Hockey Coach Jerry York to Speak at Laetare Sunday

Hockey Coach Jerry York to Speak at Laetare Sunday

By Reid Oslin
Staff Writer

The Laetare Sunday Communion Breakfast, an annual rite of the Lenten season at Boston College for the past 51 years, will feature Men's Hockey Head Coach Jerry York '67, '70 MED, '73 CAES at this year's March 10 event in the Carney Dining Room of McElroy Commons.

Men's Hockey Head Coach Jerry York
York, whose BC team won the 2001 NCAA hockey championship, will be the main speaker at the breakfast gathering that follows a 9:30 a.m. Alumni Mass in St. Ignatius Church. University President William P. Leahy, SJ will celebrate the Mass, assisted by priests from the Silver Anniversary Class of 1977 and members of Boston College's Jesuit Community.

Alumni Association Executive Director Grace Cotter Regan '82 says that Boston College's Laetare event, which marks the mid-point of the Lenten liturgical season, is the longest running religious observation at any Catholic college in the nation.

"We hear all the time that our alumni desire more spiritual programs," she said, "and this us one that has become a significant part of Boston College's Jesuit, Catholic tradition."

"'Laetare' is the Latin word meaning 'to rejoice or celebrate,'" she noted, "and this is a great way to 'rejoice' with Jerry York and the wonderful hockey season that BC enjoyed last year.

"I can't think of anyone better to represent Boston College's alumni than Jerry York," Regan said. "In these often trying times in our world, he is a role model for the University as a person and in what he has accomplished."

Regan said she hopes York's appearance will attract younger graduates and their families to the Laetare events. "We need to reach out to our new alumni," she said. "We always draw a good response from the classes from the 1970s and earlier, but we want to get more from the '80s and '90s this year. We really want to make it even more of a family event."

In addition to York's remarks, the breakfast event will include announcement of the slate of candidates for election to the Alumni Association Board.

Tickets for the Laetare Sunday breakfast are available through the Alumni Association at ext.2-4700.


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