Monday, August 6, 2012

Marianist Monday

Apex of Marianist Spirituality

One of our Marianist Brothers from the USA Province of the Society of Mary died in the service of the Blessed Virgin Mary on July 26, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. Brother Louis Pinckert was at the age of 86 with 68 years of religious profession and was the aprx of Marianist spirituality.

Those who knew him well commented that no matter where he ministered in his life, Bro. Louis exemplified the Marianist virtue of hospitality and a welcoming spirit.

In his request to take first vows in 1943, Bro. Louis wrote: “For a long time I have had the desire to
consecrate myself, my whole life, to the service of the Blessed Virgin. Where else but in the Society of
Mary can I do it in the best possible manner?” He professed first vows in the Society of Mary on August 15, 1943, in Galesville, Wisconsin.

Bro. Louis began teaching at Central Catholic and continued in other Marianist schools such as McBride, St. Mary and St. Joseph High Schools in Texas.

He ran the Marianist print shop at the Maryhurst, was head groundskeeper at St. Mary’s University, then returned to Chaminade College Prep as a teacher, athletic director and assistant in the physical plant.

He serviced his Brothers as a community business manager for 25 years, helped in food service, food buyer, cook and maintenance man, and was community director.

Bro. Louis was an avid photographer, used his computer skills in desktop publishing, "was enthusiastic about technology and learned an amazing amount about it,” said Fr. Ralph. “He also was a good cook and produced some great meals for the brothers.”

In 2009 Brother Louis moved to the Marianist Residence in San Antonio due to ill health. In his final years, Bro. Louie never complained. “Louie suffered a great deal but bore his suffering very gracefully,” said Bro. Mike O’Grady, director of the Residence. “He had a wonderful outlook.”

“Bro. Louie was the apex of hospitality,” said Fr. William.