From DAVID HEALY (’64) - Australia: Thank you for the latest
edition of Marists All. Enclosed is a copy of a Mass booklet from the
celebration of Champagnat’s canonization here in Perth, Australia. The
booklet was provided by a colleague, Neville McManus, an ex-monk who
served as a Catholic secondary principal in rural western Australia
for many years. Nev is most impressed by Marists All. Maybe an Australian
edition will happen! Perth is about as far from Esopus and Poughkeepsie
as it gets, but my fond memories dim neither with distance nor time.
The education we had was second to none, and I still have vivid recollections
of Latin and Spanish vocabulary tests, geometry theorem booklets, Macbeth
in living b & w on TV.
More significant are images of the many wonderful Marist Brothers
who profoundly influenced my life. Over the years I have had the chance
to thank some of them personally. To the rest, I take this opportunity
to extend a heartfelt “Thanks!” One particularly useful aspect of my
Marist Education as the chance to develop some skill at carpentry. Just
being able to observe Brothers John Berchmans and Peter Hilary in action
was an education in itself, and I learned a lot from watching and in
working with contemporaries such as Tom Connors, George Halpin, John
Wesp, John Sheehan, and Ray Faucher. In 1979 when we built our house
in Perth’s northern suburbs, I was able to do a lot of the work myself.
We’ve been here for nearly 20 years, and I still get much satisfaction
from “pottering around” this place.
Kay and I celebrate our 24th wedding anniversary in October. Kay is
an Assume, educated at Perth Catholic schools and the University of
Western Australia. Our four daughters have all followed in her footsteps.
Gina, our eldest, working in New York for most of 1998 before commencing
a law degree at UWA this year. Meg is in her last of a BA in English
at the same university, and Anne is in the second year of a music education
degree, also at UWA. Terri will finish high school this year,
and you get no prize for figuring out which tertiary institution she
hopes to attend! All of the children are dual US/Australian nationals,
as I am. The difference is that they perceive themselves as Australians
first and foremost. While having strong affection for Australia, I will
feel American to my dying day.
That said, I’m not blind to the advantages this country offers. Significant
financial aid is provided to Catholic and other non-governmental schools
by both the federal and state governments, and our costs for both health
and tertiary education are significantly less than their American equivalents.
In the early 80’s a friend asked me to attend a one-day course with
him on the uses of computers in education. When the presenter put x
= x + 1 on the overhead, I was hooked. This was my kind of math! I re-trained
in Computer Education, got lucky enough to win a prize in a national
programming competition, and continued on to become a Novell CNE, an
experienced Visual Basic programmer and IT Manager at a Catholic high
school. Although I do miss the classroom from time to time, I doubt
I’ll ever return to it. I regard the work ethic instilled by a Marist
education as fundamental to any success I’ve achieved. We got a lot
right at Esopus and Poughkeepsie in the 60’s! Fraternally in JMJ. (48
Adare Way, Kingsley WA 6026, Australia)
From BR. PHILIP R. DEGAGNE (’48): I guess this questionnaire
is one way to get to hear from the guy lost in Texas. I have always
enjoyed reading the newsletter, but I never was brave enough to attempt
to compete with all the literary works of so many who have been writing.
This August marks my 40th year of presence and work here in Laredo,
Texas. There has always been more than enough work to be done to keep
me busy. I have told myself that if ever I run out of work I will move
on to some other area of the Marist world. So far the Lord has blessed
me and the work I do. I am happy to be where I am, and those I serve
seem satisfied with my efforts.
For 33 years I taught school. Since 1986 I have worked at parish ministry.
I am director of the parish center and supervisor of maintenance. I
do a bit of everything: carpentry, electrical work, maintenance, supervision.
It has been a very pleasant change of pace from teaching.
There are five of us in the Laredo Marist community. Bothers John Allen
and Bob Warren are working in ministry in two different parishes. Tom
Coyne has been teaching math at a public high school for years. For
several years now Br. Joseph Herrera has taught at the same public high
school. Brother Joe has also been directing cursillos for young people.
