URGENT: Our mail has fallen off noticeably since the last
issue of Mrists All. One reason no doubt is that I failed to repeat
my home address in the last issue; sorry. I hope that is the only reason
for the slow down and that we are not running out of people who are
willing to share their news with us. To keep the newsletter going a
little longer at least, you are the one who must write. Do so today:
Write to David Kammer, 107 Woodland Drive, Harwinton, Ct. 06791; 203-485-1652.
SUPERIOR GENERAL GETS INTO CHINA: ..
written by Br. Charles Howard, S. G., and taken from FMS ECHO, a newsletter
out of Rome.
"At a conservative estimate I have flown more than 150,000 kilometers
over the past twelve months, but flying into mainland China was something
In Shanghai I was able to spend two days with our three Brothers who
live together in a single room about half the size of my office in Rome,
and share a bathroom and a very small kitchen with three families in
the same building. On both days we were able to discreetly draw the
curtain and join with a visiting priest to celebrate Mass, at the end
of which the Brothers renewed their vows together.
In the north of China there are ten Brothers, and all but one of them
were able to come to Peking so that I could meet them. What a joy it
was for me to thank them, in the name of the Institute, for their remarkable
witness of fidelity. One of the Brothers, a man of 80 years, had come
all the way from Mongolia. When we visited him at his family in Peking,
his grand niece, a child of eleven, sang for us. The songs? The Salve
Regina and the Veni Sancte Spiritus, all in Latin.
The Brothers arranged an excursion, and we visited not only the Great
Wall, but also the Ossuary where the remains of some of our Brothers
rest. We also visited several places which used to belong to the Brothers.
It was a day for memories, joyous and sad. It is a pleasure to send
greetings to the exiled Brothers of the Province of China, some of whom
have been particularly helpful to their confreres in the mainland. Special
greetings also to those Brothers, now scattered throughout the Institute,
who worked in China prior to being asked to leave in the late forties
and early fifties. Thank you for the generous efforts to sow seeds that
are still bearing fruit. I left China with a great sense of joy at having
been in contact with men of quiet heroism.
FROM ED CASHIN ('46): As always I enjoyed reading the latest Marists
All. It reminds me of the newsletters we used to send around telling
what was going on in each house. I like Leonard's idea about regional
gatherings. Augusta would be a nice spot, so would Savannah or Charleston.
Ann and I had a great trip to England and Scotland. I am writing about
a Scot who came to our Georgia as one of the first settlers, went back
to his ancestral home when revolution started. (3412 Woodstone Place,
Augusta, Ga. 30909; 404-736-1561)
FROM BILL MURPHY ('40): It was a terrible coincidence, and a moment
of great sorrow to me to see that the news of Terry Jones' death accompanied
my piece in the last issue of the newsletter. I had not known that Jones
had died; it was a blow to say the least. Hope you can keep Marists
All going; it is a good thing. (1321 North Franklin St., Milwaukee,
FROM BR. PAUL AMBROSE: It was recently during the holidays when the
Brothers were home and I remained here with the house boys to attend
to my work, that I came across the last issue of Marists All ... and
decided to write. I had thought of writing several times, and had already
written to congratulate Gus and Dave on their initiative and efforts,
and assured them that I fully endorsed those efforts.
After reading through that issue twice and enjoying what the contributors
had to offer, I could not help thinking of how pleased the Founder would
be of the loyalty of all these Marist associates. This new aspect of
our Marist Spirit, this loyalty to an inheritance, are an effective
tribute to our Founder which deserves to be recognized during the anniversary
celebration in his honor. Needless to add, a number of Christmas greetings
from some of the Marists All members came as wonderful surprises.
I am here at 75+, and quite happy about it. Our men are doing a terrific
job; after only two years at work our ninth grade and twelfth grade
students who took the public national exams, all passed. This is a unique
result in this area and in this country. The credit belongs to the small
crew we have at work here.
I work for the Bishop and spend my weekends with the monks enjoying
the reminiscing that often takes place. I am able to be of help in many
ways, making reservations for the plane, picking up and delivering their
mail, and running errands for them on my trips. I get fresh fish for
them, and they get fresh meat for us. I feel very much a part of my
community and would not like to be full time with the Bishop or have
to give up community weekends with the troops. I am convinced that we
are on the right road, doing a bang-up job, and when I see the postcard
of Champagnat smiling, I feel that he has good reason to be happy with
our Pleebo Mission. Do keep us, and this Old Fogey in your prayers!
