March 3, 2005 • Volume 13 Number 12


Cardinal McCarrick gives Canisius Lecture tonight

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, DC, will present the first Canisius Lecture tonight at 6 p.m. in Devlin 008. Cardinal McCarrick's lecture, titled "The Call to Serve in a Divided Society," is sponsored by the Jesuit Institute and is free and open to the public.

Laetare Sunday celebration March 6

The Alumni Association's annual Laetare Sunday celebration will take place March 6, with a 2 p.m. Mass at St. Ignatius Church. A reception will follow.

For more information, call ext.2-4700 or e-mail

Hard to Forget author Pierce to give lecture

Boston Sunday Globe Magazine staff writer Charles P. Pierce will discuss his critically acclaimed book Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer's Story, on Monday, March 14, at 4 p.m. in Cushing 001.

A former sports columnist for the Boston Herald, Pierce also has published his work in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune and Boston Phoenix, among others, and is a writer-at-large for Esquire magazine.

Hard to Forget chronicles Pierce's efforts to learn about Alzheimer's Disease after his father was diagnosed with it. Pierce looks at the personal and familial, as well as scientific, aspects of Alzheimer's, which killed not only his father but his three uncles as well.

Pierce's lecture, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored as part of the conference "Aging, Genetic Techåånology, and the Future" being sponsored by Boston College March 14 and 15. [For more on the conference, see "Around Campus".]

Boisi Center events spotlight student spirituality, Dead Man Walking author

The Boisi Center for Religion and Public Life in America this month will sponsor a talk by a Boston College Jesuit who is studying BC students' spiritual practices, and an appearance by Sister Helen Prejean, author of the book Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States.

On March 15, the center will host "Good and Faithful Service: Findings from the Boston College Survey of Undergraduate Experience and Implications for Religious Mission of Catholic Universities," with Rev. James Fleming, SJ, assistant for program evaluation in the Office of University Mission and Ministry.

Fr. Fleming will discuss his survey of the BC Class of 2005 about the extent of their learning experiences and activities at BC, whether in a classroom or residence hall, at a spiritual retreat or service trip, or in everyday interactions with fellow students. Among his findings were that an average of 77 Masses per week take place on the BC campus.

Fr. Fleming's talk will be at 7 p.m. in the center, located at 24 Quincy Road.

The following night at 7 p.m. in Robsham Theater, Sister Prejean will be the featured speaker at the center's fourth annual Prophetic Voices of the Church Lecture. Sister Prejean began her prison ministry in 1981 when she dedicated her life to the poor of New Orleans. During this time, she became the spiritual advisor of death row inmate Patrick Sonnier, and was able to observe the Louisiana execution process. She related her experiences in Dead Man Walking, which later served as the basis for the popular movie of the same name.

She continues to advocate against the death penalty and as founder of "Survive," a victim's advocacy group in New Orleans, counsels not only inmates on death row but the families of murder victims as well.

For information on the Boisi Center and its activities, call ext.2-1860 or see

Nursing colloquium to examine racial health disparities

On March 15, the Connell School of Nursing PhD Colloquium will present a talk by Suzette Oyeku, MD, and Coretta Jenerette titled "Racial Health Disparities: A Threat to the Health of our Nation," at 5 p.m. in the Shea Room of Conte Forum

Dr. Oyeku, a fellow in the Harvard Pediatric Health Services Research Fellowship Program at Children's Hospital Boston, and Coretta Jenerette, project director for the Yale-Howard Partnership Center on Health Disparities, will discuss the high mortality rates for most leading causes of death among blacks and other minority groups, and the imperative for nursing research to generate new knowledge to help eliminate racial health disparities.

For more information, call ext.2-8862 or e-mail

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