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"Jerry Starratt can rightfully be called one of the founding fathers of the JSEA," said the association's president, Fr. Joseph O'Connell, SJ, at the presentation.
Interviewed recently, Starratt recalled how the JSEA first came together during tumultuous times for the United States and the Catholic Church, whose leadership was still trying to come to terms with the changes offered by Vatican II.
"The association was founded during a time when people in Jesuit schools were asking, 'What makes us unique?'" he said. "And we're still asking that.
"With staffs that were increasingly comprised of lay professionals, we knew that we had to act in order to remain true to St. Ignatius Loyola," he said.
Today, he said, the JSEA's activities include providing training for prospective presidents and principals of Jesuit high schools, assisting schools in developing curriculum consistent with the ideals of Jesuit education and offering summer sessions for religion teachers.
A Newton native and former Jesuit, Starratt also taught at Fordham University after serving as a principal and teacher at Regis High School in Denver, Fairfield Prep in Fairfield, Conn., and the Cranwell School in Lenox, Mass.
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