Honoring the Dignity and Sacredness of Each Person

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"Sometimes, words seem to be inadequate to express grief, anger, fear, and frustration". - Dan Meixner '84, president

"We find ourselves in a most difficult moment." - Fr. Bob Jones, SM, chaplain

"Resources that seek to provide you starting points for discussions with your children."  - Jama Badinghaus, counselor


Sometimes, words seem to be inadequate to express grief, anger, fear, and frustration.

Such as now. Just over a week ago, we witnessed the senseless killing of another African-American man, George Floyd. People of goodwill must grieve for Mr. Floyd’s family, pray for them and those who called him a friend, and join in the anger and frustration of those who look at this tragedy - and others that preceded it - as emblematic of the treatment that people of color too often face. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, one of our school’s founding religious communities, teach us to create communities that “value the dignity and sacredness of each person.”  When we see that human dignity and sacredness of any life is violated, we must join our voices to those who demand a better world, an end to the evil of racism, and the call for the day when our hearts and our systems reflect charity and true justice.

Hate, violence, racism, and fear is antithetical to our Catholic Tradition, the spirit of the Sisters and Marianists who continue to guide us, and the passion of our teachers, coaches, and staff members who minister each day with love, understanding, integrity, and grace.

The Marianists, Chaminade Julienne’s other founding religious community, ask that we “educate for adaptation and change.” Clearly, we need change in our cities, we need change in our institutions, and we need change in the ways we engage with one another.  Standing together, peacefully, is a way to start. But, it’s only a start. As a school that values diversity as an element of excellence, that celebrates that our students and alumni come from all parts of the city, all socio-economic backgrounds, all races, and all academic abilities, we can strengthen our connections to each other, improve our conversations with each other, and continue to serve as the light of Christ for others.

Today, and in the days to come, we must pray in solidarity with all members of the CJ community, our friends throughout Dayton, our Church family, and our fellow citizens for peace in our city and in our world. At the core of the CJ mission is the message of Jesus Christ to love one another as He loves us. We pledge to continue to witness the Gospel by furthering our many efforts to build a school community that respects the inherent dignity of every person as made in God’s image, and we will continue to welcome and rejoice in the diversity that makes Chaminade Julienne a special place.

- Dan Meixner '84, president

June 2, 2020


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

We find ourselves in a very difficult moment.  We are once again (and I can’t believe I have to use that phrase “once again”) coming face to face with the sin of racism and social injustice.  It is an affront to human dignity and an offense to the inherent goodness of each person as they are made in the image and likeness of God.  While many of the protests are peaceful, some individuals are choosing to respond with even more violence.  It leaves us, rightfully so, unsettled, afraid, broken-hearted and angry.

Like many of you, I have been in a swirl of emotions, and I am left questioning “What can I do?” to denounce this evil scourge that persists in our society.  It can feel very overwhelming, and those feelings are exasperated because we are not able to be physically present with each other for support and encouragement.

I’d like to offer a few resources (they can be accessed here) that I have found helpful in processing my own feelings of the past several days.  I offer them to you in the hope that they might be helpful, especially in those moments when it all seems so overwhelming.  I readily admit that these are mostly self-focused, but as Blessed Chaminade reminds us, “The essential is the interior.”  Real change can begin with softening our own hearts and working toward our own conversion.  Then, emboldened with the Holy Spirit, we can go out into the world.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.”  May the peace of the Risen Lord be with all of us.  Let us join together to pray for peace in our world, in our nation, in our community and in our hearts.

- Fr. Bob Jones, SM, chaplain

Resources

June 4, 2020


Resource for CJ Parents

As our country collectively and individually responds to the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and George Floyd, and racial divide in our country, the following resources seek to provide you starting points for discussions with your children:

School counselors, Jama, Peyton and Cory, remain available should a student be in need of a safe space to process.  We know students may need particular spaces to begin these sensitive conversations, so we invite students to connect with any counselor he/she feels most comfortable speaking with initially in regards to this topic.

- Jama Badinghaus, counselor

June 6, 2020


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