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Ignatian Society Marks Boston College's 150th Anniversary with a Mass

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (5-1-13) -- Members of Boston College’s Ignatian Society, a group of 623 Boston College students who graduated from Jesuit high schools, organized a Mass on April 28 in honor of the University’s 150th Anniversary. Boston College President William P. Leahy, S.J., was the principal celebrant for the 4 p.m. Mass, which was held in Gasson Hall, BC’s oldest building. Fr. Leahy was joined by many other members of the Boston College Jesuit Community. A dinner for the students and the Jesuits followed the Mass.

BC’s Ignatian Society, led this year by senior Matthew Lechner, offers a number of spiritual, service and social programs in the Ignatian tradition for BC students. There are weekly Examen reflections, regular visits with the residents of Campion Health Center, a retirement home and infirmary for the Society of Jesus, and “Lunches with Jesuits,” a popular opportunity for students to get to know members of the Jesuit community over a shared midday meal.

--Kathleen Sullivan, Office of News & Public Affairs, kathleen.sullivan@bc.edu