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Welcome to the 2016-17 academic year at Jesuit High School! We, as the Jesuit High School community, are proud to be part of a 460 year Catholic and Ignatian tradition of educating young men and women to be in service for and with others.

In the introduction to his book, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Greg Boyle, S.J. quotes the famous English poet, William Blake, who wrote, “We are put on earth for a little space that we might learn to bear the beams of love.” The educational experience at Jesuit High School is a time of formation and transformation for our students. They experience this as a journey, a heroic journey. To paraphrase Fr. Boyle, that journey is animated by our common humanity which is present in the sharing of those beams of love with one another, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, academic background, and socio-economic status.

Our heroic journey has been successful because we have a clear mission and a purpose-driven narrative, or story, centered on our educational and spiritual goals. Our mission was born and has been nurtured from the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and reinforced daily in collaboration and companionship with the Society of Jesus on a global scale. Our narrative is a reflection of the work that we share with one another to build the Kingdom of God in our daily lives. This year we will focus on the theme of “Committed to Doing Justice” from the Profile of the Jesuit High School Graduate at Graduation, and as noted by the 19th century Catholic theologian, Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, “I have a part in God’s great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.”

As we move forward with best educational practices to inspire young women and men to understand and meet the new challenges of the 21st century, we focus on the connected nature of our journey and the call to be beams of justice and love for all people. We strive to walk side by side with parents, alums, and fellow Jesuit companions throughout the world to form young men and women of competence, conscience, and compassion who will transform the world in the image and likeness of a loving God.

Sincerely,

Christopher C. Smart, Ed.D.
Academic Vice Principal

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