This past Sunday senior, Emmett Sheehan, joined faculty member Greg Lendeck and members of the bee conservation organization Sweet Beez, in introducing about 2,000 Italian honeybees, Apis mallifera lingustica, to McQuaid's new rooftop bee hive. This is a venture, worked on by the students in the Biodiversity Project, that has been in the works since September and thankfully has come to fruition with the support of principal Adam Baber and president Fr. Reiser.

The intention is to allow students access, via the classroom or an extracurricular, to the most visible keystone pollinator species - an indicator species - that is facing a perilous decline due to a number of interlinking variables; highlight to the Monroe County area another of McQuaid Jesuit's efforts in caring for God's creation; and provide another colony a safe space to prosper using conservation and education to support these incredible creatures we depend so much upon.

There are no plans for the school of any clubs to become honey producers. This experiment is about conservation - exploitation will need to wait. All of the honey will stay with the bees this year to allow them to become established. Perhaps a small quantity will be stolen from them next year.

to alleviate concerns, Lendeck says that no one on campus will notice an influx in bees either outside or inside the classroom. He also says anyone with a bee allergy need not be concerned.  If anyone in the community feel any personal anxiety Lendeck would enjoy meeting with you and hopefully allay any worries you may have. He also would be happy to present them to you in person if you're so inclined.

McQuaid Jesuit will welcome back members of the class of 2015 for its inaugural Young Alumni Day on Monday, January 11, 2016. It will be an opportunity for our most recent graduates to represent their college/university in a "fair-like" setting to allow current sophomores, juniors, and seniors to ask questions and gain information on schools they may be interested in attending. We believe it's a great opportunity for our current students to hear first-hand the perspective of a McQuaid graduate who recently went through the entire college transition process.

The event will take place in Keenan Hall from 10:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Honor Roll for the Third Marking Period has been published.

First Honors with Distinction

First Honors

Second Honors

Senior Speech website

Standing left to right: Joe Doerr, Vinh Tran, and Conor Dalton. Sitting left to right: John Steele (first runner-up), Will Hintz (winner), and Noah Williams (second runner-up).

Congratulations to the 2017 Senior Speech Competition Winner, Will Hintz. He will receive a $1,000 college scholarship. John Steele was first runner-up and will receive a $500 college scholarship. Noah Williams was second runner-up and received a $100 Barnes & Noble gift card.  

Business Team Photo 2017Congratulations to the McQuaid Jesuit IgKnighters FIRST robotics team who won the FIRST Entrepreneurship Award at the Finger Lakes Regional tournament at RIT held March 15-18. FIRST Robotics focuses on engaging high school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competencies but also includes a business element in which members produce a plan in support of the team’s long-term strategy. It includes marketing initiatives and materials, community outreach programs, and a multi-year financial plan. The award is given to the robotics team who best develops a comprehensive business plan to scope, manage, and achieve team objectives. Click here to view the team's business plan.

This year’s objective, called FIRST “Steamworks,” involved picking up large gears, delivering them to an ‘airship,’ and shooting larch whiffle balls into a goal. Teams were given six weeks to design, build, and program their robot.

The Finger Lakes Regional tournament featured 50 teams from the Northeast United States and Canada.

The team is generously supported by McQuaid Jesuit, Xylem, and Xerox, as well as several anonymous donors. The team is the inspiration behind the new Wegman Family Science and Technology Center, a new building to promote Science and Technology learning at McQuaid.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a global organization that promotes interest in STEM. There are more than 6,000 high school teams spread across North America, Europe, and Asia who compete in regional events and a World Championship. FIRST also has other programs to inspire 4th through 12th grade students.

Congratulations to the McQuaid Speech & Debate team which placed first in the Greater Rochester area for the 2016-2017 season. Senior Joshua Beckles was selected by all the area coaches to receive the Coaches' Excellence Award, which recognizes outstanding performance as well as commitment and dedication to Speech & Debate.

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Additionally, the following students will be representing McQuaid at the National Catholic Forensic League's National championship in Louisville, KY, over Memorial Day weekend:

Daniel Backus '20, Xavier Brown '20, Payton Petkus '20, Ben Buyer '19, Kidane Malik '19, George Rogalskyj '18, Joshua Beckles '17, Nicholas Cottrell '17, Kyle Gateson '17, Max Heisig '17, Will Hintz '17, and Louis Laniak '17.

SD team photo at NCFL quals

IMG 3291Fr. Gregory Boyle, S.J., serves as McQuaid Jesuit's keynote speaker during its second annual Xavier Day which was celebrated Friday, March 3. The day was originally scheduled for December but due to unforseen circumstances had to be rescheduled.

