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Jesuit Reflection

Jesuit Reflection

Each summer, when Jesuits in formation are not asked to study, we are sent on immersion experiences to minister to the poor and marginalized in different parts of the world. This experience helps us to see the variety of missions where Jesuits serve, while also learning how to live and work with people in a context different from our own.

My first summer mission was to the South American country of Ecuador. I had been studying some Spanish in my first year as a Jesuit, but the idea of going far away from home to a place that was unfamiliar to me was difficult. The first days of the trip were tough. I was exhausted by the long travel and grueling heat, and I struggled to speak and listen in a different language. Overall, I was discouraged. It was hard for me to see what good could come from this experience.

In the room where I stayed that summer was an image of Our Lady of Sorrows, a depiction of the Blessed Mother in tears over the loss of her son, Jesus. One night, I offered up my stress and sorrows by praying before this image of Mary, while asking for her help. As I looked at her tears, I was comforted by a feeling that, even in my own sorrow and stress, she knew and understood how I felt.

The next morning, I was surprised to wake up with a new sense of optimism, energy and excitement for the day and for the remainder of the trip. While the work was still challenging, I believe that my prayer before Our Lady of Sorrows helped me to reframe my approach and perspective that summer. Through prayer, she inspired me to place Christ as the foundation to my experience, so I could embrace even the harder days with joy and hope. Placing my trust in Jesus helped me to go beyond myself and dive more fully into the friendships I built, while savoring the ways I grew as a Jesuit.

As the world celebrated Mother’s Day on May 12, the Church celebrates the gift of our Blessed Mother, Mary, throughout the month of May. Let us be reminded these days that we can always look to Mary in our prayer, so that she may intercede for us and lead us closer to Christ.

AMDG,

Fr. Nick Albin, SJ
Creighton Prep

School News

Class of 2024 Completes Their Prep Journey at Graduation

Congratulations to the 211 members of the class of 2024 who completed their formative journey at Creighton Prep with graduation on Sunday, May 19 in the Heider Center.

Salutatorian and master of ceremonies Jack Goltl welcomed the audience to the event and served as master of ceremonies. He was followed by a performance of our national anthem from the chamber choir and an opening prayer by Fr. Bob Tillman, SJ.

In his opening remarks, Head of School Bill Gotch ‘91 congratulated the seniors on “reaching this major milestone in life’s journey.” He also thanked the parents for choosing to send their sons to Creighton Prep and for “entrusting them to us these last four years.”

After jubilarian class diplomas were given to members of the class of 1974, valedictorian Mark Bausch delivered the commencement address. In his remarks, he recounted the many accomplishments of a class that began their Prep journey in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our class is defined by resilience,” he said. “We embraced those initial challenges, and we built on them.”

Mark also noted that over 70% of the class of 2024 received a scholarship offer to college and that one-third were awarded a full-tuition scholarship.

The proceedings then featured a video of senior class members saying “thank you” to the people who contributed to the excellence of their Prep experience, including parents, teachers, coaches and classmates.

Following that, Creighton Prep President Fr. Matt Spotts, SJ presented the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Award to Mark Bausch. Fr. Spotts reminded all that it is the “highest honor we give to a graduating senior” who integrates the qualities outlined in the profile of the Graduate at Graduation: open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious and committed to doing justice.

Mr. Gotch then presented the annual Michael Hindelang, SJ Award for Teaching Excellence to Guidance Counselor Mr. Tom Reinhart, noting his exceptional work in many areas. He also highlighted Tom's great collaboration with his Student Support Services colleagues to “reenvision what was once known as the Laughlin Hour and is now known as the Student Success Hour.”

Fr. Spotts then presented diplomas to each member of the class of 2024 and led the audience in prayer to close the ceremony.

Click here to view a recording of the ceremony on the Creighton Prep TV channel on YouTube.

