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UPDATE: Mass of the Holy Spirit

There is a strong chance of rain in the forecast tomorrow morning, and we are modifying our plans for the Mass of the Holy Spirit and outdoor procession. We will no longer meet on the steps of Christ the King Chapel to begin the program.

Faculty are asked to meet in the reception area in the rear of the Montante Cultural Center at 9:15 a.m. to robe in their Regalia. All other participants and guests are asked to gather in Montante at 9:30 am for the start of the program, immediately followed by mass. Brunch will follow in the Student Center.

Please remember that the Mass of the Holy Spirit is a long-standing Jesuit tradition in which the entire campus community is invited to gather to praise God for His many gifts and invite the Holy Spirit to guide us as we proceed through the new academic year. Fr. Ben Fiore will be the principal celebrant.  

Also remember that there are no classes scheduled from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm tomorrow, so everyone is encouraged to attend. This is a celebration of our solidarity as a school community and members of all of the diverse faith traditions represented on our campus are warmly welcomed to join us.

Submitted by: College Communications

It’s Trivia Wednesday

The campus community is invited to watch The Dome for special “Trivia Wednesdays” which will be published throughout the school year in every Wednesday edition. The first person to respond to with the correct answer will win Canisius “swag.” Additionally, once a month on Wednesdays, there will be a special giveaway in which the winner will receive some of the newly-designed Canisius Sesquicentennial gear.

Winners will be announced the following Wednesday each week along with the correct trivia answer.

This week’s giveaway question is:

The first line in the refrain of Canisius’ Alma Mater (revised 2006) is:

(a) Canisius, alma mater, my home forever more (b) Rally round and swell to the sound (c) Hail, all hail, Canisius (d) Canisius we pledge our love to thee

Congratulations to Jacki Graber, operations assistant for undergraduate admissions, who was last week’s Trivia Wednesday winner! See below for last week’s question and answer:

The Canisius Press Club published its first issue of The Canisian in 1929. Can you guess how much the student bulletin cost? $0.05

Submitted by: College Communications

President’s Convocation Recap

President Hurley presented his 2019 convocation address, his tenth as president of Canisius College, on Monday, September 30 in the Montante Cultural Center. Members of the college’s Board of Trustees joined faculty and staff to hear the president’s state-of-the-college address.

The president began by sharing his experiences from a trip to El Salvador and the Arizona/Mexico border with his wife, Maureen, Canisius students and Kaitlyn Buehlmann of Campus Ministry.  He described the trip as “sad and deeply moving.” “What is happening in Central America and at our border is a human tragedy of unspeakable proportions.”

Shortly after, Canisius had an opportunity to stand up and be counted when Buffalo learned that hundreds of Congolese refugees were enroute to Buffalo while they pursued asylum claims. The college offered housing to 13 residents of Vive freeing up beds for new arrivals. President Hurley expressed how grateful he was to members of the Canisius community who stepped forward to welcome those who stayed on campus with home-cooked meals, food, gift cards, and above all, companionship. 

President Hurley discussed enrollment, including the encouraging results of the past recruitment cycle, and updated the community on the college’s strategic direction. He said the college has prioritized positioning Canisius to thrive in a chaotic and disruptive period in higher education that may lead to a significant consolidation of colleges and universities in the Northeast and Midwest. He said that in this environment, developing a keen sense of who we are, determining what the aspirational – but also realistic – possibilities might be, and deciding how we might position ourselves to seize the best opportunities before us seems to me to be an aggressive and appropriate vision for Canisius. He also noted the continuing financial challenges Canisius faces, estimating that the college needs four more “good” years to stabilize. 

President Hurley encouraged all to capitalize on the positive momentum and outlined plans for “reimagining” Canisius – understanding who we are and what we do best. He recognized a number of academic accomplishments that highlight Canisius’ strength in scholarship, teaching excellence, and service to the broader community. The road ahead includes a resolute focus on new program development, fundraising, sustainability initiatives, mission and identity, and financial stability.

Upcoming Sesquicentennial news included the announcement of a series that will bring to campus Jesuit university presidents Rev. Joseph McShane, SJ, of Fordham, Dr. John DiGioia of Georgetown, and Rev. William Leahy of Boston College, to discuss “The Future of American Catholic Higher Education.” A keepsake edition of the fall Canisius Magazine will celebrate the Sesquicentennial and tell the history of the college era by era.

President Hurley ended by saying the observance of a milestone like the Sesquicentennial is a cause for celebration, and a cause for that great Christian virtue: hope. “Let the occasion of this anniversary strengthen and reinvigorate ourselves for the job ahead. Let’s stay attuned to the needs of the world and constantly discern where God may be calling us – in the students we serve, in the education we provide, and in the good that we seek to do in the world. Let’s resolve to tackle the challenges before us with a fresh burst of hope, a fresh burst of energy, a fresh burst of commitment, a fresh burst of creativity. Let’s remind ourselves constantly that we’re a great college that produces outstanding results. We have an incredible legacy of preparing leaders, of advancing our community, of contributing to our Church, of promoting justice in the world.  As they say, ‘We’ve got this!’ May God bless all of you and God bless our great Canisius College.”

Watch the full convocation here:

Submitted by: College Communications

Men’s Soccer at Home

The Canisius men’s soccer team opens Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play today, Wednesday, October 2 at 4:00 p.m. against Siena College at the Demske Sports Complex.

There is no admission charge. For additional game information, visit

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Submitted by: John Maddock, Athletics

The Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations Speaker

The Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations (ISHAR), the Department of Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation, and the Canisius Zoological Society will welcome Mary Wykstra, executive director of Action for Cheetahs in Kenya, to campus on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Regis room. Wykstra will speak about efforts to conserve cheetahs and other carnivores in East Africa.

The event is free and open to the public. Click here to add this event to your calendar.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, professor, Animal Behavior Ecology and Conservation and Biology