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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.

We Are SI


New Man on Campus

Sam Bernstein '14
Associate Editor

Mr. Llanera collaborates with his students.

Seen a Roman collar on the third floor? In all likelihood it belongs to Jesuit scholastic and government teacher Mr. Llanera, S.J. In just one semester, he’s already had a tremendous, positive impact on our school.

Even before entering the order, Jesuits heavily influenced Mr. Llanera’s life. He attended Jesuit High School in Sacramento where he participated in football, wrestling, and track and field). He saw the Jesuits surrounding him as excellent role models. After being “in- spired by their joy and their witness,” he attended Loyola Marymount (LMU) before joining the Society of Jesus as a novice. New members serve as novices for the first two years, scholastics for the next eight, and then they become priests. Currently, Mr. Llanera is in his sixth year of the process.

But why bother with all that 
work? Is priesthood still a viable career option in the 21st century? Mr.
Llanera acknowledged that “it’s a very 
challenging time [for those considering life as a priest], especially post
sex-abuse.” However, he views this 
not as an inhibition, but an excellent
opportunity to “revamp the priestly
image.” He sees great examples in not only public figures such as Pope Francis, but also in personal mentors such as Fr. Dennis Recio, S.J. ’89 and Fr. Charlie Gagan, S.J. ’55.

However, Mr. Llanera clearly does not confine his adult life to religion. Out of all the subjects at SI, he teaches Government! According to him, he has always loved politics, and he studied Political Science in college.. After college, he worked for a time in the Labor Party in the United Kingdom, which provided him with some hands on government experience. At SI, we always hear the advice to “follow your passions,” but I think it is rare to see as perfect an example as Mr. Llanera. He followed his calling to become a Jesuit, but through his teaching he has followed yet another passion: politics.

Sadly, Mr. Llanera will only be at SI for a few years before continuing to study theology before his ordination; however, the ardor and enthusiasm he brings to his work will not be lost. “He always brings a positive vibe into the room and is always there encouraging you to learn,” remarks Brian Wollitz ’14. “He makes the classroom atmosphere an environment where you feel free to express your opinions. He’s extremely knowledgeable, making learning fun.”



Posted by on Sunday February, 23, 2014


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