Jesuit High School • Portland, Oregon • Summer 2014
Age Quod Agis
Alumni Educators on and off the Field
St. Ignatius Mass - October 2013: Each October, Jesuit has a St. Ignatius Mass (the actual feast day is during the summer break on July 31). This picture, taken from high in the bleachers, captures Fr. William Hayes, S.J. at his usual station for all school Masses distributing Communion to two sections of students as they come forward during the Communion procession. Photo by Dan Falkner.
Cover Photo: Several JHS alums have dedicated their careers to both coaching and teaching. For the feature story, please turn to page 30. Cover photo of Kayla Hughes (bottom left) by Holly Day.
Features 22 Fr. Bill Hayes, S.J., A Living Legend 24 Global Engagement at JHS
Within growing global interconnectivity lies amazing Ignatian educational potential. BY MARK FLAMOE, JHS HISTORY TEACHER
28 The Class of 2014
Graduation Awards, Statistics, and Photos
30 Alumni Educators on and off the Field Continuing the Tradition of Transforming Lives BY KATHY BAARTS, JHS ALUMNI DIRECTOR
34 Honorary Graduation Awards Awards Given to Alumni, Friends, and JHS Supporters 40 Career Day 2014
INCLUDING PROFILES OF SHEA (MERTENS) DEKLOTZ '02 AND BRIAN SULLIVAN '82
Departments 4 President’s Message 6 Campus Corner 14 News of JHS Jesuits 15 The Legacy Club 16 Diversity Update 18 Athletics 20 Auction, Financial Aid Luncheon 39 In Memoriam 44 Alumni Profiles 48 Class Notes ©2014 Jesuit High School, Portland, Oregon This magazine is for and about alumni, parents, and students of Jesuit High School. It is published three times a year by the communications office. Opinions expressed in specific articles are those of the individual authors. If you would like to author an article, please contact the communications office. Letters and correspondences are welcome and can be emailed to email@example.com or mailed to Age Quod Agis Magazine - Jesuit High School 9000 S.W. Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy. Portland, OR 97225
ADMINISTRATION President John J. Gladstone Principal Paul J. Hogan Vice President of Advancement Andrew M. Asato Superior, Jesuit Community Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J. AGE QUOD AGIS Layout & Design Erika Tuenge ‘94 Copy Editor Dan Falkner, Journalism/Photography Teacher Contributing Photographers Photography and Yearbook students, Dan Falkner Printer Ivey Printing
Fr. Pat Lee, S.J., outgoing Provincial of the Oregon Province, receives a gift from John Gladstone at Sponsorship Affirmation Mass at Jesuit on May 9, 2014 in gratitude for his six years of love, care and support for Jesuit High School. Photo by Dan Falkner.
President’s Message Each June, through the blessings of Jesuit’s Baccalaureate Mass and the following day’s Commencement Exercises, the ranks of our alumni numbers increase by approximately 300 inspired, bright, talented, compassionate, and faith-centered young adults ready to take on college and then the world. With nine students recognized as National Merit Finalists and another 13 as National Merit Commended Students, with123 students selected as members of the National Honor Society, with nearly 100% about to enter college this fall and many earning significant academic scholarships, we know the Class of 2014 was—and is—a very talented group. Their greatness is measured, however, in much deeper ways. For example, each student is required to complete a minimum of 65 hours of Christian service following the completion of sophomore year. The class of 2014 averaged 128 hours per student. This class excelled too in areas
of sustainability, helping the school to be selected as one of only 48 Green Ribbon public, private high school, middle schools, and elementary schools in the nation. Members of this class have been exemplary in areas of math and scientific research, in leading retreats for all four years of students, in serving as Eucharistic ministers and sacristans, in drama and choir (Who can forget Shrek?), in mock trial and robotics, and in the school newspaper, yearbook, and in student government. Each year our graduating seniors are asked to write a reflection centered on a person, an event, or a moment that touched their lives during their Jesuit journey. The class of 2014 wrote about sports, a particular class, a school play, a parent or a teacher or administrator who touched their lives in a special way. Many expressed their gratitude for the gifts they received on the Junior Encounter or the Senior Pilgrimage or the unexpected grace and self-reflection they received from •
the Christian service projects. We celebrated this wonderful class at our Baccalaureate Mass on May 31st and at a joyous graduation ceremony on June 1st. In this issue of Age, you will discover many tidbits about the class of 2014. They have made us better. Included below are the words I shared with them at the closing of our Baccalaureate Mass. I wish all of you much joy, and I am thankful for the many gifts you continue to share with Jesuit. Please visit us often in person and online to see how we are doing. We welcome that! The following is my Baccalaureate Address to the Class of 2014: Good Evening, I don’t want to embarrass this parent because he doesn’t know I’m going to talk about him this evening. I apologize in advance. Ten days ago, about 20 minutes before the entire school was to gather for the Senior Awards Assembly, the father
of one of our seniors stopped in my office and asked if we could talk for a few minutes. As he sat next to me to share his story, his eyes filled with tears. He told me that he and his wife had very high expectations of Jesuit when his family started their Jesuit journey six years ago. Both his older daughter, now finishing her sophomore year in college, and his current senior daughter, he said, had grown so much at Jesuit—academically, emotionally, socially, in the way they looked at the world, and most notably, spiritually. He wondered aloud how any parent could ask for more from a school. With grace and humility, this father offered thanks because his daughters were well on their way to changing the world. I was taken off guard by the depth of his gratitude and his love for his daughters. At the assembly later that morning, as his daughter walked across the stage to receive her award, I thought about all he had told me. Her smiling face and her hug said it all. That moment is frozen in my memory vault now. To you, our seniors, what does this Baccalaureate Mass mean— and what about tomorrow morning’s Commencement Ceremony? Yes, these are times of wondrous celebration and joy—and maybe some relief too for you and especially for your parents. Over the past four years you have had the chance to participate in more than 120 Masses—on Fridays, on freshman and sophomore retreats, on the Junior Encounter, and on the Senior Pilgrimage. Today in this 90-minute ceremony, you have celebrated Mass together as an entire class for the very last time. Yes, you will still have the Godspeed Mass in August; but, by then many of you will already be on your way to college. The Eucharist is central to who we are in our Jesuit High School community—and the manner in which you have embraced that over the past four years has been evident in the number of you who have come to Mass every Friday. When I was interviewing for this president’s position at Jesuit nine years ago on a Friday, I asked if I could attend the Mass that day. As I sat at Mass, I was convinced that all of the students there that morning had to be there. I was very surprised when I was told otherwise. In
2005, 525 students attended mass each Friday. That number has grown to 800 today. Also, I was stunned how, at the end of Mass, every senior locked arms around each other’s waist and sang loudly and joyfully in celebration of God and of their school community. I was blown away. I’m anxious to see and hear the joy of your final song here this evening! One last thing: you did not walk on this journey alone these past four years. I know the steps and miles were not always easy or pleasant, but the vast majority were—and this was your journey of a lifetime and you must know that you have never walked alone. This journey offered you the chance to say “I hope you” to many classmates in many different settings. Your parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, classmates, faculty and staff, and God walked these many miles with and for you along the way. At the end of Mass – the final one for the entire class of 2014 – find and embrace those who have loved you and walked with you these past four years. You will never walk this way again in the same way. To you, our soon-to-be graduates, I offer thanks and a challenge: inspire those around you to greatness through
humility, gratitude, and acts of faith through service. You can do this; we will be better because of you and what you are about to do. You are Jesuit Crusaders, and forever you will be.
John J. Gladstone President
Leukemia Survivor Tim Haarmann '17 Designs Shoe for Nike
JHS student and leukemia survivor Tim Haarmann '17 with President John Gladstone (L) and Principal Paul Hogan (R) at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in September of 2013, and again with Mr. Hogan in September of 2014. Tim has been chosen as a 2014 Doernbecher Freestyle Designer. Working with Nike's creative team, Tim has designed a shoe that will be auctioned at the November 7 Freestyle event. Go, Tim!
YEAR IN REVIEW 2013-14
Year in Review
to Australia for his final stage in the process of becoming a Jesuit, called tertianship. Fr. Ed McTighe, S.J. passed away on February 3. His funeral Mass was held at Jesuit. Fr. McTighe will be remembered for his love of teaching religion, involvement in the Liturgy Band during weekly masses and the beautiful trees he planted along Mary’s Way. Finally, Fr. Kevin Connell, S.J., an English teacher and Jesuit resident on campus, suffered a stroke in March and is in the process of recovery. Fr. Connell is very much in our hearts and prayers. He is well known around campus for his relatable homilies during Mass and his love of Shakespeare. SHREK Shrek The Musical brought ogres, princesses and
BY BRIGID KELLEY '15
JCTV This year Jesuit Crusaders TV (JCTV) offered live video streaming of many home sports games. The club, founded by Mr. Scott Powers and Taylor Sutton '14, focuses on all aspects of sports broadcasting and is a completely studentrun organization. With a continually growing network of viewers, the JCTV crew brought in online spectators from all over the country in their specialized streaming of home football, baseball and soccer events. Priests Fr. Paul Grubb, S.J. will be leaving Jesuit to journey
“I Hope You” This year, the Senior Pilgrimage focused around the message of hope. From “hoping” one another to placing pink hearts on the senior’s lockers, the upperclassmen led the student body in believing in a brighter future by living confidently and lovingly in their lives today. With the positive example set forth by the class of 2014, this years’ message of hope even made its way to the Boston Marathon. Ms. Andrea Casey ran in the marathon and was given blessed “I Hope You” hearts during the St. Ignatius mass to place around the city of Boston while she was running. This influential theme for the school year would not have happened without the dedication and compassion brought forth by the seniors. Green Ribbon School Award On Earth Day, April 22, Jesuit High was acknowledged as a National Green Ribbon School. This award was given following the substantial sustainable changes done at Jesuit over the past few years. After winning and being acknowledged at the Oregon Sustainable Schools awards for the past three years, this is the first time that a school in Oregon has won the Green Ribbon Schools Award. This was mainly thanks to Ms. Jennie Cournia and Senora Shannon Shelburne who completed the extensive application. (See article below for more information.) Jesuit Purchases Valley Plaza JHS purchased a large amount of land last fall to guarantee a secure future. By purchasing Valley Plaza property, the JHS campus footprint increased by 40%. President John Gladstone continually noted that this purchase is not for immediate use but for safekeeping for the future.
everything in between for the record-breaking theatre event in February. With every night of this two-week play sold out and a standby line going out the door, this overwhelming success is credited to the amazing JHS student-actors who brought this famous DreamWorks movie and book by William Steig to life. With notable roles, the main actors were Jon Matter '15 as Shrek, Maddy Matthews '14 as Donkey, Casey Collins '14 as Princess Fiona, and the scenestealer Bryce Earheart '14 as Lord Farquaad. This swampfilled musical brought many surprises and wonderful enchantments that the drama crew worked diligently on to please the audience. State Championships: Men’s Soccer and Men’s & Women’s Combined Ski Racing The Knight gym has been decorated with two more banners after this school year. The Men’s Soccer team won the State Championship for the second year in a row. Led by Christo Michaelson '14, these men brought home the Big Hits in a back-to-back state championship. Also, the Ski team brought home the 4th state championship trophy for Men’s and Women’s Combined Ski Racing. Upstanders Club The new Upstanders Club, an anti-bullying movement founded by Mr. Khalid Maxie, Dean of Students and Security, and some key leaders from each grade, is meant to be a proactive force in the fight against school bullying. With a powerful video published during the Technology Awareness Assembly, these students sit as a driving force to prevent bullying on the JHS campus. iPads: Just Around the Corner! This school year has been quietly anticipating the transformation to a 1-1 program next year where each student will be given an iPad to use for their studies. The majority of the books will be electronic and many classes will transfer to an e-book system. Ms. Carol Wyatt has headed up this process and she has created an atmosphere and plan-of-attack for next year’s transformation. Students are able to take an “iPad 101” summer school course to become familiar with this technology. Technology Awareness Assembly and Increased Security on Campus Last spring Officer Cotton spoke at an all-school assembly which captured students’ attention on the risk of internet/ social media safety. By explaining the laws set in place in Oregon, this assembly was informative to many students who were unaware of the precautions they could take on their online profiles. Also this year there has been an increase in the security around campus to create an extra precaution towards violence or danger at Jesuit. The new security guards, one of which is armed, are here to protect the students and staff from the increased violence in our society.
Appeared in the May 2013 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.
Jesuit High School Named a U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School PRESS RELEASE - APRIL 22, 2014
Acting Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality Mike Boots joined U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to announce that Jesuit High School in Beaverton, Oregon, is among the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honorees. Jesuit High School was nominated by the Oregon Department of Education and the Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative. In 2013, Jesuit received the Oregon Pillar 3 award (Education for Sustainability). In 2014, Jesuit received the Oregon Pillar 1 Award (Environmental Impacts). Jesuit collects a wide variety of materials for
Campus Corner announcement at the U.S. Department of Education, in Washington, DC. Secretary Duncan also announced a new post-secondary nomination category will be added to the school and district awards for the coming year. The schools were confirmed from a pool of candidates voluntarily nominated by 30 state education agencies. The list of selectees includes 39 public schools and nine private schools. The public schools include ten early learning programs, three charter, one magnet and three career and technical schools. The schools serve various grade levels, including 29 elementary, 16 middle and 18 high schools, with several schools having various K-12 configurations, from 27 states. Twenty-one of the 2014 honorees serve a disadvantaged student body and 18 are rural. Shannon Shelburne and Jennie (Cournia) Kuenz '97 receive the 2014 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Award at a special ceremony in July 2014 in Washington, D.C. for sustainable school practices. Photo © U.S. Department of Education.
The Fourteenth Annual Twilight Relays BY EMILY PREBLE '14
recycling and strives to use durable dishware for faculty and staff. Jesuit also made great strides in the area of energy usage per student and student and faculty commuting via alternative forms of transit has increased. “We are thrilled to earn this high honor from the US Department of Education,” said Paul Hogan, Principal of Jesuit High School. “We are especially proud that our students and staff have changed our behavior and institutional practices in order to make a lighter imprint on the earth. Jesuit students recognize that sustainable human and natural development is a pressing existential issue, and they are determined to make a difference. We appreciate that the US Department of Education has recognized our efforts with the Green Ribbon Schools award. Our students want to be leaders of a healthier planet, and they plan to tread lightly as make their path.” “Jesuit is honored by this recognition,” said Jennie Cournia Kuenz, Physics and AP Environmental Science Teacher at Jesuit and chair of the school’s Sustainability Committee. “We have worked very hard over the last few years to document what we are already doing well and have initiated ongoing conversations across many different campus groups. Auditing the school’s energy use, custodial and maintenance practices, as well as student/staff behavior has increased our awareness of areas on campus that need work and improvement. We look forward to continuing this process. This award serves as a milestone for us in our journey toward better stewardship of God’s creation.” Forty-eight schools were honored for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. In addition, nine districts were honored for the District Sustainability Award. Duncan and Boots made the
Every spring, teams from the west coast gather on Cronin Field to compete head-to-head in a variety of track and field events,
This year’s 14th Annual Nike Twilight Relays once again showcased the best of regional prep track under the bright lights of Jesuit High School. Every spring, teams from the west coast gather on Cronin Field to compete head-to-head in a variety of track and field events, which take place in both an afternoon and twilight session. Over 50 teams are represented, all running on the recently installed, high performance polyurethane track surface. Most revere this track as one of the Northwest’s premier high school track and field facilities. Jesuit's athletes, however, are lucky enough to call the place home. “The fact that the Twilight Relays are at Jesuit makes the whole thing way more special,” said runner Katie Leavy '16. “Competing against some of the fastest runners in the country on our own home turf really gives us an edge in the races and events.”
