The October Prep Pulse
One of the great privileges of Jesuit formation is the period of studies proceeding after the novitiate. During these few years, Jesuit scholastics and brothers are challenged with rigorous coursework in philosophy, a bit of theology and other disciplines that will prepare a man intellectually for future missions in the Society of Jesus.
In my studies, one philosopher whom I have taken to as a mentor, if you will, is St. Thomas Aquinas. Thomas was an Italian Dominican Friar who lived during the Middle Ages (d. 1274). It might be argued that his contributions to philosophy and theology are too antiquated to be relevant today because of the progress and innovation in the sciences since his time. This cannot be further from the truth.
At the heart of Thomas’ entire corpus is the belief that reason and faith are mutually compatible. This means, for example, a person can believe through faith that God is good based on what has been revealed to mankind through Sacred Scripture. But Thomas argued that even if one was not acquainted with Scripture, through reason, one would arrive at the same conclusion that God is good.
Thomas died before he completed his magnum opus, the “Summa Theologiae,” in which he discusses at-length hundreds of questions of the type mentioned above. It is easy to feel discouraged that something so great will remain unfinished. But I would like to share a sentiment a current professor shared with me that offers consolation: Is it possible, perhaps, that St. Thomas was never going to finish the Summa simply because there were more questions than he could answer in his lifetime?
Maybe the Summa, more than a Medieval tome, is the fundamental conviction that where I seek by faith, there God will be known by reason. If this is true, then we, too, can come to know and love God by confronting the tough questions of our time today, as St. Thomas did then.
May God bless us all in our teaching, our studying, our work, and our families with faith and understanding!
Adam Bryan, SJ
Saint Louis University
Back to In-Person Learning at Prep
It is a welcome site to see most of our students back at school now for in-person learning. The freshmen returned on Monday, September 28 and the sophomores, juniors and seniors came back on Monday, October 12.
The recent move to in-person learning was made after input from our medical consultants, a review of Douglas County Health Department information and the positive cases within the Prep community of students, faculty and staff. Prep continues to monitor COVID-19 developments closely and will make adjustments to the learning environment as needed.
We continue to stress with students, faculty and staff the use of the self-screening app prior to coming to school each day, masks, social distancing wherever possible and good hand hygiene. In addition, students who, for health reasons, still need to learn fully online from home can do so.
Fall Sports Teams Excel
The varsity cross country, football and tennis teams continue to add to the history of Prep sports excellence. Highlights for the Junior Jay runners so far this season include victories at the Westside Invitational in late August, the UNK Invitational in late September and a second-place finish to the top team in the state at a Millard West meet earlier this month. The squad is in District A-4 competition today in Lincoln then the state meet is in Kearney one week from tomorrow.
Through six games, the football team is playing well and has a 4-2 record with a three-game winning streak heading into tonight’s 7 p.m. contest with Papillion-La Vista South that will be streamed online. (For a preview of tonight’s game, check out the Preisman Precap on the Jay Journal website.) The highlight of the season so far was on September 25 when the squad scored 29 unanswered points in the fourth quarter against Millard West to win 29-26, making it the biggest comeback in program history.
Tennis is currently competing for another state title today and tomorrow at the Koch Tennis Center in Omaha. They won the Metro Conference championship there just over a week ago after dual wins earlier this month over Millard West, Millard South and Westside.
Spanish and French National Honor Societies Welcome 22 Students
Congratulations to all the following students on their induction in the Spanish and French National Honor Societies in a ceremony at Prep on October 4:
Spanish National Honor Society inductees
French National Honor Society inductees
Prep Named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School
In case you missed the September 24, 2020 announcement, Creighton Prep was named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education, one of 367 schools and just 50 non-public schools honored.
“This is exceptional recognition of the outstanding education we provide at Prep and the key role it plays in our formative process,” said Creighton Prep President John Naatz in a press release to the media that day. “I congratulate our Head of School Jim Bopp, his faculty leadership team and our dedicated teachers, present and past, who have exceeded our expectations for delivering a compelling curriculum.”
We’re very grateful to our faculty and staff members, present and past, for all they’ve done to make the Prep experience so meaningful for so many in helping us get to this point and to you, our alumni, parents and friends, who have supported us every step of the way throughout our history. Thank you!
Prep Needs Your Help Through the AMDG Fund
Now more than ever, Prep needs your help to keep Jesuit education accessible for deserving young men and support the $5,920 tuition subsidy each student receives. Your gift to the AMDG Fund will also help provide resources needed for a healthy and safe environment for our students, faculty and staff.
To read more about all the programs and activities supported by the AMDG Fund, visit this page. You can donate today at CreightonPrep.org/Give. Thank you!
Operation Others Events – Now Through Saturday, December 19
The fall events schedule for Operation Others has been posted to the Prep website. In addition to the annual magazine and gift drive happening now, there are other events you can get involved in such as the annual turkey drive on Saturday, November 21 and delivery day on Saturday, December 19.
Open House for Prospective Prep Students and Parents – Sunday, November 1
Spread the word! Our annual Open House is a great opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students and their parents to experience Prep, get tours of the school and learn more about the outstanding education we offer. Those interested in attending can get additional details and register here.
Virtual Alumni Memorial Mass – Sunday, November 8
Please join us for this 10 a.m. virtual Mass that will be broadcast from the Skinner Chapel to honor our alumni who have died within the last year (October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020). We encourage everyone in the Prep community to log in and celebrate the lives of their loved ones who have passed.
Through a prayer request on our FaithCP site, you can also send us the names of your deceased loved ones. These names will be placed at the chapel’s altar during November when we can pray for you and the intentions you hold dear at our daily Eucharist.
A special invitation to the virtual Mass will be sent to immediate family members of alums who have died within the past year.
Christmas eBASH – November 23-December 8
Save the dates on your calendar now for Christmas eBASH, starting Monday, November 23 and running through Tuesday, December 8! During that time, you will be able to bid on a great collection of Prep-themed items and Christmas season specialties while supporting Creighton Prep! A link to this online event will be published closer to the start date.
BASH 2021 – Saturday, April 24
A reminder to save the date of April 24, 2021 for BASH 2021! As mentioned in last month’s Prep Pulse, we are in the early planning stages of what we hope will be an in-person event. Regardless, there will be a live streaming component. A decision will be made in January as to whether we can gather in person that day or support Prep through VB2 (Virtual BASH, Take 2). Stay tuned for more details!
BASH plays a very important role in Prep’s ongoing commitment to deliver educational excellence to over 1,000 young men. The monies raised during BASH are a key component in our ability to keep tuition affordable for everyone, as well as to provide $2.5 million in financial assistance annually to approximately 52 percent of our students.
Please Remember - Obituaries for the Month of September
Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted here. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive more obituary information, please contact Terri Haller.
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