Fine Arts Teacher Jeremy Caniglia ‘88 Profiled in America Magazine

Click here to see the article in America: The Jesuit Review magazine, highlighting the extraordinary work that fine arts teacher Jeremy Caniglia ‘88 does, inspiring his Prep students to projects in religious art and to go on to study art at prestigious centers of learning in places like New York, Sweden and Florence, Italy. 

The piece was written by Associate Editor Fr. Ricardo da Silva, SJ, who also led the annual Holy Thursday retreat for faculty and staff this year.

Thank you, Jeremy, for all you do in fine arts for the young men of CP!

Soccer Team Takes State

Congratulations to the varsity soccer team on successfully defending their 2023 state championship with a 3-1 victory over top-seeded and previously unbeaten Lincoln Southwest on Tuesday, May 14. Highlights for the Junior Jays included a stout defense plus two goals by Jack Johnson and another by Jordan Igwenma.

For more coverage of the game, click here to see the Jay Journal article by Hank McGill. Photo by Mac Johnson for the Jay Journal.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for the New Athletic Track and Field Facility

Beautiful, sunny late afternoon weather provided a great backdrop on Thursday, May 9 for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new athletic track and field facility under construction at Creighton Prep.

Highlights of the event included remarks from Creighton Prep President Fr. Matt Spotts, SJ, Chairman of the Physical Education & Health Department and Head Coach for Cross Country and Track & Field Dan Tietjen and Director of Athletics Dr. Dan Schinzel.

Following those remarks, the guests of honor pictured with this post performed the ceremonial groundbreaking with shovels and hard hats:

  • Dan Tietjen
  • Myles Jackson ‘24
  • Lori Bruck
  • Dave Neubauer
  • Fr. Matt Spotts, SJ
  • Dennis Chapman ‘24
  • Lynn Groff

A reception for all the guests in attendance was then held in the Lannon Learning Commons.

Senior Named U.S. Presidential Scholar

Congratulations to senior Mark Bausch on being one of just 161 high school students from around the country who were announced recently as 2024 U.S. Presidential Scholars by U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona.

According to the announcement from Secretary Cardona, the scholars were selected by members of the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars using a range of criteria from “academic success” to “a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership.”

Upcoming Events

“Bike with Mike” Mental Health Fundraiser – Saturday, June 1

“Bike with Mike,” an event to raise awareness and resources for mental health in the Omaha community will take place on Saturday morning June 1. Mike Kutilek, a Creighton Prep alumnus in the Class of 2009, developed mental illness in his late 20's and passed away in May of 2020, and the Kutilek family has organized this event in Mike’s honor.  

The event is a bike ride/walk on the Wabash Trace from Lewis Central Jr. High in Council Bluffs to Mineola, Iowa (the famous “Taco Ride”). The ride/walk will begin around 10 a.m., and about 10 miles down the trail in Mineola, we will stop for tacos and a brief program around noon at Tobey Jack’s restaurant before returning.  

Participants can also simply drive directly to Mineola for the lunch and program. The cost to register is just $40 for adults and $25 for children 12 & under (plus taxes and fees) and includes T-shirt, swag-bag, lunch and the trail fee. All proceeds for this event will directly support the integrated outpatient clinic and mental health services provided by Community Alliance of Omaha. 

And something new this year: members of the Creighton Prep class of 2007 will be rocking some live music at the event in Mineola! 

Online registration, as well as opportunities to sponsor/donate, can be found on the website: https://www.bikewithmikeday.com/

CP Car Show - Saturday, July 20

The Creighton Prep Student Car Club cordially invites alumni, current parents, past parents and friends of Prep with an automobile they'd like to show or just an interest in seeing great cars to join us on Saturday, July 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Prep's west parking for the 4th Annual CP Car Show.

Those who'd like to show their cars can register for $25 per car using the form on this page, with all proceeds going to the AMDG Fund. Spectators are welcome to attend the show free of charge.

We look forward to seeing you at the CP Car Show. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Mike Beacom ’85 at (402) 548-3851 or MBeacom@CreightonPrep.org.

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