But the buzzing atmosphere of the meet is about more than a top-of-the-line track. On Friday, May 2, hundreds of athletes started pouring into Cronin as early as noon, perusing the numerous tents and mingling with fellow high school track and field participants. “The beautiful thing about [The Twilight Relays] is that even though it’s a stiff competition, everyone still comes together and enjoys the experience of the meet,” commented sprinter Rylie Keudell '16. “Everyone is so excited to run that we can all forget about the names on our jerseys and focus on the pure spirit of the meet.” And who could blame them? As soon as the sun sets, the stadium lights flick on and illuminate all of Cronin, adding to the exhilaration of the meet and giving the event its name. Later the athletes come together to take pictures, answer interview questions, buy souvenir shirts, and of course, cheer on their teammates. “Running under the lights with hundreds of people and connecting with [runners] that I’ve never met before makes the whole experience absolutely unbeatable,” said runner Zoe Fanning '16. “Twilight is hands down the best meet of the year.”
Will Grimme '16, Claire Pahlmeyer '14, Tatum Marrs '14, Elizabeth Ries '18, and Brennan Mornhinweg '16 in THE CURIOUS SAVAGE. Photo by Jeff Hall.
Appeared in the May 2014 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.
memory play. The Hines Family—vacationing at their retreat in the Poconos—take turns anticipating, dreading, pursuing and avoiding the loved ones with whom they have (or hope to have) made connections. The tale is told with equal portions of Neil Simon’s famous wit and wisdom.
The 2014-15 JHS Drama Season Celebrates Characters with the Courage to Connect BY JEFF HALL, DRAMA CO-DIRECTOR
GUEST-DIRECTED ONE-ACTS • January 8-11, 2015 Join us as we connect with artistic resources beyond our own to introduce our students and audiences to some of what our extended community of theatre artists has to offer. Presented in the E.L. Wiegand Studio Theatre, specific selections and guest directors will be announced in the Fall.
Celebrate characters with the courage to connect as the nationally recognized Jesuit High School Drama Program presents a season of theatre exploring both the rewards and challenges of making genuine connections in our world today. We live in a time of unprecedented access to information, to events, and to each other. Yet these stories of fear, struggle, faith and isolation are as relevant in our community today as they were or their characters, who all come from vastly different cultures (and centuries). Season Subscribers see four great shows for one low price, get early access to the best seats in the house, and are first-in-line for special offers and opportunities created in partnership with our theatrical friends throughout the Portland area! Subscribers will also receive a special invitation to experience our first touring Children’s Show, in an exclusive presentation at the Alex L. Parks Performing Arts Center. Here’s the lineup for 2014-2015:
IN THE HEIGHTS • February 26 - March 8, 2015 Though set in New York’s largely Latino Washington Heights neighborhood, this award-winning production tells a universal story of three generations deeply rooted in their own traditions, struggling to connect their diverse pasts to an uncertain future. IN THE HEIGHTS’ colorful characters, contemporary blend of music, and virtually non-stop dancing will move you in more ways than one. HAMLET • April 23-26, 2015 Hamlet’s timeless tragedy unfolds as he struggles to restore his connection to all he has known in the world, to his lost father, and to his role as a son of Denmark. This ultimate tale of isolation will be presented in a new fastpaced adaptation, with seating immersed in the action on
PROPOSALS • November 6-9, 2014 In his 30th comedy, American playwright Neil Simon presents a collection of love stories, woven into one idyllic
Campus Corner the Moyer Theatre stage. In addition to the above (which are included in the Season Subscription), our Subscribers get special access to the following events:
especially for elementary and middle school groups. THE 16th ANNUAL JHS PLAYWRITING FESTIVAL • May 21-23, 2015 An evening of world premieres, written, directed, and featuring the talented theatre students at JHS. Subscribers receive early access to tickets for this annual sold-out event. Visit www.jesuitportland.org/drama for more information.
A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD • Dates TBA in November 2014 This student-directed production will feature members of our talented Freshman Ensemble, in a show created
Summer Service at L'Arche Tahoma Hope L’Arche is an international organization of 140 communities all over the world where “core members,” the term used for adults with intellectual disabilities, live and work in community with assistants. L’Arche Tahoma Hope is a unique community that includes four houses as well as a large organic farm, where several of the core members work every day. During our immersion this past summer, our group of 10 students (all juniors) and two teachers worked on the farm each day, alongside the core members and assistants, doing various jobs: planting corn and beans, caging tomato plants, weeding, repotting seedlings, cleaning up hanging flower baskets, etc. Though we got a lot of “work” accomplished on the farm, building relationships is valued more than productivity in L’Arche. We arrived as strangers, were immediately welcomed as new friends, and left feeling like part of a large family, having experienced the many gifts people with intellectual disabilities have to offer the world. ~ Andrea Casey '97, JHS Christian Service Dept.
The JHS group with their new friends from L'Arche, including core members, volunteers, the farm and gardens coordinator, and a Gonzaga Prep student who volunteered her time on the farm that week.
The group plants corn, to be eaten in the homes and sold at local farmers markets around Tacoma.
L'Arche Tahoma Hope loves to maintain contact with friends, near and far! They encourage new visitors to paint a sign and add it to this post. If you visit, you'll now find a green and gold sign pointing south to Jesuit High School, 146 miles away.
Educator Spotlight: Len Nelson Mr. Nelson, a Man for Others, Says Goodbye to JHS BY ERIN LARNER '14
“My favorite aspect of teaching and coaching at JHS has always been the bond and connections with students, colleagues, parents, patrons, and friends,” says Mr. Nelson. He is pictured teaching U.S. Economics in 1993.
Mr. Nelson went on his last Encounter in April 2014 at St. Benedict's Lodge (the women's Encounter).
Mr. Len Nelson has taught at Jesuit High School for 33 years. He is retiring at the end of the school year. Prior to teaching at Jesuit, Mr. Nelson taught for a decade in Southern California. He began teaching at Jesuit in 1981, and has taught various Spanish classes, twentieth century history, world history, American government and economics, and P.E. He also was the Summer School Director for three years and the Athletic Director from 1986 to 1989. In addition to teaching, Mr. Nelson has served as a coach for football, track, and softball. “My favorite aspect of teaching and coaching at Jesuit has always been the bond and connections with students, colleagues, parents, patrons, and friends,” said Mr. Nelson. “This is a very special place, and it changes you for the better.” Mr. Nelson has been an integral part of making Jesuit such a special place. He also recently led his last Encounter as an adult leader on this year’s April Coed Encounter. From the various classes he has taught to coaching, he has touched the lives of numerous students. “Mr. Nelson cares so much about every student and always works to accommodate everyone,” said Maggie Miller '14. “He has positively impacted so many lives and has left a legacy at Jesuit.” Although Mr. Nelson will miss Jesuit, he also is looking forward to having some down time initially, and taking time to do his favorite activities of reading, running, and lifting weights. However, being the active person he is, Mr. Nelson does not plan on having too much down time. “I want to transition into an active retirement,” said Mr. Nelson. “Engaging in a changing world and challenging myself in new ways such as volunteer work and community
service, also perhaps auditing a class or two at Portland State or PCC to keep my mind active.” Mr. Nelson has left a legacy at Jesuit and will be remembered by many of his students for being such a kind teacher and always knowing how to make his classes laugh. Whether it be about the stock market, current economic trends, or even just to be a hard working person, Mr. Nelson’s current seniors agree that they have learned a lot from this man, and he will be greatly missed. He has taught them many useful life lessons and has overall positively impacted each student he has taught. “There is no doubt that Mr. Nelson will be missed in the halls of Jesuit,” said Charlie Landgraf '14. “Future classes will miss out on his words of wisdom, passion for teaching, and sense of humor that he brought to every class."
Appeared in the May 2014 Issue of the Jesuit Crusader.
In May, the JHS softball team surprised Mr. Nelson by honoring him during senior night.
Fr. Boly cares for his 94-year-old mother, Frances Hulse Boly, and they go to the symphony, theater and opera. His mother still lives in the same NE Alameda house she has lived in since 1954. Photo by Jaime Valdez.
Fr. Craig Boly, S.J. '62 JHS alum Fr. Boly was one of three priests featured in an article titled “Being a priest.” BY MAGGI WHITE (APRIL 2014) © NW BOOMER & SENIOR NEWS. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION
“We live in a culture of unchurched people, a disconnected culture,” he says. “The church offers a relationship with God through church practice. There is much suffering in the world and people are starving for help. The church is a banquet that can nourish starving people. Good religion helps people cope with suffering.” He notes that Alaska, Washington and Oregon have the fewest people practicing faith in the United States. “Many people don’t have a community,” Boly says. “They live in isolation. The church has a wisdom tradition that can help people move from isolation to community.” Living with authentic people in a community is one way of dealing with his own emotional life and prayer is huge, he says. The concern he has for his parishioners in
"Being a priest," published in the April Metro edition of NW Boomer and Senior News, was the second of a two-part series about Catholic priests. The first part, published in March, focused on why some priests leave their positions and how they have adjusted to life afterward. The second article focused on priests who stay in their positions and why they enjoy what they do. Following his family’s conversion to Catholicism, Boly and his brothers were sent to either religious or music camps during the summer. A personable man with a friendly, peaceful nature, Boly says his biggest joy is receiving people’s faith when they are in crisis, whether in confession or praying for them during times of life and death situations. •
deacons in the early church, and can be ordained nowadays as deacons to preach, baptize and conduct funerals and weddings. Only priests can say Mass or hear confessions. “Doctrines do not change, but disciplines evolve over time,” he says. “Do not confuse doctrines and disciplines. Doctrines are the main tenants of the faith and are expressed in creeds. Disciplines (celibacy as an example) are the practical ways that people live the beliefs of the faith. For example, different countries have different disciplines around the practice of penance during Lent. He says he does not regret the road he is on. “There are so many benefits. For me it’s tremendously positive. I have no sadness in being a priest,” adding he feels “heartache, but not sadness. Boly says he loves closeness to people. He likes talking about “hot button” issues with all faiths. “I am open to conversation and competing values. No questions threaten me. No value trumps the value I live and the openness to explore every issue. We are not a cult. A cult says suspend your intelligence. The Holy Spirit works with your intelligence.” He is an avid golfer, plays tennis and racquetball and likes all things athletic. He loves to read literature, psychology and theology. He has a doctorate in theology. He cares for his mother and they go to the symphony, theater and opera. Both are avid Trail Blazer fans and his mother also roots for the Timbers.
Fr. Boly and his mother greet Erin DeKlotz, Director of Admissions at JHS, at the school's Annual Auction in May 2014.
their time of need “carries me to God. God didn’t stay aloof from human situations. The same Spirit that God gave to Jesus to enlighten and encourage him is the Spirit that God gives to us as well. Miracles are not God doing what I want but me doing what God wants.” Many believe that celibacy should be optional, says Boly. “Already today many married ministers convert to Catholicism, are ordained as priests, and serve as Roman Catholic priests and remain married.” He believes today’s crisis of vocations to the priesthood is because mothers, grandmothers and others who influence boys do not encourage boys to consider a vocation to the priesthood. “When I ask for a show of hands of how many mothers would like their sons to be a priest, maybe one or two go up,” he says. Faith communities have not done a good job of putting the best face on the priesthood. Because of the recent clergy misconduct, the priesthood has been tarred with a wide brush, he says. As to celibacy, “It’s hard to marry and have a family and be as available as I am,” he says. “You have to say, ‘Honey, quit your job and pull the kids out of high school.’ I am free to go anywhere. I have complete control over my calendar.” However, he says, “the shadow side of freedom of availability can be little or no accountability. If you have a wife, she could tell you that you’re a jerk.” He says the Church has had a “terrible lack of supervision. There are still abuse victims who haven’t come forward, so the main work of the next generation will be care of those wounded by abuse. The church has learned from its scandals and now has guidelines for supervision of ministers and prevention of abuse.” A program, Called to Protect, each year mandates priests to be certified as eligible to minister. If a priest learns of child abuse apart from his ministry of confession, he is required to report it to the police. This program was mandated in 2001 by Catholic bishops in Dallas, Texas. Boly says that in his lifetime he expects the Roman Catholic Church will recognize that women were ordained •
Fr. Boly presided at the Mass of St. Ignatius at Jesuit High School in October 2013. Fr. Boly is currently the pastor of St. Ignatius Parish. He brings the perspective of parish life to his role as a member of the Board of Trustees at JHS. Photo by Dan Falkner.
Message from the Superior, Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J.
Mr. Rob Van Alystyne, S.J., Mr. Ryan Rallanka, S.J. Fr. Paul Grubb, S.J., Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J., and Mr. Mike Manalastas, S.J. enjoyed this spring's Auction.
The Jesuit presence at Jesuit High School will look a little different in the fall of 2014 than it did in 2013. As many of you know, Father Kevin Connell, S.J. suffered a stroke on Saint Patrick’s Day last March and has been working hard to recover. The healing process required that he leave the community and our school and become part of the Regis community in Spokane. This was a very difficult situation for our community and we truly miss Fr. Connell’s presence among us. Additionally, Father Bill Hayes, S.J., who has served faithfully at Jesuit High School and has been a mainstay of the Canisius Jesuit community for 30 years, has moved to our retirement community in Spokane on the Gonzaga University campus. We are very proud and a little sad that Mr. Ryan Rallanka, S.J. and Fr. Paul Grubb, S.J. will also be leaving us this year. Mr. Rallanka has completed his three-year regency assignment with us and has been approved for advancement to Theology studies. He will leave in mid-summer to begin his new adventure at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara (located in Berkeley, CA). When completing this next phase of his formation he will be ready for ordination to the priesthood! Father Grubb, having now completed his first priestly assignment, is ready for the last phase of his Jesuit formation known as “Tertianship.” When he completes this phase he will be ready for final vows in the Society of Jesus. He will be part of a program in Melbourne, Australia. When Father Grubb finishes that program, he will begin his new work as a province vocation promoter and will be based at Loyola Marymount University.
Fortunately, we are not just saying goodbye this year. Once again, the provincials of Oregon and California have blessed us with a young Jesuit. We are very happy to welcome into the community and into the school a new Jesuit scholastic, Mr. Billy Biegler, S.J. Mr. Biegler is an alum of Jesuit High in Sacramento and the University of San Francisco. Most recently he completed his philosophy studies at Saint Louis University. He simultaneously attained a Master of Arts in Performing Arts degree at Washington University. Here at Jesuit High School he will be teaching English and Spanish. He will be with us 2-3 years. We are very excited about his arrival and joining us in our mission and ministry here at Jesuit High School. It is such a blessing to have such inspirational Jesuits to walk among our students! There will also be a little continuity in the community next year: Father Larry Robinson, S.J., Father Kevin Clarke, S.J., Mr. Rob Van Alstyne, S.J. and I will remain. As ever, all the Jesuits at Jesuit High School want to assure you all that we love you and that we are praying for you. AMDG,
Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J. Superior at Jesuit High School
The Legacy Club is a group of individuals who have included Jesuit in their estate plans. Their gifts will live in perpetuity with interest from the gifts continually benefitting Jesuit students and Jesuit High School.
The Legacy Club
First row (left to right): Tyler, Brooks, Braden, and Johnny Rice Second row (left to right): Megan '18, Kylie '17, and Kendall '18 Rice Back row (left to right): Anna, Casey '88, Blake '86, Kari, Burke, Barbie, Brian '84, and Jeanne Rice.
