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.
September 19 has arrived, and the first Alumni Challenge is underway! Help us reach our goal of securing 250 alumni donors in 24 hours. If we reach our goal, an alumnus will give a $10,000 gift #ForChaminade. Gifts of all sizes, designated anywhere on campus, will be counted. How to participate:
- Give your gift online at chaminade.org/alumnichallenge
- Spread the word – tell your friends and followers on social media that you gave a gift #ForChaminade
By: Bobby Lebeda, CSDS Head Coach
Lincoln-Douglas debate competitions pit one debater against another, and in the recent Loyola High School Invitational, Chaminade Speech and Debate Society (CSDS) sent two students to compete. While both juniors are primarily Varsity Policy Debate team competitors, Ronak Ahuja made it to the final round, and finished second; while Joey Thornhill was an octo-finalist.
Ahuja’s finish secured him a new national ranking of #14, and earned him a bid to compete at the National Tournament of Champions. He needs one more bid in order to compete nationally.
Premier Debate, a national institute specializing in Lincoln-Douglas Debate said of Ahuja, “But the true Loyola underdog that has everyone talking is Ronak Ahuja (#14 Nationwide)-Chaminade. On his path to the finals, Ronak defeated Emma Blum (#39)-Brentwood, Vishan Chaudhary (#32)-Harvard-Westlake, Rex Evans(#29)-Santa Monica, Alexandra Mork (#19)-Harvard-Westlake, Spencer Paul (#13)-Harvard-Westlake, and a quarterfinals revenge round victory against his only prelim loss Jake Davidson (#17)-Harvard-Westlake. Starting the weekend unranked, Ronak’s new national #14 ranking is well-deserved.”
Chaminade’s September 8 game against St. John Bosco has been selected as the Ford CIF-SS Game of the Week on FOX Sports Prime Ticket and FOX Sports GO! Tune-in live at 7:30 p.m. on Friday if you can’t make the drive to El Camino College. FOX Sports Prime Ticket can be accessed through cable packages on TV; or download the FOX Sports GO app on your tablet or mobile device, and scroll down until you see Chaminade.
The Eagles are currently 2-0 after a 39-25 win last week over Mountain Pointe (Arizona) in the Under Armour Brothers in Arms Classic.
Update: Please note the game against St. John Bosco is Friday, September 8 (an incorrect date was previously posted).
Chaminade Homecoming is on Friday, September 15. In addition to an exciting football match-up on the Deep Blue C against Bakersfield, festivities include an annual midway of food booths.
Food booth purchases are made using tickets, and parent volunteers are needed for ticket sales, booth set-up, and clean-up. Please click here to sign-up for booth volunteer opportunities.
In addition, volunteers are needed for Boosters clothing sales during Homecoming. Please use this link to sign-up to help Boosters.