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Songs Marianists Used To Sing, edited by Brother Eugene Frank, S.M., page 19.


In praise of Father Chaminade, founder. File contains chorus and verses in separate pages, as well as a typewritten page of lyrics only.


Chaminade, Founder, Marianist founder


Catholic Studies | Other Music | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion


This anthem was composed in four parts TTBB and is known by two names, “The Marianist Centenary Anthem,” and “Chaminade, Our Sainted Founder.” It was used in 1917 by both American Provinces and I am sure that Brother Rob Holzmer, S.M., composed it at least a few months before 1917, since it was then sung in our schools, all around the two provinces, including Hawai’i. We sang it in four parts in the novitiate in Santa Cruz in 1958-59, and in the scholasticate in Honolulu in the early 1960s.

There are some melody mistakes in the introductory section in this edition, where the compiler used some of the harmony lines rather than the excellent soaring and flowing melody. And there are a few incorrect text lines. “....of the loyal knights of Mary, to thy memory this day ...” is the correct wording, for example.

Over the years, it had been used as a refrain for "Tantum Ergo." It scans perfectly and is a great melody for that hymn.

A number of us who are still living sang this regularly in the novitiate and scholasticate. We can with a little sleuth work come up with the correct melody, text and TTBB harmonization. It is one of the finest musical compositions to come out of the Society of Mary.

Comments by Ted Ley, S.M.





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Made available with the permission of the Marianist Province of the United States. All rights reserved.

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Music by Robert Holzmer, S.M.

Chaminade_Our_Sainted_Founder.mp3 (1044 kB)
Chaminade Our Sainted Founder



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