Stories from the 10 Jesuit High Schools in our Province

During this year’s 2019 Jesuit Gala, the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus will honor its 10 Jesuit high schools with the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award. The award recognizes those who give selflessly of themselves for the greater glory of God. While it has traditionally been given to individuals in the past, this year it will signify the outstanding work of 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.

During the lead up to the Gala, the province will highlight just some of the wonderful work being done by the students at these 10 schools. We encourage you to visit this page as more stories of competence, compassion and courage are added below.

Click here to learn more about the 2019 Jesuit Gala.

  Cheverus High School Senior Rachael Haskell Named Winner of 2018 Amirault Scholarship
Cheverus High School senior Rachael Haskell, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Lila Grace Sullivan Amirault Scholarship. The scholarship fund helps Maine Catholic high school students with college tuition costs. Still considering several outstanding colleges, she plans to study psychology with aspirations to become a child therapist. Read more.
  Fairfield Prep joins Red Chair Campaign to Spotlight Global Education Injustice
The Global Red Chair Project was launched in 2017 to raise awareness about the right to an education and the fact that millions of youth continue to be denied this inalienable right. Jesuit schools are committed to going deeper by exploring the root causes and consequences of this lack of access. Fairfield Prep joined other Jesuit schools in this effort last year to draw attention to the fact that approximately 264 million children around the world do not have the opportunity to attend school primarily due to war, genocide, famine, poverty, climate change, and gender discrimination. Read more.
  25 Years of Fordham Prep's Christian Service Immersion Trips
In the summer of 1994, eight Fordham Prep students traveled to a small town in the Appalachian Mountain Region of West Virginia to work with an organization called Nazareth Farm, building and repairing homes for families in need. Those students did not know at the time that they would be the pioneers who would launch Fordham Prep’s Appalachia Program, which became the Christian Service Immersion Program, now in its 25th year. Read more.
  Canisius Science Olympiad Medalists
The Canisius High School Science Olympiad team earned eight medals at a regional event at Buffalo State College on Feb. 2. The Crusaders competed against teams from dozens of other schools from around Western New York. Evan Popat ’20 and Owen Huber ’20 built a car powered by a mousetrap mechanism and took the overall first place medal. Read more.
  Jesuit Schools Compete in Ignatian Social Justice Tournament
Read about how Fairfield Prep, Fordham Prep, Loyola High School, Regis High School and Xavier High School took part in the Ignatian Social Justice Tournament, a friendly competition to raise money for charities in need. Each school sent a group of students to conduct a 10-minute presentation before a panel of judges. Judges then had five minutes to ask questions following each presentation. Read more.
  Xavier Marks St. Peter Claver Day
Xavier High School marked its second annual St. Peter Claver Day on Jan. 18, encouraging members of the community to practice empathy and inclusion. The brainchild of the Community Life and Inclusion Council, the day’s events began in homeroom as students, teachers, and administrators worked through activities that challenged them to see the world through the eyes of others. The theme of the day, "Strengthening the Bonds Between Us: Empathy and Inclusion," was included in the day's lesson plans. Read more.
  BC High Students Honor Homeless Man at Funeral
NBC 10 Boston aired a video segment about 12 Boston College High School students who served as pallbearers for a homeless man with no family. BC High students regularly volunteer as pallbearers at St. Anthony’s Shrine, which pays for funerals for people who are homeless. Read more.
  Ignatian Heritage Week 2019 at Fordham Prep
Inspired by Fr. General Sosa’s words at the International Congress of education delegates held in Rio de Janeiro in 2017, this year’s Ignatian Heritage Week at Fordham Prep will invite the school community to come to a deeper understanding of the the Jesuit mission to promote reconciliation and justice and how each of us invited share in that mission. Read more.

Jesuit Prep School Readies Students to Pursue Global Justice
While many schools promote global learning via field trips and social projects, Loyola High School in New York City works to integrate the benefits of these experiences into their curriculum with their Global Initiatives. Read more.

  Pallbearer Ministry Makes Sure No One Is Buried Alone
McQuaid Jesuit’s Pallbearer Ministry responded to its first call of the school year January 2 as six students assisted in the funeral services for Ms. Doris Stoner. The students who volunteered were seniors Gabe Gelke and Devon Goodbody ’19, and juniors Spencer Dovi, Carl Luther, Conor Palmer, and Owen Wickens. Read more.
  Learning Good "Digital Citizenship"
On Jan. 24, Canisius High School held assemblies about "digital citizenship" for members of the class of 2022. They helped students understand the essential connection between the call to virtuous living and their online lives. It is the first step in the four-year digital citizenship curriculum, surveying for freshmen what being a good citizen – and an authentic adult man – means and how one’s online life contributes to, or restricts, good citizenship. Read more.

Six Jesuit High Schools Compete in "The Great Ignatian Challenge" Thanksgiving Food Drive 
Last fall, six Jesuit high schools - Fairfield Prep, Fordham Preparatory School, Loyola School, Regis High School, Saint Peter's Prep, and Xavier High School - had a competition to help fill local food banks and pantries with provisions for families in need. Read more.

Ignatian Family Teach-In Bridges Divides
The Ignatian Family Teach-In has grown to become the largest annual Catholic social justice gathering in the U.S., bringing about 2,000 students to the nation’s capital to learn, reflect, pray and advocate. Their ages ranged widely, but the majority were high school and college students ages 16-22. Read more.

Eastern Point Retreat House
Eastern Point Retreat House, a grand house located on the Atlantic shore in Gloucester, Mass., has been welcoming retreatants since 1958.