Saint Louis School and Chaminade University of Honolulu celebrated their Marianist heritage today and recognized the Marianist Center of Hawai’i and the Marianist Province of the United States for the economic and the spiritual support received recently. From 2008 through 2015, the Marianist Center of Hawaii and the Marianist Province of the United States will have gifted more than $18 million to the 52-acre shared campus, situated on the lower slopes of Saint Louis Heights in Kaimuki.
Saint Louis School president, Hon. Walter S. Kirimitsu, said, “We are grateful to our Marianist sponsors and affirm our Marianist / Catholic heritage. The Marianists continue to impart a positive influence on the entire community of Saint Louis, and the Marianist Center of Hawaii blesses us with a campus of great beauty and function.”
Chaminade University president, Bro. Bernard Ploeger, SM, PhD, agreed. “The financial support received from the Marianist Center of Hawai’i and the Marianist Province of the United States help ensure that our institutions can continue to educate our students with excellence. We are filled with gratitude at their generosity and their confidence in us.”
From 2008 through 2015, the Marianist Center of Hawai’i will have provided $11.8 million for a new 228-stall campus parking structure and $5.8 million for storm drainage and other campus property improvements. Previously, from 2006 to 2008, Marianist Center of Hawai’i had also funded $1.4 million for other needed infrastructure improvements.
From 2008 through 2015, the Marianist Province of the United States will have provided approximately $800,000 to benefit students of both Saint Louis School and Chaminade.
- The Province will have granted $625,000 to Chaminade’s Marianist Sponsorship Ministries Foundation, which supports Marianist and Catholic religious traditions at the university, including student immersion programs, partnerships with Hawaii’s Catholic schools and the Diocese of Honolulu, and campus religious and social celebrations.
- The Province will have also granted $138,000 in scholarships for students attending Saint Louis School. These scholarships have benefited students of various religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, helping them achieve a quality education and become gentlemen of character, reaching individual potential through the Catholic Marianist tradition of spiritual, academic, physical and emotional maturity.
“Education has always been an important part of the Marianist mission, and we are strongly committed to both Saint Louis School and Chaminade University and their futures,” said the United States Marianist provincial, Reverend Martin Solma, SM. “Both continue to educate for formation in faith, provide an integral, quality education, educate in family spirit, and educate for service, justice, peace and integrity of creation, as well as educate for adaptation and change.”
A sculpture of Blessed Chaminade created by Joseph Aspell, noted liturgical artist and former member of the Society of Mary, has been commissioned in honor of the occasion. The statue and a commemorative plaque will be installed later this spring in grateful recognition of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the founder of the Society of Mary and in acknowledgement of the Marianists’ generosity.
The Society of Mary –the Marianists– is a Catholic religious order dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. It was founded in France in 1817 by Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, a man dedicated to re-establishing a renewed Christian faith in the aftermath of the French Revolution. Almost 500 Marianist brothers and priests comprise the Marianist Province of the United States. They serve in communities and ministries from Honolulu to Puerto Rico and in Eastern Africa, India, Ireland, Mexico, Nepal and the Philippines. In the United States, Marianists sponsor the University of Dayton in Ohio, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Chaminade University of Honolulu, 18 high schools, seven parishes and four retreat centers.
The Marianist Center of Hawai’i engages in the educational, moral and spiritual care of people in Hawai’i, giving them the opportunity and means to attend Chaminade University and Saint Louis School and to worship at Mystical Rose Oratory. Through its Office of Special Ministries, the Marianist Center sponsors and conducts workshops and conferences on religion, liturgical arts, religious life and religio-socio concerns.
The Mission of Saint Louis School is to educate and challenge students of various religious, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, so that they may achieve a quality education and become gentlemen of character, reaching individual potential through the Catholic Marianist tradition of spiritual, academic, physical and emotional maturity. Since 1846, Saint Louis School has consistently transformed young adolescents into well-educated, thoughtful and proactive citizens. For more information, go to www.saintlouishawaii.org or phone (808) 739-7777.
Educating students for life, service and successful careers, Chaminade University of Honolulu is a Catholic/ Marianist university offering programs of study grounded in the liberal arts with day, evening, online and accelerated courses. A Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander serving institution, Chaminade is located at 3140 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816. It also has eight satellite locations around Oahu. For more information, visit the Chaminade Web site at www.chaminade.edu or call (808) 735-4711.
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