Founders’ Day, Dec. 3: Celebrate SXU’s founding inspiration and inspiring founders

Mary CircleTues., Dec. 3 is Founders’ Day, Saint Xavier University’s annual celebration of its founding inspiration and the inspiring foundational people who established this institution and have helped it endure and prosper for 167 years!

All students, staff, faculty, and administrators are encouraged to participate in the University community’s special Founders’ Day events:

  • Noon, McDonough Chapel – Eucharistic Liturgy for the Feast of Saint Francis Xavier, S.J., recalling and honoring the University’s namesakes, Saint Francis Xavier and Mother Frances Xavier Warde, R.S.M.; and
  • 3:30 p.m., McDonough Chapel – Founders’ Day Celebration honoring many SXU “founders” through the years and highlighting the University’s curricular foundation in the liberal arts and sciences.

The Office of Admission has the honor this year of tolling the Academy Bell for both Founders’ Day events.  At the afternoon ceremony, Norman Boyer, associate professor of English, will read “This Bell,” the poem written for SXU that speaks of the Academy Bell’s call to all those involved in Saint Xavier’s educational mission – from the early sisters to today’s faculty and staff.

Rev. Patrick McGrath, S.J., president of Loyola Academy in Wilmette, will preside and preach at the noon liturgy.

Sister Joy Clough, R.S.M., ’65, director of the Office for Mission and Heritage, and Mary Beth Tegan, Ph.D., associate professor of English and director of the undergraduate Honors Program, will be the principal speakers at the afternoon academic celebration.

Also at that celebration, Ruth Hansen, associate director of Corporate, Government, and Foundation Relations, will cantor the traditional Heritage Litany and student Nalleli Herrera will perform a clarinet piece by Johannes Brahms.

A reception in the Butler Room will follow the afternoon program.

Sponsored by the Office for University Mission and Ministry, Founders’ Day is at least a 64-year-old tradition at SXU.  Titles for the commemoration and events scheduled for December 3rd each year have varied, but the Eucharistic liturgy and attention to the liberal arts have consistently been the two key elements of this annual celebration.