As the Marianist Province of the US gathers in St. Louis this week,
here are 5 pages of sketches and notes from abz sketchbook journal 67,
documenting the 2000 Interprovincial Gathering in Chicago (June 29 – July 2)…
18 years ago!

Bus ride from Dayton, Ohio to Chicago


Opening liturgy with Br. Franklin Pao, SM (1935-2007)


Fr. Dave Fleming, SM talk



A gathering of Marianist artists during the 2000 Assembly:
Gary Marcinowski, Jim Roberts, Don Smith, Mel Meyer, Cletus Behlmann, Tom Suda,
Steve Erspamer (now Br. Martin Erspamer, OSB), Bob Resing (and myself)…
Br. Ray Fitz and Fr. Norb Burns joined us.




This is the advertisement that introduced me to the Marianists in March of 1980.
I love the copywriting. It could still be used today —
just substitute a Nissan Sentra for the Beetle.
I had a Chevette and sold it to a brother who was leaving.
Life is amazing… how we all have a path.
From the “abz” vocation story archive.

#marianists #marianistvocationstory


I am excited, thankful and honored
to have been accepted into the Annual Juried Issue
of Letter Arts Review (Winter 2018)…


I feel this recognition would not have occurred if it were not for the gift of many wonderful creative cheerleaders in my life: my parents, Andy & Betty were always interested in and supportive of my creative endeavors; art teachers: Holland Patent Central School — Grace Paull, Miriam Kashawa, Martha Deming, Helen Rusinek; professors: Mohawk Valley Community College — Paul Bowers, Sam Patterson (who encouraged us to keep a sketchbook); University at Buffalo — Don Nichols, Tony Rozak, Paul McKenna; Syracuse University — John Vargo, John Sellers, Ken Hine, Murray Tinkelman, Larry Bakke; and Marianist brother mentors: Gary Marcinowski, Bob Hughes, Joe Barrish, and last, but not least… Br. Mel Meyer… thank you, all!