Friday, June 20, 2008

Tim Russert was a friend to the Jesuits

From The Dallas Morning News

2:48 PM Fri, Jun 20, 2008 |
Bruce Tomaso E-mail News tips

Tim Russert was a graduate of two Jesuit educational institutions -- Canisius High School in Buffalo, N.Y., and John Carroll University in Cleveland.

The Rev. James Martin, a Jesuit priest and author, writes on the American magazine blog that the late NBC newsman "was a great friend of the Society of Jesus, and one of those alums of whom we were the most proud. ... Russert seemed to embody a certain ideal of Jesuit education: the working-class youth who, through hard work and faith, contributed to his family, to his church and to the common good, doing it all with a sense of humor... "

Russert, he writes, received honorary degrees "from seemingly every Jesuit college and university, including Boston College, Fordham University, Loyola College in Maryland, Santa Clara University, The College of the Holy Cross..."

Russert, he adds, was "perhaps the most popular of all commencement speakers in the Jesuit world."

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