The 1818- Second Edition: January 19, 2022

The 1818

January 18th, 2022

Welcome to the 1818.

Holy Trinity has been my home for 9 years. My parents were married at the church and my siblings and I were baptized there as well. So, during my last year here I have decided to give back to the school that has given me so much. I hope you enjoy reading these articles and learning more about our school, current events, and more!

Clare R (8th) 8(((

This month enjoy reading about Spelling Bee winners, the ecosystem, the climate crisis and your role in it, current events, the House System, and a debate about the House System.

Spotlight Corner

How much do we really know about the heroes hidden behind their mask? The Spotlight Corner interviews teachers and students, learning more about their roots, defining life experiences, and more!

This month, the Spotlight Corner interview our Spelling Bee Winner.

Environment Corner

Reuse, reduce, recycle. The 1818 is online for many reasons, one primarily being to save paper. Our journalists look into the current happenings of the environment and let our HTS community know what we can do to help.

This month, the Environment Corner wrote about the Ecosystem, and the Climate Crisis and what you can do about it.

Current Events Corner

To be able to know what is currently going on in the world and how it affects our community and the Catholic Church is a skill, and you are able to do so through the articles that the Current Events Corner provides.

This month read about some of the strongest tornadoes in the Midwest and the destruction they have caused.

House Corner

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. House Romero, House Day, House Xavier, House Juana, House Arrupe, and House Becraft are the houses of our HTS Neighborhood! Stay up to date.

This month the Calendar Corner wrote about the monthly updates, a summary of House Xavier Day, and a word from House Becrafts House Head, Chase R, about the upcoming House Becraft Day!

Op-Ed Corner

Contrasting opinions help us to learn and grow as we look at everything from different perspectives. The Op-Ed Corner looks at different topics each month with two different opposing opinions.

This month, Olivia (7th) interviewed two 7th graders that looked at the Pro’s and Con’s of the House System.

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November 3, 2021

The 1818

November 3rd, 2021

Welcome to the 1818.

Holy Trinity has been my home for 9 years. My parents were married at the church and my siblings and I were baptized there as well. So, during my last year here I have decided to give back to the school that has given me so much. I hope you enjoy reading these articles and learning more about our school, current events, and more!

Clare Reif ’22

Spotlight Corner

How much do we really know about the heroes hidden behind their mask? The Spotlight Corner interviews teachers and students, learning more about their roots, defining life experiences, and more!

Environment Corner

Reuse, reduce, recycle. The 1818 is online for many reasons, one primarily being to save paper. Our journalists look into the current happenings of the environment and let our HTS community know what we can do to help.

Sports Corner

COVID has certainly setback sports, but our Titans are still strong, but what about the world? The sports corner interviews coaches, athletes, and contributes summary’s on the latest wins.

Current Events Corner

To be able to know what is currently going on in the world and how it affects our community and the Catholic Church is a skill, and you are able to do so through the articles that the Current Events Corner provides.

House Corner

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple. House Romero, House Day, House Xavier, House Juana, House Arrupe, and House Becraft are the houses of our HTS Neighborhood! Stay up to date.

Pastor and Principal Corner

Fr. Gillespie and Mr. McShane are the caring leaders of our school and parish. They are our role models, mentors, and leaders in many ways. Follow along on their current happenings, life stories, and more, by reading the Pastor and Principal Corner.

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St. Joseph’s Day 2021

This year, as a school community, we celebrated St. Joseph’s day in a big way! Many Holy Trinity families shared their own personal traditions and celebrations for the day. We also had a school wide altar for St. Joseph in the upper school lobby and collected bread to donate to Martha’s table. Classes each celebrated in their own special way and Fr. Gillespie spoke to some classes about the holiday. Finally, teachers from each grade awarded a “St. Joseph’s Award” to a student who displays courage, faith, fairness, compassion and humility. It was a great opportunity for us to come together as a school, learn more about St. Joseph, experience traditions from around the world, and celebrate classmates who inspire us all!

Below you will find pictures of our celebrations, along with a presentation about St. Joseph’s day, put together by Ms. Moore.

Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, and Lenten Service

Last month, Holy Trinity staff, students, and families celebrated Mardi Gras and Ash Wednesday, pandemic style. On Tuesday, students made masks and learned about the celebrations of Mardi Gras and Carnival. On Wednesday, students and staff on campus watched a prayer service and received ashes sprinkled on their heads, rather than pressed on their foreheads. Students who learn virtually were also invited, with their families, to a drive through distribution of ashes. Everyone was very thankful for the ways that the Holy Trinity community has found to celebrate and honor our faith, in a safe way.

