November 2017

Building 3 Renovations Complete and Lift Off for "What’s Next?"

Renovations to CJ’s Building 3 — the three-floor area connected to Marianist Hall along Franklin Street — will be complete by Monday, December 4. Renovations to the 18 classroom building were announced at the end of the 2016-2017 school year. Improvements including new heating and cooling systems, new electrical and plumbing systems, ceilings and flooring were part of this project.

While the third floor of Building 3 was opened at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year, the nine total classrooms on the first and second floors will now be available for use.

“I’m super excited because we can get settled in quickly,” shared teacher Angela Ruffolo, who will be in one of the new renovated rooms. “I also love Christmas so I’ll be able to decorate my room for Christmas. To also get back in a regular flow of things will bring normalcy to the building.”

The completion of Building 3 was ahead of schedule, which was welcomed news to students.

“The completion of Building 3 is tremendous because we get to now use those classrooms,” said Jake Jagels ‘18. “It’s nice that we’ll have a new, renovated room.”

So what’s next for CJ?

Beginning this week, construction will start on an elevator to connect the school’s first and second floors in Building 1 near the cafeteria and gymnasium. The elevator will be located next to the entryway at the corner of Franklin and South Ludlow Streets. This project is made possible in thanks to the generosity of several benefactors who have been working with the school’s development team.

“Our community has long wanted to make our second floor that contains our gym and our auditorium - the locations for countless basketball and volleyball games, concerts and musicals - accessible for all members of the school community, even those with mobility challenges,” said Dan Meixner ‘84, president. This elevator makes these public spaces accessible, and gives students recovering from injuries easier access to their classrooms upstairs. CJ is recognized as a place of welcome - and this elevator allows us to bring even greater life to our mission.”

In addition to giving easier access to the second floor to guests of CJ with limited mobility, students were excited about the opportunities the elevator will provide for during the school day.

“We won’t have to switch classrooms for those who are injured and I’m excited for those who get to use it,” shared Sally Shephard ‘18.

J’Lanaye Simon ‘19 agreed, “It’s going to help kids who are injured and I’m excited we will have an elevator now.”

Access to the school’s stairwell near the elevator and the doors to Ludlow Street will be inaccessible during the construction. The elevator project is expected to be complete in the spring 2018, with hopes to be finished by the school’s spring musical production, Once on This Island, March 16-17.

Posted November 29, 2017

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Students Grow in Their Faith at NCYC

Every two years, high school students from around the nation gather for the National Catholic Youth Conference. This year, students and adult leaders from CJ attended this conference, which was held from November 16-18.

“When I signed up for NCYC I really had no idea what to expect,” shared Mikayla Jette ‘21. “I knew it was a faith conference for teens but that was about it. I wanted to grow in my faith and to have a stronger relationship with God. My relationship with God was hitting some rough patches and I was hoping that I would find a way to overcome these struggles I had been facing. I was also hoping to get to know some of the other teens that were at the conference from all over the country. I hoped to gain a better understanding of my faith and why it is so important.”

“I didn't have any expectations for NCYC but I was met with 25,000 youth who shared in the experience of being in community and listening to speakers, singing and dancing to live music, praying, and growing together,” reflected Andrew Buchanan ‘18.

During the conference, students chose different spiritual offerings to experience including Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, and the Rosary in addition to service and recreational activities.

“These were in addition to a full menu of world class Catholic speakers who gave talks on a variety of youth faith-based topics,” teacher Tim O’Loughlin noted. 

“My favorite part was Adoration,” Peyton Wade ‘19 shared. “I was overwhelmed with all my mistakes and I felt a sense of God saying that it was OK and I could feel him holding me. It was also cool because it was in a stadium of 25,000 people. Everyone was silent.”

“I loved a lot about NCYC, but I really enjoyed all of the breakout sessions and the speakers who talked,” Jette said. “God walked with me as I decided which sessions I should go to. The ones I attended really impacted my faith. They talked about our calling in life and what God's plan is for each of us. This was something that I had been struggling with in my faith. The guest speakers talked about their callings. These sessions opened my eyes. I learned that I need to have full trust and faith in God and that I will learn what I am meant to do when the time is right. I have always had a hard time talking to God and praying with Him. I would listen for him to talk to me but never heard anything. I thought that I just wasn't as important as other people that needed God. I thought I was praying wrong. But at NCYC I heard God speak to me. He was inviting me to say YES to his plan. He reminded me that I will find out what my calling is in time, but that I just need to trust in Him and everything will be okay.”

