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We are pleased to send you an expanded version of our biannual Spirituality Newsletter. This issue features an exclusive article by Taylor Ross '11, who taught in Paraguay for two years, and found it a life-changing experience.

There are also plenty of links to interesting articles, lots of events, and resources for your spiritual life. Enjoy!
Upcoming Spirituality Events
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Sunday, November 3
Alumni Memorial Mass

11 a.m., Trinity Chapel, Newton Campus

Alumni and friends are cordially invited to attend the Annual Alumni Memorial Mass to honor the memory of all deceased alumni. A complimentary light lunch reception will immediately follow in Stuart House adjacent to Trinity Chapel on Newton Campus.
Click here to RSVP

Wednesday, November 6
The Deans Series: Five Things the Catholic Church Must Face Today

6:30 p.m., Cadigan Alumni Center, Brighton Campus
$10, light refreshments will be served.

The sex abuse crisis within the Church during the past decade has focused the attention of the U.S. Catholic community on a number of problematic issues that need fixing immediately: training of clergy, accountability of church leaders, passing on the faith to young people, assessing the role of women, and reconciling those alienated from the Church (divorced, GLBTQ, faithful, etc.). We hope to have a full and honest discussion of these issues.
Click here to register

Monday, November 11
13th Annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony

9:30 a.m.– Mass, St. Ignatius Church, Chestnut Hill
11 a.m.– Remembrance Roll Call Ceremony at Veterans Memorial, Burns Library lawn, Boston College

Join us in honoring BC veterans who gave their lives in the service of this country and in celebrating the men and women who continue to serve in the armed forces. Registration is requested for this event. For more information, click here.

Sunday, December 8
The Stained-Glass Windows of Boston College: Finding God in All Things

10 a.m. Gargan Hall (second floor), Bapst Library, Boston College
$10, light refreshments will be served.

Your tour of the beautiful stained-glass windows of Boston College will begin in Gargan Hall, the upper level of Bapst Library, and end in Gasson Hall with a viewing of the "Irish window", which features St. Patrick. Your guide will be Patricia DeLeeuw, BC's vice provost for faculties. Light refreshments will follow the presentation. Register here.
Advent Reflections
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Join us online for a series of weekly Advent Reflections authored by Joseph O'Keefe, S.J., interim director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. A new Reflection will be posted each week throughout Advent, beginning on December 1. The series will culminate in a Christmas message.
Featured Alumni
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Taylor Ross '11 "Outside My Comfort Zone"

Taylor Ross '11 recently returned from Tobati, Paraguay, where he spent the past two years as an English teacher at El Instituto Cultural Reinaldo Macchi, a school under the direction of Eric Carroll '11. To read Taylor's reflection on his experience and how it connected to BC's mission to "set the world aflame," click here
Young Jesuits Sound Off
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Sam Sawyer A&S '10, STM '14 writes, "The effort I am involved in is The Jesuit Post, which sits somewhere between a group blog, a Web magazine, and a platform for ministry in new media. Founded in January 2012, the site is the undertaking of Jesuits-in-formation from across the country. We try to point out evidence that God is at work—if often unnoticed—in secular events and cultural matters, be it the U.S. immigration policy debate or the continuing fascination with superheroes. Last fall, for example, I covered the conversation about faith and humor between Cardinal Timothy Dolan and comedian Stephen Colbert at Fordham University (see link below), and earlier in the year, Michael Rozier, S.J., a Boston College MDiv student, wrote about the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act from his perspective as both a seminarian and a public health professional."

Check out these "Best of TJP" posts here:

1.) A Cardinal and a Comedian Walk into a Gym
2.) The Gift of Newborn Love
3.) Avoiding Violence in the Gun Debate
4.) Yoga vs. Church
5.) The Spirituality of Sports Fanaticism

"Eating the Apple: On Being Baptized into the Technological Revolution"

Sam Sawyer, of TJP fame above, as well as a regular contributor to America magazine, recently published an article about Apple "product devotion" in America. Click here to read.

