Upcoming Ignatian Schola Concert: Dec. 7

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Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 1.18.48 PMOn Sunday, Dec. 7, the Ignatian Schola will perform its annual Advent/Christmas concert entitled A Light in the Darkness at St. Francis Xavier Church in New York City. Click here to view the flyer for the concert. All are welcome. Admission is free.

The Ignatian Schola is a Manhattan-based vocal ensemble composed of Jesuits and lay colleagues, which performs an eclectic repertoire of sacred music. For updates from the Schola, be sure to follow them on Facebook here.

Click below to view a video from last year.

Snapshot of the Day: Thanksgiving Day of Service at Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit

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On Saturday, November 8, in honor of Thanksgiving, 100 students from Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School, joined by their mentors, assembled 1,250 sandwich meals for SafeHouse Outreach. Mentors are volunteers from the community who are matched one-to-one with a student. Mentors email students weekly, come to school and meet them for lunch. Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School is a Catholic, co-ed, college-prep school and part of the national Cristo Rey Network. The model enables students to gain real-world working experience in a wide range of fields and provides them with valuable professional mentors. Click here to learn more about the work of the recently opened Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School.

In honor of Thanksgiving, 100 students and their Mentors from the newly formed Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School assembled 1,250 sandwich meals for SafeHouse Outreach local ministry. Mentors are volunteers from the community who are matched one-to-one with a student and provide support for students in the classroom or with their corporate jobs. Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit is the 28th Cristo Rey school in the country and is a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose, and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work study experience, students graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. To learn more about Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School visit www.cristoreyatlanta.org.

 

Yap Catholic High School: Sailing for Gold

Mr. Lupo poses with the winning team, The Flying Proas.

Mr. Lupo poses with the winning team, The Flying Proas.

Three students from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia, along with their coach, claimed first-place in the canoe race at this year’s 6th Annual Yap Canoe Festival. The winning coach, Alex Lupo, is a science and literature teacher at the school and his crew consisted of Francis Yarofalyang, a sophomore, Decyann Pete, a junior, and Rheena Yirimyad, a junior. The team named themselves “The Flying Proas,” which is a term that was used by early European explorers for the outrigger canoes because they seemed to fly over the seas.

“We had a lead; with the wind at our back, we heard the crowd cheering,” recalled Mr. Lupo on YCHS’s website. “Seeing students and teachers from Yap Catholic High School, Yapese and Outer Islanders smiling gave us a sense of welcome and acceptance, which was great.”

Click here to read more about the race and the winning team.

Holy Cross Grads are First in Nation for Jesuit Volunteers

A group of Holy Cross graduates who are serving with the JVC Northwest.

A group of Holy Cross graduates who are serving with the JVC Northwest.

Holy Cross recently ranked first in the nation for the most graduates to join the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest for a year of service. Thirty-one recent graduates are currently serving those in need by combating such social issues as hunger, homelessness, and domestic violence among others.

Jesuit Volunteer Corps is a service organization that focuses on social justice and Ignatian Spirituality by working in 60 locations internationally. The Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest is a separate but similar entity, which was started in the Oregon Jesuit Province in 1956 and works throughout five states in the united States: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington.

Click here to read more and view the full list of graduates who have decided a year to serving others.

Honoring Men for Others: The 2014 Xavier Hall of Fame Dinner

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Hall of fame inductee, and member of the class of 1959, Fr. Daniel J. Gatti, SJ, shares memories from some of his Xavier experiences as student and president.

Over 300 guests and alumni gathered at the biannual Xavier High School Hall of Fame Dinner at Pier Sixty in New York City which recognized 11 members of the Xavier community who have lived lives of service by giving back to their community, church, and nation.

The 11 honorees came from various walks of life and while not all were alumni, all were leaders rooted in Ignatian ideals. “We honor tonight eleven men…for giving life to the mission of Xavier,” said Jack Raslowsky, president of Xavier High School, during the dinner. “It is a class of honorees linked together by leadership. In many ways, they are builders – builders of a better world.” Continue reading

International Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Spirituality (SIPEI)

By Joseph Petriello 
Assistant to Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education

The cave of St. Ignatius was where the saint lived for 11 months to pray and discern what his calling.

The cave of St. Ignatius was where the saint lived for 11 months to pray and discern his calling.

The International Seminar on Ignatian Pedagogy and Spirituality (Seminario Internacional sobre Pedagogía y Espiritualidad Ignaciana – SIPEI) took place at the Cave of St. Ignatius in Manresa, Spain from November 2 to 8. Organized by the Secretariat for Education of the Society of Jesus, SIPEI is a new opportunity to update and renew the dialogue between two essential dimensions of the Society of Jesus and its apostolic works. This international seminar was a continuation of the International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education (ICJSE), which took place in Boston in 2012.

There were 80 experts in Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education who participated in SIPEI, representing 31 countries from the six Jesuit regions throughout the world: North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, South Asia, and Asia Pacific. They met with the following objectives in mind:

  • To facilitate dialogue between those dedicated to the educational apostolate and those dedicated to Ignatian Spirituality within the tradition of the Society of Jesus
  • To encourage dialogue among some of the most significant contemporary educational trends, Ignatian pedagogy and spirituality
  • To contribute to the pedagogical renovation of Jesuit Education within the framework of the construction of a global network of Jesuit secondary and pre-secondary educational institutions.

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