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

Chaminade Film Festival 2017



The Chaminade Film Festival celebrated some of the best work of Chaminade’s filmmakers on Saturday, February 11. Twenty-seven finalists were selected from a record number of entries and showcased for an audience of more than 250 people in the Tutor Family Center for the Performing Arts. These films were produced by students enrolled in film classes at Chaminade, and the festival itself represents only a sampling of more than 500 films that are produced annually by the students each year. All of the winning films and finalists have been posted to the Chaminade Film YouTube Channel. See them here:

The evening concluded with an award ceremony to recognize the best film in each category and also the outstanding achievements in every part of the filmmaking process.

Best Short Short
Created by Cole Hanson ’17

Best Visual Poem
Created by Sarah Tang ’20

Best Documentary
Created by Jack Oswald ’19

Best Comedy
Produced by Jenna Perry ’17 with writer/director Cooper North, cinematographer Carter Williams ’18, editor Mike Mariano ’18, and primary cast Justin Thomas ’18, Andy Dyer ’18, and Louis Gerny ’18.

Best Drama
Written, directed, and edited by Isabelle Bryan ’17, with cinematographer Mark Alcasid ’17, and a crew and cast that included Dante Kargodorian ’17, Ariana Afradi ’17, Brendan Barlow ’18, Jenna Perry ’17, Colette Mendoza ’17, Cole Hanson ’17, Louis Gerny ’18, and  Alek Solter ’18.

Outstanding Achievement Awards

Outstanding Achievement: Original Concept
Aidan Hall ’19 for iSolated

Outstanding Achievement: Original Concept
Jareth Kirkham ’18 for Hot Dog Chase

Outstanding Achievement: Non-Dialogue Storytelling
Cherish Love by Sarah Tang ’20, Abe Eagle ’20, Jamal Huff ’17, Isaiah Richardson ’17, with primary actors Josh Thomas ’17, Isabella Romo ’19, and Blake Antzoulatos ’19.