The second grade also kicked off their annual school wide Lenten Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl collection. They have reminded us that even in a time of our own need, there is always an opportunity to serve others. Our donations will help to create sustainable food and income sources, like home gardens and chicken coops, for families around the world. You can learn more about the CRS rice bowl collection here 

Catholic Schools Week 2021 Recap

Below you will find some highlights of this year’s Catholic Schools Week. This year, more than ever, we focused on how to serve others, our appreciation for Catholic education and our love for the Holy Trinity community. The week started with a much needed snow day, which parents, students, and teachers all appreciated! On community service day we supported the Jesuit Refugee Service with a TAG day, sign making, and a virtual visit from JRS staff. As the week continued, students and teachers showed their gratitude for parents by doing chores around the house and hosting a liturgy. Parents arranged for breakfast and lunch to show their appreciation for HTS teachers and staff. The week ended with academic day and a house pride free dress day. It was a great week, full of fun celebrations. We look forward to fostering an enthusiasm for Catholic education, all year long!

Juana and Day House Days

So far this year we have celebrated Juana House Day and Day House Day. Teachers and students have gotten creative about how to celebrate house days both from school and home. These fun days have reminded us all that even though things may be different this year, there is still so much to celebrate! Here are some pictures of those special days. We are looking forward to celebrating all of our houses and their members this year!

At Home Learning Tips From Pro Parents!

Over the past 6 months, Holy Trinity parents have become experts at managing their students’ at home learning. Here are some of their pro tips for making it work!

  1. Pick one area of the house where school happens every day and let the rest of the house be HOME. At the end of the day, close the door to your learning space and don’t look back! Until the next morning, of course.
  2. To help students stay focused and motivated, try posting some inspiring quotes around their work space.
  3. When you need to pass the time, get creative! Try having a slime race, painting walking sticks, doing a science experiment, or organizing your Legos!
  4. When everyone is overwhelmed, take a break and go outside. Even if you only have five minutes. It works wonders!
  5. Include the whole family in virtual PE classes. Let the students be in charge and keep track of everyone’s reps and personal bests.
  6. Focus on character education through out the day – prayer, manners, honesty, responsibility, compassion, forgiveness – it makes for a more peaceful household and an easier school day.
  7. To boost your internet connection with multiple family members working at home, plug an ethernet cable into one device while another works off of WIFI. Keep all cell phones running on cellular data, instead of WIFI, during the work/school day.

The Second First Day

Over the past two weeks Holy Trinity has begun welcoming students back into the building. The first day with students back on campus felt like the first day of school, all over again! We have used these two weeks to practice our new routines, to streamline the new drop off and pick up processes, to engage virtual and in person students in classroom learning, and to find ways to have safe, healthy fun while we are all together. This is sure to be quite the journey and we are so happy that you all are coming along with us! Below are a few pictures of our first days back on campus.

In our next post, we will highlight what some students are doing at home to make this year a success!

A First Day of Firsts!

This year, the first day of school was very different from any other first day of school that we have ever experienced! A first day without family pictures on the steps of lower school? A first day without handshakes from Mr. McShane? A first day without meeting new classmates, face to face? How strange! And yet, we have so much to be thankful for from the first day of the 2020/2021 school year. This really was a first day of firsts!

This year, we were able to eat breakfast while we listened to the morning announcements. We got to teach the honor code and suscipe to our families. We had time to read books while snuggled up on the couch. We were able to have lunch with our siblings and parents. We spent extra time with our pets. Some of us took our classes outside. Some of us wore our house shirts. I bet some of us even wore pajama pants! Yes, this first day was different, but it was great in its own special way! Here are some pictures of Holy Trinity students and teachers, ringing in the first day of school.

House Becraft

Anne Marie Becraft

Written by Robby DeFrancesco

Becraft house is all about learning, growing, and most importantly persevering together. In Becraft, we do not give up. Perseverance runs deep in Becraft. As members of Becraft we want to inspire our peers as well as the staff and teachers.

Personally my favorite part of Becraft is the fact that we support each other so much. Nobody in the house is alone, because ultimately we can’t accomplish our goals alone. One of Becraft’s most elusive goals is to win the house cup this year (spoiler alert, we did it!).

We look for inspiration from our elders, especially our founder, Anne Marie Becraft. She inspires us with her determination and her fighting spirit. Becraft’s perseverance through racism and sexism in America, helps us to see our own problems and push through. Her memory helps us to keep trying.

