Before parting ways for the long weekend, Prep gathered for the annual interfaith Thanksgiving prayer service, along with the first Spirit Award presentation of the year.

In keeping with what is now a longstanding Prep tradition, the prayer service was a reflection of the diversity of religious traditions within the Prep community, united by a common theme of gratitude.

Following these reflections, members of the Campus Ministry Team presented a basket of food items, representing the rather larger collection of food that will be shared with the community via our partnerships with St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and St. Patrick & Assumption/All Saints Parish, both in Jersey City. Fr. John Mullin, S.J., offered a blessing over the food and for the families whose Thanksgiving and everyday meals would be bolstered by the generosity of the Prep community. In all, Prep collected 17,889 pounds of food during this year’s Great Ignatian Challenge, easily the largest total in the three years we have counted total weight rather than number of packages.

Another celebration of gratitude followed, this time an appreciation of those members of the Prep community who model the qualities outlined in the “Grad at Grad”: religious, loving, open to growth, intellectually competent, and committed to doing justice. A nearly-40-year-old tradition continued as the first Prep Spirit Awards of the year were presented. Six seniors were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the life of the Prep family.

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Congratulations to the newest Spirit Award recipients. Pictured below, left to right, are Bryson Shipman, Aidan Christman, Alex Wasden, Brady Truppner, Matthew Cugliari, and Joseph Doody. They are joined by Dr. Gomez, Mr. DeAngelo, and Mr. Locricchio.

The first 2019-20 Prep Spirit Award winners

The Prep Spirit Awards were created in 1981 by then-principal Fr. John Browning, S.J., ’46. The award celebrates young men who model for our entire community the qualities and values that define a Prep student—the characteristics outlined in our mission statement and the Grad at Grad which speak about Prep’s desire to form men who are open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.

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