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 all the Jesuits who live here in the Canisius Jesuit community 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 23 years, young women. This fall marks the sixty-first year since the members of the Society of Jesus came to southwest Portland 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.
Many years we have had to say some goodbyes to Jesuits who move on to different missions. We are happy that there will be no goodbyes this year. A new Jesuit to the community and the school joined us this fall: Mr. Eddie Ngo, S.J. Eddie recently completed his philosophy studies at the ITESO/Universidad Jesuita de Guadalajara, Mexico. He was born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, received his BS degree in biochemistry from the University of Dallas and completed graduate studies at the University of Texas Medical School, Houston. Eddie, who has been active in the Christian Life Community, enjoys singing, playing the guitar and composing music. He entered the Jesuits in 2012.
Eddie joins Mr. Billy Biegler, S.J. who begins his third and final year of regency and Mr. John Guyol, S.J. beginning his second, and maybe final, year of regency. It will be quite the trio! And now it looks like a Jesuit novice will also be joining us for second semester!
While Billy, John and Eddie will keep the fresh air flowing throughout the community and school, continuity and wisdom will be the mission of the old standbys: Father Larry Robinson, S.J., Father Kevin Clarke, S.J., Fr. Paul Grubb (who has returned to live with us but continues his work at Province Vocation Promoter), and me.
One very happy event to note from both the perspective of the school and the Jesuit Community, was the celebration of the ordination of Fr. Patrick Couture, S.J. The ordination took place at Saint Aloysius Church in Spokane, WA. Fr. Pat was a regent here at JHS 2011-2013. What joyful occasion to see this man’s years of formation and his generosity come to fruition by witnessing his ordination to the priesthood. Several JHS friends of Fr. Pat’s came to Spokane for the ordination. I was particularly moved to have been invited to join his parents in placing his priestly vestments on him.
Two weeks after the ordination, Fr. Pat came back to JHS to preside at a Mass of Thanksgiving for many of his colleagues and past students. Mass was in the Canisius Chapel and was deeply moving. Experiences such as these remind us all of who we are and what we value. It is a profoundly consoling sign that the good Lord intends for the work of the Society of Jesus to continue into the future.
As ever, 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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