Published: September 2012
Nearly 20,000 alumni, faculty, students, and friends of Boston College attended the late afternoon Sesquicentennial Mass in Fenway Park, on Saturday, September 15, 2012. From the altar along the first base line, with nearly 100 concelebrants standing behind him and his image projected live on the Jumbotron, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, said, “Red Sox Nation has also become Jesuit Nation.”
The Mass commenced a University-wide celebration extending over three semesters to commemorate Boston College’s chartering in 1863 by the governor of Massachusetts. Events will include academic symposia and a Sesquicentennial speaker series that begins on October 10 with a lecture by Harvard University President Drew Gilpin Faust.
Rev. Michael Himes, professor of theology, delivered the homily. Reflecting on the purposes of a Jesuit education, he spoke of how it enables those who receive it “to give something to others.”
Partway through the service, the aroma of Fenway Franks wafted from the concessions, which were opened after Mass. As the sun slanted, crowds took the opportunity to enjoy a hotdog and a stroll along the edge of the field.