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

January 27, 2017

“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.

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)

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

May 21, 2016

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.

CCHS Marianists host Super Bowl party

February 7, 2010

Provincial-designate Marty (center), stands between Colts-Fan Bob and Saints-Fan Norman

About 40 Marianists from the San Antonio area gathered for the annual Super Bowl party at the Central Catholic High School Marianist Community on Sun., Feb. 7.

Warm chili, drinks, fresh fruits and vegetables were served while a large rendition of game was projected on the wall in the school’s conference room.

While a majority of the crowd left at halftime, most of the brothers of Casa María stayed well into the second half to witness the Saints win over the Colts 31-17.

More photos on our Flickr set.

“Who Dat?” video features CCHS Marianists

February 3, 2010

Central Catholic High School salutes the New Orleans Saints and Tom Benson on their journey to the 2010 Super Bowl. This video features all Marianists on staff at the school, including several brothers of Casa María.

Tom, owner of the New Orleans Saints and a San Antonio businessman, is a longtime Central Catholic supporter. Last September, thanks to a $4 million gift by Tom and Gayle Benson and Family, the school renamed its stadium to honor the memory of his son.

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.

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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.