The Fordham University community celebrated the Feast of St. Ignatius in honor of the founder of the Society of Jesus with Masses at the Rose Hill and Lincoln Center campuses on July 31.
At the Rose Hill campus, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, celebrated Mass at the University Church, and at the Lincoln Center campus, Robert Grimes, S.J., dean of Fordham College at Lincoln Center, celebrated Mass at Blessed Rupert Mayer, S.J., Chapel in the Lowenstein Center. Both Eucharistic celebrations were followed by receptions.
“We Jesuits consider it the greatest blessing and honor that you are our colleagues in ministry or, more precisely, that we are your colleagues in ministry,” Father McShane told the congregants. “Therefore, this is, in a very special way, your day. So on behalf of all the Jesuits at Fordham, I wish you a happy feast day. And by the way, if you run into Jesuits today, they will not say hello … . They will say, ‘Happy feast day.’ Please understand that we mean that because this is your feast day.”
The annual Feast of St. Ignatius commemorates the death of the saint on July 31, 1556, in Rome, some 16 years after founding the Society of Jesus. At his death, it said that St. Ignatius implored his followers to find God in all things, and in all things to bring glory to God.