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Inauguration to Celebrate Renewal of Intellectual Commitments


Inauguration to Celebrate Renewal of Intellectual Commitments

In addition to celebrating the homecoming of Joseph M. McShane, S.J., the weeklong presidential inauguration scheduled to begin on Oct. 17, will bring the entire Fordham family together to renew the University’s commitment to rigorous scholarship, wisdom and learning.

Father McShane, who served as dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill and professor of theology from 1992 to 1998, returns to Fordham as its 32nd president after serving five years as president of the University of Scranton. The driving force behind the advancement of prestigious fellowship programs at both Fordham and Scranton, Father McShane values a culture of scholarship in which students are nurtured, challenged and inspired. The inaugural events will celebrate the various members of the Fordham family who helped shape this vision.

The formal inauguration of Father McShane as the University’s 32nd president is only the third inauguration of a Fordham president, the first being Rev. Aloysius Hogan, S.J., in 1930, and the second being the Rev. Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., in 1984. Father McShane becomes the 27th Jesuit president of Fordham since its administration was given to the Society of Jesus in 1846.

The celebration will commence on Friday, Oct. 17, when Fordham undergraduates from all three campuses join the new president and a local celebrity disc jockey for the Student Inaugural Ball in the McGinley Center Ballroom at Rose Hill. Two days later, on Oct. 19, University faculty, staff and administrators will gather for a mass and a picnic along the Hudson River on the Marymount campus in Tarrytown.

Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society, will commemorate the silver anniversary of the papacy of Pope John Paul II, in Fordham Prep’s Leonard Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 21, during his semi-annual McGinley Lecture titled “John Paul II and the Mystery of the Human Person.”

On Thursday, Oct. 23, at St. Paul the Apostle Church adjacent to the Lincoln Center campus, the University community will gather to invoke God’s blessing on Father McShane at the Inauguration Eucharist. The Eucharist will conclude with the Commissioning of the President, during which students, faculty, staff and administrators from all three campuses will share with Father McShane their expectations for his presidency. The new president will be joined by members of the Board of Trustees and representatives from the Society of Jesus, including the Rev. Joseph A. O’Hare, S.J., president emeritus of Fordham University. The event will be followed by a reception for graduate students.

The Installation and Investiture of Father McShane will take place on Friday, Oct. 24 as he becomes formally endowed with the powers of the Fordham presidency. Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will be the keynote speaker and will be awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

The installation ceremony will be followed by a luncheon on Martyrs’ Court lawn and the opening of the William D. Walsh Family Library exhibit, “Antiquarian Maps, Dutch New York and Early New England.” The maps are a gift from Bert Twaalfhoven (CBA ’52), an advisory board member of Fordham Business Schools, and founder of both the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research and Indivers B.V., an industrial holding company based in the Netherlands.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, the Center for American Catholic Studies kicks off the yearlong Sapientia et Doctrina lecture series with a daylong conference on “Urbanism and American Religion.” Fordham’s motto, Sapientia et Doctrina (Wisdom and Learning), emphasizes rigorous scholarship and embraces a community of men and women committed to exploring the life of the mind. In this spirit, the lecture series celebrates the inauguration of Joseph M. McShane, S.J., as Fordham’s 32nd president.

The inaugural festivities will conclude on Sunday, Oct. 26, with a 9 p.m. Mass in the University Church and a student reception on the second floor of the McGinley Center.

Formal invitations for all inauguration events are being sent by mail. For more information on these and other inaugural festivities, please visit the Inauguration Web site.

— Ryan Thompson

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