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Jesuit Community Debuts Video Series

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Patrick Ryan, S.J., in the Studio
Photo by Nicholas Lombardi, S.J.
Fordham University’s Jesuit community aired the first in its 28-part Jesuits in Conversation series on Thursday, Nov. 18, with a video interview of the late Charles Beirne, S.J.

Jesuits in Conversation introduces the Jesuits working at Fordham to the larger University community and the public. The interviews include Jesuit priests at Fordham, Jesuit visiting scholars, and young Jesuits-in-training (called scholastics).

“This series is a wonderful introduction to the Fordham Jesuit community, and to the Society of Jesus in general,” said Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham. “It may be especially valuable to those who have not had first-hand experience with the Society, and to those who want to understand how a Jesuit education is transmitted at Fordham. I commend Father Ryan, Father Lombardi and Father Koterski for bringing this project to life.”

Patrick Ryan, S.J., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham (formerly the vice present for University mission and ministry), conducted the interviews. Joseph Koterski, S.J., and Nicholas Lombardi, S.J., coordinated the production with Matt Schottenfeld of Fordham’s television studio in the Walsh Family Library. Tim Valentine, S.J., wrote the original theme music.

The series is the product of two years of work by the Fordham Jesuit community. A new episode will be posted on the community’s Web page each week (barring holidays) and broadcast on Fordham's cable station, Channel 10.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to approximately 14,700 students in its four undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx and Manhattan, a campus in Westchester, the Louis Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y., and the London Centre at Heythrop College in the United Kingdom.

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