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'Tis The Season!

During the holidays members of the CJ community, like members of most families, look forward to sharing in special Christmas traditions, many of which are aimed at helping others.

Here are just a few examples of how students, faculty and staff are spreading the Christmas spirit this season.

Marian Library Nativities on Display

Walk from classroom to classroom during the Advent season at CJ and you'll have the opportunity to see how people of differing worldviews visually interpret the birth of Christ.

Eight unique cultural 3-D depictions of the Nativity scene are now on display throughout areas of the CJ school building. Displays are on loan from the University of Dayton’s renowned Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute collection, which holds the largest number of artifacts devoted to Mary including nearly 3,000 Nativities.

Hunger Banquet Demonstrates Disparities

Students at CJ’s Oxfam Hunger Banquet this fall had an opportunity to experience the pangs of real world disparities that exist between those born into prosperity and poverty in our global society.

Sixty participants, mostly students, arrived to the cafeteria on the evening of Nov. 19 expecting dinner. And a majority of those folks -- like the majority of the world’s population -- were left feeling hungry.

Mapping Out Join Hands Miami Valley

For over 20 years, members of the Chaminade Julienne community have partnered with the United Way of Greater Dayton during one fall weekend, volunteering at various organizations and community agencies in recognition of Join Hands Miami Valley (JHMV) -- a local celebration of National Make A Difference Day.

This year, more than 140 CJ students and 14 faculty & staff members took time Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 25-26 to volunteer at 13 different service sites in greater Dayton.

Students Lap Up Leadership Seminars

October has kept students of the Chaminade Julienne community immersed in leadership activities.

This month students had the privilege of attending the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Student Leadership Conference and the Anthony Muñoz Youth Leadership Seminar. Both provided excellent opportunities for students to grow in community with peers from different high schools while simultaneously honing their own personal leadership characteristics.

Students Fight Hunger with Ohio First Lady

This fall, Chaminade Julienne students were invited to join Ohio First Lady Mrs. Karen W. Kasich at The Foodbank where they worked side-by-side to fight childhood hunger.

The afternoon service project helped raise awareness for the FeedOhio campaign, an initiative aimed at bolstering support for the state’s 12 regional food banks. The campaign, which began Aug. 24 and ended Sept. 11, was responsible for donations totaling more than 6,000 pounds, or enough to feed 4,813 individuals at pantries in the Miami Valley.

2nd Pancakes to Pantry Breakfast

In the Marianist tradition of family spirit, the Grand Walkers Lay Marianist Community in conjunction with the Queen of the Apostles Social Justice Committee will host the 2nd annual Pancakes to Pantry breakfast on Sunday, Sept. 29 to support Chaminade Julienne’s student food pantry.

The event, held from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Si Lounge at Mt. St. John (directions), is open to the CJ community. Last year, $1,000 was raised to provide food and drink for students who, on any given day, may need something extra to supplement their lunch.

CJ Community Celebrates Eucharist Together

Fr. Matt Robben has a message he’d like all members of the CJ community -- parents, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends -- to hear: “Come join us to celebrate the Eucharist.”

In his second year as chaplain at CJ, Fr. Matt is once again encouraging all to deepen their faith together at monthly all-school Mass in Emmanuel Catholic Church and at daily Mass in the Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Chapel located in CJ’s annex building.

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