A CATHOLIC PARISH IN THE MARIANIST TRADITION
LOCATED IN HISTORIC EAST WALNUT HILLS
What is a Marianist Parish?
The Marianist Spirit Committee of the Parish assists the people of Saint Francis de Sales Parish with learning and living the characteristics of a Marianist Parish. Characteristics of a Marianist Parish:
How the Committee assists the people of SFDS Parish:
Forms in Faith
-Parish Retreat – to learn more about our faith and ourselves.
-Parish Pilgrimage to Bergamo Center in Dayton –
a time for quiet personal or group reflection.
-Guest Homilist from the Marianist Community –
to learn about the Marianists.
-Lenten Soup Suppers – to share a simple meal together
and learn about one another.
-All Ages Event, such as the Scavenger Hunt –
to learn about our SFDS history and our community.
Sends People on Mission
-Investigating opportunities for nationwide and/or worldwide Mission trips.
Promotes Peace, Justice, the Integrity of Creation, and Service
-Monthly Service to Others Program – to support the six Service Agencies associated with our Parish to help those among us.
Marianist Community Brothers
The Society of Mary was founded in France in 1817 by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Approximately 500 brothers and priests comprise the Province of the United States. The following Marianists reside at St. Francis DeSales and serve in various ministeries in the Cincinnati area.
Bro. Giancarlo Bonnuti, S.M.
Bro Giancarlo is the Director of Mary Magdalen House in Over The Rhine,
located at 1223 Main Street. Mary Magadalen House is an oasis for persons in need, to shower, shave, brush their teeth, have their clothes laundered, have use of a phone and have a place to receive messages and mail. The staff believes that dignity is the beginning of hope. In the last year, generous staff, volunteers and benefactors provided 20,477 services to 1929 men and women. They are opened Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. Their aim is to maintain and restore human dignity to those who know the hardships of living on the streets. Bro. Giancarlo is also the Director of the Marianist Community at St. Francis deSales, and Treasurer of Catholic Calvary Cemetery Association.
Fr. Eugene Contadino, S.M.
Fr. Gene is the 2nd child of John and Antoinette Contadino, who are both deceased. He has one older sister, Mary Ann, and two younger brothers, Joe, and Jim who also happens to be a Marianist Brother. He was born in Cincinnati, and went to primary school at Holy Name (Mt. Auburn), Our Mother of Sorrows (Roselawn) and Purcell H.S. He graduated from the Univ. of Dayton in 1962, and had fun in the intervening years teaching high school in Dayton, Cleveland, and Covington, KY. Most recently he worked at the Univ. of Dayton where, over the years, he held several positions; minister to faculty and staff, basketball team chaplain, theology teacher, executive administration, admission counselor, alumni relations, and fund raising. Gene likes crossword puzzles, sudoko, riding his Harley, reading any genre (mostly mystery novels), the symphony, afternoon naps, and eating…
Bro. Bob Dzubinski, S.M.
Bro. Bob was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. He studied Music Education at Edinburo State College. He entered the Marianist in 1994, and for the last twenty years served at St. Aloysius School/Parish in Cleveland. He will be teaching music at St. Francis de Sales Elementary School and St. Cecelia School in Oakley.
Bro. Bill Grundish, S.M.
Bro. Bill has been a Marianist brother for 56 years. He taught, counseled, and coached in Marianist schools for forty years. When he retired from high school teaching, he moved to Cincinnati. He lives in the Parish Family Residence and has worked with Mercy Neighborhood Ministries as an Educational Specialist for the last eleven years. He likes to walk and enjoys reading.
Brother Robert Politi, S.M.
Bro. Bob was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Holy Name High School, in 1959, where upon he entered the Society of Mary (Marianists). He made first vows on August, 1960. He then graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor’s degree in Education. His first teaching assignment came in 1964 at Purcell High School (later Purcell Marian), where he has been ever since. Bro. Bob continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati, receiving a Master’s degree in Special Education in 1972. He started the first slow-learner program in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and OWE (Occupational Work Experience) at Purcell Marian. During his years at Purcell and Purcell Marian, he has held various positions: moderator of the marching band and band boosters, business manager, teacher and lockers and bingo manager. At the Castle now, he continues to teach part-time in the SSST (Student Support Services Team) and he is co-chair of the Marianist Mission Integration Team.
Bro. Bob joined the De Sales Crossings Marianist Community in 1998. He is also sacristan at St. Francis de Sales Church, a member of Pastoral Council and co-chairs the Marianist Movement Team. While at Purcell Marian, Bro. Bob has received several awards: Service Award, Master Teacher Award, Christian Leadership Award and the Award of Excellence from the Alumni Association.
MAY THE FATHER AND THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT BE GLORIFIED IN ALL PLACES BY THE IMMACULATE VIRGIN MARY
Saint Francis de Sales Parish | 1600 Madison Road | Cincinnati, OH 45206
513 961-1945 | email@example.com