Welcome from the Superior
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 24 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.
As with many years in the past, we have had to say some goodbyes to Jesuits who move on to different missions. This year is somewhat extraordinary in that arena. We have been blessed for many consecutive years with young scholastics who have taught here as part of their preparation for ordination. We say goodbye to three of those young men this year. Mr. Billy Biegler, S.J. has moved on to the Weston Jesuit School of Theology at Boston College. He begins his first of three years of final preparation for priesthood. Mr. John Guyol, S.J. has begun a very exciting year studying French at our Jesuit school in Yaoundé, Cameroon. He will be there one school year. Mr. Eddie Ngo, S.J. begins a new assignment in Seattle.
We also bid a fond farewell to our beloved Father Larry Robinson, S.J. After 50 years of service to JHS and to our community, Father Robinson has begun his retirement at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California. Our gratitude and affection are enormous for Father and we miss him.
The challenge of this year is that there are no new Jesuits joining us. This is a significant change from any other year at Jesuit High. Three of us remain in the community. Father Paul Grubb, S.J. '91 continues his work as a vocation promoter for the Jesuits West Province and is based here. Father Kevin Clarke, S.J. continues his work as chaplain at Providence Medical Center. I will continue in the school as a theology teacher and in the community as superior. This year I will also serve as Vice President for Apostolic Planning, a new position that reflects a new initiative by the school in concert with the Jesuits West Province.
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. Ryan Rallanka, S.J. The ordination took place at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hollywood, CA. Fr. Ryan was a regent at JHS 2011-14. What joyful occasion to see this man’s years of formation and his generosity come to fruition by witnessing his ordination to the priesthood.
At the end of July, Fr. Ryan 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. His first assignment as a priest will be at Seattle Prep.
It will be a year of challenge when it comes to Jesuit presence in the school, but we always rely on the abundance and goodness of the Lord whose presence is truly constant and palpable here!
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.
Canisius Jesuit Community