A Message from our President

quinn.jpgDear Alumni & Friends, 

Throughout the fall, the University held a number of events and activities to mark the 25th anniversary of the martyrs of El Salvador. From lectures to liturgy, the University community gathered together to celebrate the legacy of the Jesuits and their companions and to consider how we can continue to answer the challenge to engage the “gritty reality” of our world.

As I wrote in a reflection last fall, “Our vision for Jesuit education in the 21st century draws us always outward, in a widening circle of knowledge and understanding, compassion and responsibility. Our curiosity, concern and commitment must stretch to include all humanity. This stretching should be part of any university’s core vocation, or at least of any Jesuit university. Catholic teaching on solidarity is clear: We are one human family; we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be.”

Through this issue of the The Scranton Journal, we learn, for example, about alumni who are devoting their lives to making a difference in the world. We also take time to appreciate the work of alumni who returned to their alma mater as professors, seeking now to inspire future generations of Royals. In a special way, the Journal shares our gratitude for the generosity and support of our alumni and friends, whose contributions sustain our transformative Catholic and Jesuit education. In particular, I want to note the inspiring story of James M. Kane, Sr., M.D. By being a part of a special ceremony in his Rosemont, Illinois home last November, I was able to help complete a story nearly 60 years in the making.

As always, the University has so much about which to be grateful. For my part, I continue to marvel at the commitment and sacrifice of our faculty, staff and alumni and the deep devotion that is evident each day in their service to our students.

God bless you.


Kevin P. Quinn, S.J.

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