“The Brothers’ mission is our mission.” Those words came from an enthusiastic new XBSS teacher at an August retreat and orientation. “We need to give the gift we received as a gift,” said another.
The XBSS Sponsorship Office welcomed over 50 new faculty, staff, and administrators from the Xaverian network to the Baltimore area where participants were introduced to the fundamentals of the Xaverian charism, reflected on what makes Xaverian education distinctive, and had the opportunity to grow in fellowship with peers; beginning to build the enduring personal relationships we champion.
Retreatants had the opportunity to hear from students about their experience at Xaverian schools, met Brothers from a variety of ministries, and pray together as they prepared to begin their new positions. When asked about the insights gained through the experience, one participant shared, “I am excited about teaching this year, even more than before. I am excited to be teaching in a school where I can help students grow spiritually, as well as academically.”
Earlier this summer, XBSS educators gathered in Louisville for an Experienced Teacher Retreat. The theme for the gathering was “Rooted in Mission… Ready to Answer.” Attendees were afforded time for prayer, reflection on the calls of Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, and discussion on the challenges of roles and the need for renewal. While on the retreat, attendees visited St. Xavier High School, celebrated Mass alongside several Brothers who visited from Treyton Oak Towers, and embarked on a short pilgrimage around the city to sites of particular significance in the history of the Brothers.
This Spring, Presidents, Principals, and Corporate Members from XBSS converged on Baltimore for a meeting that began with prayer and discussion, followed by a keynote presentation from Dr. Ben Horgan, XBSS Formation Director, on the topic of enduring personal relationships and the Xaverian mission. Attendees spent time in small groups discussing that which gave them hope for continued diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging work in their schools as well as challenges they face.