House Romero

Written by Daisy Overmyer


Being a part of the Romero house is great. (Especially because we are currently in first place.) My house founder, Oscar Romero, inspires me because he lived in a country of violence and injustice and tried to stop it. He grew up in El Salvador, living in a small home, with a big family, and sleeping on the floor. While this was happening, he demanded peace and raised awareness about the amount of people that had died or “disappeared”. Before he died, he saw the past weeks previous death toll and said to the policemen, “I beg you, I implore you, I order you… in the name of God, stop the repression!” Then the next day, while he was saying Mass, Oscar Romero was shot dead by a paid assassin. That is why Oscar Romero inspires me. I hope people will know who our founder is and how he, (Oscar Romero) showed Justice throughout his life. Romero’s house trait is justice. I think that that is the best trait out of all of the other houses because justice is fairness and righteousness which is a very important thing to show around school, around your family members, around work, in public, and you should really show it wherever you go. Anyone can display justice. You can do it at school by sticking up for your friend, or tell a teacher that you cheated on a test if you did but didn’t want to tell anyone. In your own home you can stick up for your younger sibling when your older sibling is being unfair or you can help your mom for your other sibling with the dishes. You can show it at work by helping your colleague when they need help or with someone who is new to the job. On the street, if you see a homeless person, you should stop by, and give a friendly greeting to them. There are many different ways to show justice on many different occasions and at many different places too. The house system is a really fun upgrade to my eighth grade year and I love how we can earn points along with it. I have seen that the points system has really encouraged students to be kinder in the classroom and hallways eager to earn points. It’s fun to have competitions in class for house points and to see who wins in the end. (Except when the person that is given points is in a different house.) My favorite thing about the house system is the competitions that we play against each other. We have played a whole school dodge ball game, had fundraising competitions, and, of course, the house point system. I am really looking forward to Romero day which is on March twenty fourth. We have some fun things planned and are excited to share them with the school. 


Past Present and Future of the House System

Written by Jacob Oh, Eamon Randall and Olivia Tirol

Last week, Eamon Randall, Jacob Oh and Olivia Tirol interviewed Mr. Devlin and Mr. Rosenberger about the house system. We chose to interview the two of them because they were the two teachers who started the house system at Holy Trinity. Our house system is made up of 6 houses: Xavier House, Day House, Juana House, Romero House, Arrupe House and Becraft House. The house system breaks students and teachers up into 6 competing groups, but we still think and act as one. We found this interview to be very interesting and we learned a lot about out house system. 

First, Eamon interviewed the teachers about why they started the house system. I wanted to know if they researched house systems at other schools. It turns out, they looked at the Ron Clark Academy in Georgia and other schools with house systems, to see how others do it. Some teachers have gone to Ron Clark Academy to see their school and they thought it was a really active school with a good sense of community. Mr. Devlin and Mr. Rosenberger thought that the competition would also be fun, so they wanted to bring it to Holy Trinity. I also asked them how they chose the house names. Each house is named after a famous Catholic or Jesuit person. They thought that the house founders would be good role models for us. 

Next, Jacob interviewed Mr. Devlin and Mr. Rosenberger about how to share our house pride with people outside of HTS. They had lots of ideas. Mr. Devlin suggested wearing our house shirts and taking pictures of ourselves doing our activities outside of school. We can send the pictures to our house captain. He also thought we could watch fun videos of our house mascots when we have free time. Mr. Rosenberger says we should try to live out our house traits over breaks and everyday, have house get togethers and plan out service projects or other events for the rest of the year.  Both teachers thought that we should tell our families about the house system. We can explain the house system to them and describe our strategies for taking down the other houses!

Finally, Olivia wanted to find out more about Mr. Devlin’s and Mr. Rosenberger’s vision for the future of the house system. I wanted to know if they saw any problem with rewarding students for kind things that they should be doing anyway, without expecting a reward. Mr. Devlin said that at first students may do kind things only to earn points, but eventually we will start to do kind things because that is who we are becoming. Mr. Rosenberger hopes that the points will make students think more about their decisions and that they will focus on how good it feels to do the right thing, not just on the points. Both teachers also hope that students are being competitive, but also respectful of their opponents. They think that we need positive competition, just like in sports, to bring out the best in us. Their vision for the future is that we continue to celebrate each house, represent our houses, become more ambitious with service projects, open more options for house themed clothes and build student leadership.

So there you have it, the entire vision for the house system. Past, present and hopes for the future, all thanks to Mr. Devlin and Mr. Rosenberger. 

House Xavier


Thoughts on House Xavier by Thomas Szymkowicz

Our house founder is St. Francis Xavier. St Francis was a friend of St. Ignatius, who started the Jesuits. He was one of the very first Jesuits and his life inspires me to look for God in new ways. St. Francis was very courageous to join the Jesuits and to be a missionary. He traveled all over the world and needed to have courage when meeting new people or taking on new tasks. Because of this, courage is our house trait. I hope that everyone knows that we are courageous, people for others.  Out house mascot is also related to our trait. Our house mascot is a Lion. Lions are a good fit for us because they are the kings of the jungle and a king needs to have a lot of courage.

Students, staff, and parents at Holy Trinity can show courage by stepping up to the plate and doing the things that they are afraid to do. You will never regret being brave and powering through, but you might regret backing down and being afraid. For example, if you are really scared to give an oral presentation, you should just commit to doing it rather than trying to avoid it. If you are courageous and just do it, you will get a better grade than if you don’t.

