Veterans Day ceremony 2017

Keynote speaker Archbishop Timothy Broglio '73 (left of wreath) poses at BC's Veterans Memorial with (L-R) Brian Cummins '82, Michael Lorenz of Student Affairs, Rev. James Hairston of Campus Ministry, Mary-Anne Benedict '67, Charles Benedict '67, George Harrington '80, and Dan Arkins '81. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

Archbishop of Military Services USA Timothy P. Broglio ’73 gave the keynote address at the 17th annual Boston College Veterans Remembrance Ceremony on Nov. 10. The ceremony, which took place at the Boston College Veterans Memorial on Burns Library lawn, honored all alumni who have served, or are currently serving, in the armed forces.

BC ROTC program students emceed the ceremony and read aloud the names of Boston College graduates who died during the nation’s military conflicts. BC students, faculty, staff, and alumni served as representatives of those who have died in wars. Commemorative pins, introduced at last year’s ceremony, were presented to BC alumni veterans.

Earlier that morning, Archbishop Broglio presided over, and delivered the homily at, a Mass held in St. Ignatius Church. BC Jesuit Community Rector Robert Keane, S.J., part-time Philosophy Department faculty member Paul McNellis, S.J., and Jesuit Community member John Monahan, S.J. – all veterans – concelebrated the Mass.

Archbishop of Military Services USA Timothy P. Broglio ’73
A scene from the 2017 Veterans Memorial Ceremony on Burns Library Lawn. (Photo by Lee Pellegrini)

“Archbishop Timothy Broglio has an extraordinary relationship with military families.,” said Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations Joy Haywood Moore ’81, H’10. “There is no one more versed in providing words of comfort and honor to the family members of those who lost their lives serving our country.” 

Ordained as an archbishop by Pope John Paul II in 2001, Archbishop Broglio was installed in his current role in 2008. He also has served as secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast and of the Apostolic Nunciature in Asunción, Paraguay. 

From 1990 to 2001, he was chief of cabinet to Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State to Pope John Paul II, and desk officer for Central America. In February of 2001 he was named apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic and apostolic delegate to Puerto Rico.

The Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony is organized by the Alumni Association in partnership with the BC Veterans Alumni Network, BC Army ROTC, Human Resources and Campus Ministry.

Boston College Veterans Memorial Wall

Visit the newly redesigned Boston College Veterans Memorial website, which honors alumni who died in service to their country.

--University Communications