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Aloha and the Marianist Spirit are One

Marianist PULSE is blessed to have Father George Cerniglia, SM as a guest blogger this week. Father George is a New York City native, and attended a Marianist high school on Long Island. Most recently, he served as chaplain and rector at Chaminade University in Honolulu, Hawaii. He will soon be associate pastor at Our Lady of the Pillar parish and assisting with campus ministry at Chaminade College Preparatory School in St. Louis, Missouri.

When I first came to Hawaii eight years ago, I quickly learned to refrain from stereotypical judgment of the culture here. I discovered that long before the traders and missionaries came upon these islands, Hawaiians had evolved into a society that had its own spiritual values and practices. And before long, I saw how intertwined the Hawaiian culture and spirituality is with our Marianist charism.

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