As a Catholic School, CJ will join in the national and local celebration of Catholic Schools Week, taking the opportunity to reflect on the gifts such a heritage provides. Events will include Founder’s Trivia, 3:00 p.m. prayer with Alter, Carroll, and Fenwick, reflections by faculty and students on their CJ experience, and more.
Catholic schools were pioneered by vowed religious and religious congregations across the country. At Chaminade Julienne, we can thank the the school's sponsoring orders for shaping the mission of Chaminade Julienne, a strong tradition we enjoy today.
“We celebrate our school being founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and Marianist Brothers," said Kelli Kinnear, director of ministry and service. "This week, we have the opportunity to celebrate the unique heritage of our Catholic School. It also gives us a chance to celebrate all the wonderful opportunities we have as catholic schools,”
Earlier in the month, Dan Meixner, president, served as a co-host on the live broadcast of “Francesca and Friends,” a weekly radio program featured Tuesday at noon on Radio Maria. He spoke about the quality of Catholic education in the Dayton area, how Catholic Schools Weeks recognizes the dedication Catholic educators have to their students and ministry, and the unique opportunities students have in living out Catholic values as students of Chaminade Julienne.
“This week provides us with an opportunity to shine a light on catholic schools and those who minister in Catholic schools,” Meixner said. “We’re blessed to have ministers of the church who believe that through the teaching of their subject they’re helping young people discover how God is calling each of them, individually, to serve this world, to serve His people in the world.”
During the interview [listen here], he also and spoke about the quality and changing models of Catholic education in the Dayton region and recognized the effort of our Archdiocese’s effort to grow and expand Catholic education through the “Lighting the Way” initiative.
There will be several activities throughout the week to celebrate our Catholic heritage, including:
- Daily trivia questions relating to Marianists or Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. Clues will guide students to areas of the building, where they may find Chaminade dolls or sunflowers. If a student finds two Chaminade dolls plus two sunflowers and return them to Ministry and Service, they get a prize!
- Daily afternoon reflections by teachers, staff and students on their decision to be part of the CJ community
- Mon., Jan. 26: CJ, Alter, Carroll, and Fenwick will show a sign of unity when they share in 3:00 prayer
- Tues., Jan 27: Students and faculty are invited to wear Catholic grade school, high school, or college shirts/sweatshirts with uniform pants/shorts.
- Wed., Jan. 28: All are welcome to attend the all-school school liturgy in Emmanuel, beginning at 10 a.m. To celebrate our heritage, Fr. Chris Wittman, S.M. will concelebrate with Fr. Matt. After the Eucharist, Sr. Nicole will reflect on what it means to be a part of the Marianist Family, as well as the meaning of Pope Francis' declaration that 2015 is the Year of the Consecrated Life.
- Wed., Jan 28: Seven students will join Charlie Szabo in attending the Dayton area Catholic Schools Week Mass at Immaculate Conception, where Archbishop Schnurr will preside.
- Fri. Jan. 30: A spirit day and pep rally will celebrate winter activities and athletes
- Fri. Jan 30: Celebrate the conclusion of Catholic Schools Week while ice skating with the Marianist LIFE community! For $5 at Riverscape MetroPark, students can skate 4-6p.m. The cost includes admission, skate rental, and hot chocolate. Students can sign up for transportation to the park in Ministry Service by Jan. 28, but need to get their own ride home.