January 4, 2021
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We're Celebrating 60!
We have a very special birthday to celebrate… ours! We’re turning 60! Read on for more about how we’re celebrating this milestone and Founders Week, but first, a quick trip down memory lane.
CMCP commemorates Founders Week in January, a month affectionally known to us as Marianist Heritage Month. During this month, we revel in our history, our traditions, and of course our #LionPride. Our roots stem back to the early 1800s, 1817 when the Society of Mary (the Marianists) was founded in Bordeaux, France to be exact. Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, a French priest, began with faith groups as a means of re-Christianizing France in the aftermath of the French Revolution and believed strongly that if a society was to be brought to true faith, the best place to start was with the youth. His faith groups began to work in established schools and eventually expanded their network by founding schools of their own. And just like that, we’ve traveled from 1817 to 1960, when Chaminade High School and Madonna Academy first opened their doors.
It was in 1963 that Sister Eugene Marie oversaw the first commencement exercises at Madonna Academy. How many young women graduated that year you ask? Nine! That same year, Br. Donald Gaskill, S.M., was appointed principal of Chaminade High School. One year later, in 1964, Chaminade graduated 32 young men in its first graduating class. Both schools continued to succeed and further expansion began on each campus. In 1971, air-conditioning was installed at Madonna and in 1973, construction of the chapel and library began at Chaminade. In 1988, two years after both schools celebrated their 25th anniversaries, the Archdiocese of Miami, the Superior General of the Marianists and the School Sisters of Notre Dame agreed to merge Chaminade High School and Madonna Academy in response to declining enrollment and financial difficulties. With that, in 1988, Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory was established as a co-ed high school. We celebrated our 50th Anniversary Jubilee during the 2009-2010 school year and look forward to celebrating our 60th during this school year!
Our celebration may look different this year, but our commitment to continually find our anchor in the Characteristics of Marianist Education continues as strong as ever. As a member school in the Marianist tradition, we strive to practice the virtues of Jesus and Mary so that we might educate as would Jesus and Mary. Blessed Chaminade said it best when he said, “We teach in order to educate." Mr. Reavey (new Director of Campus Ministry) follows this with, “Our founders, William Joseph Chaminade, Marie Thérèse Charlotte de Lamourous and Adèle de Batz de Trenquelléon, had a collective vision and mandate for all of us: to be a community of communities to change the world.” We take great pride in our mission to educate the heart and soul as well as the mind and body.
Are you ready for the Faculty vs. Student Kickball Game? It’s anyone’s game, but we’ll have to leave it all on the field. See you at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19 on the Softball Field.
Additionally, we’re excited to invite you to CMCP’s first-ever Virtual Run/Walk/Stroll. We provide the 60th Anniversary t-shirt and race-bib and you provide the exercise! Run if you can, stroll if you'd rather, or skate if you're looking for something fun. Want to bike or jog instead? Do it! Bring the whole family - don’t forget your pets! - and get your heart pumping for CMCP! Join us as we take this health initiative in the new year. There is no set course or time, as we’re keeping this virtual so you can participate at your own pace in your own neighborhood -near or far! Purchase your shirt before end of day Tuesday, January 12, for a chance to win a special 60th Anniversary logo mask!
Thanks for joining us as we encourage healthy habits in a socially distant way. Click here to register.
Tuesday, 1/12 | 1:45 - 2:15 P.M. | Zaragoza Center
High School Placement Test Makeup Exam (Class of '25)
Friday, 1/15 | 8:00 - 11:30 A.M. | Belanger Hall
January 19 – 23
Did you see Campus Ministry's Instagram story yesterday? We asked Ms. Canosa (Fine & Performing Arts) about this piece. This was a gift to the Marianist Brothers presented at the Founder's Mass in February 2018. Her students originally started working on this project in January 2017! Each student was responsible for a square that attached to the others to make this beautiful image of Mary.