SPECIAL EARLY EDITION
REACTION TO #40..... FROM JOHN KINCH ('59):
Marists All, issue #40, arrived a week or so ago, and once more the
urge came to reply, Twice before I wrote some neat stuff only to "chicken
out" and let the letter sit on the hard drive.This time Richard
LaPietra's editorial has made the difference. Was there an intentional
play on words in the striking title? Nether we go forward or regress,
whether we ask whither we go, or whether we wither? This I know: I don't
want the newsletter to wither!
I address this letter to Marists All, but I would like to make a few
statements directly to the guest editor of #40. Richard, I am always
impressed by statistics, so by responding I hope to move the percentage
of "non-canonicalst' writing closer to the 50% mark, and if my
wife gets out a check book as she promises, we will help defray part
of the cost of the next issue. You point out that the autobiographical
stories appear to be the main reason for the newsletter's success and
popularity. It is certainly nice to know what has been happening with
old friends and once familiar faces. The guys we hear stories about
are the same guys making stories today. And recalling those who have
died keeps their stories alive. Through it all I sense common convictions
and common feelings. "Hey, I'm not the only one!"
I put off my autobiographical notes for now, except to say that I was
ordained to the diaconate in 1985. A few years later I took my Master's
in Pastoral Administration from Loyola in New Orleans, The diaconate
carries with it a whole package of responsibilities that are the salt
and pepper of my life. I take care of Sacred Heart Church in downtown
Brownsville. Since 1975 I have also been responsible for the care and
maintenance of the church building. We live just about twelve blocks
down the street. The parish was dissolved in 1967 and has had one Sunday
Mass a week ever since. This year we celebrate thirty years of being
a non-parish; we can certainly serve as a model of how you can survive
in the modern Church if you have a limited nubber of priests and a dedicated
Talk about a segue ... I'm here to tell you, Richard, that you were
pointing in the right direction when you asked: "Would Marists
All be a place to talk about our current experience of Church, what
we are doing to further the reforms of Vatican II, what our hopes and
aspirations are?" When I tried to write before, I found myself
moving from the autobiographical to talking about the Church in Brownsville,
the community of Brownsville, the people of Brownsville, and the fact
that we are a border city and ... and ... and ... How does our thinking
about boundaries (NY/NJ or NY/CT) compare with our thoughts about an
international boundary? How can my quality of life exist side by side
with the poverty less than a mile away? The man who does my yard work
earns just twenty-five dollars a week in Mexico. He has papers to work
on our side. I pay him $45 a day to give me a hand with the chores.
His house (shack) is next to a drainage ditch that floods his property
every years He has no electricity, no running water. We give him ice
from our freezer so that he and his wife can have a cool drink in the
summer heat. You wonder why so many from south of the Border see as
luxury the squalor of the East side of New York. Anyhow, earlier when
I found myself on a soap box, I stopped writing, and didn't send the
letter. But Richard, if this newsletter opens up as a means of exchange,
I will definitely be willing to send a border perspective, and I want
to know how others see border issues effecting and affecting their lives.
And if they don't, what planet are they living on. In addition, I'm
sure you would be able to get Br. Albert Phillipp ('51) to contribute
his insights; there is a true Marist missionary, right here on the home
Now for some autobiography. Yes, I'm married. My wife, soul mate, and
best friend for twenty-seven years is Sue. We have three boys, all with
biblical names: David Michael, Stephen Patrick, and Mark Andrew. David
is married and is finishing his M.A. Stephen, with a degree in history,
is working as a computer guru! And Mark is pursuing his degree in theater;
poor kid is going to starve.
Sue and I work together in an office at home; it hasn't ruined our
marriage, yet. We represent about thirty different lighting manufacturers.
If I want to stop a conversation at a party, I shift the subject to
"'What do you do for a living?" and wait for someone to ask
me the same question. Talk about sudden death.
Sue and I met back in 1970 at the local little theater. She worked
lighting. I worked sets. We have kept our hands in theater off and on
throughout the years. Although we never go on stage, the three boys
are quite talented and are not afraid of an audience. I tell Mark to
keep a hammer handy, because you can always get a job if you are ready
to work. Acting is another matter. So much for our autobiographical
notes. PS: Don't be afraid to ask for money; those who can, will give.
PPS: Tell Tom Reithman that my mother and sister and brothers all live
in Phoenix. (604 West Levee St., Brownsville, Tx. 78520; JPKINCH@aol.com)
FROM BOB O'HANDLEY ('61): Once again the arrival of Marists All captured
my attention and reminded me to be more aware of where I have come from,
where I'm going ... and what's important along the way. A new community
has been created by Marists All; it has brought convergence where there
was fragmentation. It will not go away.
