The 16-member Committee for the Inauguration of William P. Leahy, SJ, will oversee planning, publicity and operational phases for the two-day event, which is scheduled for Oct. 17 and 18. The inauguration will include the University's annual Mass of the Holy Spirit and culminate in a formal ceremony at Conte Forum attended by the University community and invited dignitaries and guests.
"This will be a major undertaking, much like Commencement," said Fr. Duffy. "It is an opportunity for the University to gather as a community and share in a very important event."
The general theme of the inauguration will be "Building A New Jerusalem," committee members said. The phrase is intended to evoke the union of human culture and religion, a central tenet of the Jesuit tradition. It also dovetails with the Boston College Museum of Art exhibition beginning Oct. 8, titled "J.M.W. Turner and the Romantic Vision of the Holy Land and the Bible," which along with other campus events will commemorate the 3,000th anniversary of Jerusalem.
University Secretary Joseph Duffy, SJ.
Beginning with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, the first day's highlights will include an academic symposium exploring the "Jerusalem" theme in greater detail, and an evening musical program featuring several University and student performing groups.
The ceremony will begin in the early afternoon of the next day, Oct. 18. Following the processional, invocation and welcome, a series of speakers - representing the general academic community, the Society of Jesus, the Catholic Church, and the federal, state and local governments - will offer greetings to Fr. Leahy. Presenters also will include representatives from the Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, the student body, alumni and parents.
Fr. Leahy will make his inaugural speech after receiving the University medallion and charter. A reception will follow immediately and an inaugural ball will be held that evening at the Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston.
This will be the second formal inauguration in the University's history, Fr. Duffy noted: Seavey Joyce, SJ, who began his administration in 1968, was the first to be formally invested as president.
Inauguration committee members are: trustees Robert J. Murray and Richard F. Syron; Vice President for University Relations Mary Lou DeLong; University Chaplain Richard T. Cleary, SJ; College of Arts and Sciences Dean J. Robert Barth, SJ; School of Nursing Dean Barbara Munro; Alumni Association Executive Director John Wissler; Public Affairs Director Douglas Whiting; Publications and Print Marketing Director Ben Birnbaum; Assistant to the President Rose Mary Donahue; Bureau of Conferences Director David Early; Rattigan Professor of English John Mahoney; Asst. Prof. Francis Herrmann, SJ (Law); and Mea Quinn '97 and James Dowden '97, the Undergraduate Government of Boston College president and vice-president, respectively.
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