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2017 Jesuit GALA Honors John and Mary Power

May 3, 2017 - On April 25, more than 850 guests, including 85 Jesuits, gathered in Boston to celebrate and support the ministries of the USA Northeast Province at the 2017 Jesuit GALA. The event, hosted by Fr. James Martin, SJ, was also an opportunity to honor Mary and John Power with the Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award in recognition of their selfless work for the Society of Jesus and for others. 

John and Mary have been transformed by Ignatian values, and they both have deep Jesuit roots, dating back more than 50 years. In fact, more than 60 of their combined family members have graduated from Jesuit institutions.


John, a 1980 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, has worked in the commercial real estate industry for almost 30 years. A principal at Farley White Interests, John assisted the province with the successful Eastern Point Retreat House renovation project and is the vice chair of the Lowell Plan. Mary graduated from Holy Cross in 1983 and has been a member of several community and school boards. Both Mary and John have served on the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s Fellowship reconstruction task force and have been loyal friends of the Jesuits for many years.

“The Jesuits have been heroes to us,” John and Mary said. “They encourage us to dig deeper and they help us to discover our best selves. In our lives, they’ve truly been a constant presence, guiding us, shaping our spirituality and inspiring us to give back to others with the gifts we’ve been given.”




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