Editor's Note

Inauguration Joy

Every person has a special skill set where he or she really shines. Institutions do as well, and the September Inauguration of our 32nd President, Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., gave Holy Cross the chance to show off the areas where we as a community excel. Thoughtful planning—not, perhaps, the glitziest skill in our toolbox, but very important nonetheless—was evident in the committee and subcommittee work done months in advance to make sure that the campus was ready for hundreds of visitors. From music selections to placement of microphones, from space where delegates could don their academic robes to the banners lining College Street, every detail was discussed and planned with care and collaboration.

Another muscle we got to flex? Our purple pride. Not only did the already-notable beauty of the physical campus receive a little extra polish the week of Inauguration, students, faculty and staff were engaged at every level of the events celebrating Fr. Boroughs and Holy Cross.

One of the day's most talked about moments was the procession of the delegates, faculty and Inauguration party from the Hogan Campus Center up to the Hart Center. The Goodtime Marching Band led the way with rousing numbers while students in red Inauguration T-shirts lined the street, cheering and clapping. Some of us wondered if we'd have enough students to line the whole path, and it was decided that the lineup should start from the Hart Center, so if we "ran out" of students closer to Hogan, it wouldn't be so noticeable. Boy, were we wrong. There were plenty of Crusaders out there, joyfully participating and impressing our guests from other institutions with their genuine enthusiasm.

Finally, Holy Cross showcased one of its greatest skills: commitment to the Ignatian spirit and mission. Beginning with a faculty symposium that examined teaching and learning at a Jesuit, liberal arts college in the 21st century, the events surrounding the Inauguration of Fr. Boroughs connected to his experience as a man of faith. At the Mass on Inauguration Day, which was, appropriately, the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, members of Fr. Boroughs' extended family were on hand to witness the missioning of their loved one and his blessing by the Holy Cross community, as everyone in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel raised their arms and extended their hands in prayer.

Once the excitement of the Inaugural events subsided, the spirit of community fostered by such a momentous event in our College's history remained. And we look ahead with renewed vigor and a new leader to the next chapter for the College on the Hill.

In this extra-large issue, we hope you will find joy in the coverage of Inauguration, insight into the importance of spiritual retreats in Fr. Boroughs' first President's Report and solace in our tribute to the late Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., '49.

As always, we would like to hear what you think about your alumni magazine. Please email us at hcmag@holycross.edu.

All the best from Mount St. James,

Suzanne Morrissey
hcmag@holycross.edu

 

Feature Photo

"The older I get, the more these fortuitous meetings seem to take place," writes Peter F. Kranstover '73 USAID/U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan. Kranstover (right) and Bob Lorinser, M.D., P10, chief medical officer at the embassy, posed for this photo in a small town at about 9,000 feet in the Nathia Gali mountains, where they were escaping the heat of Islamabad for a weekend. Bob (now stationed in Seoul, South Korea) and his wife, Peggy, are parents of Crusader ice hockey player Peter Lorinser '10.

Have you been photographed in far-away places in your Holy Cross gear? We'd like to see those pictures! Send them to hcmag@holycross.edu.

 

/sites/all/images/socialimages