Fr. Boyle is the founder of Homeboy Industries, a gang rehabilitation center in Los Angeles. He also is the author of the New York Times best-seller, "Tattoos on the Heart." In preparation for his visit, students read his book. Fr. Boyle's talk to the McQuaid Jesuit community focused on helping those who live on the margins.

Following the keynote address, students participated in 37 different breakout sessions were given by leaders in organizations and presenters from across the Rochester area who are engaged in work on the frontiers of kinship, compassion, and understanding.

  • Mrs. Sarah Milko, past McQuaid Jesuit parent, from AutismUp, the leading organization in Rochester supporting those with autism spectrum disorder and their families;
  • Sister Donna del Santo, from Bethany House, a Catholic Worker home providing shelter for women and children experiencing homelessness;
  • Mr. Andy Carey, from the Bridge Home, Reach Shelter, and MC Collaborative, a pioneer in networking social workers in Rochester to combat homelessness;
  • Ms. Jennifer Muniga of Cameron Community Ministries, an urban outreach organization based in the Lyell-Otis neighborhood in Rochester;
  • Mr. Jim Morris of the Catholic Family Center, presenting on the journey of refugees in our community;
  • Ms. Joy Bergfalk from Coffee Connection, which provides employment and training to women recovering from addiction;
  • Mr. Rod Cox Cooper of the Class of 1985 from Community Place of Greater Rochester, a community center in NE Rochester providing a variety of social, developmental, and educational programs;
  • Br. Antonios Shenoudian of the Coptic Orthodox Monastery of St. Shenouda, presenting on the persecution of the Coptic Orthodox church in history;
  • Deacon Kevin Carges of Eight 4 Hope and Catholic Relief Services, who will speak about his organization’s outreach to the people of Haiti and Jamaica;
  • Mr. Chris Mulroy will present on the work of Habitat for Humanity, a national organization dedicated to eliminating substandard and poverty housing;
  • Mr. Nathaniel Mich from Foodlink, Rochester’s premiere distributor of food to service agencies in 10 area counties;
  • Mrs. Angela Drahms & Ms. Karen Guidarelli from Hillside Children’s Center, a provider of care for youth and families with a wide range of emotional, behavioral, or life-circumstance challenges;
  • Sister Grace Miller of the House of Mercy, which provides food, shelter, clothing & advocacy services to those experiencing homelessless and poverty in Rochester;
  • Mr. Kelly Finnigan '88 & Mr. Sheldon Cooper, also of the House of Mercy, who will speak on chronic homelessness and the role of temporary shelters;
  • Dr. Muhammad Shafiq of the Islamic Center of Rochester, who will present on the Muslim community in the greater Rochester area;
  • Dr. Malia McAndrew, who comes to us from John Carroll University and its prestigious Arrupe Scholars Program, will present on her research into poverty and life on the margins. Joining Dr. McAndrew is Will DiPasquale, McQ class of 2014 and current Arrupe Scholar at JCU;
  • Ms. Ann Marie Cook from Lifespan of Greater Rochester, who will speak on her organization’s work with older adults and their caregivers;
  • Dr. Cheryl McKeiver, Head of School at Nativity Preparatory Academy, who will present on that incredible school’s work with underserved students;
  • Mr. Jake Braithwaite of the Society of Jesus will speak about the various social ministries of the Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus;
  • Ms. Anna Valeria-Iseman of the Open Door Mission, a Christian Rescue Mission providing for the spiritual and physical needs of the impoverished and homeless men, women and children of Rochester;
  • Ms. Adrienne L. Davis from PathStone Corporation, which builds family and individual self-sufficiency by strengthening farmworker, rural, and urban communities;
  • Ms. Joyce McAndrew from the Prison Ministry of Upstate New York, an organization that coordinates volunteers and outreach to inmates in local prisons;
  • Ms. Jennifer Canning of the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network, an interfaith organization that assists homeless families achieve sustainable independence;
  • Ms. Yana Khashper from Rocovery Fitness, which builds communities of support for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction;
  • Ms. Geri Dolan from the Saint’s Place Tutoring Program, which each week tutors hundreds of adult and child refugees settled in Rochester;
  • Fr. Bob Kennedy of the Diocese of Rochester and the Southeast Rochester Catholic Community, who will present on the Catholic Church’s care for our gay and lesbian brothers and sisters;
  • Mr. James Murphy from St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality, a Catholic Worker house in the South Wedge serving men and women experiencing homelessness;
  • Dr. Richard E. Kreipe and Mr. Paul Clark from the Center for Youth, which provides comprehensive programs and services from prevention education to counseling to emergency shelter to youth development opportunities;
  • Ms. Ruth Rappaport-Kristal of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County, an organization dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.
  • Mr. Bill McDonald, of the United Way of Rochester, who will speak on his organization’s efforts to reduce poverty in our city;
  • Ms. Jen Speorl & Ms. Mercede McNeill, of the Villa of Hope, which brings hope to youth experiencing a range of medical and behavioral challenges;
  • Mrs. Hollie Harvey, Dr. Karen Dalton, and Ms. Joan McCarthy of the Women’s Care Center, which provides Rochester-area women with unplanned pregnancies with support and resources;
  • Ms. Jen Kaiser from the Young Men’s Community Center, on accompanying addicts towards recovery;
  • Ms. Lisa Courtney-Holmes & Ms. Connie DiFelice of our McQuaid Jesuit Parents Association “Mothers for Others” program, which sponsors regular outreach opportunities for McQuaid students and their moms.
  • Ms. Elizabeth Pietropaoli, joined by McQuaid Jesuit seniors Connor Hester, Marty Petrauskas, Will Scheuerman, and Jonathan Sutton, who will recount their experience visiting the residents of the Navajo Nation in Arizona last July;
  • Riley Benner '16 & Jamie McCarthy '17, who will present on the McQuaid and Holy Cross “Ballers” programs, which bring companionship through basketball to juvenile detention centers.

