I never want to stop going to school.
Life-long learning, to some, might sound torturous. But school is about being more than just a student. (I am not going to use the word “magis.” Sorry.) Learning is about opening your mind to new experiences, and about developing the ability to evaluate every second of every day in terms of what you can do to make the world a better place. Maybe even a safer place.
Safety has definitely been on my mind the past few days. I know I’m not alone.
It’s been a little over a week since Pope Francis visited Philadelphia, and I still can’t stop replaying scenes from those two days over and over again in my mind.
I was in the vicinity of Pope Francis’s incredibly moving speech at Independence Hall. I teared up when he closed with an Our Father in English, and nearly again when he waved and drove by where I was camped out in Franklin Square, to watch the speech on a Jumbotron.
I was there when he drove up and down the Ben Franklin Parkway just after twilight’s waning,
Recently there have been many articles, blogs and news reports about the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia. The World Meetings of Families went off without a hitch and was one of the most successful events in the history of Philadelphia. The personal effect the Pontiff had on each person within the city of Philadelphia was extraordinary. But, what about the impact the Pope had on a local university? The minute it was announced that Pope Francis would be attending The World Meetings of Families in Philadelphia and staying at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, SJU was buzzing. Would Pope Francis visit Saint Joseph’s University?
As mentioned previously in my About Me section, I am a freshmen here at SJU and hope to dive right into all of the fun things happening around campus. In order to do just this I have joined a club that I am particularly excited about, since it is technically not in my major, and allows me to broaden my horizons even more. The American Marketing Association (AMA) is a national club, and we are lucky to have our own branch here at SJU! Since joining this club I have attended meetings where speakers from companies such as Pepsi Co spoke,
In case you just woke up from some deep slumber or have been living in a jungle and just returned to civilized society, I feel like it is my duty and obligation as a human being to inform you that His Holiness Pope Francis graced us with his presence this past weekend. Many members of the Saint Joseph’s University community had the chance to see him in person either when he drove down City Ave., at the events happening downtown, or when he stopped by campus. I am lucky to be able to say that I was one of the people who had the opportunity of seeing him this weekend!
“Wait, the pope is coming?”
This was my friend’s favorite response to whenever the topic of the Papal Visit was brought up these past few weeks. Yes, we know, the pope is coming.
Professors, the news, my family – everyone was talking about this ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity.
Fortunately, I had the wonderful opportunity to participate in some papal events this past weekend.
On Friday, two of my three classes were canceled so I was able to prepare myself and begin planning my papal experience. My mother even drove down from Rochester, NY to come visit and to see the pope!
Although I am not Catholic, I fully understand and appreciate what it means to have a Jesuit education. I also recognize that Saint Joe’s has given me a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t find at many other universities. From access to certain resources to attending a national conference for free, SJU has provided life changing experiences that are not available anywhere else.
Today I was among hundreds of Saint Joe’s students that gathered around the chapel waiting for Pope Francis to bless our new statue. As I said,
Today hundreds of Saint Joseph’s University students lined City Avenue to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis arriving at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary around noon and then again when he departed for the Center City around 4:00. During both passes student’s enthusiasm was contagious. Cheers, including a rendition of “When the hawks go flying in,” could be heard throughout the crowd.
I couldn’t help but smile being a part of such a historic event for the city of Philadelphia and for our school. Every person I passed was grinning and excited to just see Pope Francis for a second.
In case you didn’t already know, this weekend the Pope is in town. For some this means attending the mass, or standing a couple of blocks away from the Mann Music Center. For others this means going home for the weekend and away from the mayhem, and then for the rest of us, it means being stranded inside of our dorm/apartment.
Some are looking at this weekend as misery, stuck on campus all weekend, what horror. I on the other hand am taking this weekend as a time to finally do all of the things that I never seem to have time to do on a free weekend,
I have been lucky enough to witness two presidential inaugurations during my time at Saint Joe’s. However, each time was a completely different experience.
My freshman year was the year that Father Gillespie became our 27th president. Of course classes were cancelled and as a freshman I thought that it was a great opportunity to witness a part of campus history. My friend and I got out of bed early, got dressed up and then headed over to Hagan Arena. Because it was so long ago I don’t remember most of the details, but I remember thinking that it was a very nice ceremony as I watched from the seats that oversee the arena.