from VINCE POISELLA, EDITOR: Reviewing
our last issue, one might think I was disseminating this special vehicle
for news and views singlehandedly. Nothing can be farther from the truth!
Not only is the final form contingent on the inspiring contributions
of our readers, but also on the unfailing efforts of David Kammer offering
support, guidance, experience, and information; the expert manipulation
of data for the web site sculpted by Richard Foy with the technical
assistance of Jack Noone; and the quiet and timely distribution of the
hard copies to the recipients of the mailing list engineered by Gus
Nolan. This working together as cogs in a Marist Machine makes the whole
task seemingly effortless. Thanks to all!
Considering effort, take a glance at John O'Connell's
plan to bring together those who shared the formative years at Esopus,
Tyngsboro, and Poughkeepsie from '57 through '62. Here you have a fine
picture of something that began as a labor of love to bring joy and
healing to one of the members of the class of '58, to a magnificent
obsession, as names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail contact points
were gathered together for a reunion at Esopus scheduled during Holy
Along these lines, please take
seriously the invitation below to join us at Marist College as we celebrate
the ninth consecutive year of coming together for spiritual renewal.
This invitation extends to all!
Ninth Marist Family Weekend
Reunion -- Prayer -- Discussion
July 10,11,12,13, 2003 Marist College
A Loving Heart: 'Do whatever He tells you!'
The ninth Marist Family Weekend continues
to explore the meaning of Marist spirituality as expressed in the lives
of the Marist Brothers, former Marist Brothers and their spouses, and
indeed, the whole Marist family. Presenters will focus on the personal
and communal responses to Mary's words.
Reunion of Marist Brothers, former Marist
Brothers, wives, friends
Visit to Esopus cemetery
Presentations: Gus Nolan, David and Judy Kammer, Rev. Owen Lafferty,
Br. Luke Driscoll, Rev. Pat Primeau, and special guests
Marist College Heritage Project: Brian Desilets, Richard Foy, Jack
If interested in participating in this Marist
Family Weekend, send registration request to Br. Charles Marcellin,
Archbishop Molloy High School, 83-53 Manton Street, Briarwood, New York
11435-1697. Cost of the weekend -- including nine meals, lodging for
three nights, snacks, linens, and insurance -- totals $255 for an individual,
$375 per couple. A $50 check made out to Marist Brothers is requested
to confirm commitment. Total payment by June 1st will reduce total cost
by $25 ($230/$350).
from BETTY PERREAULT (wife of ADRIAN
('37): I would like to address my thoughts to the female members
of the Greater Marist Community.: Adrian and I were married in 1993.
I knew that he was a good, practicing Catholic, but I had much to learn
about the rich spiritual heritage that he possessed. We began attending
the monthly get-togethers of the Poughkeepsie-area GMC and I found that
the Brothers and former Brothers were not looking at me as the wife
of one of their friends. No, they were treating me more like their sister.
I read the issues of Marists All and was overwhelmed
to discover that all these men who had "left" the Marist Brothers
were out bringing the Marist mystique to schools, colleges, hospitals,
police departments, and all phases of life where spirituality is sorely
In July of 1995 Adrian persuaded me to attend,
with him, the first Marist family reunion/retreat at the college. I
read, with trepidation, the list of names of those who would be attending
and realized that I knew almost none of them. But, for Adrian's sake,
I was willing to "tough it out" with a bunch of strangers.
One of the first conferences was given by Br. Leonard Voegtle -- on
Marcellin Champagnat. I went into the room with a very dim familiarity
with the name Champagnat. But I came out calling him Marcellin. Since
then I have had a very warm feeling for the Founder.
At the reunion I soon discovered that I was not
with strangers, but with people who were truly welcoming me. The Marist
men were treating me like their sister and the Marist women were becoming
my sisters. We were one big family.
We have attended every July reunion since 1995
and each year is like going home. I have watched other women come as
newcomers, armed with books, crossword puzzles, and all sorts of things
to amuse themselves while they thought their husbands - the monks -
would resume the bonding which is so strong among them. Each one soon
learned that she was an important part of the group and happily took
her place in the family.
I finally realized that we who are married to
the former Marist Brothers are a unique sorority. For if our husbands
are the spiritual sons of Marcellin Champagnat, we, then, are his daughters.
I am convinced that this is the reason we so quickly fit into the Marist
family, wherever they are gathered. I hope you will consider attending
the ninth get-together in July 2003 and experience this sense of belonging.
(12 High Ridge Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603; 845-454-7571; email@example.com)
from CATHERINE CHERRY'S eulogy of LARRY
KEOGH: Larry was husband, father, professor, Marist, friend, tease,
and lover of God. He was filled with enthusiasm. Enthusiasm comes from
the words en Theos, which means "in God," and he lived his
life with enthusiasm for learning, teaching, friends and family, shopping
and decorating. He lived his life with an awareness of and a desire
for a relationship with God, and with a desire to share that God in
community. He did so, first as a Marist Brother, then in his family
as husband and father, and more recently as a deacon.... Larry began
his twenty years as a Marist Brother at Poughkeepsie. He valued those
years, the sense of belonging, and ever after he hungered for a community
of prayer. He finally found that sense of belonging, that community
who thought and questioned, and who prayed together, a group who desired
God -- in the community of his brother deacons. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Congratulations to BR. JOHN KLEIN ('66),
who has been elected provincial of the new Province of the United States
of America, a unification of the Esopus and the Poughkeepsie provinces.
He will take over that position on June 26, 2003, at the opening of
the Provincial Chapter to be held in Poughkeepsie. John was provincial
of the Esopus province from 1992 to 1998 and had a term as president
of the national conference of religious men. Most recently he has been
president of Marist High School, Bayonne, New Jersey. Our prayers go
NEWS ITEM: On January 15th,
Brother Sean Sammon, Superior General of the Marist Brothers, experienced
a mugging in Manila, the Philippines. Sean was not hurt physically,
but he lost all but the clothes he was wearing. Br. Sean was met at
the Manila airport by Br. Carl Tapp, the rector of the Marist Asia Pacific
Center. As the two Brothers drove toward the Center around 10:45 pm,
a van brushed the side of their car, forcing them to stop. Three young
men with automatic weapons surrounded the car. They took not only what
Sean had on his person, but also all of his luggage including his computer,
backup disks, personal papers, and passport. We understand that although
the computer files were encrypted, many important files were lost, including
the text of a circular letter that Sean had completed the day before.
Sean is asking that any recent mail to him be re-sent to his second
address in Rome, namely: email@example.com.
We hope and pray that Br. Sean will not experience any untoward after-effects
of this event and that he will be able quickly and successfully to reorganize
his important schedule of commitments. And we are prayerfully grateful
that no physical harm was done to Br. Carl or Br. Sean.
from BR. SEAN SAMMON ('66): I've returned
to Rome following ten days in NewYork on pilgrimage to government office
and embassy alike in search of forms to reapply for identity papers
and passports. Some success, with the Irish Embassy being the most helpful.
The details of the incident in Manila have grown with each telling and
retelling of the story. Yes, I was lucky. Tales were told about those
shot in similar incidents in recent weeks on Sapphire Street. Violence
through, is well known to Marist General Councils, and in some countries
just another element with which you must live. Chris Mansion was shot
dead during the last administration; Jeff Crowe and Henri Vignau held
at gun point during a robbery of one of our community houses in Rwanda;
Rennet Cruz dragged from a cab and robbed and beaten about a dozen years
from BR. JOSEPH BELANGER ('43): The third
annual St. Marcellin Champagnat Lecture in Catholic Studies will be
given by Cardinal Avery Dulles on Monday, April 14, 2003. You may remember
that the inaugural lecture was to be given by Br. Leonard Voegtle on
April 16, 2000, but at the preceding dinner we learned that he had been
rushed to the hospital. The 2001 lecture was given by Peter Steinfels
of the New York Times. He spoke on "The Crisis Ahead: American
Catholicism in 2025." Our speaker last year was Prof. Ronald Modras
of St. Louis University, a specialist in Catholic, Jewish and Muslim
relations. His thoughts were most timely after 9/11. This distinguished
series has been made possible by the generosity of many of the readers
of Marists All, and we take this opportunity to thank you all. The Marcellin
Endowment will top $100,000 cash value this year. The $5000 generated
covers the dinner and lecture costs. The dinner is at 6 pm. If you plan
to attend, notify Valerie Hall in College Advancement by April 4. The
lecture follows at 8 pm.
The next goal, an endowed chair in Catholic Studies,
is now being enthusiastically pursued, but this will evidently take
much more time and generosity. (Marist College, 845-575-3040; Joseph.Belanger@Marist.edu)
from JOHN O'CONNELL('58): For the first
time in over forty years -- for the most part -- George Conboy (AZ),
Ed McCarthy (NY), Vin Poisella (NJ), Bill Reffelt (NY), Bill Shannon
(NJ), Richie Shaw (CA), Russ Therriault (FL) and I (ME) of Esopus
'57 and Tyngsboro '58, along with Br. John Hermann ('59) (NY),
gathered together during the week of January 20th, meeting in places
like Manchester (NH), Islip (NY), as well as Esopus. The most picturesque
meeting occurred at LaGuardia Airport with six over-60 year old men
from three cars and one airplane, hollering and hugging in a "No
Standing/No Parking" zone! This meeting culminated with a close-the-restaurant
dinner at Mario's in Setauket (NY) on Friday. Earlier that week, four
of us "small b" brothers had connected with "big B"
Brothers Joe DiBenedetto, John Nash, and Don Nugent (all '59)
near and at Esopus.
