Frs. Leahy, Appleyard Lead Prayer Service at Cellucci Inauguration

(1-7-99) -- Gov. Paul Cellucci '70, JD '73, began his new administration Thursday with a morning service at St. Ignatius Church led by University President William P. Leahy, SJ.

Vice President for Mission and Ministry Joseph A. Appleyard, SJ, served as master of ceremonies at the interfaith service, at which Christian and Jewish clergy and some 500 people joined Cellucci and Lt. Gov. Jane Swift and their families.

"This is a time for prayer, a time for us to reflect upon what we are to do this day," Fr. Leahy said in welcoming remarks, adding it was "fitting" that inauguration ceremonies began in the spacious church next to the Boston College campus.

The congregation was urged by Fr. Leahy to go forth with "a sense of joy, a sense of hope, a sense of faith.

"We ask that each of us, in our own way, can use our talents effectively to make the world a better place," Fr. Leahy said in his benediction.

Cellucci pledged an administration of tolerance and compassion. "As governor, my administration will be compassionate," he said. "We will be tolerant and with the help of all the people who live in our state, we will work hard to create opportunity and build a better commonwealth."

Boston College Musician-in-Residence Laetitia Blain and Michael Burgo, a part-time faculty member in the Music Department and the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, participated in the service's music program.

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