A Time to Share Your All Souls’ Day Prayer Requests

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 click here 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. Joseph Raj, S.M.
Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58

Chaminade Chaplains

Respect Life Week

From October 10 to October 20 Chaminade joined Catholic schools around the Los Angeles Archdiocese in celebrating Respect Life Week. Each October we try to set aside some time to focus on the very precious gift of human life and the ways that we can contribute to treating that gift with reverence and dignity. This year we focused on the seven Catholic Social Teaching Principles:

  • The Dignity of Human Life
  • Call to Family, Community, and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Options for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity, and Stewardship
  • Care of God’s Creation 

We celebrated a beautiful Mass on each of our campuses highlighted by a candlelight procession symbolizing how we can be light to the world and stand up for human dignity. Gia Frank ’24, pledged to take care of God’s creation and challenges all of us to do the same saying “each of us has a calling to make the world a better place.”  Alec Simoni ’18, says that respect life is about “valuing dignity in one another regardless of who or where you are in life.”  He promotes the dignity of human life through the club that he founded, Caring Hearts, whose mission is to help sick and impoverished youth in our community and around the world.

Society of Mary 200th Anniversary Prayer

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Monday, October 2, marks the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Mary.  This is a joyful day for the Marianist brothers and priests, and they ask all of us to help them celebrate in a simple and profound way.

The Marianists have composed a special prayer commemorating their bicentennial, and encourage everyone at all sponsored schools and other ministries to join as one voice, simultaneously, on that day.  Think of it: all students, Marianist educators and parents across the Province joining in prayer with Marianists at the same time!  Truly, we will be what Blessed Chaminade called a “spectacle of saints.”

The following time zones will gather us into one voice to pray:

Time Zone


Begin prayer at

8 a.m.
11 a.m.
1 p.m.
2 p.m.
7 p.m.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., a SHINE (middle school) and LIFE (high school) Team member will say the Bicenntenial Prayer over the public address system. All classes will come to a halt to pray the prayer.

The entire Chaminade family is invited to join the Marianist family in prayer today:

Holy God,
you chose Mary to be the mother of your son,
and you have chosen us to know, love, and serve you
as members of the Marianist Family today.

Help us bring Christ anew to the world!

We give thanks for your faithfulness
And for the faithfulness of Marianist brothers, sisters and priests
across 200 years of Marianist life and service.

And we give thanks for the Marianist Family that today
carries on the inspiration of our founders.

Help us discover and faithfully live our vocations,
with Mary as our model, letting your word be fulfilled in us.

Bless all of us in the Marianist Family;
may we together practice the love of Christ
and continue to know, love, and serve you for centuries to come.

May we be a spectacle of saints,
for the world and all those we meet,
helping your kingdom come!

And may the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be glorified in all places,
through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.

Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon to be Beatified


On May 4, 2017, Pope Francis signed the Decree of Beatification for Mother Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon. Adèle (as she is fondly known in the Chaminade family), received a favorable judgement on May 2 from the Cardinals and Bishops who are members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Mother Adèle was born on June 10, 1789 and is a founder of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate. The Marianists are currently celebrating the bicentennial anniversary of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (May 25, 1816) and The Society of Mary (October 2, 1817).

Dennis Haas, Longtime Volunteer and Friend of Chaminade dies at 70


In the fall of 1969, Dennis Haas, then a Marianist brother, joined the Chaminade family. For 48 years, in his own quiet and humble way, he served the school in various capacities, and made lasting connections with four decades of alumni, parents, and employees.

Chaminade College Preparatory is deeply saddened to announce Dennis died on February 17, 2017 in West Hills, California. He was 70-years-old.

According to the Fall 1969 issue of Chaminotes, Dennis came to Chaminade by way of Honolulu Trade Tech, where he majored in carpentry. By the 1970-1971 school year, Dennis was campus manager of the West Hills campus; and he served as a Marianist from 1965 to 1974.

While he did not always work at Chaminade (he was a customer hardware technical support representative for IBM after he gradated from Pierce College), Dennis was a fixture on campus. He led KAIROS retreats, served as moderator for LIFE workshops, chaperoned various student activities, and helped the Advancement Office with archives and events. Perhaps what most in the Chaminade family will remember him for are the pictures he took, and the time he spent with the drama department. The 1988 yearbook was dedicated to him, “The Man with the Camera.”

Dennis was a 1964 graduate of Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco. His physics teacher was former Chaminade President, Fr. Allen DeLong. After graduating from Riordan, Dennis entered the Marianist religious community and moved to Cupertino.

During a Mass on Friday, February 17, 1989, the school celebrated the founding of Chaminade College Preparatory. Dennis was honored as one of Chaminade’s first Founders, 28 years ago; a fitting milestone for the uniquely simple and humble man who served Chaminade for so many years.