May 2021

Archdiocese Pilgrimage to Stop at CJ

Image: CJ students, faculty, and staff gather for an all-school Mass at Roger Glass Stadium - Home of the CJ Eagles.

Archdiocese Marian Pilgrimage

A celebration two centuries in the making and Chaminade Julienne will play an important role in the sacred event.

How to attend

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati will commemorate its bicentennial on June 19, 2021, but an event of this magnitude necessitates more than a single day of celebration, so the Center for the New Evangelization discerned the idea of a 33-day Marian Pilgrimage.

“We were talking about ways to actually unite the Archdiocese spiritually under Jesus through Mary,” said Christen Aquino, managing director of parish evangelization. “We’d also been talking a great deal about pilgrimage, and so the idea was born.”

The 33-day pilgrimage – the longest Marian Pilgrimage in the United States – gets underway on May 16 at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine in Russells Point and will span more than 300 miles, stopping at 33 parishes throughout the Archdiocese.

As part of the pilgrimage, Chaminade Julienne will host a family-friendly concert, featuring the contemporary Christian band WAL, at Roger Glass Stadium on Saturday, May 29 following an outdoor Mass celebrated by Archbishop Schnurr. Food trucks will also be on site. It will be the largest event CJ has hosted since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020, with an estimated 1,000 people expected to attend.

“We are approaching this with a great deal of joy and some trepidation,” CJ President Dan Meixner said.

The health and safety of those in attendance are of the utmost importance to the host school.

“Some attendees will be able to sit on the field for Mass and the concert and others in the stands,” Meixner said. “And all guests will be wearing masks.”

The stop at CJ is a natural fit for the historic event.

“Mary, the mother of Jesus, is the patroness of both the Sisters and the Marianists, our sponsoring religious communities – her mission is our mission,” Meixner said. “As Blessed Chaminade said, ‘We are all missionaries of Mary.’”

The Chaminade Julienne event is one of the four Cornerstone Events of the 2021 Marian Pilgrimage that includes the kickoff at Russells Point, a Mass and concert at Maria Stein and the final Consecration and concert at Fountain Square in Cincinnati. The pilgrims will travel with a statue of Our Lady of Fatima, blessed by the Archbishop.

“We are one of the oldest archdiocese in the United States, so it’s pretty significant,” Aquino said. “And we knew we wanted to do a major event in each area of the Archdiocese.”

Get Involved

* Statue Guardian: Adults (ages 18+) can sign up for a leg – which lasts approximately 3-5 days – committing to walking and carrying the Statue of Our Lady of Fatima from parish to parish.
* Volunteer: Parking and hospitality volunteers are needed for the CJ and Maria Stein events. Volunteers are also being asked to donate “boxed/bagged” lunches for the pilgrims.
* Pilgrimage for a Day: Join the pilgrimage, walking for a day or part of the day.
* Attend an event: Attend one of the Cornerstone events or an event hosted by one of the parishes along the route.
* Spiritual Pilgrim: Pray 33 Days to Morning Glory, Marian Consecration, from May 17-June 18 with consecration on June 19.

For more information, visit www.mary2021.org or sign up at https://200.catholicaoc.org/marian-pilgrimage/join-in

Family Concert and Mass

What: Outdoor Mass with Archbishop Schnurr, followed by food trucks and a concert, featuring Catholic Band WAL
When: May 29, 4:30-8 p.m.
Gates open – 3:45 p.m.
Vigil Mass – 4:30 p.m.
Food trucks open – 6 p.m.
WAL concert – 6:30 p.m.
Where: Chaminade Julienne Roger Glass Stadium
Tickets: General admission tickets are free but required for entry. Visit https://200.catholicaoc.org/marian-pilgrimage for details and Eventbrite link.

Action for Inclusivity

Awareness and acceptance were at the heart of the Capstone project of Evelyn Durkin, Claire Leingang, McKenzie Reid and Kate Schinaman.

The Chaminade Julienne seniors focused on “Action for Inclusivity,” reaching out to members of the CJ community and beyond, to address the importance of respect and inclusion for those with developmental disabilities.

“We came up with this project because it was centered around a social justice issue that is very close to our hearts,” Leingang said. “Most of the members in my group, including myself, have relatives or close family friends who live with developmental disabilities. We have also witnessed discrimination and ignorant comments made regarding the Cuvilly program at CJ, especially during our freshmen and sophomore years. We believed it was imperative that we took on this project to enlighten our school community about the devastating effects of the disability stigma, to inspire others to take action when they hear derogatory comments about disabilities, and to create a more welcoming, inclusive, and respectful environment overall.”

According to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in six children aged 3-17 years were diagnosed with a developmental disability, as reported by parents, during the study period between 2009-17 – an increase over previous years. 

Schinaman knows, firsthand, how important inclusivity is as her cousin has Down syndrome.

“I have always been very passionate about the topic of inclusion and respect, and I have undertaken many projects over the years regarding ending the r-word and promoting kindness and inclusion,” Schinaman said. “My main inspiration for this passion is the special bond I have with my cousin, Davis, who has Down syndrome. We have always been extremely close, and he motivates me to be a part of the change that makes the world a better place for all kinds of people.”

From conducting a school-wide survey to creating podcasts and a website, the group members found a variety of ways to share their message.

“The seniors designed and implemented an exceptional project of service outreach combined with secondary and firsthand research to amplify their voices on the importance of creating an inclusive community,” said Molly Bardine, Chaminade Julienne Capstone coordinator. “The website is an excellent resource and it challenges us to think about the roles we all play in being an inclusive advocate for others.”

The group members concentrated on the Catholic social teachings of Solidarity and Life and Dignity of the Human Person.

“We believe wholeheartedly that, as Catholics, it is our duty and our responsibility to ensure that each human life is treated with dignity and respect and that everyone has their basic needs met,” Leingang said. “We are called to stand together as brothers and sisters in Christ and to lead by example, celebrating, accepting, and loving our differences and the people that God created us to be.”

Prior service experiences – including work with 4 Paws for Ability, a local non-profit organization that places service dogs – provided a strong foundation for the group’s work.

“Our inspiration for this project was based on meaningful experiences, previous research, and witnessing negative treatment of neurodiverse people,” Reid said. “We believe that a lack of knowledge on disability awareness is prevalent in our society.”

And change, so often, begins at home.

“We saw that there is a need for change in our world when it comes to disability awareness,” Durkin said. “It has to start somewhere and we felt it best to start with making a change in our own CJ community.”

To learn more about Action for Inclusivity, visit this website.

 

 

 

--This story was published on May 6, 2021.