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  Phoenix Update 9/27/16 
 Photo of the Week
Our Photo of the Week recognizes the significant relationship SJP has with the Allston/Brighton neighborhood and its constituents. On Sunday, September 25, we had a large group of students, faculty, parents and alums participating in the annual Honan 5K -- both as runners and hosting a water station along the run path. Pictured above is Representative Kevin G. Honan of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and Tom Nunan, Head of School. (See the full webstory below) 

Calendar at a Glance

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Tuesday Morning Mass: 7:10 AM in the chapel.

Tuesday, Sept. 27: Spain Trip, Parent Information Session: 6:30-7:30 PM in Phoenix Hall.

Wednesday, Sept. 28Senior College Information Night: 6:30-8:00 PM in Phoenix Hall. All are welcome; not just families of seniors.

Thursday, Sept. 29Freshmen Class Retreat: All day.

Friday, Sept.30First Friday Mass: 9:15 AM in the Holy Family Chapel.

Monday, Oct. 3 - Friday, Oct. 7Spirit Week: various events. Click here for the full details.

Tuesday, Oct. 4Tuesday Morning Mass: 7:10 AM in the chapel.

Friday, Oct. 7Spirit Assembly: 1:30-2:30 PM in the gym.

Friday, Oct. 7 - Saturday, Oct. 8Homecoming Weekend: various athletic competitions. Click here for the schedule of athletic events.

Saturday, Oct. 8Homecoming Dance: 7:00-10:00 PM in the gym. 


Parent/Guardian Insider

Click on the links below for more information on these important events and updates:

Admissions’ Corner

Targeted Support with Mr. Poponyak

Spirit Week Fall 2016

Homecoming 2016

Notes from the College Counseling Office


Website Stories

Click on the links below for the full stories posted on our website:

Faculty Friday Spotlight

All School Book Day

National Hispanic Summit

Honan 5K Race

“SJP has taught me to be open to others...
to be more diligent and flexible...
to step outside of my comfort zone...
and to challenge myself. 

— Jenna Splaine ’19

 Quote of the Week
Our Quote of the Week comes from Jenna Splaine ’19 who described how choosing to attend SJP was one of the best decisions she has ever made. In reflecting on her experience, Jenna shared her insights on how she has grown since starting at SJP only a year ago. What a wonderful tribute to our scholars and our teachers, and of course to Jenna herself!
 Chapel Speakers for the Week
Tristan Keating ’19, Jenna Splaine ’19, Shadi Lopez ’19, Sherrice Aboagye-Marfo ’18,      Anthony Nguyen ’18 (Read Highlights)

Scholar Highlights

Click on the links below for the full story on these excellent experiences in the classroom:

Ms. Osborne’s Scholars

Ms. Byun’s Scholars

English Writing Scholars

Ms. Griffith’s Scholars


Student-Athlete Highlights

Click on the link below for updates on our athletic teams at Saint Joseph Prep:

Fall Season Update for Sept. 27


Club/Activity Highlights

Click on the links below for more information on these Club and Activity updates:

Robotics Team is Getting Ready!


A Word from Mr. Nunan

That All May Be One

As I have shared with our faculty and staff during our opening meetings, and as I have shared with our students at recent all-school gatherings, I am continually moved by the charism of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston—that all may be one. This prayer of Jesus, which is the desire of every human heart and the dream of every major religion, has become not only the hope of our divided world but also the key to our shared survival. We live in a world that is broken—broken not in the sense that it needs to be fixed, but in the sense that it needs to be healed. We are called to be instruments of this healing; we are called to be signs of hope.

This past summer, my wife Nancy and I were blessed to journey to Le Puy, France, to the origins of the Sisters of St. Joseph. We participated a weeklong pilgrimage/conference, learning all about the history, legacy, mission, and influence of the Sisters. Through it all, the focus was on unity, on uniting people with God and with each other. Relationship was at the center; ever-widening circles of love were at the core; an authentic, even radical, sense of inclusion and hospitality were at the heart.

We have said from the very beginning that here at Saint Joseph Prep, “there is no ‘us’ and ‘them’.  There is only us, and us includes everyone.” In this way, we are both a witness and a refuge—a witness in our broken, divided world of unity and diversity, of healing and hope; and a refuge for one another, a place where each person is known and loved, welcomed and affirmed.

There are many ways to articulate this, to visualize this, to describe this. I share with you three:

  • Greg Boyle, SJ; TedTalk on Kinship; Fr. Boyle talks about real community and genuine connection; incredibly powerful; some difficult language; take the time to watch; you’ll be inspired:
  • An “Independence Day Tribute” that has amazing photos from countries throughout the world with “This is My Song” and “My Country Tis of Thee” in the background:
  • A selection from the Broadway show (and later movie) Into the Woods; “No One is Alone”; just listen; it’s certainly worth the four minutes, especially for parents:

Have a great week, and we’ll see you at Homecoming on Saturday, October 8!


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