For the last four school years, the CJ community has been united on social media through a hashtag. The concept was implemented by school chaplain, Fr. Bob Jones, SM, who said he was inspired by Pope Francis.
“Pope Francis had declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy from December 2015 through November 2016,” Jones said. “He was also encouraging people to use the hashtag ‘#bemercy.’ I wanted to put a CJ spin to that call to action, so I suggested #BeMercyCJ at the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.
“And now, the hashtags have taken a life of their own,” laughed Jones.
In 2017, the school hashtag was #BetheChangeCJ and in 2018, the school hashtag was #ShowtheLoveCJ. During the first Mass of the 2019-2020 school year, Fr. Bob unveiled #BetheLightCJ.
“This year, when Fr. Bob announced this year's new hashtag at our opening Mass, our students actually clapped!,” shared Ministry & Service Director Kelli Kinnear. “I think it is a great way for our CJ community to spread positive messages on social media, and obviously, it is something the students get excited about.”
“Personally, #BetheLightCJ is my favorite from the past few years,” said Maria Weizman ‘20. “I hope that students take away that though our city of Dayton has been very torn up and hurt these past couple months, there is still hope, there is still light. Fr. Bob said that this light can be something as simple as a text or hug. I think this makes us feel like we can help and comfort people in their darkness.”
Dillon Witman ‘20 agreed, “#BetheLightCJ will inspire students to go out of their way to do great things for others especially those in need — and like Fr. Bob said, to be a light in the face of darkness.”
Students and the CJ community can show examples of how they are #BetheLightCJ by adding that hashtag to posts on social media — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
“This is one way we can be united as a community because it gives a common theme to all that we do,” Jones shared. “It is also a way to show many concrete examples of the value or virtue we are highlighting.”
Posted August 29, 2019