weightlifting

Young Jesuits embody missionary zeal at SLUH, De Smet

Chris Farrell, SJ, a teacher at De Smet Jesuit supervises weightlifting after school and teaches the boys hows to train and use proper form.

While the Society of Jesus celebrates 200 years of education at St. Louis University High School, two of the order's best and brightest are at SLUH and De Smet Jesuit High School serving as teachers, mentors and role models.

And regular guys, too.

At De Smet, Chris Farrell, SJ, 30, teaches English and supervises the weight room as the school's resident power lifter. Farrell, who is in formation to be a priest, works with athletes using the weight room to build body mass, agility and strength, or students just working out.

Weightlifting club at St. Pius High is uplifting for athletes

Sophomore Luke Comparato is among participants of the St. Pius X weightlifting club. At a competition this winter in Perryville, he “maxed out” at 550 pounds in the back squat. As he trains for competition, he fights through the pain by thinking of Jesus during His crucifixion and imagines how little his own pain actually is.

The expression "pulling one's weight" applies at St. Pius X High School in Festus where students excel in the classroom, in athletics and in the community.

But it has a different meaning in the weight room where a weightlifting club is thriving, enhanced by participation in two competitions each year.

Sophomore Luke Comparato is among those pulling more than his weight. At a competition this winter in Perryville, he "maxed out" at 550 pounds in the back squat.

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