The idea of broadening the scope of the contributions beyond the reminiscences
and the biographical updates is appealing. Marists All reminds old timers
of the "good old days" and of all the rich experiences they
shared; it reaffirms their brotherhood. The newsletter is also a powerful
means of mentoring younger "canonicals" in the deep traditions
in which they follow. And it could become a catalyst for synthesizing
a deeper spirituality in the lives of "non-canonical" Marists;
I am thinking of how that could help me.
Many ex-monks have followed career paths in social or personal services.
The connection of their work with the Christian mission of feeding ...
comforting ... visiting ... is a relatively easy one to see. Many others,
however, have followed callings to professions in which it may be more
difficult to make such connections. The need I feel, one that had some
resonance at the July retreat (we will go again), is to develop my own
spirituality in the context of a secular career, and hopefully to do
it in a way that subtly bears witness to others.
Would it be possible to integrate, with the regular contributions,
some sort of sharing of experiences on topics such as spitituality in
a secular profession or workplace, or other topics that may be raised
by the readership?
I send warm regards and enthusiastic support for the continued vitality
of Marists All.
(3 Glen Cove Road, Andover, Ma. 01810)
BR. PATRICK HOGAN ('57): ... David Kammer
Do you know Brother Patrick Hogan? I know Pat Hogan, somewhat. He had
just taken on the Marist cassock in Tyngsboro and was into his canonical
year as a novice when I unpacked my bags there to be Brother Pius Victor's
assistant. Pat was a fine, personable, al around young man who kept
up with the best in a group of greats. That personable young man is
by now around 58 years of age and is still a nice guy. He has built
up a string of close to twenty years teaching at Archbishop Molloy High
This past July 4th, Pat was invited to the gathering organized as a
retreat by Larry Keogh and Hugh Turley. Pat told us about his efforts
at sharing spirituality with friends of many age levels. Monthly by
mail and e-mail he sends out what might be called stream of consciousness
meditations. Central to Pat's project seems to be the promotibn of meditation
leading to the practice of the presence of God, presence of the Risen
Christ, especially in people ... leading on further to the practice
of living an ordinary life in a spirited Christian way.
One story from the sample copies Pat distributed struck me forcefully:
"A young woman was working at a soup kitchen one Thanksgiving Day.
It was bitter cold and the line to the meal stretched around the block.
She was handing out warm clothing when she noticed a lady, baby in arms,
coming in her direction. The mother looked hungry and cold. A man in
front of the line, who had been in line a good hour - he, too, cold
and hungry - gave his spot to the lady. He then went down the block
to stand on line where the mother and child would have been,"
That's the story told to Pat by one of his correspondents. Pat passes
on the story and then elicits some thinking: Did the mother see the
face of God in the kind man? Where is this God we worship? Were is this
God I seek? How does He reveal Himself to-me? Why am I reading this?
(150-72 87th Road, Jamaica, N. Y. 11432; C:\CHAMPAGNAT\CFMV2R6.WPD)
FROM BR. PATRICK LONG ('45): I'm quite busy and happy and will be celebrating
my 70th birthday in September. Tempus fugit.
It's been a dramatic year working with the homeless of Santa Cruz.
The New Horizon School for homeless children has expanded to include
eight teenagers in addition to the 32 younger children we serve. They
are picked up each day, fed a breakfast, and given showers if desired.
They get regular classes, lunch, and more classes. We have two regular
teachers and a score of volunteers. Private donations and a couple of
grants help keep the school going.
Our Homeless Garden has hired 22 homeless. It is in the midst of turmoil
and change. There never seems to be enough money, and the city of Santa
Cruz is taking back the main farm. We are looking for another piece
of land to continue this project. No luck so far.
Our Homeless Community Resource Center went $30,000 in debt four months
ago. Thanks to publicity the public rallied to raise funds to keep it
going. We serve breakfast to 250 people and offer bathrooms, lockers,
showers, laundry, and dinner to 250 people, Also available are counseling,
health care, visiting nurses, etc. The center is staffed by Karen Gillete
of the Bronx, Mike Busto, an Apache Indian, and six ex-homeless persons.
