Campus Ministry / Service
Because of limited space at McQuaid Jesuit, we are unable to welcome guests to Fr. Boyle’s talk. We encourage parents, alumni, and friends to attend Fr. Boyle’s talks at Nazareth College, which are open to the public free of charge.
March 2, 2017 - 7:00 p.m., Nazareth College, Arts Center, Callahan Theater
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 1:30 p.m., Nazareth College, Linehan Chapel
Jesuit priest, author, speaker and world-renowned expert in gang intervention, Gregory J. Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California. From 1986-92, Fr. Boyle served as pastor of Dolores Mission Church, then the poorest Catholic parish in the city, located between two large public housing projects and the territories of numerous gangs. There he and parish and community members started what would eventually become Homeboy Industries, now the largest, most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation, and re-entry program in the world. Homeboy trains and employs former gang members in a range of social enterprises, as well as provides critical services to more than 10,000 people who walk through its doors every year seeking a better life.
The author of the 2010 New York Times best-selling book Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, Fr. Boyle is the subject of Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock’s 2012 documentary G-Dog. A recipient of the California Peace Prize, Boyle was inducted into the California Hall of Fame, named a Champion of Change by the White House, and awarded the 2016 Humanitarian of the Year award by the James Beard Foundation.
Fr. Boyle will speak as part of Nazareth College's Shannon Lecture Series.
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.
Jake 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.
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:
Mr. Lessard - $392.52
Mr. Vernetti - $402