Volunteering is at the heart of CJ students. Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors have to meet service hour requirements through their religion classes, while seniors complete their service requirement through their Senior Capstone Project.
On Friday, September 18, members of the Class of 2017 met with nearly 20 local agencies to discuss potential volunteering opportunities during a Service Fair. During their junior year, a student is required to volunteer at least 25 hours.
LIFE - Living In Faith Experiences, is something many CJ students already embody. New this year, students are invited to experience MLC - Marianist LIFE Community.
"It's a way to build community, to share in fellowship and grow in faith," explained moderator Jama Badinghaus.
Food deserts, the influence of social media on children, gun violence and more are just some of the social justice issues members of the Class of 2016 are researching and exploring how to make a difference with their Senior Capstone Projects.
On Wednesday, September 9, seniors met with their mentors about their projects.
The CJ community welcomes Fr. Jim Mueller as the school chaplain for the 2015-2016 school year.
Fr. Mueller hails from San Antonio, where he attended Central Catholic Marianist High School. He is the second youngest of seven children and has 36 nieces and nephews. While growing up, Fr. Mueller said his father, who was a physician, would take care of the brothers, giving Fr. Mueller his first exposure to the Marianists.
Update- August 24, 2015: To date, the Got Veggies? group has donated more than 5,500 pounds of produce to Catholic Social Services. According to the group's Facebook page, even though they have well surpassed their original goal, the students want to continue their mission of bringing local produce to CSS throughout the school year. To contribute to the group, you can e-mail them here.
Living simply is not something many high school students are used to in this modern age. But 14 CJ students, along with 14 students from Moeller High School in Cincinnati, chose to do just that for nearly a week as part of a rural plunge experience.
The group traveled to the Solsberry Hill Retreat Center in Solsberry, Indiana to participate in several service projects.
In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus talked about being positive agents of change for our world referencing the salt and light. During the week of June 21, a group of CJ students used that teaching as a foundation for their mission trip to Euclid, Ohio, near Cleveland.
For the fifth year in a row, a small group of CJ upperclassmen and adult chaperones spent a week in Belize working and learning from the local community and deepening their own faith.
The journey began on June 7 with the mission in mind to build a cafeteria for Belizean students at Cotton Tree School. The principal told the group that students previously had to sit on the floor of verandahs to eat their lunch.
After arriving safely in Belize, the group noticed only three bags of their luggage made it to the airport.
The window in the Welcome Center has a different look this month. That's because during May, six statues of Mary are on display as well as fresh flowers. The presentation is in honor of the devotion this month to Mary.
According to the International Marian Research Institute at the University of Dayton, "the roots of the May devotion reach back to a Marian custom determined by devotion to the Passion, to honoring the Cross, and to prayers for good weather."