In This Issue:
Links of Interest
Sit for a while and peruse this second issue of the new Spirituality Newsletter. It's filled with information and inspiration, programs, events, and resources that can help keep you connected to the University and help you grow in your vocation to be "men and women for others." Please be in touch and let us know what you'd like to see in an upcoming issue.
Join us online for a series of weekly video Lenten Reflections exploring the theme of "forgiveness." Throughout Lent, each video will explore the theme through the eyes and personal stories of people of all ages. You are invited to listen to these stories of forgiveness and their impact on people's lives.
A new Reflection will be posted each week throughout Lent, beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 22, and then on each Sunday of Lent. The series will culminate in an Easter message.
Prayer Maps of the Campus
Looking for a way to "come back" to campus and visit some of those special places where you felt particularly close to God and your faith? Check out a few of the special Prayer Maps that can help you revisit those places, and pause for a few moments to read a short prayer and reflect. Check here for Campus Prayer Maps.
Drop us a line and tell us about your favorite place on campus and why it has spiritual meaning for you. We'll include as many as we can in the next issue.
Upcoming Spirituality Events:
Feb 16—Catholics: Why We Are a Sacramental People
4:30 p.m., Gasson Hall Room 100; no charge
with Fr. Michael Himes
Feb 26—Mass with University President William P. Leahy, S.J., for Alumni, Parents, and Friends
10 a.m., The Ritz–Carlton, Palm Beach, Fla.
A complimentary buffet brunch will immediately follow Mass.
To register for this event, please click here.
Feb. 26—Chicago Chapter Annual Mass
10:30 a.m., Ignatius House, Loyola University Chicago
Immediately following Mass, the Chicago Chapter will host a breakfast reception at Piper Hall on the Loyola University Chicago campus. RSVP to email@example.com by Thursday, February 23.
Feb 27—The Dean's Series: Democracy and Difference: Democratic Citizenship in Diverse Urban Spaces
6:30 p.m., Gasson Hall, Room 100
with Vincent Rougeau, dean, BC Law School
Dean Rougeau's talk will explore his experience with the work of broad-based citizen coalitions in London, and he will discuss how multi-faith and multi-ethnic community organizing may offer a way to build a sense of membership in diverse urban communities.
March 3—Day of Reflection: Images of Hope for the Lenten Journey
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m., $25 per person; Alumni House, Newton Campus
Led by Sr. Mary Sweeney and Fr. Michael Ford, S.J. Join us to consider the figures and stories from Scripture that inspire us to hope and to change our hearts. The day will conclude with Mass. Morning refreshments and lunch are included. For more information and to register, click here.
March 14—Lenten Spirituality for the Imperfect Person: Choosing Simple Spiritual Practices
6:30 p.m., Boston College Club, 100 Federal Street, Boston
Join Dr. Colleen Griffith of BC's School of Theology and Ministry as she explores what it means to be fully human—both flawed and made in the image of God—as we search for a renewed and more meaningful relationship with God. Co-sponsored by the Church in the 21st Century Center. For more information and to register, click here.
March 18—61st Annual Celebration of Laetare Sunday
9:30 a.m., Conte Forum
University President William P. Leahy, S.J. will preside at Mass, and Jack Butler, S.J., vice president for university mission and ministry at Boston College, will be the featured speaker. The Ignatian Award will be presented to Juan Arteaga '99 at the brunch immediately following Mass. All are welcome. Register at www.bc.edu/laetare by March 14 to ensure seating with your class.
Check out these other upcoming events:
April 26—Women for Others, Leaders for the Church
5:30 p.m., Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Patricia De Leeuw, vice provost for faculties, will be joined by several BC alumnae panelists.
April 27—From Mental Illness to Spiritual Wisdom: A Father–Daughter Odyssey
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
April 30—Why Get Married in the Catholic Church?
5:30 p.m., Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
Fr. Tony Penna, director of Campus Ministry, will be joined by three married couples for this panel presentation.
Boston College Alumni Active in Peace Corps
Working in areas including education, environment, health and HIV/AIDS, business development, and youth development, 39 Boston College undergraduate alumni are making a difference around the world through their current involvement with the Peace Corps. Boston College is ranked seventh on the 2012 survey of top Peace Corps volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the "medium size" category. Since the agency was founded in 1961, 737 BC alumni have served in the Peace Corps. Read more here.
Alumni Put Faith into Action
Patricia Ryan, CSON '60, has been named the Standard–Times 2011 Rochester (MA) Woman of the Year for her untiring devotion to the Council on Aging, preparing and serving breakfast every weekday. Read about the many ways she stays active and involved.
Ken Hackett, CSOM '68, who spent a lifetime helping others through Catholic Relief Services in Africa, the Philippines, Somalia, and other parts of the world, recently retired as its president, the position he has held since 1993. Read about his "adrenaline–filled" career of helping those in need here.
Hoffsman Ospino, STM'03, '07, assistant professor at Boston College's School of Theology and Ministry, will direct a two-year study in what is believed to be the largest and most comprehensive study of Hispanic ministry in Catholic parishes in the United States. The School of Theology and Ministry received a $200,000 grant to study this segment of the U.S. population, the fastest–growing group in the U.S. Catholic Church. Read more here.
National Day of Service
This year's seventh annual day of service, to be held Saturday, April 14, will have BC alumni around the country participating in opportunities to help revitalize parks and public spaces, assist the homeless, and improve the lives of children.
Contact your local chapter or go to: www.bc.edu/dayofservice for more information.
Your Support Makes a Difference
Remember that service trip that made a difference in how you see the world? Or the Half Time or Kairos retreat that gave you a little more direction and insight just when you needed it most? Did you go to Appalachia or volunteer locally? Whatever you loved when you were here, a gift to Boston College can make that same experience a reality for students at BC today. Please consider designating your gift to the school, program or activity that means the most to you. Your gift—of any denomination—has real impact. Give here.
For Your Viewing Pleasure!
If you weren't able to attend Fr. James Martin, S.J.'s dynamic presentation on campus last semester, be sure to check out his video in which he expounds on the role and necessity of joy and mirth in the spiritual life! He spoke to a crowd of over 700 people at St. Ignatius Church. Check it out here.
Also, check out the faith and spirituality webcasts that are available online 24/7 through The Church in the 21st Century Center. Topics range from forgiveness to sexuality to spirituality to sacraments, and more.
On Eagle's Wings
Submit your prayer intentions online and have your prayers brought to St. Mary's Chapel each week to be said in communion with all BC alumni. On Eagles' Wings is a complimentary and confidential online prayer request service for alumni, parents, and friends of Boston College. Submit your prayer here. The living flame of our Alumni Association's maroon and gold prayer candle burns for all the intentions received during the week.
Prayer for Generosity
Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve.
To give without counting the cost,
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will.
(St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Share your thoughts
Share your comments about this issue and your suggestions for upcoming editions of the newsletter. What would you like to see included in the next issue? If you know of an alum who is involved in ministry of any kind and who is making a difference in the world, please let us know for possible featuring in the next issue. Have a question or an idea? Please let us know! Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.