Paying it Forward BY DIANE SALZMAN, DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
"Jesuit High School prepared our children for life's For Burke and Barbie Rice, becoming Legacy Club challenges and lessons and instilled the belief that they members was a family decision. "We all believe in 'paying should be men and women for others," says Burke. "Our it forward,'" say Burke and Barbie. "It is our hope that reason for becoming Legacy Club other students and their families members is to help ensure that Jesuit will experience the education, the “It is our hope that other students High School's history, tradition, and friendships, the spiritual growth, and and their families will experience values of excellence continue to the mission of Jesuit High School." serve tomorrow's generation of Jesuit All three of Burke and Barbie's the education, the friendships, the families." sons attended Jesuit, establishing spiritual growth, and the mission We thank the Rice family and friendships that remain in place six other Jesuit families who made today. Brian was class of '84, Blake of Jesuit High School.” a Legacy gift commitment this past was '86, and Casey was '88 and all are - Burke and Barbie Rice school year. If you would like to help active in the community. Burke and Jesuit with a planned gift, please Barbie's granddaughters are presently contact Diane Salzman at firstname.lastname@example.org or in the classes of '17 and '18 and they have four grandsons 503-291-5497. who hope to be in the classes of '19, '20, and '22. •
Aaron Baker '15, Kendall Shelby '16, Charvi Bhargavi '15, Jhana Amparo '15, and Josephine Ananouko '15 are pictured prior to departing for Cincinnati, Ohio, to represent Jesuit High School at the National Diversity Conference. As part of the conference, students visited Xavier University, the National Underground Freedom Center, and toured actual Underground Railroad sites.
National Diversity Conference Notes BY DAVID BLUE ‘93, DIVERSITY DIRECTOR
This Year's Conference Theme: Movement Toward Freedom
JoJo Ananouko '15
My experience at the National Diversity Conference was beyond what I could have ever imagined it would be. From all of the amazing speakers, wonderful students and staff, and the fantastic opportunities that I got the chance to be a part of, this conference was all that I could have asked for and much more. The different aspects of the conference that I participated in were extremely eye opening. The experience that touched me the most, and meant the most to me, was traveling to Ripley, Ohio, and visiting the houses of John P. Parker and Reverend John Rankin. This touched me the most because this is the first Underground Railroad sight that I have ever seen and traveled on in person, and the opportunity to climb up the hill made the experience that much more real for me. In that moment I could truly imagine myself being a runaway slave, having so much to lose, but still making that journey up the hill because the chance at freedom meant even more. The opportunities that I participated in at this diversity
St. Xavier Prep in Cincinnati, Ohio hosted The Jesuit High Schools National Diversity Conference on March 2124, 2014. Students from over 15 Jesuit high schools across the country gathered at the High Ground Conference Center in Kentucky. The theme of this year’s conference was “Movement Toward Freedom.” Kathleen Myers (JHS Theology teacher) chaperoned JoJo Ananouko ‘15, Jana Amparo ‘15, Aaron Baker ‘15, Charvi Bhargavi ‘15, and Kendall Shelby ’16 across the country to the conference where they gained a greater understanding of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. As part of the conference, students visited Xavier University, the National Underground Freedom Center, and toured actual Underground Railroad sites. The experience proved to be more than they ever imagined, as they returned with a greater sense of cultural awareness and motivation to share their experiences with the Jesuit student body.
Left: Students visited the home of Reverend John Rankin, educator and abolitionist, and one of Ohio’s most active conductors on the Underground Railroad. Right: View of "Liberty Hill," which overlooked the Ohio River. Rankin would signal runaway slaves in Kentucky with a lantern or candle, letting them know when it was safe for them to cross the Ohio River. To access Rankin's home on top of Liberty Hill, the runaways had to climb 100 wooden steps. Rankin would provide the runaways with sanctuary, keeping them hidden until it was safe for them to travel north.
Kendall Shelby '16
conference are experiences that I will never forget, and the people that I met are people who I hope to keep in contact with for many years to come. Thank you, St. Xavier High School, for making my experience at the National Diversity Conference an experience that I will never forget!
At the diversity conference I had experiences and opportunities that not many other students are as lucky to have. We went to the Freedom Museum and it was sickening to see that slavery is still present in our world. Standing inside the slave house was a stirring event. When we first arrived they shuffled our large group into the back of a small, compact structure. I was extremely uncomfortable and claustrophobic. This was before I was told that this is how the slaves had to live, except chained, bloody, and waiting for further abuse. A large sense of guilt came over me because I was complaining while I still had freedom and the ability to simply walk out of the cramped space. We then visited the Underground Railroad in Ripley, Ohio. We experienced what the slaves needed to do for freedom by climbing the hill to a safe house. At the top of the hill I was winded, exhausted, and wanted to lay down. It was nothing compared to what the slaves had to overcome. They were barefoot, soaking wet from the river they just crossed, and were being chased by slave capturers. It was a moment of both self-awareness and disgust. Visiting Ripley, Ohio was by far my favorite part of the trip. We had the pleasure of listening to incredible throughout out the whole weekend, all of which I still think about and apply to my life. This trip helped to shape me into a leader, an advocate for unjust issues, and given me a great deal of knowledge and awareness about how I can further embrace diversity. I am forever thankful I was able to participate in something I believe everyone needs to experience.
Kathleen Myers (Theology Teacher)
We visited Ripley, Ohio where we had the opportunity to visit two homes that were part of the Underground Railroad. The most powerful moment for me was when we walked the actual path that many slaves had used to connect to the Underground Railroad. We began on the edge of the Ohio River, proceeding up a steep hill. As a dog barked ferociously it wasn't difficult to imagine the terror people felt as they drew closer to their freedom. So much to gain, so much to lose. It was Lent at the time and I was mindful of the Way of the Cross that Jesus had walked. So much pain to endure, so much hope for all people. The theme of our school year has been, "Grasp the Hope held out to us." I can't even fathom the amount of courage it took for people who were enslaved to grasp the hope held out to them. We were, indeed, on sacred ground. As a teacher I was deeply moved by our students' desire to walk compassionately up the hill. They made the physical journey, but the internal journey was even more significant. Their hearts were bound to those who had made the journey years ago. In that moment they knew that they, too, had a journey to make. They have returned to Jesuit with a commitment to walk the path of hope and freedom.
The men's track team, state champions - spring 2014.
The Power of Forming Relationships BY MIKE HUGHES ‘79, ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
This past spring I was asked to give the Benediction or Morning Prayer to start the annual Oregon Athletic Directors Association Conference. I was a little nervous and hesitant not only because I was speaking to over 300 people, but also due to the fact that I was not sure of the proper prayer to offer to an ecumenical audience. But once I heard the theme of the conference, “Relationships, Why We Do What We Do,” I was immediately inspired to offer the following prayer. Admittedly, the prayer is overtly Catholic in its theology, but a message that I think our faith can offer to the world.
We pray this morning to our God, who in the Christian tradition, is a Holy Trinity—Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There have been many attempts over the years to understand and explain the mystery of the Blessed Trinity—three persons in one God. There is the classic explanation attributed to St. Patrick who used a three-leaf clover to demonstrate three distinct parts, but one clover. There are the more modern analogies, such as three separate keys on a piano that played together to make one beautiful chord of music. Or the more scientific analogy about the Holy Trinity, using the properties of H20—water that can take the form of vapor as in steam, liquid as in
water, or solid as in ice. But despite all the analogies that we use to understand the Holy Trinity, the most important lesson about the Trinity, I believe, is that God at God’s core is a right relationship. The love between the Father and Son which emanates in the Holy Spirit is central to our Christian faith. The mystery of the Holy Trinity reminds us that God, at God essence—at God’s core—at what theologian’s call, God’s ontology…our God is a right relationship. And so, knowing according to Genesis 1:37, that we were “created in the image of God,” this Trinitarian theology reminds us that as human beings, we are called to also live in right relationships.
Spring 2014 Sports Scoreboard Men’s Tennis
(State Champions; League Champions)
(State Champions; League Champions)
Women’s Track (Third in State; League Champions)
(State Semifinalist; League Champions)
(State Champions; League Champions)
Varsity Men’s Lacrosse
JV Men’s Lacrosse
Women’s Golf (Fourth in State, League Champions)
Varsity Women’s Lacrosse
JV Women’s Lacrosse
(State Quarterfinalist; Second in League)
Varsity Baseball JV Baseball Freshmen Baseball Softball
Men’s Golf (Second in State; League Champions)
(Third in League; Second Round State Qualifier)
16-5 16-9 15-14
(Third in League; Second Round State Qualifier)
JV Softball JV2 Softball
Anthropologically, at our core, at our essence—at our ontology—we as humans find our meaning, our purpose, our joy, when we are in loving relationships. We pray this morning then, that we can more fully live in right relationships— first with you God, we pray that our relationship with you continues to grow and thrive; and also that you guide us to live in right relationship with our spouses and family, especially with a vocation that takes so much personal time; in right relationships with our co-workers, our coaches, our students; and finally in right relationship with all of creation. And we ask you, Trinitarian God, to bless this conference, to help enrich us to live in loving relationships with each other, and we offer this prayer, appropriately enough, in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. As the athletic director at Jesuit High School, I constantly remind our coaches that forming relationships with our athletes is “why we do what we do.” An average teacher spends four hours a week with a student. An average high school coach spends fifteen hours a week with a student. We as coaches have a unique opportunity—and obligation—to use that time to develop character. Yes, coaches need to run drills, teach plays,
practice defense, thereby developing the athletic skills needed to win games. But good coaches, at the same time, can instill courage, conviction, confidence, and commitment in our athletes. Instilling values and virtues in our athletes is not easy. But those coaches who build rapport and trust with their students have the most success. Some coaches do this by pre-season retreats; some by post-season exit interviews; some through weekly meetings with their captains; many use pre-game prayer services involving group sharing; others by taking aside one athlete a day after practice and asking how the season is going. Our head volleyball coach, Teresa Zimmerlee, uses her mid-season, annual bus ride to Bend, Oregon to call each player up to the front of the bus one at a time to discuss the season. However we do it, I challenge and encourage our coaches to build rapport with their athletes. By forming meaningful relationships with our students, we have a better chance of knowing and enriching each other’s lives. By forming right relationships, we better reach our life potential of living in the image and likeness of our God.
Tennis State Champs!
The women's tennis team earned the state championship in spring 2014.
The men's tennis team brought home the state championship for the 7th year in a row (an all-time record) in spring 2014. Photo by Claude Pelletier.
Coach Jim Speciale Earns 300th Win
Congratulations to Coach Jim Speciale, who recorded his 300th win as Jesuit's head women’s softball coach on May 16, 2014. There was a celebration with the team and Coach Speciale's family after the game that day. It was also Coach Jon Koch’s 300th win as Coach Speciale's assistant – he’s been his assistant all 18 years he’s been coaching at Jesuit. Congratulations!
Auction: Thank You! We express gratitude for our amazing donors, sponsors, guests, and volunteers for helping us raise $780,000 on Saturday, May 3. The Special Appeal segment of the evening earned over $210,000 for our endowment fund which has an impact on tuition affordability for every student at Jesuit High School. The beautifully transformed Knight Center hosted over 550 guests for our 46th Annual Auction, “Celebrate the Journey.” A special thank you to Mark and Leslie Ganz for their family Challenge Gift that started our evening off with a bang, raising $43,000 within the first 15 minutes of our event! Mark your calendars for this
year’s Auction—Saturday, May 2, 2015.
Auction Chairs Karen Petroff and Rose Kilpatrick.
Fr. Paul Grubb, S.J. '91 congratulates Nancy Truszowski on her raffle win.
Casey Collins '14, John Matter '15, and Maddy Mathews '14 perform a song from the school's spring musical production, SHREK.
Emcee Joe Donlon
Guests raise their bid cards high during the Special Appeal for the Endowment Fund.
President John Gladstone, Mark Ganz, and Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J.
The evening would not have been possible without the dedication, time, and effort of our wonderful volunteers! Chairs: Rose Kilpatrick and Karen Petroff Catalog Chair: Julie Kolln Centerpieces/Floral Chair: Therese Perkins Communications Chair: Jennifer Mayerle Community Groups Chair: Lisa Strader • Cathedral Leader: Lara Tennant • Holy Trinity Leader: Lili Echevarria • OES Leader: Cheri Tolar • Our Lady of the Lake Leader: Lisa Strader • Riverdale Leader: Susan Terrell • St. Cecilia Leader: Michelle Hallet • St. John Fisher Leader: Susan Menendez • St. Pius Leader: Karen De Rego • Valley Catholic Leader: Colleen Nistler
Data Entry Chair: Blair Sprunk Data Entry: Jyothi Kalavar, Heidi Owens Graphic Design Chair: Debbie Shaw Inventory & Item Pick-Up Chairs: Amy Piszczek, Kelly Godbout Item & Certificate Pick-Up Chair: Heidi Owens Live Auction Production: Stacy Niedermeyer Night of Auction Volunteer Coordinator: Heidi Wilcox Office Support: Andrea Arnot, Jayashree Vardhaha Packaging & Display Chairs: Julie Aronson, Marcia Maddox PowerPoint Production: Kelly Godbout, Amy Piszczek •
Procurement Committee: Julie Bohley, Patty Borst, Julie Bryan, Tammy Bucy, Cynthia Clauson, Liz Contag, Kim Grimme, Sandy Jones, Wendy Pernas, Emily Phan, Cheri Tolar, Kathleen Thorstenson, Jaci Wilson, and Su-Lin Wilkinson Reservations Chairs: Susan Menendez, Annie Mueller, Mary Murphy, Lisa Waltos Silent Auction Display Chair: Julia Peltz Silent Auction Set-Up Chair: Barbara Aguon Sponsor Chair: Donna Ghiorso Silent Auction Table Closers Chair: Sandy Little Table Host Chair: Mary Murphy Volunteer Coordinator: Heidi Owens
Financial Aid Luncheon Save the Date! The Financial Aid Luncheon is WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2014, from noon – 1:00 pm in the Knight Center at Jesuit High School. Join us for a complimentary lunch and program featuring our keynote speaker, Adrienne Rankin '99. With your participation at our Financial Aid Luncheon, you can help us make a difference in the lives of our students. Visit our webpage at www.jesuitportland.org/fal for more information.
Your Gift. Our Future.
Raising Funds for Tuition Assistance this Fall FINANCIAL AID LUNCHEON: OCTOBER 15, 2014, NOON-1:00 PM KEYNOTE SPEAKER: ADRIENNE CRUNICAN RANKIN '99 Why We Need You! • $2.6 million in need-based tuition assistance will be awarded to Jesuit students. This is an increase of $275,000 from last year.. • 26% of Jesuit families receive financial assistance with an average grant of $7,700. We invite you to join us in helping make a Jesuit education affordable for 330 qualified students. Many families have difficulty finding a way to pay tuition, even with the financial assistance we are providing. In 201314, Jesuit awarded less grant money to
each family than recommended by an independent financial review service because we do not have the funds available to meet the entire need. Your participation will make a difference in the lives of our students. There is no ticket charge or table captain cost for the Financial Aid Luncheon. Please join us for an hour of superb student entertainment and engaging speakers. Reserve your luncheon table today by calling 503291-5497. We look forward to seeing you at the Luncheon in October.
2014-15 Financial Aid Luncheon Committee Co-Chairs Karl Glaser and Nancy Bolton Maddie Andrews ‘01 Julie Arndorfer Tiffany Baker David Blaskowsky Leslie Ganz Tricia Heffernan Tracy Bagli Hooper Rebecca Martin-Gerhards Kathi McCoy Anne Myers Teresa Schneider Gigi Van Rysselberghe
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Adrienne Crunican Rankin '99 Join us on October 15th as we hear from a JHS alumna about her incredible life journey and the impact of her Jesuit education.
