The 2017 Jesuit GALA: Recognizing John and Mary Power

When those gathered at this year’s Jesuit GALA on April 25 leave Boston’s Marriot Copley Place, they will walk away feeling inspired and energized—not only by the dozens of Jesuits there, the many volunteers present or the countless friends filling the room, but also by this year’s honorees, John and Mary Power.

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 and Mary Power 

Celebrating decades of Ignatian connections, John and Mary Power continue to inspire and empower others.

2017 GALA Co-Chairs:

Ann Marie and Dick Connolly

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.”

In recognition of their selfless efforts for the Jesuits and for others, the USA Northeast Province will honor Mary and John Power with its Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam Award at this year’s GALA.

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