O’Loughlin added, “No two people have the exact same relationship with Christ. Similarly, I think our students came to NCYC in different places and with different needs and expectations. Not surprisingly then, I think they left with vastly different NCYC experiences. The Lord always shows up, but He shows up in different ways for different people. Some experiences were profound and powerful while others were light and joyful. If our youth were able to take even one small step forward in their faith life, then our goal was accomplished.

“We simply want to offer students different ways to encounter Christ and move with Him in their faith lives,” O’Loughlin continued. “NCYC is just one of many things we offer students with that goal in mind. NCYC is a unique, however, because our students are able to explore and express their faith with 25,000 other young Catholics. The NCYC environment allows kids to be bolder in their faith exploration and expression than maybe they would at home or in school. They are able to step outside their faith comfort zone without fear of being judged perhaps by peers who have not made their faith life a priority.”

When reflecting on the entire NCYC experience, Buchanan shared, “NCYC is a lot more than just music and prayer.  Most of the time is spent in a large area where a wide variety of booths are set up with artists, priests, religious groups, colleges, games, etc... You can talk with people from all over the country and trade things that then you can take home to remember your experience. If you are thinking about going in 2019, do it!  It is an absolutely amazing experience.”

Wade agreed, “I really encourage going to it — it was completely amazing.”

“NCYC has majorly changed my faith,” Jette added. “At this conference I experienced God in many ways that I never had before. God comes into our lives in different ways. At NCYC I heard him talk to me about my calling. God calls all of us to say, ‘Yes’ to His plan. We may not know what that plan is, but we have to trust God and know that we will find out what we are called to do when He is ready for us to fulfill His plan. I loved the opportunity I was given to grow and get a better understanding of my faith through this experience.”

Posted November 27, 2017

2017 Fall Sports Season in Review

Eagle athletes had a spectacular fall season with teams thriving in the playoffs and students and coaches earning honors. Learn more about each team's season below:

Men's Cross Country

The men's cross country finished fifth out of eight schools in the GCL. At the Southwest District meet, the team finished 12th overall out of 28 schools.

"This was a rebuilding season for men's cross country," said head coach Ken Spitzig. "It was a learning type of a year for many of our kids. This year's team was the largest men's team in the school history. We had 26 athletes and 13 of them had never run cross country before. For me, it was an exciting year with the numbers we had and getting to work with the tremendous kids that were involved in our program. We only graduated two seniors this season. It will be interesting and exciting to see how much our kids grow and improve for next season."

Women's Cross Country

Season highlights for the women's cross country team included a third place finish at the GCL Championships, first place finish at the Brookville Invitational (which included running up a division in the large school race) and advancing a CJ women's cross country runner to the regional championship for a second straight year. 

"It was a really great season for the team," said head coach Dan Eiser. "We lost a lot of talent in last year's senior class so we were unsure what we would get coming back. This team far exceeded all of their coaches' expectations and despite our youth, performed admirably. I couldn't have asked for a better group to coach in my first season in charge. We had a great season let by a lot of young talented runners. We return almost our entire top 10 from this season losing only one senior from varsity. We will return the two fastest finishers from the GCL Championships. This year was a learning experience, and one that sets us up for a good run in the next couple of seasons. Look out for CJXC as we will be poised to compete with the best teams in the area and state over the next couple years."

Post-Season Honors
All-GCL First Team
Carolyn Marshall
Madison Meixner

Football

Record: 9-4 (6-1 GCL record)
"We opened our season against two really tough opponents," shared head coach Marcus Colvin. "Marion Local is the favorite to win the Division VI title again and Miamisburg is a big division school. Week 4 versus Fenwick was a turning point in the season. Defeating a tough GCL opponent gave us the confidence we would need to go on our seven-game win streak. Even though we lost our week 10 game, we were able to rebound and provide our community a special moment by defeating Alter, 49-28, in the first round of the playoffs. This team had magic at the end of the season, and the community helped the team ride to the regional final."

