Vincentian Heritage Week, an annual celebration of Niagara University's rich history of education and service in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, is taking place this week.
Also known as Founder's Week, Vincentian Heritage Week is a way for the university community to pay homage to St. Vincent, a 17th century Catholic priest who inspired and organized his contemporaries to serve the less fortunate, and St. Louise de Marillac, the Patroness of Christian Social Workers who co-founded the Daughters of Charity with St. Vincent.
The entire Niagara University community — students, faculty, staff and administration — participate in Founder's Week events, highlighted by the prestigious Vincentian Heritage Convocation, which recognizes the extraordinary contributions of university employees, alumni and community leaders.
Coming up this week:
• TUESDAY: Mass at 11:05 a.m. in the upper level of the Gallagher Center marks the opening of the 2013-2014 school year and kicks off a day that includes the always-popular St. Vincent lookalike contest, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gallagher Center's Multi-Purpose Room.
Squaring off to determine who can be made up to most closely resemble a French priest from the 1600s will be Nanette Harmon, American Sign Language professor, senior Tim Gray and graduate student Jordan Hernandez.
At the same time in the same place, the Office of Campus Activities will present a Vincentian Heritage Week installment of its Melody Café coffeehouse series. Previous Open Mic Nite winners Glenn Papp Jr. and Katie Dickie will perform while free coffee will be provided, courtesy of Tim Hortons.
• WEDNESDAY: A panel discussion will focus on Pope Francis, with an emphasis on the pontiff's messaging on social justice, his thoughts on the conflict in Syria and the media coverage surrounding the head of the Catholic Church. The event takes place in the Gallagher Center's Multi-Purpose Room.