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Fr. Monan, S.J., Beloved Former BC President, Dies at 92

by Libbie Steiner

 

The 24th president of Boston College, Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., passed away on March 18 at the Campion Center in Weston, Massachusetts at age 92. Aside from being remembered as an extraordinary man who treated everyone with warmth and respect, Fr. Monan is credited with preventing Boston College from falling into financial crisis and guiding the university towards the national recognition it enjoys today as one of the leading Catholic universities in the country.

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BC’s Lenten Retreat: “Lift Every Voice!”

by Bianca Passero

 

Boston College Campus Ministry hosts a Lenten retreat every year. This retreat is free, takes place on Boston College’s campus, and lasts for 40 days. The retreat has three components: prayer, companion, and gathering. For prayer, students who participate commit themselves to 20 minutes of prayer each day. Participants also receive a Lenten reflection in their email inbox each morning to guide their prayer throughout the day. They are also assigned a spiritual companion whom they meet with every week throughout the retreat. Companions are faculty, staff, or Campus Ministers here at Boston College and are a great resource for participants. The spiritual companions are available to talk about whatever the participants want to. Topics typically include the student’s prayer life and how to improve it, life experience, and methods of furthering their relationship with God in all aspects in their lives.

 

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Annual Cronin Talk Provides Perspective on Dating

by Jeffrey Lindholm

 

The annual Kerry Cronin dating talk has been a staple event at BC for the past several years. It never fails to pack the lecture hall to full capacity with eager students, most of whom are freshmen. Full of jokes, casual tone, and ability to connect with students, Professor Cronin engaged the audience in conversation regarding dating, a topic she says is often avoided within the BC community.

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2017

BC Students Visit Jamaica for Service Experience

by Ryan Kapopoulos

 

 

Jamaica Magis is a service immersion trip through Boston College’s Campus Ministry, led by Father Michael Davidson S.J.. I recently went on the Spring Break trip to Kingston, Jamaica with 22 BC students. During the week each student is assigned to a classroom to serve as a teaching aid at Holy Family Primary School (grades 1-6) in Kingston. After school and on the weekends, there are a whole host of other unique service opportunities. Some of these include serving at various Mustard Seed communities, and institutions such as the Missionaries of Charity and the Missionaries of the Poor.

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2017

Arrupe Spreads Awareness of the True Costs of U.S. Immigration Policies

by Luke Heineman

 

It is nearly impossible to accurately determine the number of people that die attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. One method of doing so involves counting human remains in the desert which, from October 2000 to September 2014 in southern Arizona alone, was over 2,700. The causes of death are numerous but equally horrific: succumbing to heatstroke, dehydration, heart attacks, snakebites, or falling from cliffs, just to name a few. Additionally, it is likely that there are still hundreds of more remains buried in the desert, never to be found.

 

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Boston College’s Pro-Life Club Attends The March for Life

 

by Bianca Passero

 

Members of Boston College’s Pro Life Club attended the 44th annual March for Life on January 27, 2017 with close to a million of other pro-lifers from across the country and world. The March for Life is the nation’s largest peaceful protest for human rights. Every year people gather in Washington D.C. on the anniversary of the passing of the Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade that legalized abortion on January 22, 1973. Attendance was estimating at 750,000, which is the most out of any year. The majority of the people who attended the March were high school and college students and young adults, as well as many families.

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Mattapan Takes in PULSE

 

by Luke Heineman

 

If the spirit of PULSE could be expressed in one statement, it would be Philippians 2:3: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.” PULSE is a service-learning program that combines classwork with community service. With 55 community partners throughout Boston, students are given the opportunity to learn from people outside the classroom ranging from supervisors at non-profit agencies to marginalized populations in neighborhoods throughout the city. Until recently, however, Boston’s southern neighborhood of Mattapan, a name rarely uttered on campus, had been omitted from the services of PULSE.

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Administration and Students Respond to Muslim Ban

 

by Annalise Deal

 

On January 27, President Trump issued an executive order indefinitely banning refugees from Syria, and placing a 90-day suspension on immigrants entering the country from seven other predominantly Muslim nations. Two days later, Boston College President Fr. William Leahy and other top university officials joined the ranks of higher education administrators who spoke out against the ban. In an email sent out to the entire Boston College community, the administrators clearly stated their opposition:

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