Post-Season Honors:
GCL Offensive Player of the Year: Ryan Peltier
GCL Coach of the Year: Marcus Colvin

All-GCL First Team
John Bell
Shane Cokes   
Elijah Cochran
Isaiah Haywood
Keshaun Owens
Ryan Peltier  
Rocky Stark

All-GCL Second Team
Zach Bridgett  
Chris Buchanan
Noah Burneka
Colin Downing  
Brendan Kadel
Matthew Willis  

Division III All-Southwest Ohio First Team
Shane Cokes
Keshaun Owens
Ryan Peltier

Division III All-Southwest Ohio Second Team
Isaiah Haywood

Division III All-Southwest Ohio Honorable Mention
John Bell
Elijah Cochran

Men's Golf

The men's golf team, under new head coach Larry Herrmann, finished fourth in the GCL.  A highlight of their season was winning the Ridge Classic on August 11.

Post-Season Honors
All-GCL Second Team
Andrew Detmer

Women's Golf

The women's golf team was also under new leadership this season with head coach, Todd Shuttleworth, guiding the team to the most wins in a season (40). The team finished first in the Diana Schwab and Cincinnati Country Day tournaments. In the post-season, the team took back the title of GCL champions and finished as district champions as well. The Eagles placed ninth overall in the state tournament.  

Post-Season Honors
GCL Coach of the Year: Todd Shuttleworth

All-GCL First Team
Aryana Sutton
Blake Wogoman

Men's Soccer

Record: 9-6-4
The men's soccer team had big wins against Roger Bacon, Wayne, and Oakwood this season.

"We had a great 4-2 win against Wyoming, which was ranked #4 in the state," said head coach Alex VanderSluijs. "We also had an amazing overtime win in the second round of the tournament on a golden goal in overtime."

The season was capped off by a tough 1-0 loss in the district semi-finals to Tippecanoe.

"This season makes the third straight winning season for CJ men's soccer," VanderSluijs added. "The schedule we played was one of the toughest in recent history."

Post-Season Honors
All-GCL First Team
Emery Monnig
Yusef Muqtadir

All-GCL Second Team
Ian Carmody
Logan Jennings

Women's Soccer

Record 7-10-1
The women's soccer team finished third in the GCL North. A highlight of their season was winning at Mercy, 1-0. The team also won their first game in the post-season tournament.

"We had great senior leadership including our three captains, Kiara DiLoreto, Jasmine Hughes and Emsley Spees," head coach Roy Craig said. "We also had a disappointing injury to one of our central defenders (Cayley Saunders) in the first third of the season."

Post-Season Honors 
All-GCL First Team
Jasmine Hughes
Emsley Spees

All-GCL Second Team
Erin McGraw
Alexis Nelson

All-Dayton South First Team
Jasmine Hughes

All-Dayton South Second Team
Erin McGraw

All-Dayton South Third Team
Kierstin Saunders
Emsley Spees

Women's Tennis

Record: 14-6
The women's tennis team was ranked second in the area, Division II, and ranked 10th in state throughout the season. The team also held onto their reign as GCL champions. In the post-season tournament, Lanie Sorg (singles) lost her first match at districts and Olivia Boch and Lydia Bice (doubles) advanced to the second round.

Post-Season Honors
GCL Athlete of the Year: Olivia Boch
GCL Coach of the Year: Jim Brooks

All-GCL First Team
Olivia Boch (1st singles)
Lydia Bice (2nd singles)
Lanie Song (3rd singles)

All-GCL Second Team
Morgan Summons and Carly Fugett (1st doubles)

All-Area First Team
Lydia Bice (singles)
Olivia Boch (singles)
Morgan Summons and Carly Fugett (doubles)

All-Area Second Team
Lanie Sorg (singles)

All-Area Honorable Mention
Esther Labya and Valerie Dranchak (doubles)

Women's Volleyball

Record: 9-13
The women's volleyball team finished third overall in the GCL North and had a tough loss in the first round of their post-season tournament. The team had big wins this season including against Oakwood in five sets, Butler in five sets, and at Carroll. 

Post-Season Honors
All-GCL First Team
Emma Schaefer

All-GCL Second Team
Lydia Metallinos
Ayanna Williams

All-District 15 Second Team
Emma Schaefer

All-District 15 Honorable Mention
Lydia Metallinos
Ayanna Williams

Posted November 22, 2017

 

Students Share Thanks at Scholarship Breakfast

Students shared their thanks to supporters at they came together on Friday, November 17 for the Annual Scholarship Breakfast.

"It  was strategically scheduled for the Thanksgiving season because our students are so thankful for the generosity of the scholarship donors. It just makes sense!," shared Ann Szabo '72, Alumni Relations Coordinator.

