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."
May Crowning also happens during this month, a tradition which holds fond memories for religion teacher, Karen Emmerich.
"It was a very important time," said Emmerich. "The entire community came to May Crowning."
Director of Guidance, Charlene Wheeler '65, said she also remembers May Crowning from her childhood. She said while having a conversation with her sodality group, they began talking about May Crowning and honoring Mary during the month of May.
"For a school that is founded by both the Marianists and the Sisters honoring our Lady, it felt right to bring it back," said Wheeler. "This month is to show that this is an important time to remember our blessed Mother."
Teacher Angela Ruffolo lent one of her statues to be on the display. The other five statues were borrowed from UD's Marian Library at the Research Institute.
"The variety is amazing; they have so many from all over the world," said Emmerich about the diverse selection of statues at UD's Library.
"I think all of us have a vision of Mary, of what she looks like," said Ceyrah Feeney '15. "It's cool to see how different cultures see Her and then our perspective may change a little bit."
Wheeler and Emmerich both said this a tradition they hope will continue at CJ for years to come.
"It would be awesome to keep this going," said Emmerich. "There are so many resources at the Marian Library that we have the opportunity to continue to collaborate."