So far I have really enjoyed the games that we have played as a whole school, especially the dodge ball game. It it fun when all of the houses are together. I think that when we are all together we get a lot of different ideas from people in other houses. I am looking forward to the last day of school to see what kind of celebration we have for the winning house. I think that day should be mostly fun, with not a lot of school work and we should really focus on the winning house. 

House Arrupe

Pedro Arrupe

Written by Aly Bradshaw

Our house founder is Pedro Arrupe. He inspires me because of his positive spirit. His positivity could fill an entire room. He always looked on the bright side of things and found ways to help people and to be compassionate. That is why the Arrupe house has compassion as our house trait. I hope people know that the Arrupe house is always determined and compassionate, ready to help whenever we are needed. Compassion is our trait and the students all around the school show that by caring for others. Our house day is February 5th and I can’t wait to see how everyone celebrates. As a school we will practice being compassionate and we will connect with Pedro Arrupe’s legacy in a special way.

My favorite thing about the house system is that we are all one family. Even though everyone is sorted into 6 different houses, at the end of the day we are all one. We cheer for each other, celebrate all of the other houses, and we should all try to embody each of the house traits: Compassion, Perseverance, Gratitude, Humility, Justice and Courage.

House Juana


Written by Anne-Sophie Gray

The House of Juana is named after Juana de Austria, a princess who demonstrated strong Jesuit identity. She completed St. Ignatius’s spiritual exercises and is the only woman to have taken Jesuit vows. The trait for our house is humility. Humility means being humble. When you show humility you do not brag or say that you are better than anyone else. Showing humility is important to me because it shows that you care for others, not just yourself. The students at Holy Trinity can show humility in a number of ways. An eighth grader might show humility by being a good sport even when they lose the spelling bee to a younger student. A first grader showing humility would look different. They might show humility by being calm and respectful to their classmates, instead of trying to steal their classmates’ attention.

Our house animal is a frog. We are the Juana frogs because frogs transform over time from a tadpole to a frog. This is similar to our founder’s transformation from a princess to a Jesuit. Frogs are often overlooked for their strengths because they are small. This makes them the perfect mascot for the humble Juana house! 

My favorite things about our house are two of the teachers in Juana, Ms.Nolan and Mr.Singleton. They are very fun and get everyone excited about our house.  They had great ideas for celebrating our house day. There were frogs hidden around the school, in all of the house colors. If students found the frog that matched their own house color, they house earned points. The school was covered with green decorations and students wore green with their uniforms. A member of the Juana house got to spin the points wheel to earn extra points for our house. It was a really great day!

House Day


House Day

Written by Stella Maloney

The House of Day was established in recognition of Dorothy Day. Day was an amazing Catholic role model, who advocated for the poor, women, and for peace. Constantly putting others’ needs before her own, she never quit. She was even arrested several times, and went even further to prove her point by going on a hunger strike after being arrested for protesting for women’s right to vote. The House of Day will be celebrated on November 7th and on this day the whole school will celebrate our house and Dorothy Day, regardless of what house they are in. The Bison is our house mascot, and it symbolizes gentleness along with stubbornness and determination. Just like the bison, Dorothy Day was extremely determined to spread her message to everyone around her and promote equality. But, while doing this she was still a gentle and kind person, making sure to give back to those in need. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful, and the House of Day’s main goal is to promote gratitude throughout Holy Trinity. There are many ways to show gratitude, whether it is doing service to show your thanks to the people around you, giving back the favor if someone does something kind for you, or just simply saying thank you. It is extremely important to me to always show my gratitude for my friends, family, teachers and classmates so that they know that everything they do for me never goes unnoticed. One of my favorite things about the new house system is that it brings the whole school together. By this I mean that many people, including me, only know a few people outside of their grade. But now many different grades are getting to know each other and we all have something to root for, a house. 


Works Cited

“Dorothy Day.” Biography, A&E Television Networks, 24 Sept. 2015, Accessed 7 Sept. 2019.

A New Start And A New System

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year, Titans! This year is already shaping up to be a great one. Everyone is ready for a new, fresh start and excited for the new house system that Holy Trinity has implemented. Each student and staff member has now been sorted into one of six houses, inspired by great Catholic and Jesuit leaders from throughout history. Students have started earning points for their houses and are beginning to build bonds with their fellow house members. We can’t wait to see how this system grows over the year!

Our six houses are The Arrupe House, Becraft House, Day House, Juana House, Romero House and Xavier House. Below you will find a brief biography of each founder along with each house trait. In the coming weeks students from each house will share what it means to be a member of their house.

