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Welcome from the Superior

(Left to right): Mr. Rob Van Alystyne, S.J., Mr. Ryan Rallanka, S.J.
Fr. Paul Grubb, S.J., Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J., and Mr. Mike Manalastas, S.J.
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Dear Friends,

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 21 years, young women. This fall marks the fifty-eighth year since the members of the Society of Jesus came to southwest Portland in order to establish Jesuit High School. Dear Friends,

The Jesuit presence at Jesuit High School will look a little different in the fall of 2014 than it did in 2013.

As many of you know, Father Kevin Connell, S.J. suffered a stroke on Saint Patrick’s Day last March and has been working hard to recover. The healing process required that he leave the community and our school and become part of the Regis community in Spokane. This was a very difficult situation for our community and we truly miss Fr. Connell’s presence among us.

Additionally, Father Bill Hayes, S.J., who has served faithfully at Jesuit High School and has been a mainstay of the Canisius Jesuit community for 30 years, has moved to our retirement community in Spokane on the Gonzaga University campus.

We are very proud and a little sad that Mr. Ryan Rallanka, S.J. and Fr. Paul Grubb, S.J. will also be leaving us this year. Mr. Rallanka has completed his three year regency assignment with us and has been approved for advancement to Theology studies. He will leave in mid-summer to begin his new adventure at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara (located in Berkeley, CA). When completing this next phase of his formation he will be ready for ordination to the priesthood!

Father Grubb, having now completed his first priestly assignment, is ready for the last phase of his Jesuit formation known as “Tertianship.” When he completes this phase he will be ready for final vows in the Society of Jesus. He will be part of a program in Melbourne, Australia. When Father Grubb finishes that program he will begin his new work as a province vocation promoter and will be based at Loyola Marymount University.

Fortunately, we are not just saying goodbye this year. Once again, the provincials of Oregon and California have blessed us with a young Jesuit. We are very happy to welcome into the community and into the school a new Jesuit scholastic, Mr. Billy Biegler, S.J. Mr. Biegler is an alum of Jesuit High in Sacramento and the University of San Francisco. Most recently he completed his philosophy studies at Saint Louis University. He simultaneously attained a Master of Arts in Performing Arts degree at Washington University. Here at Jesuit High School he will be teaching English and Spanish. He will be with us 2-3 years. We are very excited about his arrival and joining us in our mission and ministry here at Jesuit High School. It is such a blessing to have such inspirational Jesuits to walk among our students!

There will also be a little continuity in the community next year: Father Larry Robinson, S.J., Father Kevin Clarke, S.J., Mr. Rob Van Alstyne, 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.
Superior

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