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Happy Chaminade Day!

People hear and see the word “Chaminade” yet many have no idea what it means or where it comes from… an example of this would be Chaminade Road* in Marcy, NY, about ten miles from where I grew up.

Other examples of things Chaminade are: Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii; Chaminade College Preparatory, Chatsworth, California; Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory, Hollywood, Florida; Chaminade College Preparatorty School, St. Louis, Missouri; Chaminade Junlienne Catholic High School, Dayton, Ohio; Chaminade High School, Mineola, NY; Chaminade Halls at the University of Dayton and St. Mary’s University; and even a resort!

Fr. William Joseph Chaminade died on this day in 1850 in Bordeaux, France. He is one of the founders of the Marianist family. From our website: “The Marianist family is made of Catholic brothers, priests, sisters and committed lay people around the world. All Marianists look to Mary, the mother of Jesus, as the model of discipleship. They share in her mission of bringing the message of Jesus to the world.”

The Marianist family includes the Society of Mary, also known as the Marianists; the Daughters of Mary Immaculate, also known as the Marianist Sisters; and lay Marianist communities. These three branches are represented in a variety of Marianist communities around the world from India to Africa, Japan, Korea, the Phillipines, Europe, South America, Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

Fr. Chaminade was declared “Blessed” (one of the first steps on the road to being declared a saint) on 3 September 2000 by Pope John Paul II.

For more information on the Marianists, click here.

* The current site of the Willows Apartments on Chaminade Road in Marcy, NY is where the Society of Mary / Marianists had their novitiate (a  formation community for those planning to enter the Marianists) from 1949-69. The property then became Bergamo East, a Marianist retreat and conference center. I first heard about the Marianists from a vocation advertisement in the Catholic Sun (the Syracuse diocesan newspaper). The ad referred to: “The Marianists — Bergamo East, Marcy, NY” I filled out and mailed in the request for more information. The rest is history. The Bergamo East property was sold in 1982.

This Chaminade Day also marks the birthday of Br. Tom Wendorf, National Vocation Director for the Marianist Province of the United States. He is also a blogger. Know anyone interesting learning more about Marianist life? Send them to Tom!

Today’s post is the abz drawing and book design of this book published in 1987, when I was a graphic designer for Marianist Press in Dayton, Ohio. To order a copy, click here.

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