Muslim student calls Xaverian ‘home away from home’
Mohammad Farraj '16 reflects on the welcoming atmosphere he experienced at Xaverian
Xaverian High School is a Catholic educational institution, but a student doesn’t have to be Catholic to enroll there.
The school, located at 7100 Shore Road in Bay Ridge, offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere to students of all faiths, according to a young scholar who graduated on June 4.
Mohammad Farraj, a Muslim, reflected on his years at Xaverian High School during a mass and reception held at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Sunset Park the night before graduation.
“You see, it really doesn’t matter, and never will matter, how someone may think of himself as isolated from others. Regardless of race, religion or ethnicity, at Xaverian, you are accepted. It’s the home away from home that never has a closed door; for every person who enters, who walks through the same blue hallways as a freshman and gradually leaves through the brown halls as a senior, they’re family forever," Farraj said.
Farraj, who received the President’s Award, one of Xaverian High School’s highest honors, at the school’s June 4 graduation ceremony, will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall.