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Blessing Exhibit Opening

Date: 4/21/2009

The much anticipated opening ceremony of A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People opened at the Franco Library and Learning Center of Alvernia University. The exhibit highlights the pope and his relationship with Jewish people, starting with his childhood in Wadowice, Poland.

The opening ceremony corresponded with Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, an annual observance to remember the 6 million victims of the Holocaust and emphasize respect for human dignity.

The exhibit at Alvernia includes a replica of the Wadowice synagogue that was destroyed by Nazis in 1939, a prisoner's uniform from Auschwitz and the skullcap and cane Pope John Paul II took on his visit to Israel in 2000.

Visitors can take tours with 32 volunteer guides, and also can go through the exhibit on their own. 

For more information regarding the exhibit visit www.alvernia.edu/blessingexhibit

 
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  • 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.