Catholic Schools Week Celebration Continues


The celebration of Catholic School Week continued today with the middle school’s National Junior Honor Society lunchtime bake sale in support of Together in Mission (of the Los Angeles Archdiocese). Together in Mission helps the poorest parishes and schools, and works to improve the lives of the poor in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

The SHINE team sponsored a faith-sharing session in the gym. Students read a reading from the bible and shared what their ideal super hero of service would represent.

On the West Hills campus, students played Hoop Heroes during lunch and participated in a comment contest on Instagram, sharing who their everyday super heroes are and why they are inspiring. You can follow Campus Ministry’s Instagram contest on @campusminccp.

Click here for a schedule of events on the Chatsworth campus.
Click here for a schedule of events on the West Hills campus.

Chaminade Kicks off Catholic Schools Week

Chaminade kicked off Marianist Heritage/Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 28, with a school-wide Family Mass and Dinner held on the West Hills campus. More than 300 guests gathered to celebrate the gift of a Catholic Marianist education and to give honor to Blessed William Joseph Chaminade and his charism to be formed by Mary for the mission of Christ. Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of Catholic education in the United States. This year’s celebration began January 28 and continues through February 3.

Chaminade’s West Hills and Chatsworth campuses are celebrating Catholic Schools Week with lunchtime activities, themed dress days, faith rallies, appreciation luncheons, and the Blessed William Joseph Chaminade Award.

Click here for a schedule of events on the Chatsworth campus.
Click here for a schedule of events on the West Hills campus.


Chaminade Celebrates Founders Day

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.

Please Join Us for Family Mass and Dinner


Chaminade College Preparatory’s Office of Mission Integration and Ministry invites all Chaminade families to Family Mass and Dinner as we begin Catholic Schools Week, on Sunday, January 28 at 5:00 p.m.

Mass will be held in the Bob Hope Student Center on the West Hills campus. Dinner will immediately follow Mass in the same location. Please click here to RSVP by January 24.

Three Employees Honored with William Joseph Chaminade Award

During Catholic Schools Week, three Chaminade College Preparatory employees were given the William Joseph Chaminade Award:

  • Kaylee Bryden
  • Michael Lehrmann
  • Michael Ochs

Each were nominated by their peers for demonstrating and/or supporting all five Characteristics of Marianist Education (integral, quality education; family spirit; adaptation and change; formation in faith; and service, justice and peace) in all he or she does, and is an outward example of the Marianist charism, “To be formed by Mary for the Mission of Christ.”

Kaylee Bryden teaches health at Chaminade’s West Hills campus, and is one of the few high school teachers who teaches every single student (except post-freshman year transfers). Her nominator says, “She knows the students well and cares about their emotional, physical, and acadmeic development.” She also shares her singing voice during school liturgies.

Michael Lehrmann works as a payroll administrator; while his office is on the Chatsworth campus, he serves both school communities. While he does not work directly with students,  Michael actively participates in school events and supports Dig Pink and the annual middle school Justice Fair. His nominators call him kind, gentle and competent. Another nominator said, “I’d also like to add the words, ‘quiet’ and ‘unassuming.’ When I think of our recipient, I’m reminded of St. Joseph. St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of Workers, a humble, very ethical man who took care of others, most notably, Mary and Jesus.”

Michael Ochs chairs Chaminade’s high school social studies department. While a history teacher, he is also a life-long learner; Michael recently completed his masters degree in history. He has also served as an assistant moderator of Link, shares his free times to act n student films, directs Kairos, and chaperones student trips. Michael’s nominator reflects, “He is a phenomenal teacher who expects greatness from his students and challenges himself by collaborating with his colleagues for the benefit of all the students.”