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May 18, 2017

Jubilairians 2017

Young at heart

 

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They entered the Order with a keen interest in people, a youthful appetite for learning, and a fervent desire to serve.

Whatever their age – and one of them will soon be 97 – this year’s Jubilarians are all marking impressive milestones of commitments made for life. Their faith has stood the test of time.

Today the words “steadfast”, “devoted” and “dedicated” sound quaint, almost old-fashioned. Now more than ever, the world needs people who exemplify those traits.

Next Tuesday at Chapter, 23 friars will be honored for their achievements as individuals and as brothers in fraternity. Three who have recently passed – Fr. Simeon Cleves, Fr. Valens Waldschmidt and Br. Xavier Gedeon – will be fondly remembered.

How many Jubilarians do you recognize from their photos as fledgling friars? The answers are below.

 

Warren Zeisler, OFM75 Years ProfessionMaynard Tetreault, OFM65 Years ProfessionBert Heise, OFM60 Years PriesthoodJohn Turnbull, OFM70 Years ProfessionDominic Lococo, OFM60 Years ProfessionBryant Hausfeld, OFM60 Years ProfessionHilarion Kistner, OFM70 Years ProfessionJohn Carey, OFM60 Years ProfessionMichael Lenz, OFM50 Years ProfessionMiles Pfalzer, OFM70 Years PriesthoodBruno Kremp, OFM60 Years ProfessionJoseph Hund, OFM50 Years ProfessionHarold Geers, OFM65 Years ProfessionHumbert Moster, OFM60 Years PriesthoodKenneth Beetz, OFM50 Years ProfessionBill Spirk, OFM50 Years ProfessionMatthias Crehan, OFM50 Years ProfessionAndre McGrath, OFM50 Years PriesthoodMax Langenderfer, OFM50 Years ProfessionLarry Dunham, OFM50 Years ProfessionKenan Freson, OFM50 years PriesthoodRicardo Russo, OFM50 Years ProfessionNorbert Bertram, OFM50 Years Profession1 - 23<>

(Thanks to Sr. Daria Mitchell and Ron Cooper for tracking down these vintage photos.)

1. Bert Heise, OFM  2. Michael Lenz, OFM  3. Joe Hund, OFM  4. Ricardo Russo, OFM  5. Kenan Freson, OFM 6. Larry Dunham, OFM  7. Miles Pfalzer, OFM  8. Dominic Lococo, OFM  9. Maynard Tetreault, OFM  10. Humbert Moster, OFM  11. Bill Spirk, OFM  12. John Carey, OFM  13. John Turnbull, OFM  14. Max Langenderfer, OFM  15. Bryant Hausfeld, OFM  16. Norbert Bertram, OFM  17. Hilarion Kistner, OFM  18. Andre McGrath, OFM  19. Warren Zeisler, OFM  20. Bruno Kremp, OFM  21. Harold Geers, OFM  22. Matthias Crehan, OFM  23. Kenn Beetz, OFM

Fond farewells

     PHOTOS BY TRISH LAMPE and DAVID O’BRIENMay 12, co-workers said thanks to three colleagues who were attending their final Provincial Staff Day at the Monastery of St. Clare in Cincinnati. After a program by Tom Richstatter, they surprised outgoing Provincial Minister Jeff Scheeler, Vicar

Frank Jasper and Patti Giesting of FriarWorks (who is retiring May 31 after 30 years on staff) with a cake and gifts. Patti watched taped tributes from supervisors past and present, and Jeff and Frank got a video greeting from a friend in Rome, a message of congratulations from Minister General Michael Perry.

  • Twenty-two photographers documented the demise of the Hindenburg.May 6, hundreds of people gathered at the site of the former Lakehurst Naval Station in New Jersey to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster. The largest dirigible ever built, the German airship caught fire while attempting to dock with its mooring mast, killing 35 people on board and one on the ground. Amazingly, two senior friars have vivid memories of the tragedy. New York City native Br. Conrad Rebmann, 12 years old in 1937, watched the Hindenburg fly over the Hudson River. “He actually knew two women who were on board,” Br. Jerry Beetz said after talking to Connie. “They were part of his Dad’s Lutheran congregation.” The cause of the fiery disaster, which generated newsreel coverage seen and heard around the world – “Oh the humanity” – is still debated. As Connie remembers, “When the Hindenburg was pulled down, metal under the landing pads sparked, and that’s what caused the explosion.” Fr. Miles Pfalzer, who turns 97 on June 5, was a student at St. Francis Seminary in 1937. He says teacher Fr. Max Gartner questioned the safety of the Hindenburg. “He predicted the tether would never hold, and three days later, it broke loose,” Miles told Br. Norbert Bertram. How did Max know? “He was a good mathematician and a good man,” Miles said.
  • Conrad Rebmann, OFMFr. Gerry Evans, SJB’s former visitor, wrote to congratulate friars for their participation in the Cincinnati premiere of The Sultan and the Saint.  “Well done to one and all for such a hopeful and opportune initiative at this confused and polarized historic moment, so full of noise and static in the United States and indeed in the world today. And so very Franciscan, making no denouncement of anything or anyone, rather just telling the story as it is and offering a humanistic alternative way forward in a very artistic and creative way which speaks to the truth within the soul by way of the heart. Hope springs eternal through such worthwhile gestures.”
  • “I’m not sure what I expected to find in Cuba after hearing for years tales of repression and political prisoners,” Br. Jim McIntosh of Holy Name Province wrote after returning from a recent mission trip with seven other friars. “What I discovered was a vibrant and engaged people full of curiosity and questions.”  Jim shared his impressions in a May 12 column, “Viva Cuba Libre”, on the US Franciscans website at: usfranciscans.org.   Jim, National Social Media Director, will be a guest of SJB Province at next week’s Chapter.Where are the friars? Follow the link below to find out.
  • Statistically speaking: “The number of Friars Minor, as of December 31, 2016, are 13,302,” begins a story on the Order’s website that spells out the distribution of OFMs around the world. Read it at: hofm.org.
  • Congratulations to Fr. Pierre Charland, who on Tuesday was elected Provincial Minister of St. Joseph Province in Canada. Former Vicar Pierre succeeds Provincial Minister Marc LeGoanvec.
  • Dr. Chrissy Zaker with Henry at CTU’s 49th commencementFriars John Barker, Dan Horan, John Aherne, Juan Turcios and Henry Beck represented Blessed Giles Friary last Thursday at the 49th commencement ceremonies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. (Br. Colin King, who is preparing for ordination, received his Master of Divinity degree in absentia.) Author/theologian Ronald Rolheiser, OMI, received an Honorary Doctorate in Theology. “Fr. Rolheiser spoke to the graduates, encouraging them to ‘risk on mercy, to be instruments of mercy in their ministries,” Henry says. “He also spoke about doing everything with the vision of ‘serving the poor.’ When our ministries and pastoral outreach is seen in light of the impact it has on the poor, then ‘we are doing the ministry of Jesus.’”