Around 100 CJ students and supporters, many of whom were alumni, came to the breakfast to learn more about each other. That included Maddie Strickland '19 and Mike Raiff '79. 

Strickland, who attended St. Brigid Elementary School, said she wanted to attend CJ and having a scholarship helped make that possible.

"It definitely helps out a lot and I appreciate it," Strickland shared.

Raiff's father, Jerry '55, established a scholarship for students  who are community builders, committed to service and demonstrate school spirit. Jerry passed away earlier this year, and it was Mike's first time attending the scholarship breakfast.

"I know that's what my father always wanted," Mike said. "Aside from taking care of his family, CJ was always number one - it was his love and passion."

"We've learned that the donors are so happy to meet the students who are benefiting from their generosity and learn all about them," Szabo reflected. "It confirms their financial decision to support their scholarships and gives the students an opportunity to see that 'real' people are supporting their education here at CJ. While some of our donors are alums, there are many who are not and the breakfast gives them a chance to be in the school and see all the great things going on here!."

Learn more about CJ scholarships here.

Posted November 22, 2017

Eagles Softball Under New Leadership

After securing another strong, successful season for Eagles' women's golf, Coach Todd Shuttleworth will look to do the same with the softball team. Shuttleworth was announced as the new head coach for the Eagles softball team on Monday, November 20.

"I am glad to be able to become more involved with the CJ community by coaching another sport.," Shuttleworth shared.

Most recently, Shuttleworth was the head softball coach at Greenon High School. Shuttleworth has 20 years of coaching additional sports including tennis and basketball.

Last year, the Eagles softball team was 12-8 and earned the title of GCL North Champs for a second year in a row. In addition to big wins against Alter and Carroll, the team made it to the second round of the tournament.

Shuttleworth is bringing on Nikki Northern '13 as an assistant coach. Northern played for the Eagles softball team and her sister, Natalie '18, is on the current team.

"We hope to be able to be successful as a team this year and to have some fun all the way." Shuttleworth added.

Students interested in playing softball are encouraged to reach out to Coach Shuttleworth at rshuttleworth@cjeagles.org for information about practices.

Posted November 20, 2017

CJ Named Dayton Business Journal's Business of the Year

UPDATE: During the Dayton Business Journal's Business of the Year celebration, CJ was named the not-for-profit Business of the Year and was honored as the overall Business of the Year based upon the highest vote total from the event’s judges. Pictures from the celebration can be seen below including Jake Jagels '18 accepting the school's not-for-profit Business of the Year award.

  • Read Dayton Business Journal's article about the Business of the Year celebration here.
  • Watch Dan Meixner '84 share a special message to the CJ community on the school's Alumni Facebook page.
  • Read the acceptance speech for the not-for-profit Business of the Year award given by Jake Jagels.

Congratulations, Eagles!


Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School was selected as a finalist for the Dayton Business Journal's Business of the Year in the not-for-profit category. On Thursday, November 16, the publication will announce the winners of all categories for Business of the Year.

"Recognition as a finalist for this award is a tribute to our current teachers, staff and coaches and their predecessors who established a strong foundation of outstanding Catholic education throughout our history. It is also a tribute to the thousands of alumni who came to understanding during their time in high school our call to serve others,” said Dan Meixner '84, CJ President.  “We celebrate with our community benefactors and partners who also share in the honor.”

"All of us - employees and the scores of volunteers who assist us - are proud to be stewards of the legacy established more than 160 years ago by the first Sisters and Marianists who sought to serve the young people of the region. We are humbled by the recognition, and proud to be honored with other great community servants."

Highlights of the school's nomination included a focus on CJ's contribution in the revitalization of downtown Dayton, alumni who have dedicated their talents to local organizations, and current students making an impact through volunteering and service projects.

"Our selection demonstrates that people in our region understand the value of our commitment to serving the community through our investment in our campus, the way our students give of themselves and their time to social service agencies throughout the region. Our students and generations of alumni highlight the outstanding Catholic educational experience we have provided to young people who are now leaders and mentors in local and national businesses, hospitals, schools and universities, in their churches and neighborhoods," Meixner added.

"We feel like winners every time parents entrust their son or daughter to us, every time a foundation or individual benefactor chooses CJ as one of their philanthropic priorities, and whenever one of our sports teams, choirs, academic teams, or senior capstone groups perform at their very best.  External recognition is exciting; daily affirmations like these things, though, propel our mission and fuel our ambitions."

