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The Ignatian Year 2006: Jubilee Lecture on Francis Xavier

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Archbishop Joseph Pittau, S.J., Sophia University, Toyko, Japan, delivered the third Jesuit Jubilee Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 17, to a full house in the McGinley Center Ballroom,  on the Rose Hill campus. The lecture, on Francis Xavier, was sponsored by the Rector of the Jesuit Community at Fordham University and the Vice President for University Mission and Ministry.

Joan L. Roccasalvo, C.S.J., adjunct associate professor of theology, Fordham University, has written a series of essays on the Jesuit Jubilee Year 2006, celebrating the lives of the first three members of the Society of Jesus: St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Francis Xavier and Blessed Peter Faber. This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Ignatius Loyola (July 31, 1556), founder of the Jesuits, and the 500th anniversary of the births of Peter Faber (April 7, 1506) and Francis Xavier (April 13, 1506). All three essays are available online in the current issue of FORDHAM magazine.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.

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