BC Alumni in the News
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Kenneth F. Hackett '68, HON'06, named
Ambassador to the Vatican

Presenting his credentials to Pope Francis,
Kenneth F. Hackett '68, H'06 officially took over as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See on Oct. 21.For more information see: Catholic News Service . He also was introduced to the Holy See in a video and has launched his official blog.
Other Spirituality Events On Campus
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Wednesday, October 30
The Francis Papacy: Reform, Renewal, and Resistance

Presenter: John L. Allen, Jr.

Friday, November 8
Leadership in a Multi-Parish Setting

Presenter: Mark Mogilka

Tuesday, November 12
Women in the Contemporary Church

Panelists: Francine Cardman, M. Shawn Copeland, and Megan McCabe Moderator: Patricia DeLeeuw

Thursday, November 14
Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment Book Launch

Presenters: Rev. Richard Lennan, Nancy Pineda-Madrid,
Christopher R. Matthews, and John R. Sachs, S.J.

Thursday, December 5
I Give, Therefore I Am: The Primacy of Charity in the Christian Life

Presenter: Gary Anderson
BC at 150: Sesquicentennial Celebrations
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Wednesday, November 13
Religious Diversity and the Common Good

9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., The Heights Room, Corcoran Commons, Boston College.

This conference and community event will bring together prominent public figures, distinguished scholars, and local religious and community leaders to reflect on the challenge of fostering the common good amidst religious diversity. Discussions will focus on the nature and extent of civility as a constitutive element of the common good, and of the changing norms of civility in the past 150 years.
Click here for more information or to register.
Featured Faculty Members in the News
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BC's distinguished theology professors from both the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Theology and Ministry continue to be leaders in their field, serving on national organizations at the highest level, publishing, and promoting public discourse on key issues of importance in today's world. Click here to read about their success.

Of Special Note:

Theologian Nancy Pineda-Madrid Elected VP of Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States

BC Ecclesiologist Richard Gaillardetz Assumes Presidency of Catholic Theological Society of America

Recently Published Books on Spirituality by BC Authors
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Jeremy Clarke, S.J., a historian whose expertise is the history of Catholicism in China, has authored Catholic Shanghai: A Historical, Practical, and Reflective Guide. It is a pilgrim's guide to the history and significance of Catholic sites in Shanghai.
BC alumna and parent Patricia Sodano Ireland A&S '79, STM'83, P'15, who returned to the Catholic Church after serving as a Lutheran minister for 10 years, presents stories of women's conversion to Catholicism in the book Women in Search of Truth: Converts to Catholicism Tell Their Stories, coauthored with Jennifer Ferrara. Ireland is a director of theology programs at St. Joseph's College of Maine.
Associate Professor of Theology Kenneth Himes, OFM, is the author of a new book, Christianity and the Political Order. Fr. Himes is the past president of a Catholic Theological Society of America and an expert in issues related to Catholic social teaching and the relationship between religion and politics.
Boston College Chorale Performs in Rome
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This past March, the Boston College University Chorale was honored to sing in several performances in Rome, including during a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica. To view a portion of one of their concerts in Rome, click here.
On Eagle's Wings
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The BC Community extends its arms to those in need of prayer. Submit your confidential prayer requests by clicking here and we will pray for them. An alumni candle burns continuously in the chapel in Gasson Hall for the intentions of BC alumni.
Prayer at Harvest and Thanksgiving
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O God, source and giver of all things,
You manifest your infinite majesty, power, and goodness
In the earth about us:
We give you honor and glory.
For the sun and the rain,
For the manifold fruits of our fields,
For the increase of our herds and flocks,
We thank you.
For the enrichment of our souls with divine grace,
We are grateful.

Supreme Lord of the harvest,
Graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil,
In union with Jesus, your Son,
As atonement for our sins,
For the growth of your Church,
For peace and love in our homes,
And for salvation for all.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Credit: www.americancatholic.org
Share Your Thoughts
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Share your comments about this issue and your suggestions for upcoming editions of the newsletter. What would you like to see included in the next issue? If you know of an alum who is involved in ministry of any kind and who is making a difference in the world, please let us know for possible featuring in the next issue. Have a question or an idea? Email us at: bcspirit@bc.edu.

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