Jesuit Schools Remember Slain Journalist


James Foley while on assignment in the Middle East.

Saturday, October 18, 2014, is what would have been journalist and Jesuit school alumnus James Foley’s 41st birthday and Jesuit institutions throughout the United States will be holding events to honor the memory of this member of the Ignatian family. Foley, a graduate of the Jesuit-run Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., was murdered earlier this year while working as a journalist in the Middle East.

This was not the first time that Foley was kidnapped. In 2011, he was detained in Libya. In a piece that he wrote after his capture, Foley expressed his love of Marquette and reflected on how the support that was given from his alma mater helped give him the strength to persevere.

Below is a listing of services that will be held at institutions in the Maryland, New England and New York Provinces. Click here to read the full listing of schools in the United States honoring Foley in prayerful solidarity this weekend.

  • Canisius College: Fr. Michael Tunney, SJ, director of Mission and Identity, will say Mass for the Canisius board of trustees on Sunday, Oct. 19, and will include a tribute to Foley in his homily. Foley will also be remembered during the homily of the College’s weekly 9:30 p.m. Mass also on Sunday, Oct. 19 at Christ the King Chapel.
  • College of the Holy Cross: Foley will be remembered on Sunday, October 19 at the college’s 4:30 p.m. interdenominational service and 7:00 p.m. Catholic Mass. As part of this remembrance, copies of Foley’s piece, Phone Call Home, will be distributed as people leave the worship services. Both services will take place in the college’s Mary Chapel.
  • Fairfield University: At all Masses on Sunday, Oct. 19, the university will honor Foley’s memory with a poster, candlelight vigil and special prayer for peace reminding all that such prayers are needed now more than ever.
  • Fordham University: On Sunday, Oct. 19, Fordham will remember Foley in the Prayer of the Faithful and offer a prayer for world peace during all of the University’s Sunday Masses at both the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses. After Communion, at the 8:00 p.m. student community Mass at the University Church at Rose Hill, the entire congregation will process together to the wayside crucifix shrine outside of the Church, where congregants will pray the prayers of commendation for his soul and sing the In Paradisum from a funeral Mass and end with a prayer for world peace. (Masses at the Rose Hill campus will be held at the University Church at 11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Mass at St. Paul the Apostle Parish adjacent to the Lincoln Center campus will be held at 5:15 p.m.)
  • Georgetown University: Georgetown will remember Foley and others killed in war at an interfaith prayer service on Tuesday, Oct. 21.
  • Le Moyne College: The 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Masses will be offered in honor of Foley on Sunday, Oct. 19, in the Chapel of the Madonna della Strada.
  • Loyola University Maryland: On Sunday, Oct. 19, the university will remember Foley during Sunday liturgies. University Chaplain Fr. John Murray, SJ, will offer the 6:00 a.m. student Mass at the Alumni Chapel and Fr. Joseph Rossi, SJ, will preside at the 10:00 p.m. Mass at Hopkins Court. Foley will be remembered in the Prayer of the Faithful at both Masses and those in attendance will receive a remembrance card with a prayer for peace.
  • Saint Joseph’s University: The university will offer the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Chapel of Saint Joseph in memory of the life of Foley.
  • Saint Peter’s University: The university will incorporate a prayer for Foley and all brave journalists who have given their lives to report from war zones around the world into the weekly student Mass on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 5:00 p.m. at Saint Peter’s University Church, St. Aedan’s. It will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Braden, SJ, the vice president for Mission and Ministry at the University.
  • University of Scranton: The university will offer a special remembrance of Foley and a prayer for peace at the 7:00 p.m. Mass on Sunday, Oct. 19 at the Madonna della Strada Chapel.

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