Dear Jesuit Alumni and Parents of Alumni,
As many of you have read or heard, a media story today discussed what can only be described as deplorable actions by school employees decades ago. My heart is broken for any victims of abuse. Sexual abuse is disgusting, and we reiterate our apology for the hurt and sadness inflicted on any victim in our community.
This afternoon I addressed our faculty, praying for the healing of victims of sexual abuse. A great source of encouragement has been looking out on the faces of today’s faculty members, knowing that we have an amazing team committed to Catholic education and protecting the young men entrusted to us.
It is important that you know the steps we take to ensure the safety of our students. Every employee goes through two independent criminal background checks, state and federal. Additionally, we go through safe environment training through the Archdiocese of New Orleans. The Jesuits in residence go through these same checks, in addition to annual training through the Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus.
I assure you, we are all committed to the safety of everyone on campus. School personnel are all mandatory reporters. Any credible allegation of sexual abuse against someone who is a minor will be immediately reported to law enforcement. I stressed to parents and faculty today that they are the front line in recognizing harmful situations and should report inappropriate behavior immediately.
From day one I have been committed to making this the safest possible environment. We take seriously all claims of abuse and will continue to work toward healing and reconciliation for anyone in our community. We must come together as a community to heal.
When this news came to light, I received a phone call from a friend asking me if I regretted taking this assignment. My answer will always be, from the bottom of my heart, I have no regrets in coming to Jesuit High School. I love this place. Today Jesuit continues to make a difference in the lives of our students, in the New Orleans community, and in our world. I am as committed today as I was on day one to the mission of Jesuit High School. Please join us in prayer for anyone impacted by abuse.
Fr. Christopher Fronk, S.J.
President of Jesuit High School