Walking through the Atrium of the PLC, you may have noticed a Christmas Creche has been set up surrounded by three lovely 6 ft. evergreen trees. This piece is from the University Collection, created in the 20th century and fashioned after the 18th century Neapolitan style. The particular figures of Mary and Joseph, the materials used to create them, as well as the coloring of their garments, is unique to this style.
WHERE: Post Learning Commons Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections, 3rd Floor
WHAT: Take a trip back in time to October 26,1967 when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed an audience in the Alumni Memorial Field House (now, the Hagan Arena) of Saint Joseph’s College (University). Listen to a few brief remarks about the exhibition “The Clear Voice of Justice” Martin Luther King, Jr. 1967/2017, view the history, talk with friends about it and enjoy some light refreshments. Learn something new.
Photo credit: Glenn A. McCurdy
Notice the two volumes of the visually
appealing St. John’s Bible on display there.
Each volume of this Heritage Edition is
displayed in its own beautiful wooden case, handcrafted by Eugene Sell, ’97. Check out the wall-mounted iPad loaded with additional images and descriptions of Bible pages.
See St. John’s Bible for more information on the background and creation of this beautiful work.
A new exhibit in Drexel Library entitled “In the Beginning: Saint Joseph’s College Catalogues and Awards of the 1850s,” displays copies from the University Archives and Special Collections of
selected early college catalogues (1852-1862) and academic award certificates along with some photographs of silver medals received by students for their academic success. This collection of items helps tell the story of the College’s inaugural years and sheds some light on what college life would have been like for some of the first
Here are a few things to think about while visiting the display:
- How much would it have cost a parent or guardian to send a
student to the college during the 1852-1853 academic year?
- What were some of the classes students had to take in the 1850s as part of their chosen course of study?
- Do you recognize any of the family names from the 1852-1853 catalogue listing of students or from the awards pages?
- Would you have been able to follow the regulations for student conduct?
The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of Drexel Library near the Bridge to the PLC and will be available for viewing through the end of May. Stop by and take a look!
For information on this display, the University Archives or the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Special Collections, please contact:
Christopher Dixon, Archival Research Librarian
610.660.2164 or “email@example.com”
In solidarity with all those across the country owning the Bible and participating, each day starting
Monday, September 21st and ending on Sunday,
September 27th, a different page of the Bible will be
displayed. For each page of the day, Saint John’s School of Theology has written a reflection incorporating the
artwork and spiritual message conveyed.
For more information see Illuminating the Message on the Saint John’s Bible website.
Andean School, The Flight into Egypt, 18th century oil on canvas
Saint Joseph’s University Collection
The exhibition, “A Visit with Pope Francis and the Holy Family,” commemorates Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States and
his historic visit to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families (26-27 September 2015). Picking up on the latter theme, the exhibit features paintings from Spanish Colonial America of Gospel events in the life of the Holy Family. These paintings are selected from the Saint Joseph’s University Collection and are juxtaposed with texts drawn from the homilies, talks, and addresses of Pope Francis
reflecting on the subjects depicted in these art works.
This mode of presentation offers the opportunity to “enter into” what St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556) in the Spiritual Exercises calls the “mysteries” of the life of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, accompanied and guided by Pope Francis himself. It also bears comparison with Ignatius of Loyola’s “method and order of meditating and contemplating,” as Pope Francis “narrate[s] […] the facts of the contemplation or meditation” so as to help the viewer garner “spiritual relish and fruit” (Spiritual Exercises, no. 2).
