News Detail
Jesuit Father Joseph Carver with a Seattle Nativity School student.
Seattle Nativity School Welcomes Inaugural Middle-School Class

September 18, 2013 — Seattle Nativity School welcomed its first class of middle schoolers this September, along with its first president, Jesuit Father Joseph Carver, former regional superior of the Jesuits in Montana. Seattle Nativity hopes to grow its inaugural class of 15 sixth graders to eventually offer a completely free private education to full classes of low-income, at-risk students in fifth through eighth grade.

“It feels better knowing I'm going to get a good education and that I'm safe here,” said Jaeden Thomas, one of the students selected to be in the inaugural class. Students were recommended for enrollment by Boys and Girls Clubs, heath centers and other community organizations.

The new school is modeled after the Nativity Mission Center, founded by the Jesuits on Manhattan's Lower East Side in 1971. Since then about 60 Nativity schools have opened throughout the country, successfully preparing children from impoverished backgrounds for high school and college. Seattle Nativity is the first of its kind in Washington. The school also hopes to provide private school tuition for students through high school and mentoring all the way through college. 

“We hope that once they graduate from high school and college that they’ll come back to this community and continue to empower future generations,” said the school’s executive director, Renee Willette.

Seattle Nativity’s education model is based on extended-day and extended-year programming, which bolsters the students' academic development and provides them with a safe place after hours. Along with a month of mandatory summer school every year, students log nine-hour school days and are held to rigorous standards.

President Fr. Carver said, “In a time of immense challenges for families, educators and children, Seattle Nativity is a place for our students to become lifelong learners, lifetime scholars. It is exciting to join a dedicated team of volunteers, faculty and board members who are working in strong partnerships building the Seattle Nativity School community — building the Kingdom of God.” [KING 5, Seattle University, Seattle Nativity School]


Recent News

May 23, 2016 — Jesuit Superior General Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, recently spent a week in El Salvador, meeting with Jesuit provincials from the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

May 20, 2016 — Fr. Jeffrey Puthoff, SJ, will become St. John's Jesuit High School & Academy's 11th president.

May 19, 2016 — The "Click to Pray" app makes it easier for people around the world to pray for the pope’s monthly intentions.

May 16, 2016 — The Center, founded by Cardinal Bernardin and Fr. Pedro Arrupe, SJ, is celebrating its 45th anniversary.

May 11, 2016 — Over 90 representatives of Jesuit social ministries from more than a dozen countries gathered in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, last month to discuss social justice issues.

May 11, 2016 — Three prominent Jesuits are among the crop of commencement speakers addressing newly minted grads at Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.

May 9, 2016 — Fr. Garanzini was given the Ignatian Solidarity Network's Robert M. Holstein Faith Doing Justice Award.

view all news

Search news

Publications
Since St. Ignatius bought a printing press in 1556, the Jesuits have been involved in communications. Today the Society of Jesus publishes a number of award-winning journals and publications. Click below to access our latest issues.

America - 5/23/16

America - 5/16/16

America - 5/9/16



Loyola Retreat House
Situated on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, Loyola Retreat House is located 35 miles south of Washington, D.C., in southern Maryland.