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2022 Magis Awards

Save the date for our Spring Magis Award Ceremony to be held on March 31, 2022.

We invite all members of the Cheverus community to participate in the nomination process for Cheverus's highest honor.

In order to qualify for a Magis Award, the nominee must be affiliated with Cheverus either as a graduate, a current or former staff member, or a former member of the Board of Trustees. 

There are three ways to submit a nomination:

  1. Nominators can fill out and attach supporting material to this form online.
  2. Nominators can fill out this print-ready form, and email it to
  3. Nominations can be sent by mail by filling out this print-ready form and sending it to: Cheverus, 267 Ocean Ave., Portland, ME 0410 Attn: Elizabeth Woodcock

Nominations are due by Sunday, December 19th


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.

To qualify to receive a Magis Award, nominees must be a current or former Cheverus faculty or staff member, a former board member or an alumnus/alumna.

2020 Magis Award 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