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Gratitude

for a Lifetime of Jesuit Connections By Gregory Hugh Marshall

The Marshalls with Fr. Charles Allen, SJ, in Loyola Chapel at their wedding on April 11, 1987

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y many years of association with the Society of Jesus have been a source of extraordinary blessings for me. These include an incomparable, lifechanging high school experience, a deeply satisfying career, and, most important, the chance meeting that led to my happy marriage and to my two delightful, loving daughters. In a real sense, my Jesuit journey started before I was born. My father, Harold Hugh Marshall, was a member of the eighth graduating class of Fairfield College Preparatory School, a new Jesuit school that was founded in 1942 to serve the many families of southwestern Connecticut. The decision that I would someday follow my father at Prep was made very early. The spring 1955 issue of the school’s

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Bellarmine Quarterly publication posted this entry in its Alumni Corner section: “Congratulations are in order for Mr. and Mrs. Harold Marshall ’49 on the birth of Gregory, also for the class of ’73.” Without even having submitted a formal application for admission, at the age of six weeks I had already received my acceptance! The prediction inherent in that congratulatory message was fulfilled 14 years later when I entered McAuliffe Hall as a member of Fairfield Prep’s class of 1973. A number of the priests I encountered remembered my father well. I remember the excitement I felt when I realized that my teachers expected greatness from us. Their conviction that we would meet that expectation gave us

Jesuits Magazine Spring 2012  
Jesuits Magazine Spring 2012  

Jesuits Magazine from the New England, New York, and Maryland provinces.

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