Mass of the Holy Spirit Unites Community at Saint John’s High School

The headmaster was formally installed at the first Mass of the year, celebrated by the Bishop.


On Friday, September 23, 2016, Alex Zequeira P'19 was installed as the 17th headmaster of Saint John's High School. At the school's annual back-to-school liturgical celebration, all students, faculty, staff, trustees, families, alumni, and invited guests gathered in celebration of community, faith, and a new start at Saint John's.


The service was opened by Tyler St. Pierre '17, Student Activities Council president, announcing a procession of students and staff holding icons representing aspects of a Saint John's and Xaverian education: spiritual, social, physical, intellectual, creative, and aesthetic. As is tradition at the Mass of the Holy Spirit, over 30 Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion were installed.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Mr. Carl Rapp '78 officially installed the headmaster and led him in the Oath of Office. Mr. Zequeira reflected on this historic milestone for the school and for himself and his family - "a responsibility, call, and charge I take with upmost humility and spirit of gratitude.


"This is a special community – one that I have known and appreciated since 1992 when I first given a tour of the campus by two alumni from the class of 1990, next as an educational partner through my work at Nativity School of Worcester, and lastly, and most importantly, as a parent. However, over the last few months, I have come to appreciate more and more the tremendous and transformative education that happens here every day, and has happened here since our founding in 1898.


"'We stand on the shoulders of giants' - a phrase often uttered here at Saint John’s. I am fortunate as I step into the role of Headmaster to stand on the shoulders of two recent giants, Br. Conal Owens, who is here today and who is celebrating 50 years of service to the Saint John’s Community this year, and the shoulders of Michael Welch who dedicated 15 years of his life to his alma mater. I am grateful to both of them for all they have done for Saint John’s and for their help during this transition. Today, however, I want to offer some thoughts for reflection on another group of giants, I would say the giants, of our school – the Xaverian Brothers, and what we can learn from their charism, their ministry, and their example."



Students, faculty and guests gather at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on September 23rd.



Students, faculty and guests gather at the Mass of the Holy Spirit on September 23rd.



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