The June Prep Pulse
“Madonna della Strada”
The Jesuit Madonna
The Blessed Mother taught Ignatius how to be human. Mary demonstrated how to live in those extreme moments of lowliness and humility. She reminds us that we are creatures, created by God. In moments of hopelessness, or when we feel we cannot hang on anymore, Mary shows the way to the savior. She helps us understand that we exist because someone is loving us into being, someone is laboring for our every good. Indeed all things are possible with God and the master plan is not up to us. We are not God but are wonderfully human. Mary always understood that she was simply a woman on the way. The model and guide for all pilgrims.
After receiving Papal approval for the Society of Jesus in 1540, Ignatius immediately began a ministry in the heart of Rome. The Society of Jesus accepted a small run-down Church containing a unique image of Mary entitled “Madonna della Strada.” (Our Lady of the Streets, or the Way.) It was here that Ignatius began a ministry for the neglected prostitutes of Rome. The first ministry of the Society of Jesus provided shelter, religious instruction, care and rescue from the dangerous streets of Rome for single mothers and their children. The mosaic of Madonna della Strada became a popular image for the women living in the shelter. They could readily identify with this impoverished mother living on the streets.
The image of the Madonna della Strada also became a favorite icon of Mary for St. Ignatius. He spent hours in prayer and discernment before this image of Mary. For example, when he needed to mission Francis Xavier, or compose the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, Ignatius would spend hours before this inspiring mosaic. Eventually Ignatius would entrust the Society of Jesus to the Madonna della Strada, or Our Lady of the Streets. Ignatius encountered a tenderness in this image and recalled how he, too, was a pilgrim on the way.
Even today the mosaic of the Madonna della Strada continues to stir the hearts of the faithful who visit the Church of the Gesu. When you look upon this ancient image you quickly notice a poor and homeless mother. A refugee of the streets. It is not a sweet or Hollywood depiction of Mary with blue eyes or blond hair. It is a woman in the midst of struggle. Looking into the eyes of this Madonna you are struck by a woman of determination and strength. This is one who will not give up or abandon the way.
Yet, even in this determination, there is a tenderness as Mary holds forth her infant Son. We come to understand this baby in her arms as the very source of strength and tenderness. It appears this infant Jesus is really leading the way. Mary shows forth the Son of God who indeed is the way, the truth and the life.
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Prayer to Our Lady of the Streets
O sweet Mary, our heavenly mother, be the guide of our steps along the often steep and rocky path of life. When we come to the end, be for us the door of heaven and show us the blessed fruit of your womb, Jesus. Amen.
Fr. Lorn Snow, SJ
Pastor, St. John’s Church, on the campus of Creighton University
Help Prep Unlock the $100,000 Match During the June Alumni Drive
Calling all alumni! Only eleven days remain in the quest to reach our June Alumni Drive goal of $100,000 that unlocks an additional $100,000 in matching gifts from a group of gracious alums. Thanks to everyone who has helped us raise just over $60,000 to date.
What guidance helped you most at Prep and how could you honor that with a gift this month at https://tinyurl.com/y48ycwjt. For Jim Diesing '69, it was Fr. Bill O'Leary's advice to "do your best and excel." Click on the image below to see the video.
You can also give to Prep on Venmo (@CreightonPrepAnnualFund) or by returning a check payable to Creighton Prep at 7400 Western Avenue, Omaha, NE 68114-1878. Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for updates and thank you!
Prep wins NSAA Cup for 10th Time in 12 Years
Congratulations to all the student-athletes and coaches on winning the NSAA Cup for Class A boys athletics for the 10th time in the 12 years that the award has been presented.
The 2018-2019 year in NSAA-sanctioned sports was highlighted by cross country finishing second at state, the swimming and golf teams winning state championships, and the soccer team reaching the state finals. Onward, Junior Jays!
Blessing of the Bells Marks Milestone in Lannon Learning Commons Project
A milestone in the construction of the Lannon Learning Commons took place on June 11 when three bells that will be placed atop the 116-foot bell tower were blessed by Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ and former CP president Fr. Tom Merkel, SJ.
Among those in attendance for the blessing were Cindy and Scott Heider ‘81, their children and another former Prep president Fr. Tim Lannon, SJ, after whom the building will be named. Each of the three bells was inscribed with a dedication, including one to the Heider Family and others to the Society of Jesus and St. Ignatius of Loyola. A historic $8 million lead gift from the Heider Family was announced for the project in May of last year.
The new space will include offices for student support services, high school administration and campus ministry along with classrooms for fine arts when it is completed in April 2020.
19th Hole Gathering Honors Golf Alumni
Thanks to everyone who attended the 19th Hole Gathering for Golf Alumni on June 4 at the Omaha Country Club, an event hosted by members of the advancement office. Special guests were Head of School Jim Bopp, who gave an update on the school, and golf coach and fine arts teacher Matt Rasgorshek who talked about the Class A state championship won recently by the golf team.
If you would like to help plan an event to honor alumni of a Prep sport, club or activity, contact Max at email@example.com.