(P.O. Box 5774, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa.)
FROM GENE (Philip Damian) DONNELLY ('46): It has been more than twenty
years since I decided to express My Marist way of life in a more secular
mode. The last twenty years have been filled with the ordinary ups and
downs. However, I would be amiss if I did not convey some of the super-ups.
Marrying Adrienne and being a father to two beautiful daughters, Maribell
and Paulette, has definitely been the highlight of the last twenty years.
Our younger daughter is a sophomore at the University of Connecticut.
She is majoring in English and plans to become a TV script writer; maybe
she'll even become an English teacher. Our older daughter and her husband,
Luigi, live nearby. They were blessed with a beautiful baby girl on
December 15th. We are happy to announce that the Marist community continues
to grow in wisdom, grace, and numbers. The latest member was baptized
Daniella Nicole on February 26th. She is our first grandchild. We hope
she is the first of many.
I work for the Board of Education in Norwalk, Connecticut, as a guidance
counselor, a position I have held since leaving Marist. My wife, a former
Sparkill Dominican, is a science teacher in Stamford, Ct. Both of us
look forward to reading each and every copy of Marists All; thank you
for the hard work.
I have managed to keep in touch with a number of members of the Marist
family through our yearly picnics, through the newsletter, and by phone
calls and visits with Ziggy Rancourt. Hardly a day goes by that I don't
think of the many happy memories and beautiful friendships of years
gone by, when I was privileged to live with such outstanding men. (1
Strawberry Hill Avenue, Stamford, Ct. 06902; 203-323-5421)
FR0M ALBERT (Leonard Vincent) JEAN ('41); I've been an avid reader
of Marists All, and 1 must apologize for not getting in touch sooner.
Thank you for prompting me by your "urgent" note.
Musing over the past :January 1959, I started 291/2 years of teaching
at Brookline High School in Mass.July 2nd, 1960, I married my wife Pat,
and three years later our only child, Albert, was born, an answer to
our prayers at St. Joseph's Shrine in Canada. In fact, he was born exactly
a year to the day after our pilgrimmage to the shrine. Eventually he
completed his high school at Central Catholic in Lawrence and graduated
from the University of Vermont in Medical Technology.
For the past thirty years all of my activities have centered in and
about Boston and in my home town of Dracut. Starting in 1959 under a
grant from the National Science Foundation I took courses in Modern
Math at Boston College over a period of five years.I also took courses
at Merrimac College, Boston University, and participated in the Harvard
student-teacher program. Pat worked for the IRS.
When I moved from Lowell to Dracut in 1964, our parish had just been
established. I volunteered to teach classes in religion and was appointed
coordinator for our CCD program, a position I held for about ten years.
During the same time frame Pat and I were privileged to become cursillistas.
Social activities were not wanting. My son joined scouting ... so did
daddy ... and.eventually I became training leader for scoutmasters for
the Greater Lowell Council. Also for fifteen years now, I've been a
member of the United States Power Squadron, a boating organization of
sixty thousand members, ideal for one who loves boating and fishing.
Since last June we're both retired. We had a new home built in Wesley
Chapel, Florida, where we now reside. Blessed with good health and still
young at 65, we greatly enjoy our retirement and thank God for his blessings.
Needless to say, my training as a Marist has permeated every moment
of my life.(361 Brookline Avenue, Wesley Chapel, F1. 34249)
FROM PETE (Peter Norbert) KUVEKE ('58): Surprise, surprise, surprise!
This is the voice of one across the Hudson, "calling" to say
hello. How are you? You have to remember me, Dave. Do you still have
your blue baseball cap? Funny how some things just pop to mind. Other
than teaching with Rich Connelly a few years back, you are the first
contact that I have had with a Marist in many years. Wow, what a surprise!
I have a thousand questions to ask, but this is not the time. What a
treat to receive the Marist family newsletter. I do hope you will send
me all your past issues.
I am presently teaching at St. Joe's High School in Montvale, N. J.
I am married, and my wife Sue is an associate professor of Special Ed
at a New Jersey state college. We live in farm country close to New
Jersey and Pa. Needless to say. I consider myself a "gentleman
farmer." We grow enough for the year. I would like to have pigs
and cows, but my wife would have them in the house during the winter.
