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.

Chaminade Welcomes Two Marianists

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.

Welcome to the 2017-2018 School Year

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Dear Chaminade Families,

It is with great joy that I welcome all our families to a new school year at Chaminade! Thank you for entrusting us with the education and faith formation of your children.

This year we celebrate 65 years of Chaminade College Preparatory, as well as the Marianist bicentennial, and the founding of the Society of Mary by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade. Additionally, each year we celebrate one of the Characteristics of Marianist Education, and this year will focus on the importance and meaning of service, justice, and peace.

I am also pleased to welcome two new Marianists to our school family. Fr. Joseph Raj, S.M. and Bro. Kumar Kambhampati, S.M. come to us from India. Both are eager to serve and learn – Fr. Raj as school chaplain and Bro. Kumar as a pastoral associate. Their arrival means that Chaminade is blessed with six vowed Marianists. Fr. Ted Ley, S.M. ’58 continues to be present for Masses and retreats, and remains active in our Marianist Community.

As we go through the school year, there will be many stories to share and events to support. In addition to the various concerts and competitions you attend, you are always welcome to celebrate Mass with us at either of our campuses. You can also keep up with us online:

Please know that our faculty, staff, and administration hold your children in prayer. We look forward to a blessed and successful school year. Thank you again for choosing Chaminade!

God Bless and Go Eagles!
Robert S. Webb P ’18 ’20
President