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The Next Class
Kent Hickey

I have not been doing much writing over these past months – have had a few things going on at school! I hope to get back into it again when things return to something closer to normal. I am sharing with you an interview I did for a podcast, “The Next Class.”

The discussion delves into several topics: characteristics of Jesuit education, CRT, navigating divisions, spiritual humanism, Prep’s performance during the pandemic, healthy escapism, the 4th R....

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Making Room
Kent Hickey

“But you are trying to kill me, because my word has no room among you.” John 8:37

We enter Holy Week amidst another onslaught of racist acts, this time against the Asian American community. Anti-Asian hate crimes have grown by 149% in the US and 33% in the Seattle area over the past year. While this increase has certainly been fueled by recent incendiary comments, the trend is part of a much longer history.

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Ignorance and Want
Kent Hickey

Let’s harken back to Christmas, and a disturbing scene from A Christmas Carol. Scrooge sees claws at the bottom of the Spirit’s robe and, when it is opened to him, two children emerge: “They were a boy and a girl. Yellow, meagre, ragged, scowling, wolfish…’Spirit, are they yours?’ Scrooge could say no more. ‘They are Man’s,’ said the Spirit, looking down upon them. ‘And they cling to me, appealing from their fathers. This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is Doom…”

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Listen
Kent Hickey

This was the first summer in many summers that I didn’t travel to Appomattox Court House, the National Park in southwestern Virginia where I volunteer as a living historian.

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40
Kent Hickey

“Remember how for forty years now the Lord, your God, has directed all your journeying in the desert…” Deuteronomy 8:2

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My 40th High School Reunion
Kent Hickey

I did something this summer that I’d never done before – attend a reunion at my old high school, Hackett Catholic in Kalamazoo, Michigan. I hadn’t seen most of my classmates for 40 years, so I was very excited. I was also very nervous – afraid I’d forget someone’s name or not recall a memory that I really should have remembered.

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We Are What We Do
Kent Hickey


A few months ago, someone hit the rear of my parked car. Fortunately, he left a note. Then, a couple weeks later, the front of my parked car was hit. Fortunate again, she too had left a note.

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Disordered Treasure
Kent Hickey

“For where your treasure is, so also will your heart be.” Mt. 6:21

I’ve always enjoyed writing. While I find it frustrating at times, it’s mostly a simple, honest pleasure for me.   

That was my experience when I was writing my book of reflections, Finding Your Posts. I know it’s not deep, transformative literature.

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I See Dead People
Kent Hickey


One of the strange and beautiful things about being Catholic is connecting to the dead. All Saints’ Day. All Souls’ Day. November is even set aside as “Pray for the Dead” month. It’s probably strange for those on the outside looking in. But, to Catholics it makes a lot of sense.

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Am I My Brother's Keeper?
Kent Hickey

Am I my brother’s keeper? Gen. 4:9 

It ended up being one of the most important questions ever asked, but it sure didn’t start out that way.  

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The Grad Who Will Save the World (someday)
Kent Hickey

Did you ever hear of the man who saved the world?

His name was Stanislav Petrov, and he was a Colonel in the Soviet Union Air Defense Forces. He was at his computer late at night on September 26, 1983 when the “Launch” signal came on his screen. A Soviet satellite had mistakenly signaled that the United States had launched 5 nuclear missiles at Moscow. Petrov’s sworn duty required that he initiate a nuclear attack against the United States in retaliation. Petrov, however, did not initiate that attack; we know that because we are all here tonight celebrating your graduation.

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The Fourth R
Kent Hickey

While this doesn’t help my reputation much, I’m going to admit that I’m a big Deadpool fan. And, even worse for my credibility, the story line in Deadpool 2 has actually got me thinking quite a bit. It bills itself as the family movie you can’t bring your kids to. That “can’t bring your kids” part sure is true – and maybe throw in the elderly, those with weak stomachs, and anyone who is sensitive in any way.   

But I think that in an odd way Deadpool 2 really is a family film, mostly because it speaks to how much we should care for our most vulnerable young people. 

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A Baptism of Sorts
Kent Hickey

It was 25 years ago, and I was seated in a stall of the 4th floor restroom at Marquette High. I heard a sound and looked up, just as a bucket of water was dumped on my head.

I rushed out of the restroom and caught the bucket-dumper in the hallway. (I was agile and quick back then.) I grabbed him by the shirt and shoved him up against the wall, screaming “What the hell were you doing!” into his face. Then I sent him to see the Dean of Men, a chain smoking Jesuit who would exact punishment.

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The Accountability Gap
Kent Hickey

The Seattle Times recently reported on yet another financial settlement for a victim of clergy abuse. The pedophile this time was Edward Courtney. Like most pedophiles, Courtney was transferred from school to school, preying upon children at each stop. When Courtney finally left Catholic schools in 1980, he went on to abuse children at public schools in Tacoma. Archdiocesan personnel never notified anyone about this serial abuser, so, like all serial abusers, he just kept doing it. 

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