2019 Jesuit Gala: Honoring 10 Jesuit High Schools One Mission

On April 9, more than 600 friends, supporters and alumni gathered for the USA Northeast Province’s 2019 Jesuit GALA. More than 80 of those in attendance were Jesuits from around the world in various stages of formation.

In years past, the province has honored individuals who have worked selflessly for the greater glory of God. This year at the GALA, the province honored its 10 Jesuit-sponsored high schools in the northeastern region of the United States: Boston College High School, Canisius High School, Cheverus High School, Fairfield Prep, Fordham Prep, Loyola School, McQuaid Jesuit, Regis High School, St. Peter’s Prep and Xavier High School. Despite being spread across five states in the northeast, these 10 schools all have a shared Ignatian heritage and mission that can be seen in the competence, compassion and courage of their students.

Grace Cotter Regan and Fr. James F. Keenan, SJ, accepted the award on behalf of the schools. Regan is the president of Boston College High School and previously worked at the New England Province, now a part of the USA Northeast Province, as the executive director of advancement. Fr. Keenan is the director of donor relations at the USA Northeast Province and served lengthy tenures as president of Xavier High School, McQuaid Jesuit High School, Canisius High School, Saint Peter’s Preparatory School and the New York City Nativity Schools.

“These schools are obvious instruments to serve God’s greater glory by providing Jesuit education and character formation for their many students and families,” said Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province, during his remarks on stage.

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