Against all odds, the Jesuit class of 2020 attended their Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, July 25, 2020, with most of the new 253 Jesuit Alumni in attendance. The conferring of diplomas occurred during the end of the mass in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs with only students in attendance, but the ceremony was live streamed on YouTube for all to see. Congratulations to the 253 graduates who faced a host of challenges during their senior year but overcame all obstacles in their path with enthusiasm, courage, and faith.
July 17, 2020
Look To The Sky…
Jesuit’s new administration building is starting to take shape as all four floors are in place, and the walls can be seen set up around the additional wing . The continued hard work of Ryan Gootee General Contractors, L.L.C is becoming noticed as the new wing becomes more polished and dignified. Of course, the tremendous new edition to an already superior campus would not be possible without the generosity from donors to the Minds & Hearts Enlightened capital campaign.
July 2, 2020
Service Through the Summer
Although many of Jesuit’s service projects have been put on hold due to COVID-19, five rising seniors are still finding ways to serve those in need. Thomas Grady, Seb Upshaw, Will Hawkins, Joshua Guzman, and Chris Gillen have been working with the NOLA Tree Project, which has taken a break from beautifying New Orleans’ public spaces to focus on making sure that the elderly and disabled don’t go hungry during the Coronavirus crisis. These Blue Jays and other New Orleans high school students pack meals donated by Second Harvest Food Bank and deliver them to those who cannot leave their homes during the pandemic.
June 23, 2020
Jays Get New Wings…
The Jesuit football program and faculty will look a little different for the 2020-2021 school year. Ed Daniels, left, could not wait to announce the news as WGNO held a Q and A with former Jesuit head football coach and current prefect of discipline Mark Songy and interim head coach Scott Bairnsfather on June 22 to talk about their new roles. Be on the lookout on Wednesday afternoon on WGNO for the airing of the exciting interview. Both are ready to tackle new challenges and triumphs, and we cannot wait to see these Jays fly into their new positions.
June 18, 2020
Looking for a Sign…
The Retif Oil and Fuel American Legion varsity team faced off against the junior varsity squad on June 18th in the grueling heat. While the game was only a scrimmage, the competition was intense from both sides. The action is set to begin on Saturday at John Ryan Stadium with the JV team scheduled to play at 10 a.m. and the Varsity at 1:30 p.m. All signs are pointing toward excitement and success at The Ryan.
Construction continues at Carrollton & Banks as the frame for the administration wing is put into place. Last week the concrete foundation was laid in the footprint adjacent to the boiler room and the 1926 Banks Street wing. The administration wing is one of the enhancements to Jesuit’s campus brought about by the generosity from donors to the Minds & Hearts Enlightened capital campaign.
May 12, 2020
A Covid Corvid…
What do crows and blue jays have in common? What many might know is that both are members of the same family of birds known as Corvids. What few will know is that, with the hallways more spacious than normal during Covid-19 restrictions, both have made a home a Carrollton and Banks. One of the crows that regularly circles campus made its way into the school building on Monday and flew the hallways normally trafficked by Blue Jays. Good thing Jesuit’s interim president, Fr. John Brown, S.J., is no stranger to handling eccentric animals. Watch the video of Fr. Brown releasing the crow into the school yard.