Marianist Community | Marianist Educational Associates


March 18, 2008, 6:45 to 7:45 P.M.
Marianist Hall

Members Present: David Coleman, Val Coleman, Barbara Belle, Sharon LePage, Kay Stone, Peggy Friedman, Mike Haisen, Pete Steiger, Yukio Ozaki, David Anderson, Grissel Benitez-Hodge, Bro. Frank Damm, and Bro. Jerry Bommer
Guests: Fr. Tim Eden and Dr. Sue Wesselkamper

The President of CUH, Dr. Sue Wesselkamper, described her expectations of the Marianist Educational Association:

  • It should be a source of spiritual growth for its members.
  • It should be a builder of community among themselves and within the Chaminade Ohana, a very Marianist characteristic.
  • It should operate with a purposefulness of mission; present God’s love through service.
  • It should have corporate presence without being an elitist group that could be offensive to others.

Responding to the President, it was felt that the MEAs are to be an inviting group willing to discuss Marianist values with their confreres and ready to invite them to join the MEAs when they present a favorable disposition toward the Marianist/Catholic values on which the culture of Chaminade is built.

Another response was to have the MEAs break down into cells and discuss how the Marianist Characteristics of Education are connected to the mission of the university and how each one lives out those characteristics here on campus. (Val Coleman and Grissel will be inviting you to join a cell.)

We were reminded that we can be effective only by being ourselves. If our values are strong and meaningful, we operate effectively. The MEAs are doing this well.

It was proposed that we consider utilizing the three offices traditionally used by the Marianists: Religious life (spirituality), Education, and Temporalities. Before we could operate with this structure, we would need further study and discussion.

It was proposed that we start keeping a scrapbook of our activities, especially our successes. After the meeting, Sharon LePage volunteered to keep a virtual scrapbook and put it on the Rector’s page of the Chaminade website.

Please inform David Coleman or Bro. Jerry in the next few days what topics you would want John Carr to discuss with us at our April 4th dinner with him.

Dave Coleman asked the MEAs to help out with the ushering and whatever else needs to be done for John Carr’s presentation here on campus on April 2nd, Wednesday afternoon, 3:30 to 5:30. Contact Ginger Miller if you are able and willing to help.

Our next meeting is Tuesday, April 15th.