The 2018 Jesuit GALA—set for April 17—will gather hundreds of Jesuits and friends to celebrate and support the work of the Society and our partners in mission. This year’s event also recognizes Brendan and Kerry Swords, who will receive the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award for personifying the Ignatian tradition of giving selflessly of themselves to others for the Greater Glory of God.
Brendan has deep Jesuit roots through a distinguished and influential history of family involvement with the College of the Holy Cross, beginning with his uncle, Rev. Raymond Swords, SJ, who served as its twenty-eighth president from 1960 to 1970. Father Swords also led Regis High School in New York City, the Cranwell Preparatory School in Lenox, Mass., and of Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine.
Kerry is also Jesuit educated, having graduated from Boston College in 1993, and later received her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is involved with many influential Boston-area philanthropies and is a Trustee of Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain, a Jesuitrun middle school serving boys from low-income families throughout the city.
Brendan and Kerry are active and generous supporters of many Jesuit and Catholic organizations and ministries in the area, giving their time, talents and financial resources and demonstrating true leadership on behalf of Catholic philanthropy. Brendan is a former board member at Nativity Prep and is currently on the board of the Campaign for Catholic Schools and the executive council of the Inner-City Scholarship Fund. In addition to Kerry’s role on the Nativity Prep Board, she is co-chair of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children advisory board and is also a member of UNICEF New England’s regional board. She recently completed five years of service on the Park School board of trustees and has co-chaired many Boston fundraising Galas including: the Green and White Ball for the Friends of the Public Garden, the MGH Storybook Ball, the UNICEF Boston Gala, the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston’s “Big in Boston” event and as a committee member on Camp Harborview’s Beach Ball.
For more information on the Jesuit GALA, visit www.JesuitsEast.org/Gala2018.