  • Arrupe House-
    • Founder: Pedro Arrupe was a Spanish Jesuit Priest with a heart for refugees who served as the Superior General for the Jesuits in Japan. After the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, he cared for 150 sick and wounded Japanese. In 1980 he started the Jesuit refugee service, serving Vietnamese refugees. The organization has now served over 40 millions refugees from around the world.
    • Trait: Compassion
  • Becraft House-
    • Founder: Anne Marie Becraft was a lifelong educator, teaching in Washington D.C. and Baltimore. At just 15 she started the Georgetown Seminary, a day and boarding school for young black girls in The District. She eventually left the school and when she was 26, became one of America’s first black nuns, joining the Oblate Sisters of Providence. Georgetown University recently named a building after Becraft.
    • Trait: Perseverance
  • Day House-
    • Founder: Dorothy Day was a Catholic convert who felt God’s calling to serve the poor. She was the co-founder of the Catholic Work Movement, a radical but non-violent movement which provided service to the poor and homeless and took political action on their behalf.  Her canonization is currently being considered by the Church.
    • Trait: Gratitude
  • Juana House-
    • Founder: Joanna of Austria is the first and only female member of the Society of Jesus. After the death of her husband she was expected to take Franciscan religious vows, but felt called to the Jesuit community instead. The Jesuits had never accepted females, but she persisted in her efforts and ended up taking Jesuit vows under a male name.
    • Trait: Humility
  • Romero House-
    • Founder: Saint Oscar Romero was a social activist and Archbishop of San Salvador. He stood up for the poor and voiceless and passionately denounced the persecution of members of the Catholic Church in El Salvador. In 1980 he was assassinated while celebrating mass and was canonized in 2018.
    • Trait: Justice
  • Xavier House-
    • Founder: Saint Francis Xavier was one of the first members of the Society of Jesus and was the first Jesuit missionary. He spent most of his life as a missionary in Japan and is credited with developing the early Jesuit mission approach. He was canonized in 1622.
    • Trait: Courage

Magis – More

“… looking at myself, [I consider] what I have done for Christ, what I am doing for Christ, what I ought to do for Christ.” — Spiritual Exercises [53]

The Ignatian word “Magis” literally means “more”. In our world, where people are always looking for more in an earthly sense, it is important to be specific about what the word means in a Jesuit sense. Magis is not about more for the sake of more. Not more production, not more money, not more praise, not more to do. Rather, it is about more faith, more love, more patience, more grace, more glory to God. Magis is about quality, not quantity.

Looking around our school, there are examples everywhere of teachers and students living out Magis in so many ways. A few of them are highlighted below.


More Faith – Third Grade Prayer Corner

More Love- Pre K Kindness Board

More Service – 4th Grade Coffee Cart to Support Refugees

Keeping God at the Center – Cura Personalis from a Parent’s Perspective

Written by Erin Greene, Kindergarten Parent
Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
St. Augustine


Like many of us, I’m pulled in too many directions. My little ones tug at my heartstrings when they are disappointed or sad. I can’t always keep up with my email, and I’m often one step away from forgetting a water bottle, permission slip, or returning library books on time. Last week, I rolled up to school, proud of myself because I was a few minutes early for the 7:50 start time, only to realize there was no school that day! Yes, indeed. That really happened. Sometimes life is a blur. But no matter how consuming life can be, I know I need to carve out time for my prayer life, my creative life, my time with God. Cura Personalis, caring for the whole person, reminds me how essential it is to keep God at my center.


Cura Personalis guides me when I take care of my children. It nudges me to help them recognize the areas in their lives that bring them joy and feed their soul. Their lives are busy too. My children are blessed to be part of the Holy Trinity community and the larger Washington, DC neighborhood. They are cared for, they are challenged, and they are exposed to a broader world in the nation’s capital. But this life also comes with full days and very full schedules. Carving out time for them on the weekends to explore their passions in their own space, with less time constraints, helps them discover where their hearts are leading them. It brings them back to God and caring for the wholeness of their being.


My five year old loves to create inventions. We will spend hours immersed in his creative world. He leads and I support him. In these quiet moments, my message to him is, “Trust yourself. Dive into your passions. Follow your heart now and always.”


My two year old finds wonder in our our small backyard and nearby Rock Creek Park. When he’s out there, he’s finding God. Whether he’s gathering leaves, collecting rocks, or just digging in the dirt, his heart is happy. As we linger there a few extra moments, I hope he knows this is exactly where we should be. “Enjoy. Explore. Be you.”


As a family, we are all still learning how to keep Cura Personalis top of mind. Living in a way that honors Cura Personalis will be a lifelong pursuit of mine, and I hope for my children as well. But even when I stray, I know I can always come back to quiet moments with God. When God is at the center, I know I am well nourished and my family is too.

Cura Personalis from a Teacher’s Perspective

Written by Ms. Colleen Brady

On a Friday in early November, instead of quizzing my ELA students on their new vocabulary words, I walked them over to Georgetown University for a session of Christian meditation. During the 12 minutes of silence, some students delighted in the peace, others had a hard time with the stillness, and one even fell asleep in the quiet. When we walked back, all expressed gratitude and told me how much they needed that time to let stress melt away and pray. I know that vocabulary practice is very important for my students intellectually, but I also want to show them that caring for their spiritual, social, emotional, and physical well-being is equally important. This is one way I practice cura personalis as a teacher.