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Congratulations to the 56 McQuaid Jesuit seniors who were inducted into the National Honor Society (NHS) at a ceremony held February 28 in the Fr. Salmon Chapel. NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. It serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character.

Thomas A. Alvermann, Keefer J. Aman, Zachary C. Anderson, Nicholas C. Atkinson, Joseph A. Bevilacqua, Aidan P. Blake, Matthew J. Blejwas, Gavin W. Bloom, Benjamin D. Bogdan, Patrick D. Broderick, Ian W. Campbell, Jared M. Carl, Nicholas J. Caterisano, Jared D. Chan, Matthew E. Ciolkowski, Max W. Coller, Nicholas E. Cottrell, Thomas C. Crocker, Tyler F. Cyrus, Patrick D. Dela Cruz, Nicholas J. DiMarco, Joseph P. Doerr, Christopher G. Draveck, Craig A. Eichas, Michael J. Facci, Connor J. Finucane, John E. Fischer, Noah N. Henry, Benjamin C. Holdsworth, Laughlin D. Holmes, Grant R. Kelly, Riley J. Laese, Louis J. Laniak, Gogoate L. Lemea, Matthew M. Loria, Evan W. MacDougall, Sean P. Mandrick, Mark E. Mang Jr., Kellen P. McGrath, Andrew R. Molinari, Christian A. Pawelek, Martin L. Petrauskas, Daniel J. Rooney, Kyle M. Rosenthal, Deaglan B. Ryan, William C. Scheuerman II, William F. Shanahan, Ryan P. Sheridan, Charles J. Siragusa, Benjamin M. Stone, Jonathan P. Sutton, Spencer P. Szachara, Nicholas B. Tomei, Conor G. Vonderahe, Thomas J. White, Hobart T. Williamson.

Congratulations to the following students who received Knight of the Month for their commitment to the McQuaid Jesuit core value of leadership guided by sound conscience and grounded in humility.


6th Grader:   Garrett Wood

7th Grader:   Elliot Aguirre

8th Grader:   Joseph Felice


James H. Growney 58 April 7 2017In your prayers please remember the soul of James H. Growney. Mr. Growney is a member of the McQuaid Jesuit Class of 1958.

Growney, James H.

Growney, James Dr. James "Jim" Herbert Growney Jr. passed away peacefully Friday, April 7th 2017 at Metro Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI. He was born in Rochester, New York to James and Doris Growney. The oldest brother of 9 children, his attribute as a leader, caretaker, and healer was formed from a very young age. Jim is a graduate of McQuaid Jesuit High School, Bellarmine University and Kansas City University. He married the love of his life, Carol Shore, on March 26, 1966, in Kansas City, MO. Jim was an army veteran of the Vietnam war, serving as a surgeon stationed along the river in Moc Hoa, Vietnam. He was a recipient of the bronze star. For decades, Jim touched the lives of many through his career being an anesthesiologist, a position that brought him the most rewarding fulfillment. Jim was a humanitarian, taking several trips to Guatemala throughout his life with a team of doctors to practice in villages with an absence in modern medicine. An avid golfer, he often took seasonal trips to Ireland, to enjoy some of the most exceptional courses in the world. All who knew Jim regarded him with possessing every quality of a gentleman, and an individual who truly lived for others. He is survived by his wife Carol, three children Shannon, James III (Kristi), and Sean (Rene), and grandchildren Matthew, James IV, Olivia, Ella, Sam, and Eden. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 19th at St. Robert of Newminster Parish, 6477 Ada Dr. with Fr. Leonard Sudlik as Celebrant.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.
May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace.