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A Blessing to One Another

Date: 3/12/2009

Alvernia University invites people of all faiths to experience the historic exhibit “A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People”, which opens on April 21, 2009 and runs through July 31, 2009 in the Franco Library and Learning Center on Alvernia’s main campus.

This interactive exhibit includes photos, video footage, documents and artifacts recording the groundbreaking contributions of Pope John Paul II to advance relations between the Catholic and Jewish faiths.  The exhibit allows visitors to follow in John Paul II’s footsteps from his childhood to his role as head of the world’s largest church. The exhibit is divided into four major sections, reflecting the four periods in the life of Pope John Paul II.  Among his personal effects featured in the exhibit are his baptismal certificate, the biretta he wore when he was named cardinal, a cane he used during his March 2000 visit to Israel and his white papal zucchetto.
Nearly six months before his death on April 2, 2005, Pope John Paul II gave the exhibit his blessing.  He died just weeks before A Blessing to One Another debuted at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

This international exhibit is sponsored by the Holleran Center for Community Engagement at Alvernia University. For more information please visit the exhibit’s website at or call 610-790-2880.

Exhibition: April 21, 2009-July 31, 2009

Monday-Sunday    12-4 p.m.

Thursdays        12-8 p.m.

Private group and school tours are by appointment from 8-12 a.m., please contact in advance.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.