Societas Iesu: Vox previews Jesuit Heritage Week

This week, Georgetown is celebrating Jesuit Heritage Week, which highlights the University’s Jesuit community and Catholic identity. While the comprehensive schedule of events is available here, here we offer Vox‘s rundown of this week’s most notable events.

Today at 3 p.m. English professor John Glavin will lead a tour of campus that will highlight Jesuit iconography and provide a unique insight into Georgetown’s heritage. The tour departs from White-Gravenor patio.

At 5:30 p.m., join Fr. Kevin O’Brien SJ and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Jeanne Lord for a mini-retreat using Ignatian reflection in the Leavey Center Makom space next to Cosi. Free dinner! (RSVP required)

Ever been curious about the goings-on at a Catholic Mass? At 3 p.m. on Tuesday, all faiths are welcome to join Fr. Dennis McManus in Dahlgren Chapel for a thorough introduction to the ritual, imagery and theology of the Catholic Mass.

For the one or two SFS positivists among us, SFS Dean Carol Lancaster will moderate a discussion with African Jesuits Fr. Jean-Baptiste Mazarati SJ and Fr. Rodrigue Takoudjou SJ, on how they hope to tackle Africa’s developmental challenges. A reception with African food will follow. The discussion starts at 6 p.m. in the Mortara Building at 36th and N Streets.

At 8 p.m. on Tuesday, head over to Yates Field House to cheer on the student team in the annual Spike-A-Jesuit competition. The students are the reigning champions.

At 4:30 p.m. on Thursday on the Gonda Theatre stage in DPAC, musicologist Fr. Piotr Nawrot offers a presentation of the music that emerged from the communities that Jesuit missionaries created to more efficiently Christianize and govern the natives of Latin America in the 17th and 18th centuries. The assimilation of European musical style with local traditions created a new musical form unique to the mission towns of Chicquitania in the Bolivian rain forest. In Dahlgren Chapel at 1:15 p.m. on Friday, there will be an afternoon of Bolivian Baroque based on the Jesuit music from this time period.

On Saturday afternoon, head to Dahlgren Chapel to experience a Traditional Latin Mass in the extraordinary form on the feast day of St. John de Brito, a 17th century Jesuit martyr and missionary. Fr. Stephen Fields, SJ, will preach on the relationship between the Traditional Mass and Ignatian spirituality. The mass begins at 3 p.m.

To close out the week, take advantage of a rare opportunity to experience the Jesuit Residence in Wolfington Hall. Starting at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, “The Secret Lives of the Georgetown Jesuits” will reveal the stories and adventures of several of Georgetown’s remarkable Jesuits including Fr. Otto Hentz SJ and Fr. John O’Malley SJ.

Happy Jesuiting!

2 Comments on “Societas Iesu: Vox previews Jesuit Heritage Week

  1. I’m pretty sure that Father McManus isn’t a Jesuit, hence no S.J. after his name.

  2. Ah, you’re right. He’s a reverend. Thanks for the catch.

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