Boston College Shakes it Off

A group of Boston College students dancing in the BC Shake It Off video.

A group of Boston College students dancing in the BC Shake It Off video.

Boston College received high praise for their most recent music video which featured a combined total of more than 1,000 BC students and faculty dancing to the hit song “Shake It Off.” Grammy-winning artist Taylor Swift congratulated the Jesuit school via Twitter for the video, which was used by the school’s C21 Center to encourage BC students and faculty members to “shake off” their worries, fears, and insecurities.

The video was produced by BC students John Walsh ’15 and John Campbell ’17.

The History of the New York Province: Chapter 2

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 12.51.53 PMContinuing this week, In Our Company will feature the second downloadable chapter from A Brief History of the New York Province, written by Fr. Arthur Bender, SJ.

Chapter 2 delves into the creation of the New York Province as well the founding of many of its schools.

Please visit In Our Company next week to read the next two chapters of the province history. Chapter 3 is titled Province Leadership in the First Decades and Chapter 4 is titled A New Century and New Ventures.

Click here to read Chapter 2: The New York (aka Maryland-New York) Province is Born

Click here to read last week’s chapter: The New York-Canada Mission

 

Snapshot of the Day: Visitors from Yap

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On Monday, May 12, the staff of the New York Province Office hosted guests from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia. Juniors Jamie Mooteb (red shirt) and Saralynn Wuyoch (white shirt) along with their teacher Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, (black shirt) traveled to the United States to tour colleges. This was a chance for the girls to see what the culture is like and if they would be interested in continuing their education here. The Province staff welcomed the travelers with a lunch of New York City’s famous pizza.

On Monday, May 12, the staff of the New York Province Office hosted guests from Yap Catholic High School (YCHS) in Micronesia. Juniors Jamie Mooteb (red shirt) and Saralynn Wuyoch (white shirt) along with their teacher Mr. Pat Nolan, SJ, (black shirt) traveled to the United States to tour colleges. This was a chance for the girls to see what the culture is like and if they would be interested in continuing their education here. The Province staff welcomed the travelers with a lunch of New York City’s famous pizza.

Boston College is “Happy”

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One-hundred forty students, faculty, staff and alumni, along with four Jesuits – Fathers Michael Davidson, Jeremy Clarke, William Neenan and Donald Monan – were recently featured in a light-hearted, joyous video published just in time for the first hints of spring.

Boston College’s version of “Happy,” the Oscar-nominated song by Pharrell Williams, was filmed over the course of six days at 32 on-campus locations. Since being posted on YouTube and the Boston College website, the video has been viewed more than 130,000 times!

View the video below!

Snapshot of the Day: A Snowman for Jesuits

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During one of the recent snowstorms to hit New York City, two Fordham students – Margo and Pablo – decided to build a snowman on campus. Margaret Monahan, the executive director of Murray-Weigel Hall (which is located adjacent to the campus) noticed the snowman and imagined how much the elderly and infirm Jesuits of Murray-Weigel might like to view it. Margo and Pablo agreed, and set out to relocate the entire eight-foot-tall snowman. After hours of working in the snow (and with some hot chocolate from Margaret) they moved the snowy sculpture to a new and beautiful location just outside the Murray-Weigel solarium. The new snowman was even complete with two faces – front and back – so as to greet both the ecstatic men of Murray-Weigel and casual passersby. Photos by Margaret Monahan.

Pope Francis Canonizes Blessed Peter Faber

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December 17, 2013 — More than 140 years after being named “Blessed,” Jesuit Father Peter Faber was canonized by Pope Francis today, the pope’s 77th birthday, in a decree of “equivalent canonization.” Pope Francis has long admired Faber, one of the first Jesuits and a close companion of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

For Faber’s “equivalent canonization,” the pope adds the name of the new saint to the universal calendar of saints, without verifying that a miracle was performed through his intercession and without holding a formal canonization ceremony.

In a groundbreaking interview with Jesuit publications this fall, the pope singled out for praise the man often called the “Second Jesuit.” He said he admired Faber’s “dialogue with all, even the most remote and even with his opponents; his simple piety, a certain naïveté, perhaps; his being available straightaway; his careful interior discernment; the fact that he was a man capable of great and strong decisions but also capable of being so gentle and loving.”

Faber was born in the Upper Savoy region of France in 1506 and was said by St. Ignatius to be the man best suited to direct others in the Spiritual Exercises. Faber —  whose story is not nearly as well known as those of his two college roommates, Ignatius Loyola and Francis Xavier — spent a great deal of his Jesuit life working with Protestants during the explosive time of the Reformation.  Faber died in Rome in 1547 a few weeks before he was due to attend the Council of Trent. He was beatified in September 1872.

Jesuit Father Marc Lindeijer, promoter of Jesuit sainthood causes, said that “more or less right after his election” in March, Pope Francis asked that the process be started for the canonization of Blessed Faber. For modern Jesuits, the canonization would be another step forward in recognizing that the Society of Jesus was founded by a group of companions and not only by St. Ignatius, according to Fr. Lindeijer.

Cardinal members of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes met this month to vote to recommend that the pope declare Faber a saint by decree.

In America magazine, Jesuit Father James Martin writes that despite Faber’s relative obscurity, many Jesuits are devoted to this humble spiritual master. For a short biography of Faber, see this excerpt from “Jesuit Saints and Martyrs,” by Joseph Tylenda, SJ. [Sources: Vatican InsiderBritish JesuitsCatholic News ServiceAmerica Magazine]

Snapshot of the Day: “Boston College loves our Jesuit pope!”

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Boston College juniors Katherine Rich and Ethan Mack recently traded zucchettos with Pope Francis. The pair, who are currently studying in Rome, bought a skullcap to use in an even exchange with the pontiff. While he was greeting the crowds they were able to attract his attention and make the tradeoff. Click here to read the full story.