Throughout the month of November, an addition was seen in the CJ Chapel. An altar, decorated with flowers, skulls, and pictures was in place in honor of Dia de los Muertos.
For more than 25 years, the CJ community has spent the week before Thanksgiving thinking of others by participating in the national Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.
"The timing is nice because it is right before Thanksgiving and we can be thankful for our blessings," Director of Ministry & Service Kelli Kinnear said. "It can inspire us to give more."
The school's theme for this year's Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week is #bemercyCJ.
On October 21 and 22, more than 120 students and 16 faculty and staff members served in the greater Dayton community as part of Join Hands Miami Valley. The annual two-day service opportunity has been a CJ tradition for more than 25 years.
Eight students spent what they described as a life-changing week with more than 60 people from around the world as part of the Marianist LIFE Week at Mount Saint John.
“I gained a lot from my time at LIFE week, although most of which is very difficult or impossible to put into words,” said Andrew Buchanan ‘18. “I met a ton of new people who I became very close with and I am grateful to call them my family. I grew closer to God than ever before and grew closer to the other CJ kids who went with me.”
Incoming sophomores, juniors and seniors recently spent five days in Solsberry, Indiana to serve those in the community and to learn more about themselves as part of a mission trip at Solsberry Hill.
"I attended the same trip last year so I knew what to expect, but I also knew there were parts of myself that I hadn't discovered quite yet," shared Brianna Gavin '17. "I knew those parts of myself may be used to make improvements within the community to make it a better place."
The itinerary for the pilgrimage to Lourdes may not have gone exactly to plan, but organizers and students on the trip said their experience created life-long memories.
Students from schools including CJ, Alter, Carroll, Centerville, Fairborn, and Tipp City, college students and adults attended the pilgrimage to Lourdes, organized by the group 4Mary Inc., from June 4-13, 2016.
Thirteen students and three adults made the nearly 3,000 mile journey to Belize to serve at St. Jude Elementary School. During the mission trip, the group was asked to paint a bathroom building and a structure for hand washing at the school.
A Class of 2017 Senior Capstone Group is looking to put more animals in forever homes with their event, Paddle for Pups, on Thursday, June 16.
"My dad owns Adventures on the Great Miami and last summer, we started doing Doggie Paddle Days where people brought their dogs to go canoeing," Kayte Jackson '17 explained. "I talked to the Humane Society and they said this would be a great way to hold a fundraising and adoption event."