The trip to Rome for the canonization of our Founder was certainly
the highlight of this year. Three of our Brothers were privileged to
take part in the ceremonies. God bless you and your staff for putting
all this material into the hands of so many people (1511 Cherry Hill
Drive, Laredo TX 78041; 956-724-2651)
From BILL (William Nicholas) KELLY (’55): Recently I attended
a memorial service for Ed Miles. I grew up with him in Parkchester and
was with him two years in Esopus, two years in Tyngsboro, and one year
at Marist College. John McGuire was at the service. He gave me your
name so that I may receive Marists All. I would love to hear from school
mates known to me while with FMS from 1952 to 1957. It was nice to read
about Br. Charles Filiatrault in the latest issue of the newsletter.
He helped teach me ice hockey in Tyngsboro; I kept trying to check him,
but I just bounced off!
I graduated from Fordham University in 1960 with a degree in psychology,
and in 1963 I joined the FBI. I retired in 1987 and am at present in
my own private security business.
I have been married to Janet for 36 years and have three married children
and three grandchildren, all living in Virginia.
Just a note concerning the result of five years of Marist training.
Midst the problems, setbacks, even tragedies that we all encounter,
I have been able to continue trusting our heavenly Father. This year
our 17-day-old granddaughter had seizures; she had spinal meningitis
and blood clots on her brain. Zillions of prayers by many beautiful
friends and relatives were answered. Our “Miracle Meghan” is now doing
well and the danger is over. Some day we’ll know why. Thy will be done!
Perhaps another call from our heavenly Father and a sign of His love.
(284 Colony Street, West Hempstead NY 11552; 516-481-1222)
From BOB O’HANDLEY (’61): It was great to get back to the Marist
Family Institute of Spirituality. The comments in the August newsletter
about the July weekend are so true. It was wonderful renewing acquaintances
and meeting members of the family I had only heard of by name before.
(3 Glenn Cove, Andover MA 01810; 978-970-0280; firstname.lastname@example.org)
From STEPHEN SLACK (’60): While still at West Virginia University
I ran into Bill Reger and Mick Stoehr and learned of the existence of
a newsletter, but I haven’t had contact with anything Marist in almost
five years. So your letter of July 14th offering Marists All took me
by surprise. I had met Bill at a cafeteria table some years ago, and
one day Mick ambushed me in a corridor. We passed one another and a
moment later he called my name from behind me. I turned to see a guy
of about 40 who did not look anything like the kid I once had taught
in physics class at CCHS, Wheeling.
After teaching with the Brothers in Wheeling for two years I withdrew
on June 6th, 1966.
That fall I began graduate school in physics at Penn State. This sort
of endeavor, as you probably now, is more a matter of perseverance than
ability. As I was finishing off there, I held a faculty position at
Emmanuel College, a small Catholic girls’ school in Boston, so I had
to do some commuting. Due to a drop in enrollment, however, my position
at Emmanuel was terminated in 1974 just as I was ready for the defense
of my thesis. Then, about to become eligible for unemployment compensation,
I got a call from the University of California at San Francisco regarding
an opening in the physics of radiation therapy. My background in nuclear
physics made me more qualified than my mentors; in clinical matters
I had a lot to learn. That position lasted a year.
In October of 1975 I was offered a position with the medical physics
section of the radiology department at WVU in Morgantown, WV. I stayed
there for 19 years, teaching physics to radiology residents and a graduate
level course in radiation safety. There were some fun aspects to the
job, like serving on the state’s emergency response team for nuclear
accidents; that got me two weeks of training, half of it at the Nevada
nuclear test site. Eventually we got a chairman of radiology that I
did not get along with. I told him that if he ever wanted my resignation
all he had to do was ask. In August of ’94 he asked.
Now I am at the Midwest Gamma Knife Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
We do stereotaxic radiosurgery for various types of brain lesions such
as cancerous and non-cancerous tumors, arterio-venous malformations,
and trigeminal neuralgia. This involves putting on a head frame (actually
securing it to the patient’s skull), imaging the head by MRI, CT, or
angiography with the head frame and a fiducial box, then transferring
these images to a computer to plan treatment. The “Gamma Knife” is an
array of 201 colimited Cobalt-60 sources arranged on a hemisphere to
produce a sphere of intense radiation from 4 mm to 18 mm in diameter.
The patient is secured in place so that a number of placements of such
spheres will adequately treat a lesion of any shape while giving a relatively
low dose to the rest of the head.
Most of our earliest cases were patients that the neurosurgeons did
not want to risk conventional surgery on, but we are now getting more
referrals based on efficiency and convenience, since our treatment takes
only one day and has essentially no convalescence period. a brochure
is enclosed. I’m the one with the bald head and mustache toward the
right of the group picture.
