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Message from the President on the Passing of the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J.

Dear Members of the Emmanuel College Community,

The College was saddened to learn of the death of the Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., the 24th president and first chancellor of Boston College. To Father Monan’s family, to his brother Jesuits, and to the entire Boston College community, I express my heartfelt condolences.

Father Monan was an extraordinary person and a transformational figure in the history of Boston College. During his 24-year tenure as president (1972-1996), he led B.C. through a period of unprecedented growth and elevated its stature as one of the nation’s most preeminent Catholic universities. His leadership was an inspiration to many, and I consider it a great blessing to have known him and to have benefited from his wisdom and advice over many years.

At each of this weekend’s Masses in the College Chapel, we will offer prayers of gratitude for the life of Father Monan. We will always remember his enduring contributions to our city, to Catholic education and to the lives of generations of students.

Sister Janet Eisner, SND
President