Business of the Year winners will also be published in the Dayton Business Journal's newspaper on Friday, November 17.

Posted November 15, 2017

  

CJ Performing Arts Presents: Tartuffe

Guests will laugh their way back to the 17th century when CJ Performing Arts presents: Tartuffe, November 17-19.

The play focuses on a hypocrite, Tartuffe, who, with his sly ways, tries to convince a family out of their riches. As CJ cast and crew members shared during a Facebook Live preview, it’s the family who ends up learning more about themselves in the end.

Stephanie Chan ‘19, who led the Facebook Live preview, plays a police officer in the production.

“I was in the fall play, The Odd Couple, last year and it was so much fun, so I wanted to be in the fall play again,” Chan said. “At first, I didn’t know what Tartuffe was about, but I’m glad I now know because it’s a great play.”

This is also the second CJ fall play performance for Sam Brown ‘18.

“This play is really funny and high schoolers will get the comedy too,” Brown shared. “The action in the play makes it so funny. It’s really great and I’m excited for it.”

Director Caitlin Bennett explained that the play is a farce and that audiences of all ages will be able to relate to the production.

“There is a lot of physical comedy in a farce which is fun to see,” Bennett said. “The costumes are also amazing - from the wigs and the panniers - the whole look of it is really nice.

“I think it’s also important for people to see how a comedy that was written 350 years ago is still relevant today,” Bennett continued. “A lot of the social and political commentary is still relevant today.”

Both Chan and Brown agreed, “It’s really funny and a great show.”

Tartuffe Showtime and Ticket Information:

Show times:

  • Friday, Nov. 17, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 18, 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 19, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for students and $8 for adults.

Posted November 15, 2017

#BethechangeCJ During Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Before counting their own blessings on Thanksgiving, students will help those in need by participating in the annual Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, November 13-20.

"Over the years, I have participated in Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week; however, I never realized how much of an impact those donations truly make on the lives of the people who benefit from them," said Kiara DiLoreto '18. "Knowing that the CJ community goes out of its way to help the greater community in such a direct way means so much to me, because it allows for everyone to get involved and play a role in helping others. I am proud to be a part of the CJ community because I feel as though we as a school are truly making a difference, which inspires others to do the same."

The Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week theme this year is SOUPer Challenge and connects to the school's overall theme this year, #bethechangeCJ. First period classes are divided into four groups, each represented by one superhero.

This year's Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is unique because food items contributed will be constructed into a structure designed by DiLoreto and Megan Schultz ‘18 as part of an assignment they did in the Civil Engineering and Architecture class.

"When I heard that we would be designing a canstruction model, I was beyond excited," DiLoreto shared. "What better way to get students excited to donate, and what more creative way to display the goods that will later be donated? I feel honored to be helping with this special design, and can't wait to see the difference CJ has made in a unique and new way."

Items suggested to be brought throughout Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week include:

  • Monday (11/13) and Tuesday (11/14): non-perishable food items (black cans: black olives, beans, etc.; red cans: Campbell’s soup, tomatoes, etc.; short red cans: tuna; orange cans: carrots, peaches, etc.; yellow cans: corn, peaches, etc.)
  • Wednesday (11/15): monetary contributions
  • Thursday (11/16): students may choose to fast and help pack lunches for the hungry during lunch
  • Friday (11/17): small warm weather clothing items, such as new socks, gently used/new hats and mittens, scarves, etc.
  • Monday (11/20) toiletries and miscellaneous (bring toiletry items: soap, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. or any of the above to help the hungry and homeless).

"By participating in Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, I feel as though I am contributing not only to the community but to the school itself," DiLoreto reflected. "I hope to be a good role model to all of the students- if they see me participating with a positive attitude, I hope that the message will carry across. Getting others excited to give to those in need is something I can't wait to do during the upcoming week, because I feel that this is just one way that we, as Christians, are being called to spread the Kingdom of God. "

Posted November 10, 2017

Eagles Make Waves with the Dayton Boat Club

Eagle athletes can be seen on the field, on the court, and even on the water as several students are members of the Dayton Boat Club. Their fall season wrapped up with the Head of the Hooch event in Chattanooga, Tennessee November 4-5.

