Ignatian Awareness Week

Ignatian Awareness Week

A week-long celebration of BC's Jesuit heritage will be held on campus from Sept. 19 through 25, featuring events ranging from an outdoor Mass and reception to a seminar on significant aspects of Jesuit education.

The "Ignatian Awareness Week" series is sponsored by the Ignatian Society of Boston College, a student group of Jesuit high school graduates.

"We want to let people know what it means to be a part of a Jesuit university," said Ignatian Society President Andrew Curran '00. "We want them to know just what a Jesuit education means and what makes it so special."

The week's program will begin on Sunday, Sept. 19 with a Mass on Bapst Library lawn at 2 p.m.

On Monday, Sept. 20, members of the Jesuit Community - including University President William P. Leahy, SJ, Center for Ignatian Spirituality Director Howard Gray, SJ, and Assoc. Prof. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ (Music) - will speak in Fulton 511 on Jesuit history, spirituality and the essence of a Jesuit university. The program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Head Football Coach Tom O'Brien, a graduate of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, will chair a discussion on the significance of Jesuit education in Cushing 001 on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Other events include "Lunch and Conversations" with students and Jesuits in St. Mary's Hall, and sandwich-making for the Rosie's Place shelter in Boston .

[See Calendar for a complete listing of events.]

"The week's activities are not just for students," Curran said. "Except for the luncheons, which are limited by space, the entire University community is invited. We want to celebrate being part of a Jesuit university. "

-Reid Oslin

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