Ignatian IDENTITY Week

Each year, the Prep community celebrates its Ignatian roots with Ignatian Identity Week. This year’s committee has put together a full week of activities.

See below for a list of daily activities to which all members of the Prep community are invited to participate.

Monday, January 21

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
    • 8:15 – 8:30 am: Registration at SJP
    • 8:30 am: Short prayer service at SJP
    • 8:45 am: Leave for Girard College or Gesu School
    • Noon – 1 pm: Projects end

As part of the service, we will be collecting items needed to compile hygiene kits that will be assembled at the Gesu School for distribution to Project Home and Calcutta House. Please bring donations of travel-size shampoo, soap, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrushes. Socks are also needed as are pint-sized ziplock bags. All donations may be dropped off at the office of Ebony Porter, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, on the first floor of Jesuit Hall.

>>Registration for the MLK Day of Service is now closed.

  • Movie Screening, 1 pm, “The Hate You Give” or “Selma, Lord Selma” (Gesu School, Thompson Street)

>>Registration for the Movie Screening is now closed.

  • Happy Hour at City Tavern, 5:30 p.m. (138 S. 2nd St.), Adults Only
  • Speaker Event: “Human Rights and Civil Rights - where God and Faith make a difference,” Old St. Joseph’s Church (Willings Alley, Old City), 7:30 p.m.

Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ, Executive Director of the Kino Border Project, and Ms. Alana Lee, Assistant Principal of the Gesu School, will lead a conversation about the intersection between human and civil rights and the way that the Ignatian charism and the Church bring them together.

Fr. Sean Carroll, Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative, a binational organization that works in the area of migration and is located in Nogales, Arizona and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico. Inaugurated in January of 2009, the KBI’s vision is to help make humane, just, workable migration between the U.S. and Mexico a reality.  Its mission is to promote US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person and a spirit of bi-national solidarity through: Direct humanitarian assistance and accompaniment with migrants; Social and pastoral education with communities on both sides of the border; Participation in collaborative networks that engage in research and advocacy to transform local, regional, and national immigration policies.

Parking: There is some metered street parking available in the area. On 4th Street, there is street side free parking (click here for the parking pass needed), a parking garage is located on 2nd Street between Chestnut & Walnut immediately before reaching City Tavern


Tuesday, January 22

  • Ignatian Identity Week Lanyards distributed to each member of the Prep Community

  • School Assembly - SPEAKER: Fr. Sean Carroll, SJ, Executive Director of the Kino Border Initiative

  • Classroom Presentations by Fr. Carroll

Wednesday, January 23

  • Free Donut Day (Sauter Dining Hall)

  • Breakfast for Colleagues, 8 am

Thursday, January 24

  • Ignatian Curriculum Day -- each teacher is asked to speak about a Jesuit from his/her field of study or perhaps an individual interaction with a particular Jesuit/Jesuit education

  • "Jesuit Jeopardy" Family Trivia Night at the Prep - 6:30 pm in the Theatre

This is a casual, social event for all Prep parents and students to challenge themselves and test their trivia knowledge! Created by Prep students and hosted by a Prep dad, this is a wonderful opportunity to share fellowship and fun with other Prep families.

>>Registration for Jesuit Jeopardy is now closed.

Friday, January 25

  • Vocations Luncheon with Fr. Rodolfo Casals, SJ, Vocation Promoter for the Maryland Province

Rodolfo Casals, SJ
Vocation Promoter

Fr. Rodolfo Casals, SJ, was born in Yonkers, New York and grew up along the Hudson Valley eventually moving to Columbia, Tennessee where he attended Columbia State Community College. He then accepted an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, graduating in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in physics. While in the Navy he served on several warships based out of Japan, returned to the Naval Academy as an instructor and Company Officer. He joined the Jesuits in 2006. During Jesuit formation, Fr. Casals ministered to patients in hospitals and inmates in jails, taught physics at Xavier High School in New York City, and earned a master’s degree in philosophy at Loyola University Chicago and Master of Divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. Fr. Casals was ordained in 2017. Since ordination, he has been assigned to Our Lady of Mount Carmel – St. Benedicta Parish on Staten Island, and St. Thomas More Parish in Atlanta. Fr. Casals joined the vocation team in 2018.


Fr. Casals will speak with a varied group of students during the school day about what Jesuit life is about, what vocation is about and share his own vocation story. He will also speak to prayer and how a young man can know what God is calling and asking of a person.

  • Mass in the Church of the Gesu, 1:15 p.m. (celebrated by Fr. Casals and concelebrated by the Prep’s Jesuits as well as retired priests from the Manresa Hall Infirmary). The Prep’s Golden Hawks and the Gesu School are also invited to be our guests for the Mass.

  • "A Taste of Philadelphia" Snacks and Surprise, Sauter Dining Hall


Aidan Connor ’21

Rev. Chuck Frederico, SJ
Senior Director of Mission and Ministry

Andrew Fabry
Math Chair

Julie Linquata P ’20

Jonathan Pohlig ’02
Classics Teacher

Jeffrey Russell ’20

Audrey Schwenger P ’16

Beth Vander Vennet P ’15 ’17
Chief Marketing Officer

Andrew Whelan
English Teacher

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