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Jesuit Father Kenneth J. Boller has been named the 27th president of Saint Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J. Fr. Boller, who is currently completing a nine-year tenure as president of Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx, will begin his term at Saint Peter’s Prep on July 1, succeeding Jesuit Father Robert E. Reiser, who has held the post since 2006.
Fr. Boller entered the Society of Jesus in 1964 and has committed most of his five decades as a Jesuit to education. He taught mathematics at Xavier High School in Manhattan from 1969 to 1972. Next he served as principal of Canisius High School in Buffalo, and then returned to Xavier in 1986, serving as headmaster and then president until 1997. After seven years as pastor of Saint Aloysius Church in Harlem, Fr. Boller was appointed president of Fordham Prep in 2004.
“I’m honored to be selected by the board to succeed Fr. Reiser,” said Fr. Boller. “I’ve followed with great interest the progress Saint Peter’s has made in recent years and look forward to working with the board and the loyal supporters of the Prep to make the plans and dreams a reality.”
Philip F. McGovern, Jr., the chairman of Saint Peter’s Board of Trustees, wrote the school community that, “Fr. Boller is a personable and pastoral Jesuit who will serve the Prep community well. We are fortunate to welcome him in furtherance of the great Prep tradition that was begun more than 140 years ago.” [Saint Peter’s Prep]
Father Alexander Santora, the current pastor of The Church of Our Lady of Grace & St. Joseph in Hoboken, recently featured Jesuit Father Gerald Blaszczak in his weekly column for The Jersey Journal. Fr. Santora, an alum of St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, didn’t know Fr. Blaszczak while they were high school students at Prep, as they only shared the school’s halls for one year. Following graduation, Blaszcsak entered the Society of Jesus.
As a freshman at St. Peter’s Prep in 1966, I was in awe of the seniors who were outstanding athletes, student leaders and academic stars.
Gerald Blaszczak was among the latter and, unfortunately, I never met him personally. He entered the Society of Jesus after graduation in 1967 and through the years I used to hear about his appointment as vice president of Fordham University or pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Manhattan, their flagship parish.
Those are just two of the many appointments of a gifted scholar, linguist, missionary, administrator and priest, tapped last year by the relatively new General Superior of the Jesuits, the Rev. Adolfo Nicolas, to become his Secretary for the Promotion of the Faith, a newly created position.
Since last fall, Blaszczak has resided in Rome with some 50 other Jesuits from around the world and answers only to Nicolas, who reshaped his curia, or advisers, and handpicked Blaszczak. “I heard rumblings last April and then received a letter from the General,” said Blaszczak, who was not seeking the position but admitted, “It’s not in our Jesuit DNA to say no.”