Students Seek Truth, Beauty, and Justice at New York Encounter 2019

Mid-February, 19 SJCS students and 4 parents travelled to New York City with Mr. and Mrs. Lewis, their 2-month old baby, and Ms. Houmis to participate in the New York Encounter. The New York Encounter is an annual three-day public cultural event in the heart of New York City, offering opportunities for education, dialogue, and friendship. According to St. Paul’s suggestion to “test everything and retain what is good” the Encounter aims to discover, affirm, and offer to everyone truly human expressions of the desire for truth, beauty, and justice. The encounter took place at the Metropolitan Pavilion on 18th and 6th in Manhattan, and was comprised of a weekend of speakers and exhibits exploring a theme from the Italian poet Cesare Pavese: “Has anyone promised us anything? Than why do we expect something?

In between speakers and exhibits, the group visited some of the sights of NYC, including Ground Zero, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, Chinatown, Little Italy, and Times Square. One of the most interesting parts of the weekend was the chance to meet other high school kids from around the country who, as one of the St. Joe’s seniors put it, “do what we do at Wednesday night campus ministry.” Thank you to all those who made this trip possible for our students!