Besides, the dogs and cat would get grumpy. Now you know what influence
Tyngsboro had on a city boy.
I have just one address for an ex-monk: George (Martin Jerome) Conboy,
7752 N. Haselson Place, Tucson, Arizona, 85704. Would you by any chance
have an address for Br. Tom Delaney? I know this note is short; I have
to go to class in a few minutes. I truly hope that we can meet some
day. Take care; you and all the monks are in my daily prayers. (24 Conklin
Road, Warwick, N. Y. 10990; 914-986-1056)
FROM RICH ( Gilbert Donateur) CONNELLY ('52): Have received the past
several issues of Marists All. Like so many others, I much enjoy seeing
the names of old friends and reading their narrations. I'm proud to
be added to that list. It's been longer than I realized; we get caught
up in our lives and loves and then twenty-five years have passed.
I left Wheeling after spending 1960-64 pleasurable years there. Prior
to W. Va., I was at the Mount from 1954-60 where I began teaching at
the ripe old age of nineteen. We sure learned rapidly under the tutelege
of Athanasius Norbert, Pat Magee, Vinnie Dominic. Good years with experience
that's lasted for the twenty five to follow. I've been in several schools
with other orders; no one can touch the Marists in education.
So sorry to hear of Joe Damian's passing. He was like a father to this
fourteen year old, along with Brothers Simeon and John Berchmans, in
Tyngsboro of 1948 and St. Ann's Hermitage in Poughkeepsie in 1949-51.
Enjoy seeing the names like Bernie Woods, Pat McNulty, Harry Henky,
Des Kelly in Pakistan, Frank Gallogly. We're sure all over the place.
Hear frequently from Leonard, who even prior to Marists All kept the
Marist lines of communication open ... for which I'm very grateful,
Sorry I missed the wing-ding at the Mount last summer.
Hope not to miss the next one. Has anyone heard of the whereabouts
of Bill Rowe? I spent a few years with Bill in Wheeling.
I have spent the last twenty-five years in secondary education, five
teaching and twenty in administrative positions. Love it! I married
my wife Margaret in 1968 and lost her in 1977. When Margaret passed
away, she left me with three beautiful daughters, ages seven and eight.
Now they are nineteen, and the twins are 18. They're a source of unending
love and pride; they have endured the last 18 years with a repressive,
overly protective father, whom they adore and who loves every minute
of it. We've done just fine together, getting on with our lives. Thank
God, for there were moments! I look forward to Marists All ... keep
it coming. (816 Newcomb Road, Ridgewood, N. J, 07450)
FROM JOE (Eugene Michael) HORAN ('50): Now that we have a communication
medium in Marists All, it is possible for each of us to share with one
another what's happening. Since receiving the first newsletter, I have
been in commurication with several classmates. It is amazing that though
the years have spread the personal feelings of friendship we established
have remained very close. I have contacted Rich Jambor in Japan. I informed
him that I will be going to Japan this April. We have planned to spend
a few days together. It has been years since we last met, so the reunion
will be great.
In writing to others it was suggested that perhaps the class of 1950
would like to have a reunion, 40 years, in 1990; are you interested,
any particular month, would we focus our meeting around Marist College.,
etc. You could send your thoughts on to Gus Nolan.
After retiring from education I have been doing educational consultant
work in all aspects of education, presently for an educational computer
company. My wife enjoys her job as a middle school principal. We share
all educational happenings. My two daughters are doing well in school.
With winter here we are skiing often and enjoying the outdoors. Class
of 1950, think about getting together to celebrate the forty years;
(Box 158, Eldred.. N. Y. 12732; 914-557-8755)
FROM THE MARIST WORLD: The Bulletin of the Institute is now
a modern, multicolored publication entitled FMS MESSAGE, issued
in the various languages of the congregation. It is printed and mailed
from the monks' major publishing house in Zaragoza, Spain. The last
issue, number 4, January, 1989, celebrated Champagnat year ... 200th
anniversary of the founder's birth and the 150th anniversary of his
death ... by interviewing several Brothers who have devoted themselves
to researching Marist history, among them: Br. Juan Maria, one time
director of the international house of studies at the generalate, a
Spaniard; Br. Gabriel Michel, a past secretary general, and Br. Paul
Sester, the present general archivist, both from France.
