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Xavier Traditions

177 Years, Countless Traditions

As a Son of Xavier, you become an integral part of a storied community of men and women for others. Whether boys walk onto 16th Street for the first or 500th time, they get closer to realizing Pedro Arrupe's vision of the true ideal of Jesuit education.

When he addressed the Tenth International Congress of Jesuit Alumni of Europe in Valencia, Spain, in July 1973, Fr. Arrupe emphasized that Jesuit education is meant to form “men for who live not for themselves, but for God and his completely convinced that love of God which does not issue in justice is a farce." Fifty years later, this concept still rings true for every Son of Xavier, whether it be in his actions, words, or the sacred traditions they celebrate each year.

If Xavier's historic hallways could talk, they would echo with memories fellow Sons made within them in decades past—and they probably wouldn’t sound too different than the stories of the present.

Annual Student Traditions