We decided to expand our OH bROTHER, THOU
ART WHERE? (ObTAW?) Project (originally an attempt to reconnect
with members or wanna-be members of the '57, '58, '59 groups) by reaching
out also to include our "younger" brothers from the '60 group!
At this point our first '57/''58/''59/''60 Reunion/Gathering
("Whenever two or more are gathered together...") will occur
Thursday pm, April 17th, through Saturday am, April 19th in Esopus.
We are holding twenty overnight slots at the
"Prep," available at $50 per person on a first come, first
served basis by e-mailing us at ObTAW@aol.com. All day Friday visitors
and drop-ins are more than welcome, but e-mail your intentions. Br.
Don Nugent will provide information regarding local church services.
We will be doing a cemetery visit after lunch on Friday as a more informal
time for reflection. (By the way, we have thus far been unsuccessful
in our attempts to locate Art Bedard, Jim Gara and Pete Walsh from the
'58 group.) (15 High Street; Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538; 207-633-0644)
from REV. FRANCIS X. (STEPHEN JOACHIM) GALLOGLY
('52): I have not sent you an update in years because nothing too
exciting has been happening to me. The life of a parish priest can be
fulfilling, but not necessarily exciting, except for those three years
I spent at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. I almost got a
statue of Marcellin considered for the outside of the cathedral, but
then the rector - a St. Agnes boy - and I moved on and the Cardinal
I went to Cape Coral in Florida on the west coast.
I was near Bill Sears and some others, I am told. I got phone calls.
My health kicked up among the palm trees and I came back to Villanova
University where my life as an Augustinian began. I presently take care
of the spiritual needs of about three hundred Sisters of St. Joseph
in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania. I never had a sister of my own, and
so this is something new for me. (St. Augustine Friary, 214 Ashwood
Rd, Villanova, PA 19085; 610-527-0325, ext. 283; firstname.lastname@example.org)
from JOHN LOUGHREN ('59): I've been in
the Minneapolis area since I left the congregation in '69. I've been
married to Georgia for thirty-one years. We met in graduate school at
the University of Minnesota. Daughter Liz is twenty-six and in graduate
school at UCLA, and son Johnny is twenty-one and soon to graduate from
college. I've maintained contact with John McDonnell and Johnny Bantz
over the years. (1823 Spring Valley Cir., Golden Valley MN 55422; 763-522-0828;
from PATRICK GALLAGHER ('53): I would
like to share a most remarkable experience that Mary and I had this
past October. We had planned a vacation in Italy and had visited Venice
and Tuscany, and with a warm invitation from Sean Sammon, had taken
the train to Rome to stay there for a few days before flying back to
On our second day there we were at lunch with
Gerry Brereton, Juan Arcondada (administrator of the Generalate) and
Sean when I found myself drenched in perspiration and almost passing
out. Sean literally ran back to the Generalate to get a car and Mary
got me back there by taxi. Not wanting to go to the hospital behind
the house with its questionable reputation, Sean drove quickly to the
Rome American Hospital where I was almost immediately examined. Within
twenty-four hours I was operated on for a serious bowel obstruction
and recovered quickly.
Rich Dunleavy, the Secretary General, picked
us up from the hospital and brought us back to our rooms in the generalate.
For a week we became part of the community, and during that time we,
in different ways, experienced a wonderful immersion in things Marist.
We visited Jean Pierre in the archives and saw some of Brother Francois'
notebooks, spent time with Luis in publications, watched TV news with
Gerry and Rich. But most importantly we felt such hospitality, openness,
and Marist charity. Both of us participated in the Mass and morning
and evening prayers with the community and were so remarkably moved
by these men of prayer. For me, the week there was a retreat of sorts,
for I came away reinspired by this wonderful Marist spirit and that
of St. Marcellin. It may seem odd to say that the stay at the Generalate
for those unexpected ten days was the highlight of the trip. What could
have been a horrible time was made one of the happiest and most uplifting
through the generosity of Sean, Juan, and the whole community.
On our last day in Rome, Mary and I took the
train up to Manziana, the Marist house for the "third phase"
and had a wonderful day there. George Fontana was the perfect host.
