Friends,

Fall is in the air, the Eagles are back on the Boulevard, and we are excited for a new school year! In this busy season it is easy to be overwhelmed with all the possibilities, opportunities, and changes that a new school year brings. With that in mind, I find myself thinking of a line from our all-school read this summer, Fr. Greg Boyle SJ’s Barking to the Choir: “Begin with a title and work backward.”

I have been asking our entire community to frame their reflection and planning for the year through this lens. What is the title of your upcoming year? What is the title of your BC High experience as a whole? What’s your goal, and how can you work backward to achieve it?

Our students will learn, as all our 15,000 living alumni have, that whether the goal is learning a new language, getting a role in the spring musical, or making the roster of a fall sport – they are not alone. The young men beside them, our faculty and staff members, and their family will be constant companions in any endeavor. We come from different families, towns, and backgrounds – but at BC High we are one team.

Our goal as a school this year is to undergo a process known as “Sponsorship Review”. Every five years the Society of Jesus asks us to undertake a Mission Examen entailing a year of self-study and reflection. Through this review, we are asked to articulate our Ignatian identity and the fidelity of our promise to our families and students. It is a powerful opportunity for collaboration between our departments, our students and their parents, and our alumni. Together, we will strive to be what Jesuits call "contemplatives in action" using our reflection to improve and strengthen our community. We hope to be moved closer together and closer to God. It is an incredible time of hope and promise for our community.

God is indeed good! All the time. And the BC High community is here, together, for a reason.
AMDG,
Eagles Land on
Morrissey Boulevard
On Tuesday, September 4, we officially opened the 2018-2019 school year. We are pleased to welcome nearly 1500 students to campus. Over the year these young men will will grow in faith through the service and the challenges they face in the classroom, on stage, and on the fields. We look forward to keeping you updated on their journey.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
I was struck by the optimism in the eyes of Classes of 2022 and 2024, our freshmen and 7th-graders, as they processed into the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This time-honored Ignatian tradition is used in Jesuit schools across the world to start the year by invoking the Holy Spirit to inspire and sustain us. At BC High we welcome our newest Eagles by applauding them as they enter the Mass. It's a wonderful display of brotherhood from their fellow students, and recognition from the faculty and staff on the accomplishment of joining this community.

In addition to welcoming the boys, we hosted more than 200 parents for coffee, blessed our newest faculty and staff, and even managed to convert a few Yankees fans ( Father Croghan, SJ and Father Nolan, SJ).
Cheering on the Eagles
With almost 70 games, matches, and meets in September alone, our Eagles waste no time entering the fall sports season. We hope you'll join us throughout the year to help cheer on our young men.

To view our athletics calendar please visit our website .

Last Friday, we celebrated the opening of our new turf field and the first game as head football coach for Jonathan Brillo '99. Before the game I had the honor of participating in a re-dedication ceremony of the James Cotter '55 Field. To share in the excitement, our soccer team celebrated with a dedication on Saturday for their home opener as well.

I was so blessed to share these moments with our community - the love was palpable! Coach Cotter would be so proud of our boys, and how much our athletics program has grown.
Join me in cheering on Conor Harrity '13 as he competes for the United States in the Men's Eight at the Rowing World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Watch him live tomorrow!
An Update from the Board of Trustees
Please visit the Trustee page of the BC High website for a letter from Board Chair, Rev. Brian Conley, SJ.
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