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Jesuit Reflection


Praying for the “gifts” and “fruit” of the Holy Spirit

There is a long tradition practiced at most Jesuit high schools, colleges and universities, of beginning the academic year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit. This tradition dates to 1548 and continues today, not only at Jesuit schools, but many other Catholic schools as well. It is a time when the students, faculty and staff gather together to pray for the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit as the academic year begins.

The Holy Spirit is present throughout salvation history. In the creation narrative in Genesis we see mention of the Spirit—who is represented as “a mighty wind sweeping over the waters” as the earth was being created (Genesis 1:1-2). Our core beliefs as Catholics, represented in the Nicene Creed, reminds us that that the Holy Spirit is “the Lord the giver of life”…“who has spoken through the prophets.” The Holy Spirit has spoken through the prophets of the Old Testament who helped prepare humanity for the coming of Christ into the world. The Holy Spirit has spoken through the inspired authors of the Gospels and other New Testament writings who help us understand what has been revealed to us by Jesus Christ. The “overshadowing of the Holy Spirit” makes possible the Incarnation...God dwelling among us in the person of Jesus Christ. Through the passion, death and resurrection of Christ, the Holy Spirit is sent forth upon the Church and the world.

In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us that “If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of truth…” (John 14:15-16). Through the grace of Baptism we are given “the power to live and act under the prompting of the Holy Spirit…” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1266). The Holy Spirit helps us to recognize sin in our own lives and sin in the world around us…which is the first step toward reconciling ourselves with God and becoming partners with God in helping to heal the world of its own brokenness.

In the Old Testament, the “gifts” of the Spirit are mentioned by the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 11:1-3). The gifts of the Holy Spirit are, wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude (the ability to courageously move forward in the face of challenges and difficulties), piety and fear of the Lord (reverence for God). The “fruit” of the Spirit is mentioned by St. Paul in his Letter to the Galatians, “…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.” (Galatians 5:22-23). Whether we begin this academic year as student, alumni, parent, faculty or staff, let us continue to draw close to our Lord and pray for these wonderful gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit... for ourselves and our world. 

Kevin Embach, SJ, MD

Creighton University School of Medicine


School News


Prep Welcomes 275 Freshmen to Begin 142nd Academic Year

Creighton Prep began its 142nd academic year by welcoming 275 freshmen in the Class of 2023. The students started at Prep on Friday, August 9 with an orientation session they attended with their senior Big Brothers.

Freshmen and their families then participated in the New Family Mass & Orientation event on Sunday, August 11. It began with Mass at 5 p.m. That was followed by dinner, an orientation for parents, and recreational activities for the students.

Registration and the first day of classes for freshmen happened on Monday, August 12. They and their senior Big Brothers went to the Mullen Gym for yearbook pictures then to the Heider Center to receive their class schedules. After that, freshmen went through an abbreviated school day that ended at 2:45 p.m.

Welcome, guys!


New Teachers, Staff Members and Volunteers Start at Prep

On Tuesday, August 6, new teachers, staff members and volunteers started their Prep journeys with an orientation, including Amalie Guldenpfennig (English), Donna Smith (Front Desk), Dan Kenney ’93 (Theology), Selwyn Bachus ‘14 (Alumni Volunteer Corps - ToMorrow Labs), Brett Berger ‘15 (Alumni Volunteer Corps - Student Support Services), Matthew Eastmo (Alumni Volunteer Corps - Theology), Martha Lemar (Theology), Tom Pacer ’92 (Design Technology), Bonodji Nako (World Language), Ashley Clary (Social Studies), Gwen Fisher (World Language), Anne Svehla (Mathematics), Ted Stessman ’07 (English) and Brad Burks ’00 (Advancement). Thanks for being here!


Five Points Bank Baseball Team Completes Season at State

Congratulations to Head Baseball Coach Pat Mooney, his staff and the entire Five Points Bank team on a fine 30-13 season that ended in the American Legion state tournament hosted at Jurgensen Park. The team was led by an outstanding senior class and won 16 of 18 games at one point. In May, the Prep varsity team reached the Class A state semifinals and posted a 20-12 record.


14th Annual Jayson Jewell Memorial Baseball Event a Success

Thanks to everyone who attended the 14th Annual Jayson Jewell Memorial Baseball Event on Tuesday, July 17 at Jurgensen Park when Jayson '05, an exceptional baseball player who passed all too soon in 2006, was remembered.

Highlights of the event included dinner, the introduction of seniors and their parents, and shortstop Nate Witkowski '19 receiving the 2019 Jayson M. Jewell Memorial Award from the Jewell family. The award is given each year to a graduating senior who best exemplifies the great qualities that Jayson brought to the game.


Upcoming Events


Mass of the Holy Spirit – Thursday, August 29

Prep students, faculty and staff members will gather for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, August 29 at 9:45 a.m. in the Heider Center, and you are welcome to attend. This annual event marks the beginning of a new school year and is an opportunity for all to ask for the blessings of the Holy Spirit on our community. 

Since this is traditionally the school's largest Mass event of the year, you are encouraged to arrive early, park in the east lot and enter the Heider Center through the main entrance at the northwest corner of that lot.


Creighton Prep in Chicago  Wednesday, September 4

Please join us on Wednesday, September 4 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Big Star (Wrigleyville) at 3640 N. Clark St. for another great Chicago regional gathering for Prep alumni, past parents and friends!

