Welcome from the Superior

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Jesuits who live at the Canisius Jesuit community, it is my honor and privilege to welcome you to Jesuit High School. We are the individuals who stand on the shoulders of a long line of Jesuits past who have dedicated their time, energy, and talents to the education of the young women and men in our community. 

This fall marks the sixty-fourth year that the members of the Society of Jesus and companions in the mission of education have sought to carry on the Jesuit tradition at Jesuit High School Portland. One of the distinguishing characteristics of a Jesuit’s vowed life is our availability for mission. Our vow of obedience in particular allows us to be available to commit deeply to the work and the people we are missioned to serve for the greater glory of God.

This is the start of my third year at Jesuit as the local superior and theology teacher. I look forward to teaching a junior and senior elective course titled Sacraments and Prayer for the first time, as well as celebrating Mass with the community in what will be a safe, socially-distant environment. 

Fr. Bill Ameche will also begin his third year in the Portland area. He will continue his work for the Society of Jesus and Portland Diocese by tending to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the Spanish-speaking communities in Washington County and in several parishes.  

I am hopeful that no matter what challenges we face, we will still find where God is working in our world, in our school, and in our lives by taking time to stop and notice the moments of God’s grace and blessing. Let us also remember that during this time we need the gift of patience.  Patience with family, patience with friends, patience with teachers and students, and most of all patience with ourselves.

Friends, please know of our prayers of love and support for you and your families.


Fr. Pat Couture, S.J.
St. Peter Canisius Jesuit Community
Jesuit High School, Portland