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Beggars Fraternity celebrates 90 years of brotherhood

October 18, 2013

The Beggars Fraternity of Loyola University New Orleans—the first social fraternity ever established on a Jesuit campus—will celebrate its 90th anniversary Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. Events include a TGIF Stag on Friday as well as a cocktail reception and dance on Saturday at the Southern Yacht Club, featuring Deacon John and the Ivories. Members are also encouraged to bring memorabilia to display. For advance tickets, contact the Beggars Fraternity Alumni Chapter.

Beggars Fraternity was founded in 1923 at Loyola after it received permission from the Pope to become the first social fraternity established on a Jesuit campus. The fraternity’s name pays tribute to the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius of Loyola. As Ignatius left the shrine of the Madonna and Child at Montserrat, he gave his expensive clothes to a beggar, put on the beggar’s rags and became a pilgrim for Jesus. He journeyed to the Holy Land as a beggar as a way of self denial and sacrifice.

An important part of the mission of the Beggars Fraternity is to promote and assist Loyola. The Beggars are recognized for the founding of numerous organizations, including the Student Government Association, The Maroon student newspaper, and The Wolf annual yearbook.

The Beggars also presented Loyola with a stained glass window in Marquette Hall in 1933, the tile mosaic of the Madonna and Child on the J. Edgar and Louise S. Monroe Library in 1999, the Rev. Aloysius B. Goodspeed, S.J. Beggars Distinguished Professorship in Mass Communication established in 2001, the flagpole in front of Biever Hall, and is currently raising funds to endow the Peter J. Cangelosi-Beggars Professorship in History.

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