St. Francis Xavier

ST. FRANCIS XAVIER EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS LEAD A “WALK WITH” IN HONOR OF PARKLAND HIGH SCHOOL

On March 14 while other schools nationwide participated in a “walkout”, St. Francis Xavier eighth-grade students choose to “walk with.” March 14 was the one month anniversary of the Parkland shootings. Students throughout the nation organized events to commemorate the day. St. Francis seventh and eight grade students, under the leadership of eighth grade students Tazmin Smith and Kate Brink, …

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Eight St. Francis Xavier Students are the Recipients of the Christian Service Award

As a Catholic Jesuit School, St. Francis Xavier challenges students to embark on a lifelong journey of discovery of their God-given gifts and to share these gifts in service to God. We have an extraordinary group of students who have been recognized by the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). CCF recognizes eighth grade students from throughout the Diocese who display a …

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Brighten and Clyde Give Back to the Community

Brighten Stevens is in the fifth grade at St. Francis Xavier School. Her birthday is on November 17, which is close to the holidays. Her grandparents, aunts and uncles and family friends had been asking her for a birthday list. She really did not have anything on her list that she really needed or wanted this year. Her family ended …

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Tearing Down Walls and Building Bridges

Father Scott Santarosa, SJ, Jesuits West Provincial, invited the Jesuit Ministries in Arizona to create an advocacy plan of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the DACA/DREAMers program. In the collaboration effort , Brophy, St. Francis Xavier School, St Francis Xavier Parish, and Kino Border Initiative created a plan for action and prayer. A call in to our Senators …

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Two St. Francis Xavier Students win the AZ Rosary Poster Contest

  The Arizona Rosary Celebration is in it 42nd year in the Phoenix Diocese. In an effort to continue the education of children about the Rosary Celebration, the Diocese of Phoenix has asked students in Kindergarten – eighth grade to participate in the annual contest. This year the theme was My Family Praying before Our Lady of Fatima. St. Francis …

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Seventh Grader, Thomas, Gets Accepted Into The University of Notre Dame Ignite Connection Program

Thomas is a seventh grade straight-A student at St. Francis Xavier. He was accepted into a new program by the University of Notre Dame. The program is called the University of Notre Dame Ignite Connection Program. He also is on an elite Lacrosse Travel team that took him across the country this summer playing Lacrosse. Q. Can you tell us …

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Saint Francis Xavier Eighth Grader Accumulates Over 200 Hours of Community Service

Katelyn Cowan is an eighth grade student at St. Francis Xavier. She devotes much of her time to volunteering and fundraising for Alzheimer’s research and awareness, a disease her grandfather passed away from. Since beginning her volunteer journey just two years ago, Katelyn has logged over 200 hours of service. Starting a mother/ daughter team, Katelyn and her mother Kim …

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Saint Francis Xavier Eighth Grader Talks Competitive Horseback Riding

Ella is a competitive horseback rider. She rides as part of the Scottsdale Equestrian Team for the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) and is looking forward to many more years of riding! Last year, Ella competed for the first time as a middle school student and made it all the way to Nationals with her teammates, which was quite a thrilling …

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Saint Franics Xavier Student, Gracie, Talks Competitive Swim

Gracie is an athletic child; she plays volleyball for St. Francis Xavier School and has a deep love of the camaraderie of team sports. She spends most of her free time flipping on her trampoline in the backyard. If she is not jumping on the trampoline she’s at the pool practicing or competing with Phoenix Swim Club. She has a …

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Saint Francis Xavier Student, Sean, Preps for The World Cubing Association

In Sean’s spare time, he has taught himself to solve the Rubik’s cube. His best time is 15.15 seconds. He has over 15 cubes in his collection, including the standard 3×3, a 5×5 and the Pyraminx. Q. You are a self-taught Rubik’s Cube enthusiast tell us more about that? A. Well, I started by seeing someone at my summer camp …

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