On occasion we hope to take items of interest to the readers of our
newsletter from FMS MESSAGE and also from FMS ECHO, a
newsletter put out by the general council. We are grateful to Br. Philip
Robert Ouelette for getting us onto the mailing lists of these two publications.
BR. PETER ADRIAN known to many of us affectionately as "Pete the
Greek," was among six Brothers who celebrated jubilees at the generalate
last January 22nd; it was Pete's 75th: Peter is Italian by birth, went
through the international novitiate, and spent much of his religious
life in the United States, where many of us knew him as procurator at
St. Ann's Academy. Some twenty-five years ago he returned to Rome; he
has lived at the generalate serving as receptionist, mailman, and specialist
in papal blessings. His fluency in all the major languages has made
him ideal for the job ... pronto Pierre:
BR. JOHN LEK ('60): Br. John Lek is now provincial of the Province
of China. He was born in Singapore, December 27, 1940, and it was there
that he made his juniorate. He went to the novitiate in Tyngsboro in
the USA. After his first profession in 1961 he was sent to the scholasticate
in Poughkeepsie. His apostolate began in Sibu, Malaysia, and he moved
then to Kowloon, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He made his final profession
in 1966 and attended university in Singapore, and later the Pastoral
Institute in Manila. He was teaching at Maris Stella High School in
Singapore, when he was named Provincial in May of 1988.
BR. CLIFFORD PERERA ('59): Br. Clifford is the provincial of Sri Lanka.
He was born in Sri Lanka, November 21, 1940. He did his novitiate in
Tudella, making profession in 1960. He did his university studies in
Poughkeepsie and in Honolulu. He began his apostolate in Negombo where
he was teacher, then Director, and Superior of the Scholasticate. From
1979 to the end of the General Chapter in 1985 he was Provincial. He
now begins another mandate as Provincial in December of 1988. In the
interim Br. Remigius Fernando was provincial; he also did his studies
in Poughkeepsie in the mid-sixties.
BR. JOSEPH BOSSAERT who came from Belgium to show his art work at Woodstock
and at Marist College in the late sixties during the Marist Institute
of Theology days, helped design a new secondary chapel at the Generalate
in Rome while attending a Third Age Session there last spring. (Ed note:
In our home we have an original by Br. Joe: his first impression of
New York on debarking from the Holland-American line; we are in the
scene as we were in the group that met him at the dock.)
FROM KEVIN BUCKLEY ('66): Hello everyone.I join the chorus with a
sincere Thank You for the newsletter.I would like to read about more
people from my era. Where are Sean Mahoney, Frank McSweeney, Al McKee,
Jack Glackin, Rich Mundy, Mike Goldrick, Joe Bouchard, and Jim Cunningham
from the Bayonne days? John Ritchdorf, from our "I don't believe
this place is for real" Haverstraw days? Tom Hanlon, Bernie Jacques,
and Izzy Sabeta from the college? Dan Waters, where are you?
I taught at Bayonne from '69 to '74, and then left.I completed a PhD
in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1977 and a postdoc
in 1979-80 in the department of Pediatrics of the University of Maryland
School of Medicine. In Maryland I ran into a colony of old faces in
the Columbia area: Tom Hunt, Pat Keilty, and Tom Kelly.
Married now (Ellen) with one son (Alex) plus one child due in August.
Marriage and family have been most positive; I feel like I am finally
grown up, happy, and very fortunate. Live out in the wild west, work
in Metro Phoenix, but live in a rural area on several acres of land.
Get to NYC three or four times per year. The national edition of the
Times and the Wall Street Journal tide me over between trips.
Work is another story. I am a Consulting Psychologist, independent.
I have worked on my own for nine years now. The advantages of self-employment
largely consist of calling my own shots and taking the consequences.
The dark side is variable cash flow, no sick days and outrageous costs
of medical and disability insurance. Work is largely child welfare and
forensic/criminal examinations and testimony. A child psychiatrist and
I are the quality assurance team that monitors psychiatric care for
the foster children of the state of Arizona; we pre-authorize services
and attempt to intimidate the way an insurance company does. Fun. I
also evaluate premature, delayed and abused infants and testify for
the prosecution of the Attorney General as an expert on child abuse.
