Brother Marius Grone, O.S.F.

BROTHER MARIUS GRONE, O.S.F., was the eldest son of Lea and Veronica (nee Ulrich) Grone (both deceased). He was born on a farm in the Ger-man-American community of Delphos, Ohio where he attended the parish elementary and high school of St. John the Evangelist conducted by the Cosefield Germany Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame. After graduation he completed two years of college at the University of Dayton, where he came under the influence of the Society of Mary (Marianists). I In the summer of 1954, he began his Novitiate with the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn in Wyandanch. feM. I He assisted in the Principal's Office at Our Lady of Lourdes School until the beginning of his canonical year. After professing temporary vows on January 20, 1957, he spent three and a half years teaching at St. Brigid's School, Ridgewood. He professed per¬petual vows on January 20, 1960 and spent the next four years teaching Science at Saint Francis Prepara¬tory High School, during which time he completed the requirements for a permanent state certificate for teaching General Science and Biology. He also completed the B.S. degree in Science Education from Ford¬ham University. In the next two years, while continuing his teaching of Biology, he completed his Masters Degree from New York University. At the same time he was appointed as a member of the Brooklyn Diocesan Science Council and supervised student science club research projects. He then completed the requirements for a second Masters Degree in Botany from St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota while pursuing many in-service Biology courses offered by the National Science Foundation. He spent the next four years teaching Biology and college credit courses at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn. Brother Marius next took research classes at St. Louis University and the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and at Marquette University. These classes focused on Radiation Biology and a summer of cancer research at Roswell Park Memorial International Institute in Buffalo, New York. A summary of his research was published in the Journal of Experimental Surgery. Brother Marius' last Community Assignment was to Saint Anthony's High School where he served as Biology Lab Technician as well as moderator of the school newspaper. Brother Marius has also served as a member of an N.G.O. (Non-Government Organization) to the United Nations, entitle "Franciscans International." Brother Marius was a noted and well travelled individual, having participated in 16 Pilgrimages to the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France as well having a semi-private Papal audience with the late Pope John Paul II. Stating that he had set foot on all the continents except Antarctica summed up his many other travels. Genealogy had always been a special avocation, having spent several summers gathering Family History in Germany. Since December 2003, Brother had taken up residence at Maria Regina Health Facility in Brentwood, Long Island while continuing to serve as the Spiritual Assistant for the Secular Franciscan Fraternity, until his health declined in recent years. Brother Marius passed on to his eternal reward on March 22, 2011. May he rest in peace. Amen.