Buffalo Celebrates Feast of St. Ignatius with Second Annual IggyFest
The second IggyFest was held on the Feast of St. Ignatius, July 31, 2019, at St. Michael’s Place in Downtown Buffalo. The event began with a 5:15 mass for alumni and friends. It was celebrated by the local Jesuit community, with music provided by the Voices of Mercy from St. Luke’s Mission.
At 6 pm the street fest began with live music by Wilmah (they won the Battle for Bands and performed at Loyolapolooza at Loyola Baltimore) with a cameo appearance by the popular Broadway to Buffalo. More than 700 people from all over Western New York and from every part of the country attended the Mass and Street festival. A special banner and buttons were created in honor of the Jesuit alumni in Puerto Rico who are now starting a One Jesuit Puerto Rico.
During IggyFest, Nancy Langer (pictured right with John Tomczak, director of One Jesuit Buffalo) received the OJB Alumni Arrupe award, celebrating Men and Women for others. Nancy Langer has served as president of Nativity Miguel School in Buffalo for the past 11 years. Nancy, a product of and longtime supporter of Catholic education, made the switch from a law career to gain a deeper connection to education. “I got to a point where I felt I should be doing something different,” she said. “I’d been active [as a lay leader and board member] in Catholic education, and I wanted the opportunity to do more. I was aware of the struggles of trying to provide a solid Catholic education in Buffalo’s central city.”
Aug. 5, 2019 - Br. Sebastian Boccabella, SJ, was called to eternal life on Aug. 4, 2019, at Murray-Weigel Hall, Bronx, N.Y. He was born on Sept. 4, 1931, and entered the Society of Jesus at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on July 14, 1950. He pronounced his final vows on Feb. 2, 1962, in Brooklyn, N.Y.
August 5, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for families and the role that they play in teaching future generations. "Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly 'schools of true human development'."
July 31, 2019 - Today is the feast St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. In honor of his feast, the recently ordained Fr. Vinny Marchionni, SJ, created a video reflection on St. Ignatius, specifically in his role as a pilgrim.
July 9, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for the Integrity of Justice. "Let us pray that those who administer justice may work with integrity, and that the injustice which prevails in the world may not have the last word."
June 27, 2019 - Earlier this year, the Society of Jesus announced four new Universal Apostolic Preferences, among them was a call to protect the environment. To help answer this call, we will be sharing a series of monthly ecology reflections produced by Fr. John Surette, SJ, a member of the USA Northeast Province.