I'm a full time volunteer. (32&-B Union Street, Santa Cruz, California,
FROM BILL GILBERG ('61). The arrival of Marists All makes me stop all
else and spend enjoyable time catching up on those I knew personnally
and those with whom I was familiar. My links with Marists have remained
unbroken over the past 26 years; the newsletter continues the bonding
in spirit. Thanks a mil for the many editions. We are keenly aware of
the efforts it takes to bring each edition to fruition.
Allow me to respond to Richard's Guest Editorial. If the intent for
the future is to keep Marists All in its present format, an editorial
board is not necessary. The charm and allure of the newsletter is its
format and content. Organizers may continue the format and screen content
as is done currently, but responsibility could be divided so as to include
brief articles on spirituality, theology, witness, apostolic activity
If greater expansion is envisioned, an editorial board would be necessary
to plan the future and to put on-going leadership in place. In such
a case, age representation needs to be a factor. Yet we must also face
the fact that the purpose of organizations and their activities changes
and even dissipates, and such organizations may change or even cease
to be. This has happened to religious life, to each of us, and probably
will eventually happen to the newsletter, especially with the reduced
number of Brothers and the age of those attracted to Marists All. Nevertheless,
plans could be made that the younger generation of Brothers be brought
into plans for continuance.
My second set of observations is around Barney's wonderful article.
His reflections cut across generations of vowed and ex vowed religious.
I do understand what he shares, but I do not believe the negativity
represents the experience of all. Changes in the Church and in society
wreaked havoc with the religious life. Add to that personal reasons,
struggles, and maturation, and you have hundreds of reasons for the
cross over from vowed to ex-vowed.
I have never had trouble telling anyone that I am an ex-religious;
those years remain an intimate part of my being and life; I value them
deeply. Yes, I do believe in a temporary vocation, maybe because it
helps explain my own. My reasons for becoming nor-canonical were deeply
personal, yet I freely discuss them. I never found them couched in the
massive changes of the 60s and 70s. I do understand what Barney shares
concerning the experiences and state of some of the guys who left, but
that was not my own personal experience.
Having kept close ties with Marists via a few close Marist Brother
friends and by my dealing with both provinces in administering two retreat
centers over the past 20 years, I have not experienced the depth of
reaction that Barney relates between the ins and the outs. Would it
be useful to suggest something in addition to the GMC social day held
each September at the Mount and tot the retreat held each July at the
College, perhaps a miniretreat or a day of recollection organized in
conjunction with the two provies.
The newer Brothers themselves, those of the mid 70s onward, though
culturally free of the chaos of earlier years, have been deeply affected
by changes in our society, as has the Church and the religious life
itself; 'younger" as well as older religious face equally great
challenges to a religious life style.So you see, individual personal
stories are different. I tend not to dwell on what has happened 25 years
ago or more. I feel that time has healed, and it is good for us to be
together ... again.
Thanks for the opportunity .. next time around I will share about my
family and where we are at. Looking forward to hearing from you. Peace.
(9 Birch Brook Road, Bronxville,
N. Y. 10708)
FROM JOHN PERRING-MULLIGAN ('64): This is a quick, spontaneous response
to Richard LaPietra's question about the future of Marists All and about
the matter of a generation gap.
My personal sense is that there is a difference and a sameness between
generations, I suspect that groups from about 1960 and thereafter lived
through more of a tumultuous time in their formation and early ministry
than other groups. The external structures were greatly reduced or eliminated,
and the spirit of the culture gave precedence to self-autonomy and was
suspicious of self-surrender to an organisation (like the Brotherhood).
This was happening in our wider culture as well as in religious life
and in the Church, e.g. Vietnam, Watergate.
My experience is that I have less remembrance of the "good ole
days" and more of a bonding with some wonderful and special men
who really tried to take the Gospel seriously.
As I read Marists All from cover to cover each time it arrives, I am
deeply touched by the recollections of men who write about former generations
of Marists, I often regret I never got to meet these men. They seem
to have a stronger "good ole days" experience than I. Yet,
they also speak about Berky, Peter Anthony, and others who have also
profoundly touched my life.
Part of my not writing until now is that many of my recollections and
my fondness are for men who are.still alive and are still active. I
think of Dave and his desire to bring formation into the 21st century.
I think of Moe, Lappy, Danny Kirk, Linus and others who tried to make
sense out of "Vatican II scholastics" who were not interested
in being tamed or being told what to do. I have, after the fact, intuited
the agony of the college staff during those years. These experiences
overshadow my memories of Tyngsboro and Camp Marist and leave me pondering
what a bizarre time we are living in. As my best friend, Sean Sammon,
says: We are all burdened with the Chinese curse - "May you live
in a time of transition."
