Friends, colleagues, fellow Jesuits and students filled the McGinley Center Ballroom on May 5 to say goodbye to Joseph Currie, S.J., director of campus ministry.
Father Currie, or “Papa Joe” as he is affectionately known, is leaving Fordham after 13 years, the longest stretch of his priestly career. This summer, he will become the rector at the Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth in Wernersville, Penn.
Jambalaya, samosas and cannolis were among the dishes served to commemorate Father Currie’s past assignments, which took him to places as diverse as New Orleans and India before he arrived at Fordham. He was lauded in speeches by Fordham College at Rose Hill junior Jordon Bledsoe, a football player for whom Father Currie served as chaplain; his brother, Charles L. Currie, S.J.; and Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham.
Master of ceremonies Monsignor Joseph G. Quinn, vice president for mission and ministry, ended the evening on the piano with a rousing rendition of the contemporary hymn “Day by Day.”