If this makes it sound as if my career has consumed my whole life,
that is close to being true. I have never married or even come close.
You might say that I was a nerd before Bill Gates made it popular.
Aside from six years on the parish council of the university parish
in Morgantown, my participation in Church activities has been regular
but passive. When I read about the great things the brothers and other
missionaries are doing, like going back to Liberia so soon after the
fighting, I get nostalgic and am sometimes tempted to try to return.
Upon a little thought, however, I realize that at each step of my career
God has made it very clear where He has wanted me to go. The hard part
has been that He hasn’t made it very clear what He has wanted me to
do when I got there. So I tend to look for the obvious, do the best
I can, and never look back.
My health has been as good as one might expect. I had a melanoma removed
about twelve years ago and I had a small retinal tear a year later.
Aside from that I’m growing older rather gracefully and have even taken
up ballroom dancing. My regards to all! (4567 Walnut Street, Kansas
City, Missouri, 64111)
From BR. JOHN ALLEN (’62): I am a sucker for questionnaires,
so I consider this a very sneaky way of compelling me at long last to
submit something to Marists All. I am beginning my eighth year as pastoral
associate at Blessed Sacrament parish in Laredo. Among other duties
I teach two courses in the diocesan pastoral institute, train altar
servers, lectors, and the eucharistic ministers, and teach a high school
CCD class. I am secretary of the Council of Religious in the diocese
of Corpus Christi and am a board member of the local chapter of the
American Red Cross. As of this month I have spent half of my life in
Texas: McAllen, Brownsville, San Antonio, and Laredo. As the TV ad puts
it, “It’s a whole other country!” However, no passport is needed; our
doors are always open to visitors.
Last month I had the opportunity to visit my brother, Father Peter,
pastor of Sacred Heart/Our Lady of Council in Cutchogue/Mattituck on
Long Island. I also visited my brother Steve who now lives in Ramona,
California. Steve’s wife Marcy died last October of cancer; they would
have been married 25 years. (1511 East Cherry Hill Dr., Laredo TX 78041;
From TOM “Archie” MOORE (’6 ) Please continue to send me Marists
All. I enjoy reading it cover to cover, even thoug it often brings tears
to my eyes. There’s not much new from me. I have been teaching physics
and math for 35 years; I still enjoy my work very much and I’m still
I continue to work in theatre with students. In Pennsylvania drama
competition these students finished in the top three five times since
1990, even gaining first place three times! I thank Jim Britt for getting
me started in drama at Marist College.
A relatively new hobby of mine is scuba diving. This might shock some
who remember my swimming skills; I may still hold the record for being
rescued the most times from the Hudson River near the old board dock
at the juniorate in Esopus. I have earned advanced Certification and
have completed 134 open water dives; I am fifteen minutes short of having
spent four days under water. On my birthday this year I had my first
opportunity to interact with sharks; I have pictures to prove it.
I am still single, but engaged, and hope to be married in the coming
year. Some of you may remember that I was always a slow mover! Thanks
for all your hard work keeping in touch with everyone. (1028 Hillside
Trail, Johnstown PA 15905; 814-255-3210)
From JOE (Joseph Ambrose) McKIERNAN (’52): This is my initial
contribution to Marists All. Sorry it took so long. I separated from
the congregation in 1962 and began teaching at Harrison High School
in Westchester. I helped found our local teachers’ union and became
active on the state level. I retired in 1995, but have remained active
in the teachers’ union, especially on the state level, doing political
action for NYSUT and running negotiation workshops.
At Harrison I met Marie, the love of my life. She taught foreign languages.
We were married in 1965 and will be celebrating our 34th anniversary
in December. Marie retired from teaching in 1997. We love retirement.
It’s been great traveling with someone who can speak French and Spanish.
What with family, traveling, volunteer work, fixing houses, gardening,
and professional activities, there are not enough hours in a day.
Marie and I have two sons: Joseph, 30, who went from the NYPD to the
FDNY, and Michael, 26, who works as an accountant for Enterprise Rent-a-Car.