In spite of these differences, Marists All reminds me of the rich tradition
I grew up in.The men who write, though I may never have met them, do
strike a chord in me. I am always struck by the number of people who
have remained in education or in human services. It is so wonderful
to read about their involvements and their articulation of how the values
taught in the Brotherhood have stayed with them throughout their lives.
Peg and I are moving to Downingtown.. Pa. I have been offered a position
at St. John Vianney Hospital, a 50-bed psychiatric hospital serving
Roman Catholic Priests, Brothers, Sisters, and ordained ministers of
other denominations for the past fifty years. I will serve as a half-time
staff psychologist and a half-time Director of Marketing, Consultation,
Education, and Research.
Nothing seems to happen in a vacuum or by coincidence. Over the past
two years, as I operated a private psychotherapy practice and taught
at Bhmnanuel College's Graduate Program in Ministry, it became obvious
to me that the interface of spirituality and of pastoral psychology
is my first love. Often, on our back porch, Peg and I would wonder where
we might find the right situation, when to our surprise the opportunity
at St, John Vianney appeared.
Though enthused, we have our anxieties. We ain't kids any longer and
starting over is a challenge. It is difficult because Peg has not found
a new position. There are not many openings for laywomen to serve as
retreat directors, spiritual directors, and pastoral counselors. Fortunately
our faith beliefs and life experience leave us trusting that something
will emerge. (323 St. James Road, West Chester, Pa. 19380; 610-344-0313)
REFLECTIONS ON THE MASS
Our Lord is there!
His whole life is there
- not just the Crucifixion
-not just the last Supper,
All his self-giving is there
-his self-giving on the Cross is there
- his self-giving in bread and wine is there
- his self-giving to Martha, Mary, Zacheus .., ,
- his radial empathy with all of us is there
celebrating with us, mourning with us, helping, always giving.
He is there
sharing his truth, his wisdom, his way of life, his Spirit.
There- is his openness to the loving, embracing Father
his forward, realistic coming
.to-grips with each step of his destiny.
His consuming us is there
taking us into his openness, his selflessness, his love and trust
that we - aided by his energy - may live in him, with and through him.
As we become deeply aware of at least some of this presence
we will certainly react in our own personal way with amazement.
... and our hearts and words will spill out in gratitude
as we say "Yes." Yes, Lord, I'm with you. We are with you.
We're willing to try to deal with our time and space
with its opportunities, its difficulties, complexities, dininishments
with its dying and rising.
We know you'll be with us; we rely on you; do help us,
We trust you'll see us through.
Others have done it, done it well, most not even canonized.
Some need special help, those among our families and friends
even the Pope .. and presidents; do help them.
At Communion, in communing, we consume you, divinity
and yes, you take us into your life. You consume us!
Go now, live that life, have loving contact with your
have contact with your neighbor, with those down the street ...
with those in need, especially.
Go with an intent
with intent to stay in touch, to be alert to leads, to respond readily
expecting, relying on help
Go with intent
to cultivate a growing, healthy mind-set
to cultivate a deeper attitude, a deeper spirit.
Go with an intent to know, love, and depend
on Jesus who is there ...and here, God with us.
Go ... Ite, Missa est! The Mass is!
The Mass exists; the Mass has meaning!
FROM BR. HANK HAMMER (Marist College '73) As always I devoured the
latest from Marists All; I clearly heard the concern about its future.
I want you to know how much I appreciate the newsletter. As a new vocation
director I am encouraged by how very much the experience of the Marist
Brothers is still part o€ so many of your contributors.These are
uncertain times in the history of vocation work, but I know the Lord
is still calling young men to follow in the footsteps of Marcellin Champagnat.
My second reason for writing is to send a copy of the summer edition
of our Contact Newsletter. The Contact Program is designed for college
students (most of whom come from our high schools) who have expressed
some degree of interest in religious life and the Marist Brothers, The
presence of candidates, first and second year novices, and newly professed
has been a cause of much excitement in the two provinces.
I have spoken to Mike Sheerin, my partner in vocation work, and we
will send you our newsletters regularly. We think that some of the items
might be of interest to the readers of Marists All. If you can use anything
in them, please feel free. Thanks for all you do to keep a broader concept
of Marist Family in the forefront. (10114 South Leavitt, Chicago, I1.
