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Cardinal Tagle Delivers a Blessing for John F. Hurley, S.J.

Helen Tartar, pictured with former University press head Robert Oppedisano in 2004.
Photo by Peter Freed

During the celebrations that marked his visit to Fordham at the end of March, His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop of Manila, honored a Jesuit who provided hope and comfort in the Philippines during the dark days of World War II.

The name of that Jesuit—John Fidelis Hurley, S.J., a 1914 Fordham graduate—was inscribed on the Fourteenth Station of the Cross in the University Church last fall. Cardinal Tagle approached the inscription and gave a blessing on March 29 while celebrating Mass at the church.

While serving as superior of the Jesuit mission in the Philippines during its occupation by the Japanese, Father Hurley set up an underground system for distributing food, medicine, and money to internment camps where American and Filipino soldiers and civilians were held.

“He kept the spirit of those folks alive during that occupation,” said Henry Schwalbenberg, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and director of Fordham’s Graduate Program in International Political Economy and Development, who regularly visits the Philippines with students in the program.

He noted that the relief organization set up by Father Hurley after the war was a forerunner to Caritas Manila and Catholic Relief Services in the Philippines.

“All the institutions that are now responding in Leyte after (Typhoon Haiyan) are descendants of what he set up to deal with the relief work after the war,” Schwalbenberg said.

After reading the blessing, Cardinal Tagle placed his hand on the inscription of Father Hurley’s name for several quiet seconds. Then he turned away to resume the service.

— Chris Gosier


Forbes China Gives Top Ranks to BiMBA

Fordham’s Graduate School of Business Administration’s BiMBA program at Peking University has received the top ranking from Forbes China magazine.

The magazine has issued a report on China’s Best Business Schools 2014, in which it undertook an independent survey of MBA programs at China’s business schools. The BiMBA program, which is taught jointly through a consortium of Jesuit business schools, was ranked No. 1 for full-time MBA program. BiMBA’s part-time MBA program was ranked highest on salary and its EMBA program was ranked highest on satisfaction.

The six-month survey of schools and their graduates led Forbes China to select 18 most valuable full-time MBA programs and part-time MBA programs. BiMBA was followed by China Europe International Business School at No. 2, and the School of Economics and Management at Tsinghua University as No. 3 for full-time MBA programs.


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