In the course of Pope Francis’s guided meditations on the
Holy Family, many of his signature themes are salient. These themes are of a piece with his project of “waking up” the Church and the world—laity, ordained and consecrated persons, all people of good will. And so for Pope Francis, Jesus’s birth in Bethlehem,
for example, manifests “the humility of God taken to the extreme,”
as He assumes “our frailty, our suffering, our anxieties, our desires and our limitations.” Concurrently, the divine humility
poses a challenge. In Pope Francis’s words, “Do we have the courage to welcome with tenderness the difficulties and problems of those who are near us, or do we prefer impersonal solutions, perhaps
effective but devoid of the warmth of the Gospel?” This and other Gospel events or mysteries are considered by Pope Francis in a way that unlocks their contemporary meaning and challenge in order to “wake up” the Church and society and to encourage Catholics,
Christians, and all people of good will to take a prophetic stance
on key issues such as economic mechanism promoting
unbridled consumerism combined with inequality, the new
idolatry of money, and the environment.
The exhibit, “A Visit with Pope Francis and the Holy Family,” will be on view on the 3rd floor of the John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons, in the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.,
Special Collections Rooms and Durant Special Collections Lounge,
beginning in early September and running until mid-October.
The United States did not enter World War I until 1917, but many of the young men from Saint Joseph’s College were ready to serve and make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. This Archives
and Special Collections exhibit relates some of their stories in the words of their contemporaries and letters home from the front. It also examines the brief history of the Student Army Training Corps (S.A.T.C.), the forerunner of today’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) program, when the college was
located at 17th and Stiles Streets
The exhibit is located on the 2nd floor of the Francis A. Drexel Library and will run through January of 2016.
Pavia, Italy — City of Knowledge
Currently on Exhibit
Post Learning Commons 3rd Floor
Curated by the Civic Museums of Pavia and presented in partnership with the municipality of Pavia and the Italian Consulate of Philadelphia, this exhibit presents photographs of Pavia from the 19th to the 21st century by six Italian photographers, Fiorenzo Cantalupi, Guglielmo Chiolini, Antonio Manidi, Giuseppe Nazzari , Pierino Sacchi, and Ettore Valli.
Founded by the Romans on the left bank of the Ticino River, Pavia was a center of art and culture for centuries. Several times capital city during the Middle Ages (8th – 13th century), Pavia preserves many historical and material traces of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, including the massive walls that encircle it, splendid churches with richly sculpted façades (San Michele, San Pietro in Ciel d’Oro), and the lofty towers that overlook the palazzi and populate the city skyline. The Visconti family took control of the city in the mid-1300s and built an elegant and richly decorated castle, the characteristic Covered Bridge over the Ticino, the majestic cathedral (designed in part by Leonardo da Vinci) and the Certosa, a masterpiece of Renaissance art. The origins of the university—one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe– also date to that period (1361). World renowned literati and scientists taught here in the 18th and 19th centuries, from the physicist Alessandro Volta, inventor of the battery, to the poet Ugo Foscolo, the naturalist Lazzaro Splallanzani and the neurologist Camillo Golgi. For the beauty of its monuments and the wealth of its educational tradition, Pavia is known as the “City of Knowledge”.
Our book display to support the symposium “Lincoln and Kennedy, from 1863 to 1963 to 2013: From Civil War to Civil Rights to the Meaning of America” is located on the first floor of the Post Learning Commons.
An all-SJU faculty panel discussion will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the 50th anniversary of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s landmark Civil Rights Address. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 4:00 p.m., in the John Cardinal Foley Center on the James J. Maguire ’58 Campus.
“This panel centers on two vital and enduring speeches from two ennobled presidents,” says Saint Joseph’s President C. Kevin Gillespie, S.J. ’72. “Given that we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address on Nov. 19, and observe the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy on Nov. 22, in the same week, this event is a great teachable moment for our students.”
The interdisciplinary panel draws on faculty expertise from the Departments of History, Political Science, English, and Theology and Religious Studies.
Mirroring the Saints:
The Jesuit Wierix Collection from the
Church of St. Francis Xavier in Amsterdam
Saint Joseph’s University is one of four U.S. venues for “Mirroring the Saints,” the other three being: Manresa Gallery, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, Ca. (Spring 2012); Loyola University Museum of Art (Fall 2012); and the Carlos Museum, Emory University (Spring 2014).
More about this exhibit can be found on page five of the Library Lines newsletter: Library Lifelines.