Who will teach me what is most pleasing to God, that I may do it?
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Emerald At A Glance
Name: Emerald - inspired by the name of Father Ryan's first yearbook in 1927, The Emerald
Saint: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Catholic Social Teaching: Care for Creation
When Father Ryan began as the Nashville Catholic School for Boys, it drew its student body from the proud immigrant population of the city. Since many of those families were Irish Catholics, it wasn’t long before the school was given the nickname “Irish High” by sportswriters and city leaders.
It was the pride in this heritage that prompted the naming of Father Ryan’s first yearbook as The Emerald. Emerald House is named to honor those first families and the foundation they helped lay for the growth of Father Ryan High School.
Emerald implies a sense of value and worth and has the connotation of being precious and rare. Traditionally, emeralds encourage growth, reflection, peace, and balance, all characteristics of the Father Ryan student.