Jesuit Heritage Week


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 2015

Sunday, January 25 to Saturday, January 31, 2015

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Hindu Students Association and Chaplain Pratima Dharm welcome Fr. Greg Schenden, SJ, and the campus community to their weekly worship gathering.

Opening Mass8:00 p.m. in Gaston Hall 

Join the Georgetown Jesuit Community for Sunday Mass featuring the Chapel, Contemporary and Gospel choirs. The campus community is invited to join this festive University celebration that takes the place of Dahlgren Masses (7:30 pm, 9:30 pm, and 11:00 pm) and Protestant services in St. William’s Chapel (4:30 pm, 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm.) All are welcome!

 JHW-2015 Opening Reception9:00 p.m. on the second floor of Healy Hall

Students, faculty and staff are invited to share refreshments and conversation after the Opening Mass. Cosponsored with the Catholic and Protestant Chaplaincies.


Monday, January 26, 2015

The Cristo Rey Story: Fr. John Foley, SJ and the Georgetown Cristo Rey Community6:00 p.m. in Copley Formal Lounge

In Chicago in 1996, the first Cristo Rey Jesuit High School opened, sparking a revolution in urban Catholic education. With its local business partnership model and work-study format, Cristo Rey Jesuit opened doors to high quality college preparatory education, professional workforce skills training, and valuable networks of contacts for a generation of young people from economically challenged families.  Fr. John Foley, SJ, founder and first president of the Cristo Rey Network, is joined by students who attended Cristo Rey schools for conversation about this Jesuit innovation in Catholic secondary education. All are welcome!


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Campus Ministry Chaplains’ Tea3:00 p.m. in Carroll Parlor (Healy Hall Foyer)

Interreligious Understanding is a hallmark of the Jesuit educational experience.  On the hilltop, drinking tea together on Tuesdays is one of the ways we pursue this ideal. Join us for a cup of tea and friendly chat with your Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, Protestant and Catholic chaplains. Students, faculty and staff are warmly welcome.  Cosponsored with Campus Ministry. 

From Ignatius to Arrupe to Francis: a Jesuit Leadership Continuum - 4:00 p.m. in Dahlgren Chapel

In conjunction with the publication of his latest book, The Jesuits: A History from Ignatius to the Present (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) Fr. John O'Malley, SJ, University Professor in the Theology department, offers perspectives on the personal and public lives of these historic Jesuit leaders. Copies of Fr. O’Malley’s latest book will be available for purchase after the lecture. All are welcome!

Orthodox Christian Vespers - 5:45 p.m. in Copley Crypt Chapel

The Orthodox Christian Fellowship and V. Rev. Constantine White welcome Fr. Greg Schenden, SJ, and the campus community to their weekly Vespers.

Hoya Half-Time Entertainment - 7:00 p.m. at the Verizon Center

Georgetown Hoyas take on the Xavier Musketeers. Though we will compete on the court, Xavier and Georgetown are unified by our shared Catholic and Jesuit mission to encourage students to seek God in all things, be men and women for others, and promote academic excellence. To highlight Jesuit education and basketball a short video clip "The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight" will be played during the game. Hoya Saxa!

Jesuit Trivia Night at Bulldog Tavern - 9:30 p.m. in the Healey Family Student Center, New South

Georgetown Jesuits and students meet up for congenial conversation and friendly trivia competition. Students only; minimum age: 21.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Jesuits: History and Spirituality - 12:30 p.m. in Healy Hall, Room 105

Fr. Charles Gonzalez, SJ, a lively and engaging speaker, opens his class to any Georgetown student, faculty or staff member during Jesuit Heritage Week.

Women and the Ignatian Charism - 3:30 p.m. in Makóm, Leavey Center

From its founding by St. Ignatius of Loyola, the Society of Jesus has relied on women to assist in their ministry. In the last few decades, this relationship has deepened into a partnership that has enlivened Jesuit works like Georgetown. Much has been accomplished though more needs to be done. Join Dr. Jeanne Lord, Prof. Marilyn McMorrow, RSCJ, Shiva Subbaraman, and Prof. Ilia Delio, OSF, for coffee and conversation as they share insights drawn from experience as leaders in Jesuit education and religious organizations. Co-sponsored with the Women's Center. All are welcome!


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jammin’ Jesuit Java 4:00 p.m. in the Healey Family Student Center Great Room

Fr. Dan Madigan, SJ, and friends will host this popular “coffee house cabaret” for Jesuit Heritage Week.  Enjoy good company and tasty snacks while being amused, entertained, and possibly amazed by your professors and fellow students.

Musica Jesuitica, Part 1 - 7:00 p.m. in Copley Formal Lounge

Renowned musicologist, Fr. Piotr Nawrot will present music from the 17th and 18th century archives in Bolivia, composed in honor of Saint Ignatius. He will also refer to music with texts in Indian languages – in particularly his latest research on music from the Jesuit missions among the Guarani Indians. Dr. Nawrot will also discuss his reconstruction of the manuscripts and the presentation of this music by contemporary Indian musicians from the Bolivian rainforest zone. Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Performing Arts. All are welcome!

Spike-a-Jesuit - 9:00 p.m. at the Volleyball Courts in Yates Field House

The annual face-off between Jesuits and students will determine which team claims possession of the coveted Spike-a-Jesuit trophy, currently held by the students.  Come cheer on your team!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Musica Jesuitica, Part 2 - 1:15 p.m. in Dahlgren Chapel

17th and 18th century poetry and music in America often referred to Saint Ignatius, describing his virtues, wisdom and sanctity as model for Hispanic and Indian society in the New World. The Saint’s protection, intercession and power were meant to lead Spaniards and Indians to fight against sin and wrongdoing. The program was created by Fr. Piotr Nawrot, to commemorate the restitution of the Society of Jesus in 1814 and represents the North American premiere of this music. Co-sponsored with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Department of Performing Arts. All are welcome!

Muslim Prayer Service -1:30 p.m. in Bulldog Alley, Leavey Center

Imam Yahya Hendi leads Jum’ah prayers; Fr. Greg Schenden, SJ, offers brief remarks. All are welcome!

The Jesuit Education Difference 3:00 p.m. in White-Gravenor, Room 201a

Our panel will offer perspectives on this valuable intangible asset to the Georgetown experience. College Dean Chet Gillis, Philosophy Prof. Karen Stohr and student Noreen Sajwani, NHS ’15, will speak; moderated by Fr. Kevin O’Brien, SJ, Vice President for Mission and Ministry.

Jewish Shabbat Service - 6:30 p.m. in Makóm, Leavey Center

Rabbi Rachel Gartner leads the weekly Shabbat prayers; Fr. Greg Schenden, SJ, offers d’var torah, reflection on the weekly bible portion. Kosher dinner is provided.  All are welcome!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jesuit Storytelling - 1:00 p.m. in Wolfington Hall, the Jesuit Residence

Students and their parents are invited to gather in the Jesuit Residence COmmons with several of Georgetown's notable Jesuits who will share insights into their lives and work in the Society of Jesus.


Connect with us on Facebook and participate in this year's Instagram Contest!

Simply follow @GeorgetownOCM on Instagram and post your photos of your favorite moments of the week with the hashtag #JesuitHeritageWeek between January 25th and 31st.

Click here to view archived programs from previous Jesuit Heritage Weeks >