Lacrosse Team Reaches State Semifinals
The varsity lacrosse team had a very good year in 2019, achieving a 9-3 record and reaching the state semifinals in late May. In addition, Max King, Alex Kontz, Mark Mausbach, Mac Nelson and David Spitzenberger were named all-state. “We fell a little short of our ultimate goal of defending our state title but we overcame challenges in the state tournament and were able to make a great run,” said Head Coach Steve Haney ‘87.
Golf Team Wins Class A State Championship
Congratulations to the Creighton Prep golf team on winning the Class A state championship by two strokes over Lincoln Southwest on May 22. It was a great capstone to a great season in which the team also won the Metro Conference and District A-4 titles.
At state, sophomores Jake Boor, Josh Kramer and Rex Soulliere finished second, fourth and 10th with scores of 75, 77 and 79, followed by senior Tanner Muhlecke and junior Thomas Slattery who each scored 82.
Commencement Celebrates the Class of 2019
The Class of 2019 received their diplomas on May 19 in front of a packed crowd in the Heider Center. Salutatorian Jonathan Schroeder served as the emcee for the event, senior Matthew Muellner gave the valedictorian's address and classmate Matt Anderson received the Henry L. Sullivan, SJ Award for outstanding senior.
The Prep students were handed their diplomas by Fr. Neitzke as Head of School Jim Bopp read their names while also noting for some the names and graduating classes of their Prep alumni fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers.
The Class of 2019 received nearly $27 million in scholarship awards and will attend 60 different colleges and universities in 26 states, the District of Columbia and one foreign country.
Track and Field Team Fourth at State
The track and field team ended a fine season on May 18 in the state meet at Burke Stadium, finishing fourth. Notable performances were turned in by the state champion 3200 meter relay team of Leo Burns, Luke Dickas, Michael Buckley and Grant West, and the 400 meter relay team of Kobe Bryson, Carson Bartak, Mason Armstead and Noah Strako that took second.
Grant also finished third in the 1600 meter run, and Noah medaled in the 100 meter dash (second), the 110 meter hurdles (third) and the 200 meter dash (third). Leading up to state, the track and field team won Metro Conference and District A-3 titles.
Jubilarian Class of 1969 Holds Their 50th Reunion
Receiving their honorary diplomas at graduation was just one part of a full weekend of activities for the Class of 1969 as they celebrated their 50th reunion from May 17-19.
On Friday, nearly three dozen members of the class hit the links at Indian Creek for a round of golf in beautiful weather followed by a stag at the course attended by approximately 75. On Saturday evening, nearly 150 (including spouses) convened at Prep for cocktails and dinner plus dancing to music provided by Happy Together, a rock band whose members included Rick Whitman ‘69.
On Sunday, the group gathered once again for coffee and a light breakfast before receiving their diplomas. Former Prep president Fr. Tom Merkel, SJ then celebrated a Mass for them in the Skinner Chapel.
Baseball Team Completes Season in State Semifinals
Congratulations to Head Coach Pat Mooney and the varsity baseball team on another successful year. The team finished in the state semifinals on Thursday, May 16 and compiled a 20-12 season record. Be sure to catch the Five Points Bank squad of Prep players as they advance through the summer in American Legion play.
Summer Camps – Now Through July 31
We are excited to host students from grades K through 12 on our campus this summer at a variety of camps. Click HERE to see the list and review each camp description to learn more about grade levels, dates, times and costs.
Upcoming camps include a basketball academy for incoming freshmen, a football camp for incoming freshmen, wrestling camps for grade schoolers, a speech and debate camp for those going into grades 6-8, a junior varsity lacrosse league for 8th-10th graders, and a varsity lacrosse league for juniors and seniors.
Registration is divided by grade level so choose the corresponding grade level your student will be entering in the fall of 2019.
Once you have chosen your camps, Register Now to begin the process. You can pay online via PayPal or send a check. Please make checks payable to Creighton Prep and mail them to the camp's coach at Prep. Contact your coach for questions about financial assistance.
Reunion Weekend for the “4” and “9” Classes – September 20-21
If you are a Prep alumnus from a class year that ends in “4” and “9,” be sure to join us for Reunion Weekend 2019 on Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21. Details are still being finalized but please note that Preptoberfest 2019 is also planned for Saturday, September 21.
If you would like to help with the planning of your 2019 class reunion, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at 402-548-3851 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please Remember – Obits for the Month of May
Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted HERE. The Alumni Office will post a notice of the passing of Prep alumni, parents, spouses and children each month with the Prep Pulse. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive further obituary information, please contact Terri Haller at email@example.com. =
Join Seeking Truth Bible Study
If you’ve always wanted to try a bible study or grow in your faith, Seeking Truth is a great place to start and have meaningful dialogues with your kids. It is an international bible study that started at Creighton Prep and, in its 10th year, the group will be going back to the beginning and Genesis.
All are welcome! The class is taught by Sharon Doran, mother of five Prep graduates. Pre-register HERE for Thursday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. on September 12 and running through March. For information on Seeking Truth’s 10 Year Anniversary Conference on September 7, visit http://www.seekingtruth.net/.
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