Prep’s inaugural Founders’ Day celebration marked 147 years of Jesuit education in Jersey City. Among the highlights, former Prep president Fr. James Joyce, S.J. returned to Grand & Warren to give a special presentation on the early history of Prep and Saint Peter’s University, which were chartered as a single institution on April 3, 1872.
Fr. Joyce currently resides at Murray-Weigel Hall at Fordham University, and brought along several familiar Jesuits – Fr. Tony Azzarto, S.J., naturally, but also former chemistry teacher Fr. Tom O’Connor, S.J., and Jesuit Prep alumni Fr. Jim. Roelke, S.J., ’48 and Fr. Ray Bucko, S.J., ’72.
Numerous alumni took the opportunity to visit campus during the day, reconnecting with Prep and rediscovering the world of Grand & Warren
Students scoured the halls of Prep, meanwhile, for nine hidden photos of famous Jesuits throughout the Society’s history – a nod to Prep’s nine founding Jesuits – redeemable for a coveted free lunch from Milano’s.
With three years to go until Prep’s sesquicentennial, the inaugural Founders’ Day was a strong start to a new tradition.