60643; phone/fax 773-239-8954)
COLLEGE STUDENTS IN CONTACT:
The Marist Brothers contact program offered members the opportunity
to live and work with the Brothers in a variety of settings this past
summer. In Brownsville Brothers Tom Long ('79), Peter Guadaloupe ('68),
and John Venturella ('81) hosted two Contacts, one from Christopher
Columbus High, Miami, and the other from Marist High, Chicago. These
young men worked closely with Br. Albert Philipp ('51) providing educational
and recreational programs for those in need in the Brownsville area.
Another Contact from Chicago and one from Miami went to Wheeling with
Br. Mike Sheerin ('74) and Br. Hank Hammer ('75) to work with Br. Dave
Cooney ('62) and Marist Sister Constance Dowd at the Catholic Charities
Center where they provide meals to the poor and homeless. The young
Contacts then left the mountains of West Virginia for the mountains
of New Hampshire where they joined another Contact from Molloy High
helping the Brothers and staff at Camp Marist.
Earlier in the summer two Contacts from Molloy joined Brothers Mike
Sheerin, Don Nugent ('59), and Jim Norton ('64) to prepare the Esopus
property for its many summer camp projects.
PROVINCE ARCHIVES: We are pleased that Brother Leonard Voegtle
has accepted for the archives of the United States provinces two sets
of all issues of Marists All published to date. We were also able to
provide an index for the newsletter, set up alphebetically by authors
of the articles that have appeared from the early part of 1987 to the
present date, 1997. We have extra copies of all issues, if you should
hear of any one who has been lost to our mailing list or of someone
who has never heard of Marists All. We do pick up several new names
each year. We have lost track of 21 people who were once on our list.
At present we mail 510 copies.
Once again we express our sincere gratitude for the wonderful literary
and financial help we have received.
We know we have missed thanking many people individually; for this
we are genuinely sorry, and we hope that our general expression of sorrow
and gratitude will bring us general absolution!
FROM BR. PAT MCNULTY ('52): May I sing the greatest praises for Marists
All and. for all the contributors of the August issue! It is really
a joy to read about old friends, classmates, and fellow Marists, wherever
they may be on their journey.
Responding to Wazy, Fr Frank Gallogly, I felt that I should drop a
line to Marists All. begging you to change my addrss and to send a copy
of future issues. "What, change address again!" Yes, this
time I'm off to South Africa,
Back in 1990 the Marist Brothers had to pull out of Liberia because
of civil war. Since then, seven of the young men we taught are now in
training to join us. They did their novitiate in Ghana. At present some
are in the scholasticate in Nairobi, where Br. Steve Synan ('75) is
on the staff. Two of the young men are starting their teaching careers
in South Africa. The South African province is willing to assist them.
We are hoping that they may be able to return to Liberia to continue
the work we began back in 1985.
In the meantime, Br. John Klein has asked me to join them and in a
small way to show that they are not forgotten by the Esopus province.
I am delighted to be given this opportunity.
Wile waiting for my assignment, I spent some time on the Internet looking
for the different schools that the Marists have in South Africa. I found
one in Durban, St. Henry's College. It does not have a home page, but
it does have an e-mail address. I started corresponding with the school's
librarian. Little did I know that this would be the school at which
I would be teaching; it has 600 boys from the 1st to the 12th grades.
They are starting to go coed on the first grade level.The two Liberians
and I will be the only Brothers on the staff. To say the least, it will
be a challenge, for it is a very different country and culture for us
all. I'm looking forward to the assignment. (210 South Ridge, Durban
4001, South Africa; maristdb@iafrica,com)
LARRY KEOGH has announced that in 1998 the Marist Institute of Family
Spirituality is scheduled for the weekend after the Fourth of July,
i.e, the 9th to the 12th, beginning Thursday late afternoon, ending
at noon on Sunday. Make plans to be part of this reunion; you will be
pleased that you joined the group. More from Larry and the planning
committee in our next issue.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As you carne to the end of this special early
edition of Marists All. you have observed that its theme has been the
expansion of the content of the newsletter to include material on Christian
practice and on spirituality as well as biography and memory articles
that carry and nourish our Marist spirit. Let us know how you have reacted
and what you would like. Send us something to give us a hand with what
we are trying to do along these lines. We acknowledge with gratitude
receiving several articles which we are holding for our next issue;
we hope to publish again at the regular time in early November, so please
get on your computer very soon and send something to Gus at: JZB2@MaristB.Marist.edu
or mail to Gus Nolan, % Marist College, Poughkeepsie.. N. Y. 12601
or to David Kammer, 476 LaPlaya, Edgewater, Florida, 32141.