Discovering Fr. Sweeney

sweeney book coverJohn J. Burns Library Conservator Barbara Adams Hebard has created a new cover for It Will Take a Lifetime by Francis W. Sweeney, S.J., a Boston College alumnus, professor, poet and founder of the Humanities Series (now Lowell Humanities Series) who passed away in 2002. It Will Take a Lifetime is a book of essays by Fr. Sweeney, detailing growing up in Massachusetts, his education at The College of the Holy Cross and at Boston College, and his life as a Jesuit, beginning at Shadowbrook Jesuit Seminary in Stockbridge, Mass., and continuing with his teaching career at Boston College. Fr. Sweeney’s essays also cover summer outings at Nantasket beach and Cape Cod. Hebard designed a new cover to appear as scrapbook pages, reflecting Fr. Sweeney’s early years on the front and his Boston College career on the back. “I hoped that the images on the cover would invite others to learn more about Father Sweeney and his work at Boston College.” It Will Take a Lifetime, with its newly created cover, is part of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers’ “Geographies: New England Book Works” exhibition traveling now through October 2015. Read more in the Boston College Libraries Newsletter.

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