
in even more. We have been renting since September. By April first we
expect to be in our new home. It is a large house with plenty of room
for our visitors, so y'all come on down. Grits is served daily. Maybe
that is what attracts all the young people to Georgia. I'm told that
the average age of the people in Atlanta is 35. If you come to Atlanta,
we'll bring you to the local fountain of youth.I think it is in Buckhead
where every other business seems to serve much more than water. Best
to all the gang at Marist. (575 Mount Vernon Highway, Atlanta, Ga. 30327;
FROM MARY ROGENER = sister of John Rogener ('67): When I visited with
John and his family lately, he told me about the Marists All newsletter
you put together. It was wonderful reading about so many people I got
to know and hearing that they are doing so well. It brought back memories
which are forever ... being a part of Marist. Many dear friendships
were developed, and I still keep in touch. Thank you for making it possible
to hear from people who live a distance away. God bless you for giving
such a big portion of yourselves to so many others.
G M C P
I C N I C at
Saturday, SEPTEMBER 19,
noon to 5 p.m.
FROM GERARD BRUNELLE ('46): My good friend Ray Blanchard gave me some
of your past newsletters. Strange "jai verse plus que sept larmes."
That's an applicable quote I learned years ago in a French class at
the novitiate (1946-48) with Br. Leo Camille. Indeed, Brother Leo would
be proud of his student, since I've been writing poetry in French as
well as in English for seventeen years.
While reading one of the letters in Marists All, I discovered that
some people still care about St. Joseph. Memories of my childhood flashed
before me: stories of my father and mother visiting the holy Brother
Andre at St. Joseph du Mont Royal in Montreal. I have medals of St.
Joseph that Brother Andre personally gave my parents on their honeymoon.
Instant inspiration! I dropped everything and in a half hour wrote this
poem "Ite ad Joseph" as my annual Christmas poem. I dedicated
it to Ed Canavan, to my Marist education, and to Marists All.
One day while singing the Salve Regina after many years, an inspiration
came to me; so I wrote a poem about Marist life at St. Ann's Hermitage,
Poughkeepsie. I dedicated it to Br. Paul Ambrose Fontaine, who once
upon a time made a very big impression on my life and soul, 1949-50,
and in memoriam to Br. Henry Charles, my novice master, 1946-48, who
taught me love of work, both physical and intellectual. I will never,
never forget this man and his impression on my life and my teaching
career ... for I did become a teacher, 33 years in the same public junior
high school in Lowell, director of music.
In 1987 I was invited to read some of my poems at the Jack Kerouac
festival in his native city of Lowell, poems describing life in the
"little Canadas" of New England's mill towns of the late 19th
century. That led to my being invited to Quebec City for the first international
festival of Jack Kerouac ... who incidentally was a student of the Marist
Brothers at St. Joseph's grammar school in Lowell. Later I represented
the USA in an international poetry reading in Ottawa. I read my "Babel
City" there and on Radio Canada. Seeds of knowledge sown by Marists
do bear fruit.
What a tremendous satisfaction, reading Marists All. Someone does care
about our past, present, and future. Deo Gratiasi (P.O. Box 5157, L'Hermitage,
Scenic Road, Weirs Beach, N. H. 03247)
FROM BR. LUKE DRISCOLL ('33): For the first four years of hospital
chaplaincy here in Augusta I followed the assignment of visiting patients
and their families on hospital floors. From time to time I took up the
work of teaching, so that volunteer ministers could benefit from programs
that would prepare them for dedication to the Lord and His people in
hospitals and nursing homes. This past year I have been asked to expand
my work to include all the professional staff in the hospital, so that
every employee would become more aware of what the pastoral care department
has to offer all who enter St. Joseph Hospital. This has been very demanding
physically, but has enabled me to enjoy more than ever the many opportunities
to deal with people each day. Praise the Lord
I still manage to get away occasionally for much needed breaks. This
past weekend I spent in Summerville, S. C., with my brother Frank and
his family on the occasion of their Flower Festival. On New Year's day
in New Orleans I enjoyed a great Notre Dame victory over the University
of Florida. Next week I shall head off to Convent Station, New Jersey,
for a meeting dealing with the governance of the Esopus province. (1920
Highland Ave., Augusta, Ga. 30904; 404-736-6486)
A report: FATHER STAVES The Portland, Maine, diocesan newspaper
has announced that the Rev. Leo Staves, O.M.I., is retiring on July
lst from his parish in Howland, Maine. Father Staves served us Marists
at the novitiate in Tyngsboro for some fifteen years in the fifties
and sixties. Off to Howland I went to find our friend at Thursday morning
Mass with a small faithful group of lumberjack families. During and
between coffee and muffins in the rectory and lunch in a small local
restaurant we talked and talked about many of the old times.
Raised at Tupper Lake in the Adirondacks of upper New York State, Father
Staves studied with the Oblates in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
He did not like his first assignment teaching in the minor seminary
and shortly moved on to his first parish work in Plattsburgh, there
to shift into hospital ministry. Six years later he went to Lowell's
St. Joseph's Hospital where he taught nurses and engaged in the "ministry
of consoling." At the same time he came to us in Tyngsboro for
morning Masses, for confessions and guidance, and for "good times."
Father Staves especially respected and enjoyed Jude Driscoll and John
Francis; they called him Leo. Brother Basus invited the "petit
pere" to the "good wine" and a cheese wheel in the caveau.
Louis Viator led him to his cache in the chicken coop, and the product
of Peter Anthony's distillery was available to him in the carpenter's
shop. Those of us on the novitiate staff, in turn, were invited out
to see the Celtics, to take in "My Fair Lady," and to enjoy
Anthony's Pier One in Boston.
Fifteen years in Lowell and Tyngsboro were followed by fourteen years
as chaplain at the Maine Mental Hospital in Bangor and then by the most
recent fourteen years as pastor at St. Leo's Parish in Howland. That
all adds up to a golden anniversary!
Now seventy-five years of age with a good bit of debilitating arthritis
in his legs, Father Staves will move to the Oblate St. Paul's Retreat
Center in Augusta, Maine, where he will have "reduced active ministry."
He regularly reads Marists All and has had several letters from Marist
friends, notably John Francis. He immensely appreciates the letters,
and regrets that he is not a responding letter writer.
All in the Marist family who have known Father Staves are extremely
grateful to him for his many kindnesses; we congratulate him on his
retirement and on his many years of generous service. Good health and
much happiness to the friendly grouch! (St. Paul's Retreat House, 136
State St., Augusta, Me. 04330)
EDITOR'S NOTE: We are now publishing Marists All three times a year:
early March, early August, and early November. Of course, we are extremely
grateful to the 190 different people who have written to us at least
once. We anxiously look to every mail delivery for correspondence that
we can include in the newsletter. Mail to David Kammer, 107 Woodland
Drive, Harwinton, Ct. 06791; or to Gus Nolan, % Marist College, Poughkeepsie,
New York, 12601.
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