Cura Personalis is an Ignatian value that refers to caring for the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Jesuit schools seek to nurture and promote the best in everyone, and help each one to reach his or her greatest human potential. Cura Personalis is bringing snacks for my hungry eighth graders. It’s going to chapel mass and praying the examen at the beginning of 7th period. It’s collaborating with other teachers and communicating with parents. It’s being present and attentive to what students need most in the moment. Cura Personalis is not easy, and I am not perfect at living it out, but most of all, I hope my students know I deeply care about them, wholly.  

I aim to encourage my students every day and help them recognize that their value does not lie solely in their intellect, but also in their talents, personalities, desires, hearts, faith, and ability to be a good friend to others. Cura personalis also implies a commitment to inclusivity and caring for students of all background and experiences. In my teaching, I try to help students learn about each other’s different traditions, experiences, and cultures to help build a more inclusive community. Our library is full of diverse books that help students practice empathy and understanding. My hope is that through their Jesuit education, students will learn to live out cura personalis with one another.

Olivia’s Take on Cura Personalis

written by Olivia Maguire


Cura Personalis translates to, care for the whole person. Cura Personalis is one of the six Ignatian Values. As a Jesuit School, Cura Personalis is a big deal. The big question is, why is it such a big deal?  Holy Trinity talks a lot about service. Holy Trinity is dedicated to making the world a better place.  No matter big or small,  HTS encourages people to help out our community. Things as small as smiling at people or picking up trash, to service trips! This is one way we practice Cura Personalis as a school. We are caring for all those around us and the Earth.
When we are caring for the whole person, it means that we are appreciating other people’s talents, abilities,  personalities, desires, hearts, faith, and minds because they are all equally worthy of care and attention.  This all relates to our Christian faith and Catholic Education. When we learn we learn with our head, but Cura Personalis wants us to learn with our heart and respect the whole body. When we pray, learn and eat healthy we are practicing Cura Personalis. This is because we are caring for our faith by talking to God through prayer. We are caring for our minds by learning new information to help and find answers to our questions. Finally, when we are eating healthy, we are caring for our physical needs. These are some ways that you can practice Cura Personalis in your own life!

Celebrating Our Jesuit Identity

Over the next few months, the Holy Post will be taking a deeper dive into our Jesuit Identity by focusing on one of the key Jesuit values each month. Students, parents and teachers will be sharing their insights and perspectives on what it means to be Jesuit educated and how the Jesuit values can shape our lives. We will also highlight the ways in which these key values are being taught to our students. Join us as we discuss what it means to fully embrace:


Cura Personalis


Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

People for Others

Unity of Heart and Mind

Contemplatives in Action


In February we will focus on Cura Personalis, or “Care of the whole person”. Follow along as we hear from teachers, parents and students and take a look at what is happening around our school. You may even brush up on your Latin in the process!

Community Building

Holy Trinity School is committed to educating the whole person. As part of this mission, HTS has developed a guide based on the Jesuit Schools Network’s Profile of the Graduate at Graduation. This guide highlights five desirable characteristics: open to growth, intellectually competent, religious, loving, and committed to doing justice.

Recently, Ms. Brady’s religion class reflected on community building. Building relationships is an important component of being a loving individual. Keep reading for Caitlin R.’s and Sarah F.’s thoughts on friendship in their final year at HTS.

By Caitlin R.

A quote that has stood out to me for a while is an old saying that says, “Good friends are like stars; you don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.” I agree with this quote because it is saying that when you have a true friend, you don’t need to see them to know they will always be there to support you. This quote represents what I want in friendships. I always want there to be trust between my friends and me, trust that they will always be there for me and that friends will be the shining stars in the night to light my path. One friend of mine is always there to support me and listen to me vent about the hard things going on in my life. She never gives up on me, even when we have arguments. We always get through our arguments, especially since she is one of the kindest and most understanding people I know.

Friendship to me is the family I choose. The people I am destined to meet and learn to love. Friends are the backbone to society. Without them, people would be miserable people slumping through life. Friends add light to society. I can be a good friend to others by showing them my light and supporting them through whatever they need. Jesus is a friend in a way by showing us the light in others and always being there for us to talk to. Jesus is one of the best people to talk to because he is always listening and protecting us. By being a true friend, you are going above and beyond to help your friends when they need it. The magis is about doing more, and there is no better way to do more than to do more for and with friends.

By Sarah F.

