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    Quick Facts on Inauguration of the 29th President

    The University of Scranton celebrated The Inauguration of Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., as The University of Scranton’s 29th President” Friday, Sept. 24, on campus.
    September 24, 2021

    Inauguration Date:   Sept. 24, 2021

    Ignatian Year - commemorating the 500th anniversary of the conversion of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus 

    Theme: “A Fire that Kindles Other Fires” – The Inauguration theme is quoted from Decree 2 of the 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus.

    Attendance:  Nearly 1,500

    Number of Colleges and Universities Represented: 41

    Oldest College Represented: University of Pennsylvania (established 1740)

    Newest College Represented: Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medical College (established 2008)

    Number of School Presidents in Attendance: 11

    Former University of Scranton Presidents in Attendance: 3

    Quotable: “The 35th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, in its second decree, proposed the symbol of a fire that kindles other fires. This term was first used in reference to St. Alberto Hurtdado of Chile and later intended for the renewal of all Jesuits. But it wasn’t meant for them alone. This is a metaphor that every Jesuit work, and every member of that work, can take on in a personal and apostolic way. The University of Scranton is, without a doubt, a fire that kindles other fires – one that illuminates and warms rather than burns and destroys.” Inaugural Address of Rev. Joseph G. Marina, S.J., President of The University of Scranton.

    World Premiere at Inauguration: First performance of a new work for combined band and choir entitled “To The Ends Of The Earth,” composed by David Lantz III with a text inspired by themes from the 35thGeneral Congregation of The Society of Jesus.

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