St. Francis Xavier Award Recipient

Brother James M. Kelly, C.F.X., Honorary '01

2011 Award Recipient 

Brother James M. Kelly, C.F.X.  is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Mount Saint Joseph High School in Baltimore, Maryland, the second oldest Xaverian Brothers school in the nation, founded in 1876.  A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Brother Kelly has been a Xaverian Brother for forty-five years.  He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Latin and Greek from The Catholic University of America (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa), a Master’s degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University and a Master’s in counseling from Saint Joseph College.  He began his teaching career at Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, and served for seventeen years at Xavier High School in Middletown, Connecticut.  From 1982 until 1991, he was the principal of Xavier High School.  After a brief assignment as Director of Development for the Xaverian Brothers, he became the President of Saint Xavier High School, in Louisville, Kentucky, in June of 1993 and served in that position until he came to Mount Saint Joseph in July of 2001. He serves on the Board of Directors of Malden Catholic High School  in Malden Massachusetts and Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore.

An ardent student of Xaverian history and tradition, Brother James brings both the Xaverian tradition and a keen understanding of modern life to his role as president.  His columns in the school’s monthly newsletters have dispensed counsel, practical advice, humor and hope to legions of exasperated parents who are struggling through the vicissitudes of raising teenage boys.  The best of those columns have been collected and published in his first book, Respecting the Man the Boy will Become, the title of which is based on the Xaverian philosophy of education. He has recently published a second volume entitled Building Men Who Matter.  It is in this spirit that Brother Kelly’s writings are penned, capturing the Xaverian love and respect of the process of turning boys into bright, responsible, and caring men.