O'Connor To Speak On Laetare Sunday

Prof. Emeritus Thomas O'Connor (History), the premier historian of Boston and its Irish population, will be the featured speaker at the Alumni Association's annual Laetare Sunday Communion Breakfast, which this year falls on St. Patrick's Day, March 17.

O'Connor is the author of several books on Boston and its Irish history, most recently The Boston Irish: A Political History, published last year. He also narrated the acclaimed television documentary "Boston: The Way It Was," which aired recently on WGBH-TV.

O'Connor will combine politics, history and Irish humor in his Laetare Sunday remarks, "Shamrocks on Beacon Hill."

Laetare Sunday marks the mid-point of Lent and this 46th annual communion breakfast is the Alumni Association's oldest tradition. As usual, this year's event will be hosted by the silver jubilarian class.

The day will begin with a 9:30 a.m. Mass in St. Ignatius Church, celebrated by Fr. Thomas H. Maguire '71, a parish priest at St. John's Church in Canton. Music, in keeping with the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, will be provided by the St. Ignatius Choir.

Prof. Emeritus Thomas O'Connor. (Photo by Geoff Why)

The breakfast will follow immediately at McElroy Commons. John V. Murphy '71, chief operating officer of Concert Capital Management, will serve as toastmaster.

In addition to The Boston Irish , O'Connor has authored four books: Lords of the Loom ; Bibles, Brahmins and Bosses: Fitzpatrick's Boston, 1846-1866 ; South Boston: My Home Town ; and Building the New Boston: Politics and Urban Renewal, 1950-1970 .

O'Connor received his bachelor's degree from Boston College in 1949 and his master's degree the following year, the same year he joined the History faculty. He earned his doctorate from Boston University. O'Connor retired from full-time teaching in 1993, the same year he was presented with a Boston College honorary degree.

Tickets for the Laetare Sunday event are $17.50; $12 for children and alumni from the classes of 1986 through 1995. They may be obtained by calling the Alumni Association at ext. 4700.

- M.S.

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