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Welcome from the Superior

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 energy to the education of young men, and, for the past 20 years, young women.

This fall marks the fifty seventh year since the members of the Society of Jesus came to southwest Portland in order to establish Jesuit High School. We are blessed to have nine men as members of the Canisius Jesuit community, eight of whom live on campus.

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.

Fr. Paul Grubb S.J. ’92, was ordained in 2008 and came to JHS as his first assignment. These last five years he has been a creative and energetic presence in the Theology department, at retreats and liturgies. He is a wonderful role model for our young men and women. Father Grubb also serves as a special assistant to the superior (known as the minister) and is an essential part of the functioning of our home. On top of all these other duties, Fr. Grubb also serves as the head ski coach of Jesuit High School.

Fr. Kevin Connell, S.J., who has been teaching in Jesuit’s English department this past year, will move across the river and into our community this year. Father Connell has had a long and fruitful history at JHS and it is good to have him with us.

Mr. Ryan Rallanka, S.J. will begin his third year of regency at JHS. He will once again be teaching full time in the Theology department this fall. He is also going to serve as a master teacher for the new scholastic who is coming this year.

We are saying goodbye to two of our community members this year. Fr. Ed McTighe, S.J., a much beloved and honored member of the JHS community for many years, departed at Spring Break for Los Gatos, CA where he will continue his prayerful and loving ways in the retirement community there.

Mr. Patrick Couture, S.J., who has taught in the Theology Department for two years as part of his formation, has been approved to progress on to study Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology located in Berkeley, CA. He also leaves with many students, colleagues and brother Jesuits who came to love him dearly and will miss him greatly. Yet, God always provides!

A new young Jesuit, Mr. Rob Van Alstyne, S.J., recently finishing the first studies program at Saint Louis University, will be joining our community and picking up most of the courses that Patrick used to teach. We are delighted to say that for the third year in a row, every JHS freshman will be taught by a Jesuit!

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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Top photo:
Back row (left to right): Mr. Ryan Rallanka, S.J., Fr. Larry Robinson, S.J.  Fr. Paul Grubb, S.J., Mr. Patrick Couture, S.J., Fr. Craig  Boly, S.J., and Fr. Ed McTighe, S.J.  Front row (left to right): Fr. Kevin Clarke, S.J., Fr. Tom McCarthy, S.J. Fr. Bill Hayes, S.J., and Fr. JK Adams, S.J.

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