Letter from the President

Dear Members of the Barry Community,

With the fall semester well underway, we are preparing for our annual Founders’ Week. During the Week’s festivities, we recall the reasons why Barry (then Barry College) was founded in 1940, and we take time to reflect on the contemporary expressions of Barry’s Mission Statement and Core Commitments. We pay tribute to Barry’s four original founders – Mother Mary Gerald Barry, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, her two brothers, Bishop Patrick Barry and Monsignor William Barry, and Mr. John (Jack) Thompson, Mayor of Miami Shores. We also enjoy honoring the Adrian Dominican Sisters who, for the last seventy-two years, have been our religious sponsors and significant benefactors.  

We shall begin our week of celebrations on Saturday, November 10, with the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner and conclude on Saturday, November 17, with the Gobble Wobble 5K Run/Walk.  

As of today, the week’s schedule is as follows:

Monday, November 12 at 4:00 pm, Cor Jesu Chapel, the Founders’ Day Mass and Dedication of the Carillon

Following the Mass, “Mission on Tap” - a reception with our Distinguished Lecturer, Dr. Shawn Copeland in the Gato Gallery.

Dr. Copeland is an Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Boston College and has held various positions at Yale University, Marquette University and Xavier University. We presented Dr. Copeland with the “Yves Congar Award for Excellence in Theology” in 1999 for her outstanding theological contributions.  

Tuesday, November 13, the Founders’ Week Distinguished Lecture shall begin promptly at 9:30 am in the Broad Auditorium.

Dr. Shawn Copeland’s lecture, entitled “The Body Matters: Theology, Ethics, and Power,” will explore three ways of speaking about the body – cultural, social and religious.  Dr. Copeland will share concrete examples drawn from current events and literature, as well as this year’s common reader, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. We will continue the dialogue at a roundtable discussion at 1:00 pm with Dr. Copeland. We are offering this mission engagement opportunity again after receiving positive feedback from last year’s attendees. I encourage this discussion and other learning opportunities that connect the common reader theme with Dr. Copeland’s lecture topic.

Wednesday, November 14 Plant the Campus Red
Our traditional community service event that helps to beautify our main campus and other locations, and honors the sacredness of Earth from our Social Justice Core Commitment. Again, this year we will have activities related to sustainability and our Community Garden pilot project.  

Thursday, November 15 starting at 2:00 pm Community Fest on the Campus Mall
Our traditional birthday cake-cutting, good food, and the “famous or are they infamous” team competitions.  Wonder who will win….  

Friday, November 16, noon, Interfaith Prayer Service followed by the Core Commitments Luncheon  
I am pleased that graduate students will be participating in the luncheon presentations this year.

Saturday, November 17, the Gobble Wobble 5K Run/Walk
Registration begins at 8:00 am and the race starts at 9:00. 

In the weeks to come, the Planning Committee will share more details about each of these events. In the meantime, please highlight Founders’ Week on your calendar, November 10-17, 2012.

I look forward to seeing you at various events and activities throughout the week.

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