Chaminade Welcomes Two Marianists

Pictured left to right: Bro. Jack Dempsey, Bro. Kumar Kambhampati, Fr. Joseph Raj and Fr. Martin Solma

Two Marianists from India recently joined the Chaminade family. Fr. Joseph Raj, S.M., and Bro. Kumar Kambhampati, S.M. arrived in August and quickly jumped into the rhythm of Eagle life. They both share a joyful enthusiasm with everyone around them and bring a vibrant energy to both campuses.

Fr. Joseph serves as our school chaplain, which allows Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58 to scale down his ministerial duties at Chaminade. Fr. Ted will mentor Fr. Joseph, and continue to be present at our Masses and retreats.

Before coming to Chaminade, Fr. Joseph worked with the Marianist REDS Program in India. REDS (Ragpickers Education and Development Scheme) helps street children, young men, and women. Fr. Joseph has a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Dayton’s extension program in Bangalore, and a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Bro. Kumar serves as a pastoral associate on both campuses. He assists Fr. Joseph, as well as Bro. Adam Becerra, the director of mission integration and ministry, and provides pastoral care for students in Campus Ministry. Bro. Kumar will also help with and attend retreats.

In May 2017, Bro. Kumar graduated from the University of Dayton (Ohio) with a Masters in educational leadership. Prior to this, he was the director of Chaminade Vocational Training Institute in northern India, where he taught English as a second language to job-seeking students, ages 15 to 35. In 2011 he completed undergraduate work in philosophy through the University of Dayton (India) and a B.A. in history, sociology, and English literature from Bangalore University.

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