On Founders Day, Chaminade’s two campuses come together as one to celebrate Mass and remember Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, whose feast day is January 22. Also at this Mass, individuals who have made significant contributions to the school are honored. This year, Chaminade recognized four employees as Founders, Andrea Burman (English teacher), Janet Koller (vice president of finance and operations), June Martin (administrative assistant), and Fr. Ted Ley, S.M.’58 (chaplain).
This year’s principal celebrant was Fr. Martin Solma, who is serving his last year as provincial of the Marianist Province of the United States. He was joined by concelebrants Fr. Andrew Chung from St. Genevieve in Panorama City, Fr. John-Mario Garcia and Fr. Preston Passos from St. Mary Magdalene in Camarillo, Fr. Anthony Garcias from St. John Chrysostom in Inglewood, and Chaminade chaplains Fr. Ted Ley ’58 and Fr. Josephraj Rymond.
During Founders Day, Fr. Solma also led our Marianist community in a renewal of their vows, including Bro. David Betz, Bro. Jack Dempsey, Bro. Kumar Kambhampati, Fr. Ted Ley ’58, Bro. Tom Oles, and Fr. Josephraj Rymond.
After Mass, in recognition for being a model Marianist school, Fr. Solma presented President Robert S. Webb, on behalf of Chaminade, with an exceptional framed image of the shrine of Our Lady of the Pillar. Located in Zaragoza, Spain, this is where Blessed William Joseph Chaminade received his inspiration to start the Marianists. Prior to Founders Day, only the three Marianist universities – Chaminade University (Honolulu), St. Mary’s University (San Antonio), and the University of Dayton – had received such an honor.