Two profess first vows as Marianist sisters

Posted May 27, 2017 by casamariasm
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Congratulations to Sisters Gabrielle Bibeau and Caitlin Cipolla-McCulloch, FMI, who professed their first vows as Marianist sisters in the Daughters of Mary Immaculate on Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Dayton, Ohio. Approximately 250 attended the Eucharist at the University of Dayton Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Rev. James Schimelpfening, S.M., was the main celebrant and homilist. Sister Laura Leming, FMI, received the vows. Sisters Gabrielle and Caitlin are alumnae of the University of Dayton and spent their first year of novitiate in San Antonio, Texas, in 2015-16.

Final Casa Tuesday celebrates grads

Posted May 9, 2017 by casamariasm
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As has been the custom in the past few years, Casa María honored graduating students with a special blessing, meal and dessert as the final Casa Tuesday of the academic year, Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Three undergraduates and two law students wore graduation caps and received a special blessing by Rev. Jim Tobin, S.M.

To Know, Love and Serve – by Maria A. Smith

Posted January 27, 2017 by casamariasm
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“To know, love and serve” by Maria A. Smith
In honor of the Marianist bicentennial – recorded during the St. Mary’s University Marianist Heritage Mass at Holy Rosary Parish 1/26/2017

With great thanksgiving
and loving praise
we come to bless
your name O God!
Your goodness is unending
your mercy is profound.
With Mary you have called us
to know, love and serve.

As we look to our past
we remember our mission
and our call:
to know, love and serve
with the passion of Christ,
with hearts ever open to your life.

May we listen with care
as you speak of the yearnings
of your heart.
With Mary we come
to surrender our will;
to serve all who thirst for your love.

Let these jars filled with fears
become empty and purified.
Renew our hearts,
may our “yes” be sincere
as we bring your compassion
to our world.

Send your spirit of hope
to refresh and renew our hearts.
Together as one
we bear witness to Christ
to see peace and justice
once again.

Casa Maria Christmas Greetings 2016

Posted December 24, 2016 by casamariasm
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Merry Christmas 2016 from the Casa María Marianist Community.

Casa Tuesday celebrates feast of St. Nicholas

Posted December 6, 2016 by casamariasm
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Close to 30 students, alumni, staff, faculty and friends of the Marianists gathered to celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas and the final Casa Tuesday of the fall 2016 semester, Tuesday, Dec. 6.

Brothers bring home fresh Christmas tree

Posted December 3, 2016 by casamariasm
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In what has become tradition since 2010, the Casa María Marianist Community cut down a live Christmas tree from Devine Acres Farm. With temperatures in the mid-50 and rain, the brothers brought towels and umbrellas and moved quickly to select a tree before getting caught in heavy rain. Measuring 8 feet tall before being cut, the Leyland Cypress rode home in the back rows of the community van. Previous years: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011.

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.