Each Thursday, throughout the summer, the Office of College Communications will include historical facts about the college in The Dome, on Facebook and Twitter. It’s all part of our yearlong sesquicentennial celebration, which culminates in September 2020 when Canisius turns 150 years old.
Today, we flash back to May 1991 when the academic mace was carried for the first time at commencement ceremonies. Created by craftsmen at Kittinger Furniture in Buffalo, the highly ornamented wood staff was presented as a gift to Rev. James M. Demske ’47, SJ, on the anniversary of his 25th year as president of Canisius.
The mace is traditionally carried before official academic ceremonies such as graduation, honors convocation and presidential inaugurations, and serves as a visible sign that a formal session is being called to order.
The staff of the mace is constructed of cherry wood, as is the emblematic Griffin that sits atop the standard. The mythological mascot is stylized with the body and paws of a lion and the wings of an eagle. Surrounding the staff below the Griffin standard is a commemorative brass ring.
The General Curia of the Jesuits in Rome announced yesterday that the former Superior General, Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, SJ, passed away on Wednesday, May 20 in Tokyo, Japan. The Jesuits in Japan and the Asia-Pacific Region, his family and compatriots in Spain, as well as his many friends around the world, deeply regret his loss.
Rev. Arturo Sosa, SJ, the present Superior General, expressed his sorrow and condolences in a public message on Wednesday:
“Fr. Nicolas gave of himself throughout his life. It was a life marked by intense service, serene availability and a profound ability to live inculturation in Japan, where he went as a young Jesuit. It was a culture that he loved very much and in which he invested himself. The period of his Generalate was marked by his sense of humour, courage, humility and his close relationship with Pope Francis. Due to current travel restrictions, I am unable to travel to Japan for the funeral, but I assure all his many friends there of my closeness, compassion and condolences.” “All those who worked with Father Nicolás at the General Curia greatly appreciated his presence during his term as General. He will be greatly missed throughout the Society as a wise, humble and dedicated Jesuit, a man of grace and wisdom, simple, unpretentious,” Father Sosa also said.
The funeral of Father Adolfo Nicolás will take place in Tokyo on Saturday, May 23 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Ignatius Church. The celebration will be broadcast live, in English, on the internet. A memorial Mass will be celebrated in Rome in the Church of the Gesù at a date to be determined. It will be available live on the General Curia’s YouTube channel.
Click here to learn more about the life of Father Adolfo Nicolás, SJ.
COVID-19 virus and antibody testing is now available at all WellNow Urgent Care locations for anyone who has symptoms of or has been exposed to Coronavirus.
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Submitted by: Nick Wojcicki, marketing coordinator, Athletics
This week, we pray the Examen Live! with the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), and we pray for the class of 2020, especially those who are #JesuitEducated.
Friday, May 22, 4:00-4:20 p.m. EST.
Stephanie Russell, Jeanne Lord and Joe DeFeo will lead us in prayer. Russell is the vice president for Mission Integration at AJCU. Lord serves as director of the Jesuit Leadership Seminar and associate vice president for Student Affairs and dean of Students at Georgetown University. DeFeo is the executive director of AJCU’s Ignatian Colleagues Program.
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Submitted by: Sarah Signorino, director, Office of Mission & Identity
The Canisius College School of Education & Human Services will present a live webinar on Tuesday, May 26 at 12:00 p.m. titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Sport Industry.” The webinar will be hosted by Shawn O’Rourke, PhD, director of sport administration at Canisius College and Brad Hutchins MS ’04, interim assistant director of brand management and trademark licensing at the University of Oregon. Because the webinar is live, participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of O’Rourke and Hutchins.
Click here to read more about this upcoming webinar.