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.”
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Nov. 5, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for Dialogue and reconciliation in the Middle East in the Church. "Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East."
Nov. 4, 2019 - Fr. G. Simon Harak, SJ, died peacefully on Sun., Nov. 3, 2019. Fr. Harak was born on April 15, 1948, and entered the Society of Jesus on Sept. 5, 1970. He was later ordained on June 9, 1979, in the Chapel of St. Joseph at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. He pronounced his final vows on April 14, 1991.
Nov. 1, 2019 - Earlier this year, the Jesuits announced four new Universal Apostolic Preferences. One of these preferences was "To collaborate in the care of our Common Home," a call to protect the environment. To help answer this call, we will be sharing a series of monthly ecology reflections.