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Check out Jesuit A-Z for definitions of Jesuit terms and other Jesuit resources.  Check below for many of the most widely used Jesuit and Cheverus terminology. 


Answers to Some FAQs

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (“For the greater glory of God.”)  The motto of the Society of Jesus.


The Arrupe Service Projects, sometimes called the May Projects, are named for Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J., a former Superior-General of the Society of Jesus, the order that sponsors Cheverus High School. Classes for seniors conclude in late April and they spend the next four to five weeks on site at various institutions in the community: schools, day-cares, nursing homes, hospitals, etc.  Seniors are at the site for five to six hours a day, the equivalent of a school day, working with clients for at least half of the time (so they are not simply cleaning, painting, etc. -- they must have contact with clientele).

Seniors must meet with a faculty adviser once a week to process their experience, and write two 500-word reflection papers over the course of the month.  At the conclusion of the project, seniors return to the school to share their experiences at the Arrupe Project assembly which will be held on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 9:14 a.m. (Contact: Mr. Daniel Haskell or Mr. Steve Dalvet)

The corridor located between the cafeteria and the gymnasium.



Campus Ministry provides opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and friends to experience Jesuit tradition and develop their own personal faith through prayer, reflection and service. Campus Ministry programs include: Liturgies, Sacraments, and Prayer Services; Habitat for Humanity; grade level retreats and Kairos. Visit the Campus Ministry page for more information. (Contact: Mr. Greg Szkarlat


Students, parents and alumni may visit the Campus Store, located in the cafeteria in the Main School building or online to purchase a wide variety of Cheverus spirit wear. The Campus Store is open Monday-Friday, 8:00-10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Students may purchase their books online through (Contact: Ms. Jennifer Kelley, Campus Store Manager)

Cheverus Crest

The crest is required to be sewn on the left chest of the student blazer. The crest is available for purchase in the main office of the school or at the reception desk in Loyola Hall at a cost of $2 per patch.


Title of the Cheverus High School yearbook. The Clarion is distributed to students on the last day of classes. (Contact: Mrs. Lorraine Aromando)

Clubs and student activities are a pivotal part of our mission to educate the whole person.  Cheverus’ comprehensive program of 23 co-curricular activities offers a wealth of opportunities designed to help students expand their horizons, discover hidden talents, make new friends, and share their interests with other students. Visit the Co-Curriculars page under the Campus Life menu for a complete listing of co-curricular activities (Contacts: Mr. Gary Hoyt , Mrs. Marie Cross )

Cheverus Seal

“May we grow in Him through all things” -- the motto of Cheverus High School -- is included in the scroll on the Cheverus Seal.

This is a Latin term meaning "care for the whole person" which is a hallmark of Jesuit education and spirituality.

Designed by St. Ignatius to be a daily call to prayer and reflection.  It is both a call to penitence and an affirming reminder of God’s unwavering love.  Cheverus High School prays the Daily Examen as a community each morning at 10:10 am. Find out more about The Daily Examen at the Ignatian Spirituality site. 

Loyola Chapel

Mass is celebrated each day at 7:15 a.m. in the Loyola Chapel. Please consider beginning your day with some spiritual nourishment.

Each student is assigned a Google email account, generally in the format:  Faculty and staff email accounts are generally  To contact a teacher or staff member, check the Faculty & Staff Directory.

An annual retreat, usually in the spring semester, for all faculty and staff coordinated by the school administration. School will not be in session on this day.  The date is noted on the School Calendar.

Ignatian Spirituality is deeply rooted in becoming more aware of what is happening in your daily experience: finding God in all things.  People can then begin to discern where the spirits of light or darkness may be trying to lead them.  They become more aware of God’s presence in their lives and more attentive to His desires rather than their own.

Students who are unassigned during a particular class block during the school day enjoy the freedom of managing their own time. Students have access to the library, Atrium, and cafeteria – as well as outdoor spaces during warmer weather. Students will be informed of out-of-bounds areas at the beginning of each school year and are not permitted to leave school grounds or go to their automobiles during free periods.

The Profile of a Graduate at Graduation ("Grad at Grad") is a framework developed by the Jesuit Secondary Education Association to describe the graduate from a Jesuit high school as one who is: open to growth, intellectually competent, loving, religious and committed to doing justice. These five categories sum up the many areas of life most in accord with a full adult living of the Christ life. 

A parent volunteer group that comes into school on Tuesdays to help teachers and staff with various projects throughout the school year. (For more information, contact )

The historical roots of the Society of Jesus are traced back to the birth of St. Ignatius Loyola in 1491.  In 1521, Ignatius was wounded at the Battle of Pamplona and after his recovery began writing and living The Spiritual Exercises, the foundation of Ignatian spirituality.  

In 1540, Pope Paul III approved the Society of Jesus as a religious order and within eight years, the first educational institution run by Jesuits opened in Messina, Italy.  By the time of Ignatius' death in 1556, there were 33 Jesuit colleges or secondary schools in existence.

In 1789, Archbishop John Carroll founded Georgetown Academy, which later became Georgetown University and Georgetown Preparatory School.  In 1917, the Most Rev. Louis Walsh, then Bishop of Portland, appointed Rev. T.J. O'Mahoney as the first principal of Catholic Institute High School which opened on September 10 with 46 freshmen.  In 1924, the name of the high school was changed to Cheverus Classical High School in honor of Bishop John Cheverus, the first Bishop of Boston.  In 1952, Cheverus High School took up residence at 267 Ocean Avenue and has since expanded the campus to include a second academic building and modern day open-air  and in-house  sporting complex.
The Jesuit School Network was founded in 1970 and the Preamble gave renewed direction and vision to the Ignatian vision of secondary education in the United States.  By the nineties, there were 46 Jesuit secondary schools in the United States and Puerto Rico enrolling over 39,000 young men and women from diverse economic, ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds.

