The 91-Year Journey to the Beatification of Blessed Father William Joseph Chaminade

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.

Miracle in Buenos Aires

A look at the miraculous healing of Elena Graciela Otero, through the intercession of Father Chaminade
Gabrielle Bibeau, FMI

Living in a Time of Crisis: It’s in Our Marianist DNA

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.

August 13th: Memorial of Blessed Jakob Gapp, S.M. Priest and Martyr

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).

Table Story: The Five Silences and the Olson Circumplex Model

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.

Marianist Mindfulness—A Gateway to Peace

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.

Holy Silence and Contemplative Listening

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.

Love Your Enemy: A Reflection on the Silence of Passion

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.

Mary's Eager Optimist

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.

Hosanna!

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.

Miguel Leibar and Companions: Four Good Men

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.

Reflections on the Cause of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

Father Stephen Tutas' prayerful reflection reminds Marianists that we need to "do better" in light of the Vatican's rejection of the final miracle for Blessed Chaminade's elevation to sainthood.
Blessed Chaminade

Marianist Calendar of Saints: Blessed William Joseph Chaminade

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.

History of the Gold Ring in the Society of Mary

The gold ring was introduced into the Society of Mary from the very beginning.

Do You Believe in the Communion of Saints?

Father Paul Landolfi, SM, writes, "Brother Carmine Annunziata (Kenya) emailed me and jokingly complained: 'Why wasn’t I listed among the saints? Is it just for the few?'”
Jakob Gapp, SM

Conscience that Would Not Be Silenced

Looking back over my 26 years as "The Tablet’s" Vienna correspondent, I can think of no more remarkable story than that of Blessed Jakob Gapp.
William Joseph Chaminade

The Soldier of Mary: William Joseph Chaminade

A tribute to Blessed Chaminade originally published in a French newspaper in honor of his beatification.

The Marianist Founders and Social Justice

Felipe Melcher, SM, has assembled useful quotes from Marianist sources that pertain to key elements of how Marianists view social justice.
Brother Miguel

Like Jesus, He Gave His Life Protecting His People: Brother Miguel Ángel Quiroga

Brother Miguel (“Michel”) Ángel Quiroga died defending life in Colombia. Read about his life and his martyrdom in this article compiled by Paul Landolfi, SM.

Marianist Martyrs: Witness, Conviction, and Stability

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.

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