Work in the juvenile court with "kiddie felons" who murder
and plunder. I also teach a graduate course.
Also vice president of a computer consulting firm; we don't make much
money but have fun with systems development for professional clients.
Planning on getting out of the child abuse business, having seen too
many autopsies of infants with subdural hematomae. Also waiting to win
the lottery and move to Ireland as a rich drop out!
My contact with guys who are "in" has been through communication
with Armand LaMagna (my son's godfather) and with Denis Hever. I don't
write them as often as I want, but these are friends with whom I can
pick up after time apart and not miss a beat. I also keep up with Woody
Duke and John Reid. 'When I am in the area, Armand, Chico, Maxie always
make me welcome and a part of things at their Newark home. The connection
is still strong and important to me. Damian (Tom) Melvin ('65) also
was always there. Though we banged heads living in Bayonne, we developed
a great friendship later. I miss him and think of him regularly. Still
cannot accept that he has passed into the great void. The strong example
of commitment and non-material values, that the religious life is all
about, came through with him and with the Brothers with whom I have
the privilege to be involved now. Keep it up guys.
Love to hear from any and all and will reciprocate,eventually. If in
the area, you are always welcome. P.S. I am looking for a job; any readers
have any interesting proposals? (P.O. Box 357, Wickenburg, Az. 85358;
FROM BR. PHILIP ROBERT OUELIETTE, C.G. ('48): Hard to believe that
five months have passed since I saw you at Camp Marist during the summer.
I was happy to have the chance to catch up with news of the Greater
Marist Family. Shortly thereafter, I flew to Brazil where I spent the
next four months visiting one Province and all the formation houses
of the five other Provinces. It was a most enriching experience, and
once again helped me appreciate the value and richness of another culture.
When I returned to Rome in mid-December after an absence of six months,
I found on my desk the last two issues of Marists All. Some few nights
later I slowed down long enough to read them both through, and allowed
the memories to transport me back in time and enjoy seeing all those
good people who had been such an important part of my life. How pleased
I was to read how well everyone is doing ... how many continue to be
involved in the work of the Kingdom. Too bad I missed the June 6th centennial
celebration two summers ago; I am sure I would have met in person so
many of these men.
I have been stationed in Rome since September 1985 and have four and
a half more years to go in my term as General Councilor. I am slowly
getting adjusted to Rome, even though I am here only twice a year for
a period of six or seven weeks at a time for a plenary session.The first
two years were the most difficult, having had to leave the American
scene, the Brothers, my family and friends. This past December was the
first time I could honestly say that I was ready to go back to Rome.
The months ahead promise to be most interesting, After spending a week
in Spain attending a meeting of the six Spanish Provincials, I will
fly off to Japan (one week) where I will visit the American monks, then
Korea (two weeks), and then to Mexico for two months. After a return
to Rome in June, I will leave again to visit all the monks in New Zealand
and the Pacific Islands. One thing is certain, life is not boring
Thank you so much, and please extend my best wishes and thanks to Gus
Nolan, for all the interest you have shown in everything Marist, and
for initiating this wonderful newsletter, which has served to renew
contact between so many of us. Know that Br. Charles Howard, S. G.,
enjoys reading every issue that comes in and finds much consolation
in the positive spirit that exists in the Greater Marist Family. May
I ask that you accompany me with your prayers in the months ahead, (Fratelli
Maristi, Piazzale M. Champagnat, 2, C.P. 10,250 00144., Rome, Italy
FROM GUS NOLAN ('48): During the last football season George Howard
('67), now a professor at Notre Dame U. had occasion to tell Lou Holtz
that he knew Notre Dame 's staunchest supporter, a certain Br. John
Berchmanns. That started a process that led to a national championship.
Needing three more victories to go undefeated for the regular season,
Lou wrote to Berchy: "Mary pays special heed to your prayers. You
must be praying overtime this year as we have been protected from serious
injuries. I know I can count on your prayers for three more games. You
have our sincere thanks and appreciation." Holtz got his three
games ... and one more. The last game, the championship Fiesta Bowl
game, I sat watching Berchy in action. He pretended it did not really
matter; yes, he'd even have a Manhattan. But great silence was hardly
ever more seriously observed. Every move by Rice, by Rocket Ismail,
by the defense, was carefully watched. Lou was even talked to. And Heaven
was stormed and Mary petitioned .., and finally Holy Mother the Church's
favorite college was again champion. And Berchy laughed, and had his
second Manhattan ... and now awaits the '89 season.
