One day before the 12th anniversary of her martyrdom, Sr. Dorothy Stang ‘49, SNDdeN, will be honored and remembered through the national touring opera, Angel of the Amazon.
With a blessing from members of the Chaminade Julienne and Carroll High School communities during a Mass in the CJ Chapel, students, faculty and staff from each school embarked to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 26.
“I have always wanted to go on the March for Life trip but never had the opportunity,” said Nate Reuter ‘17. “Fortunately, I got to go last year, however we didn't get to march due to the inclement weather so this year was the first time that I actually marched.”
Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service describes the foundation of Catholic schools. It also serves as the theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, January 29 through Saturday, February 4.
"We are blessed to be part of community that has strong academics, commitment to faith and service, and this week is an opportunity to celebrate those blessings," said Director of Ministry & Service Kelli Kinnear.
At CJ, the school is celebrating Catholic Schools Week in several ways throughout the week:
Throughout the week of January 17, the Senior Capstone Group of Kayla Chumack, Brianna Gavin, Caroline Nevius, Hannah Schwager and Lydia Stamper held a Mental Health/Depression Awareness Week at CJ.
“There are so many teens who feel they are all alone with their mental illness and I wanted to show them that they are not alone,” shared Gavin.
Chumack agreed, “I don't want anyone to feel alone and I want them to know even the small things count, even the small wins are something we should appreciate.”
Each day throughout the week had its own theme:
Students stepped into the reality of thousands of refugees when the Senior Capstone Group of Phil Hawthorn, Noah Meyer, Spencer Mullins and Jacob Troutwine hosted a refugee camp simulation for freshmen.
"We want to do it as a way to advocate for the refugees more than just working with them and as a way to get kids in our school interested," said Meyer.
The weather may have been chilly outside, but the spirits and hearts were warm inside of those who attended the public dedication of the Sr. Dorothy Stang '49, SNDdeN, Ohio Historical Marker on Monday, December 12.
A Marianist icon that was commissioned in honor of the order's bicentennial and being taken to Marianist communities around the world was on display at Chaminade Julienne on Thursday, December 8. The icon's visit correlated with the school's celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
"CJ has been a really influential part of my life and I've had a lot of opportunities that if I hadn't gone to CJ, I wouldn't of had otherwise."
Sarah Hartley '18 was one of the dozens of students who shared that sentiment with benefactors during the annual scholarship breakfast on November 18.
"I've had a lot of faith development and gotten to go on mission trips and retreats," Hartley reflected. "With the academics and athletics too, it's really helped shaped me into the person I am."
Throughout the month of November, an addition was seen in the CJ Chapel. An altar, decorated with flowers, skulls, and pictures was in place in honor of Dia de los Muertos.
For more than 25 years, the CJ community has spent the week before Thanksgiving thinking of others by participating in the national Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.
"The timing is nice because it is right before Thanksgiving and we can be thankful for our blessings," Director of Ministry & Service Kelli Kinnear said. "It can inspire us to give more."
The school's theme for this year's Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week is #bemercyCJ.