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.”
Sept. 10, 2019 - Fr. Robert Hanlon, SJ, died peacefully on September 4, 2019. He was 87 years old. Fr. Hanlon entered the Society of Jesus on August 14, 1951, and was ordained on June 13, 1964. He pronounced his final vows on November 6, 1972.
September 4, 2019 - Earlier this year, the Jesuits announced four Universal Apostolic Preferences, among them was a call to protect the environment. To respond to this, we will be sharing a series of monthly ecology reflections produced by Fr. John Surette, SJ. Read his September reflection: “Becoming More Fully Human in our 21st Century.”
September 4, 2019 - This month Pope Francis is asking us to join him in praying for the protection of the ocean. "Our solidarity with the 'common home' is born from our faith. Let us pray this month that politicians, scientists and economists work together to protect the world’s seas and oceans."
Aug. 27, 2019 - Register today for Jesuit Friends and Alumni Sunday! It is an opportunity for alumni and friends of the Jesuits to share in the celebration of liturgy, followed by a reception highlighting opportunities for continuing spiritual growth and service to the local and global community.