Friday, November 20, 2009

Events on Hawk Hill

Record Numbers Attend Alumni Gala to Honor Maguire '58 and Support Student Scholarship


Nearly 600 friends and supporters, including a record number of alumni (260), celebrated Saint Joseph’s 28th Annual Alumni Gala on October 30 at the Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. The SJU Alumni Association’s premier event — which raises funds for the Shield of Loyola scholarship fund — was highlighted by the presentation of the Shield of Loyola Award to James J. Maguire ’58. The award is bestowed annually upon a distinguished alumnus or alumna who has had remarkable success in his or her profession; whose life reflects the values of St. Ignatius Loyola, and who has demonstrated unparalleled loyalty to Saint Joseph’s University. This year’s attendance marked the event’s largest numbers since its inception in 1981.

The affair featured an array of noteworthy guests, including ten former Shield of Loyola recipients, University Trustees, major benefactors, and Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who took a moment during the cocktail hour to be photographed with the Mr. Maguire and University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sean Sweeney (MBA) ’94, Executive Vice President of Philadelphia Insurance Companies, guided the evening as emcee. Speakers included 2007 Shield of Loyola recipient Mary Lou Finlayson Quinlan ’75, Alumni Association President Dennis Sheehan, Esq. ’85, Fr. Lannon, and President and CEO of Philadelphia Insurance Companies, James (Jamie) J. Maguire Jr. ’84. The Most Reverend Joseph P. McFadden, D.D., V.G. ’69, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia provided the Invocation.

Fr. Lannon offered a University update, and remarked on Jim Maguire’s role as a leader in the Saint Joseph’s community. “Jim Maguire is an inspiring person and a leader…He credits Saint Joseph’s with transforming his life, and in turn, he and his wife, Frannie, have transformed Saint Joseph’s through their generosity, commitment, and support,” he remarked.

SJU Commemorates 20th Anniversary of Martyred Jesuits

PHILADELPHIA (Oct. 23, 2009) -- Rodolfo Cardenal, S.J., former provost of the University of Central America (UCA) in El Salvador, will present “The Message of the UCA Martyrs in Today’s Reality” at Saint Joseph’s University on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 11:30 a.m., to commemorate the murders of six Jesuit priests and their two colleagues at UCA in 1989.

The lecture, which is sponsored by the Office for Mission and Identity at SJU, will take place in the Banquet Hall of Campion Student Center located off of Cardinal Avenue near City Avenue. It is free and open to the public.

On Nov. 16, 1989, the Salvadoran army raided the Jesuit residence at UCA (Universidad Centroamericana, located in the capital, San Salvador) murdering the priests, their housekeeper and her daughter: an act of violence resulting from contention for social and economic power in El Salvador.

As professor of history and provost of UCA at the time of the slayings, Fr. Cardenal may have been murdered that night, had he not moved from the University’s campus shortly before the attack.

“Through his close association with his brother Jesuits – professors all – who were tireless voices for social justice in El Salvador, Fr. Cardenal will offer deep insight into their legacy, and how contemporary Jesuit universities can be agents of change,” said Daniel Joyce, S.J., assistant to the vice president for mission and identity at Saint Joseph’s.

Fr. Cardenal will share his personal reflections on the 1989 killings and how they are relevant today, remembering his friends and colleagues: Ignacio Ellacuria, S.J., Ignacio Martin-Baro, S.J., Segundo Montes, S. J., Amando Lopez, S.J., Juan Ramon Moreno, S.J., Joaquin Lopez y Lopez, S.J., Julia Elba Ramos and her daughter, Celina Mariset Ramos.

A member of a prominent Nicaraguan family, Fr. Cardenal is currently a professor of history at the University of Central America in his native Managua, Nicaragua.

Submit Your Intentions for the Mass for All Souls
Throughout the month of November, the Roman Catholic Church turns its attention toward remembering those who have gone before us in faith. In keeping with this tradition, Saint Joseph’s invites you to submit intentions for your deceased loved ones – parents, spouses, family members, alumni, professors, Jesuits and friends. Your loved ones will be prayed for during the Mass for the Solemnity of Christ the King on Sunday, November 22 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of St. Joseph. All are welcome to join us at this service. Please submit the names of those whom you would like us to pray for to by Friday, November 20.

Ignatian Five Day Retreat
Saint Joseph's University's Office of Mission Programs is offering a five day Ignatian Retreat, January 11 – 15. The retreat will be held at the Jesuit Center in Wernersville, PA. For more information, contact Fr. Dan Joyce, S.J. at 610-660-3291 or

Summer Immersion Programs to Host Auction
You may remember the "Project Mexico Auction." We have grown! Now, over 70 students travel annually to Ecuador, Guatemala, New Mexico, and Mexico for a full immersion into the culture through our Summer Immersion Programs. The SIP Auction on December 2 raises funds to support these trips. For more information on these events, visit or e-mail

Alumni Service Trip to El Salvador
Members of Saint Joseph's University alumni are invited to participate in a service trip to San Salvadore, El Salvador from January 9 - January 16. The trip is being run through the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus' Project FIAT. During Project FIAT International, participants leave the comfort, efficiency, and competitiveness of their culture, to enter to some extent into the values, experiences, and limiting circumstances with which billions of the world's people live. Interested parties can contact Fr. Dan Joyce, S.J. at 610-660-3291 or more>

Catholic Intellectual Series
The Catholic Intellectual Series 2009-2010 will host its third discussion on Tuesday, February 2, entitled "U.S. Foreign Policy in Light of Catholic Social Teaching." Maryann Cusimano-Love, Ph.D. '86, from Catholic University of America's Department of Politics, will be speaking in the Wolfington Teletorium in Mandeville Hall at 7:30 pm. more>

Medical Alumni to Host Chapter Meeting
The SJU Medical Alumni Chapter will host its next chapter meeting on Saturday, December 5 in the Claver House Conference Room. Conference call capabilities are available. Among the topics will be the 2010 Chapter awards, Dinner with a Doc and the Spring Luncheon. Please RSVP to Megan Famular at 610-660-3294 or more>

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