Alumni Association to Host Gathering of Diocesan Priests

The Boston College Alumni Association will host alumni priests and priests from the Archdiocese of Boston for two special campus events on Wednesday, April 14. The priests will participate in a guided tour of the McMullen Museum of Art's "Saints and Sinners: Caravaggio and the Baroque Image" exhibition at 1:30 p.m., and hear a 4 p.m. lecture on "The Future of Jerusalem" by Hala Taweel, president of the University of the Middle East and sister-in-law of Yassar Arafat, at Alumni House.

Boston College alumni are a significant part of the corps of priests who serve the archdiocese. Of the 909 active and retired priests in the Archdiocese of Boston, said Alumni Association Assistant Director Mary Neville, some 250 are Boston College graduates.

Rev. Robert O'Grady, M.Ed. '81, chairman of the April 14 event and assistant to the editor of The Pilot , the archdiocesan newspaper, noted that there are 730 Boston College graduates serving among the 4,100 priests in the six-state New England region.

Administrators also note that five alumni have joined the New England Province of the Society of Jesus over the past five years. Three recent BC graduates, Thomas Kenney, Matthew Monnig and Joseph Palmisano, comprise the current novitiate class for the New England Province.

The priests' visit is the latest of a series of meetings and programs for alumni and archdiocesan clerics sponsored by the Alumni Association. In February, the group heard Prof. Emeritus Thomas O'Connor (History) discuss his recently published book Boston Catholics: A History of the Church and Its People .

-Reid Oslin

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