For this cast, theater is more than just acting.
A message from Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J., President, on this 53rd anniversary of original dramatic productions.
Dear Friends of Jesuit High School…
Pope Francis always urges us to create a culture of encounter, and reminds us that “every stranger who knocks at our door is an opportunity for an encounter with Jesus Christ, who identifies with the welcomed and rejected strangers of every age.” At Jesuit High School, we teach our students not to run away from the poor and the marginalized, but to run toward them and to serve them as Jesus did. In the process of serving, and of grappling with difficult social and moral issues, we hope our students become people of dialogue, discernment, and action for the betterment of society.
Jesuit’s goal is to graduate students that are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice, as stated in the Profile of the Graduate at Graduation. In their four years here, Jesuit students begin to see more deeply that a life of faith implies a commitment to a just society and a growing awareness of the global nature of many current social issues and their impact on various human communities. Students explore the structural roots of injustice in social institutions, attitudes and customs, and develop a sense of compassion for the victims of injustice. We don’t teach students what to think, but rather how to question, research, evaluate information and draw their own conclusions. We urge our students to rely on their minds, morals and faith.
I commend our students in this production, In the Matter of Scott Warren, for looking deeply into the sensitive and important issues of immigration policy, humanitarian efforts and related legal and moral issues. Through the process of studying the case of Scott Warren and preparing this production, the students themselves become powerful teachers, causing us to think critically and deeply for ourselves about immigration, human rights, and human dignity. The opportunity for our students to present such a thought-provoking issue in a respectful way demonstrates their ability to be future leaders and true men and women for others. I am moved by their maturity, respect and the use of the arts as a powerful tool for growth.
Enjoy the work of these talented and dedicated students from Jesuit High School, St. Francis High School, Rio Americano and Cristo Rey High School.
Thank you for your support.
Rev. John P. McGarry, S.J.