Remembering the Dead

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The headstone for Fr. William O’Brien Pardow, SJ, the tenth president of Fordham University. He was the last person to be buried in Fordham’s cemetery in 1909.

Yesterday was the Feast of All Souls, a day when we remember all those who have died. As Fr. Dan Gatti, SJ, Fordham University alumni chaplain pointed out recently, this was also an opportunity to remember Jesuits and other members of the Fordham community who are buried in one section of Fordham’s Bronx Campus.

In addition to the 124 Jesuits, there are 9 former students buried on campus. Thanks to their headstones, we know they had diverse backgrounds and came from different countries including Costa Rica, Cuba, and Jamaica. “Even in the first days of the college the student body was evidently diverse,” said Fr. Gatti.

The cemetery was first located where the New York Botanical Garden currently is, but was moved in 1890. The cemetery is not open to the public, but it is open to faculty and students.

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