Former Riordan Board of Trustee member Bro. David Betz, SM traveled to France in June for the Beatification of Mother Adèle, who founded the Marianist Sisters with the assistance of Blessed Chaminade in 1816. On June 10, 2018, Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon was recognized by the Catholic Church for her holiness through the Rite of Beatification. The liturgy took place in Agen, France which was the diocese of her birthplace, Chateau Trenquelléon.
The gathering of Marianists, lay and religious, from all over the world was a spectacle to behold. People of different cultures and languages came together to celebrate the life of a woman who models for us a deep love for the Triune God with Mary as guide. She was an exuberant young woman who believed that God’s love can be expressed through helping those who were in need and she worked tirelessly to assist young women reach their deepest sense of self especially through their relationship with the Beloved God. Gathering women either through her Little Association or as Daughters of Mary Immaculate (FMI), Adèle forged a desire to serve her God wholeheartedly. She became known as the “Saint of Agen” upon her death because she lived a virtuous life which was recognized by many who knew her and worked with her. And now we call her “Blessed” because she has been publicly honored by the Church as a woman of holiness who can be a witness for all of us as we strive to deepen our relationship with God.
To learn more about Adele’s life, read this article by Mary Kay Fitzpatrick, a Lay Marianist, which gives you a sense of who Mother Adèle was and why the Church took this major step to declare her “Blessed.” View footage from the Mass of Beatification here.
“Let us love God with all our hearts, with all our strength, and with all our mind. Then we shall have God’s interests at heart” -Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon
Though many already know Bill Blanchard’s story, it is worth repeating.
A member of Riordan’s Class of 1971, Bill sustained a life-changing spinal cord injury while playing football during his senior year. As a result, Bill was paralyzed from the neck down and has lived the last 48 years of his life as a quadriplegic.
Bill took on his disability the same way he played sports, with courage and determination. After graduating from high school and college, Bill became a known advocate for people with disabilities, devoting his entire career at UC Berkeley to that cause. Now faced with unexpected medical issues and rising medical costs, Bill needs our help.
In a great testament to the Riordan Brotherhood, Bill’s classmates, friends and family have rallied to support him during this time of increased need through this “Go Fund Me” campaign. The goal is to raise $200,000 to help Bill continue to live independently, and we have already raised more than $50,000 in just under two weeks. We ask you to consider making a gift to this important initiative and to please forward the link to all those who may be interested in helping this great man.
A benefit dinner will also be held in Bill’s honor on Saturday, October 20, at Riordan High School. To register for the event, please click here. Tickets are $100 per person, and half of that amount will go directly to the Bill Blanchard Fund.
If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your support of Bill, a great Crusader and a wonderful friend.
Paul Cronin ’93
Dan Hayes ’71
Dave Mahoney ’71
Steve Mayer ‘72