Adrienne Crunican Rankin '99 • Adrienne, with her sister Ashleigh Crunican Romero ’96, recently launched a pilot project to create sustainable income for impoverished women in developing nations. • Has a doctorate in strategic leadership and entrepreneurship and is a former adjunct professor for Multnomah University and program manager for leadership development at UCLA conference center. • Currently executive pastor at Beaverton Foursquare church, she has devoted her entire adult life to living the Ignatian tradition of being a “woman for others.” •
Fr. Bill Hayes, S.J.: A Living Legend
of his career as a member of the Society of Jesus, when he first heard the call…
On July 31, 2014, the Feast of St. Ignatius, Fr. Pat Lee, S.J., Provincial of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus, missioned Fr. Bill Hayes, S.J. to the Regis Jesuit community in Spokane after more than three decades of legendary service to Jesuit High in Portland. Fr. Hayes, who attended Seattle Prep and served as Principal and President at Gonzaga Prep in Spokane, has certainly made his impact on the secondary schools of the Oregon Province. But it has been at Jesuit High in Portland that his imprint is felt most deeply—on the many programs and facilities that he developed, and especially in the hearts of thousands of students, staff, parents, and alums. On Friday, July 25, current and past JHS faculty, staff, and trustees gathered to honor Fr. Hayes at a luncheon held on campus. Many of the folks with whom Fr. Hayes worked to restore Jesuit to greatness came out to see him off and wish him well in his new life in Spokane. Said Fr. Hayes of the luncheon, “It was wonderful. I was touched and delighted to see so many of our former teachers turn out. They were the backbone of JHS in the old days and laid a great foundation for the school Jesuit has become." "Father Hayes is an excellent role model for the Jesuits," says Fr. J.K. Adams, S.J. Superior of the Jesuit High School community and teacher. "He came here 30 years ago trusting it was God’s will. He poured his heart and soul into the mission and made an extraordinary impact in every facet of Jesuit High School. And now he goes to his next assignment with the same trust that God’s will guides him." To understand the many reasons Fr. William Hayes, SJ, has become a legend in the Oregon Province and especially at Jesuit High School, it helps to go back to the beginning
August 15, 1945—As the United States celebrated the end of World War II, young Bill Hayes, a recent graduate of Seattle Prep, entered the Society of Jesus. (Because of St. Ignatius’s profound devotion to Mary, the ancient Jesuit tradition is that young Jesuits officially “enter the Society” on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.) After receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from Gonzaga University in 1951, Father Hayes began teaching English, Latin, and religion at Marquette High School in Yakima, Washington. After being ordained a Jesuit priest and receiving his Master’s in Theology, he came to Jesuit High School in 1960 to become the school's first vice principal. He took his “final vows” as a Jesuit on August 15, 1962, consecrating his life to the Society of Jesus, and to the Church. Fr. Hayes went on to become a towering figure in the world of Jesuit secondary education. After serving as
establishing the fiscal strength of the school; and leading the transition to coeducation in the fall of 1993. Fr. Hayes was inducted into Jesuit's Hall of Fame in 2012. A video in honor of Fr. Hayes can be found at www.jesuitportland. org/hallfame. He has received honorary doctorates from Gonzaga University and Seattle University. In spring 2012, Jesuit marked Fr. Hayes’ retirement with a Mass and celebration in the Parks Performing Arts Center (PAC), a building that Fr. Hayes helped to plan and which he considers one of the “jewels of the campus.” The PAC stands next to the Hayes Plaza, a sacred space on campus dedicated to Mary where students socialize, and where we celebrate the Crowning of Mary each May. The final paragraph of the program for that celebration says, “The true legacy of Father William Hayes centers on the relationships he has fostered with the members of the Jesuit High community. His commitment to nurturing lay leadership and to reaching out to all members of the Jesuit community has left an indelible imprint on the school and on future generations of students. Father Hayes helped to build a community that exemplifies the values and principles of Ignatian spirituality. He is a visionary, and a leader who shows us every day what it means to be a person for others.” Fr. Hayes will always be one of the sturdy pillars on which Jesuit stands. We thank him for his many years of service and for making Jesuit the remarkable place it is. As JHS history teacher and football coach Jerry Hahn remarks, “We are here because of Dick Gedrose and Fr. Hayes. We stand on the shoulders of these giants who had the vision and the strength to stick with it, and the faith to endure.”
Jesuit’s vice principal from 1960-62, he served for 14 years as Principal and President of Gonzaga Prep in Spokane. At G Prep, Fr. Hayes led the school’s successful transition to coeducation, among many other accomplishments during his memorable tenure. In 2011, Fr. Hayes was inducted into Gonzaga Prep's Hall of Fame. In 1977, Fr. Hayes became Vice President of Seattle University. Five years later, he was appointed pastor at St. Joseph’s, a Jesuit parish in Seattle. Fr. Hayes has served on the boards of numerous institutions, including Gonzaga University and Brophy Prep in Phoenix. When Fr. Hayes returned to Jesuit in 1984 as the school’s President (and, one year later, also as Superior of the Jesuit community), JHS was struggling financially. Many folks who know Jesuit today would never guess that the school was on the verge of closing its doors in the early 80’s. Portland’s economy was in shambles, and the viability of a private all-boys’ Catholic school, even one with such a rich heritage and the name “Jesuit,” was in question. Father Hayes’ influence on Jesuit High School was immediate and profound. With such figures as Dick Gedrose, John Nagelman, and Sandy Satterberg, Fr. Hayes led a renaissance at Jesuit. In fact, many people call Fr. Hayes the “second founder” of Jesuit High School. All we have to do is look at the remarkable growth of the school and its programs during his tenure to see the deep contours of Fr. Hayes’ vision for Jesuit. The hallmarks of Fr. Hayes' visionary leadership include the expansion of Jesuit's campus facilities; a renewed focus on fundraising for capital and endowment campaigns; the establishment and growth of the Legacy Club (a group of individuals who include Jesuit in their estate plans); re-
Global Engagement at Jesuit High School
By Mark Flamoe JHS History Teacher
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schools. John and Paul’s experience in Boston brought the importance of what could be called “global education” back onto the front burner at Jesuit Portland. Founded in 1540 by a Basque soldier, the Society of Jesus from its very start had a mission to engage the world. St. Ignatius was determined to spread the Gospel to distant lands, and by the 17th Century, the Jesuits had schools throughout Europe, China, Japan, India, and South America. 450 years later, in 2008, the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus reaffirmed this vision, stating, “Serving Christ’s mission today means paying special attention to its global context.” GC35 also asserted that “Our mission
In 2012, Paul Hogan and John Gladstone attended the International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education, where over 400 leaders from 300 schools representing over 60 countries came together in Boston to outline a vision for global collaboration amongst Jesuit schools around the world. The Colloquium created an enormous amount of energy and a commitment from the attendees to sharpen the Jesuit secondary schools’ global vision and leverage the wealth of resources available within the network of Jesuit •
more globally focused both forces and allows us to deal with moral and philosophical questions that are gaining importance in today’s world. How universal are our ideals and beliefs? How do we know that our perception of the world is accurate? What impact do our daily decisions have on the lives of others around the world? What is our moral obligation to promote justice around the world, and how do we go about pursuing justice in a way that respects the cultures, traditions, and personhood of people in other nations?
Paul Hogan (Principal) John Gladstone (President), and Luis Pino (formerly of San Ignacio in San Juan, Puerto Rico), enjoyed a baseball game at Fenway Park. They were attending the International Colloquium on Jesuit Secondary Education in 2012, which outlined a vision for global collaboration amongst Jesuit schools around the world.
In January of 2013, the JHS administration tasked the Global Engagement and Understanding Committee with seeking ways that Jesuit can more effectively promote global education. For the past year and a half, I have chaired this committee, and I have been amazed to learn all of the ways Jesuit already promotes global understanding. From our robust international service immersion trips to Mexico, Ecuador, and Nicaragua to our exchange programs in China, France, and Spain, our students have many opportunities to immerse themselves in the broader world. Our curriculum is infused with globally-focused elements, as are co-curriculars such as Model United Nations, Global Awareness Club, and Bollywood Culture Club. We regularly have lunchtime speakers with global backgrounds speaking on their international experiences. We are fortunate to have students who have had amazing opportunities to see the wider world, and we work hard to create structures to allow these students to bring their experiences back to the whole community. There is, however, a great untapped potential at our school. Those young people sitting in the classrooms and walking the halls of Jesuit today are the leaders of tomorrow. I am awed on a daily basis by the skills and potential of our student body. It is a privilege to be around these bright young future leaders who possess an overwhelming desire to make the world a better place. However, despite all of this talent and all of ways we are currently promoting global
of faith and justice, dialogue of religions and cultures has acquired [worldwide] dimensions…Globalization, technology, and environmental concerns have challenged our traditional boundaries and have enhanced our awareness that we bear a common responsibility for the welfare of the entire world.”
Why a Global Education?
We all know that the world is shrinking. Technology and new forms of media have broken down barriers. Economies, politics, and cultures are now so interconnected that people can no longer live life blissfully unaware of the world around them. We are aware of what happens in Syria almost immediately, as the interconnected nature of the global economy brings the world into our daily lives. Conditions and politics abroad now powerfully impact our world. Simply put, the world of today is fundamentally different than the one I grew up in. When I was in high school at Bellarmine in Tacoma, China and India were countries experienced through a printed copy of National Geographic as strange and exotic locales, but today these countries together contain one of every three individuals on the planet, have become centers of global business and cultural exchange, and are part of the crucial economic web on which all of us live. To know little about the history and culture of such places puts a 21st century citizen at a significant disadvantage. But how should this shrinking world impact the Jesuit campus? What does it mean to us as a school community? Within this growing global interconnectivity lies amazing Ignatian educational potential. As teachers we now have technological tools and the economic and cultural immediacy to implement Ignatius’ global vision as never before. There now exists an expanding potential to give students a deeper understanding of their place in the global village so that they can be even more prepared to make the world a better, more just place. Making education •
Jana Amparo '15, Aaron Baker '15, Charvi Bhargava '15, and JoJo Ananouko '15 explore multicultural understanding at a Diversity Conference Brown Bag. Photo by Kirsten Calverley '15.
Next Steps.. …
Clearly, Jesuit High School is actively exploring the ways that we can expand and deepen our students' engagement with the world by promoting a more global education. So far, we have identified two significant goals of a global education rooted in Ignatius’ original vision that will guide us. First, JHS seeks to prepare our students with a foundational knowledge of the world so that they can see past the strange and uncomfortable reality of different cultures and engage in a true dialogue that promotes a more expansive understanding of their own humanity within the global web. Second, JHS will seek to promote global and cultural awareness in and out of the classroom so that students develop a passion for becoming global agents of transformation.
Tara Dunn '14, Isabel Klein '15, and Jonathan Ho '15 discuss the global impact of plastic water bottles and fracking during Green Week's Brown Bag session.
engagement, many JHS students, like most Americans, still know relatively little about world cultures, geo-politics, and global geography—all necessary if students are going to engage in truly transformative cross-cultural dialogue so fundamental to promoting a more just world. In other words, though we are doing some cool things, the Ignatian vision of dialogue-based global engagement calls us to do even more. Dialogue is an essential part of the Jesuit worldview. Spreading the gospel is not a one-way transmission. Our engagement with the world is not simply for the benefit of a recipient. We are called to engage the world not only to make it a better place but also to learn about ourselves— to come to a wider, broader understanding of our own humanity. Ignatius’ experience along the river at Manresa enabled him to see “God in all things.” A true global education, whether through traveling on an immersion trip to Ecuador, learning about Hinduism in a Comparative Religions class, or studying the geography of China, allows us to experience a deeper, richer experience of the divine by expanding our own understanding of our humanity and how we see, feel, and experience God. As a Jesuit institution, we have an obligation to help students to see not just the God of their own culture and understanding, but also the God of all humanity and of the universe.
Mika Chesnutt '15, Jordi Kellogg '15, and Jake Brady '15 participate in a service trip in Costa Rica.
Our world needs young doctors, nurses, lawyers, politicians, engineers, teachers, diplomats, and business leaders who are willing to use their skills to engage in a global crusade of human improvement—minimizing conflict, disease, poverty, dehumanizing conditions and expanding access to food, clean water, health care, education and civic life. The world is big and complicated and good intentions are not enough; students need a foundational knowledge of the world and practice at engaging in true cross-cultural dialogue. We at Jesuit are pushing forward on a journey to promote global education so that our students can become men and women not just “for others,” but for the world. If you are interested in helping Jesuit achieve the two goals identified above, please contact Mark Flamoe at email@example.com.
Rachel Phan '16 and friends work to build a more just world in Nicaragua in summer 2014. Photo by Kathleen Myers.
Jesuit's IT Department was anything but quiet this summer as preparations continued full steam ahead for the school to go 1-1 this fall (an iPad device for each student). More than 1,300 iPads were delivered in July and each one configured for student use. Teachers were also trained on the use of the iPads in the classroom. For more information about Jesuit's 1-1 Program, please visit www.jesuitportland.org/technology.
Alzena Henry '16 and IT Technician Steve Haar help organize the iPads by classroom.
IT Director Craig Huseby inspects the delivery of iPads (yes, there are really 1,310 in there!).
A teacher training session.
LINEMAN CHALLENGE The Metro Area Lineman Challenge, an invitation-only event for the top linemen from local high school football teams, attracted 18 schools with 24 teams competing on July 19 at Tualatin High School. The student-athletes worked in teams and participated in agility and strength drills all day. "I'm really happy with the way things turned out," said Dane Strength '15. "It's a special start to what I hope will be a special season." At the end of the day it was announced that Team Jesuit won the event! All in all, it was a fun-filled and exuberating event for the upcoming football season’s entire group of lineman. In addition to this honor, JHS senior Nathan Hartmeier was named MVP of the event. Go Crusaders!
VALDICTORIANS Jordan Calverley Christopher Harrop Nathan Lortz Taylor Sutton SALUTATORIANS Meghana Rao Matthew Xu Elizabeth Zhao NATIONAL MERIT FINALISTS Jordan Calverley Jacob Cusick Jessica Finn Lucas Phillips Thomas Phillips Varun Sah Taylor Sutton Mairead Willis Matthew Xu NATIONAL MERIT COMMENDED STUDENTS Malcolm Daigle Alexandra Gill Christopher Harrop Nathan Lortz Nivedita Mandal Claire Pahlmeyer Meghana Rao Abby Schamp Abinaya Srikanthan Sherman Tran Joshua Tsen Jason Zhang Elizabeth Zhao
SENIOR SPEAKERS Marvah Gorlorwulu Samuel Remmington SENIOR LOYALTY AWARDS
Charlie Chimento Zofia Zdanowicz
FR. HENRY SCHULTHEIS, S.J. CHRISTIAN COMMITMENT AWARD Alexandra Gill JESUIT SECONDARY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION AWARDS
Ulyl Chable Elle Wentross
DEPARTMENT AWARDS Art: Kiely Berg Band: Jonathan Parsons Campus Ministry: Anna Hauge & Griffin Marieb Chinese: Taylor Sutton Choir: Claire Pahlmeyer Christian Service: Christopher Harrop & Emily Martin Computer Science: Lucas Phillips Diversity: Victoria Orfaly English: Matthew Xu French: Victoria Orfaly History: Caleb Bacos Journalism: Eva Morgan Mathematics: Varun Sah Photography: Mollie Handkins Physical Education: Simone Herzberg & Christo Michaelson Science: Jordan Calverley Spanish: Sarah Craven Student Government: Marvah Gorlorwulu & Zach Loftis Technical Theatre & Drama: Abby Schamp & Madeline Mathews Theology: Cassie Little Yearbook: Mia Berard & Halle Shumaker CLASS OF 2014 STATS 9 National Merit Finalists 13 National Merit Commended Students 153 Presidential Academic Award Winners 123 National Honor Society Members (3.6+ G.P.A. plus service and leadership) AP Tests Spring 2014: 458 tests to 269 students (91.4% of students who took the AP tests received a score of 3 or greater. 69.6% received a score of 4 or 5 (5 is the highest possible score)
Total Hours of Christian Service: 39,531 Average Christian Service Hours per Student: 128 College Bound: 99%+ Total Scholarships for One Year: $1,956,770 Total Scholarships for Four Years: $7,543,614 TEACHER RECOGNITION Educator of the Year: Tim Sprehe Sandy Satterberg Ignatian Educator: Konrad Reinhardt Special Recognition (for 33 years of service to JHS): Len Nelson
Alumni Educators on and off the Field Continuing the Tradition of Transforming Lives BY KATHY BAARTS, ALUMNI DIRECTOR
A Good Teacher is Like a Candle...
