Jesuit Celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Posted December 8, 2021 / Last updated December 8, 2021

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Adorned in blazers and ties, Blue Jays left their khaki uniforms at home today on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception to celebrate the school’s titular feast. Originally formally named the College of the Immaculate Conception, Jesuit High School has had a special commitment to this December 8 holy day since its founding.

With faculty, staff, students, and family members gathered in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs, Jesuit’s chaplain Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J., chose the occasion to profess his final vows to the Society of Jesus. For a Jesuit priest, these perpetual solemn vows of poverty, chastity, obedience to the order, and obedience to pope mark the end of his formation that began in the novitiate. Fr. Dyer’s vows were spoken before Fr. Tom Greene, S.J., ’81, who is the current provincial of the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus.

Nine Jesuit priests participated in the Mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Greene. He was joined by Fr. John Brown, S.J., Fr. Dyer, Fr. William Farge, S.J., Fr. Greg Waldrop, S.J., Fr. Gregg Grovenburg, S.J., Fr. Robert Murphy, S.J., ’95, Fr. Larry Moore, S.J., and Fr. Nathan O’Hallaran, S.J. Deacon Ron Drez ’83 assisted.

Fr. Greene also used the morning to formally mission Fr. Brown as the president of Jesuit High School. Fr. Brown’s missioning was announced by board director Brian North ’83.