The last Sunday in January marks the beginning of Jesuit Heritage Week as the main campus becomes the venue for a host of special events and programming that explore and celebrate Georgetown's Jesuit history and traditions. Planned and organized by a student-led team, Jesuit Heritage Week brings together distinguished faculty and special guests in events and activities focused on the work of the Jesuits around the world and here on the Hilltop. Programs focus on spirituality, social justice, the arts, education and include opportunities for meeting and becoming acquainted with individual Jesuits. Each year, the students develop new ideas to join some perennial favorites such as Spike-a-Jesuit, the annual volleyball face-off between the students and Jesuits of Georgetown.
Jesuit Heritage Week 2016
Sunday, January 31 to Saturday, February 6, 2016
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Thursday, January 28, 2016
Reimagining the Library: Reflections on the Digital Reconstruction of a Historic Jesuit Library - 2:00p.m. in Murray Room, Fifth Floor, Lauinger Library
Lecture delivered by Professor Kyle Roberts Department of History, Loyola University Chicago (CNI)
Within a few years of the founding of St Ignatius College in 1870, Peter Van Loco, S.J. made a catalogue of the library's holdings. The c.1878 catalogue, which lists approximately 5100 titles encompassing over 8000 volumes, provides a rare snapshot into the books European-born Jesuits needed to teach the sons of Irish immigrants in the booming metropolis of Chicago. One hundred and fifty years later, this long forgotten manuscript catalog has become a remarkably generative source for scholarship. The Jesuit Libraries Project has given students the chance to research and reconstruct the holdings data of the original St Ignatius College library catalogue in a virtual library system. The Jesuit Libraries Provenance Project uses the social media image-sharing site Flickr to create a visual archive of the ownership marks in original books surviving in the Loyola libraries€ [™] collections today and to foster a participatory community interested in the history of Jesuit-held books.
Sunday, January 31, 2016
Puja - 5:00 p.m. in Makóm, Leavey Center
The Hindu Student Association welcomes Justin Grosnick, nSJ, and all friends on campus for their weekly worship gathering and conversation.
Opening Mass - 8:00 p.m. in Gaston Hall
Join the Georgetown Jesuit Community for Sunday Mass featuring the Chapel, Contemporary and Gospel choirs. All are warmly welcome to join this festive University celebration that takes the place of Dahlgren Masses (7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:00 pm) and the Protestant service in St. William Chapel (5:30 pm.) The campus community is invited to stay for refreshments and conversation after Mass.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Jesuits Come to Leo's - 12:00 p.m. at Leo's
Ever wish you could sit down with some of the Jesuits in a more informal setting? Here’s your chance! Members of the Georgetown Jesuit Community join the Leo’s lunch crowd to share a meal and conversation. Be sure to introduce yourselves! Students only.
2015 Education and Social Justice Project Presentations - 7:00 p.m. at Berkley Center Third Floor Conference Room
During its sixth year, the Education and Social Justice Project awarded summer fellowships to four students who spent three weeks with institutions engaged in efforts to promote social justice through education in Canada, Guatemala, Senegal, and South Korea. The 2015 fellows will present their research findings and experiences abroad and answer questions from interested applicants for the upcoming year.
Jesuit Storytelling - 8:00 p.m. in Wolfington Hall, the Jesuit Residence
Students are invited to gather in the Jesuit Residence Commons with Fr. Ron Anton, SJ, Fr. Kevin FitzGerald, SJ, Fr. John O'Malley, SJ, and other members of the Georgetown Jesuit Community who will share their personal stories. Students only.
Ignatian Prayer - 9:30 pm at Copley Crypt Chapel
St. Ignatius encouraged people to use their imaginations, memories and emotions to develop an intimate relationship with a God who loves them and desires the best for them. Come savor the riches of Jesuit spirituality as Fr. Greg Schenden, SJ, shares some uniquely Ignatian ways to pray. People of all backgrounds and traditions are most welcome!
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Vespers Service - 5:45 p.m. at Copley Crypt Chapel
Fr. Constantine White, presider; Fr. Ronald Murphy, SJ, offers a reflection. The Orthodox Christian Fellowship welcomes all to join them! After the service, students are invited to participate in the weekly Interfaith Sandwich Making that provides food for the Georgetown Ministry Center
Interfaith Conversation on Mercy - 7:00 p.m. at HFSC Social Room
As the Catholic Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy evolves around the world, a panel of Campus Ministry chaplains from a range of religious traditions will reflect on their understanding of mercy.
Spike-a-Jesuit - 9:00 p.m. at Volleyball Courts, Yates Field House
The annual face-off between Jesuits, led by Fr. Pat Rogers, SJ, and students will determine which team claims the coveted Spike-a-Jesuit trophy, currently held by the students. Come support your team!
Ignatian Prayer - 9:30 p.m. at Copley Crypt Chapel
St. Ignatius encouraged people to use their imaginations, memories and emotions to develop an intimate relationship with a God who loves them and desires the best for them. Come savor the riches of Jesuit spirituality as Fr. Joe Lingan, SJ, shares some uniquely Ignatian ways to pray. People of all backgrounds and traditions are most welcome
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Jesuits: History and Spirituality - 12:30 p.m. in Healy Hall, Room 105
Fr. Charles Gonzalez, SJ, opens his popular class to any student, faculty or staff member during Jesuit Heritage Week. Opportunity is repeated on Friday, 12:30 pm, Healy 105.
