Brother Donald Schaaf, SM, died on Jan. 3, 2018, in Dayton, Ohio. He was 81 and had been a member of the Society of Mary (Marianists) for 61 years. Brother Schaaf was a high school teacher and business manager who also ministered in the juvenile justice system in Memphis, Tennessee.
By Gail Finke It’s the little clay baby in the manger—or maybe the empty manger, waiting until Christmas morning for the figure to appear. It’s the watchful figures of Mary and Joseph (“Mary always has to go on Jesus’s right, and Joseph always has to hold a lantern or
70 Years Father Kenneth Sommer, SM Feb. 10, 1928 Birth place: Dayton, Ohio Jubilee Celebration: Sat., Aug. 12, 2017 – Dayton, Ohio Local affiliation: Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio; attended elementary school, high school and college in Dayton; taught at Chaminade High School in Dayton, Ohio; served as an
As a way to acknowledge the gift that religious brothers day are to the church, a new annual celebration was held for the first time on May 1, the feast of St. Joseph Worker. Titled Religious Brothers Day, it was organized by the Brothers Think Tank, a group of religious
The Rev. François Rossier, S.M., executive director of the University of Dayton’s International Marian Research Institute, one of the largest international centers of study, research and teaching on Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, has died. He was 59. The University will hold a Memorial Mass for Rossier at 5
Marianist Sean Richard Downing, a native of Xenia, was ordained a priest on Oct. 8 at the Unviersity of Dayton’s Chapel of the Immaculate Conception. Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, M.Sp.S, of San Antonio presided. Marianist Provincial Father Martin Solma concelebrated the Mass at the chapel, which was overflowing with family, friends
DAYTON — In 1993, while serving as pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Portage, Mich. Marianist Father Thomas A. Stanley, wrote a booklet of flower meditations for the faith community’s Mary Garden. For “The Garden Way of the Cross,” Father Stanley drew upon the religious legends and flower