The quote I chose was, “God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle. In the company of friends we will find strength to attain our sublime ideal,” from St. Maximillian Kolbe. This quote stood out to me because I know it is true. Hard times are so much harder without someone like a friend to talk to. I believe that this quote is true. The reason that I believe this is that humans can’t survive on their own and need other people as friends. If we didn’t have friends, we wouldn’t have as much strength or confidence to get through hard situations. In my friendships, I aspire for several things. The first is honesty. Friends should never lie to each other. The second is comfort. Good friends should always feel comfortable being who they are with each other. Finally, friends should enjoy each other’s company and have fun hanging out with each other. One example of a book with a good friendship is A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. In this book, one friend promises another that he would die for them or anyone they love. At the end of the book, the character dies for his friend’s husband. I can be a good friend to others by being sensitive to anything they might be experiencing in their lives and by cheering them up when they are sad. Jesus was a good friend because he always encouraged his friends or disciples and showed them the right thing to do. We can seek magis in a friendship by striving to be better people and helping each other to be better people. Friendship means many things to many different people. However, most importantly, we have to respect each other.

St. Patrick’s Day Reflection

By: Nora S.

St. Patrick’s Day is a widely known holiday throughout the world. St. Patrick’s Day celebrates St. Patrick for the remarkable life he lived. During this holiday we also celebrate Irish culture, especially the clothing, dances, and food of Ireland. As a Catholic school, however, it is important for us to recognize St. Patrick for his work as a missionary. At the age 16, Patrick, originally from Britain, was captured in an Irish raid and enslaved. Six years later, he escaped from Ireland and returned to his parents. After he returned to Britain, St. Patrick had a dream that he should return to Ireland and work to convert non-Catholics. Later, he became a bishop. Although St. Patrick was not Irish, he is the patron saint of Ireland.

We should look to St. Patrick’s example and share our faith with others. Holy Trinity loves to participate in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. We get to wear green accents over our uniform, but we should also remember to be good examples of our faith, like St. Patrick. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Changing Lives this Lent

By: 2nd Grade

This Lent, second grade is putting their faith in action by leading Holy Trinity’s Catholic Relief Service (CRS) Rice Bowl initiative. CRS uses the funds it raises to meet the needs of vulnerable populations overseas. However, the Rice Bowl program does more than alleviate hunger and poverty. It also forms a global community, encouraging us to stand with our brothers and sisters in prayer and fasting. Through this program and others at our school, students learn to be persons for others in a global community. As you read students’ reflections below, consider making a donation and joining our students in their commitment to create a more just and loving society.

2nd Grade CRS Rice Bowl Reflections

Maren T: The rice bowl is a tool we use at HTS to help poor and homeless. We put money in the rice bowl to donate to the poor and homeless in different countries. When we donate to different countries, we help people little by little.

Jack C: What is the rice bowl? The rice bowl is a little bowl that you put money in during the course of Lent. The donations from the rice bowl goes to the CRS (Catholic Relief Services’). Once the CRS gets the donations, they use it to help poor countries and bring clean water to poor communities.

Maggie B: When I make a donation to the rice bowl I feel good because I am helping the poor. My donations help poor countries get clean water, the donations help small businesses too! The rice bowl is a cardboard bowl that you put money in for the poor.

Sela D: CRS rice bowl is a company that helps people that are poor. It helps people get clean water and seeds for crops. It also helps small businesses. It makes you feel happy because you are helping people in need. Even a dollar a day can help a family. If you put one dollar every day during Lent, you can help a whole town.

Sofia: I feel happy when I donate to the CRS rice bowl because the homeless get clean water, food, and shelter. Donations help people because the homeless stay safe and healthy.

The Intersection of Art and Faith

By: Abby L. and Meredith J.

For hundreds of years, people have found God in art. Many sacred paintings and sculptures show stories of the Gospel in unique ways. Some show physical expressions of Mary and Jesus like the Madonna and Child do.  But the arts are not just expressed in painting and sculpture. They are also expressed through performance. There are musicals like Godspell, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Theater expresses human emotions just as Jesus did when he fulfilled the promises that  the prophets made in the Old Testament. When we work together as an ensemble, we are working together for God. Being an ensemble means treating everyone as an equal, and that is what God sent Jesus to do. Part of being Jesuit students is seeking God in all things, including art.

By: Caitlin R.

This year’s school musical, Seussical Jr., is full of crazy Seuss words, fun colors, and lots of songs. Seussical pulls together different Dr. Seuss stories, such as Horton Hears A Who, Horton Hatches An Egg, Gertrude McFuzz, Yertle the Turtle, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Throughout the show, there is heroism, love, anger, and much more. Seussical Jr. is a wonderful and fun show, and we hope it is enjoyed by all who see it.

Two Perspectives on Catholic Schools Week

By: Parker M.

Catholic Schools Week does not celebrate our differences, but instead celebrates the one thing we have in common: we are all Catholic!

Catholic Schools Week shows our Jesuit Identity because it shows we are Catholic.  Showing that we are Catholic is important because it shows God that we believe in our faith. Expressing our belief in God is the most important thing about Catholics Schools Week.