"It is the second largest regatta in the United States," said Dayton Boat Club Junior Program manager Liz Muir.  "There are two types of boats (shells) for the two types of rowing – sweep rowing and sculling. In sweep rowing (indicated by the “+”), each rower has one oar about 12.5 feet long. In sculling (indicated by the “x”), a rower uses two oars each about 9.5 feet long."

Nine rowers from CJ participated in the Head of the Hooch regatta.

"Our rowers rose to challenge and carried their boats about a mile to get to and from the launch site," Muir noted.

Highlights from the event included:

  • Paul Wittmann '18 being a part of the 8th place team in the Men's Youth 4+ race;
  • Grace Blust '19 being a part of the 10th place team in the Women's Youth 4+ race;
  • Kyla Boehringer '19 and Aidah Shuttleworth '21 being a part of the 10th place team in the Women's Youth Lightweight 4+; and,
  • Blust, Brianna Gracey '18, Elena Muir '19 and Lainey Groll '21 being a part of the 11th place team in the Women's Open 8+

Last month, 11 Eagles participated in the Speakmon Regatta.

"The competitors rowed a 5,000-meter (3.1 miles) course," Muir said.

Highlights from that event included:

  • Blust being a part of the 1st place team in the Women’s Varsity High School 4+ race;
  • Boehringer, Muir and Groll being a part of the 6th place team in the Women’s Varsity High School 4+ race;
  • Kelly Carmody '20 and Shuttleworth being a part of the 17th place team in the Women’s Varsity High School 4+ race;
  • Blust and Gracey being a part of the 1st place team in the Women’s Varsity High School 8+ 1 race;
  • Brody Taylor '20 and Wittmann being a part of the 3rd place team in the Men’s Varsity High School 4+ race; and,
  • Sunshine Rivington '21 being a part of the 8th place Women’s Novice High School 8+ race.

Learn more about the Dayton Boat Club's spring season and the team on their website.

Pictured above: CJ rowers who participated in the Head of the Hooch regatta: Grace Blust, Elena Muir, Kyla Boehringer, Paul Wittmann, Aidah Shuttleworth, Brianna Gracey, Kelly Carmody, Lainey Groll, and Brody Taylor.

Posted November 9, 2017

Students Invited to Courageous CJ

"Students are there because they love God and neighbor, but they leave loving God and neighbor even more than when they arrived."

That's how religion teacher Tim O'Loughlin described the outcome of Courageous CJ events, which were developed last school year.

"Courageous CJ is a spinoff of Encounter Dayton," O'Loughlin explained. "The Archdiocese of Cincinnati hosts a citywide Eucharistic Adoration event for teens called Encounter.  Encounter Cincinnati has been a successful youth event for several years, so the Archdiocese decided to bring Encounter to Dayton last year.  Many CJ students attended the first Encounter Dayton last year and were so moved that they asked if we could do a similar event in the CJ chapel during non-Encounter months.  That was the birth of Courageous CJ.

"Encounter includes social time before and after, and it includes a formal talk given before Eucharistic Adoration," O'Loughlin continued. "Courageous began with the same format as Encounter, but as it evolved over time, we distilled it down to put more of an emphasis on the Eucharist.  We do a brief welcome and then we move right into praise, worship, and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Like Encounter, we have live music leading us in praise and worship. This is such a powerful ingredient, as it helps some students to encounter the Lord more deeply.

"I'm not aware of other high schools hosting their own praise, worship and adoration event for their students. It creates a unique bond between the students who attend and it really takes the notion of CJ Community to the next level. Spending time with Jesus and fellow CJ students at the same time is pretty special."

O'Loughlin added that all CJ students are invited to attend Courageous CJ.

"Every CJ student is a child of God and that is our audience; no other qualification is needed.  If you are a CJ student and looking to take the next step in your faith journey, please join us.  St. Teresa of Calcutta said, 'Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is the best time you will spend on earth.'"

When reflecting on students asking for an event like this to be created for the CJ student body, O'Loughlin said, "I am impressed and inspired. Chaminade Julienne is an educational community of faith.  Adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament not only strengthens the individual person, but it also strengthens our entire community.  It's powerful. St. John Paul II said, 'The love of God and neighbor, the greatest commandment, is expressed in, and the fruit of, Eucharistic worship.'  This is so true about our Courageous events."

The next Courageous CJ event will be held on Saturday, November 11 from 7-9 p.m. in the school chapel.

Posted November 7, 2017

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