We would like to have as many Prep community members attend as possible so please spread the word about the event. Thank you! 

If you need additional information or want to register by phone, call Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ‘09 at 402-548-3851. See you there!


Men for Others Golf Classic – Monday, September 16

Want to put a great cap on your summer golf season and help CP at the same time? Save the date of Monday, September 16 for the 20th annual Men for Others Golf Classic at the Omaha Country Club. The individual golfer fee is $450. Register today

If you would like to help sponsor the event, email Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 or call him at 402-548-3851.


Reunion Weekend for the “4” and “9” Classes – September 20-21

If you are a Prep alumnus from a class year that ends in “4” and “9,” plan now to attend Reunion Weekend 2019 on Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21. Preptoberfest 2019 is also planned for Saturday, September 21.

If you would like to help with the planning of your 2019 class reunion, please contact Director of Alumni Relations Max Huerter ’09 at mhuerter@creightonprep.org or 402-548-3851.


Preptoberfest – Saturday, September 21

Celebrate all things Prep on Saturday, September 21 at the second annual Preptoberfest. The event will once again take place in the west parking lot from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older. While you’re there, enjoy live music, beer or wine, and food trucks. Be sure to arrive early for 4 p.m. Mass in the commons. The celebrant will be Creighton Prep President Fr. Tom Neitzke, SJ.

Register for Preptoberfest today.


Sports Night Featuring George Brett – Tuesday, September 24

We look forward to seeing everyone in the Heider Center for Sports Night on Tuesday, September 24 when the school welcomes legendary Kansas City Royals third baseman and National Baseball Hall of Famer George Brett as the featured speaker.

Evening Program

  • 5:30 p.m. - Social, silent auction and BBQ dinner
  • 7 p.m. - Oral auction
  • 7:15 p.m. - Program featuring George Brett


  • Individual: $75 - $60 tax deductible
  • Table of 10: $700 - $550 tax deductible
  • *Sponsor Table: $1,000 - 850 tax deductible
    • *One person from each sponsor table is invited to a private cocktail reception with George Brett and will receive a gift and preferred seating at Sports Night.

Attire for the evening is business casual, and parking will be available in both the east and west lots. You may also park in the Hillside Elementary School lot west of Prep.

Reserve your seats for Sports Night. For more information, contact Dan Schinzel at 402-393-1190.


Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction – Wednesday, October 23

You are cordially invited to spend the evening of Wednesday, October 23 in celebration with the Creighton Prep community at the 2019 Loyola Dinner of Honor and Distinction. On that night, the following will be honored in the Sullivan Center:

Sword of St. Ignatius – Cardinal Blase J. Cupich

Alumnus of the Year – Patrick J. Duffy ‘90

Ancilla Domini – Karen Van Dyke

Hall of Fame – Robert J. “Bob” Carlisle ‘76

Hall of Fame – Cindy Heider

Tickets for the event are $60 per person. The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m.

Make your reservations today and see the names of former honorees

For questions or more information, email Grace Cominoli or call her at 402-548-3881.


Alumni Notes


Please Remember – Obituaries for the Month of July

Please remember the recently deceased members of the Creighton Prep community noted HERE. The Alumni Office will post a notice of the passing of Prep alumni, parents, spouses and children each month with the Prep Pulse. If we have missed a notice or you wish to receive further obituary information, please contact Terri Haller.


Job Opening: Director of Alumni Relations

Would you like to work with our amazing alumni in support of Prep’s mission? Consider the Director of Alumni Relations position at CP. The school is seeking candidates, and you can learn much more here about qualifications, responsibilities and how to apply. 


Visit the Athletics Calendar for Fall Sports Schedules

Interested in attending one of the many fall sports events? Visit the Athletics Calendar to get the latest schedule information, including dates, times and locations!

When you visit the Athletics Calendar page, click on “View Schedules.” In the dropdown menu that appears, select a schedule (such as “Football – Boys Varsity” or “Tennis - Boys JV”) then click “View.”


Purchase a Junior Jaybacker Season Pass for the 2019-2020 School Year

Choose from a family pass or a two-person pass for all sports, all year or for football or basketball season only. Your season pass includes admission to all regular season home games (including non-varsity games) and admission to Junior Jaybacker events.

By purchasing a Junior Jaybacker season pass, you will:

  • Enjoy great high school sports.
  • Be part of the 141-year-old Prep athletic tradition.
  • Avoid long lines for tickets.
  • Save money!

For questions, contact Dan Schinzel or Kath Harmon.


Gear up for Fall at the Jay Mart

Need new threads to show off your Prep spirit? Check out the Jay Mart, our very own school spirit store where proceeds benefit our faculty, staff and students.

Hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on school days, and the store is located in the Smith Atrium. When you arrive at Prep, please park in the east lot and enter at the Administration entrance. The receptionist will direct you from there.

Follow the Jay Mart on Instagram for the latest items and sales. For questions or additional information, contact Molly Sengstock.


All are Welcome at Seeking Truth Bible Study

If you’ve always wanted to try a bible study or grow in your faith, Seeking Truth is a great place to start. It is an international bible study that began at Creighton Prep and, in its 10th year, the group will be going back to the beginning and Genesis.

All are welcome! The class is taught by Sharon Doran, mother of five Prep graduates. Register for Thursday evenings beginning at 7:30 p.m. on September 12 and running through March. Learn more about the Seeking Truth 10 Year Anniversary Conference.


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