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Over 90% of our graduates complete high school within four years, in a city with an on-time high school graduation rate that hovers around 65%.

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J., a True “Man for Others,” Celebrates 50 Years Ordained.

Rev. Neil Ver’Schneider, S.J. has served at the Gesu parish and Gesu School since 1989 as Assistant Pastor, Chaplain, and Assistant Principal. On June 9, 2016, Fr. Neil commemorated his 50th Jubilee of ordination. Gesu School students, staff, and board members joined together for a joyful mass in The Church of the Gesu followed by a special tribute planned by students and faculty.

On what he treasures most about his ministry at Gesu, Fr. Neil states, “Seeing the students grow, become more responsible, try new things, not give up amidst challenges, and become more thoughtful and caring as they go through Gesu, high school, and beyond. The generosity and dedication of faculty and staff who make Gesu work are daily gifts.”

Celebrating the 50th Jubilee mass with Fr. Neil (second from left), are (from the left) Msgr. Federico Britto, Pastor of St. Cyprian Catholic Church; Rev. Richard McCouch, S.J., Provincial Assistant for Secondary/Pre-Secondary Education and Superior of Arrupe House Jesuit Community; Rev. Stephen Surovick, S.J., Chaplain, Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School; Rev. Stephen D. Thorne, Pastor of St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church and Gesu School Board Member; Rev. George W. Bur, S.J., Superior of the Jesuit Center at Wernersville, PA, Gesu School Board Member, and former President of Gesu School. Also pictured are Gesu School 8th grade altar servers.

Fr. Neil offers a blessing over the Gesu School community at his 50th Jubilee of ordination.

Gesu School students in grades 1-8 created cards expressing their gratitude and planned a tribute of song, dance, poetry, and prayer for Fr. Neil to celebrate his 50th Jubilee year of ordination and his 27 years at Gesu.

Gesu School students in grades 1, 3, and 4 thank Fr. Neil for his service and dedication.

Gesu School’s 3rd grade girls sing “This Little Light of Mine” at the tribute for Fr. Neil.

Read an article about Fr. Neil on the Jesuit Schools Network: “Chaplain and Assistant Principal of Gesu School Celebrates 50 Years Ordained.”