Friday, March 19, 2010

Ignatian Heritage Week

The Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu, invites the Saint Peter’s community to a week-long celebration of the College’s Jesuit heritage. This series of activities explores Saint Peter’s Ignatian identity and its historic presence not only in Jersey City, but around the world. The events below are open to the entire community. For more information, e-mail student organizer, Jacob Hayden, at

Wednesday, March 24
Movie Night: The Mission
Ignatian Heritage Week Event
7:00 p.m., the Quad (tentative)
Watch this fictionalized but fact-based look at the Jesuit mission to the indigenous peoples of South America, starring Robert Di Nero and Jeremy Irons, and featuring a screenplay by Robert Bolt. This film was nominated for seven Oscars, and won in the category of Best Cinematography.

Thursday, March 25
“Jesuit History in Jersey City”
Ignatian Heritage Week Event
7:00 p.m., Pope Lecture Hall
Did you know that the tough corruption-fighting priest in the classic film “On the Waterfront” was based on the work of Father Peter Corridan, S.J., and that the film was a major force in efforts to clean up the docks of Hoboken and New York? Dr. James T. Fisher takes the audience into a dynamic and fascinating history. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday, March 26
The Witness, A One-Act Play by Ernest Ferlita, S.J.
Ignatian Heritage Week Event
7:00 p.m., Pope Lecture Hall
The murders of the six Jesuits and their two companions in El Salvador were witnessed by a single woman. This is the story of her experience at the hands of officials.

Sunday, March 28
Alpha Sigma Nu Mass and Social
Ignatian Heritage Week Event
9:00 p.m., Saint Peter Chapel
The Jesuit Honor Society, Alpha Sigma Nu, will be represented at this Mass and social.

Monday, March 29
“Tattoos on the Heart: Strategies for Working With At-Risk Youth”
Ignatian Heritage Week Event
11:00 a.m., McIntyre Lounge
Father Gregory Boyle, S.J., nationally recognized for his innovative approaches to helping gang members step out of that life, will discuss his tireless work to provide love and support for kids whose homes are so emotionally impoverished or destructive that they join gangs in search of a surrogate family. He will discuss the strategies he has developed including Jobs for a Future, an employment referral center for at-risk youth, and Homeboy Industries, an economic development program.

Tuesday, March 30
“China’s Religion Policy Today”
Ignatian Heritage Week Event
5:00 p.m., Degnan Conference Room
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of the great Jesuit missionary in China, Father Mateo Ricci, S.J., Father Michel Marcil, S.J., the executive director of the U.S. Catholic China Bureau and a long-time "China watcher," will discuss the evolving attitude of the Chinese communist government toward religions, especially toward Roman Catholicism.

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