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A Reenactment of Fordham’s First Welcome


On new student orientation day, Aug. 28, Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham, greeted six incoming students in a reenactment of Fordham founder Archbishop John Hughes’ greeting of the very first group of six Jesuits arriving from Kentucky in 1846. The event was staged on the steps of Cunniffe House on the Rose Hill campus, in the same spot where the original group was said to have been greeted by Fordham’s founder.

Representing the students were Devin O’Mara, Pedro Acosta, Mavi Bengzon, Azka Ali, Charmaine Pisani, and Qing Li. (Photos by Dana Maxson)

Photos by Dana Maxson

Photos by Dana Maxson




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