Friday, September 17, 2004

Notes on the Memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine.

Today the Church remembers St. Robert Bellarmine, a prominent early Jesuit and an important figure in the Counter-Reformation period. Bellarmine has given his name to various Jesuit institutions in the United States, including high schools in California and Washington, a parish in Cincinnati, a retreat house outside Chicago, a house of formation in St. Louis, and the liberal arts division of Loyola Marymount University. (Kentucky's Bellarmine University, I should note, is not a Jesuit school but rather was founded under diocesan auspices.) The novices and staff of Loyola House will mark the day in a couple ways: First, we're having a "Detroit Day" during which the first- and second-year novices will visit area attractions we either weren't aware of or simply haven't yet seen. Second, we'll be having Mass and dinner tonight with the UDM Jesuits. Should be lots of fun - rest assured I'll post a full report later. AMDG.


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