Neighborhood Center, U.G.B.C. Plan Event to Honor Fr. Monan

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

Over 200 members of the University community are expected to gather on Saturday, April 20 at the Boston College Neighborhood Center to pay tribute to University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, and his commitment to the local community by taking part in a day of volunteer service.

The center runs three days of service each year, according to Neighborhood Center Assistant Director Timothy Burke, but dedicated this one to Fr. Monan at the request of undergraduate students, who wanted to express their gratitude to Fr. Monan for his accomplishments during his 24-year presidency. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to participate.

"We want to physically carry out what Fr. Monan has done for us spiritually as a university," said Stephen Sobhi '98, Undergraduate Government of Boston College liaison to the Neighborhood Center. "He exemplifies the Ignatian idea of 'people in service for others,' which we hope to continue through our service in the community."

The day will begin at the Congregational Church of Brighton - located across Washington Street from the Neighborhood Center - with a welcome from Senior Vice President James P. McIntyre. Volunteers will spend the day at various sites in the Allston-Brighton area, including the YMCA, the West End Boys and Girls Club, Rogers and McKinley parks, the Allston/Brighton Board of Trade and the District 14 Boston Police Department.

Participants will paint, clean up parks and grounds, plant flowers, take down posters from public areas and help prepare the Brighton Central Little League Field for opening day. In addition, they will perform yard work and other tasks for local elderly residents. The day of service will conclude at 3 p.m.

For further information, or to sign up for the day of service, contact the Neighborhood Center at ext. 0445.

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