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Jesuit Heritage Week: A 12-Year Tradition at Georgetown

John Carroll

The student-organized celebation of the university's Jesuit identity honors the Ignatian values upon which it was founded by Archbishop John Carroll.

January 24, 2012 – Georgetown will celebrate its 12th annual Jesuit Heritage Week Jan. 29-Feb. 4 with academic, musical, interfaith and social events, including the popular Spike-a-Jesuit volleyball game.

The week, organized by a student-run committee with help from the Office of Mission and Ministry, is meant to be a reflection of the university’s Jesuit identity as well as the Ignatian values upon which it was founded.

“Jesuit education is a living tradition, and celebrations like [this week] animate lively conversation about the meaning of that tradition for today,” said Rev. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry. “This year's activities show the breadth and depth of the Jesuit education experience, ranging from the academic to the artistic, the spiritual to the social.”

Reflection, Jammin’ Jesuits

The week opens with several worship services on Sunday, including an 8 p.m. Mass in Gaston Hall followed by a reception in the second floor corridor of Healy Hall.

Other events throughout the week include a mini-retreat on Monday evening, during which students of any faith tradition can learn to navigate the stresses of college life through the Examen (spiritual reflection) of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.

There will also be a Jammin’ Jesuit Java night, which comprises musical entertainment featuring Rev. Patrick Rogers, S.J., and other Jesuits and students on Wednesday night. Cash donations from this event will go towards the Magis spring break trips to El Salvador and the Arizona border.


Tuesday, Jan. 31, will bring the return of the Spike-a-Jesuit competition, in which Jesuits are pitted against students in a rousing game of volleyball.

The Jesuits will try again this year to reclaim their title as champions, which they held for almost a decade before losing it to the students two years ago.

Secret Lives

Activities will close out on Saturday evening with The Secret Lives of the Georgetown Jesuits, when some of Georgetown’s Jesuits, including Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., Rev. Otto Hentz, S.J., and Rev. John O’Malley, S.J., will share stories from their lives.

“This week brings our community together, by allowing us to seek involvement within our community but also within ourselves,” says Alma Caballero (SFS’13). “[It] is important because it transcends the normal routine and brings us back to our university’s roots.”

To learn more about the weeklong celebration, visit the Jesuit Heritage Week website.

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