FROM JERRY (Richard Gerald) DEVER ('55): After reading the lively
accounts of Marists and former Marists, some of whom I knew and lived
with, I found that I had to put pen to paper to write a few personal
anecdotes. In 1969 after leaving the Marists, I taught history at St.
Agnes High School in Rockville Centre until 1987. A number of former
Marists worked with me there ... Mike Kramer, Pat O'Neill, Charlie McNiff,
Bill Kawaka, and Jack Redmond. In 1984 I received a second masters from
C. W. Post and became a guidance counsellor after 25 years of classroom
teaching. I now work for the N.Y.C. Board of Education at J.H.S. 180,
I enjoy my guidance position and work with some very dedicated people.
In 1972 I married my lovely wife Mary.We have a wonderful twelve year
old, Michael John. Home is in Belle Harbor on the Rockaway Peninsula.
Since we are three blocks from the ocean, you will find us bike riding
on the boardwalk or walking along the beach in our free time. Mary has
been an early childhood teacher at P.S. 47 in Broad Channel. After 24
years of classroom teaching, she is lookihg forward to being involved
in Teacher Training for the N.Y.C. Board of Education. Michael John
is attending J.H.S. 180 in Rockaway Beach. We are hoping that he will
be attending Molloy High in 1990 to continue the Marist tradition.
As a family we love to travel. One of our most memorable trips was
our 8500 mile sojourn through the west in a camper for eight weeks during
the summer of 1987. It was the trip of a lifetime.This year on a trip
through New England we visited Camp Marist. I was amazed to see how
it has grown over the years. While there we chatted with Brothers John
Berchamnns, Al, and Raymond P. I celebrated my fiftieth birthday in
May of 1988, and among our guests were my cousin Br. Luke Martin (Bob
Reddington), and Brothers Richard Shea and Declan Claude.
On July 2nd, 1988, I received a surprise telephone call from Laredo,
Texas, where I had taught from 1964 to 1967. Many of my former students
were at a class reunion; they had a phone hookup over the P.A. system,
and former students spoke to former teachers. Among the Marist Brothers
in attendance were Brothers Philip Richard, Paul John, and Francis Butts.
Keep the letters comming, I enjoy them immensely and would like to
make contact with those in my group whom I've lost touch with over the
years, (541 Beach 134th Street, Belle Harbor, N. Y. 11694, 718-474-4976)
FROM BR. THOMAS "Des" KELLY ('53): I received Marists All
in the mail today and was delighted to have the chance to catch up on
news about many old friends. A number of readers have at least written
to us in Pakistan, but none has decided to visit us, yet! Thanks for
putting me back in contact with many people with whom I have shared
many great years.
In Sargodha we continue to build for the future. We have finally received
word from the Council of German Bishops that funds have been granted
to cover the construction costs of additional classrooms and science
labs. Within two years we should be able to accommodate 1,000 boys in
classes 1 to 10.
Recently we came across a boy of thirteen who had been blinded in one
eye in an accident; we took him to an eye specialist and have arranged
for an operation in a hospital in Taxila. Your donations have helped
give sight to the blind, provided medical attention to a little girl
with polio, and at least in one court case we supported, have set captives
free. (%Catholic Church, College Rd. Sargodha, Pakistan)
FROM BR. CYPRIAN ROWE ('53): Since I am so disorderly, I'm always
straightening up. The good part of this is that I'm always running across
copies of Marists All. The bad part is that I stop to read them all
over again, no matter what else I should be doing. I really can't get
over the sense of resonance, even when I've had no direct experience
of the writers. It is good. I'm here in Baltimore, for now and for a
while. Very happy with the clinical work at Hopkins where, among other
tasks, I deal with a marvelous corps of Black men, who participate in
a self-esteem group.Each of the men carries a diagnosis of major mental
illness. Their insights often astound me. I also teach at the University
of Maryland at Baltimore. The Josephites with whom I live are warm men
with a fine sense of community life; they have taken me and made me
feel "home." We live in a shaggy part of Baltimore which is
just right, because I love neighborhoods of Black people who, like those
of my youth, are "just folks." If things go as expected, Baltimore
will be home for a while. However, we only children are not always that
much in charge.
