The Hands of Christ award is a recognition program to assist area parishes in affirming their high school seniors who have been the "Hands of Christ" in their church, home, school, and community. The following is criteria to receiving the award:

  • Has consistently demonstrated a Christian attitude by word and example.
  • Has been actively involved in the parish as well as their school or community.
  • Has been a positive role model to their peers, younger children, and adults.
  • Is a practicing Roman Catholic in a parish in the Diocese of Rochester and attends Mass regularly.
  • Is currently a high school senior.

Congratulations to the following McQuaid Jesuit seniors who received the award at a ceremony February 9: Aidan Blake, Andrew Blanco, Nicholas Caterisano, Paul Conley, John Conover, Patrick Dela Cruz, Connor Dickman, Joseph Doerr, Christopher Draveck, Craig Eichas, Michael Facci, Timothy Fitzgerald, Angelo Fusilli, Kyle Gateson, Kevin Gearinger, Nicholas Hamilton, Connor Hester, Benjamin Holdsworth, Laughlin Holmes, Declan Kelly, Mark Mang Jr., Cameron Mason, Andrew Molinari, Michael Namorato, Scott Nasca Jr., Daniel Rooney, William Scheuerman II, William Shanahan, John Steele III, and Jonathan Sutton. 

A group of McQuaid Jesuit students were among hundreds of demonstrators who traveled to Washington, D.C. Friday, January 27 to take part in the annual "March for Life." The march observes the anniversary of the 1973 Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision which legalized abortion nationwide. While not an official McQuaid Jesuit organized event, the group departed from the school along with students from Mercy and and others in the community. The two buses that departed from McQuaid were organized by current parent  Elizabeth Gilges, P '14, '16, '16, '21. 

More than $3,500 was raised to purchase toys on Amazon for McQuaid's annual toy drive. This year's drive benefited Mary's Place, the refugee resettlement ministry on Lexington Avenue and Holy Apostles Church on Lyell Avenue. Congratulations to the following homerooms who raised the most money:

Middle School

Mr. Lessard - $392.52

High School

Mr. Vernetti - $402 

Jake noviceJake Braithwaite is a Jesuit novice joining the McQuaid Community from the St. Andrew Hall novitiate in Syracuse, NY. After working on Wall Street and then at Fordham University, Jake entered the Jesuits in August 2015. Since then, he served at two hospitals, shared time with a L’Arche community for the developmentally disabled, and made the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. While at McQuaid, Jake will be working with the Academic Coaching Program and teaching a section of Sophomore Theology. He will be in Rochester through May before preparing to take First Vows in the Society of Jesus this summer.

Jake's novice brother is 2011 alumnus Christian Verghese. They've "switched places" for the spring as Christian was sent to Jake's high school, St. Joe’s Prep in Philadelphia, PA.

As is tradition, the McQuaid Jesuit community came together Wednesday, December 21, 2016 for the annual Advent Liturgy. The Mass allows the community to celebrate the anticipated coming of Jesus before departing for the holidays. In his homily, Fr. Edward Salmon, S.J., reminded the community to have trust in God just as a 16-year-old Mary did when the Angel appeared to her asking her to carry the son of God. At the end of Mass, principal Adam Baber encouraged the student body to come back rested in 2017 ready to, in the words of the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Arturo Sosa Abascal, S.J., "seek not only the improbable, but the impossible, because nothing is impossible with God." 

Click here for photos from the Mass.