Welcome from the Superior
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.
The Jesuit presence at Jesuit High School will look a little different in the fall of 2014 than it did in 2013.
As many 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 his leaving the community and the school here and become part of the Regis community in Spokane. There he will receive the intensive care he needs to recuperate properly. We will truly miss Fr. Connell.
We are both 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. This fall he will 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! We all look forward to that festive occasion.
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 here!
Fr. Bill Hayes, S.J. and Fr. Larry Robinson, S.J., have long and distinguished histories at Jesuit High School. They remain intimately involved with the many constituents of the Jesuit family. Their presence is the stability of our home and the school.
Mr. Rob Van Alstyne, S.J., who joined our community last year, will be teaching Freshman Faith Formation in the Theology department for his second year.
I am also fortunate enough to teach while simultaneously serving as Superior of the Jesuit Community.
Finally, we have two men in our community who do not work directly at Jesuit, but are committed to and support its mission in many ways: Fr. Kevin Clarke, S.J., who serves as a chaplain for Providence Medical Center, and Fr. Larry Gooley, S.J., Pastor of Saint Mary by the Sea parish in Rockaway.
We are proud to be co-laborers at Jesuit High with so many excellent and dedicated faculty, staff, and administrators. It is a privilege to take part in the education of young men and women who are destined, we hope, for great things in service to God and others as they mature into adulthood.
Be assured of the Jesuits’ prayers for all who love and support Jesuit High School.
Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J.
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