Supporting Our Mission Together

On April 17, more than 750 friends of the USA Northeast Province gathered for the 2018 Jesuit GALA. The event, held in Boston, had over 80 Jesuits in attendance and raised more than $1 million to support the Jesuit ministries of the USA Northeast Province. The evening honored Brendan and Kerry Swords with the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award in recognition of their selfless work as board members and generous supporters of many Jesuit and Catholic organizations in the Boston area.

Brendan and Kerry Swords have deep connections to the Northeast Jesuits. Brendan and his three brothers are graduates of the College of the Holy Cross, where his uncle, Fr. Raymond Swords, SJ, served as president from 1960 to 1970. Fr. Swords also led Regis High School in New York City, the Cranwell Preparatory School in Lenox, Mass., and Cheverus High School in Portland, Maine.

Kerry is also Jesuit-educated, having graduated from Boston College and later receiving her MBA from Harvard Business School. She is involved with many influential Boston-area philanthropies, currently serving as a trustee of Nativity Preparatory School in Jamaica Plain, a Jesuit middle school serving boys from low-income families throughout the city.

Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, in recognizing Brendan and Kerry at the event, commented, “Brendan and Kerry share our conviction that Jesuit education has the potential to undo injustice and inequality, and they truly believe that a transformative Jesuit education will definitively orient our students and alumni to lives of competence, compassion and conscience.”

Next year’s Jesuit GALA is set for April 9, 2019, in Boston. For photos, video and more from the 2018 GALA, visit

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