August 2019

CJ Named "Best School" by Niche.com

Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School was again named one of Niche.com’s “Best Schools” for 2020.

“To receive an A grading again — it’s inspiring,” said Principal John Marshall ‘86.

CJ was ranked the top most diverse private high school in Dayton and Montgomery County. CJ was named the sixth overall most diverse private high school in Ohio.

CJ also ranked in the top 10 of the following categories:

  • Best College Prep Private High School in Dayton and Montgomery County;
  • Best Private High School in Dayton and Montgomery County;
  • Best High School for Athletes in Dayton and Montgomery County; and,
  • Best High School for STEM in Dayton and Montgomery County.

“Niche.com provides a snapshot,” shared Brandon Meyer, Director of Admissions. “However, we hope that families will dig deeper to learn and understand the CJ community more fully to capture the lived experience, mission, identity, atmosphere, and beautiful qualities of a well-rounded high school experience. We challenge our  students to understand and live out the values of the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur — to embrace the gifts of community, diversity, adaptation and the goodness of God. We believe this prepares them to be life-long learners centered on compassion, integrity, and service ready to lead a world in need of hope and peace.”

Marshall added, “Communities that live, work, and attend school together can thrive together because of differences in diversity. I am inspired by what we do at CJ and we will continue to be an example to communities around the country.”

You can read more about Niche.com’s ranking of CJ here.

Posted August 14, 2019

Eagles Experience Life-Changing LIFE Week

For one week, students joined others from around the nation to focus on LIFE.

Summer LIFE (Living in Faith Experience) Week was held at the Marianist Bergamo Center from July 15-20.

“I wanted to attend LIFE Week because I had gotten the chance to go on the LIFE Summit at the beginning of the year,” said Anna Hieatt ‘21. “The leaders there said it was a taste of LIFE Week and I had so much fun on it — meeting new people and growing deeper in my faith. I then wanted to see what LIFE Week would be like since I had such a great time on the LIFE Summit.”

“I had heard a lot about the greatness of LIFE from returners — things like the relationships, the leadership, and the faith,” shared Mikayla Jette ‘21. “All of these interested me and I wanted to join the LIFE family. I also attended the LIFE Summit earlier in the year. It was a mini version of LIFE Week. I had such a great experience while I was there — I met people who I could talk to about anything and learned about my faith in a way that I had never thought before. I wanted to attend because I was given a small glimpse of what LIFE is and found it to be something I wanted to be a part of. While I was applying I even learned my aunt and my dad both attended LIFE Week so I knew it was meant to be.”

Throughout the week, students were part of small faith communities. The groups also participated in sacraments, prayer, learned more about social justice and developed leadership skills.

“I loved every single activity,” said Allie Bardine ‘21. “I especially loved our evening prayer services.”

“Picking a single favorite is like asking to do the impossible,” agreed Jette. “I experienced so much while on LIFE Week. My life was changed and I hope I can share that change with CJ's LIFE. If I were to pick a favorite experience, though, it would be my Mixed MLC group sessions. We started the week not knowing anything about anyone, but by the end it was like we were old friends. Watching the transition and growth of trust and authenticity was just mind blowing. I learned so much about the people in my group and that helped me to learn so much about myself. These wonderful people greatly impacted my life. They were so fun to be around. We could smile and laugh but we were also able to be serious and honest with each other. I will never forget these beautiful people and their impact on me. It was such an amazing experience.”

Students said they plan to share experiences and ideas from LIFE Week with the CJ LIFE group. They also said their experiences at LIFE Week is something they hope others can experience and take advantage of by attending LIFE Week in the future.

“If you get the opportunity to go on it, take it — you will not regret it,” Bardine said.

Hieatt agreed, “It was an amazing experience. I met so many good and genuine people who were all here for the same reason — to build community. I highly recommend this trip to anyone no matter where they are in their faith life.”

Posted August 14, 2019

Construction Notice for CJ Campus

Update on Friday, August 16: All parking lots have now reopened. However, Washington Street is still only allowing traffic one way (towards South Ludlow Street). This traffic pattern is expected to be in place for several weeks.

LATEST TRAFFIC FLOW and PARKING MAP


First Report: Through Wednesday, August 14, CJ’s A, B, and C parking lots are closed due to construction on Washington Street. The construction, which began in March 2019, includes replacing the roadway, conduits, sidewalks and approaches. The entire project is expected to until November 2019.

At this time, Washington Street is allowing traffic one way towards South Ludlow Street. While parking lots A, B, and C are closed, Lot D is open.

The CJ website will continue to be updated as the construction continues.

Posted August 7, 2019, Updated August 16, 2019

Current and Former Students, Teachers, Attend Italy Pilgrimage

Members of the CJ community spent part of their summer opening their hearts and minds during a pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. The trip was part of an annual adventure the non-profit organization, 4Mary, puts together. 

“We visited religious sites during the day, retreat time during the early evening and Eucharistic Adoration in the late evening,” organizer Tim O’Loughlin said. 

“I wanted to go on this pilgrimage because of my experience with my last pilgrimage in Fatima,” shared Lauren Cartone ‘17. “I grew a lot in my faith during the last pilgrimage and knew that the time was perfect to grow deeper. Plus, what a more beautiful choice to experience this than Italy?!”

During their ten day journey, the group went to many sites including four Papal Basilicas, the Sala Sancta (the Holy Steps), Mt. Subasio to visit St. Francis' hermitage, and the Holy House in Loreto where Mary's house from Nazareth was miraculously moved by angels to protect it from invasion in the Holy Land.

“Climbing Mt. Subasio to reach the hermitage of St. Francis was my favorite experience,” said Cecilia Meadors ‘18. “It was so peaceful to be on a mountain top, walking along pathways in nature that St. Francis probably ventured on at some point.”

“One experience particularly humbled my heart,” Cartone reflected. “We all knelt up 28 steps of marble on the Holy Steps. These were stairs that Jesus stepped on to trial. There was a drop of Jesus' blood encased that I got to touch my crucifix of my rosary to. Halfway through my knees went numb from the pain. As I made it to each new step I began to reflect on how little we go through compared to what Jesus did.”

O’Loughlin said details about next summer’s pilgrimage will be posted on www.4Mary.org in the fall.

Posted August 8, 2019

Students Strengthen Their Faith at Steubenville Youth Conference

It was a weekend filled with worship, reflection and a sense of belonging.

17 Eagles attended the Steubenville Youth Conference earlier this month. The theme for this year’s conference was “Belong” based on the Bible passage from 1 John 3:1 — “See what love the Father has bestowed on us, that we may be called children of God.”

“This was my second year going to the conference,” said Anna Mussin-Phillips ‘21. “Both times the experience strengthened and enriched my faith. One of my biggest takeaways was that all relationships are intended to help the other person get to heaven and that really changed my view on friendships.”

At the conference, students attended Mass and Adoration and heard from speakers.

“This conference has made me feel more safe and confident in my faith,” shared Alexandra Camp ‘19. “I will try my best to follow through with the commitments I made to myself and to God on this retreat to keep my faith strong as my number one priority.”

Dominick Fisher ‘21 agreed, “This conference definitely affected my faith life in a positive way. Being able to be so close to The Lord with your closest friends really makes things amazing.”

The students shared that they didn’t want the conference to end, and their faith is stronger now because they attended the conference.

“If you’re thinking about attending Steubenville next year, do it,” Kate Schinaman ‘21 said. “This conference has given me the most impactful faith experiences of my life and I am so thankful for it!”

Posted August 1, 2019