Letter from the President
To the St. John's Jesuit Community,
The academic year of 2015-2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the
re-establishment of St. John’s Jesuit in service to NW Ohio. My predecessor.
Nicholas Gelin, S.J. remarked at the opening of our current facilities that,
"Today, St. John’s begins its second springtime with a planting that we pray
will yield a harvest comparable to the first."
As we now acknowledge the milestone of 50 years we are gratified by the
prescience of Fr. Gelin and the harvest he anticipated. In just the last year
our graduates earned $18.2 million in scholarship awards to assist them in
their next academic steps. At a time when families face financial challenges to
secure college and university educations for their children, an investment in a
St. John’s Jesuit education provides a tangible benefit. Fully 83% of the Class
of 2015 earned a college award.
St. John’s Jesuit is one of 63 Jesuit high schools in the United States
connected to 28 Jesuit colleges and universities. Our students are immersed from
the start in a truly world-class education with an impressive national and
global reach. Our teachers benefit from professional development informed
by 467 years of success since the founding of the first Jesuit school in 1548.
Best practices are shared among the members of the vast Jesuit Schools Network.
Among these best practices are the spiritual exercises written by St. Ignatius,
the founder of the Society of Jesus. It is this habit of Reflection,
Consultation, and a Clear Articulation of Goals and Means that makes us Jesuit.
While in past centuries the spiritual exercises resided primarily with the
priests of the Jesuit order, today this core animation of our mission has moved
to the laity who serve our students. Around 50% of our faculty and staff have
done the Spiritual Exercises. In addition, Fr. Tom Doyle, SJ, our Vice
President of Jesuit Identity, works with our faculty particularly new members
to insure our Jesuit tradition and heritage.
It is an integral part of our formation as Jesuit educators and it teaches
us how to guide and empower our students to become Open to Growth, Loving,
Religious, Intellectually Competent, and Committed to Doing Justice.
St. John’s Jesuit is a very special place! It would be my pleasure to welcome
you to campus and to help you see for yourself.
Michael R. "Mike" Truesdell, President
St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy