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Magis Awards 2020

Magis Awards -- October 1, 2020

September 15, 2020
By Magis Awards
Did you miss the live stream of the Magis Awards?
Click here to view the recording of the ceremony.

This past spring when schools quickly closed and switched to remote learning in response to COVID-19, we were disappointed to have to postpone honoring our 2020 Magis Award recipients. As with many other aspects of our lives, we have had to re-envision how best to move forward with this event as the pandemic continues to impact our daily routines.

In compliance with state mandates, the number of guests we may invite to campus for any event is limited, which means we are unable to host the extended Cheverus community as usual for our Magis Award ceremony. However, we hope you will join us via live stream on the evening of Thursday, October 1st at 7:00pm.

The live stream link will be available on this webpage and our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) the day of the event. 

For this very special occasion, we are collecting notes of congratulations on behalf of the honorees. If you’d like to send a card or letter, please use the address below or click on the biography of the honoree to your right and leave a comment.

Cheverus High School
267 Ocean Ave.
Portland, ME 04103
Attn: Magis Awards for NAME OF HONOREE

2020 Honorees


James A. Banks, Sr.*

Class of 1957
Former Alumni Council President

Rev. Robert D. Farrell, S.J.

Cheverus Educator, 1975-1990

Maryellen Fitzpatrick

Parent '07, '08, '10, '13
Fundraising Events Coordinator 2009-2013
Assistant to Campus Ministry, 2013 - Present

Michael S. Komich

Sr. Vice President of Finance & Operations, 1990-Present
Parent '05, '07

John S. Marr, Jr.

Class of 1979
Parent '06
Former Trustee
*in memoriam
Click on the names on the right for more info. 

For those who have received a formal invitation, please RSVP by phone or email to Kelly Gendron, Director of Special Events & Corporate Relations, 207.774.6238 ext 113 or

Previous Magis Award Winners

About the Magis Award


Cheverus High School stands for much more than academic achievement, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Cheverus follows the Jesuit tradition which calls for the pursuit of excellence for the purpose of more fully becoming a “person for and with others.” When Jesuits and those familiar with Ignatian tradition identify this pursuit of excellence, they use the word magis, a Latin word meaning “more.” The choice of this word exemplifies the Ignatian ideal that one can always do more to serve others and God.

Every other year, Cheverus recognizes those in its community who live according to the imperative represented by the word magis. The Magis Award honors those who have achieved excellence as “people for and with others.” Award winners may be priests, teachers, volunteers with the sick or poor or might have spent their entire lives with the needy in a foreign country. They might be counselors, nurses, or doctors, or they might also be business owners who recognize the dignity of their employees, lawyers who defend the powerless, or philanthropists who give their fortunes to the needy and helpless. Regardless of what careers they have chosen, their lives must demonstrate that they have acted as “people for and with others” at the highest level.

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