Posts Tagged ‘Fr. McFarland’

Nativity Celebrates 10th Anniversary in High Style

November 6th, 2013 by smorriss


In October, Nativity School of Worcester hosted a black tie gala at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall (bathed in Crusader purple, which is also the signature hue of Nativity) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the school’s opening (and to benefit the school’s ongoing programs to educate young men from Worcester’s most at-risk neighborhoods in the Jesuit tradition). The celebration sold out with 450 attendees who enjoyed cocktails, dinner, dancing, and, of course, a 10th  birthday cake.  “We were all thrilled that so many people came to help celebrate a school that was just a dream ten years ago,” says Patrick T. Maloney ’02, the school’s director of advancement. Maloney is just one of many Holy Cross alumni and student volunteers who work at Nativity, which has a strong relationship with the College.


Sean Dillon ’04, the principal of Nativity School of Worcester, cuts the cake with Matthew Brunell, Crista (Carrick) Mahoney ’02 and one of Nativity’s young students, Naethan, looking on.


Two men from the Holy Cross family who laid the foundation for the Nativity School 10 years ago, and continue to champion it today: Charles “Chick” Weiss, director of grants, foundation and corporate giving for Holy Cross and Nativity Worcester board member and former president of the College, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J.


Spoiler alert: This young man, an 8th grader at Nativity, will be the subject of a “day in the life” feature in the Winter 2014 issue of Holy Cross Magazine, hitting mailboxes in mid-December.

Photography by Rob Carlin

Affirmative Action ‘Fishbowl’ Discussion in Rehm Library Draws Large Crowd

October 1st, 2012 by

Scores of students, faculty and staff attend a “fishbowl” discussion on affirmative action in the Rehm Library. The discussion was preceded by a talk titled “The Supreme Court and Affirmative Action” last month.

Featured participants included, from left, Patricia Giglio ’14; Margaret Freije, associate dean of the College; Thomas Landy, director of the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture (moderator); Antonio Willis-Berry ’13; Kendy Hess, Brake-Smith Assistant Professor in Social Philosophy and Ethics; Darrell Byers ’83, director of development at WBUR; Christopher Theobalt ’13; and Ariel Jimenez ’13.

Professor Hess makes a point during the discussion.

Theobalt, a political science major with an Italian minor from Garden City, N.Y., takes part in the discussion.

Photography by Chris Ryan, S.J., and Nick Markantonatos

Fr. McFarland Receives Honorary Degree During Commencement

May 25th, 2012 by

Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., 31st president of the College of the Holy Cross, receives an honorary degree during the 166th Commencement Exercises held on Fitton Field. Rev. Philip Boroughs, the College’s current president, reads his citation, while Frank Vellaccio, senior vice president, places the doctoral hood over Fr. McFarland.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt

Fr. McFarland Portrait Hangs in Fenwick’s Hall of Presidential Portraits

January 26th, 2012 by

A portrait of Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., who recently stepped down as president of Holy Cross, hangs in Fenwick’s hall of presidential portraits. Read about Fr. McFarland’s tenure as president in the winter issue of Holy Cross Magazine.

Photograph by J Kevin Crowley ’12

Father McFarland Takes Part in Student Fundraiser for Breast Cancer

December 15th, 2011 by csteuer

The fourth annual Benching for Breast Cancer fundraising event raised more than $2,000.  Working in teams of four, students solicited donation pledges based on how much they thought they could lift. While wearing a costume, they competed against other teams.

Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president of the College, even joined in on the fun!

All proceeds benefit Pink Revolution, a Worcester-based charity committed to creating change in the lives of those touched by breast cancer.

Fr. McFarland Presents Bill Gibbons With Game Ball

December 7th, 2011 by

Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president, presents Bill Gibbons with a game ball after the head coach of women’s basketball earned his 500th career victory with a 61-50 win over New Hampshire on Dec. 3. The winning streak continued on Dec. 7 as the team beat Northeastern 70-68.

Photograph by Chris Ryan, S.J.

Fr. McFarland Presented with Customized Jersey at Basketball Game

December 3rd, 2011 by

Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president, walks through a tunnel of Holy Cross athletes to get to center court.

Richard Regan, director of athletics, and the Student Government Association present Fr. McFarland with a customized jersey during a special half-time presentation during the men’s basketball game against UNH. Fr. McFarland is stepping down after a 12-year tenure.

Lauren D’Abrosca, SGA co-president, presents Fr. McFarland with a pair of running shoes.

Fr. McFarland dons the jersey at the game. The Crusaders defeated New Hampshire 62-57.

Photography by Ellen Ryder and Peter Cooke

Sovereign/Santander to Support Financial Aid for Study Abroad Programs

November 29th, 2011 by

A signing ceremony was held in the Hogan Campus Center to inaugurate Sovereign/Santander Group’s annual commitment of financial aid for certain study abroad programs for Holy Cross.

Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president of Holy Cross, and Jorge Morán, president and chief executive officer of Sovereign Bank and Santander Holdings, USA, at the signing ceremony.

From left, Eduardo Garrido, director of Santander Universities, Michael J. Lochhead, vice president of administration and finance at Holy Cross, Fr. McFarland, Moran, John P. Hamill ’61, former CEO and chairman of Sovereign, Phedra Khosropour, vice president of institutional relations at Sovereign, and Charles “Chick” Weiss, director of Grants, Foundation and Corporate Giving at Holy Cross.

From left, Francis McKenna ’84 and Minnie Saleh ’93, senior officials at Sovereign, Fr. McFarland, Moran, and Hamill.

Photography by Christian Santillo

Free Tree Giveaway Brings Hundreds to Holy Cross Campus

September 24th, 2011 by kmmalone

College of the Holy Cross students Zach Burdeau ’13 (left) and Dave Cardaropoli ’13 (right) carry a tree to a Worcester resident’s car on Sept. 24, during the College’s free tree giveaway with the Worcester Tree Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the region’s urban trees which have been lost to insects and other forces.

Hundreds of people attended the event—including Worcester Mayor Joseph O’Brien and Holy Cross President Michael McFarland, S.J., —to pick up a free tree and receive instructions on how to plant and care for them. Representatives of the SADER (Student Ambassadors Developing External Relationships) Good Neighbor Committee volunteered to help transport trees to residents’ cars.

Photograph by Matt Kennis

Holy Cross President Helps First-Year Students Move into Residence Halls

August 27th, 2011 by

Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J., president, helps first-year students move into their rooms. He was joined by 200 student leaders, athletic teams and alumni volunteers who welcomed the new class and helped move their belongings into residence halls. View more photos and a video of move-in day.

Photography by Dan Vaillancourt