The Marianist Award is annually presented to a staff member who has exhibited a continuous and extraordinary commitment to the Marianist value of family spirit by living the Marian traits of openness, hospitality, graciousness and faith in a loving God, and by drawing others into the challenge of building a collaborative community based on loving acceptance of others and commitment to the vision and mission of Chaminade University. The university presented this year’s Marianist Award to Bro. Jerry Bommer, S.M., rector emeritus.
While it would be expected that all professed Marianists qualify for this award, Bro. Bommer was singled out by exception for his constant support and consistent drive to bring about unity and cohesiveness to our campus. He has been a committed Marianist Brother for more than sixty years. While never seeking administrative positions, he responded to the call of superiors and served in administrative ministry for much of his life. While still leaving time for fishing, golf and gardening, he offers outstanding and invaluable assistance to the Rector’s Office. As Rector of Chaminade for eight years, he initiated all kinds of programs and activities to promote the Catholic and Marianist identity of the campus. He is generous to a fault, caring beyond measure, and a man of deep personal faith. All that he does, from barbequing, to Fat Tuesday socials, to offering prayer at sports activities, Bro. Bommer binds Chaminade together as a family in a true spirit of ohana.