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

October 8, 2016

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)

Casa María hosts CCHS post-game party

January 30, 2010

About 30 faculty and staff from Central Catholic high school celebrated a basketball victory over Antonian Prep with a post-game party at Casa María. The game was held a few yards from the community at the Alumni Athletics and Convocation Center on the campus of St. Mary’s University. St. Mary’s alumnus and CCHS faculty member Jose Gonzalez conducted the interviews on video and served as the photographer.

More photos on our Flick set.

The invitation:

Reflection: 3rd Tuesday; Sts. Timothy and Titus

January 26, 2010

Mass: Tuesday, January 26, 2010
First Reading: 2 Tm 1:1-8
Responsorial: Psalm 96:1-2a, 2b-3, 7-8a, 1
Gospel: Mk 3:31-35

When celebrating Mass on the day when the lives of saints are commemorated, the Church, in all her wisdom, strives to incorporate the best of all worlds—and today is a perfect example.

Today is the feast of Sts. Timothy and Titus which adds a number of options to choose from when selecting scriptures for Mass. As suggested in Living with Christ, today’s readings are drawn from the 3rd Tuesday in Ordinary Time as well as the Saint’s feast.

As expected when such an event happens, a unique combination of scripture results. For those who prepare daily reflections, this presents an interesting challenge that compels one to discover the hidden wisdom that we can reflect on and apply to our daily lives.

So, here’s one possible perspective…

In the first reading, Paul affirms Timothy’s faith as passed to him by his grandmother, Lois, and mother, Eunice. The other option for today’s first reading—Paul’s letter to Titus—includes the phrase, “Titus, my true child in our common faith.”

In the Gospel, Jesus states that those who do the will of God and are his family—mother, brother and sister.

Perhaps this combination of scripture reveals a theme about who we are and how our actions define that identity.

Not only do we take on the name of Christians, we also are Marianists—specifically, Marianist religious brothers. So what does it mean to be a “brother to all people”? How does this identity compel us to action?

An obvious area where we serve as a brother to all is in our public ministries. It’s easier to see how we serve as brothers in ministry together at our various institutions. We, like many who have done before us in our rich history, excel in our ministries, do great work, are committed to the mission, and are hard-working professionals—wonderful examples of selfless giving to our world.

When we come home, we are spent! But, we are reminded that when we come home, our role as brother doesn’t stop when we leave our ministry. Our gifts of presence, patience and openness to one another  is need much more here in our home.

I often wondered why the theme for our province assembly in 2007 was “Becoming Brothers.” For a religious congregation who professes that community life, discipleship of equals and mixed composition are sacred values, becoming “brothers” to one another is expected to be a reality. Or, perhaps it is because that becoming “brothers” to one another in community can be one of the most difficult challenges of religious life that requires a lifetime of faithfulness in seeking that goal.

We are blessed with numerous gifts, talents and personalities. Our diversity is rich. Yet, it is that same diversity that challenges us to be faithful to our identity of being a community of “brothers” to one another in one heart and mind.

Doing the little things for one another is what makes for good community. Trusting that we will be present for one another at prayer, work, play, community and calling each one of us to be more than we think we can become supports one another in being faithful.

Let us pray that we make this new day another opportunity where we can be faithful to our role of being a “brother to all people” and reveal that identity through our actions.

Marianist Martyrs: Prayer, reception at St. Mary’s

September 18, 2009

To commemorate the martyrdom of three Marianists of Ciudad Real (Carlos Eraña, Fidel Fuidio and Jesús Hita) in 1936—along with Brother Miguel Ángel Quiroga’s own martyrdom in 1998—the Alumni Association of St. Mary’s University hosted a prayer and reception in the administration building on Friday morning, Sept. 18.

According to Brother Mike, approximately 40 faculty, staff and Marianists gathered on the second floor of St. Louis Hall for a brief prayer and reception which included breakfast tacos, fruit and coffee.

Reflection: Marianist Martyrs of Ciudad Real

September 18, 2009


First Reading: Wisdom 3:1-9
Gospel: John 12:24-26

I wrote this reflection for mass this morning, and I hope you all find it thought provoking as you pray today.

The first reading tells us that if a just person dies for God, their spirit lives on and God will accomplish great things through them.

In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of the wheat, and how it must die to produce fruit. I think especially of the fruit produced in Jesus’ own death.

The prevailing message of our readings today seems to be this:
“if you want to follow Christ, if you want God to accomplish greatness through you, you must die to the life you had before. You must give up the possessions and concerns of this world and be reborn in Christ.”

Certainly, martyrdom is the ultimate example of this kind of death, but I also think about our own journeys as Marianists. The sacrifices we make, the things we have to give up in order to live this Christ filled life that we strive for.

I don’t think the readings are telling us “strive for martyrdom.”
I think they are saying “be willing to let go of those things you think are important so that God can show you true life in Himself”

As I think of our martyrs today, I realize that I cannot ever know what was going through their minds in those moments so long ago. But I wonder, did they have peace? Peace in knowing that through their lives as Marianists, they had already died to this world and began to live in Christ. Could they have had joy in this kind of death knowing that now they were going to live WITH Christ?

Like I said, I don’t know, and I can only pray about what I would do if placed in their circumstances, but I think the lives of Carlos, Fidel and Jesus, as well as today’s, readings remind us that we are all called to sacrifice for God and of the ultimate benefits of those sacrifices (eternal life with God). I think that today, our challenge is to live by their example, to be willing to follow God unconditionally, perhaps even to martyrdom.

I often wonder, can I do that?

~Andrew Caruso, Marianist Aspirant