Tommy attended Georgetown and graduated with an undergraduate degree in Government and a Masters in Liberal Studies. After living in Washington, DC for five years, Tommy moved back to Portland and was offered a position to teach full-time at Valley Catholic High School. At the time, Tommy wasn't sure if wanted to jump into teaching, especially full time, and considered it a tremendous undertaking. Instead, Tommy opted to manage the campaign of a Circuit Court Judge. It was great experience and a bonus that Judy Hudson Matarazzo won the election. In January 2008, Valley Catholic again asked Tommy if he would teach; this time in a part-time position teaching two sections of Modern History. Tommy decided to give it a try and spent every day from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm trying to stay ahead of the game. "Even though it was preparation for one class that I taught twice daily, I spent many hours to ensure that I was prepared in those early days," says Tommy. "I was just beginning to understand what it took to be an educator." The next school year, Tommy became a full-time teacher (teaching two classes, Modern History and Global Studies) and assumed duties as the head coach of track and cross country.
There is a Turkish saying that goes, "A good teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way for others." (Mustafa Kemal Atatürk). This imagery defines both an educator and a coach. The subject matter is applied in different areas, but with similar outcomes: to instill knowledge, imagination, values, character, and a love of learning. As a teacher— whether in the classroom, on the field, or on the stage—the goal is to share the light of learning with each student in hopes that they become the very best person they can be, and share their gifts with others to make the world a better place. Sometimes, the importance of that light of teaching is carried on in the student’s own career path to become an educator. The following stories highlight a handful of our alumni and their paths that led to them becoming an educator as well as a coach.
Tommy Manning '01- Teacher and Cross Country and Track Coach, Valley Catholic HS
When Tommy Manning graduated from Jesuit in 2001, he had no aspirations to teach despite earning the title of "most likely to become a Jesuit teacher" by his classmates. •
in her sophomore year. Kayla also remembers the influence of Ken Skipper (her coach and college counselor) and the special nature of her Junior Encounter with Tim Massey as her small group leader. He first opened her eyes to the fact that teachers can be more than just teachers. After graduating from Jesuit, Kayla attended Westmont College in Santa Barbara, earning her degree in Kinesiology and playing college soccer. She took a volunteer job at the University of Portland where she also obtained her Masters of Arts in Teaching. When Kayla tore her ACL in college, she thought about physical therapy as a career. She was a little resistant to teaching, although in her younger years it was something she wanted to do.
Tommy Manning '01
Tommy loves teaching and coaching at Valley Catholic. With the smaller community and the support of the principal and the school, he says it is perfect for a young teacher. “Often times, as an educator, it is alienating," says Tommy. "It is tough and requires a lot of hard work. As a teacher, you will likely never make much money and it can wear some people down.” Tommy is thankful for the guidance, care and support he received that helped make his job less daunting and more familiar. With the school being smaller, he teaches every sophomore. There are 89 kids participating in track and 40 in cross country. Tommy really gets to know the families and he feels part of something special. Even though he was hesitant to teach, the coaching component is something he would never want to give up. In 2011, Tommy and the cross country team won their first state title for Valley Catholic. “It was a hardworking group and it was incredible to watch the growth of these athletes over four years as they committed to and achieved their goal," comments Tommy. During Tommy’s time at Jesuit, he bonded with many of his teachers, including Mike Simmons with his sincerity and commitment to important work; Jerry Hahn’s humor; and Rob Bartelleti’s good heart. Tommy’s dad, Tom Manning '71 (JHS Theology teacher), was on his list of favorites as well. Tommy will continue on his path of teaching and coaching. His next step will be a Master's fellowship with the James Madison Foundation in American History and Government.
Kayla Crandall '04
When Kayla was student teaching at Aloha High School, Mike Hughes, Jesuit’s Athletic Director, heard from Kelly Alfieiri, Valley Catholic’s Assistant Athletic Director, about an opening at Valley and passed the information along to Kayla. In the fall of 2011, Kayla started teaching at Valley Catholic High School as a full-time health and PE teacher as well as the head women's soccer coach. It was the best of both worlds, teaching a subject that she was passionate about. Even though Kayla wasn't always sure she wanted to teach, she always knew that she wanted to coach. She loved her time in high school and college playing, working as a personal trainer, helping with summer camps in Santa Barbara, and helping with the women’s soccer program at UP. Within education, there is the potential for great relationships to be formed. In the classroom, there are important messages to convey with exercise and health. Kayla feels lucky to have every student twice in their four years. At graduation, Kayla felt great pride that she had had every student in the 2014 class. Kayla loves watching kids start somewhere and looks forward to the place where they will end up. “Coaching is a very powerful way to create positive people," says Kayla. She quotes Clive Charles, former Coach of men’s and women’s soccer at the University of Portland, who often spoke about the importance of being on time:
Kayla Crandall '04 - Teacher and Soccer Coach, Valley Catholic HS
Kayla attended public schools through middle school. After she watched Jesuit play Westview in the women's soccer state finals in 1998, the idea of attending Jesuit became a goal and eventually a reality. Even though she began her freshman year with an injury, she made the JV soccer team and swung up to varsity later in the season. Kayla's favorite memory was her first state championship •
realized that education was much more than just teaching. Kayla has been with Rose City Club (volleyball club) and Central Catholic for three years. She currently coaches a U-14 club team for Rose City and the JV2 team at Central. Her JV2 team is competitive. “There are lessons to be learned in losing gracefully; to shake hands and hold your heads high. Sometimes you do your very best and it just doesn't work out,” says Kayla. “As a teacher, you have the ability to participate not only in the classroom, but on retreats, in clubs, and with other co-curricular activities," comments Kayla. "After four years of knowing these students, there is a feeling of reward, thinking that you may have had an influence on them in some way.” One of Kayla's favorite Jesuit memories was with her volleyball team during sophomore year. Before the state tournament began, the team prayed to do their best, win or lose, and to do it with grace. Despite coming into the tournament with a low ranking, the team finished out the season with a win—the state championship! Kayla identifies many educators at Jesuit who made a difference in her life, including her volleyball and sprinter coach, Teresa Zimmerlee, her dad who also was her long jump and triple jump coach, and Tim Massey, who developed a personal weight training program for her. Don Clarke and the campus ministry program were special. Kayla credits who she is today in large part due to the retreats, which enabled her to form a closer relationship with God. There is no down time in Kayla's busy life. She will be getting married on December 20 as well as continuing graduate school and fulfilling the many responsibilities she has at Central Catholic and with her club team.
"Five minutes early, you are on time. If you are on time, you are late. If you are five minutes late, don't even show up.” This phrase and others continue to resonate with her. "Coaching in a positive way builds the whole person. It is what I treasure the most in my job," says Kayla.
Kayla Hughes '07
Diallo Lewis '92 - Counselor and Football Coach, Grant HS
Kayla Hughes '07 - Teacher, Technology Specialist, and Volleyball Coach, Central Catholic HS
After graduating from Jesuit, Diallo attended Portland State University and played football. After his first year, Diallo moved to Toronto for a few months and volunteered for Goals for Youth, an alternative school for inner city kids. Upon his return to Portland, Diallo finished his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science and earned a Certificate in Black Studies. Growing up, Diallo thought he wanted to major in business. He always enjoyed numbers, especially accounting. After his experience in Toronto as a liason for students, he discovered that his true passion was to work with kids. “I love that I can provide options and open kids’ eyes to all the possibilities that lie before them,” says Diallo. Whether as a coach at Jesuit, a teacher at an early head start program, a mentor at a youth employment institute, or as a student support specialist at Lincoln High School, each opportunity provided Diallo with a unique opportunity to impact his students' lives. In 2003, Diallo found a home at Grant High School. He has been the head football coach for the last nine years,
After graduating from Jesuit, Kayla attended Fairfield University and played volleyball. She transferred to Carroll College after her first year where she played volleyball for three years. In winter 2011, Kayla graduated with a degree in Health and PE and Psychology. She is currently teaching Health, Girls PE, Girls Strength & Fitness Development, and Psychology as well as stepping into the Technology Implementation Specialist position while coaching JV2 volleyball and participating on the Campus Ministry team. She will also be taking classes at the University of Portland toward her Master's in Education specializing in Neuroeducation. Kayla always wanted to be a teacher and a professional athlete. However, injuries and a greater sense of the world changed the path of her playing dreams. Kayla fondly remembers “Take your Child to Work Day.” As she tagged along with her dad (Jesuit's Athletic Director, Mike Hughes '79), she loved the community, the communication, and the trust in learning that comes through teaching. Kayla •
a counselor for nine years, and co-athletic director for two years. For the last two years, Diallo was both a coach and Athletic Director. Although he appreciated the opportunity to be Athletic Director, he felt that the football program suffered because his time was split. This year, he is looking forward to getting back into counseling, forming connections with the students, and focusing again on football. Diallo immensely values the relationships he forms with the students. As a coach and counselor, he is able to talk to kids for hours a day for four years and to watch young men grow up with the football program. Diallo also enjoys Grant’s ethnic and socioeconomic diversity. Each student's background, experiences, and outlook is different. Diallo's greatest challenge is the lack of time. There is never enough time to support students as he would like to, but he continues to make the most out of the time he is given. There were many people at Jesuit who influenced Diallo’s life, especially Ken and Gene Potter, his football and basketball coaches. Several administrators, including Fr. Robinson S.J., Fr Hayes, S.J., Dick Gedrose, and Shirley Poppe, supported Diallo. One of Diallo’s favorite memories occured during one of his high school football game. It was against Sunset, a huge rivalry at the time. Diallo had drawn up a play in the weeks before the game. He asked Coach Ken Potter about running it. Coach Potter listened and instilled ownership in Diallo and his teammates. He trusted them to be accountable to practice it and had the confidence in them to run it in the game. They found success and earned the win that game, but greater than the win was the feeling of value that Coach Potter had for his team in taking initiative and believing in them. Diallo has taken the care that he received at Jesuit and has carried it forward with his young men at Grant.
"To teach is to touch lives forever..."
Thank you to all of our teachers and coaches whose passion lies in helping educate our young men and women! Your countless hours of time are priceless in the lives you have touched. The journeys profiled in this article are just a small snapshot of the number of our alumni who have chosen to be an educator and/or a coach. We want to hear from you. Please let us know about your own journeys in the arena of education by contacting Kathy Baarts, Alumni Director, at 503-291-5414 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We are compiling a spreadsheet with names of alums who are coaching and/or teaching in their careers. View the sheet on our Alumni Portal at www.jesuitportland.org. If we do not have your information on the spreadsheet, please let us know. •
Diallo Lewis '92 and his son, Christopher.
Special Graduation Awards ‘14 and began his long and impressive stint at the school. “I went from no keys to 20+ keys to the facilities,” says Rick. In 1998, Rick and Laurie decided to downscale Premier as the time commitment was becoming unmanageable. Premier is now a smaller company, still owned and operated by Rick and Laurie. Twenty years after his initial hire at Jesuit, Rick’s job has grown exponentially. Aside from working security during the school day, he also handles security for numerous events on campus ranging from athletics to special functions to outside events that utilize Jesuit’s campus, such as CYO tournaments. Rick wears a variety of hats, ones he switches on a regular basis. On any given day, he can be seen directing traffic, chatting with parents and visitors to campus, talking to students, unlocking and locking doors, making after-hours monetary deposits for the school, ensuring that all the behind-the-scenes details are taken care of to make sure that events run smoothly, and responding to a variety of requests, among many other things. In recent years, Rick, Laurie, and crew have assisted at Jesuit’s state championships at venues such as the Moda Center, University of Oregon, and Oregon State University, experiences they immensely enjoy. Rick’s friendly demeanor and deep love of and commitment to Jesuit are evident on a constant basis. As Laurie remarks, “Rick knows every cubbyhole in this place.” Rick’s dedication to the school extends to voluntary experiences, such as retreats and the Senior Pilgrimage, where he hopes that students get to know him in a different capacity. In February 2013, Laurie started working at Jesuit on a regular, everyday basis. Although her normal hours are from 7am until 12:15 pm each school day, Laurie often works special events and athletic events that run late into the evening and extend her work day. Her friendly attitude and willingness to help and go out of her way for others is apparent every day when people are greeted by her smile and wave. “Everyone here knows our family,” says Rick. “I love my job. It’s a nurturing thing for me, too. Someone always needs me here. I joke that each day I have 1270 kids instead of just two.” Laurie notes how appreciative everyone is of their work at school. “I like how appreciative even the staff is of us,” she says. “That makes a big difference.” Rick and Laurie met through mutual friends during Laurie’s senior year of high school. They have been married for 37 years and have two children: Aaron and Jaime. They have three grandsons aged 9, 10, and 15. Rick and Laurie live in Woodland, Washington. It is impressive to note that Rick and Laurie’s long commute hasn’t hindered their commitment to Jesuit. Additionally, both Aaron and Jaime have worked for Premier and have worked security at some of Jesuit’s events, making the business a family affair. “We work hard 11 months out of the year, then we take one month and travel to Hawaii to rejuvenate,” says Rick.
President’s Age Quod Agis Award Rick and Laurie Howington
The motto of Jesuit High School is Age Quod Agis, “Do Well Whatever You Do.” The President’s Age Quod Agis Award recognizes individuals who have “done well” in the context of their association with Jesuit High School. This year, Jesuit High School is proud to present the Age Quod Agis award to Rick and Laurie Howington. Rick was born and raised in Vancouver, Washington. He started working with Premier Security in 1987. When the business ran into tough economic times in 1991, Rick was given the option to buy the company. Rick says he took a risk and purchased Premier, believing he could make it into a profitable enterprise. He did just that over the years with hard work and perseverance. With Laurie’s help, Premier grew into a major business providing security at special events around the state and for a range of clients on a regular basis. At its peak, Premier had 125 employees. Laurie was born in Portland and raised in Vancouver, Washington. She attended Catholic school from first through eighth grade and notes that she still has lifelong friends from that time period. “Being here at Jesuit takes me back to when I attended Catholic school,” she says. “I know that these students—like me—will have great memories, and that Rick and I will be part of their memories.” Laurie worked for Hewlett Packard from 1991-2009 as a mechanical technician assisting Research & Development with desktop printer proto builds in New Product Introduction. After taking one year off, Laurie began working full-time at Premier with Rick in 2010, providing security at special events, including those at Jesuit as needed. In the fall of 1993, Rick was working at an OSAA sporting event when he was observed in action by Dick Gedrose and Jim Naggi, Jesuit’s principal and athletic director, respectively. They were impressed and asked to meet with him. Rick was hired by Jesuit shortly afterwards •
Rick (and sometimes Laurie, who went on her inaugural trip last summer) also spends one week in Memphis, Tennessee during “Elvis Presley Week.” Rick has been going to Memphis each year for the last eight years. True to his friendly nature, he has amassed a vast array of friends there. Rick and Laurie’s deep dedication and commitment to Jesuit over the years have benefited countless students and events at our school. This dedication to and love of Jesuit High School exemplifies their spirit of selflessly serving others. It is with great pride that we present Rick and Laurie Howington with the President’s Age Quod Agis Award for 2014 in recognition of their enduring commitment to Jesuit High School.
