Prayer service organized by the Marianist Educational Associates at St. Mary’s University
by Alex Salinas, St. Mary’s University
On Nov. 3, Marianist Educational Associates (MEA) at St. Mary’s University hosted a prayer service in Guadalupe Chapel to celebrate 200 years of Marianist education. President Tom Mengler, J.D., welcomed participants and Associate Professor of Theology James Ball, Ph.D., an MEA, delivered commentary on Marianist education. Ball’s comments included: “These Marianist brothers and priests you see here on campus come from a long tradition of people serving students. What does that mean? From Blessed William Joseph Chaminade’s perspective, it’s not an accident that they’re here and we’re here. The ‘economy of grace’ is at work in what we do and for whom we do it. Being invested in the Marianist mission ― and in particular, the Marianist educational mission ― means trusting in that.”
Students and faculty proclaimed the psalm and gospel in a delicately designed dramatization by José DeLeón, Minister of Liturgy at St. Mary’s. Marianist Sister Provincial Gretchen Trautman, FMI, and Provincial Council member Brother Charlie Johnson, S.M., joined MEAs in reading intercessions and excerpts from Marianist educational documents written and spoken in languages where Marianist education serves, including French, English, Hawaiian, Spanish and Swahili.