With the opening Mass of the new school year, Chaminade Julienne enters into a joyful year of celebration commemorating its 160/125 anniversary year today, Wednesday, Sept. 8.
CJ celebrates 160 years of private Catholic secondary education in Dayton in the traditions of the Marianists, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and Sisters of Charity; and 125 years at its current location on Franklin and Ludlow Streets—demonstrating the school’s strong commitment to serving students from all areas of the Miami Valley.
“During this anniversary year, Chaminade Julienne is privileged to reflect on a Catholic educational tradition that reaches back over six generations—and one that is intrinsically woven into the fabric of Dayton. We remember and honor those priests, sisters and brothers who followed the mission of their religious orders to bring Catholic secondary education to families who had chosen this area to raise their families,” said Dan Meixner, CJ president.
“We also remember those who strengthened this mission through the years, and had the foresight to offer the best education of the time to students with changing needs over the decades. We take this occasion to rededicate ourselves to forging a bold future for our school, and continuing a tradition that is excellent in its educational experience, and one that supports students in discovering God’s calling in their lives,” he said.
In addition today’s kick-off, CJ is planning other celebratory events including an all-community open house on November 6; outreach and history awareness activities highlighted during Catholic Schools Week; and “Chaminade and Julie” days when students will have the opportunity to attend as an all girls’ school, and then an all boys’ school for one day. The school will also incorporate its tradition of service into its activities.
“In thanksgiving for the many blessings that our community has received, we ask our parents, alumni, faculty and staff members, and friends to join with our students in dedicating their volunteer hours this year in honor of this anniversary,” said Meixner. “The gifts of time and service is a natural extension of what we already do, and will be an exciting community offering at the conclusion of our celebratory year.”
Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School is jointly owned and sponsored by the Society of Mary and the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. The school draws families, from more than 50 zip codes, who seek an excellent Catholic education experience. Chaminade Julienne is located at 505 S. Ludlow St., Dayton, Ohio, three minutes north of the University of Dayton.