Corps (JVC) for one year. From 1976-77, he volunteered as a counselor for Athabaskan Indian and Yupic Eskimo children at a group home in Bethel, Alaska. At the time, Bethel had the highest rate of alcoholism and suicide in the nation, and many of the children came from families torn apart by alcoholism. Tom was challenged by his volunteer work but enjoyed the experience. Inspired by the Jesuits he met in Alaska, he eventually decided to join the Society of Jesus. “Becoming a Jesuit seemed like the right thing for me to try,” says Tom. In 1977, Tom became a Jesuit Novice and taught math and general science at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Washington. It was in this early introduction to teaching that Tom first discovered he wanted to become a teacher. Tom left the Jesuit order in 1979, knowing he wanted to devote his life to teaching and to raising a family.Tom returned to Bethel, Alaska in 1979 where he was a permanent substitute teacher at Bethel Regional High School. It was there that he renewed his friendship with fellow JVC volunteer Sheila Fogarty, who was then the director of the Group Home. Tom and Sheila returned to Portland together and were married in 1980. Tom began teaching Theology at Central Catholic High School in 1981. He went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Religious Education at the University of Portland and a Master’s in Theology at Notre Dame with emphasis in Systematic Theology and Biblical Studies. Over the course of the next 13 years at Central, he would also coach cross country and track. During that time, Tom and Sheila were raising four children: Tommy ’01, Maggie ’02, Pat ’05, and Brian ’07. Tom recalls creatively sharing parenting duties as he and Sheila, a mental health therapist at Emanuel Hospital for the last 25 years, juggled their jobs and family responsibilities. In 1994, Tom returned to Jesuit High School as a teacher and coach. Over the last 20 years, Tom has fully immersed himself in the life of the school. He coached Jesuit’s cross country team for 17 seasons and served as track coach for 18 seasons. He has gone on three service trips to New Orleans for clean-up and restoration following Hurricane Katrina and on one service trip to western Alaska. Tom has attended several freshman retreats and approximately 15 Encounters. In 2006 he was awarded the Ignatian Educator of the Year Award for teaching excellence in the Jesuit tradition. His knowledge of Theology has been enhanced by several trips to Greece, Turkey and the Holy Land. Outside of Jesuit, Tom has been involved in his parish at Resurrection Catholic Church for the last 30 years. He worked there part-time as the Director of Adult Faith Formation for 20 of those years, which kept Tom busy with youth ministry, teaching evening classes to parents of children making First Communion and First Reconciliation, and Sunday morning classes in Biblical Studies. Tom also taught Adult Faith Formation at Our Lady of the Lake Parish in the evenings for four years. He served as Board Chair
Alumnus of the Year Award Tom Manning '71
Each year, Jesuit High School presents the Alumnus or Alumna of the Year Award to an individual whose actions and deeds represent the values of Jesuit High School as found in the Profile of the Jesuit Graduate at Graduation: Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Loving, Religious, and Committed to Doing Justice. This year, Jesuit High School is pleased to present the Alumnus of the Year Award to Tom Manning ’71. Tom grew up in Lake Oswego along with his two brothers and two sisters. He attended Our Lady of the Lake School and then followed in his brother John’s (JHS ’66) footsteps by graduating from Jesuit High School in 1971. Tom recalls that he was impressed with many of the Jesuits who were his teachers. “The Jesuits demanded a lot from us as students,” says Tom. “I looked up to and admired them, and they had a positive impact on my spiritual growth.” After graduating from Jesuit, Tom attended Oregon State University. He earned his undergraduate degree in 1975, majoring in marketing and minoring in general science. Tom then decided to serve in the Jesuit Volunteer
Special Graduation Awards ‘14 for one year and spent six years on various committees at Our Lady of the Lake School. Tom is currently on the Development Committee with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps: Northwest after serving on the Board for 6 years, including one year as Board Chair. Tom is an avid runner and has over 35 marathons under his belt, resulting in 40,000 miles of training over the last 40 years. Tom’s advice to the Class of 2014: “Don’t be afraid to take a few chances in life and follow your instincts. Put your trust in God, work hard, and in the long run, everything will fall into place.” For his enduring commitment and dedication to our school and our school community, Jesuit High School is proud to present the 2014 Alumnus of the Year Award to Thomas D. Manning ’71.
opportunity to visit the Holy Land. In 1978, Fr. JK left PLU and went to live with his oldest sister in Havre, Montana. Fr. JK was first introduced to the Jesuits through the Jesuit parish of St. Jude’s Church in Havre. Fr. JK was impressed with the Jesuits and eventually converted to Catholicism. He was hired as the church’s Director of Religious Education in 1979, a position he held for the next six years. Fr. JK decided to enter the Society of Jesus in 1985. He loved and admired the Jesuits he had met at St. Jude’s. “They were inspiring for me,” says Fr. JK. “The idea of ministry was already in my head, but they reinforced and solidified it.” Fr. JK entered the Novitiate in Portland, Oregon to begin his steps toward becoming a priest. With fond memories, Fr. JK recalls his first visit to Jesuit’s campus in 1985 when he had an academic interview with Fr. David Olivier, S.J. His second visit to campus occurred when he and his brother novices attended a production of Macbeth, directed by Fr. Kevin Connell, S.J., who was a regent at the time. In 1987, Fr. JK professed his first vows, then attended St. Michael’s Institute where he earned his undergraduate degree in Theology and Philosophy. Fr. JK began teaching Theology for the first time at Jesuit in the fall of 1989. He recalls teaching Fr. Paul Grubb, S.J. ’91, among many others. After two years of teaching, Fr. JK left to undertake studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in 1991. In 1994, Fr. JK earned his Master of Divinity at Berkeley and was ordained a Deacon. He was subsequently sent to Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane for his first assignment, teaching Theology and working in campus ministry. He was ordained a priest at St. Aloysius Church on Gonzaga University’s campus in 1995. Fr. JK was ordained with Fr. Connell, S.J. and with Fr. Steve Hess, S.J., all of them coincidentally from Montana. Fr. JK spent the next five years teaching at Gonzaga Prep. He became Superior of the school’s Jesuit community in 1999 and was simultaneously named the Provincial’s Assistant for Secondary Education (all of this on top of teaching two periods each day!). On January 12, 2001, Fr. JK professed his final vows as a Jesuit. Fr. JK left Gonzaga Preparatory School in 2003 and embarked upon a new chapter in his life in Portland as the Provincial’s Assistant for Secondary Education and Formation, and then Assistant for Formation when a new Provincial’s Assistant for Education was designated in 2004. Fr. JK added Treasurer for the Province to his job duties in 2004. A teaching position opened up at Jesuit in 2006, and Fr. JK returned to campus. “I loved coming back and teaching at Jesuit,” says Fr. JK. “I get my energy from teaching students. Teaching is what God has called me to do.” While he taught at Jesuit, he also remained Province Treasurer until 2008, when he was named Superior of our Jesuit community. Fr. JK has been teaching at Jesuit ever since. In addition to his teaching duties, Fr. JK has served for two different times on
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award Fr. JK Adams, S.J.
Fr. JK Adams, S.J. and Don Clarke
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. served as Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 until 1983. Fr. Arrupe gave one of his most famous speeches in 1973 when he proposed the educational objective to form “men and women for others.” Jesuit High School initiated the Arrupe Award in 1998 to honor and recognize those whose service is a model of what it means to be a person for others. This year we are pleased to present the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award to Fr. JK Adams, S.J. Fr. JK grew up in Great Falls, Montana. He and his younger brother and two older sisters were raised Lutheran and attended public schools. Fr. JK graduated from high school in 1974 and went on to attend Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) from 1974-1978. During his time at PLU, Fr. JK decided to take one year off and travel to Africa with the Lutheran Church. While in Africa, he had the invaluable •
the school’s Board of Trustees (he is currently on the Board), and was on the Board of Members of the Province for 13 years. He has led the Knights, a faith formation group for young men at Jesuit, since 2006. Fr. JK assists the campus ministry program in myriad ways. Among his many other duties, he attends and ministers on Encounters on a regular basis, which he has been doing at Jesuit since before he even started working at the school. He attends the Freshman Overnight and Sophomore Overnight Retreats and acts as chaplain on the Pilgrimage, the 12-mile spiritual walking journey that marks the beginning of the seniors’ last year at Jesuit. Fr. JK also serves as chaplain for a variety of athletic teams, including the JV football team and the men’s lacrosse team. In 2015, Fr. JK will celebrate his 30th year in the Society of Jesus and 20th year of priesthood. “I’ve enjoyed making friends at all the places I’ve been over the years,” says Fr. JK. “I’ve been able to become great friends with students and their families and with the people I meet and work with every day.” In appreciation of his lengthy and outstanding commitment and contributions to Jesuit High School and the Society of Jesus in general and for his dedicated service to our students and families over the years, we are proud to present Fr. JK Adams, S.J. with the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award for 2014.
Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1975 and then received his Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies from Gonzaga University in 1979. While at Gonzaga, Don started his first work in parish youth ministry. He recalls reading the famous words of “Men for Others” by Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., former Superior General of the Society of Jesus, in 1976, and being forever changed. “I started reading Arrupe’s address as one person and finished it as a changed person,” says Don. “It just made sense that this was how I was supposed to live my life. It had a profound effect on me.” After graduating from Gonzaga, Don worked in youth ministry at St. Paul’s Parish in Seattle. In 1981, he moved to Portland and worked at St. Therese Parish. He married Mary Jo (SMA ’75, GU ’79, OHSU ’83), in 1981. The couple moved to South Bend, Indiana, for Mary Jo’s medical residency in 1983. For the next six years, Don participated in parish youth work, worked at a hospice, and helped with Notre Dame’s summer programs. Their two children, Annapatrice ’07 and Kevin ’04, were born in South Bend, Indiana. In 1989, the family moved to Portland where Don was the Pastoral Administrator at St. Cyril Church in Wilsonville from 1989-1995. In 1995, Don began working at Jesuit as the Director of Campus Ministry. For the last 19 years, he has carried on the excellence of the program integral to students’ formative faith experience and built on the shoulders of Fr. David Olivier, S.J., Greg Allen, and Mike Hughes. Don not only coordinates spiritual activities for students that have a profound effect on their everyday life and spirituality, but affirms, guides, supports, protects, challenges, and loves the students—all of them. He has attended and coordinated 117 Encounters over the years, as well as countless retreats, Senior Pilgrimages, Masses, spiritual functions, adult formation classes and retreats, Pub Theology sessions, and much more. On the last Encounter of this year, a junior stood up and said “I know that God really loves me…a lot. And I don’t want to forget that.” It is moments like that, when a Jesuit student wants to make a change for the better, that Don finds most rewarding. He has seen the impact of God’s love over and over again on retreats, from the Freshman Overnight to the gratitude reflection on the Senior Silent Retreat. In addition to his extensive campus ministry duties, Don has been a coach for the last 19 years. The last 18 years he has been the head coach of the “Mighty JV II” softball team. “On the JV II level, we typically get some students who have never played a sport,” remarks Don. “To see them grasp the opportunity to play a sport at Jesuit and see how it changes them is gratifying.” Don received the Educator of the Year Award at Jesuit in 2002. Whether coordinating a barbecue, conducting parent education classes, speaking at a Pub Theology, or strumming his guitar on an Encounter, Don goes out of his
Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award Don Clarke
Don Clarke, "official" Encounter photographer, poses for a rare shot of himself.
Jesuit High School is pleased to present a second Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award to Donald N.K. Clarke. Don was raised in a large family with five brothers and one sister in Wayzata, Minnesota. The Catholic Church played an important role in his family’s life when he was growing up. Don graduated from The Blake School in
Special Graduation Awards ‘14 countless hours and weekends devoted to the school’s campus ministry program—a program that permeates every area of campus and impacts every student who comes through Jesuit’s doors. In the words of one of his peers, “Don has the ability to plan, organize, greet, and engage all participants for any activity, and he does it with the spirit of God’s peace, love, and care.” In appreciation of his outstanding commitment and contributions to Jesuit High School and for his dedicated service over the past 19 years, we are pleased to present Donald N.K. Clarke with the Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Award for 2014.
way to make sure that students, faculty and staff have a positive experience with their faith journey and learn more about themselves in the process. “The most important thing I can do,” says Don (repeating what Fr. Bill Hayes, S.J. once told him), “is to help people to see the Holy Spirit and then get out of the way.” Don works diligently to ensure the school’s mission plays a central role in everything he does. Don’s commitment to the Jesuits and their work is evident: “The Jesuits have made a core difference in who I am,” he says. Don praises his wife, Mary Jo, as his stalwart supporter. Twice honored as one of Portland Monthly’s “Top Portland Doctors,” she is the backbone who allows him to spend
Scott Butler '95: "A Man for Others" BY KENDRA BUTLER '99
the shirt off his back to someone who needed it, in the hospital psychiatric ward where he spent a week after trying to take his own life. It feels to me like his life derailed with a moment’s notice, that depression swept in and suddenly he was gone. When I lost him I became determined to make sense of his death, to give it meaning. He said that he believed almost all suicides were preventable and that people just needed access to mental health care and support; however, despite reaching out for help many times, his own struggle with depression ended when he left us in June 2012. On his birthday in December 2013, my family gathered at Jesuit for a Mass led by Father Hayes, and attended a blessing for a bench we donated to the campus in his honor. It brings me comfort knowing that students for years to come will read his name when they take a moment to rest at lunch or between classes. A former employee of Scott's wrote, "I remember the best advice he ever gave me: Age Quod Agis - Do Well Whatever You Do." Scott first heard those words at Jesuit and lived his life spreading that philosophy. We chose those words for the plaque on Scott's bench. If you would like to contribute to suicide prevention, please visit Scott’s Memorial Fund on the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s website: http://afsp. donordrive.com/campaign/scottbutler.
My heart sank a few months ago when my threeyear-old daughter couldn't remember her uncle's name. But then she said, "You know, Mommy, you know, Uncle...Uncle... you know, Uncle Heaven!" I smiled wide and scooped her in my arms. That's what we call Scott now, Uncle Heaven. When he died in 2012, at the age of 35, the kind words came pouring in and each echoed the same sentiments, "such a great guy," "so smart," and "always smiling." He had a spark, a light, something in him that made everyone feel cared for and loved. At Jesuit, he excelled in school, ran track, and was on the state champion varsity soccer team. At his graduation in 1995, he received an award recognizing his academic achievements in addition to his profound sense of justice and dedication to others. He graduated from Santa Clara University with honors, and went on to have a successful career in Internet marketing. Early in his career he was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top up-and-coming executives to watch. He was asked to speak at industry conferences and, in his early thirties, became the Vice President of Marketing at a Fortune 500 company. Aside from his other accomplishments, he was known for being a funny, warm, and outgoing guy. I don't think that Scott wanted to be a symbol for suicide awareness, but I do know that he was generous and spent his life helping others. The bench donated in Scott's I once watched honor on the JHS campus. him literally give
The Jesuit High School community joins in prayerful remembrance of those who have died. May the family and friends of those who are no longer with us in body be held in our prayers and hearts, and may the departed rest in eternal peace with God.
Jesuit High School Alumni John E. Coussens
John G. Duyn
Terry D. Amato
Ron C. McGee
Carlos de Castro
Water feature outside of the JHS chapel. Photo by Gina Gladstone.