Both of our sons enjoyed Buddy Nolan as an English teacher in Tappan
Zee High School. I have also remained close to Bernie Woods and his
Reading Marists all over the years has been wonderful. Thanks so much
to Dave and Gus. The flood of memories that return with the myriad stories
is heart-warming. When Mike Kelly mentioned the tar on the chapel roof,
all I could recall was sunburned armpits from the reflection of the
silver sheets that were beneath the tar. Our building projects at the
college were definitely a help for future home owning. We could dig
trenches with the best. About ten or so years ago I decided to replace
our cracked front walk and steps with uniloc blocks. Without hesitation
I rented a compressor. After all the months, or was it years, of drilling
in “hernia Gulch” at the college (the area behind and below the chapel,
this was a snap. In about thirty seconds it all came back. To the amazement
of my sons I was back in Hernia Gulch with a jackhammer. At any moment
I expected to see Nilus or Eddie Mike coming around the corner of the
house. The one regret I had about working on the project was not having
the opportunity to learn electrical work. Nilus had only the Chinese
brothers doing that work; do you remember “The Chinese Electric Company?”
(1 Key Place, Tappan NY 10893-1010; 914-359-3795)
From DAN (Denis Michael) ST. JACQUESb> (’52): Recently I retired as
the chief U.S officer of one of the largest Japanese financial firms.
We were part of the Mitsubishi group. I was responsible for the maritime
specialty; that work had me travel throughout the Far East, as well
as Africa, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.
My wife Frances Mary and I have raised four children, and we now have
four grandchildren. Our oldest son and daughter are products of Marist
schools - he, Archbishop Molloy; she, St. Mary, Manhasset. All of the
kids took their advance degrees in the U.S. and the youngest took an
additional year at the University of Salamanca, Spain. Two are involved
in confidential work with the police department, and one is in management
with a financial firm; the other is a marine surveyor in Seattle.
For the past nine years I have been doing volunteer work at the Mercy
Cancer Care, Hospice, and had the great honor of sitting with two former
monks in their final hours. My hobbies are wood-working, primarily toys
for my children and now for my grandchildren. Recent by-pass and heart
valve replacement has slowed down my lifestyle, but I am optimistic.
(106 Sackville Road, Garden City NY 11530; 516-757-4610)
From VINCENT KENNY (’61): I thoroughly enjoy each issue of
Marists All. Like all of the correspondents to the newsletter I am very,
very deeply grateful to the Brothers for my Marist spirituality; it
ha influenced all aspects of my life. At this time I am teaching at
Father Ryan High School in Nashville. Scripture and art history keep
me involved. I also teach in the RCIA program in my parish. Teaching
Christine, my bride of twenty-four years, is a Godsend. We are very
happy together. We live in the middle of a woodland far from all our
neighbors. It is quiet and perfect for us. I would very much enjoy hearing
from old friends. My address is: 3785 Perkins Road, Thompson Station
TN 37179; email@example.com.
From MARK MORAN (’67): I have spent the better part of the
past 25 years as a bartender in New York City. That calling is its own
very special kind of apostolate; snicker not! Thus, on occasion I’ve
administered to such varied notables as Danny Grogan, Tom (Binsky) Murphy,
Dan Brady, Tom McCann, and Brian O’Reilly. Is there a pattern here?
Now, however, I am employed as the oldest rookie letter carrier in the
history of the Floral Park Long Island Post Office. (Quite the run-on
sentence, eh Gus!) It’s exhausting work, but I kind of enjoy it.
As a member of the last class of “ancients” (Cold Spring ‘63-’66 and
Esopus ‘67-’68), I was blessed to be under the tutelage and influence
of Br. John Berchmans for five consecutive years. He truly showed me
by his life the simplicity of goodness the goodness of simplicity. That
has carried a lot of weight and reassurance in my life to this day and
hopefully from here on out. My connection to the Marist life is with
me every day. For that I am grateful and proud. Would love to hear more
from those in and around my group.(130-48 122nd Street, South Ozone
Park NY 11420; 718-848-2843)
From CRAIG EVANS (’67): I continue in my private practice of
psychotherapy three days a week in my Boston office. In February of
1999 I was granted a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies from the
Graduate School at Tufts University. I have been the curator of Sandwich
Historical Society in the town of Sandwich, New Hampshire, not far from
my home. Currently I am looking for part-time work in curatorial/collections
care. I specialize in textiles and in textile equipment of the 18th
and 19th centuries.
