Resilience in a Challenging Time
From the President

Jesuit Magazine Winter 20/21

Dear Friends of Jesuit High School Sacramento:

The dictionary defines resilient as: 1) the ability to be happy, successful, etc., again after something difficult or bad has happened; 2) the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; 3) the ability to respond, absorb, and adapt to, as well as recover in a disruptive event.

I am proud of and grateful to all of you, and to our students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration for their resilience during this past year. These have been difficult times and have affected all of us in many ways. I am thankful that Jesuit has been able to continue the education and formation of our students in the best and safest way possible, given the reality of our circumstances. I am grateful to our benefactors and friends, who make it possible to continue our Jesuit educational mission.

We now look ahead and continue with strength and dedication. We are resilient because of our faith. 

At one of our recent faculty/staff meetings, we prayed with a passage from St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, chapter 4, verses 4-9:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again, I will say, Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

This is our invitation and our call to resilience; may we respond with
a faithful heart. May the Lord carry us gently ahead, and may we experience Jesus Christ born in some new way in our lives in 2021. 

Our school has been challenged in ways we could not have imagined. However, the stories in this edition demonstrate that our faculty and staff continue to work diligently to provide the Jesuit education our young men need during this pandemic.

Please join us in moving ahead with resilience and strength. We look forward to hosting you on campus again soon.

Thank you for your support of Jesuit High School Sacramento.


John P. McGarry, S.J.