by: Edward Daubel
Each year during late January, Chaminade High School recognizes the Feast Day of our founder, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. On this day, no classes are held as students and teachers spend a day of remembrance at home. By getting this day off from school, students have a chance to intimately reflect on Blessed Chaminade’s life.
Blessed Chaminade was born on April 8, 1761 in Périgueux, France. At the age of ten, Chaminade felt a call to serve God, and he entered into a minor seminary. By 1785, Chaminade was ordained a priest. In 1790, after the outbreak of the French Revolution, Chaminade moved to Bordeaux, France. Once in Bordeaux, Chaminade became a prominent defender of the faith as he denied the Civil Constitution of the Clergy. This document would have required Chaminade to take an oath disclaiming the authority of the Catholic Church. In addition to doing this, Chaminade secretly remained a faithful priest even though there was a risk of death penalty. Later in his life at Bordeaux, Chaminade helped many clergymen make peace with the church after they took the oath impressed upon them by the Civil Constitution of the Clergy. In 1797, when life in France was becoming extremely dangerous, Chaminade fled to Zaragoza, Spain. While in Spain, Chaminade was inspired to found a religious society: the Marianists. His goal was to return to France and restore the Catholic faith there after so many years of tyranny. Thankfully, Chaminade succeeded in his creation of the Society of Mary.
Statue of Fr. Chaminade adorning the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at the University of Dayton
Based on his successful and admirable life, it makes sense that we take a day to remember Chaminade’s many successes. He is the perfect role model for those students who want to make a difference in today’s society. We must remember that Chaminade day is not just a day off from school, but actually the perfect opportunity to contemplate the effects of the Society of Mary on our lives.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
by: Connor Crennan
An inspiring man once said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.” This man’s legacy has influenced people all over the world. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the greatest American Civil Rights leaders, overcame seemingly impossible obstacles in his fight against discrimination and racial segregation. Passion, equality, and love were the pillars of his powerful foundation for justice: the one that defeated racial prejudice. On January 15, 2017, America unites in commemorating the compassion, dignity, humility, courage, and love of the man whose life and legacy filled a great gap in our nation.
From the age of 15, King had always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a minister; however, he was unaware of the famous inspiration he would soon become in the hearts of American citizens. For most African Americans living in 1960’s America, life was bitter and harsh. Racism enraged the segregated community, and no leaders had stood up to fight for their equality. Dr. Martin Luther King was their knight in shining armor. He never lived at ease and ceaselessly challenged himself to achieve despite anti-racial forces. His demonstrations through protests and marches were incredibly courageous. Arrested twenty times and assaulted four times, he took bold steps in the fight for minorities. Dr. King bolstered race patriotism and unity, but also stood as a symbol for humanity for how we are to treat one another.