Here is an up to date look at some important events within Campus Ministry and Christian Service.
- Our first full school Mass is Thursday, September 20 at 11:20am in Alumni Hall. This is the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Parents and Alumni are welcome to join us for this Mass.
- There are two retreat opportunities for sophomores this year: January 23-25 and April 24-26, 2019.Applications are now being accepted. You can register online as well. This is a voluntary experience and space is limited.
- There are 3 Kairos Retreats this year: Nov. 13-16, January 29-Feb. 1, and April 2-5. This retreat is open to juniors and seniors. Please register ASAP. since space is limited and these retreats tend to fill up quickly.
Sean O'Leary '18 awarded Town of Fairfield & Kiwanis Scholarships
For his solid citizenship, strong academic record and contributions to the lives of others, Sean O’Leary has been recognized for his scholarship and service to the community in being awarded the Jacky Durrell Memorial Service Award sponsored the Fairfield Recreation Department and the Kiwanis Scholarship in memory of the late Judge Daniel Caruso. Sean is an excellent student and member of the National Honor Society, having achieved academic honors for all of his Prep years. He has made a strong contribution to the Prep community as well, having participated in both basketball and baseball, and serving Prep’s Peer Tutor program. Sean places a high value on success and on how he can impact the world around him by his service, evident in his participation in Prep’s Urban Plunge Immersion experience and by his dedication to volunteering at the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport, CT. Congratulation to Sean for these recognitions and scholarships; his grit, determination and diligence will support him well in his studies at Fordham University where he will begin his college experience this coming fall.
Fairfield Prep's Literary Magazine The Bellarmine Review was recently published and is available online. As Volume 76, this compilation follows a longstanding Prep tradition of English writing excellence.
We desire to publish poetry and prose that is clear, concise, and evokes the senses, taking the reader to the writer's imagined place through strong writing and a good sense of rhythm. It is believed in Jesuit education that an academic endeavor may be an encounter with the divine, and we strive to live by the motto Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. That is to say that in the authenticity of our written thoughts, we may unknowingly stumble on truth. Our intent is to give our students' words a place to land, serving as an accomplished venue to acknowledge their living truth.
Congratulations to the staff:
President.............................................George Seyfried '18 Vice President......................................David Smeriglio '19 Editors-in-Chief .....Louis Yoo '18 and George Seyfried '18 Asst. Editors-in-Chief..Liam McClure '20, John O'Connor '19, Nick Allen '18 Technology Editor .....................................Jake Walker '19 Asst. Technology Editor..............................Jack Lieder'18 Artistic Director ....................................Cameron Imrie '18 Asst. Artistic Director...............................Finn Mangan '19 Layout Editor .............................................Jacob Hall '19
Faculty Editor ..............................Mr. Matthew Sather '93
Fairfield Prep held its 76th Commencement on Sunday, June 3, 10 a.m., before 207 graduates, Prep faculty and staff, and the students' families at Alumni Hall. We also welcomed 15 members of the Class of 1968 who celebrated their 50th Reunion by receiving their golden diplomas.
Class of 2018 Photos
Families interested in purchasing photos of the graduation can do so by visiting the webpages of Robert Taylor Photography and Louis J. Seidler Photography. Here's how:
Prep President Rev. Simisky, S.J., speaks about Prep values at the Class of 2018 Graduation Ceremony
Fairfield Prep President Rev. Tom Simisky, S.J., reinforced Prep's values as a reflective community of faith during the Class of 2018 Commencement on Sunday, June 3, 2018.
Rev. Simisky also addressed the importance of those values - intellectual competence, a compassion for others, the conscience to make wise decisions and a commitment to doing justice - in light of recent events involving behavior at a Prep lacrosse game.
Prep Seniors win $10,000 for Cardinal Shehan Center of Bridgeport
Pictured from left: Sasha Mead, Jordan Wingate, Victor Michaca and Brian Donahue. (Not pictured: Patrick Demakos).
On April 23, five seniors from Fairfield Prep participated in the first Social Justice Tournament in partnership with four other Jesuit high schools in New York City. Each school prepared a presentation on an organization the students had a partnership with and wanted to raise awareness and funds for. The students presented on the history of the organization, their personal relationship with the organization and why they believed donors should support the organization. Our students selected the Cardinal Shehan Center in Bridgeport where they all volunteer for their senior year service commitment. Prep is happy to announce that the group won $10,000 for the Shehan Center, who will use the funds to support their After School and Saturday Program which "provides a variety of growth enhancing educational and recreational activities." Please join us in congratulating seniors Jordan Wingate, Brian Donahue, Victor Michaca, Sasha Mead and Patrick Demakos (not pictured) on their hard work and dedication to serving others.
