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President Hurley’s Pilgrimage: Final Reflection

Thank you for following my pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This was a unique opportunity to explore my personal relationship with Jesus Christ in a new and vivid way by tracing his steps in the Holy Land.

I tell our students at Open Houses and at Freshman Convocation that I hope that they will find – as St. Ignatius Loyola did – that life is all about a relationship with God and it is the process of exploring that relationship that brings about a transformation in human beings.  I’ve always believed that to be true, but the experiences of the past week have confirmed it for me again.

The Sea of Galilee

I have tried to make these reflections something more than just a travelogue.  There is no doubt that the places we visited and the things that we saw were an important part of the experience.  We had the opportunity to see the places where Jesus actually lived, walked, preached, healed, died and rose from the dead.  We learned that not every single detail can be pinned down with absolute certainty and a certain amount of it is part of the wonderful mystery of our faith.  But, in the end, I am left with a much better appreciation of Jesus as fully human and fully divine.

Jerusalem at sunset

When our Canisius students go on retreats or service or immersion trips, we warn them at the end that it is very likely that they will be flooded with emotions because of the intensity of the experience.  I am no different, and in addition to the emotions, I’m left with some essential questions that Fr. Jim Martin posed to us on the last day of the pilgrimage:

-Where did I meet God on this journey and where did God move me?

-What did I learn about Jesus on this journey and how am I closer to him?

-What do all of these experiences mean and what difference will they make in my life?

These are lifetime questions.  No matter how holy or significant the site you visit may be, it’s never a “one and done” proposition.  Our relationship with God needs to be a lifetime journey.  Stay tuned!

Submitted by: Marketing and Communication

Canisius Employees Awarded Commendations

Picture from left to right: Gary Everett, director of public safety, Brian McIntyre and Nate Billings, officers for public safety, Terri Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs, and President John Hurley.

On Tuesday, April 14 President John Hurley visited Public Safety as part of his “Listening Tour.” Officers and one housekeeping employee were recognized for excellent police work.

Pictured left to right: Gary Everett, director of public safety, Mark Gaiser, housekeeper, Terri Mangione, PhD, vice president for student affairs, and President John Hurley.

Commendations are awarded on a regular basis in formal ceremonies held in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs to honor those officers and employees who go the extra mile to protect our campus community.

Officers Brian McIntyre and Nate Billings; Lieutenant Andrew Nowak, and housekeeper Mark Gaiser were each given commendations for going above and beyond to protect Canisius.

Submitted by: Nancy Dusza, administrative associate, public safety

Pictured left to right: Gary Everett, director of public safety, Lieutenant Andrew Nowak, Terri Mangione , PhD, vice president for student affairs, and President John Hurley.

Attend the Opera Workshop Performance

The Opera Workshop, directed by Melissa Thorburn, presents “When Classes Collide” this Wednesday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The performance features scenes from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” and “The Marriage of Figaro,” Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore” and Puccini’s “La Boheme.”

Rev. Michael F. Tunney, S.J., has designed scene projections and Carole Harris provides the choreography for this performance. The concert is free and open to the public.

For information call the Fine Arts, Music Office at Ext. 2536 or visit

Submitted by: Ellen Barnum, director, ArtsCanisius

Support Women’s Lacrosse This Weekend

Your regular season conference champion women’s lacrosse team will play host to the MAAC Tournament this weekend in the teams’ quest for their fifth consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.

The Griffs meet Marist at 8:00 p.m. Friday evening under the Demske lights. Preceding that contest will be the first semifinal between Monmouth and Fairfield. The two winners meet at noon on Sunday for the right to go to the NCAA Tournament.

Sunday’s game will be televised live by Time Warner and ESPN3.

Tickets are $5.00. To purchase in advance call 888-2885.

For additional information, visit

Submitted by: John Maddock, associate athletic director, external affairs

Student Teachers’ Gala

The 15th Annual Student Teaching Gala was held this past Saturday in the Grupp Fireside Lounge.   Sponsored by the Teacher Education Club (TED), student teachers were joined by family, faculty, cooperating teachers, supervisors and colleagues. The student-teachers were honored for their dedication and accomplishments working with their own students in their culminating field teaching placement as undergraduates at Canisius. The celebration included dinner by Chef’s restaurant as well as tributes by faculty and colleagues.

Submitted by: Nicki M. Calabrese, PhD, faculty advisor for TED