Friends, Family, Faculty & Staff of JHS Marilyn Arnold
Mother of Jeffrey '77, Randy '78, and Michael '80 Arnold; Grandmother of Mary '11 and James '14 Arnold
Thomas M. O'Halloran
Father of Sarah Cooley-Trinkle '02
Father of Michael '66, Ronald '68, Thomas '71 †, Kelly '72, Terry '75 O'Halloran; Grandfather of Zachary '95 and Portia '97 Fritz and Shaunda O'Halloran '13
Dr. Richard L. DeKlotz 4/9/14
William R. Cooley
Father of Michael '85, Stephen '88, Timothy '99, and Patrick '02 DeKlotz; Grandfather to Joshua '17 DeKlotz
Grandmother of Tommy '02, John '08, Jeff '08, Niki '10 and Mike '16 Petroff
Marion Garbarino 2/17/14
Father of Ken and Gene Potter; Grandfather of Kyle '02, Julie '05, and Heath '05 Faulk and Allison '09, Amanda '11 and MacGregor '16 Potter
George C. Potter
Grandfather to Alexis '02 and Anthony Garbarino '10 and Jacob Mitchell '15
Mel H. Hartmeier
Harold "Mike" Sande
Father of Mike Hartmeier '77; Grandfather to Matthew '08, Rachel '11, and Nathan '15 Hartmeier
Jennifer Jemming Vranizan
Mother of Abigail Vranizan '16
C. Earl Walter
Father of Jeffrey '69 and Bruce '81 Walter; Grandfather of J. Gunnar '01 and Brandon '04 Walter
Grandmother to Ian '98 and Conor '00 Kelly, and Stephen '01 and Michael '04 Zahler
Gregory M. Lowes
Mother of Christopher '03, William '06, Susan '07 and Mark '10 Toffler
Father of Rian Lasley '96
This is the deceased list as we know it through July, 2014. Relationships listed are Jesuit ties only within the deceased’s immediate family. We apologize for any omission and ask that you please notify Kathy Baarts at (503) 291-5414 or e-mail email@example.com.
Father to Michael '07 and Katherine '13 Lowes
Jere Lou Mooney
Mother of Joseph '62, Ron '67, Michael '73 Spieker; Grandmother to David '87, Dennis '89, and Kathryn '03 Durkin
Mother of Mark '82, David '88 and Michael '98 Huber
Thomas W. Lasley
Former JHS staff member
Father of Peter Heitkemper '83; Grandfather of Matthew '05, James '07, and Anne '10 Wilcox
Carolyn L. Huber
Mother of William '72, James '74, Greg '76, and Bryan '77 Mooney; Grandmother of James '99, Patrick '02, Hannah '07, Haley '09 and Maxwell '12 Mooney
CAREER DAY 2014 Speakers Share Career Experiences with the Junior Class
Thank You to Our 2014 Career Day Presenters! Jennifer Adams • Athletic Trainer, Jesuit High School, Clackamas Fire District Ike Anunciado • Physical Therapist, 360 Physical Therapy Dr. Jennifer Barr • Pediatric Cardio-Thoracic Advanced Practice Practitioner, Doernbecher Steve Carbonari • Software Technical Lead, Intel Jacqueline Carrington • Surgical RN Charge Nurse Mary Casey • Self-Employed Fundraiser, Capital Campaign Coordinator, Grant Writer, Event Coordinator Craig Cooley • Prudential, Retired Kathy Dodds • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Staff Attorney Joe Donlon • Anchor and Reporter, KGW Andrew Ferguson ’82 • Retired, CEO/Co-Founder, SRC Software Bart Ferguson ’84 • Medical Sales, Zimmer NW Ted Ferguson ’87 • Financial Advisor, UBS Financial Services, Inc. Sara Gray ‘02 • Broker, John L. Scott Real Estate Delia Grenville • Human Factors Engineer, Intel Betsy Hannam '01 • RN, US Dept. of Veteran's Affairs Rebecca Heston • PRiSMBrand Jim Hochstein ’64 • Retired, Naval Underseas Warfare Center Mark Kreutzer '77 • Retired Captain, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Hon. Don Letourneau • Circuit Court Judge, Washington County Circuit Court Randy Lund • Public Accountant, KPMG Trevor McBride ‘05 • Director of Client Solutions, Green Endeavor •
Shea Mertens DeKlotz '02 • Physician Assistant, Willamette Pain and Spine Center Doug Naimo ’82 • President, Triggerfinger Software Michael O’Loughlin ‘80 • Owner, Blue Ocean Events Mike Pranger ‘74 • System Integration Engineering, Daimler Trucks North America Charles Safley '05 • Real Estate/Developer, CBRE Laura Sakaguchi • Design Engineer, Daimler Trucks North America Paul Schommer ‘00 • Project Manager, Schommer & Sons Dr. Mike Skokan ‘84 • Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician, The Oregon Clinic Matt Sottile '95 • Research and Engineering, Galois Angela Steiert ‘97 • Theology Teacher, Jesuit High School Brian Sullivan '82 • Global Retail Campaign Creative Manager, Intel Marianna Thielen ‘00 • Band Leader/Songwriter/Vocalist, Moon Vine Music-Executive Director, The Bylines Shelly Wallace '99 Eileen Wallace Crafton '97 • Public Accountant, KPMG Michael Washington ‘80 • Sr. Asst. Attorney General, Department of Justice (Trial Division) George Weatheroy ‘75 • Director of Security, Portland Public Schools Tammy Wilhoite • Executive Director, NW Sarcoma Foundation Bryce Yonkers '02 • Director, Business Development, Clean Edge, Inc. If you are interested in participating in our next Career Day on February 10, 2015, please contact Kathy Baarts: firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-291-5414.
Shea (Mertens) DeKlotz ‘02 Journey Since JHS: After graduating from Jesuit, I attended Gonzaga University and graduated in 2006 with a degree in biology. I then joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and was placed in Camden, New Jersey, in an internal medicine practice for indigent patients. After I completed my year with JVC, I pursued a master's degree at Loyola University in Chicago and then attended the physician assistant program at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. I currently work as a PA (physician assistant) at a chronic pain medicine practice in the Portland area. I treat and follow patients who are suffering from chronic pain for various reasons. It can be a humbling and challenging job because I am not able to cure my patients of their pain. So often we seek healthcare to be cured, and while I am not able to do that, I do my best to improve the patients' lives. Each day my faith drives me to serve others and make their lives better. Outside of work I spend my time being a mom. My husband and I try to do family activities like hiking with our daughter and beagle. We are parishioners at St. Ignatius and attend Mass regularly, which has been an important part of my life from the time I was young. I feel blessed to have the jobs I do, both as a PA and a mom—right now, I wouldn't change anything!
Brian Sullivan ‘82
Journey Since JHS: After graduating from Jesuit in 1982, I continued my education at the University of Oregon. Following graduation from college, I began working in the advertising and design field as a creative director on both the agency and client side developing creative work and managing many creative teams responsible for TV, radio, print, and interactive for a variety of high profile clients. I left the agency world in 2001 to pursue a Brand Manager position at Intel, who at the time was the fourth most recognized brand. It was an opportunity for me to get some international work experience. Since that time, I have held several positions at Intel always focused in consumer marketing. In 1994, I married Chryste and we have three wonderfully talented and active children: Ramsey (Jesuit class of 2016), Eian (8th grade at St Pius), and Reece (6th grade at St Pius). Team Sullivan (as I refer to them) is active in all sports but focuses on volleyball, football, basketball, lacrosse, and skiing. I try to live life to the fullest, while balancing my dedication to our family’s activities and managing a successful career. I continue to stay active and participate in a variety of sports when I am not coaching them. Greatest Career Challenges: Working for a technology leader and a top 10 global brand is fun and challenging at the same time. Technology changes every day and consumers' shopping behavior continues to evolve. It is important to find new and innovative ways to reach your customer in a way that influences their purchase decisions and in a way that does not make them feel like they are being marketed to. Intel has an added challenge in that we create the processor (the brains inside the device and not the device itself), so it is challenging to help customers understand the 1998 importance of the processor that drives their experience in the devices they choose. Living the JHS Mission: Growing up in a strong Catholic family where faith, integrity, commitment and character were important and continuing to build upon that foundation while at Jesuit, the JHS influence is something that is manifested every day in my work and personal life. My mom always reminded us that, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.” In addition to my commitment to the long-term activities dedicated to serve the JHS mission, it is often the small gestures which have the most lasting impact on individuals you may come in contact with. •
Alumni Events - Spring 2014 Spring was busy for our alumni with the Crusader Crunch, two regional gatherings, and the African-American Alumni Student Luncheon. This year, the Crusader Crunch was held on April 4-6, 2014. Congratulations to the 2007 team, winners of the Potter Bracket and the 1994 team, winners of the Schattenberg bracket. It was a weekend full of competitive basketball and a chance to catch up with friends. We had a gathering at The Farm of Beverly Hills at LA Live on April 2, and at Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in San Diego on April 3. It was wonderful to spend time with our Southern Cal alums! 2007- Crunch Champions of the Potter Bracket.
It was great to have our alumnae come back to play an exhibition game!
Members of the class of 1996.
Members of the class of 1997.
2005 always comes out strong and competitive.
1986/1992 still going strong in their games.
It was wonderful to have 1991 back in the games!
The African-American Alumni/Student luncheon was underwritten held on May by 20, Our New York regional event is very generously 2014. We had a lot to celebrate with the ending of the school year. our Jesuit New York Moms. We would like to thank Mary Lang, Our alums hadDick, wonderful advice toand share with our students. Even though Mary Kay Brantley, Barbara Gram for their generosity many of help them in weren’t excited aboutconnected attending to Jesuit initially, they loved and keeping our alums Jesuit. The regional theirevents experiences. A common advice thread was to immerse yourself are a wonderful way for alumni to connect and for us to in asshare muchthe as many possible and stretch yourself, knowing that you arethe wonderful things that are happening within surrounded by a loving and supportive community. JHS community on campus. Please make sure that your contact information is current so that we may keep you informed about the regional events for 2012-2013!
Hadley Wilhoite ’16, Salyna Blue ’16, and Chris Bowles ’91 enjoy lunch together.
Our African-American Alumni/Student Luncheon was a wonderful success. There were 12 alums in attendance (graduates from 1980-2013), including two alums who flew in from out-of-town to make the luncheon.
Congratulations members of our Class of 2014: Joey Rossyion-McKinney, Lexi Frey, Ilyssa Holt, King Green Newton, Marvah Gorlorwulu, Jordan Blue, Filmon Teklay, and Carlos Coleman.
Austin Carter ’11, Mighten Yip ’11, and Shane Mileham ’12 represented USC for our gathering.
Ashley Sands ’03, Ross Kelley ’06, and Lindsay Smith-Sands ’97 enjoy catching up at our LA Alumni Event.
It is always great to spend time sharing the JHS news and reconnecting with our alums in all parts of the country. Our LA alumni group continues to grow in attendance.
Jamie Kotchik '97 A traumatic accident at the age of 18 doesn't stop alum from touching others BY KATHY BAARTS, ALUMNI DIRECTOR
good hands. She spent her time at Queen’s Hospital with multiple IVs, a ventilator tube to help with her breathing, and a feeding tube for nourishment. On June 26, Jamie was air ambulanced back to Portland. After three weeks, she opened her eyes and began the long process of waking up. The impact to her brain left her unable to talk, walk, or move her right side. She had sustained, along with her brain injury, a broken pelvis, and her arm had shards of glass embedded in it. After Jamie’s accident, it was as if she had to reboot her brain. It was a rebirth, having to relearn everything. Her short-term memory was also greatly affected. For the next three months, Jamie lived at Good Samaritan Hospital to re-learn the functions that most of us take for granted on a daily basis. The long journey to focus, to sit up, to stand, to walk, to talk, to eat, and to use her right side was full of frustration and hard work. But Jamie’s determination and work ethic helped tremendously. “I didn’t have a choice but to get better," says Jamie.
God works in mysterious ways. On June 1, 1997, Jamie Kotchik graduated from Jesuit High School as one of seven valedictorians. The next chapter of her life was just unfolding. She was headed to Washington University in St. Louis in just a few months. On June 5, Jamie left on a graduation trip with five of her friends from Beaverton High School. They were bound for the Hawaiian islands for a trip full of relaxation and fun. As they were driving around in Maui the next day, Jamie’s life drastically changed. She and her friends were in a terrible car accident. The force of the accident made her head turn violently on her brain stem, causing nerves in her brain to stretch and break. The resulting traumatic brain injury (TBI) left her in a coma. Jamie was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Center while her mom, dad, and brothers, Chris, Kyle, and Colin, flew over to be with her. Jamie spent the next three weeks in the Neurological Ward. The ward was newly built and led by a worldrenowned neurologist from Johns Hopkins. Jamie was in
this time. He was touched as he said, “In life, you try to do the right thing and be there for people and love them. You never really know how you touch people’s lives.” It is these things that fulfill our lives; the times where the smallest gestures mean so much to others. During her recovery, Jamie was visited by Fr. Masterson, S.J. who was working through his own illness and pain. He lifted her up with his visit. When Jamie regained her ability to walk, she walked into Fr. Masterson’s room at Maryville to surprise him. He was truly touched. Jamie just commemorated the 17th anniversary of her accident. Her life has been a transformation: she was a quick learner with a great memory before the accident, and now she faces challenges with simple everyday tasks we all take for granted. "Everyone’s life was advancing, but I hit a giant road block that sent me on a huge detour," says Jamie. Life after her accident has had its share of challenges but also great successes. Jamie published an article in The Journal of Cognitive Rehabilitation about what it means to be a member of a community, specifically her rehabilitation community. She credits her success in writing this article to Mr. Hazel and his tremendous ability to teach writing. Jamie now lives independently and has a great job. She is surrounded by friends and family who love and support her. Even though she has doubts and uncertainty at times, she is grateful for her faith and the community that surrounds her. Jamie inspired me with her journey and her ability to turn her challenges into such amazing triumphs. She has a gentle smile that lights up the room. Despite everything that she has been through, she has an incredible ability to live her life with grace and compassion and touches lives with her warmth and happiness.
"This is what happened to me and I had to accept it.” On September 5, she was discharged and the next six months were occupied with outpatient rehab at the Community Reentry Services at Emanuel Hospital. Jamie’s educational path did not have Jesuit in it initially. Jamie was the youngest in her family. Her three older brothers all attended Beaverton High School. It was her mother's friend, Joanie Hanson, who asked the Kotchik family to look at Jesuit. Joanie was working at Jesuit as the Auction Director at the time and had shared with Kathy (Jamie's mom) the things that she loved about the school. Jamie took Jesuit's placement test and was accepted to the school. Jamie had an incredible four years at Jesuit. She was in the first class that was coed for all four years. She had great friends, participated in freshman soccer where they were undefeated, and had wonderful teachers like Mr. Hazel for AP English (who taught Jamie to love writing), and Mr. Lindsay for sophomore chemistry. Jamie’s first smile after the accident was when Mr. Lindsay snuck into her hospital room and told Jamie, “You are going to be okay!” Some say things are coincidence, but coincidences are simply God’s way of remaining anonymous. Jamie’s journey through Jesuit made a tangible difference in her recovery. When Jamie’s family learned of her accident, Jamie’s dad called Fr. Hayes, S.J. and asked for the Jesuit community to pray for her. Six days after her accident, Mass was celebrated at Jesuit for Jamie and she was the calmest that she had been in her unconscious state during that time. There were many Masses said for Jamie that summer and one in particular was touching where Fr. Hayes asked the student body to give something up for Jamie since Jamie was having to give up things in her struggle for recovery. As I was writing this article, I spoke with Fr. Hayes about
Remembering Tom O'Halloran
JHS supporter, father, and grandfather of eight alums is remembered for his generous spirit.
Thomas Michael O'Halloran, 92, of Tigard, Oregon, passed away on June 15, 2014. Throughout his life, Tom was active in St. Anthony’s Parish at many levels. His dedication to the Tigard community and Catholic causes involved charity and volunteer work with St. Vincent de Paul, St. Anthony Grade School, Knights of Columbus, Jesuit High School, and other organizations. According to his eldest son, Michael O'Halloran '66, "Dad always believed in the value of education." Tom had five sons graduate from Jesuit - Michael '66, Ron '68, Tom '71 †, Kelly '72, and Terry '75 - and three grandchildren - Shaunda '13 and her cousins Zach '95 and Portia Fritz '97. Tom began to donate to Jesuit High School over 50 years ago, in 1962. We thank Tom for his great generosity spanning several years in support of Jesuit education and for the legacy he leaves at this school.
Tom and his granddaughter, Shaunda O'Halloran '13, at Jesuit's graduation.
• John has been an accomplished researcher, professor, and writer for the last 40 years. • He has authored eight books, with the most well-known survey text in American universities and colleges being A History of Modern Europe since the Renaissance (1996, 2004 & 2009). • John is currently writing "A Study of the Bonnot Band in France, 1911-1913."
John Merriman '64 credits those teachers at JHS who especially influenced his life.
John and his son, Chris.
John Merriman '64 INTERVIEW BY KATHY BAARTS, ALUMNI DIRECTOR
John was made a Professor of History and in 1996, became a Charles Seymour Professor. For the first nine years, John lived on campus as the Master of Branford. In his position, he oversaw the daily lives of students within the residential colleges. It was a convergence of life and learning as he taught classes but also dealt frequently with people and relationships under his watch. With his love of the French archives, John was naturally drawn to France to conduct much of his research, writing, and teaching. Half of his life has been spent in southeastern France in the small, 340-permanent-resident commune, le village Balazuc. In 1991, John and his family became permanent residents of France. In addition to his continuing professorship at Yale, John has been a Professeur invite’ at the Universite Lumiere and the Universite de Rouen while living in France. For the last 40 years, he has been an accomplished researcher, professor, and writer. John has authored eight books, with the most well-known survey text in American universities and colleges being A History of Modern Europe since the Renaissance (1996, 2004 & 2009). His books have been written in English and translated into Dutch, French, and Chinese. He is currently writing "A Study of the Bonnot Band in France, 1911-1913." Along with his writing, John has co-authored a book (including its Italian translation), edited four books,
Jesuit High School was a much different place 50 years ago, but it was an experience that John Merriman '64 cherishes. John was not only nurtured with the care that was provided at Jesuit, but he learned to believe in humanity through the progressive lessons of his teachers, who were also great role models. Three JHS teachers especially influenced John’s life: Fr. Larry Robinson, S.J. introduced John to his lifelong love of history; Fr. Mike Schultheis, S.J. has been a hero to John in his devotion to service; amd Pat Carroll taught John his foundations in reading and writing and helped John realize that learning of the mind was okay. In addition to his studies at Jesuit, John participated on the debate team, became accomplished in extemporaneous speaking, and played both basketball and baseball. After graduating from Jesuit in 1964, John attended the University of Michigan. He played baseball his first year and earned his undergraduate degree in history. It wasn’t until graduate school that John discovered his passion for history and fell in love with the French archives. John completed his masters in history in 1969 and worked on his Ph.D. (also in history) under the guidance of Charles Tilly, American sociologist, political scientist, and historian. After finishing his Ph.D., John stayed on at Yale. His remarkable journey at Yale began as a lecturer in history and sociology from 1972-1973. He became an Assistant Professor of History for the next five years and then an Associate Professor of History from 1978-1983. In 1983,
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John has written a number of articles and chapters and reviewed a number of books. He is known worldwide for his participation in lectures, conferences, and media, specifically in the US, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France, Canada, Poland and China. Locally, John presented at Reed College in 2011. John met his wife, Carol, when they were set up on a date at a Harvard-Yale football game in Cambridge. Carol, originally from Nebraska, attended Pomona College in Los Angeles and later received master’s degrees in Public Health and History at Yale. She worked in Washington, D.C. at the League of Women Voters in Human Resources until she and John moved to New Haven in 1979. They were married the next year. John and Carol have two grown children: Chris and Laura. Although born in the United States, Chris and Laura have lived half of their lives in France. Chris arrived in France at the age of 10 days and Laura at the age of three months. Chris majored in History at Yale. He recently finished the Peace Corps in Guinea-Conekry and keeps in touch regularly with friends from his village, which is near the Mali frontier on the Niger River. Chris passed the State Department evaluation for translation (French-English, both directions) and may work in translation or do something in humanitarian work. Laura majored in sociology at Yale and just finished up two masters at New York University. She completed her senior essay on the Tuareg, the nomadic people in the north of Mali, and elsewhere. She spent a junior seminar in Bamako, the capital of Mali. Laura wants
John and his wife, Carol, on the terrace of their house in France.
to do humanitarian work and has written many pieces in the Huffington Post. John and his family have embraced the world and have touched many countries through their service. John’s lifelong love of learning is quite evident in his accomplishments. He remains a man for others by constantly sharing his knowledge of and experience in something in which he is passionate. His research and careful historical writing serves not only the present, but also future generations. John's advice for Jesuit students of today is simple: "Believe in people and believe in doing good," says John. "Life is so much more than money. Find something you love and do it!"
Godspeed Mass - Class 2014 On August 6, 2014, members of the Class of 2014, along with friends and family, gathered in Hayes Plaza to celebrate Mass together one final time before heading off on new adventures. Congratulations and Godspeed, Class of 2014!
Class Notes 1964
Martin LaVoie writes, "With more cows and fewer cars, it seemed safe to run on Scholls Ferry and Oleson Roads in the early 1960s. On a hot fall afternoon we were in the final mile of the "loop" when Rob Rihala '64, an excellent runner, blew by at full cruising speed. "Fifty plus years later, my grandson and I thought it would be fun to run together so we signed up for a New Year's 2014 run on the East Bay. I knew I could run 10km since I had run the six mile loop in 1962. Just to be sure, we practiced and nothing bad happened. "Incredibly, on the New Year's run, my grandson finished third in his age group while I finished second in mine. With podium finishes, both of us benefited greatly by being on the tails of the age distribution."
In April, Ed Gormley '66 was honored with an Oregon Mayors Association (OMA) Lifetime membership for his many years of dedicated service to his community. Ed served as McMinnville's mayor from 1984-2008 (24 years), preceded by four years on the city council as council president, and six years on the planning commission as chair. He founded the McMinnville Mayor's Charity Ball Host, which has raised over $1.8 million for Kids on the Block, an after-school enrichment program, since its inception in 1990. In 1994, Ed was the recipient of the OMA Mayor's Leadership Award. He also received numerous other community awards. Ed grew up in McMinnville and attended St. James Catholic School. He graduated from Jesuit High School in 1966 and Gonzaga University. He received a second degree from Linfield College in McMinnville. He owns Gormley Plumbing, Heaing and Colling in McMinnville. Source: Oregon Mayors Assocation Newsletter (Second Quarter 2014)
France. Brandt and a friend walked 500 miles to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, then an additional 100 miles to the coast of Spain to visit the towns of Finisterre (where ancient peoples thought land ended) and Muxia. They walked for 42 days on their amazing and transforming journey.
Brandt Henderson recently completed the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage that begins in
Bob Keerins and classmate John Peterson took in a good-sized salmon while fishing in August near Astoria, Oregon.
Steven Fish welcomed a son, Jaxon Fish, on October 5, 2013. Steven is currently scouting for the Boston Red Sox in Australia and Asia and managing one of Major League Baseball's Winter League teams and managing player development in Perth, Australia.
Laura (Jenkins) Plack married Lt. John S. Plack on October 5, 2013 in Coronado, California. Laura and John currently live in San Diego, where John is stationed with the U.S. Navy and Helicopter Maritime Strike Squdron 71. Laura is an associate at the Irvine office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, where she practices in the firm's litigation department.
After teaching K-8 music at St. Francis in Sherwood for seven years, Kendall Krage is embarking on a new adventure. Next school year, she will be teaching K-5 music at Molalla Elementary and Clarkes Elementary in Molalla River School District. She is excited, but will miss her students at St. Francis. This summer she worked with Earth Trackers. Kendall is teaching students ages 4-10 survival and nature skills through story. In December, Kendall earned her Masters of Education, instruction and curriculum, through Concordia University. During her senior year at JHS Kendall had a set of reccurring dreams
and decided to write them down. This project took her a few months. After sitting on it for about 10 years and a few major edits, Kendall selfpublished a book based on her dreams. The work is not perfect but she has accomplished a major life goal. She is excited to share her story with the world. The book is called The Darayca Diaries.
Ryan McArdle-Jaimes married Daniel on April 4, 2014 within the Presidio in San Francisco, California. They reside in San Francisco with their dog Kai. Daniel, originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, works as a consultant with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Ryan recently accepted a position as a Strategic Account Director for Live Marketing, a creative agency developing and delivering trade show and event experiences around the world.
Ashley Sands has advanced to candidacy in pursuit of a PhD in Information Studies at UCLA. Her dissertation research examines how astronomers manage their data. The study will have broad implications, including how to educate the emerging big data workforce.
Jennifer Anderson graduated with her Master's Degree from Lewis and Clark College in June 2014. She received her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, focusing on teaching reading and writing. She also obtained her Reading
Endorsement and participated in the Oregon Writing Project.
June 2013. In September 2014, she will return to Stanford for law school, where she intends to study international law.
Brianna Letourneau married Brandon McCoy at Heritage Farm Village outside of Charleston, West Virginia on May 17, 2014. The bride and groom are both educators and professional actors based in Washington, D.C. The service was officiated by the bride's father, Hon. Donald R. Letourneau. Among the attendants were Gina Barteletti '03 (Seattle), and the bride's brother, Connor Letourneau '09 (Portland). The couple will honeymoon in St. Lucia, and tour Ireland as cast members of the D.C. Keegan Theatre's award-winning production of A Few Good Men.
Brittany Holzhammer recently graduated from Oregon Health & Science University with a Master of Public Health degree with concentrations in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She successfully defended her master’s thesis entitled "The Effects of Dietary-Induced Inflammation on Risk of Prostate Cancer." Brittany was recently hired as a Research Assistant II at the Pacific Northwest Evidencebased Practice Center at OHSU where she aids in conducting systematic reviews of scientific literature to determine the efficacy of new and existing pharmaceutical drugs and preventive medical practices.
Tierney O'Rourke graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with a BA in American Studies in
Kathleen Hooper, David Gerhards, Aryn Tuinzing, and Paul Petrusich (not pictured) recently graduated from the University of Denver. Kathleen is working at a summer camp in Estes Park for the summer and then returning to Portland.
Aaron Danowski, currently attending Gonzaga University, was chosen as one of seven “Student Vetters” for the Opus Prize, a $1.2 million faith-based humanitarian award being hosted by Gonzaga this fall. Aaron traveled to Asia to visit one of the finalists in May to offer his input on how well the finalist organization met the Opus criteria and whether or not the Opus Foundation should consider the finalist for the $1 million dollar grand prize. As per the Gonzaga Opus Prize website, "The Opus Prize is an annual, million-dollar gift awarded to an individual or organization anywhere in the world whose faith-based, entrepreneurial leadership helps people in need to transform their lives." All three finalists will be at Gonzaga during awards week, October 14-16 2014, to be officially recognized for their work, and all are welcome to attend to honor the recipients and to be inspired to pursue service to others in their own lives.
Class Notes Tom Fullmer '73 Named Executive Director of The Grotto Fullmer brings event management experience to The Grotto. Working with Peter Jacobsen Productions, Fullmer was tournament director of many large-scale events, including the PGA JELD-WEN Tradition Golf Tournament and the USGA’s 2003 U.S Women’s Open at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course. Fullmer and his family are parishners at St. Pius X in Portland. He is a graduate of Jesuit High School and the University of Oregon. “My parents brought me and my brothers and sisters to The Grotto frequently back in the 60s and 70s. It was my Mom’s favorite place. I am humbled to have been selected to carry on the 90-year tradition of The Grotto,” said Fullmer. The Grotto, formally The National Sanctuary of Our Sorrowful Mother, is a ministry of the Servite Friars. In 1991, a few short years after his ordination in Chicago as a Servite priest, Fr. Topper was named Executive Director of The Grotto. In a letter to the Archbishop, The Very Reverend Fr. John Fontana, OSM, Prior Provincial for the Servite USA Province, said: “[Fr. Topper's] ministry there has been stellar, in terms of the hospitality and ministry he has provided. He has been the public face and voice of The Grotto, representing the Servites and this place of solitude, peace, and prayer, to the Church and to the city of Portland. He has also reached out in a spirit of multiculturalism and ecumenism to a broad variety of people, while also maintaining our Catholic identity and Servite charism.” "Throughout my years here at The Grotto, I’ve often thought that my ministry was a ministry in reverse: I so frequently felt that I received as many or more blessings from those who came to The Grotto than what I offered them," said Fr. Topper, reflecting on his 23 years at The Grotto. The Grotto will celebrate its 90th Anniversary on September 20 with a dinner and auction at the Multnomah Athletic Club; the following day, September 21, the Most Reverend Archbishop Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland, Oregon, will preside at an anniversary Mass at noon in The Grotto Plaza. “I invite people of all faiths and cultures to visit this Portland treasure and I encourage those who have visited in the past to return with family, friends and out-of-town visitors throughout the year. It is one of Portland’s best-kept secrets and summer and fall is a beautiful time of year to visit,” said Fullmer. [Information courtesy of The Grotto.]
Tom Fullmer '73, new Executive Director, and Fr. Jack Topper, Executive Director since 1991, who will remain at The Grotto serving as Rector.
The Grotto recently welcomed Thomas Fullmer as the new Executive Director of The Grotto. Servite Fr. Jack Topper, Executive Director since 1991, will remain at The Grotto serving as Rector. While Fullmer will become the administrative leader of The Grotto, Fr. Topper will be the spiritual leader, and will continue to lead the sacramental and religious ministries of The Grotto. Fullmer is a Portland native who has been a frequent visitor to The Grotto all his life. He has always been involved, to some extent, in non-profit organizations, including serving as board president of Michael Allen Harrison’s Snowman Foundation, and as director of business development for the Total Development Center, a non-profit center working with youth. Among his many involvements are working with the Blanchet House of Hospitality and serving on the executive committee of the Portland Good Friday Breakfast.
Sponsorship Affirmation Mass
Fr. Peter Byrne, S.J., Fr. Paul Grubb, S.J., Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J., Fr. JK Adams, S.J., Fr. Pat Lee, S.J., Fr. Mike Weiler, S.J., Fr. Larry Robinson, S.J., Fr. Bob Grimm, S.J., and Fr. Mike Gilson, S.J. Photo by Zaria Parvez '16.
On Friday, May 9, 2014, Jesuit High School celebrated an all-school Mass in recognition of the Society of Jesus’ affirmation of six more years of Jesuit sponsorship.
Fr. Scott Santarosa, S.J. blesses a student. Photo by Zaria Parvez '16.
David Mudd '16 carries the cross down the altar at the end of Mass. Photo by Zaria Parvez '16.
California Provincial, Fr. Mike Weiler, S.J. and Oregon Province Provincial, Fr. Pat Lee, S.J. Photo by Dan Falkner.
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While in Washington D.C., accepting the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School Award in July 2014, JHS teachers Jennie (Cournia) Kuenz '97 and Shannon Shelburne got an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Capitol with former Jesuit teacher and now Chaplain of the House of Representatives, Fr. Pat Conroy S.J. They are pictured in front of the Capitol painting of the signing of the U.S. Constitution with Representative Rick Nolan of the 8th District of Minnesota (and the cousin of JHS Theology teacher Kathleen Myers!).