Boston College will hold a special Mass on Oct. 23 as part of the second annual Jesuit Friends and Alumni Masses weekend taking place in a dozen cities throughout the USA Northeast and Maryland provinces of the Society of Jesus.

The Mass will be held in St. Ignatius Church at 5:30 p.m. with concelebrants James Coughlin, SJ, and John Wronski, S.J.

Last year’s inaugural Jesuit Friends and Alumni Masses weekend saw more than 300 Jesuit-educated graduates attend four Masses in four USA Northeast parishes – Buffalo, New York City and Woonsocket, R.I., as well as St. Ignatius – and was so successful that organizers decided to also hold the event in the Maryland province, according to James J. Miracky, S.J., provincial assistant for higher education for the USA Northeast and Maryland Provinces (the two provinces are set to merge in 2020 as the USA East Province).

 “I attended the New York City Mass last year and there was a lot of energy at the reception,” said Fr. Miracky.  “People were really engaged in talking to fellow Jesuit alums and friends.”

 “These Masses are a way to pull together our different school networks – secondary and college/university – along with our parishes and other ministerial outreaches,” said BC Vice President for University Mission and Ministry Jack Butler, S.J.  “The hope is to show the broad spectrum of folks that we serve and we are all part of one ministerial family; Jesuits, friends, and our alums.  We are an Ignatian family.”

To register for the BC Mass, or any of the weekend’s Masses, visit the Jesuit Friends and Alumni page.

–Siobhan Sullivan | News & Public Affairs