The 50th Laetare Sunday program will begin on March 25 with a 9:30 a.m. Mass in St. Ignatius Church, followed by a communion breakfast in the Carney Dining Room of McElroy Commons.
University Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella will be the featured speaker at the breakfast, which annually draws up to 1,000 Boston College alumni and their families. Campanella announced last September that he would step down after 25 years as EVP at the end of this academic year and return to the Carroll School of Management faculty.
Executive Vice President Frank B. Campanella will be the featured speaker at Laetare Sunday.
Laetare Sunday is the mid-point of the Catholic liturgical season of Lent. Now in its 50th year, it ranks as "the longest running religious observation at any Catholic college in the country," according to Alumni Association Associate Director Mary Neville.
The University's Silver Jubilarian Class of 1976 will host the Laetare events. Rev. Thomas J. Regan, SJ, '76, chairman of the philosophy department at Fairfield University, will celebrate the Mass. Rev. August Thompson, '76, a priest and community activist in the Diocese of Alexandria, La., who last year won an Alumni Association Award of Excellence in the field of religion, will be the homilist.
The following Saturday night, more than 500 guests will attend the 13th annual Second Helping Gala at Fenway Park's 600 Club. The black-tie event is expected to raise more than $150,000 for the Alumni Association's Second Helping program, which collects unused food from hotels, restaurants and corporate cafeterias and deliver hot meals to emergency feeding shelters throughout Eastern Massachusetts.
This year's event will include a reception, gourmet dining, live and silent auctions and a raffle.
Since it began in 1988, Second Helping has become a model for more than 120 similar university-sponsored food recovery programs across the nation. The program collects more than 400,000 pounds of food annually and provides some 5,000 meals per week to residents of the Greater Boston area who are in need. Former Alumni Association President Edward O'Brien, '63, his wife Colette, and Jean Graham, '90 are co-chairs of this year's Second Helping gala.
For tickets to either event, contact the Alumni Association office at ext.2-4700.
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