Three seniors took action at the beginning of the school year to help ensure healthy food would be available for those in need through current national nutritional programs. For their effort, Kat Dranchak '16, Amanda Draeger '16 and Michaela Linehan '16 will be recognized during the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley 2015 Speaker Series Event: Having Faith, Ending Hunger with Rev. David Beckmann.
#MarianistsinAction is more than a fun way to connect with others on social media. The hashtag represents the call to take time building community, and engaging in service, during the week of October 4 - 11. The final day of the week also marks the Marianist World Day of Prayer.
The CJ Marianist Life Community (MLC) is holding a rally and Mass on Saturday, October 10 in conjunction with the action.
Most families in America use more than 300 gallons of water per day, per home, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The bureau also states that around 70% of that water usage occurs indoors.
For those who live in underdeveloped countries, these same statistics are not a possibility.
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.