The Class of 2026 officially began their Prep careers during a two-day orientation program last week, ahead of the start of classes this week. The newest Prep men were welcomed into a 150-year tradition, while gaining insights that will serve them in a four-year journey that will shape the rest of their lives.
Freshmen toured the halls of Grand & Warren with the guidance of their upperclassman Big Brothers, learned about Prep’s athletic, co-curricular, campus ministry, and global education opportunities, met their guidance counselors and members of Prep’s administration, and received official welcomes from Prep President Michael Gomez Ed.D., ’91, Prep Principal Chris Caulfield, ’03, and senior Bryce Anderson, ’23.
Dr. Gomez explained some of what makes Prep unique—”Prep Magic,” in other words—and its roots in Prep’s mission:
We develop the minds and hearts and souls and characters of young men. We are building men for and with others. Men who recognize the joy in the hard work, that success is not the goal, but the byproduct of that hard work…And you will learn that the biggest sin at Saint Peter’s Prep, is not messing up (although I would hope that you own it when you do and take responsibility). The biggest sin is you not trying your very best. And that means you are not going to give up when you are a tired or frustrated or having a bad day…I expect nothing but your best everyday.
Mr. Caulfield, beginning his first year as Prep’s principal as the freshmen began their first year as Prep students, shared some of the important moments in his years as a Prep student, and three key lessons he took from the experience. “Stay humble, overcome failure, and remember you have a team that is always behind you at 144 Grand Street,” he said.
The second day of orientation was a full-day IgNite retreat, an introduction to Prep’s Jesuit identity and the ways in which Ignatian spirituality defines life at Grand & Warren, both through active prayer, retreats, and service, and through the day-to-day life of the school.