As we enter into our Thanksgiving break, I would like to share my gratitude for the many blessings I witness at Jesuit High School. Once again, I must say how grateful I am for the blessing that Lorraine Paul has been for Jesuit as our interim President. Her wisdom and guidance is making for a seamless transition to our new President, Fr. John McGarry, S.J., who will begin next year. Mrs. Paul is modeling for our students and staff the virtues of service, commitment, and fortitude.
We are entering the home stretch with only five more weeks until graduation. The Class of 2017 is doing what other Senior classes have done before: they are starting to say goodbye to this place that has been their home for the last four years while eagerly anticipating the life that awaits them. We are also welcoming the Class of 2021, who will gather on April 27 for the Family Welcome. These students are also taking their first steps into their new world that is Jesuit High School.
Thanksgiving is approaching and we are called to reflect and pray on the blessings in our lives. I believe this is a fitting year to recall the origins of this holiday. On October 3, 1863, in the third autumn of the Civil War, President Lincoln issued a proclamation:
Our beautiful campus at 1200 Jacob Lane is as active as ever! We just celebrated our Homecoming Weekend with a variety of events such as the Alumni Guys Night Out, the Alumni BBQ, a home football game, water polo tournament, student dance, and the Alumni Family Liturgy. During the Alumni Family Liturgy, Fr. Aaron Engebretson, S.J., preached on the meaning of Luke’s account of the cleansing of the ten lepers who were healed from a distance by Jesus (Luke 17:11-19). Fr. Aaron shared with us that we are all worthy of God’s healing love, regardless of where we are. Of the ten, one man returned, approaching Jesus to experience God’s love more intimately; he could touch his cloak, hear his words, see him up close–God in the flesh. In like manner, our alumni were invited to return to this community at Jesuit where they encountered the amazing power of God’s love. Fr. Aaron’s message has stuck with me and it echoes what we tell our students daily–that they are worthy of God’s unwavering and unconditional love.
The start of the school year was a whirlwind of exciting events that included the Frosh Orientation and Mass, the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the Frosh Overnight Retreat, Back-to-School Night, Sprit Week, and the Holy Bowl. These events were designed to welcome our newest members to the Jesuit High School community and celebrate our rich tradition. We now turn to our planning for Open House as we enter into the next phase of the school year.
Final preparations and last-minute projects are wrapping up and we are ready to begin another school year at 1200 Jacob Lane! We already have teachers on campus getting ready for the always-busy academic year. We are rested and ready to do the important work of Jesuit High School and I know that our students will be surrounded by people who are “dedicated to forming competent young men into conscientious leaders in compassionate service to others for the greater glory of God.”