In New Hampshire I live about 20 miles south of Camp Marist, which
was just written up in the local paper honoring their 50th anniversary,
a very complimentary (actually glowing) article about the Marist Brothers
fulfilling the mission of Marcellin Champagnat through this particular
I was able to be in Rome for the canonization. As for so many others,
it was for me an intensely memorable experience of fellowship. I am
particularly appreciative to all the brothers who reached out and included
me in the various festivities. The time at the Motherhouse (excuse the
deliberate political incorrectness, but I do prefer that to “Generalate”)
was very impressive, the crowds of Marists from around the world and
all the kids whose lives are touched by the spirit of Marcellin. The
archival exhibit, as you might imagine, was very important to me.
Thanks for all you do in continuing to provide this vehicle of communication
and connection in the greater Marist world.(1368 Beacon Street (#115),
Brookline MA 02446-2800; 617-734-0184)
From LAURENCE (Stephen Laurence) SULLIVAN (’50): Marists All
has been a great way of staying in touch with the glories of the past,
the challenges of the present, as well as the hopes for the future.
After 32 years in the Department of Religious Studies I retired from
Marist College in May of ’99. I continue on a part-time basis, however,
while my wife Jo-Ann pursues her commitment to students in Special Education
at Poughkeepsie High School. Working at the “Hermitage” for over three
decades has allowed me to stay close to my roots. Living in Staatsburg
overlooking the Hudson and having a beautiful view of the Mansion in
Esopus from our kitchen window has also helped!
Our son Andrew lives and works in Connecticut. He has great hopes for
his rock band “Splice” which has three CD’s to its credit. Prayers and
best wishes.(13 Spy Glass Lane, Staatsburg NY 12580; 914-889-8319)
From PAUL (Dominic Mary) LOZEAU (’52): I left the Brother in
1977 and worked as an insurance agent for one year. Then I was manager
of Arco Mini-Market for two years and of Cumberland Farms for one year.
I taught at an elementary school for five years, and then I was at Notre
Dame High School in Massachusetts as Dean of Students one year.
In 1991 I was called to Leesburg, Florida, by a pastor friend of mine
and there I became principal of St. Paul’s elementary school until January
of 1994 when I became ill. I went for a heart operation; it was a rare
case of tumor across the heart. I spent 45 days recuperating with a
left mechanical ventricle valve, a pacemaker, and wires inside of me;
I feel like the million dollar mechanical man. I am doing well.
I have been married to a wonderful nurse’s aide since 1983. I am retired
and do a lot of oil paintings as a Certified Ross Instructor in landscape,
seascape, florals, and wildlife. Thank you for your past letters. I
enjoy them greatly. (1351 Dekle Drive, Leesburg FL 34748; 352-365-1996
From FRANK RIZZA (’67): I don’t want to sound like I’m bragging,
but here’s a short biography; graduated from Molloy in 1966, went to
novitiate partly because I wanted to teach, never got to teach until
recently. After years in school I received my doctorate from St. John’s
University (1995) in Counselor Education. I am adjunct professor both
at C.W.Post College and at New York Institute of Technology.
I have been happily married to Marge for almost 28 years. We are heavily
involved in worldwide marriage encounter. We give enrichment weekends
for this wonderful organization. We are also involved in our parish,
St. Elizabeth Seton in Ronkonkoma, New York. our two daughters, Christina
and Dawn, still live at home, but that may change in the near future.
Marge and I enjoy white water rafting. I fish, hunt, and fence (yes,
with a sword!). We love to travel. Unfortunately we are usually away
at the time of the annual picnic at the Mount.(32 Beaumont Lane, Lake
Grove NY 11755; 516-467-2726; firstname.lastname@example.org)
From JOHN ROCHE (’52): I’m still teaching math at a Marist
high school, Christopher Columbus Boys High School, in Miami. I’m getting
close to retirement, but there’s no definite time schedule for that.
The newsletter is great; keep it coming. I would love to know the whereabouts
of Jimmy O’Brien ’52. (9740 SW 100th Avenue, Miami FL 33176; 305-271-3876)
From PHIL HANNIGAN (’60): Since I left in 1967 I haven’t seen
many of my old friends, but there have been some contacts. I met Russ
Therriault in the China Beach Officers Club, Danang Viet Nam, in January
of ’70. He was flying as a back-seater in Marine F4s. He had already
bailed out of two perfectly good airplanes during his flying career
due to mid-air collisions. I was glad to see that he survived Viet Nam.
During a stopover in London in 1978, I tracked down Tim Dooley.
