It was a dream more than 10 years ago by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN) to bring solar panels to Africa to create electricity, provide internet communication and access to clean water. That dream has since become a reality in several parts of the continent, and now, the Sisters are training to become experts in how to repair solar panels used overseas. Two senior capstone groups are hoping they can assist the Sisters with their goal as part of their senior capstone projects.
The cutting of scissors could be heard as dozens of students divided material to make blankets after school earlier this month. The blankets weren't going home with the CJ students, they were being made for students in preschool and kindergarten classes at Ethel M. Taylor Academy in Cincinnati.
The project was initiated by Brooke Cartone, Ellie Cronin, Manisha Kullar, Allison Huffman, and Lauren Peltier's Senior Capstone group.
This Christmas season, four crèches from around the world were placed in the offices of Marianist Hall and in the chapel. The crèches are on loan from the Marianist Library at the University of Dayton.
On Thursday, December 3, the Chaminade Julienne school community, along with representatives from the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, gathered to commemorate and celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Sisters’ arrival in the U.S. The celebration also served as the unveiling of the Sr. Dorothy Stang '49, SNDdeN Ohio Historical Marker.
"The marker will be a great addition to the city and community," said Sr. Judi Clemens '58, SNDdeN.
Dozens of balloons, popping in succession, could be heard from the Mary, Our Lady of Victory Gym recently. Inside each busted balloon was a positive message for the sophomore girl who did the popping. This activity was done through a Senior Capstone group, with the focus on growing female relationships within CJ.
It's a competition, where everyone, especially those in need, win.
The CJ Hunger Games II: The Fight To End Hunger and Homelessness, will be held Monday, November 16 through Monday, November 23. This year, the week has a theme modeled off "The Hunger Games" movie franchise.
"It's been a couple years since we did a 'Hunger Games' theme," said Jenna Mathile '16. "People had a lot of fun and it got them excited about the week."
The week also correlates with Pope Francis' call to end hunger by 2025.
For two days, CJ students will be “joining hands” with others in the Dayton area, volunteering at service sites.
Join Hands Miami Valley is the area celebration of National Make a Difference Day, which is held near the end of October each year. This year's Join Hands Miami Valley is taking place October 23 and October 24.
"You are listening to Radio Maria, a Christian voice in your home. We are joining you live from Dayton, Ohio at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School."
On the fourth Monday of each month, you can hear Mary Pyper '76 say those words before students and faculty pray the Rosary during the Radio Maria program. The group broadcasts live from the St. Mary Conference room in Marianist Hall.
"Today I am being voiceless to represent the fact that aborted babies don't have a voice."
Clara Mussin-Phillips '17 joined dozens of other CJ students by participating in the national Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity on Tuesday, October 20. This was the 11th year for the national campaign. Eagles for Life moderator Karen Emmerich said this is the third year CJ students have participated in the movement.
Three seniors took action at the beginning of the school year to help ensure healthy food would be available for those in need through current national nutritional programs. For their effort, Kat Dranchak '16, Amanda Draeger '16 and Michaela Linehan '16 will be recognized during the Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley 2015 Speaker Series Event: Having Faith, Ending Hunger with Rev. David Beckmann.