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The Jesuits

What makes a high school Jesuit?

Verbum Dei Jesuit High School is different. As a Jesuit school, we focus not only on academic excellence but even more so on care for the whole person – mind, body and soul. From the classroom to the fields and from the chapel to the local community, a Jesuit high school is called to form students into intellectually competent, loving, Spirit-filled people who are committed to serving their communities and to doing justice. 

Verbum Dei Jesuit is rooted in the Jesuit tradition of education established nearly 500 years ago by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). We are part of a network of nearly 60 Jesuit high schools and 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. As a Jesuit school, we encourage students to be guided by principles of ethical living, service to others, the search for truth, and a passion for justice.

Who are the Jesuits?

The Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, are a 500-year-old group of Catholic priests and brothers who were founded by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Their spirituality takes seriously God’s ability to speak to the individual in his or her heart. Because they seek to find God in all things, they have a long-standing commitment to education, specifically the education of the whole person across all dimensions including the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Jesuits are known for giving the Spiritual Exercises, direction, and discernment. 

The Jesuit Apostolates of the United States are divided up into provinces governed by a provincial. Verbum Dei Jesuit is a part of the Jesuits West Province that includes Jesuit communities from Alaska to Hawaii to Montana to California. The large province provides opportunities for all these communities and apostolates to work together.

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Jesuit Vocabulary

Men for Others

Being grateful, sharing gifts, pursuing justice, and having preferential concern for the poor and marginalized.

Cura Personalis 

“Care for the whole person.” Respecting each person as a child of God - mind, body and soul - and all of God’s creation.


Literally translated “the more.” This is the challenge to strive for excellence in everything one does.

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (AMDG)

“For the Greater Glory of God.”

Jesuits at Verbum Dei Jesuit

Rev. Roger De La Rosa S.J.


Rev. Geoffrey Dillon S.J.


Rev. John Fuller S.J.


James Millikan S.J.


Rev. Travis Russell S.J.

Titles: President