He was working for Merrill-Lynch there, having previously worked for
them in Hong Kong. I never saw him again. He told me that Eddie Weisenback
had become an MIA in Laos (Air America) and that some of his friends
had attempted to launch a search and rescue for him. Eddie is still
MIA. I pray for him and for the repose of Tim’s soul daily.
In 1994, I went to the Marist College reunion, the 30th anniversary
of our graduation. Kevin Finn was the only one of our group that showed
up. There were also two “lay students” from the class. It was wonderful
meeting Kevin and his wife Madeline. I was able to confirm the stories
he told his family, while he was able to confirm my stories. The wives
were appreciative but still incredulous. We got to visit the Finns at
their “cottage” in Newport Beach, California, in 1996.
Also in 1996 we had a great reunion with Cookie Maher, John Reynolds,
and Dick Couto, along with their wives, at a weekend we spent at the
homestead of Ron Diss in Rural Retreat, Virginia. All of them are still
involved in education. Dick Couto is at the University of Richmond,
Ron Diss is at Emory and Henry College, Cookie Maher is teaching high
school Spanish on Long Island, and John Reynolds is the guidance counselor
at a high school in Flint, Michigan. I’m the only teaching dropout.
In 1997 Rene Roy came to visit us in Virginia on his way to/from somewhere.
What a guy! since moving to Florida this year I have seen John Reynolds
twice. My contacts are improving.
I enjoyed every minute of being a brother and felt that I lost a lot
of what was excellent and emotionally close in my life when I left.
At the time we were given to understand that if you lost your vocation
you pretty well lost your soul. It took a while to get over that perception.
It was also considered a courtesy to not tempt those who remained in
the life by maintaining too much contact with the Brothers. That I regret.
I am glad to see that that older cultural baggage has been shed and
that the community lives and thrives. God bless you all!
After graduating from Marist College in 1964, I taught with the Brothers
in Wheeling for three years, then in 1967 I went off to the USAF Officer
Candidate School. I retired from the air Force as a Lt. Colonel in 1988.
A summary of my career in the service would include Vietnam and Thailand
1968-70, Missile Launch Officer SAC 1971-76, Tactical Air Operations
Officer 1977-84, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, ending at the Pentagon
1984-88 as Military Sales Officer. The last assignment led to a similar
job with civil industry in Virginia and now in Florida. In 1987 I married
Martha Butler Gough, a widow with two grown children. Current status:
Happy and content! (11633 Timberline Circle, Ft. Myers FL 33912; 941-939-8980)
From JOHN HEFFERNAN (’61): I am a high school Guidance Counselor.
I have two sons and a grandson. My wife recently retired from Macy’s.
My hobbies are working out (cycling, jogging) and photography. I saw
Dave Murphy and his wife Elaine recently. They live and work on the
Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, S. D. (109 Brewery Road, New City
NY 10956; 914-634-5786)
From DICK (Stephen Aloysius) BRANIGAN (’50): I felt so young
again reading the last Marists All. There they were: Castine, Bibeau,
Horan, Jambor … all there for me again as they were at mid-century.
It is clear to me now that we have really not been far apart. I can
count on being in the thoughts of guys with whom I bonded years ago.
It is a remarkable happening; without this gem of a newsletter we might
never have been able to celebrate this solidarity.
I’ve retired from 30 years of publications and alumni work at the University
of Wisconsin in Oshkosh. I am active in what might be called a mini-elderhostel
activity out of the continuing education office on campus. I am secretary
of the curriculum committee; among other things I do the quarterly newsletter.
I am still house pianist at our country club, and I do my share at retirement
homes in the area. My wife Pat and I have three grown children, 37,
31, and 27, and two grandchildren, with two on the way.
I read as much as I can, finding lessons at almost every turn. I am
surviving a test of faith, but still reading for a second time Anglican
bishop Spong’s “Why Christianity Must Change - or Die.” When you agree
with a certain slice of controversial theology, and it tends to upend
the comfortable cloak you’ve worn for years, you ask, “Well, what do
I do now!” The tendency to be a smorgasbord Christian, to pick and choose
from the buffet whatever suits you, is tempting. However, reading alternative
views can strengthen your original convictions.
