Spirit of Sr. Stang Shines Through at CJ

For the third consecutive school year, a member of the Chaminade Julienne community was recognized by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for living out the legacy of one of its own.

Guidance counselor Susan Eichenauer was named one of 10 recipients of the 2012 Spirit of Sister Dorothy Stang Award. The award is given to Catholic faculty members, parish lay ministers, and graduating high school seniors who work to advance social justice by demonstrating the values of Sr. Stang, SNDdeN, a 1949 graduate of Julienne High School.

Pam Long, regional director of the Catholic Social Action office, presented the award to Eichenauer on stage at the CJ Honors Assembly on May 16, 2012 (pictured). Past winners have included last year’s recipient Mick Mominee, CJ religion teacher, and Cora Harrison ’10, who was part of the inaugural group of recipients in 2010.

“Susan has participated in two summer mission trips to Belize and in this time has truly embraced an effort to improve the lives of the native people there and, perhaps more importantly, to educate people in the United States of the needs that exist in that country,” wrote Jama Badinghaus, fellow CJ guidance counselor, in her nomination letter.

In addition to chaperoning CJ summer mission trips, Eichenauer – a 12-year staff member – has been extremely active in encouraging students to seek out social justice in her role as moderator of the school’s Key Club.

“Key Club continues to raise money to help support education initiatives in Belize and to provide needed supplies when groups return,” Badinghaus wrote.

During the 2011-12 school year, Eichenauer embodied the spirit of Sr. Stang in her commitment to raise awareness about human trafficking, the topic of the Senior Justice Project and focus of the 2012 Sr. Stang Symposium. (To learn more about these efforts, search “human trafficking” at cjeagles.org).

“Whether on a global or an individual level, Susan embraces every person with a sense of dignity and respect,” outlined Badinghaus. “She understands the interconnectedness of all human beings, and she continually provides an example of how to love as Jesus loved in word and deed.”