Family Mass and Dinner to be Held January 29

fr-chaminadeChaminade College Preparatory will begin Catholic Schools Week with the celebration of Mass on Sunday, January 29 in honor of the school’s Marianist heritage. Immediately following Mass a dinner will be held in the Student Center.

Family Mass is for both the West Hills and Chatsworth campuses, and will be celebrated as one school. To RSVP, please click here.

Family Mass
Sunday, January 29
5:00 p.m.
Fr. Allen DeLong Center
10210 Oakdale Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311

All students, parents, alumni, grandparents, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend.

Bro. Skip Matthews dies at 77: the face of Christ for others, especially for those in need

bro-skipSince 1994, Bro. Francis “Skip” Matthews, S.M. has been a fixture in the Chaminade family. He has graced the school with his infectious smile, boundless energy, and irreplaceable spirit.

Chaminade College Preparatory is deeply saddened to announce Bro. Skip died on December 14, 2016 in Cupertino, California. He was 77 years-old, with 57 years of religious profession. The entire school family will miss his presence on campus, be it through his work in Campus Ministry, supervisory time in the cafeteria, substituting in the classroom, or to discuss social justice, the Dodgers, or the previous night’s Chaminade basketball game. You could always count on a resounding, “Hello,” if you saw an older, white pick-up truck in the parking lot.

“Bro. Skip meant the world to Chaminade’s Chatsworth community,” says Middle School Principal, Mike Valentine, “To the students he was the official greeter,  the one who woke them up and started their day with an encouraging word and a smile. To the faculty and staff he was a true inspiration, mentor, and  confidant. I can’t think of a single adult on campus from the faculty, to the physical plant crew, to the support staff who didn’t have a special relationship with Bro. Skip.”

A native Angeleno, Bro. Skip was raised in Manhattan Beach. He attended grade school at American Martyrs, and later Junipero Serra High School in Gardena. He professed his first vows in 1959, in Santa Cruz. He studied with the Brothers of St. John of God at their Los Angeles hospital, and learned the fundamentals of nursing and caring for the elderly. In 1962, he made perpetual profession in the Society of Mary.

In his early ministry, Bro. Skip served in health care and directed the Marianist Infirmary in Honolulu, Hawaii. Ten years later, he became a paramedic at a remote facility in Zambia. He served there for 18 years, and also assisted with work at Matero Boys Secondary School, a Marianist school in Lusaka.

Chaminade President Rob Webb reflects, “Bro. Skip traveled the world, taking the charism of Fr. Chaminade with him. He lived a very full life bringing some of the most disenfranchised, disconnected people closer to God. He cherished his time at Chaminade as much as his time anywhere else. We are all blessed to have known him.”

In addition to his ministry at Chaminade, Bro. Skip volunteered at hospice and the Good Shepherd Shelter, a safe house for battered women and children. He also visited Skid Row twice a week to help the homeless and spend time with them. For more than 20 years, from December 1 to 24, Bro. Skip set up a table and offered to write cards to family members and friends of people living on Skid Row. This year, Bro. Skip could not do his usual work, but over the summer he collected clothes for to the Good Shepherd Shelter and cards for the Los Angeles Catholic Worker. The items were recently donated to both organizations by the Marianist Community.

Bro. Skip was honored in 2013 at the Annual Brothers Mass and Banquet with the Annual Brotherhood Award. Archbishop Jose Gomez and Bro. Larry Moen, C.M.F., presented him with the award, “Honoring Bro. Skip’s religious commitment to the service of the Lord as a Marianist Religious Brother and his faithful ministry in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles through education and outreach to the poor and the homeless.”

Share your All Souls’ Day prayer requests with the Marianist Community at Chaminade

img_7433Dear Chaminade Family,

Each year at this season, the Chaminade Marianist Community is closely joined in interest and concern with all members of the Chaminade College Preparatory family. November is a time to share with one another the memory of relatives, friends, former teachers and students who have been called by God to that eternal life we all hope to share.

All Souls’ Day, November 2, is a way for each one of us to remember our departed loved ones. To make our prayers more specific and significant, we invite you to submit the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.) We will place these names on the altar in our Marianist community chapel and remember them as we celebrate the Eucharist throughout the month of November.

Let this be our offering to you. We are grateful for your continuing friendship and are privileged to minister to you through this on-going Chaminade tradition.

Please visit our website to fill out the form with the names of your deceased relatives and friends (including the class year of deceased alumni.)

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58
Chaminade Chaplain

Five Marianist Lay Affiliates Commissioned at Chaminade

img_0041-webToday five members of the Chaminade family made a lifelong commitment and were commissioned as Marianist Lay Affiliates. Kate Beskid ’00, Luis Guerra, April Risteff, Ellen Celaya, and Tom Celaya each participated in a yearlong formation program and discernment.

A ceremony was held at both the Chatsworth and West Hills campus to recognize their commitment to the Marianist Family and the Catholic Church. As Bro. David Betz’s said, “They understand the Marianist tradition of spirituality. They have shared our community life of prayer. They have partaken with the church in the Paschal mysteries and are now ready to deepen their baptismal commitments.”

As Lay Marianists, Beskid, Guerra, Risteff, and the Celayas have made a unique expression of commitment. In the same way vowed Marianists are guided, Lay Affiliates also follow Mary’s examples of trust in God’s promises, openness to God’s action in their lives, and faithful response to God’s call. Their mission, as Ellen Celaya shared is to bring Jesus to others, and to be Jesus to others.

For more information on Lay Affiliates, their mission and role in the Marianist family, please visit the Marianist Province of the United States’ website.

Commencement Ceremonies

IMG_7194Chaminade College Preparatory will celebrate Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement this week at both campuses.

8th Grade Class of 2020 Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 p.m.

  • Chatsworth Campus, 10210 Oakdale Avenue, Chatsworth, California
  • Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
  • Event parking available on campus and at the LDS church across the street. Please follow the direction of the parking attendants.


Class of 2016 Baccalaureate Mass
Friday, May 27, 6:00 p.m.

  • Upper campus (outside the Administration Building)
  • West Hills Campus, 7500 Chaminade Avenue, West Hills, California
  • Event parking is available on campus.
  • No tickets are needed.
  •  All families of seniors are invited to attend.


Class of 2016 Commencement
Saturday, May 28, 9:00 a.m.

  • Gates open at 7:45 a.m.
  • Upper campus (outside the Administration Building)
  • West Hills Campus, 7500 Chaminade Avenue, West Hills, California
  • Event parking is available on campus, and at West Hills Hospital. A shuttle will bring guests from the West Hills Hospital parking lot to Chaminade College Preparatory.
  • No tickets are needed. Seating is first-come, first-served.
  • A brief reception will be held following graduation.
  • For those who require special accommodations, a tented area for seating will be available for graduation, click here to reserve special accommodation seating.