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Exhibit Name: The Student Clubs of Providence College
Dates: February 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016

The exhibit showcases images and Cowl articles for the African-American Society, the Motherland Dance Group, the Asian-American Club, the Gaelic Society/Irish Dance Club, Clube Portuguese, the Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA), the Amigos Unidos, and the Aquino Literary Club, which was founded in 1924.

In recent years, with the College’s hallways teeming with a greater diversity of students from all cultural backgrounds, numerous new student clubs and organizations have sprung up like flowers in a well-tended garden.  While the exhibit lacks space in acknowledging every student group on campus, in the Friar spirit, the exhibit honors all Student Clubs of Providence College.

Exhibit Name: St. Martin de Porres

Dates: Feburary 1, 2016 - May 31, 2016

The exhibit honors the new world's first Saint, Martin de Porres. Martin de Porres joined the Dominican Order of Preachers as a donado (lay helper or tertiary). The donados were the lowest-ranking Dominicans, performing the heaviest chores in the Order. He was eventually elevated to brother but never did become a full priest.

Martin often challenged his brothers on their racial attitudes.  In one story, Martin came upon a group of Indians sweeping the floor under the watchful eye of one of the Dominican brothers. When told that they were cleaning to repay a meal they had received, Martin pointed out that the brother had fed some white people the previous day without forcing them to clean.  After Martin’s firm but gentle challenge, the brother took up the broom himself.

St. Martin de Porres was declared “Blessed” by Pope Gregory XVI and his feast day was set for November 5th.  He was canonized by Pope John XXIII on May 6th, 1962 before a crowd of 40,000 people.  St. Martin de Porres continues to be greatly revered, especially in the Americas, for his commitment to racial and social justice.

 Join us as we celebrate the growing diversity of our College and take a moment to stop-by the Library to view the exhibit.


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