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President Tania Tetlow Formally Accepts University Mission of Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola press release - November 15, 2018

Today, in an historic moment, and in prayerful celebration, Loyola University New Orleans President Tania Tetlow formally accepted the leadership of a Jesuit apostolate from the Provincial of the U.S. Central and Southern Province of the Society of Jesus in her role of furthering the mission of the university. The Missioning Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Church marks the official moment in which the Society of Jesus formally entrusted Tetlow with advancing the Jesuit and Catholic mission of the 106-year-old Jesuit, Catholic university.

Tetlow, who joined Loyola in mid-August, is the first woman and layperson to lead the Jesuit, Catholic university since its founding in 1912. She is the fourth woman president as well as the youngest woman president to lead one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S.

Tetlow will be formally inaugurated tomorrow, Friday, November 15, 2018, in Holy Name of Jesus Church, adjacent to main campus at 6327 St. Charles Ave. Click here for more information on the festivities.

Today’s Missioning Mass brought the entire local Jesuit community in celebration, with more almost twenty priests serving on the altar. The Rev. Ron A. Mercier, S. J., Provincial, served as celebrant. President Tetlow’s uncle, the Rev. Joseph Tetlow, S.J., a former dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Loyola Alumni Association president, gave the homily. Fr. Tetlow, 87, is currently retreat director at Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House in Grand Coteau, La.

Music was provided by the Loyola’s esteemed College of Music and Fine Arts and included performances by a full orchestra of more than 40 students, soloists, and the Loyola Chamber Singers. Acclaimed jazz vocalist and Loyola Voice Instructor Quiana Lynell sang Duke Ellington’s “Come Sunday,” during the preparation of the gifts and altar.

Directing were Meg Frazier, Director of the School of Music, Jean Montes, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras, and Dr. Marcus St. Julien, extraordinary professor of organ, theory, and voice.

Gayle Benson, owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans, gave a reading from the Bible, I Corinthians 12: 4-19, 26.

Members of President Tetlow’s family – Elisabeth Tetlow, Sarah Tetlow, Sonia Tetlow, and Connie Kyle – were gift bearers.

Prayers of the Faithful were said by Loyola community members in English, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

“To all of the Jesuits, whose institution this is and shall always remain, I cannot express how humble I am that you have placed your trust in me and how hard I will work to deserve it,” Tetlow said, in thanks to the local Jesuit community, before leading them at the end of Mass with the Salve Regina, a Marian hymn that the Jesuits have sung for almost 500 years.

Watch the livestream of the Missioning Mass here.

Video clips can be found below.

Salve Regina: https://www.dropbox.com/s/65md4z0hms9joxe/Gregorian_Chant_Tetlow.mp4?dl=0

Gayle Benson Reading: https://www.dropbox.com/s/igll3e2sn6f5znt/Gayle_Benson_Loyno.mp4?dl=0

Tetlow Missioning: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7m9vnvl1lxm3j1i/Tania_Tetlow_Missioning.mp4?dl=0

Fr. Joe Tetlow Homily: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yh3l2tvlialpt71/Joe_Tetlow_Homily.mp4?dl=0

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