In this blog, Principal Paul Hogan will regularly share with us his insights and observations during the school year. We hope you enjoy Paul's posts!
It’s been another busy fortnight at JHS, highlighted by a rescheduled Encounter-by-the-sea, a state swim thriller, bball games, preparations for the opening of Shrek the Musical, Chess state matches, and Mock Trial regionals. Not to mention twenty educators representing two visiting teams sitting in classes and interviewing students, staff, parents, and trustees (more on Accreditation and Sponsorship Review in my next blog!).
As busy as we all were, we would have to search hard to find a member of the Jesuit community as active in so many ways over the past few days as the remarkable Fr. Paul Grubb, ’91.
Father Grubb is first a teacher, and a darn good one. He designed our Freshman Faith Formation curriculum. He has also been the main mentor to the wonderful young Jesuits who have come through Jesuit in the past few years, including Patrick Couture, Ryan Rallanka, San Mai, Rob Van Alstyne, and now, Mike Manalastas (all SJ!).
Last week, in addition to teaching his classes, Fr. Grubb was a key component of both the Sponsorship and Accreditation visits (he was a member of the JHS steering committee for Accreditation). On Thursday, in his capacity as Chaplain of the JHS Alumni, Father Grubb celebrated the funeral Mass of Dave Stuckey ’83 for an overflow crowd of friends and family. On Friday, Fr. Grubb concelebrated our Friday liturgy with Seattle University President Steven Sundborg, SJ, along with fellow alum Craig Boly, ’62 and the other Jesuits on campus.
But that’s not really why I want to celebrate Fr. Grubb, as he prepares to move on from Jesuit High to Australia and Tertianship (the third and final phase of Formation for Jesuits).
I want to talk about skiing. You see, Fr. Grubb, in addition to all the hats he wears in the above jobs, also puts on a helmet and ski goggles every weekend as Head Coach of the Jesuit ski team. For the past three years, not only has Fr. Grubb led the JHS ski team to the state championship, he has also taught them to ski ad majorem dei gloriam, for the greater glory of God. Last Saturday at Skibowl, the Crusaders once again won both men’s and women’s Metro League titles.
As Fr. Grubb gathers his skiracers each Friday night at the Tichy Lodge in Government Camp, he encourages them to visualize their Saturday runs down the mountain, and to offer each as a prayer, as celebrations of the life that flows through their sinews and muscles and connects them to the grandeur of the mountains and to Creation itself.
That is not so hard to imagine when you are a young, healthy teenager standing in the gate at the top of a hill, while gazing over the snow-covered wilderness leading up to the timberline and the towering summit of Mt. Hood itself. In the mountains, especially when skiing for Fr. Grubb’s team, it is easy to see that “the world is charged with the grandeur of God,” as Fr. Grubb’s Jesuit brother Gerard Manley Hopkins so memorably reminds us.
Not many schools can boast that their head ski coach is a bearded, joyful, purely-Portland priest. Fr. Grubb is a rare bird indeed, a cool guy who is just as comfortable teaching freshman about St. Ignatius, Luke Skywalker, and Jesus Christ, preaching to 1400 folks in the Knight Gym, chopping wood at his family’s farm, or cheering on his racers as they fly down the slopes of Mt. Hood in their spiderman suits. We are blessed to have him; let’s cheer him on as he prepares to take the next step in his own heroic, Jesuit journey.
on Wednesday February 26
Fr. Ed, evermore:
On Monday, February 3, John Gladstone, Fr. JK Adams, Brian Maag, and Rick Matcovich ’80 went to visit Fr. Ed McTighe, SJ at the Jesuit infirmary in Los Gatos near San Jose, CA. Father Ed, a teacher at Jesuit High for many years and a member of our community for over four decades, was in failing health and moving closer to heaven.
That evening, I joined John, JK, and Brian in San Jose at a gathering of 20 Jesuits and 40 lay leaders of our western schools. Many of those present knew and loved Fr. Ed, and we prayed together for him.
The next morning, we received word that Fr. Ed had died peacefully over night. What a blessing that John, JK, Brian, and Rick had been able to say goodbye on the last day of Fr. Ed’s life! The passing of Fr. McTighe marks a significant milestone in the life of Jesuit High School—and sent ripples of sadness and celebration across the USA West. Fr. McTighe was a demanding, beloved English teacher who for decades required all of his students to memorize the entirety of Poe’s “The Raven,” a tradition he bequeathed to Mr. Herm Schattenberg and legions of students.
After his retirement from teaching, Fr. Ed continued to live in the Jesuit community at JHS, serving as the chaplain of Providence St. Vincent Hospital. Once he retired from St. V’s, Fr. Ed began singing in the Liturgy Band, an echo of his earlier work with the JHS Glee Club. Every time we walk down Mary’s Way under the majestic tree canopy, we remember Fr. Ed, who planted those trees in the early years of Jesuit High. Last spring, right after he said his last Mass at JHS, we planted a Japanese maple outside of the Canisius chapel in honor of Fr. Ed.
Before he died, Fr. McTighe requested that his funeral Mass be held at Jesuit. If you come to the funeral (Friday, 2/14 at 8:35 am in the Knight Center), you can visit Fr. Ed's tree, and his trees, and hear his spirit whisper in the wind around campus: Not “Nevermore,” but a “mystic chord of memory” of the loving presence of Fr. Ed.
The purpose of our meeting in San Jose was a conference of principals, presidents, superiors, and board chairs of the emerging USA West Province. For many years, Jesuit High has been part of the Oregon Province, which includes Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho. By 2017, we will have fully joined with the 13 schools of the California Province in the new USA West.
How does joining this new province impact Jesuit High School? We are gaining a lot of new “first cousins,” as the principal of Brophy Prep in Phoenix recently referred to me. We will be sharing ideas and resources not only with our Oregon Province companions at Gonzaga Prep, Bellarmine-Tacoma, and Seattle Prep, but also with such vibrant schools as St. Ignatius in San Francisco, Jesuit High-Sacramento, Bellarmine-San Jose, Loyola-Los Angeles, and Brophy.
The folks at St. Andrew Nativity Middle School in Portland now have counterparts not only at the brand-new Nativity in Seattle (under the leadership of President Joseph Carver, SJ), but with a whole new network of Nativity and Cristo Rey schools in California and Arizona, all of which provide a bridge out of poverty to children throughout the West.
For 465 years, Jesuit schools worldwide have shared with one another the treasure of Ignatian spirituality and the gifts of a Jesuit education (did you know all 50 Jesuit high schools in the US teach students according to the Profile of the JHS Graduate?!). Thanks to our inaugural USA West conference, I now have 17 first cousins to call with questions and ideas, instead of four.
Soon, JHS teachers and students will be traveling to California and Arizona for “Ignatian formation” and to share best practices, service trips, and more. What an exciting time to be a part of the worldwide Jesuit Mission! As he enters heaven, I believe Fr. Ed is gazing proudly back at us as we carry that Mission forward into a bright and harmonious future.
on Thursday February 6
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