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Viola Poletes Montgomery
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The Feast of St. Jerome

The Feast of St. Jerome is an annual community event held in the fall that honours the university's Patron Saint. Historically the celebration includes a mass, followed by a reception and dinner, and the opportunity for our donors and friends to connect, reminisce, and raise money for St. Jerome’s University student bursaries.


A highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award. The annual award is the university’s highest honour for recognition of Catholic leadership. It is given to an individual(s) who has demonstrated, either through professional or personal achievements, extraordinary accomplishment in the fields of leadership, education, and service to others. Previous recipients of the award include The Right Honourable Paul Martin, Dick Callahan, Dr. John “Jack” Raymond Sehl, Robert Way, Mary Kuntz, and in 2020, COVID-19 Pandemic Essential Workers.


20th Anniversary Celebration

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We are excited to invite the community to this year's 20th Anniversary Feast of St. Jerome celebration, taking place on Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. We are not able to be together in person due to current pandemic gathering guidelines, but we hope that you will join us as we move to an online format! For more information about this year's event, please look in the dropdown below.


Click here or use the icon below to register for the online version of the Feast of St. Jerome.

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20th Anniversary - ONLINE Saturday, October 2, 2021

Join us for the 20th Anniversary of the Feast of St. Jerome, taking place online on Saturday, October 2, 2021! The evening begins at 6:00 p.m..


We are excited to welcome special guest speaker, The Honourable Graydon Nicholas, former Lt. Governor of New Brunswick, and current Endowed Chair of Native Studies at St. Thomas University, New Brunswick. We also look forward to presenting this year's recipient of the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership, Steven Lubczuk.


We look forward to sharing more information with you about this special event!


Graydon Nicholas
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The Honourable Graydon Nicholas will be this year's
Guest Speaker at the 20th Anniversary Feast event.

Read more about it in the LATEST NEWS.


Steven Lubczuk
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Steven Lubczuk will be presented with the
2021 Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership
at this year's Feast.

Read more about it in the LATEST NEWS.



Thank you to our 20th Anniversary Feast of St. Jerome sponsors!



To find out more about our sponsors, please click on their logo to visit their website.


Past Events

CANCELLED due to the pandemic.


The 2019 Feast of St. Jerome liturgy and dinner raised $50,000, with net proceeds dedicated to student bursaries. 


We also congratulated Mary Kuntz, who was selected as our 2019 Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership Award recipient. 

Mary Kuntz
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When you give to St. Jerome’s University, you support a premier Catholic liberal arts institution that provides opportunities that transform students into men and women who are ready to shape the world. Consider sponsoring The Feast of St. Jerome Liturgy and Dinner; through your support we can help shape the leaders of the future.