Dear Members of the Georgetown University Community:
As we prepare to begin our fall semester and as we commemorate the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola in the coming days, I am pleased to extend an invitation to you to celebrate the opening of our newest residence hall, Pedro Arrupe, S.J. Hall, on our campus’ north side.
Pedro Arrupe, S.J. served as the 28th Superior General of the Society of Jesus from 1965 to 1983 and is known for his extraordinary commitment to human dignity and his many efforts to champion a spirituality designed to deeply engage the world through the integration of lay men and women into the Jesuit mission. Often considered the second founder of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Arrupe’s legacy is one of “men and women for others”—advancing the common good through the service of faith and the promotion of justice. You can learn more about Fr. Arrupe and his influence on Jesuit education and social justice here.
Opening in mid-August, this new residence hall advances our vision for a vibrant living and learning environment for our community. It was designed and constructed to be LEED certified and includes state-of-the-art storm water management strategies, energy conservation technology, and green roofs.
In the coming weeks, you will receive an invitation to this special celebration, which will include a building dedication. Tours of the space will be offered on Friday, August 12, from 3:00-4:30 pm—beginning at the entrance nearest the Leavey Center clock tower. I very much hope you will be able to attend.
You have my very best wishes.
John J. DeGioia