Monday Morning Update

October 19, 2015


Our First Bishop: Last week, Pope Francis appointed Rev. Arthur Colgan, C.S.C. ’68 as auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Chosica in the ecclesiastical province of Lima, Peru. He is our first alumnus to be named a bishop in the Catholic Church. A former trustee, Fr. Colgan has spent his religious life serving the poor in Peru. When he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1993 in recognition of his dedication to building a church that ministers to the poor, he was hailed as "a man of hope in a time of tribulation." For more, visit here.

Shakespeare’s Popularity: With a premier Shakespearean acting company coming to campus shortly for a week’s residency and to perform A Midsummer’s Night Dream, we asked English Professor Helga Duncan why Shakespeare remains so popular today and what attracts modern audiences to the Bard's work. She has three fun and informative answers. To read them, visit here.

Victims & Perpetrators: When Holocaust survivor Tomi Reichental visits Stonehill on October 27, he will explain what prompted him to reach out in reconciliation to Hilde Michnia, one of his SS guards at Bergen Belsen concentration camp. Ultimately, Michnia rebuffed Reichental, who lost 35 family members in the Holocaust. Although not successful in the way he had hoped for, Reichental did not search in vain as he met adult children and grandchildren of Holocaust perpetrators who embraced his quest for reconciliation and remembrance. Provost Joe Favazza, who specializes in the study of reconciliation and forgiveness, will facilitate the conversation at the event. For more on this free, public presentation, visit here.

Arrest Made: After a three week investigation, the Stonehill College Police Department, with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police and the Easton Police Department, arrested a suspect in the case of the threatening note left in a campus bathroom last month. The suspect, who is enrolled at the College, was arraigned in Taunton District Court on Friday and is being detained in the Bristol County House of Correction. He has been interim suspended from the College and is restricted from campus.

Local Politics: In the Pettit Atrium tonight from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Democratic, Republican, and independent candidates for the 2nd Plymouth and Bristol Senate will be discussing the issues at a forum moderated by reporters from WGBH, The Enterprise and WATD 95.9. For more, visit here.

Telling Jokes: At Stonehill, Mike Lemme ’12 landed internships at Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and at Conan. Today, he is a full time comic and eager to compete in one of the largest art festivals in the world, the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Former Summit reporter Lauren Daley ’05, now writing for the Globe, caught up with Lemme recently. To read her profile, visit here.

Don’t Forget: Tomorrow night’s presentation on the Armenian Genocide by scholar and New York Times best-selling author Peter Balakian at 7 p.m. in the Martin Institute. This James J. Kenneally Lecture in Jewish-Christian Relations is free and open to the public. For more, visit here.

In Remembrance: After a battle with cancer, former Chairman of the Board David Finnegan ’64, died last week. As an alumnus and a trustee, he helped the College to grow in academic reputation and financial strength. Active in Boston politics, he was a talented attorney and political commentator. Across his high public profile in three professions, he always spoke proudly of his Stonehill education. The esteem in which his peers held him is evident in the following honors: the Outstanding Alumnus Award in 1982, the President’s Award for Excellence in 1987 and an honorary doctorate in 2007. To read his Globe obituary, visit here.