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The Feast of St. Jerome

The Feast of St. Jerome is a community event that honours our Patron Saint.  This event hosts our donors and friends and is held annually in the fall. Following an opportunity to celebrate liturgy together, we enjoy a night of celebration, dining, connecting, reminiscing, and raising money for entrance scholarships to St. Jerome’s University. A highlight of the evening is the presentation of the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership, and the honouring of the recipient.

This Year's Event: Saturday, September 29, 2018
The Feast of St. Jerome Liturgy & Dinner is an annual celebration and fundraising event with proceeds raised to support  student scholarships at St. Jerome's University.  

Please join us on Saturday, September 29 as we celebrate student scholarships and the 2018 recipient of 

the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership 

Rob Way
5:00 p.m.  The Feast of St. Jerome Liturgy will take place in Notre Dame Chapel.

5:30 p.m.  Feast of St. Jerome Reception & Dinner in the Atrium of the Academic Centre. 

Rob Way

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For over 30 years Rob has been involved in the community providing outstanding leadership and entrepreneurship. He was appointed Chair of the Board for three of the community’s leading organizations – St. Mary’s Hospital, United Way of Kitchener-Waterloo and Area and, KidsAbility Foundation. He has also served as the Treasurer for the KW Chapter of the Sunshine Foundation, and served on the board of the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation. Rob is a leader and ambassador who strongly believes in and promotes the importance of community development.


Rob’s involvement in Hockey Helps the Homeless, a one day annual event, held at RIM Park, is another example of his contributions to the community. This event started four years ago and for the past two years, Rob has served as the Chair for the tournament. In four years, this one-day event has raised a cumulative $556,000 for local charities dedicated to providing services to the homeless. As Rob observed, “The thing that has always amazed me about the Waterloo Region is the ability of this community to want to make a difference. Everybody can have times in their lives when things don’t go right and you just need some help sometimes to get you over that hurdle. And that’s what we are about, being there to help others.”


Using his well-honed business skills, Rob has given his time and expertise in a variety of roles with numerous charitable causes, including his more recent contribution to the Father Bob Liddy Spiritual Centre at St. Jerome’s University. Through it all Rob has remained caring and humble. When he learned he was the 2018 recipient of the John Sweeney Award in Catholic Leadership, Rob recalled serving on the One Voice One Vision Joint Hospital Campaign Committee with John Sweeney. Rob remembers John Sweeney “as hav[ing] a smile to share and [a] willingness to work hard for our community.”


St. Jerome’s University is honoured to recognize Rob Way as the recipient of the 2018 Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership. Please join us on Saturday, September 29, 2018, when the University bestows upon Rob this prestigious award, at the Feast of St. Jerome, Liturgy and Dinner.


Last Year's Event

The annual Feast of St. Jerome Liturgy and Dinner is our signature fall event. All net proceeds raised are dedicated for student scholarships. In 2017, over $50,000 was raised when friends and donors came together as a community to celebrate.


During the dinner, the Chancellor John R. Sweeney Award for Catholic Leadership was presented to a leader; as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations the Right Honourable Paul Martin, former prime minister of Canada, was awarded for his achievements in areas of governance, finance, global health, and indigenous peoples. Mr. Martin exemplified the values that were a hallmark of John Sweeney’s life, including selfless service and the core principles of philanthropy and altruism. He has significantly improved the quality of life of the many people he has touched nationally, and globally. His legacy of informed kindness and service to others has left a lasting impact on our country.


2018 Sponsors



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.