The message below was sent to the Brebeuf Jesuit community on the morning of Friday, September 15.
I hope this finds you and your families well and you had enjoyable summers.
My own summer was complicated with back surgeries, but I am healing and I am moving in the right direction physically. I am very appreciative of so many of you who personally reached out to me, and to the entire Brebeuf Jesuit community for all of your support. I am, also, most grateful to God for empowering me to weather this unexpected storm with dignity, grace and patience.
As I begin my sixth year as President of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School, I remain enamored with our mission, our student’s protection of our mission, our school culture and the amazing ways that Brebeuf Jesuit defies definition. We are so much more than just a good Catholic Prep School. We are an extraordinary community who embraces and highlights our differences … our faith differences, gender differences, racial, cultural and socio-economic differences, to name a few. We embrace our differences because, together, they make us whole. They are pieces of the amazing and transformative puzzle we call Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.
It is in light of the on-going health and beauty of Brebeuf Jesuit, that I feel compelled to share with you that this will be my final year as President of this wonderful institution. It has not been an easy decision to make, but it comes from a summer of prayerful discernment and God’s call for me to return to the Maryland Province and my family. My mother will be 92 years old in a few months and it is my desire – and, I believe, God’s desire also – to be closer to her for the foreseeable future. I am at peace with my decision, but saying goodbye to our Brebeuf Jesuit community, in June, will not be easy.
I look forward to another outstanding school year ahead and hope that my news will not interfere with the exciting, engaging and positive trajectory that we have been on for the last five years. Not only have we renovated our academic facilities and significantly added to our endowment, benefitting Financial Aid, we have become an ever-growing community of faith, inclusion and compassion. One of the greatest compliments I have ever received at Brebeuf Jesuit was from Clare Corr ’15, who told me at a retreat meeting: “F.J., you have made our school more religious, without forcing it.” I could not have been more proud, because Brebeuf Jesuit truly is ‘a traditional Catholic, Jesuit high school, with a non-traditional student body.’ That is what makes our school and community so exceptional. We do not try to be … we just are. Our Brebeuf Jesuit Braves represent the most mature, kind, caring, empathetic, well-integrated and intellectual students that I have ever encountered.
I will truly miss the family that we are at Brebeuf Jesuit, but I know that I will leave our beloved school in the most capable hands. Brebeuf Jesuit’s Leadership Team is unmatched, and will continue to guide our school with justice, innovation, care for the whole person and love. I am sure of that.
Thank you for your support and friendship. They mean the world to me.
Fr. Jack Dennis, S.J.