Mr. Tom Shea '73 was presented with an award from the Class of 2018 as the Most Inspirational Teacher at the Senior Send-Off program held at Fairfield University on May 25. Earlier in the program, Shea spoke to the seniors, sharing advice and words of wisdom for their journey ahead. Additionally, alumni Patrick Steed '17 and Colin Terry '17 spoke about their experiences as college freshmen, and Director of Discipline Dean Davis gave the pending graduates thoughtful advice about their life ahead. Earlier, Will Johnson, Dean of Students at Fairfield University, spoke about transitioning to college.
Prep Players Deliver Great Performance of 'Godspell,' Earn Halo Nominations
The Prep Players inspired the audience with a great performance of Godspell on May 10, 11 and 12 at the Quick Center for the Arts. The musical is a series of parables about the life of Jesus, based on the Gospel. The story is about the building of a community. The members of that community are able to trust one another, play, share, and risk, and therefore, spread timeless messages of kindness and tolerance and hope. Director Megan Hoover complimented her cast and crew: "All this has, in so many ways, captured everything that this amazing group of students is all about."
Additionally, the Prep Players have been recognized by Seven Angels Theatre with 14 Halo nominations for the fall production of Peter and the Starcatcher and Godspell. Mrs. Hoover added: "I am truly proud, and I hope you will join me in congratulating them on this amazing achievement. We will be celebrating our amazing year at the awards presentation on May 30 at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury. The cast of Godspell will be performing 'All for the Best' at the ceremony that evening."
See nominations below, as well as video highlights from the show
Fairfield Prep announces College Acceptances for the Class of 2018
Mr. John Hanrahan, Dean of Guidance & College Advising, is pleased to release a list of college acceptances for the Class of 2018. The Prep Community is proud of the impressive college opportunities for our seniors!
Ryan Eckert and Jack Kovaleski receive Fairfield Police Union Scholarships, named for the late Judge Dan Caruso
From left: Lt Keith Broderick, Ryan Eckert '18, Jack Kovaleski '18, Police Chief Gary McNamara and benefactor Charles Chiusano
Prep seniors Ryan Eckert and Jack Kovaleski were awarded Daniel Caruso Memorial Scholarship Awards from the Fairfield Police Union Scholarship Fund. The fund was created to honor the life work of Judge Daniel Caruso who passed away unexpectedly in February 2018. Judge Caruso, who served as Fairfield Probate Judge, was an advocate for anyone and everyone who needed help in the community. Caruso embodied the spirit of community and civic duty, always putting service above self. He was a man of strong faith and believed in always helping those in need. Eckert and Kovaleski were both nominated based on how they emulate these qualities.
Ryan Eckert is an excellent example of a student, athlete and school leader who fully embraces Fairfield Prep's Jesuit mission of service to others. As Captain of the ice hockey team, Ryan's athletic ability and leadership skills were on full display this past season as he led Prep to the Division I State Championship. Within the school Ryan is known as an active and enthusiastic member of the community who students, faculty and staff search out for leadership positions. He was selected to serve as a student leader on Kairos, a four day spiritual retreat, as well as Urban Plunge, a three day service immersion project in Bridgeport. Ryan contributes to the surrounding community as well, serving as a Junior Deacon at Greenfield Congregational Church and attending its Appalachian Service project in Virginia for three years. And for the past two years, Ryan has performed Christian service work teaching ice hockey through Connecticut Storm and tutoring at-risk students at the Urban Impact Center in Bridgeport. Ryan will be attending Syracuse University in the fall.
Jack Kovaleski is a valued and integral member of the Fairfield Prep community. He has been a member of the football team for four years and played on the golf team as well. Jack is a dedicated and supportive community member at Prep, serving as a Freshman Retreat Leader, a Kairos Retreat leader, a Peer Ministry leader and a participant in Prep's Appalachian Service Immersion trip to Fries, Virginia. He has volunteered at the Connecticut Food Bank, Operation Hope and at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission and has committed to serving at the Jewish Home for the Elderly. Jack caddies at the Patterson Club, and works part-time at Athletic Shoe Factory. Further demonstrating his work ethic, he has his own business—Jack's Lawn and Snow Removal. Jack is well known as the kind of person who is always willing to step up and go the extra mile for those in need and will bring his desire to serve and learn to the University of Dayton where he will begin study in the fall.
Today's world needs Prep graduates more than ever: Men for Others who can look beyond their own wants to see what is necessary — ad majorem Dei gloriam — for the Greater Glory of God.
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