Mensch (מענטש): a Yiddish word that means "a person of integrity." A mensch is responsible, has a sense of right and wrong, and is the sort of person others look up to (judaism.about.com). John Gladstone is a mensch.
After 47 years as a teacher and administrator in Jesuit schools, our President is now on sabbatical. John, the erstwhile Latin teacher, could tell us that “sabbatical, ” like mensch, has Hebrew roots, via the Latin sabbaticus, deriving from shabbat, i.e., Sabbath, literally a "ceasing." A sabbatical is a rest from work, or a break, based on God’s own break on the seventh day, after the long work of Creation.
John definitely deserves an extended Sabbath after almost five decades as an Ignatian educator. While he’s away, let’s celebrate this mensch (since he would never let me do that while he was here!):
As a 20-year-old college senior at Xavier University in Cincinnati, John started teaching Latin at Xavier Prep. He soon returned to Cleveland to teach at his alma mater, St. Ignatius in Cleveland. My brother-in-law Arnie had John as his Latin I teacher in 1970, and he still loves Latin, mostly because of the dynamic Mr. Gladstone. In addition to learning his declensions and pronouns (tui, tibi, te, te), Arnie remembers his magister cavorting about in a toga, inspiring the lads to love Roman culture as much as Mr. Gladstone.
Among his jobs over the past 47 years, John has served as Principal of Walsh Jesuit High in Toledo, Director of Development at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, and Vice President for Enrollment and Financial Aid at John Carroll, a Jesuit university in Cleveland. On his sabbatical, John will travel, visit his children all over the country, watch baseball (especially his beloved Indians), and, we hope, rest from his decades of creative work.
As any JHS freshman could tell you, Mr. Gladstone is the coolest guy on campus. He can be seen at countless plays, ballgames, and other student events. Students see him most often in the hallways, slapping high fives, telling students to keep smiling, and especially encouraging them to “come to Mass on Friday!”
Yes, John is a “mensch.” He is also an Ignatian educator non pareil; a loving, laughing companion who has a heart for the poor, the middle class, and the wealthy alike—and especially for the students and teachers of Jesuit High School, which he calls “the best place I have ever worked.” How fortunate for us that he came to love this place, and that John Gladstone, mensch and magister, will return to us refreshed and ready for one more great crusade…
on Friday June 20 at 02:27PM