Marianist bicentennial icon and presidential cookies

Posted November 12, 2016 by casamariasm
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The Marianist bicentennial icon made its first public appearance in the United States during a prayer service at the Casa Maria Marianist Community as part of the “Casa Tuesday” festivities Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Over 50 gathered at the community to pray with the traveling Marianist bicentennial icon then vote on a special election for the best presidential cookie recipe, a community tradition that was held in 2008 (scroll down about halfway) and 2012.

The icon is a special display that is part of the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianist Sisters) and the Society of Mary (Marianist Brothers and Priests). It is traveling throughout the world where Marianists are located during the bicentennial period of May 25, 2016 to Jan. 22, 2018. Casa Maria community member Brother Brian Zampier, S.M., visited Mexico to pick it up and bring it to San Antonio.

The icon was displayed at the community chapel and visitors signed a guest book to record their visit. A social and supper followed the brief evening prayer when guests participated in a special cookie election featuring recipes from Melania Trump and the Clinton Family. The results of this election were 38-6 in favor of the chocolate chip cookie recipe, matching the national results collected by Family Circle magazine.

Rev. Sean Downing, S.M. ordained to priestly ministry

Posted October 8, 2016 by casamariasm
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Congratulations to Rev. Sean Downing, S.M., who was ordained to the priestly ministry of Jesus Christ in the Society of Mary, Province of the U.S., during Mass in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the University of Dayton in Ohio, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016.

The Most Rev. Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S., archbishop of San Antonio, Texas, celebrated the Eucharist. A reception followed at the Kennedy Union Center. Sean is a current member of the Casa Maria Marianist Community on the campus of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. (Video: 15:03)

Two profess perpetual vows in the Society of Mary

Posted September 24, 2016 by casamariasm
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Congratulations to Brothers Michael Chiuri, S.M. and Brandon Paluch, S.M., who professed their perpetual vows in the Society of Mary, Province of the U.S., during Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Pillar in St. Louis, Missouri, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016. The Rev. Martin Solma, S.M., provincial superior, celebrated the Eucharist and received their vows.

Burgers with the Brothers 2016

Posted August 23, 2016 by casamariasm
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Over 600 students, faculty, staff and alumni at St. Mary’s gathered on the lawn of the Casa María Marianist Community for “Burgers with the Brothers” on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. Now in its 13th year, this annual event is sponsored by the Student Government Association and hosted by the Marianists of the Casa María Community.

Brother Justin Quiroz, S.M., professes first vows

Posted May 21, 2016 by casamariasm
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Congratulations to Brother Justin Quiroz, S.M., who professed his first vows in the Society of Mary, Province of the U.S., during Mass at Queen of Apostles Chapel at Mount Saint John in Dayton, Saturday, May 21, 2016. The Rev. Martin Solma, S.M., provincial superior, celebrated the Eucharist and received the vows while Brother Joe Kamis, S.M., assistant provincial, presented Justin with the Rule of Life. A reception and dinner followed at the Kennedy Union Center on the campus of the University of Dayton. Justin, a graduate of St. Mary’s University in 2013, was an aspirant with the Casa María community in 2013-14.

Casa Maria Christmas Greetings 2015

Posted December 22, 2015 by casamariasm
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Merry Christmas 2015 from the Casa María Marianist Community.

Live Christmas tree brought home

Posted December 5, 2015 by casamariasm
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For the sixth year in a row, the Casa María Marianist Community will be celebrating Christmas with a live tree cut down from Devine Acres Farm. This year, an 8 1/2 foot Leyland Cypress was selected, which fit comfortably inside the Kia Sedona mini van. With sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 60s, it was comfortable enough without a sweater. However, cutting down the tree requires getting close to the ground and into the leaves and branches so pants and long sleeved shirts are recommended. It also is advised to use an electric saw to cut off the end of the tree before immersing in water at home (this was the most difficult step which required the efforts of two community members and one guest using a saw to complete). Plan to set aside about three hours—about 50 minutes drive in each direction, about one hour spent at the tree farm and about 30-45 minutes setting it up at home. Although their website and welcome sign show that Devine Acres Farm is open at noon, the place was filled with customers even before 12 p.m. It would be best to call and confirm their hours.