Welcome from the Superior
Back Row (L to R): Mr. Billy Biegler, S.J., Fr. Larry Gooley, S.J., Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J. (Provincial), and Fr. Kevin Clarke, S.J.
Front row (L to R): Fr. JK Adams, S.J. (Superior), Fr. Larry Robinson, S.J., and Mr. Rob Van Alstyne, S.J.
I am honored to welcome you on behalf of the Jesuit community here at Jesuit High School. We are heirs to a long line of men who gave their inspiration and energy to the education of young men, and, for the past 22 years, young women. This fall marks the sixtieth year since the members of the Society of Jesus came to southwest Portland in order to establish Jesuit High School.
The vowed life of Jesuits causes us to be men who are deeply committed to the work and the people we are sent to by our superiors. It also keeps us free to be mobile and missionable by those same superiors. For this reason, though the mission always remains the same, some Jesuits remain and others move on.
The most common changes come with our scholastics, the young men who are in training. This year, Mr. Rob Van Alstyne, S.J., who made an enormous impact on so many here in his two years of regency, will now move on to study in Germany as the next step in his formation.
And while we will certainly miss Rob, we continue to be blessed by the provincials of the Oregon and California Provinces to receive another quality young scholastic. Mr. John Guyol, S.J. will be joining us in the community and in the JHS Theology Department. He will be teaching Freshman Theology. John hales from Saint Louis, Missouri and is a graduate of Chaminade College Preparatory School there. He attained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University. He served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest following college and entered the Jesuits in 2010. He completed his graduate work in Theology, Philosophy and Music at Saint Louis University this past spring.
Fortunately, while there are some changes, there will also be a continuity in the community next year: Father Larry Robinson, S.J., Father Kevin Clarke, S.J., Mr. Billy Biegler, S.J. and I will remain.
As ever, all the Jesuits at Jesuit High School want to assure you all that we love you and that we are praying for you.
Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J.
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