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President Hurley’s Pilgrimage – Day 4

Canisius President John J. Hurley and his wife, Maureen, continue their pilgrimage through the Holy Land. On day four, the group visited the site on the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.  Later, they continued onto Bethany, a town now controlled under Palestine, where they visited the tomb of Lazarus, which proved to be a powerful moment for the group.

The Tomb of Lazarus

The week-long pilgrimage to the Holy Land is sponsored by America Media, a Jesuit ministry that includes America magazine.  It is being led by Revs. James Martin, S.J., author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage; Matt Malone, S.J., editor-in-chief of America; and Brendan Lally, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community at St. Joseph’s University.

Throughout the week, “The Dome” will continue to share President Hurley’s reflections and photos from his journey (see below).

Also, click here to follow a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land through video links, which also will be posted daily.

Day Four – Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Reflections from President Hurley

We departed from the Mount of Beatitudes this morning and drove to the “other side” of the Sea of Galilee and down through the West Bank to Jericho, Bethany and finally, Jerusalem.

Pilgrims preparing to enter the Jordan River

On our bus ride, we received some orientation to the modern day political reality of Israel.  We drove through checkpoints, saw armed guards, barriers and fences, and got a much better sense of the division in the country.

President Hurley in the Jordan River

We visited the site on the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.  I stood in the murky Jordan River (not opting for the full immersion sought by many other pilgrims; after all, we Catholics have already been baptized!) as Fr. Brendan Lally led us in a renewal of our baptismal vows.  As with so many other parts of this pilgrimage, those vows took on new meaning at this holy site.

We continued on to Bethany, which now is a Palestinian-controlled town, to see the tomb of Lazarus.  I have been praying over St. John’s account of Jesus’s greatest miracle, the raising of Lazarus, for many years.  At funerals, I find Jesus’s announcement that he is the resurrection and the life and those that live and believe in him will never die to be a source of great consolation.  Never in my life did I imagine that I would be standing in Lazarus’s tomb.  Fr. Jim Martin’s great reflection for us this morning asked us to think about what in our lives we might want to leave behind in that tomb.  It was a powerful moment for everyone in our party.

Lazarus Mosaic

We arrived tonight in Jerusalem, leaving Christ’s ministry in Galilee behind, and preparing to trace the final steps of his life in this holy city.

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Video Institute Premieres Film on Recidivism

The Canisius College Video Institute will premiere its latest documentary, “The Very Same House: Recidivism in Buffalo,” today at 1:00 p.m. in the Lyons Hall 418 Screening Room. The event, co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice, is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

A panel discussion will follow the screening. The 10-minute film was produced by David Goodwin COM/JRN, under the guidance of Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies and co-director of the Video Institute.

The award-winning Canisius College Video Institute provides students with opportunities to put their classroom lessons to work on projects that enrich their learning and benefit the greater community. Students produce social documentaries and service-oriented videos – all connected by the theme of social justice – to promote discourse on ethical, social and cultural issues relevant to the world today. The Video Institute is co-directed by Dr. Irwin and Jamie O’Neil, associate professor in the Digital Media Arts Program.

Submitted by: Barbara J. Irwin, PhD, professor, communication studies

Sit in on the MSA Women in Sport Symposium Lecture Tonight

The Canisius College Master of Sport Administration (MSA) Program and the Institute for Research in Sport invite the Canisius community to join them for the MSA Distinguished Guest Lecture Series: Women in Sport Symposium. The lecture will be held tonight from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Science Hall Commons.

The lecture will feature MSA alumae who work at various companies in the Western New York Area.  Super-panelists include:

Andrea Gregory `07 – Roswell Park Alliance Foundation
Teresa Belbas `05 – Buffalo Sabres
Emily Herr `13 – Buffalo Bills
Nicole Conte `08 – New Era

The panel members will discuss the advantages to being a woman in the workplace, share advice to young women looking to get into the sports industry, talk about various breakthroughs for women in the professional sports industry and how the MSA program helped prepare them for their current roles.

Katy Ryan ’11, senior partnership services manager for the Buffalo Sabres, will moderate the event.  Judith Caserta ’08, assistant athletic director, business operations for Canisius College will be the keynote speaker.

The lecture will be free of charge and open to the Buffalo community.

Submitted by: Shawn O’Rourke, associate dean, School of Education & Human Services

USA Diversity Board Hosts Lecture

The Diversity Board of the Canisius College Undergraduate Student Association will host Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro and Yoseli Castillo Fuertes tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Grupp Fireside Lounge. The heir presentation, “Race, Gender and Sexuality: Negotiating Minority Identities in the Caribbean,” is free and open to the public.

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro is a novelist, short story writer and essayist from Puerto Rico. Her work has been published in Spain, Ecuador, Ghana, the UK, Mexico, Argentina, Panama, Guatemala, Chile, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Denmark, Hungary and France.

Yoseli Castillo Fuertes was born in the Dominican Republic in 1972 and at 16 migrated to the United States. She holds a BA in Psychology and an MA in Spanish Literature. Castillio Fuertes is a bilingual, Dominican, Latina, lesbian, poet, activist, and teacher. Since August 2005, she has organized the Gay & Lesbian Bohemian Night, a LGBTQ open mic in Washington Heights, New York.

The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Latin American Students and Friends (LASAF), Sigma Delta Pi and Unity.

For more information, please contact Asher Havis-Walton, diversity chair, at

Richard Reitsma, PhD, associate professor, Spanish and Latin American studies

See the Final Student Ensemble Concerts

This weekend features the end-of-semester performances of all of the Canisius College student music ensembles. We hope you can make it to one or more of these events and support your students and colleagues as they showcase their musical accomplishments of the school year. All three performances are free and open to the public and are at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center.

Frank Scinta will be directing the performance given by the Canisius College Chorale on Friday, April 24.

A performance on Saturday, April 25 features the Canisius College Concert Band, Paul D. Biddle, director, as well as the Canisius College Jazz Ensemble directed by David DeWitt.

The weekend’s final performance is Sunday, April 26 which features the Canisius College Chamber Orchestra, directed by Ansgarius Aylward.

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius