Dear Friends of Xavier and America Media,
Greetings from the island of Weno, in the Chuuk Islands, in the Federated States of Micronesia.
This #GivingTuesday, America Media and Xavier High School of Micronesia are partnering to help provide a Jesuit education for this generation of Micronesians.
Xavier is a Catholic, Jesuit high school enrolling approximately 180 students in grades nine through twelve. The school has been operated by the Society of Jesus since 1952 and remains the only Jesuit school in the region—an area that covers three million square miles of ocean and countless Pacific Island languages and cultures.
Xavier draws students mainly from the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau. These are some of the most remote nations in the world, and parts of them are extremely poor. According to the World Bank, close to 40 percent of people in the Federated States of Micronesia live below the global poverty line.
Our school motto, taken from the Gospel of John, is Ut Omnes Unum Sint: “That all may be one.” It’s an appropriate slogan for a place with so much diversity. This year, we’re asking you to be part of the rich tradition here in what is still “mission territory.”
Xavier High School of Micronesia may be in a distant corner of the world, but it is a shining light; a beacon of hope.
With your support on #GivingTuesday, America Media will be able to keep bringing you great content in print, on the web and in podcasts and video, telling the stories that matter most, while Xavier High School of Micronesia will be better suited to continue its mission to educate her students to become competent, conscientious and compassionate leaders whose lives are guided by the Christian call of service.
And through the generosity of one of Xavier’s benefactors already, the first $1500 we raise on #GivingTuesday will be matched!
So, a gift of any size will have double the impact!
To make your gift (at any point now through Tuesday, November 27!), please visit www.americamedia.org/givingtuesday. And if you can, encourage your friends and family to do the same, either on Facebook, email or in your day-to-day conversations.
Together, let’s help America Media and Xavier High School break the cycle of poverty through Jesuit education.
Thank you for your generosity this #GivingTuesday!
Rev. Dennis M. Baker, S.J.
Xavier High School of Micronesia