Both Larry Haggerty and Joe Horan have brought up the idea of arranging
a “class of 1950” reunion. Count me in. And I’ll bet Charlie Scott who
lives down the pike from me is also game … and it should be easy enough
for Bill Powers to hop up to Marist College for the celebration. Let’s
do it before we all need walkers. Peace all around. (1814 Fairview Street,
Oshkosh WI 54901; 920-233-2954; email@example.com)
From JIM GARGAN (’59): I just got back from three weeks in
the Carolinas and while in the area I just had to go see Augusta Catholic
High School. My friend Terry (John Joseph) McMahon, RIP, used to regale
us with many stories of his days in Augusta. Luckily my wife Ginny and
I ran into Brother Joseph Damian Teston (whose real religious name is
H - - - - - -; does anyone remember that name?) We had never met him
before, but we spent a great half hour reminiscing about things Marist.
He told us that the youngest brother in his community was 72. As we
were swapping stories, he said that with only two or three classmates
what the young Brothers of today will miss in the future is all of the
wonderful memories and multiple stories shared with so many people.
We will be heading up to Esopus on August 15th for a memorial to Tim
Dooley of the class of ’60 who died in 1998, as Tom Hourican informed
us in a recent issue. Speaking of Tim: when we played football together
in Tyngsboro, Tim was quarterback. He sent me out far, and I caught
the ball on my right shoulder pinning it down with my left arm. I described
that catch to my son Jim when he was about four years old. The next
year Tim visited us from England. I asked Jim to tell Tim the story
of my great football catch. He did; Tim loved it! (252-08 60th Avenue,
Little Neck NY 11362; 212-785-1646; firstname.lastname@example.org)
DECEASED: Brother Daniel Andrew Kopecky (’31) died September
15th in Miami. Since our publication began in 1987 there have been 81
Brothers who have died, and 38 “formers” on our mailing list have died.
May all of our friends rest in peace, we pray.
From RAY (Paul Wilfred) BLANCHARD (’47): I’m a bit late with
this questionnaire. We just got back from building with Habitat for
Humanity in Michigan’s upper peninsula. We’ve been helping them as much
as we can. Last winter it was in Tucson. Might as well use all of that
training that the “Donnelly Construction Corporation” gave me! Enjoy
reading about all the goings on in the newsletter. Wish more of those
around my age would write. Hope that the newsletter keeps coming. (1201
Jerry Avenue, Durant WI 54736-1726)
From DON GILLESPIE (’65): Although most of those who write
for Marists All are before my time, I am inspired and encouraged tosee
the ways so many, religious and laymen, have managed to commit their
lives to the values embodied in Marist spirituality. I notice that the
editors of the newsletter occasionally feel a need to cajole readers
to send articles. I wonder if the modesty we learned in training discourages
some from writing about themselves. Perhaps, if the reticent among us
would view the task as an opportunity to encourage and support the efforts
of others to live according to Marist values, they would feel freer
I should add that I shared the newsletter with a friend, a former Franciscan
friar. He observed that Marists All keeps connected to the order a cadre
of laymen trained in Marist spirituality. From the entries in the newsletter,
it appears that they are committed to Marist values. My friend concluded
that in an age of declining numbers of religious these laymen can be
a great resource for extending the work of the order.
;Since I have not written since 1989, I will offer a brief update on
my own activities. I completed a PhD in community and clinical psychology
at the University of Maryland, obtained a license in psychology, and
practiced for several years in a state-operated community mental health
program in Westchester County. Owing to cuts in community mental heath
service in New York state, I began to look for other work. Three years
ago I took a job as Director of Institutional Research at Fordham University.
The job enables me to keep my hand in virtually all of the areas that
my career has encompassed over the years: college administration, policy
analysis, and psychology. in addition, I have rich ties to Fordham that
I developed as an undergraduate there. I am delighted to be working
at Fordham.(42 Alexander Street, Greenwich CT 06830; 203-869-8239; email@example.com
Responses to the questionnaire in the August issue brought us a sizeable
amount of written material. Thus, we published a special extra issue
in September. This present issue contains more of that material. And
there is more! We have decided to publish another special extra issue
this December, not to keep our writers waiting. The responses we have
in hand include writings from 28 people we have never heard from before,
so we continue to have hope … to hear from 175 others who have never
responded in any way. Besides the very gratifying amount of written
material, we also received significant financial help -- $1,783
-- to give us the highest balance ever, enough to produce six more issues.
How to continue to draw the written material needed.
Gus Nolan, 50 South Randolph Avenue, Poughkeepsie NY 12601;
David Kammer, 476 La Playa, Edgewater FL 32141; 904-426-6349