Bishop Vann Celebrates at JSerra’s End-of-the-Year Mass

photo-29 copy 2“We are delighted that the Bishop of Orange, Kevin Vann, has visited our Catholic School to address the students, faculty and administration. During his stay he celebrated the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and blessed our new altar and retablo to be used for our weekly, all school Masses,” said JSerra Chairman, Tim Busch.

Following the Mass, Bishop Vann walked through campus and heard more about our students, our accomplishments and the history of JSerra.
A special thank you to Bishop Vann and the Busch family for their generous donation of the retablo and altar. 
For photos from Mass please click here.

Save the Date: Mass on the Beach Hosted by JSerra Campus Ministry

 Join JSerra and So Cal Life Teen in having Mass on the Beach in Dana Point on August 6. Rally begins at 2 p.m. Mass at 3 p.m.

Bring your friends for a time of worship by The Francis Band and an encouraging message.

For more information click Beach Mass.

Seven JSerra Students Receive National Latin Awards

Each year approximately 148,000 students in all 50 states and 13 foreign countries take the 2012 National Latin exam.  The students are measured against their peers in Latin I through IV, and this year JSerra is proud to have seven Latin Award recipients;

Ashleigh Luschei, Latin IV – Gold Medal Summa Cum Laude, Caitlin Pulone, Latin III – Silver Medal Maxima Cum Laude, Conner Thomsen, Latin III – Silver Medal Maxima Cum Laude, Trinity Wright, Latin III – Magna Cum Laude, Katia Bergstrom, Latin I – Cum Laude, James Brady, Latin I – Cum Laude, Tucker Squiers, Latin I – Certificate of Merit.

Join JSerra as we honor our seniors May 23 following the weekly Mass, in the Pavilion.

Congratulations to all of the JSerra award recipients.

For more information on the National Latin Exam click here.

Pepperdine University President to Speak at JSerra

Pepperdine University President, Andrew Benton

Join JSerra as we welcome Pepperdine University’s president Andrew Benton, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Benton will be speaking on the value of a Christian education, Wed. April 25 at 11 a.m. in the Pavilion.

Andrew K. Benton has served as the seventh president of Pepperdine University for a decade, and continues to lead Pepperdine to prominence among the nation’s top universities.  A lawyer by training, President Benton cares deeply about the students, and is often called “the students’ president.”

Benton  currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, the president’s cabinet of the West Coast Conference, and is past chair of the American Council on Education (ACE), the major coordinating body for all of the nation’s higher education institutions.

President Benton is a 1974 graduate of Oklahoma Christian University with a degree in American Studies and was recently honored with the university’s distinguished alumni award.  Benton earned his law degree from Oklahoma City University in 1979 and practiced law in Oklahoma City until his move to Pepperdine University in 1984.   Prior to his presidency, Benton served in several  key leadership roles at the university including executive vice president and vice president for university affairs and administration.

For more on Andrew Benton click here.

Pro Football Players Inspire During Father-Son Retreat

About 100 young men and their fathers gathered at St. Michael’s Abbey on Saturday for JSerra Catholic High School’s first-ever “Father-Son Retreat,” which featured a Q&A session with professional football legends Vince Ferragamo and John Carney.

NFL Legend Vince Ferragamo and Fr. Charbel Grbavac
NFL Legend Vince Ferragamo and Fr. Charbel Grbavac

Hosted by the Norbertine Priests and the JSerra Parent’s Assocation (JSPA), the retreat also included Mass, reflection and conversation around the topic, “Tough Men/Strong Faith.”

The NFL greats answered questions about how their Catholic faith inspired them in their careers and personal lives.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if a few lives were changed,” said John O’Reilly, a group facilitator. “I found it to be very inspirational.”

At 44, New York Giants place-kicker Carney last year became the oldest player in NFL history selected to a Pro Bowl. He is also the top active scorer with 1,955 points.

Pro Bowl kicker John Carney
Pro Bowl kicker John Carney

In 1979-80, Ferragamo led the Los Angeles Rams to its first Super Bowl.

“The celebrities talked about how their faith was core to their success on and off the field,” O’Reilly said, “and they described the kind of coaches and culture that elicits respect.”

The Father-Son Retreat comes a month after another JSerra first: the JSPA Mother-Daughter Beach Party. More than 100 women gathered with two of the Carmelite Sisters who support JSerra for a similar afternoon of prayer and fellowship.

After hearing from the legends on Saturday afternoon, the JSerra men were ready to play some football.

The teams: Fathers versus sons.

O’Reilly said the fathers had a “ringer” who propelled them to victory: Game MVP Fr. Charbel Grbavac, who also led the retreat.

“JSPA and the Norbertine Fathers received a lot of positive feedback about the event,” O’Reilly said. “People kept coming up to me saying, ‘That was fantastic.’”

JSerra's Mother-Daughter Beach Party in April
JSerra's Mother-Daughter Beach Party in April