The Feast of St. Jerome is an annual community event held in the fall that honours the university's Patron Saint. Historically the celebration includes a Mass, followed by a reception and dinner, and the opportunity for our donors and friends to connect, reminisce, and raise money for St. Jerome’s University student bursaries.
A highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award, now renamed the Chancellor John R. and Kay Sweeney Award in honour of the life of Chancellor Sweeney’s wife, Kathleen (Kay) Sweeney, who passed away in 2021. This annual award is the university’s highest honour for recognition of Catholic leadership. It is given to an individual(s) who has demonstrated, either through professional or personal achievements, extraordinary accomplishment in the fields of leadership, education, and service to others. Previous recipients of the award include The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Dick Callahan, Dr. John “Jack” Raymond Sehl, Robert Way, Mary Kuntz, Steven Lubczuk, and in 2020, COVID-19 Pandemic Essential Workers.
This year’s Feast of St. Jerome, an annual community event held in the fall that honours the university's Patron Saint, took place on October 1st, 2022. Our event theme, “Building Community Together” recognized that students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends, and donors make on a daily basis to advance this mission. This year’s celebration included a Mass, followed by a reception in our Library located in SJ1 and a dinner in our Atrium. The evening was jam packed with inspiring speakers including our guest speaker, Father Martin, a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communication, and a New York Times bestselling author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage, and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. Father Martin spoke about how we can go about building a bridge for the relationship between LGBT Catholics and the Church.
We heard testimonies from current students, past alumni and were joined at our Reception by two live musicians from our neighbouring college, Conrad Grebel.
Feast has and continues to provide the opportunity for our donors and friends to connect, reminisce, and raise money for St. Jerome’s University student bursaries.
The Feast of St. Jerome is an opportunity for our community to celebrate our important mission in Catholic higher education and human formation at the University of Waterloo. We are exceedingly grateful for everyone who attended this year’s event and for your contributions to support our students. Our university remains committed to providing students with resources to begin their academic journey with financial support.
St. Jerome's University gratefully acknowledges
the support of the following 2022 Feast of St. Jerome Sponsors:
When you give to St. Jerome’s University, you support a premier Catholic liberal arts institution that provides opportunities that transform students into men and women who are ready to shape the world. Consider sponsoring The Feast of St. Jerome Liturgy and Dinner; through your support we can help shape the leaders of the future. For more information about sponsor opportunities please connect with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for supporting our online October 2, 2021 20th Anniversary Feast of St. Jerome event, which raised $50,000 for first-year student entrance scholarships. Please use the link below to listen to the Honourable Graydon Nicholas's speech presented at the event.
Thank you to our 20th Anniversary Feast of St. Jerome sponsors:
To find out more about our sponsors, please click on their logo to visit their website.
CANCELLED due to the pandemic.
The 2019 Feast of St. Jerome liturgy and dinner raised $50,000, with net proceeds dedicated to student bursaries.
We also congratulated Mary Kuntz, who was selected as our 2019 Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership Award recipient.