Thank you for your notes about those who have died. Many of them were
important to me. I spoke earlier about resonance. The remembrance of
those who have gone to glory is part of that. Like Gregory Ballerino's
comment on Mrs. Shurkus's note regarding Mikes dying. Amazing it is:
thoughts of passing on, what and how, are so much a part of people my
age. At the same time, I don't think of myself as being so awfully far
removed from the days of pines and peonies and roses in Tyngsboro, and
hiding from Nilus and the labor gangs in Poughkeepsie. Yes, Barney Sheridan,
I do take pride in every pillar at Marist College. I take people on
tours there, and identify it all as "ours" with a stress on
the "mine." A freshman at Marist now is the older of the two
sons I adopted during my days in Ghana; it seems only appropriate, since
his father was the first black graduate.
It was a delight for me recently to get a letter from Frank Gallogly,
OSA, '52. I recall one day when we two were working on the project,
and Frank told me that he felt a call to the priesthood. Good memories
of good people. At the same time, living in a rectory has convinced
me that I made the perfect choice in my Marist Brotherhood. Marists
All re-enforces that notion ... as I read I recall. It is good. (St.
Peter Claver Parish, 1546 North Fremont, Baltimore, Md. 21217)
FROM JERRY MESSINA ('43): Dear Mr. Nolan, Your name was given to me
by Brother Sixtus Victor, St. Mary's Manhasset. He mentioned that the
publication Marists All is available through you. Br. Sixtus and I taught
together at Central Catholic High.School in Wheeling during the 1940's;
I'm interested in information of "Brothers" during that period.
Please include any information regarding "get-togethers" preferably
spiritual, including wives. (34 Patricia Lane, Syosset, N. Y. 11791)
REST IN PEACE: Since our last issue, Br. Owen Cuthbert ('21)
died at the age of ninety-one in Mary Immaculate Nursing Home in Lawrence.
And Br. Denis Damian ('48) died at the Brothers' residence in Bayonne.
Owen had been stationed in Lawrence for many years and was probably
the one most responsible for the fact that St. Therese, the Little Flower,
is the patroness of CCHS there, Many will remember Denis for his years
on the staff of the juniorate in Esopus; in fact, he was Master of Juniors
for several terms.
ESOPUS ELECTIONS: The provincial chapter of the Province of
Esopus recently elected a new provincial council for Br. Richard Shea's
second term: Br. Edmund Sheehan ('59) was elected vice-provincial. Others
on the council are Br. Vincent Damian ('52), Br. James Maher ('53),
Br. Donald Nugent ('59), Br. Raymond Pasi ('74), and Br. Stephen Schlitte
THE POUGHKEEPSlE PROVINCE will hold a general assembly of the
entire province at the Spellman Retreat Center in N.Y.C. from August
14 to August 16. They will engage in long range pastoral planning under
the guidance of Passionist Fr. Cassian Yuhaus.
BR. KIERAN THOMAS BRENNAN: Kieran could use some of our best prayers
these days. He is presently undergoing aggressive chemo treatment.
HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN PROVINCE: Volume One, covering 1886
to 1911, will be out in the fall. Br. Leonard Voegtle, the principal
author, is presently working on Volume Two.
FROM BR. JOHN FRANCIS COLIBERT ('44): I was in Roosevelt Hospital in
December for shoulder surgery. I ran into Pat Fazzari, who left the
Scholasticate around 1960. It turns out he is the Director of Rehabilitation
there. He would like to be on the mailing list. His address: Patrick
J. Fazzari, M.D., 425 East 58th Street, New York City, 10022.
GMC PICNIC: All are invited to the annual Greater Marist Community
picnic to be held again this year at the Mount in the garth and ball
field areas. It is scheduled for Saturday, September 16th, from noon
to 5 or 6 p.m. Bring your own beverage and a pot-luck dish for a shared
meal. More later.
ANOTHER REMINDER: Many people immensely enjoy hearing from old
friends through this newsletter. Many have already written; they would
love to hear from you! Write to David Kammer, 107 Woodland Dr., Harwinton,
Ct. 06791, or to Gus Nolan, Marist College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. 12601.