Memory and Devotion: The Relic Collection of Burchard Villiger, S.J.,
Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J., Special Collection Rooms (3rd Floor)
John and Maryanne Hennings Post Learning Commons
Burchard Villiger, S.J., fifth president of Saint Joseph’s (1868-93), amassed one of the largest collections of relics and reliquaries in the United States. This, Villiger considered a most suitable endowment for his newly built Church of the Gesù and college buildings on Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia.
Most of the hundreds of relics in Villiger’s collection were acquired in Rome in the 19th century from “a noble family fallen on hard times” and endure to this day at the Church of the Gesù at St. Joseph’s Prep, at Old St. Joseph’s Church, and at Saint Joseph’s University. About 45 of these relics and reliquaries have been gathered from our Jesuit institutions in Philadelphia for this exhibit.
A 16-page printed text is available at the exhibit venue that creates a context for understanding:
- the Catholic Church’s teaching on the veneration of relics
- the history of the tradition;
- Fr. Villiger’s motives in collecting relics and bringing them to Philadelphia;
- sacred and secular relics, power politics and national identity
- the direct links from relics in church treasuries to modern museums.
The exhibit will be on display through December.
For more information, please contact:
Director, Saint Joseph’s University Press
5600 City Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
It’s MANNA PIE time again!
Once again the SJU Alliance is selling delicious MANNA PIES (just in time for Thanksgiving!)
Each pie raises enough money to deliver six nourishing meals to people suffering from serious illnesses in Philadelphia.
Our goal this year is to raise $2,000 for MANNA, that’s 80 pies!
We need your help, please go to the HAWKS for MANNA site to make your purchase.
Pies can be picked up on Tuesday, November 20th in Drexel Library, between 11 AM and 6 PM.
Just check Saint Joseph’s University as your pick up site.
Here’s the site, it’s quick and easy:
Due to electrical repairs that must be made, the Drexel Library will close at 10:00pm Monday evening (October 22).
The Post Learning Commons will remain open until 2:00am for extended hours.
The Library Catalog will be inaccessible and other online resources may experience some interruptions.
The Library and Post Learning Commons are scheduled to re-open Tuesday morning at 8:30am.
Please join us along with SJU President C. Kevin Gillespie and SJU student/artist Holly Colaguori, ’12, on Monday October 22nd, 2012 when we unveil a painting celebrating the 60th anniversary of Air Force ROTC here at Saint Joseph’s University.
The painting will be unveiled and placed in the first floor of Drexel Library.
Monday, October 22 9:00am
Francis A. Drexel Library, 1st floor
Wednesday, October 10 is our SnapShot PA day!
Staff from the Post Learning Commons and Drexel Library will be “snapping” a shot of the library’s activities that day. SnapShot PA is a state-wide project to capture information about library usage and services.
Library staff will take photos, collect information and stories, and compile data regarding library usage that day.
For more information on SnapShot PA, please visit http://www.snapshotpa.org/ .