2014 Jesuit GALA


Kathleen M. McGillycuddy was the recipient of this year’s Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award.

The New England Province of Jesuits presented the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award to Kathleen M. McGillycuddy at the annual Jesuit GALA held on May 1 at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel in Boston. The Latin phrase, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, meaning “For the greater glory of God” is attributed to St. Ignatius, the founder of the Society of Jesus, and is a guiding principle of the Jesuits. The annual award honors those who have made a difference in the world by generously helping others. The evening, which began and ended with songs by special guest Ronan Tynan, was hosted by Fr. James Martin, SJ, author and editor-at-large at America magazine.

Kathleen M. McGillycuddy is a graduate of Newton College of the Sacred Heart (which became part of Boston College in 1975), has served as a trustee of Boston College since 2002, and was elected chair in 2011. She retired as executive vice president of FleetBoston Financial and for nearly 30 years was a key executive in Boston banking circles.

Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, provincial of the New England Province, said in his remarks, ” I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to Kathleen McGillycuddy, whom we honor this evening. She has embodied collaboration with the Society in a number of ways: as chair of the board of trustees at Boston College, as founder of the B.C. Council for Women, and as a close collaborator with the Jesuits at Boston College. For all of this, and for your great kindness and generosity, Kathleen, thank you very much.”

Fr. Sheehan also expressed his gratitude to John and Cyndy Fish, the generous and tireless chairs of the 2014 GALA, and to all of the committee members who worked so hard to ensure the success of the event.

The annual Jesuit GALA raises funds to support the formation and care of Jesuits and the ministries and apostolic works of the Province.

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