A Marianist Parish


Sunday Masses:

8:30 and 11:00 am

(513) 961-1945

Marianist Spirit

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.

Is Marian

-Guest Homilist from the Marianist Community –

 to learn about the Marianists.

Develops Community     

 -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.


Bro. William Halloway, S.M.

Bro. Will is the newest member of our Marianist Community.  He is a native of Cleveland OH, and one of seven children raised by a faith filled and loving family.  He has always had a devotion to Mary and during his years at St. Joseph High School and the University of Dayton, he continued that devotion, and made the decision to enter the Marianist as a teacher of Religion and German.  He made his first vows at Marcy, New York in 1966.  He received a Masters Degree  in German at Schiller College, Heidelberg Germany in 1976.  He taught at various Catholic high schools in the United States and in 1980 was sent to Chaminade Secondary School, Malawi, Africa.  He also taught at Nairobi, Kenya, Chaminade Training Center, Lusaka and Zambia Matero Boys School for a total of 18 years in Africa.  His work there led to his desire, upon returning to the States, to work with the poor in some capacity.  He became Director of St. Aloysious Hunger Center in Cleveland from 1999 to 2015 when it closed.  He is now working with Bro. Giancarlo at the Mary Magdalen House in Over The Rhine.  We welcome Bro. Will to St. Francis de Sales and look forward to seeing him at Mass and around the parish.


Bro. Peter Kiama Maina, S.M.

Bro. Kiami is from Krinyaga County, Central Kenya and took his final vows as a Marianist Brother on December 12, 1996.  He is the only son of George Maina and Jane Wangul, and has four sisters, Mary, Catherine, Eunice, and Lucy, all married.  He has worked in Street Children Rehabilitation and vocational training for youth, as well as assisting the needy in Nairobi to become independent.  Bro. Peter has traveled extensively to India, Bangladesh, the Ivory Coast, Togo, Haiti, Spain, Italy and France.  While living at St. Francis DeSales he will be working with Bro. Mike Murphy in assisting the men in the HELP Program.  He is also is very astute in computer training.


Bro. Mike Murphy, S.M.

Brother Mike was born in Omaha, NE on June 23, 1939.  He is the middle child of five siblings, an older brother and sister and two younger brothers.  Both parents are deceased.  His mother lived to be just over 100 years old.  He lost his two younger brothers,  John in the Vietnam War and Jim by a heart attack. His older sister still resides in Omaha and his older brother in Homer, Alaska.  Brother Mike attended St. Cecilia’s Grade School and graduated from St. Cecilia’s Cathedral High School in 1957.  After high school he worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for three years and then began college at Creighton University.  In 1961 he entered the Society of Mary (Marianist), and celebrated his 49th year as a Marianist this past summer (2011). After graduating from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio he received assignments at High Schools in Fort Worth, Texas and St. Louis Missouri.  Other assignments included Director of the Marianist Retreat Center in Eureka Missouri and Director of the Marianist Vocation Office in St. Louis.  After receiving a Masters Degree in Counseling he was assigned as Guidance Counselor at St. John’s Home for Boys in New York City.  During his time in New York he was given the opportunity to teach and work in formation of Marianist Candidates in India for three months every year.  In 1993 Brother Mike was assigned to India where he would serve for the next twelve years.  In 2005 Brother Mike returned to the United States to begin a new ministry.  He was assigned to Over the Rhine in Cincinnati, one of “Most Dangerous Neighborhoods” in the United States.  Brother Mike says, “Obviously it is dangerous if you just look at the violence that surfaces and the drug activity.  On the other hand, I did not want fear to guide my ministry.  I want the gospel to guide my ministry and my relationship with my neighbors.  When you are seen as a person who wants to be of service – that becomes the game changer.  The things that I focus on come from the belief that God is in charge and doing this work, not me.”   Over the past three years, Brother Mike has been teaming up with other organizations and NGOs, such as AMOS, CIRV and OJPC, to advance the cause of those struggling to find relevant employment.


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.









Saint Francis de Sales Parish | 1600 Madison Road | Cincinnati, OH 45206

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