Commencement Speaker Announcement: James Morton, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston to Address SJP Students
Commencement Speaker Announcement: James Morton, President and CEO, YMCA of Greater Boston to Address SJP Students

James Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, will deliver the commencement address to Saint Joseph Prep Boston's Class of 2022 on June 2, 2022. SJP's baccalaureate mass and commencement will take place at St. Columbkille Church in Brighton, MA, and will be available to view via live streaming.

Mr. Morton has been an advocate and influencer of positive change in Boston and beyond through his work with the Greater Boston YMCA, which is America's first YMCA and one of the largest private social services providers in Massachusetts, offering programs and services that nurture the potential of every child and teen, supporting healthy living and well-being, and promoting social responsibility.

His impact on the community has not gone unrecognized. In 2022, Mr. Morton was honored with the Idealist Award by Social Capital Inc. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in Boston by Boston Magazine in 2021 for his work providing remote learning support and feeding millions of children during the pandemic. He was also recognized as one of Boston's Power 50 in 2020 by the Boston Business Journal for his leadership during the COVID-19 health crisis.

The work of Mr. Morton and the YMCA of Greater Boston closely aligns with the mission of SJP and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston (CSJ). As a former educator in Springfield, MA Public Schools, Mr. Morton has a deep personal and professional connection to education. He was the keynote speaker for Founders' Day at Regis College, a fellow CSJ sponsored ministry. His moving remarks not only highlighted the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph but also explored how key relationships helped him overcome challenges he faced growing up.

Mr. Morton visited SJP on May 3rd in preparation for his commencement address. He visited classrooms and observed some Chapel Speeches, chatted with classroom teachers and administrators, engaged with our Robotics team, and participated in a roundtable discussion with a group of graduating seniors, some of whom are embarking on a month of service at Greater Boston YMCA branches for their Senior Service Projects. SJP's Senior Service Project is an initiative through which all 12th graders spend the month before graduating doing community service at a nonprofit of their choice. SJP students will volunteer at the Oak Square,  Roxbury, Waltham, and West Roxbury YMCA branches through this initiative.

Mr. Morton serves on numerous boards and committees. He is on the board of the Lynch Foundation and Rockland Trust Board of Directors. He is also on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Boston After School and Beyond, My Brother's Keeper Advisory Board, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Community Advisory Board, among many others. 

Mr. Morton earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, a Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law, and an Honorary Doctorate from Salem State University. 

The Saint Joseph Prep Boston community is honored to welcome James Morton as the 2022 commencement speaker. Live streaming information will be shared closer to June 2nd. 

 

James Morton learns about Saint Joseph Prep Boston's robotics team and STEAM program from SJP student Kristen Coleman '22 and STEAM Director Nia Gipson.

Members of Saint Joseph Prep Boston's Class of 2022 share their experiences with James Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, in a roundtable discussion. 

James Morton, President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Boston, meets with Saint Joseph Prep Boston seniors embarking on their Senior Service Projects, some of whom will be volunteering at YMCA branches throughout Greater Boston. 

 

Jaeden Greenleaf, Cape Cod Academy scoring sensation, shut down by St Joseph's Prep boys

Not many teams have been able to slow down Cape Cod Academy’s Jaeden Greenleaf this year. But Saint Joseph’s Prep did just that Tuesday night,

Below is a news article written by Mike Puzzanghera, featured in The Boston Globe.

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Jaeden Greenleaf, Cape Cod Academy scoring sensation, shut down by St Joseph’s Prep boys
By Mike Puzzanghera Globe Correspondent

Not many teams have been able to slow down Cape Cod Academy’s Jaeden Greenleaf this year. But Saint Joseph’s Prep did just that Tuesday night, as the sixth-seeded Phoenix limited the senior’s impact and used a third-quarter surge and a blistering transition game to push past the No. 11 Seahawks, 71-55, in the Division 4 boys’ basketball Round of 16.

Junior Kendric Davila-Diaz led all scorers with 23 for the Phoenix, but it was sophomore Ethan Robertson who stole the show. The 6-foot-4-inch forward torched the Seahawks inside for 19 points and 8 rebounds, showing off his quick first step on drives all night long.


“He’s a matchup nightmare for any team at this level,” Saint Joseph Prep coach Kyle Callanan said of Robertson. “He’s just a beast.”

The Phoenix led by seven at the half, then flew out of the locker room to open the third quarter. They held Greenleaf scoreless in the frame and frustrated the Seahawks, allowing Ethan Robertson, Diaz, and sophomore Nate Robertson to bolt up the floor in transition. They pushed their lead to 15 after 30 minutes and never looked back.


Greenleaf ended the night with 17 points and finished his career with 2,329, the Cape’s all-time record for boys’ and girls’ basketball. He was held to just 10 through three quarters as the Phoenix kept a man locked on him every possession and frequently brought double teams to swarm Greenleaf outside the arc.

“We really focused all week on the defensive end,” Callanan said. “I knew [Greenleaf] was a 2,000-point scorer, we knew he’s a really good player, but it comes down to energy, and that’s the difference.”

Sophomore Kelvin Danforth led the Seahawks with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

The Phoenix will play the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between No. 3 Burke and No. 14 Georgetown in the quarterfinals.


“It’s an awesome feeling, we’ve never had a playoff win up until this year,” Callanan said. “We’re very excited.”