Eagles Eager to Commemorate Marianist Bicentennial

A prayer rally will be held on Monday, October 2 as the CJ community celebrates the Marianist Bicentennial.

"Monday's celebration is part of the Marianist Bicentennial celebration that has been going on for the last two years," shared Jama Badinghaus. "CJ's Mission Integration Team was contacted about trying to do something special for that day at an assigned time."

All Marianist communities will be praying at the same time around the country. For Eastern Standard Time, the prayer will take place at 2 p.m.

"Our faith is only made richer when we celebrate and value the history and diversity of our members," Badinghaus said. "The 200th celebration of the Society of Mary's Foundation is a beautiful reminder of the many people who have worked to keep the Charism alive and have continued the mission of making Christ known in the world, no matter the time or place. "  

Ahead of the celebration, students. faculty and staff are decorating prayer flags within their sodality groups.

"I think it's cool how they're all going to be different," said Terry Slaybaugh '21. "There will be a lot of different prayers on each one."

Jessica Brunner '21 agreed, "It's amazing knowing there will be so many. I like the idea of having so many people come together and pray."

"Prayer flags were a way to help us represent our interconnectedness," Badinghaus added. "We borrow from the Tibetan tradition the idea that prayer flags carry messages of good will through the wind. We thought that symbolism embodied our hopes for trying to send out prayers of intention, peace, and gratitude in solidarity with our Marianist sisters and brothers around the world, and visually represents our energy when we gather together with and for one another."

Following the prayer rally, the CJ community will gather for fellowship.

"Taking time out of our regularly scheduled day helps to remind us all of our greater purpose and the greater hope we have as a community of faith," Badinghaus reflected. "We are guided each day by the gift of both the Marianist and Notre Dame Charisms, and it is important to stop sometimes to recognize the role all who have been inspired by Mary's call to bring her son into the world - and to remember that each of us is called to be animators of that charism as members of the Chaminade Julienne community."

Posted September 28, 2017