Volume 6 | Number 4 | December 2, 2020
The Jesuit Schools Network Conference Office wishes you a blessed, hope-filled Advent and Christmas.
The Jesuit Schools Network traces its history to 1936 when Jesuit high schools in the US were members of the Jesuit Educational Association. In 1970 the high schools formed their own association, the Jesuit Secondary Educational Association (JSEA) which in 2015 became the Jesuit Schools Network with high schools and middle schools in Canada and the United States. 

The JSN interviewed eight people who have contributed to and been impacted by our work in Jesuit education over this half century.
Bill Muller, SJ
Executive Director
Join the Conversations - All Are Welcome!
Our Connecting Threads platform connects to and extends the conversations from our real-time Virtual Coffee Shops. We have added new topics, as suggested by educators in our network.

All you need is an email address and a self-created password and you can share questions, ideas and resources in the mix!
Special Cohort Gathering: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
A special Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Cohort Gathering will take place from June 22 to June 25, 2021 in Cleveland, OH.
New President of the Jesuit Conference Named
Fr. Brian G. Paulson, SJ, has been appointed by Fr. Arturo Sosa, SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, as the next president of the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.

Fr. Paulson currently serves as provincial of the USA Midwest Province and will assume his new position in 2021. Fr. Paulson will succeed Fr. Timothy Kesicki, SJ, who has served as president of the Jesuit Conference since 2014.
Educate Magis Offers Opportunities to Spread Joy this Holiday Season
Educate Magis is offering both students and educators unique ways to celebrate the holiday season.

Students are invited to join Educate Magis's annual Global Christmas Prayer via Connected Classrooms.

For educators, Educate Magis is offering a Global Advent Retreat at 4:00 PM EST each Tuesday until December 15th.

The JSN isn't the only one celebrating an anniversary! Here's wishing happy anniversaries to all of the Jesuit schools celebrating milestones this year.

165 years - St. Ignatius College Preparatory (San Francisco)
155 years - Loyola High School of Los Angeles
150 years - Canisius High School
150 years - St. Ignatius College Prep (Chicago)
120 years - Loyola School 
110 years - Rockhurst High School
60 years - Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
30 years - Nativity Preparatory School of Boston
25 years - St. Ignatius School
20 years - St. Andrew Nativity School
5 years - Cristo Rey Milwaukee
UWE PASE Discusses Accompanying the Youth During a Global Pandemic with Educate Magis
Tim Caslin, the Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education for the Jesuits West Province, shares some of the work schools in his Province did to accompany their youth over the past few months in an interview with Educate Magis.

St. Joseph’s Prep Cooking Club Hosts Pop-Up Soup Kitchen
Members of St. Joseph’s Prep's Cooking Club, led by moderator Mrs. Courtney Pinto, made a pop-up soup kitchen to serve their North Philadelphia neighbors. The students cooked all their own foods—a variety of soups and breads—and served more than 200 meals.

St. Xavier High School Wins GCL and Regional Championships in All Four Fall Sports
For the first time in the school's history, St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati has won GCL and Regional Championships in each of their fall sports: cross country, golf, soccer and football (pictured). Congratulations to all of St. Xavier's athletes and coaches for this incredible achievement!
Jesuit High School Tampa Students Provide more than 275 Abundant Thanksgiving Family Meals
Jesuit High School of Tampa's annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive culminated on Sunday, November 22 as Jesuit students made and delivered hundreds of abundant Thanksgiving baskets to local food-insecure families, providing more than 275 robust, traditional holiday meals.

Malachi Flynn, Bellarmine Preparatory School ’16, Drafted in the First Round of the NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors
Malachi Flynn, Bellarmine Preparatory School Class of 2016, was drafted in the First Round of the NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors with the 29th pick.

Malachi had an amazing career at Bellarmine, culminating with him averaging over 29 points a game during his senior season and being named All Area Player of the Year by the Tacoma News Tribune.

Sacred Heart Nativity Schools Sets Regular Curriculum Aside on Election Day 2020 for Social Teaching and Self Care
On November 3, 2020 Sacred Heart Nativity Schools put hybrid and distance learning classes on pause to come together as a community to pray, learn, practice self-care, and dream of an equitable future for our students and our community. Election day four years ago put a lot of worry and uncertainty on Sacred Heart Nativity students and their families, many of whom are undocumented or are in mixed status families. Entering into the Election season, Sacred Heart faculty and staff sought to empower students with information and tools to navigate stress and anxiety, a proactive course instead of reactionary to the results.

Students began the morning of Election Day in prayer, centering ourselves in values of Catholic Social Teaching. Students then learned about the importance of government from the city level to the national level and how citizens can reach out to representatives to enact change. Teachers hosted a variety of breakout options from learning about the Electoral College to Voter Suppression to the 100 year anniversary of Women's right to vote. The morning ended with a read aloud, “Your Vote Counts,” read by Principal Lorraine Shepherd. After lunch, the community pivoted to focus on mental health and self care, practicing yoga together and dreaming as homerooms about what each student would do if they were elected to be President of the United States.

The Jesuit Schools Network promotes the educational ministry of the Society of Jesus in service to the Catholic Church by strengthening Jesuit schools for the mission of Jesus Christ.