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Dear Members of the Prep Community,
Easter Sunday and the Lenten preparation for it bring us back to the fundamentals of our Catholic faith and all of our hopes. The processions and palms which open Holy Week bring us back in touch with the reality of the sufferings Jesus endured for us all. On Holy Thursday, the Church celebrates the great gift of the Eucharist at the Last Supper, before plunging into the agonies of Good Friday.
All of these moments of Holy Week resonate with the ups and downs of our own life experiences, the betrayals, sufferings and losses each of us has endured. With Easter Sunday, we join in the celebration of the resurrection, Christ’s triumph over death. The resurrection brings us the message of hope as the reality of God’s love and grace conquers all that is evil.
This year, after being oppressed with such a harsh winter, we find ourselves basking in the warmth and light of spring with its promise of life. Our spirits are lifted as the temperature rises and the flowers bud and bloom.
Here at Prep, the students celebrated the Stations of the Cross as the final prayer service before their Easter break.
Our prayer for them – and for the entire Prep community – is that the power of the resurrection will abide in our souls, filling them with an awareness of God’s ever active grace in our lives.
Have a Blessed and Happy Easter! Enjoy the Spring!
Rev. Kenneth Boller, S.J.
Father Boller assumed the presidency of Saint Peter's Prep during the summer of 2013, becoming Prep's 27th president. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1964, and has committed most of his five decades as a Jesuit to the mission of education, mainly at the secondary level.
Fr. Boller taught mathematics at Xavier High School in Manhattan from 1969-72, and served as dean of co-curricular activities from 1975-78. From 1979-1986 he served as principal of Canisius High School in Buffalo, then returned to Xavier in 1986, serving as headmaster and then president until 1997. After seven years as pastor of Saint Aloysius Church in Harlem, with a focus on the growth and development of the parish’s school, Fr. Boller was appointed president of Fordham Prep in 2004.