President’s Welcome

“The task of our Jesuit educational institutions is to help younger generations find their place in the world and before God, so they can project their personal and social development, helping to build a better world.”

Arturo Sosa, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus

Since 1954, McQuaid Jesuit has been engaged in the 450-year Jesuit educational mission that seeks to “create great men” who go forth as leaders in government, law, education, business, health care, church, and countless other fields. Our vision is rooted in the spirituality of Saint Ignatius Loyola, the fifteenth century Spaniard who founded the Society of Jesus, and in the global educational network of schools that emerged from it. Ignatius believed that God engaged human beings directly and uniquely. With this vision in mind, the human person necessarily becomes our focus, and all of creation – mathematics, science, language, culture, history, the arts – becomes a tool for us to help our students discover themselves and in the process experience God’s great love.

A Jesuit education does not stop there! We firmly believe that love is somehow incomplete without a proper response. In his Spiritual Exercises, Ignatius prods the “loved sinner” into a journey, a life, of response and action. Throughout our history, “brotherhood” and being “with and for others” have been key to the McQuaid Jesuit experience. Knowing one’s self as loved necessarily propels our men into the world and into all of its complexities. It is in this very world – with its joy and hope, grief and anguish – where a young man, like Jesus of Nazareth, seeks justice and peace, and therefore builds a better world.

This truly is a lofty but necessary mission.

On behalf of our 10,000 alumni and 815 students, welcome to McQuaid Jesuit. I hope the pages of this website show you a glimpse of the tremendous Jesuit mission we share. I also hope, by experiencing this site, you may join us one day on the corner of South Clinton and Elmwood where we have been “setting the world on fire” for more than 60 years!

About Fr. Judge

Fr. Philip Judge, S.J., became McQuaid Jesuit’s 14th president July 1, 2020. A New York City native, Fr. Judge entered the Society of Jesus in 1980 and was ordained in 1993. He completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Fordham University, theology studies at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, CA, and an additional graduate degree in English at the University of California at Berkeley.

Fr. Judge is familiar with McQuaid having taught English and theology from 1986-89 as a Jesuit Scholastic. Following assignments at Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, NY and Regis High School in New York City, Fr. Judge returned to McQuaid in 2000 as principal. In 2005 he was named the 21st president of Regis High School, leading alma mater for 10 years. Prior to returning to McQuaid, Fr. Judge served as provincial assistant for strategic operations and planning for the USA East Jesuits.