The McQuaid Jesuit Arrupe Society is intended to be the focal point for student social justice activities. Father Arrupe famously challeneged Jesuit students to be “men and women for and with others.” Arrupe Societies, named in his honor, in secondary schools and colleges and universities around the world have been formed to carry forward this message of Jesus.
The Arrupe Society sponsors outreach to men and women who have experienced homelessness, veterans, visits to the House of Mercy, St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality,and other homeless shelters, the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, etc.
Agape Latte is a student-led organization open to all students in grades 9 through 12. The program was begun at Boston College’s Church in the 21st Century Center. Several times per year, a member of the faculty/staff shares a story about their own faith journey and how they have experienced God in their life. The entire McQuaid Jesuit community is invited to attend.
The “McQuaid Ballers” program is run in conjunction with students from Hillside Children’s Center. The goal is to provide “mentoring,” and general community to the boys at Hillside by playing basketball for an hour, then sharing pizza and discussion for an hour.
The club is primarily for juniors and seniors who want to help others who have much less, and demonstrate control, respect, care, and proper community involvement to students who are in need of proper behavior modeling such as this!
The Middle School Campus Ministry Board (MSCMB) is a student-led organization whose main focus is the spiritual growth of the middle school students at McQuaid Jesuit. Open to all students in grades 6 through 8, the MSCMB leads a wide range of activities, including class Masses, the Middle School Walk for Justice, movie nights, fundraisers, making bagged lunches for the homeless, and visiting St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality.
The Ministry to the Elderly club is for students who have a particular passion for serving and encountering elderly adults in our community. The club is currently working on volunteering at The Brightonian assisted living facility once a month.
The St. Joseph of Arimathea Pallbearer Ministry was founded in the spirit of St. Joseph of Arimathea who assisted with the burial of Jesus. Begun by Ian Gonzalez, ’16, the core belief is that no person should die without being prayed for or mourned. The seventh Corporal Work of Mercy clearly states we need to care for the dying and bury the dead.
Currently, McQuaid Jesuit juniors and seniors serve as pallbearers at the funerals of veterans and/or persons who have experienced homelessness. Student pall bearers pledge to serve with respect and dignity. Students learn to offer sympathy and support to others and offer hope in the face of death. Before and after serving as pallbearers, students gather for prayer and reflection with a member of the faculty/staff.