The main reason we have Catholic Schools Week is to have fun in the presence of God.  God loves every one of us as individuals. Catholics Schools Week is important in many ways. Each way is like a puzzle piece, so when you put them altogether you get an awesome puzzle, that is Catholics Schools Week.

By: Abby L.

During Catholic schools week we get to have free dress, dress like a teacher, and get to wear pajamas. But why do we celebrate it? It’s a question that I’ve been pondering for a while, so I did my research and found the answer. It started way back in 1974. It was created to celebrate who we are as a Catholic school. All across the nation kids just like you celebrate all of the activities that we do. Well they might be a little different, but everywhere people celebrate being Catholic. It’s a celebration of knowing that we are a school for God. It’s to recognize the importance, the value, and the contribution of Catholicism.

It’s important that we celebrate who we are and our identity as Catholics. The definition of catholic is “including a wide variety of things; all-embracing,” which means that we include everyone, no matter who they are. Everyone is special and we should love and respect everyone’s identity.That is why we made our identity posters. That is what Catholic Schools Week is all about, celebrating all of our identities. Your identity is who you are. No matter who you are, you have an identity that makes you amazing and totally original. So yeah, Catholic Schools Week is awesome but not just because of the free dress.


Identity Posters

By: Will P.

This week The Holy Post will be discussing the identity poster, a project that all students in the upper school and lower school are doing. The identity poster is an activity where students express characteristics of their identity on a paper or poster. These identity posters will be hung in hallways and classrooms throughout the upper and lower schools. The staff of HTS have also created posters, which include traits like race, ethnicity, family life, political opinions, etc.

The purpose of the identity poster is to express personal characteristics, make connections and celebrate our differences. Connections between posters can help strengthen relationships and start new ones. Being able to relate to somebody on a personal level can help us get past differences. Acknowledging and celebrating our differences is also important. Being able to see that people are different from each other can help us work together on projects and in the classroom. The way that people think about us and the way that we think about ourselves is something that we need to examine. If people don’t see us the way that we see ourselves, then it’s hard for us to be ourselves.

The identity poster has been one of my favorite projects this year. It wasn’t graded, which gave me the freedom to be creative. Overall, I had a great time with it. I would strongly recommend doing this project with a family member. For example, I did this project with my father, and we had a great time. Thank you and I hope that you enjoyed this write-up for The Holy Post.

Sports and Spirituality

By: Helen M.

Basketball is one of many sports at Holy Trinity. It is definitely one of the most popular sports, too. Sports connect us to our Catholic faith in many ways. For example, basketball is a team sport. In basketball you win as a team and lose as a team. I play basketball, and it wouldn’t be as fun without a team. Your teammates cheer you on when you make a basket and support you when you make a mistake. That sounds a lot like our faith. Our faith teaches us to help others, not give up, and play fairly.

The Jesuit tradition that we believe focuses on reflection, examining our day or the preparing for the day to come. After a basketball game, we reflect on our mistakes, but more importantly we reflect on how we can improve: “In the day that I called, you answered me. You encouraged me with strength in my soul.” -Psalm 138:3

Imagining the Nativity

This Advent-Christmas season, third grade is practicing Ignatian contemplation in class. St. Iganatius encouraged his followers to contemplate scenes from Scripture as a way to engage both the mind and heart in prayer. Using their imaginations, third graders placed themselves in the Nativity scene and wrote the reflections below. As the Advent-Christmas season draws to a close with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, we invite you to join our students in your own prayerful meditation on the Nativity and the fulfillment of the promise of Christ’s birth.

“I am the ox, and I am present at the birth of Jesus. I see the Lord of all the people talking and the angels singing. I hear praises of joy and Mary and Joseph adoring the baby Jesus. I smell the incense from the candles and the hay in the manger. I feel the hay on my hoofs and lots of strong love.” -Jack

“I am a shepherd, and I am present at the birth of Jesus. I see Mary holding Jesus. I see some strange men. They are carrying gifts. I hear Jesus cooing and Mary softly humming to Jesus. I smell the air. It smells sweet and soft. I feel warm, calm, safe, and at peace.” -Lucia

“I am Mary, and I am present at the birth of Jesus. I see Joseph holding Jesus, and the animals are asleep. The wise men are walking in. I hear the soft rustle of the wind. I smell myrrh. I feel joy and the Holy Spirit” -Chloe

“Hi, I’m the angel. I’m also at the birth of Jesus. I see others watching the birth of Jesus. They look happy to see the Savior! I hear the baby crying and people are singing Amen! I smell animals that live there, like an ox. I also smell lovely spices. The birth of Jesus is exciting.” -Riley

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What Christmas Means to Us

When asked “What does Christmas mean for you?” Pope Francis replied, “Christmas is God’s meeting with his people…it speaks of tenderness and hope.” This Christmas season, we hope our students serve as a reminder of what it means to proceed in tenderness and hope. Merry Christmas!