I met two Brothers who somehow had remembered me from our meetings in
the mid-60's and then George drove us around the beautiful lake before
getting the train back to Rome. I can certainly say from seeing it up
close that Vic Liuzzo's overseeing the renovation of the house was a
masterful success in an incomparably beautiful setting. (Box 60, Indian
Valley, VA 24105; 540-789-4056; email@example.com)
from BR. RICHARD ALOYSIUS MICHEL ('30),
known to many of us as Br. Gene Michel, died Sunday, November 24th,
shortly into his 90th year. He died in his quarters at a Marist retirement
community in Miami. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday,
the 26th, at St. John Vianney College Seminary Chapel within walking
distance of the community residence and of Christopher Columbus High
School in Miami. Brother Joe Teston gave the eulogy; it was said to
Gene was a native of Savannah, a true Southern
gentleman, and a lifelong golfer as well as a steady religious. He is
survived by a nephew, Rev. Michael Kavanaugh, of the diocese of Savannah
at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Port Wentworth, Georgia, 31407. Burial
was at the Marist Brothers Cemetery in Esopus.
from BR. CLEMENT L. LEGARE died on Wednesday,
January 29th. Messages of condolence may be sent to Monastery Community,
4200 West 115th Street, Chicago, IL
from DAN ST. JACQUES ('52): I have just
been informed as a result of a cat scan, that a four centimeter cyst
was discovered on the head of my pancreas. Additional test and biopsy
will be done soon and I would appreciate being remembered in the prayers
of the Brothers and our associates. Many thanks. (106 Sackville Road,
Garden City, NY 11530; 516-747-4610; firstname.lastname@example.org)
re BILL (JOSEPH WILLIAM) MURPHY ('40):
Bill's wife Sandy writes, "Bill wants me to let you know that he
is now in a nursing home due to Parkinson's disease. Although he is
in a wheelchair and must be fed, he still has his sense of humor."
(1301 College Avenue #8A, South Milwaukee WI 53172)
from BOB ST. AMAND ('58): Since my departure
from the "brotherhood," I have moved around quite a bit. However,
married life has changed all that; I now live in New Jersey and have
for about twenty-five years. My wife and I have no children of our own,
but we both have been involved with lots of children through our association
with softball in town. I have furthered my education by obtaining two
master's degrees and a Ph.D. in chemistry. I taught at the secondary
school level, worked in industry, and am presently teaching at a community
college. I liked all of my past work experiences, but the present situation
is most satisfying. (20 Sutton Place, Cranford, NJ 07016-2026; 908-272-0399;
from RICHARD FOY ('45): I've been locating
information about deceased Brothers we may have known or who were instrumental
in the development of the Marist Brothers in the USA. Most of the work
has been done by others, especially Brother Joseph Belanger, who extensively
researched the information about Brothers Zephriny (purchaser of the
Poughkeepsie properties), Florentius (the founder of Mount St. Michael
and Central Catholic in Lawrence), Ptolemeus (a mathematical genius)
and Legotianus (who taught me physics in the Juniorate). Also, I've
transcribed some bios printed in a booklet in the 1980s, which include
obits for Brothers Roch Anthony, Augustine Pinard, Joseph Damian, Xavier
Leonard, Felix Mathias, Raphael Ziegler, and Brendan Regis Ginnity.
These are also in the obits. With the help of Brother Richard Rancourt,
who seems to squirrel away tons of interesting information about just
about everything, I've added obits for Brothers Terence Jones, Kieran
Thomas, and Nilus Donnelly. They make interesting reading. In the course
of our research on the impact of Marist Brothers on the development
of Marist College, Jack Noone renewed contact with Rita Hunt, the woman
who posed for those Blessed Virgin photos in the clerestories of the
Marist College Chapel and the Ascension photo in the student brothers'
study hall. I've written to her and received a fascinating letter in
response, but I think I may need her permission before publishing it
A word about the Esopus web site. I circulated
CDs to many of those who assisted me in gathering the materials together,
and have received many bits and pieces of information. I'm still hoping
for more little stories about life there as a teacher, Junior, Novice,
Scholastic, camp counselor. They don't have to be major essays. Even
one sentence comments about what you remember are welcome. I had intended
to add the collection of Brother Stephen Kappas' photos, and Steve and
I made tentative arrangements to meet during the Christmas break to
scan the many elegant photos on the walls of the English Village compound.
