Father William Joseph Chaminade was beatified in September 2000. Brother Tom Redmond, SM, highlights two early Marianist discoveries—one, the rediscovering of Chaminade’s greatness; the other, the discovering of his physical remains—that helped initiate the 91-year journey that culminated in our Blessed Founder’s recognition by the Vatican.
Be it during a time of global pandemic or the French Revolution, Sister Gabrielle Bibeau, FMI, reminds us that biological and societal crises are not new for Marianists. They are part of our “DNA.” The key aspect for Bibeau is how such experiences transform us.
Born July 26, 1897, in Wattens in the Austrian Tyrol, Jakob was the seventh son of Martin Gapp and Antonia Wach. He attended elementary school in his native village and pursued his high school studies in Hall. On May 24, 1915, Italy declared war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This same year, Jakob enlisted in the Austrian army. He was sent to the Italian front, where he was wounded and decorated for his courage. At the end of the war he was taken prisoner. He underwent a great deal of suffering during his captivity. During the war Jakob came under the spell of an idealistic socialism, which led to a crisis of faith. On August 13, 1920, Jakob entered the Marianist novitiate at Greisinghof (Austria).
Beth Garascia, as part of MSP 2.0, shares the importance of "silence of words" and "silence of passions" as they relate to family dynamics. Key to her understanding of Chaminade's Five Silences is her reflection on a special table and the family memories that occurred around it.
Diane H. Browne, as part of MSP 2.0, delves into the Hebrew notion of "shalom" as a backdrop into how Marianists can live mindfully in today's society. The essential tools for Browne are the true meaning of peace and Blessed Chaminade's System of Virtues, with special emphasis on the Five Silences.
Marg Van Herk-Paradis, as part of MSP 2.0, has crafted a model to examine Blessed Chaminade’s Five Silences. Of interest to Van Herk-Paradis is the circular nature of the Silences and the interplay between “stance” and "spirit.” Special emphasis is placed on those who minister to the People of God.
Mary Snyder, as part of MSP 2.0, examines life lessons that shape her thinking related to social justice and the need for "nonviolent communication" in today's society. Key to her examination is the practice of Blessed Chaminade's concept of "silence of passion" and the need for dialogue in today's society.
Father Herbert Kramer, SM, provides the reader with an easy-to-read primer on the life of Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, Fonder of the Marianist Sisters. This 23-page work captures the essence of Adèle.
For those who love a good newspaper feel, "Hosanna!", a six-issue series dedicated to the cause of Adèle's beatification, written in 1957-58, makes for a great morning read, especially with a cup of coffee or tea. "Hosanna!" is packed with short nuggets of wisdom about the Founder of the Marianist Sisters.
The bloodshed of the Spanish Civil War had a direct and profound impact on the Society of Mary. Read the story of four Marianists, a priest and three brothers, martyred in Madrid. Pope Benedict XVI declared them blessed in 2007.
After a long trek from the French border, a French priest was arriving in Saragossa. He was tired, but the sight of the lone tower of the Basilica of the Virgin of the Pillar was balm to his tired feet.
Experience the sites and stories of Marianist Martyr Blessed Jakob Gapp and the Spanish Marianist Martyrs in this YouTube video sponsored by the Society of Mary's Province of the USA, which was produced by Brother Brandon Paluch, SM, and directed by David Brun.