Sept. 25, 2017 - On Sept. 13, 2017, Mr. Brian Maher was installed as the 7th president of Nativity Preparatory School in Boston. During a Mass of the Holy Spirit held at the school, Fr. John Cecero, SJ, provincial of the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus, officially missioned Mr. Maher to be the director of the work of Nativity Prep.
The Mass of the Holy Spirit was concelebrated by Fr. Joseph Costantino, SJ, pastor of the Jesuit Parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola where Mr. Maher is a parishoner, and Fr. George Witt, SJ, who serves as assistant to the provincial for spiritual ministries for the province.
Focusing his remarks on the students and their families, Mr. Maher said, “I have felt welcomed by your spirit and energy. Here at today’s Mass and in the missioning you have been a part of, we are calling on the Spirit to help guide us in this new year and to be with us as we explore all the possibilities the future may bring.”
Following a rigorous search process that engaged the whole Nativity Prep community, Mr. Maher was chosen as the successor to Fr. John Wronski, SJ, who has been missioned to serve as assistant to the provincial for formation for the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus.
During his tenure at Boston College High School, Mr. Maher served as science teacher, coach, cocurricular advisor, and director of capital planning & technology. In his role as BC High’s vice president for operations, he was a member of the president’s senior leadership team, helping to develop and implement the operational and strategic goals of the school, including the raising of funds for some of the school’s most significant expansion and construction projects. Mr. Maher holds a B.A. in physics from College of the Holy Cross, an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction from Boston College, and an M.S. in engineering from Northeastern University.
Prior to being chosen as Nativity Prep’s president, Mr. Maher was a dedicated member of the school’s board of trustees, serving as chair of the education committee. He and his wife, Kathy, have enjoyed preparing and serving dinner to the students in Nativity’s evening study program. Since his days as a college student at College of the Holy Cross, Mr. Maher has been inspired by the rich tradition of Jesuit education and the spirituality of St. Ignatius Loyola. An active member of St. Ignatius Parish in Chestnut Hill, Mr. Maher has served on the parish pastoral council, the building committee, the ARRUPE Refugee Assistance Program, and the Jamaica Service Project. He has been a mentor for the Jesuit Collaborative’s Contemplative Leaders in Action, a member of the Task Force on Standards and Benchmarks for Jesuit Schools, and a participant in the JSEA Seminars on Ignatian Leadership. Mr. Maher’s experiences of service, prayer, and the Spiritual Exercises have formed the core of his educational vocation, and have prepared him well to further advance Nativity Prep’s Jesuit mission for the greater glory of God.
Nativity Preparatory School is an accredited, tuition-free, Jesuit middle school serving boys of all faiths from low-income families residing in Boston. Staffed by experienced teachers and dedicated volunteers who work closely with the families, the school prepares students for success in high school, college, and beyond. Nativity’s academically challenging and highly structured environment helps students grow in a love for learning and an abiding sense of responsibility to their community. In the Jesuit tradition, the school promotes the intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical growth that inspires boys from Boston to become men for others. For more information on Nativity Prep, please visit www.nativityboston.org.