My wife experienced an accident which required a skin graft on her right
ankle, and I understand Steve broke his ankle on the day we were to
meet! Are these omens? (717 Washington Avenue; Chappaqua, NY 10514;
from DAVID KAMMER ('42): Thanks to the
assiduous work of Richard Foy at the Marists All web site, you may now
find updated lists of postal and e-mail addresses of our contacts, as
well as an updated list of the correspondence of our writers. Rich is
also in the midst of doing some nice work in the obit section of the
site. It is good to read about and remember some of the fine men we
have known and lived with in the past.
The site is: www.ecommerce.marist.edu/foy/maristsall
Past issues of Marists All dating back to #50,
September 1999, may be found on the site. Anyone receiving printed copies
of the newsletter by mail who are satisfied to view each new issue on-line,
let us know so that we may save a bit of printing and postage money.
Two full sets of past issues are saved in the
province archive office in Esopus. Vince Poisella and David Kammer are
preserving full sets for reference. Gus Nolan plans to give a set to
Marist College as part of the Marist Heritage Project. Copies of most
of the earlier typewritten issues are available through me. Contact
us at email@example.com,
Marists All Archives:
(The following excerpts are taken from the earliest
issues of Marists All in 1987 and 1988. Some are inspired, others prophetic.
All are interesting! ed.)
from DAVID KAMMER's original proposal: "We
would like to mail a newsletter to every Marist community in the U.S.
and to every U.S. address where there is a Marist at heart. We propose
to share news about all of us, that we may rejoice with one another
and be concerned about the distressed. Besides brief news items, the
newsletter might feature biographical accounts about Marist Brothers
and about brothers who are not canonically attached. "
From BR. DENNIS DUNNE: "I appreciate
your interest and caring concern for all FMS. I wish you every blessing
and great success on the Greater Marist Newsletter."
From DAVID KAMMER: "Many liked the
title "Marist at Heart" best, but in final analysis, it does
not seem inclusive enough. So with your indulgence we'll use 'Marists
All.' ... Br. Leonard Voegtle has alerted us to the coincidence of a
Philippine newsletter similar to ours. It, too, started in January of
1987. It states: 'Each one of us has a story to tell filled with joy,
pain, happiness, love, adventure, Mary, God, and true brotherhood."
(quoting from Nemesio Blanco's letter to Leonard) 'The gang of ex-Marists
had several meetings and group activities, mostly social, one meeting
with Br. Jim McKnight. There is an existing mutual understanding: that
neither we nor the Marists wish to sever our ties.' "
from G. PATRICK GALLAGHER ('55): "There
are a lot of people out there that I would be interested in keeping
in touch with, and hearing how the years have been treating them. I
find this more as I reach a certain age; I've just turned 50. It might
be a question of looking back on some of our roots; it might be putting
things in order; it might be restoring and reliving some of the good
from BR. PAUL AMBROSE: Thanks for the
copy of the publication on Marists and former Marists. I believe it
is not only a very worthwhile idea, but one that will be productive
for good to present and previous Marists. I do not care for any title
that will pretend to say who is Marist now or previously. It is a matter
of the heart more than of any physical or legal bond. ... Hope that
the copies will eventually reach Liberia, even if the nearest post office
is 350 miles away."
from DONALD (Chris Matthew) EDWARDS ('57):
I was surprised at my reactions to the first newsletters. Talk about
mixed emotions; sort of like dealing with a lifetime of unfinished business!
Really enlightening to realize that I spent twelve years of my life
with so many wonderful people, and yet I hardly knew them. Then their
voices popped up off the print in the newsletter. "
from BR. THOMAS KELLY ('53): "The
Marists All newsletter arrived in Sargodha, Pakistan, just before Christmas,
and I could not think of a more welcomed Christmas gift. Reading through
the list of names of those who receive the newsletter brought back many
fond memories of our days sweating under the lash of Tee Mike on the
project, as well as the many years so many of us worked together at
our various schools."
from BR. JOHN MCDONNELL ('59): "Buon
Giorno! ... l'll be mentioning all of you and those you love to Our
Lord in Rome. C'mon over and visit! Spaghetti carbonara and Frascati
wine on me! Am delighted with the newsletter. Could you put me on your
'foreign' mailing list? Grazie!"
from VINCE POISELLA, EDITOR: Thanks
to all those who wrote for our current issue of Marists All. We anxiously
await contributions for our next issue. Send them on to me at 24 Brooklyn
Mountain Road, Hopatcong, NJ 07843 or firstname.lastname@example.org;
or to David Kammer or Gus Nolan. Thanks also to those who have sent
monetary contributions to assist in the expenses, especially most recently,
Ron Kearney and Jim Guldner. Keep September 13th on your calendar for
our next GMC Picnic at Mount St. Michael.
Ad Jesum Per Mariam!