Welcome from the Superior

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Jesuits who live at the Peter Canisius Jesuit community, it is my honor and privilege to welcome you to Jesuit High School. We stand on the shoulders of a long line of Jesuits who have dedicated their time, energy, and talents to the education of the young men and women. This fall marks the sixty-second 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 in southwest Portland.

One of the distinguishing characteristics of a Jesuit’s vowed life is availability for mission. Our vow of obedience allows us to commit deeply to the work and the people we are missioned to serve, while also freeing us to pursue the next mission we are assigned by our superior with the same commitment and dedication. However, that does not mean that having to say good-bye is ever easy.

On July 30, the Jesuit High School community said good-bye to Fr. J.K. Adams who was missioned to Spokane to work in education at Gonzaga Preparatory School. Having served the Jesuit High School community for 12 years (10 of those years as superior of the Jesuits at JHS), Fr. Adams was not only a pillar of the community, but he was a companion, a mentor, and a dear friend. Though Fr. Adams is dearly missed, we cherish the time we had with him, and we wish him many blessings in his new mission.

After arriving at Jesuit High in late October 2017, I was asked to be the next local superior of the Peter Canisius Jesuit community, following in the footsteps of Fr. Adams. Also joining our community is Fr. Christopher Calderon, S.J. and Fr. Bill Ameche, S.J. Fr. Calderon will be working at Jesuit High School as a theology teacher and Director of Community Outreach. Fr. Ameche will serve the Society of Jesus and Portland Diocese by tending to the pastoral and spiritual needs of the Spanish-speaking communities in Washington County.

Fr. Calderon and Fr. Ameche are wonderful additions to the community. We look forward to our new missions with excitement and hope for what the future has in store, trusting in the abundance of God’s goodness. 

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


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