Jesuits and Justice in DC: Race, Poverty and Peacemaking at Home from the 1960s Until the Present - 7:00 p.m. at Copley Formal Lounge
During the 1960s in Washington DC, two local Jesuits were laying the groundwork for enduring programs of social justice activism and accompaniment. Fr. Horace McKenna, SJ, a pastor to both rural and inner-city churches, founded, co-founded or inspired a number of DC institutions that continue to serve the poorest of the city's poor: Martha's Table, So Others Might Eat, Sursum Corda Housing Cooperative and the Fr. McKenna Center. Fr. Richard McSorley, SJ, a Georgetown professor whose early experience as a POW in WWII led him to passionate activism in the civil rights and anti-war movements, founded or co-founded Georgetown's Peace Studies program, Dorothy Day Catholic Worker House-DC, and Pax Christie USA. Join us for a distinguished panel including some who knew and worked with Frs. McKenna and McSorely, and people who continue this work today. Panelists: Kim Cox, president of the McKenna Center; Fr. Tom Gaunt, SJ, executive director of CARA and president of L'Arche Greater Washington; Prof. Colman McCarthy, founder and director, Center for Teaching Peace; Sr. Diane Roche, RSCJ, director, Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation of the Stuart Center for Mission, Educational Leadership and Technology. Moderator: Prof. Maurice Jackson, professor of History, African American Studies, and Performing Arts. Co-sponsored with the Georgetown Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.
Ignatian Prayer - 9:30 p.m. in Copley Crypt Chapel
St. Ignatius encouraged people to use their imaginations, memories and emotions to develop an intimate relationship with a God who loves them and desires the best for them. Come savor the riches of Jesuit spirituality as Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, shares some uniquely Ignatian ways to pray. People of all backgrounds and traditions are most welcome
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Our Jesuit Heritage: What the Buildings Say - 1:00 p.m. - Meet at White-Gravenor Patio
Professor John Glavin (C’64) leads an eye-opening tour of campus highlighting examples of Jesuit iconography and offering unique insights into Georgetown’s history and heritage. Dress for the weather; wear comfortable walking shoes.
Contemplation in Action: The Many Faces of Jesuit Service in Latin America - 7:00 p.m. at McShain Lounge, in McCarthy Hall
This panel will highlight the diversity of Jesuit social justice work in Latin America. Speakers include Fr. Matthew Carnes, SJ, Fr. John Montoya, SJ, and Georgetown students Austin Rose, COL’18, and Jessica Andino, COL’18, who participated the Kino Border Immersion trip. Co-sponsored with GU-LASA. All are welcome.
Jesuit Trivia - 9:00 p.m. at Bulldog Tavern
How much to you know about Jesuits? How much do you know about Georgetown in general? Come test your knowledge and impress your friends at trivia. Prizes will be given to top performing teams. Students only; note you do not have to be 21 to attend.
Ignatian Prayer - 9:30 p.m. in Copley Crypt Chapel
St. Ignatius encouraged people to use their imaginations, memories and emotions to develop an intimate relationship with a God who loves them and desires the best for them. Come savor the riches of Jesuit spirituality as Fr. Matt Carnes, SJ, shares some uniquely Ignatian ways to pray. People of all backgrounds and traditions are most welcome
Friday, February 5, 2016
Acclaimed Baroque period instrument ensemble, Modern Musick, will perform music composed within the cultural environs of the Society of Jesus in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Jum’ah Prayers - 1:30 p.m. in Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center
Imam Hendi leads communal Jum’ah prayers. Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, offers a brief reflection at the conclusion of the service. All are welcome!
The Jesuit Education Difference - 3:00 p.m. in ICC Auditorium
Our panel will offer perspectives on this important intangible asset to the Georgetown experience: College Dean Chester Gillis, MSB Dean Norean Sharpe, student John Whitmore, NHS’16, and alumna Alma Caballero, SFS’13, GSFS’15 and moderator, Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, Vice President for Mission and Ministry.
Shabbat Service - 6:30 p.m. in Makóm, Leavey Center
Rabbi Rachel Gartner leads the weekly Shabbat prayers. Fr. Matt Carnes, SJ, will offer a d’var torah (reflection on the week’s bible portion.) Kosher dinner is provided. All are welcome!
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Profession of Final Vows in the Society of Jesus - 11:00 a.m. at Dahlgren Chapel
Join the Georgetown Jesuit Community and the family and friends of Fr. Greg Schenden, SJ, who will profess his final vows as a Jesuit at this special Mass. Profession of final vows marks a Jesuit’s definitive incorporation into the Society of Jesus. In the Jesuit order, one’s first vows, made after the completion of the two-year novitiate, are an offer to God – a promise to enter the Society of Jesus. At that time, the Society of Jesus agrees to walk with a Jesuit as he lives out the vows he has made to God. After a number of years of training, experience and discernment, the Society confirms one’s decision and promise, via the celebration of Final Vows.