To say that it’s been an exciting start to Saint Joseph’s 164th academic year would be an understatement. To be inaugurated and welcome Pope Francis to Saint Joseph’s in the same month were extraordinary experiences I will cherish forever. The Pope’s visit to Saint Joseph’s brought our campus community such happiness and hope for the future.
As I reflect upon that moment, I’m struck by the many ways the generous and unwavering support of our alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends ensure our future and the strength of our Jesuit mission.
Evidence of your support surrounds and embraces us each and every day, from rigorous academics and a broad array of service-learning programs to the beautiful campus spaces and buildings where our students learn and explore what it means to be men and women for others.
It was an honor to celebrate my inauguration at September’s Mass of the Holy Spirit – a Jesuit tradition I’ve experienced for many years. Worshiping together and welcoming the newest members of our campus community reinforced the incredible responsibility we have to uphold Saint Joseph’s mission. We cannot do it alone. Your generous support enables us to provide a transformational education steeped in Ignatian philosophy. It’s an educational experience framed to teach students to think critically, make ethical decisions and live with a commitment to affect social justice.
In this edition of the President’s Report, I’m proud to share with you the 2014-2015 Honor Roll of Donors and stories of how Saint Joseph’s mission comes to life on our campus and beyond.
These stories represent only a few of the unique ways our Jesuit heritage comes to life on Hawk Hill and throughout our community of which I am proud to be a member. I look forward to being a steward of Saint Joseph’s Jesuit, Catholic mission in close partnership with you. And, I thank you for your unwavering support.
Mark C. Reed, Ed.D.