UG is the acronym for "Justice Under God," the name given to Cheverus’ version of detention.  JUG is given to students who do not meet Cheverus’ expectation of student conduct.  See the Student Handbook for more information about what consititutes JUG-able behavior.

A three-day retreat for juniors and seniors which involves witness talks given by student and adult leaders, reflection, prayer and worship. Kairos is a Greek term meaning “special, non-chronological (chronos) time” or the “Lord’s time” (as found in John’s gospel). Many students consider find this to be powerful and meaningful experience. (Contact: Mr. Greg Szkarlat.

Loyola Hall

Located to the left of the gym at 271 Ocean Avenue. Home to the Chapel; President’s Office; Development Office; Business Office; The Sparta Alumni Room; Loyola Library; Health Office; Campus Ministry Office; and many classrooms.

St. Ignatius Loyola was fond of this term, which loosely translates as “the more.” Jesuits are asked, “What more can be done for the Kingdom?” Frequently, this means exploring things to their depth rather than exploring things in a more superficial or shallow way. In many situations, after appropriate reflection, the term magis is best expressed not as “the more” but as “the better” – what can we be doing better? This is a question which is frequently posed to all members of the Cheverus community.

Most Catholic schools, and especially Jesuit high schools and universities, celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of every school year.  It is a tradition almost as old as the Society of Jesus itself.  Parents and friends of Cheverus are welcome to attend all liturgies throughout the school year. Please view the school calendar or a full listing of school wide liturgies.

According to Pedro Arrupe, SJ, today our prime educational objective must be to form men-and-women-for-others; men and women who will live not for themselves but for God.  They should work for justice and love their neighbor.  This is Cheverus High School’s motto as we strive to form people who are women and men for others and leaders in service.

Students are eligible to ride METRO Bus for a $1 discounted fare when they show the bus driver a student photo ID. METRO drivers will accept student photo IDs for the current school year 2015-2016. (Click for information about METRO.) 

“The mission of Cheverus High School, an inclusive Jesuit Catholic college preparatory school, is to prepare young men and women to be people for others by fostering intellectual, spiritual, physical and personal excellence.”

Provides students and parents online access to academic information, grades, assignments, class announcements, progress reports, report cards, attendance and conduct records. Each student and parent creates a unique user name and password to gain access to ParentsWeb. 

Accessing ParentsWeb

  • Go to
  • Select Logins from the menu bar and ParentsWeb Login from the drop-down menu.

  • Type in your username and password.  The District Code is ch-me.

  • If you have forgotten your username or password, click on the Forgot User Name/Password link.
  • Note to Students: Students must click the "Student" button (see above) to log in to ParentsWeb.

Creating a ParentsWeb Account

  • On the ParentsWeb login page (pictured above), click the Create New ParentsWeb Account link. 
  • Enter CH-ME into the District Code field.
  • Enter your email address (please note: use the email address you provided to Cheverus in order to be connected to your student(s))

  • You will receive an email from RenWeb Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password.  For security purposes the link will remain active for 6 hours.
  • Click on the link.  A Change/Create Password screen will open.  You may use the default username provided, or create a new username.  
  • Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field.
  • Click on the Save Username and/or Password button.
  • Close the window.
  • Log into ParentsWeb as instructed above.

Take place on Monday (1:00-7:00 p.m.) and Tuesday (8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.) before Thanksgiving Recess. Parents will receive more information about conference scheduling during the month of October

Open House in October is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Cheverus High School.  Prospective students and families will have the opportunity to learn about the curriculum, financial aid process, college advising, student activities, and to hear from students. Please encourage friends and family who want to learn more about Cheverus to attend the Open House. For more information, please fill out the Admissions Inquiry Form.

All students will participate in a one day-long retreat during each of their years at Cheverus High School. The retreats are coordinated by the Campus Ministry Office and will involve students missing a day of classes. See the Campus Ministry page for more details.

The Jesuits -- a Catholic order of religious men founded in 1540 by Ignatius of Loyola.  They are strongly committed to education, theological scholarship, and missionary work.  As religious, Jesuits take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.  They serve under their General Superior in Rome who is immediately accountable to the Pope. 

As a lay person, still known as Inigo Lopez de Loyola, St. Ignatius wrote The Spiritual Exercises, which became the core document for the Society of Jesus. Learn more about The Spiritual Exercises at

Coordinated by the Director of Guidance and the business office, the Faber tutors provide convenient, fee-based, on-site tutoring service for families seeking to support students experiencing difficulty in the classroom. (Contact: Ms. Victoria Caron)

Students use their ID to make purchases in the school cafeteria. Money may be placed on this rechargeable card by going to, at the point of sale, or by contacting the Business Office.

All calls to Cheverus High School -- 207-774-6238 -- go through the switchboard located in Loyola Hall. The switchboard is staffed Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Is the annual Thanksgiving Food drive sponsored by the Key Club. Students wishing to learn more about the Key Club and the turkey drive should contact Mrs. Karen Connick, Key Club Adviser.

The school recognizes those juniors, sophomores, and freshmen who have achieved at a high level in the classroom, in co-curriculars, and in the area of community service.  This event will takes place in the first quarter of the school year.  See the School Calendar for this year's date.

A part of the Cheverus Athletic complex located on Washington Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Canco Road.

A special schedule for school days with assemblies, such as liturgies, concerts or other presentations.  Classes are shortened and the assembly is held after 2nd period.

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