Welcome, Postulants!

BY FR. LUIS APONTE-MERCED, OFMMatthew Ryan

Two men have been accepted to the Interprovincial Postulancy for the program beginning Aug. 23 in Silver Spring, Md. They are Matthew Ryan and Raphael Ozoude.

Matthew, a lawyer from Kentucky, has been a Public Defender for 15 years. He is a member of St. Xavier Parish in Cincinnati and sings with their choir. He and his father went on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year with friar Raphael OzoudeAlex Kratz. Matthew likes singing with karaoke in his spare time.

Raphael Ozoude was born in Los Angeles, Calif. His family is from Nigeria, where he received his primary and secondary education at a Catholic boarding school. He came to the United States for college studies and received a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Biology from Baylor University. Raphael, who has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Nigeria, is completing a certification program in Medical Technology at Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. He is a reader, minister of Holy Communion and altar server at his parish in Houston.

PHOTO BY FRANK JASPER, OFMThe goal was “to lift high our charism”.Over the years when people have asked me what I do, I have tended to say that I am part of our Franciscan Leadership Team, because when I say I am the “Provincial” or the “Provincial Minister” they get a funny look on their face that says, “I don’t know what that is, but it sounds important.” I also say it more for me than for them, to remind myself that I am called to be more than an administrator or one who just takes care of provincial business, but a spiritual leader, and one who leads fraternally. But next week we will elect a new friar to fill that role. May God bless that brother abundantly, and give him courage, creativity, compassion, and wisdom. Over the years, those are the four virtues for which I have prayed. Some combination of them is helpful for the role. Whether or not I have accomplished that is left to history to decide.So this will be my last “from Jeff.” To be honest with you, I have had a love/hate relationship with these messages. Sometimes they came quickly and easily, and sometime I agonized a bit. I had to have them written each week by Wednesday evening so Toni could have time to figure out how they would fit into the Thursday News Notes. Thinking about what I might say was always in the back of my head. Writing these little messages has been one way I have tried to respond to that challenge of being the Minister to SJBProvince. My goal has been to have a combination of information, inspiration, encouragement, affirmation, and animation. I have tried to lift high our charism, to keep it always before us.In general I have been pretty happy with them. I hope they have been somewhat helpful or useful for you. See you next week at St, Meinrad! — Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM

 

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  • “I’m not sure what I expected to find in Cuba after hearing for years tales of repression and political prisoners,” Br. Jim McIntosh of Holy Name Province wrote after returning from a recent mission trip with seven other friars. “What I discovered was a vibrant and engaged people full of curiosity and questions.”  Jim shared his impressions in a May 12 column, “Viva Cuba Libre”, on the US Franciscans website at: usfranciscans.org.   Jim, National Social Media Director, will be a guest of SJB Province at next week’s Chapter.Where are the friars? Follow the link below to find out.

PHOTO BY FRANK JASPER, OFMThe goal was “to lift high our charism”.Over the years when people have asked me what I do, I have tended to say that I am part of our Franciscan Leadership Team, because when I say I am the “Provincial” or the “Provincial Minister” they get a funny look on their face that says, “I don’t know what that is, but it sounds important.” I also say it more for me than for them, to remind myself that I am called to be more than an administrator or one who just takes care of provincial business, but a spiritual leader, and one who leads fraternally. But next week we will elect a new friar to fill that role. May God bless that brother abundantly, and give him courage, creativity, compassion, and wisdom. Over the years, those are the four virtues for which I have prayed. Some combination of them is helpful for the role. Whether or not I have accomplished that is left to history to decide.So this will be my last “from Jeff.” To be honest with you, I have had a love/hate relationship with these messages. Sometimes they came quickly and easily, and sometime I agonized a bit. I had to have them written each week by Wednesday evening so Toni could have time to figure out how they would fit into the Thursday News Notes. Thinking about what I might say was always in the back of my head. Writing these little messages has been one way I have tried to respond to that challenge of being the Minister to SJBProvince. My goal has been to have a combination of information, inspiration, encouragement, affirmation, and animation. I have tried to lift high our charism, to keep it always before us.In general I have been pretty happy with them. I hope they have been somewhat helpful or useful for you. See you next week at St, Meinrad! — Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM

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