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  • Rethinking Africa: The staff of the African Advocacy Network includes Joe Sciarrillo, pictured here with Jean Elias Xavier, Director Aboudou Traore, Charles Jackson and Clementine Ntshaykolo outside their office in the Dolores Street Community Services building. They help a growing number of African immigrants to the Bay Area who may number as many as 50,000.
  • Retiring Pillars: SI’s faculty surprised Fr. Sauer in May with applause and flowers after the announcement of his reassignment.
  • The SI boys’ lacrosse team enjoyed what may have been best year since its founding nearly a quarter century ago. The lacrosse press ranked the team among the top 15 in the nation as SI turned in another undefeated season in league play – its fourth undefeated season since it joined the WCAL in 2010.
  • Richard Driscoll ’06, a performance engineer for Oracle Team USA that will defend the America’s Cup in September, is among the few locals hunkering down in Pier 80 off Marin Street, where they work 65-hour weeks to make sure that Ellison’s boat sails twice as fast as the wind and maneuvers with precision and power as it takes on challengers from around the world.
  • Retiring Pillars: Since the 1970s, Mary McCarty made sure Latin was a living language for students in her classes.
  • Rethinking Africa: Ira Shaughnessy ’00 spent two years in Ghana from 2007 to 2009 working with the Bormase helping with the cultivation of the Moringa tree, whose leaves are rich in vitamins.

Op Ed


Finding Identity Through Retreat

Maggie Conaway '15
Contributing Editor

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, or for the Greater Glory of God. We see this phrase everywhere. From sport uniforms to signs around the school to the heading on our paper, we know St. Ignatius founded the Jesuits on this motto, but how exactly do we become men and women with and for others? How can we learn what we need to do to change our community and find ourselves along the way? St. Ignatius of Loyola stressed that the most important form of prayer is reflection, and it was on this belief that he founded his Spiritual Exercises that include the most common and well known form: the Examen.

It is only natural, then, that St. Ignatius College Prep offers retreats throughout all four years that allow students to deepen their faith not only with God, but with themselves through reflection and prayer. Retreats start Freshman year; the Freshman retreat varies from year to year, but overall it introduces students to the idea of reflection and mediation in a safe environment in which students can begin to understand themselves and what it means to be an Ignatian.

In the following year, sophomore re- treat allows students to delve a little deeper into reflection and self-examination in a new environment by serving in the Tenderloin at St. Anthony’s Dining Hall with a day of reflection to follow. Nick Solari ’16 describes his sophomore retreat as an “eye-opening experience that helped me look at the big questions in life and strengthen my notion of justice.” Sophomore retreat gives students the basic tools to open their eyes to the community around them and question why things happen and how certain people end up in certain situations. Junior retreat builds on those outside experiences and continues with a more personal side as students explore their own identities. Adventuring on an overnight retreat, students step completely outside the walls of SI into a retreat facility in which they can reflect on who they are as people and how their prejudices and judgments of themselves and others can hinder their call to serve their community. Bray McDonnell ’15 says, “My junior retreat taught me things about myself that I couldn't learn in my religion classroom.” The retreat system concludes with Kairos, a senior re- treat filled with special surprises. These retreats allow students to step away from a hectic lifestyle and encourage students to learn about what they can do to become men and women with and for others. In the process, individuals discover their own identities along the way.

Posted by on Sunday April, 13, 2014


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