Principal Welcome Letter

Letter from Principal Joe Cordella

Since its inception almost 475 years ago, Jesuit education was intended to give a vision of and preparation for one’s total life. 

So it is not surprising that it is the oldest, largest, and most respected educational network in the world. St. John’s Jesuit High School & Academy is proud and honored to be a Jesuit school.

As with all Jesuit schools around the world, our mission at St. John’s Jesuit is to help a young man prepare for his total life.

Our graduates must meet the Profile of the Graduate of a Jesuit High School at Graduation to be Open to Growth, Intellectually Competent, Loving, Religious, and Committed to Doing Justice.

Principal speaking to students

So, what does Jesuit education mean for a young man?

  • An opportunity to be a part of something bigger. Jesuit-educated colleagues throughout the world will become his network.

  • Positive Peer Pressure. Jesuit education develops the abilities in all students to achieve their greatest potential.

  • Participation in Christian Service opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally so young men develop a compassion for others.

  • A reinforcement of the Christian values you teach at home on a daily basis.

  • A cultural and societal experience beyond his neighborhood school that broadens his horizons and prepares him for high school, college, and the world.

I hope you take a few minutes to look around our website and see all the wonderful opportunities that await young men over their four years at St. John’s Jesuit.

From the minute a young man steps through our doors, he is part of the SJJ Brotherhood. Whether it is making meals to serve to central city families, playing with children in Guatemala, cheering at a basketball game, answering a question in math, or sharing a laugh at the lunch table – it is all about the brotherhood in all we do.

When I talk to the freshmen that first day of school I encourage them to make the most of their four years of Jesuit education, to step out of their comfort zone, to take a leadership role, to value the brotherhood, and above all, to find God in all things.

In Christ,

Joe Cordella

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