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Father Berrigan's Poem Featured in Encore Performance

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Father Berrigan and Father Drance on stage at the University Church.
Photo by Chris Taggart
Fordham University hosts an encore performance of Ordina questo amore, O tu che m’ami: Recitative for Four Voices; Ignatius, Francis Xavier, Peter Faber and Chorus, a poem written by Daniel Berrigan, S.J., poet-in-residence at Fordham University, on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in Franny’s Space, Lowenstein Center, Lincoln Center campus.

The performance is part of Ignatian Awareness Week, a series of events and celebrations on the Lincoln Center campus that promote the rich heritage of the Jesuits. Joseph M. McShane, S.J., president of Fordham University, commissioned Father Berrigan to write the recitative to commemorate the 2006 Jesuit Jubilee year; the poem had its premiere Dec. 10 at the University Church on the Rose Hill campus.

“Father Berrigan is the most accomplished Jesuit poet of our time,” said Father McShane. “I am confident that this poetic tribute to Saint Ignatius, Saint Francis Xavier and Blessed Peter Faber will long be remembered as the most significant artistic achievement of the Ignatian Year.”

The poem will be performed by six Fordham students and directed by George Drance, S.J., artist-in-residence in the Department of Theatre and Visual Arts. The original musical score was composed by Elizabeth Swados, a five-time Tony nominee who has written extensively for theater, television and film.

Father Berrigan has previously published 15 volumes of poetry. His first book of poems, Time Without Number (MacMillan, 1957) was nominated for the National Book Award.

Founded in 1841, Fordham is the Jesuit University of New York, offering exceptional education distinguished by the Jesuit tradition to more than 15,600 students in its five undergraduate colleges and its six graduate and professional schools. It has residential campuses in the Bronx, Manhattan and Tarrytown, and the Louis J. Calder Center Biological Field Station in Armonk, N.Y.
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