New Rochelle, NY Patch

New Rochelle, NY Patch

Iona Prep Grad to Ship Invocation at Biden Inaugural

Rev. Leo Jeremiah O’Donovan III, SJ ’52, the previous Georgetown College president (in addition to a former Iona Prep class president and officer), will ship the Invocation at Biden Inaugural at present.

It was throughout his presidency that he grew to become acquainted with the Biden household. Then a Delaware senator, President-Elect Biden was requested by the Rev. O’Donovan to present a chat on the function of his religion in public service whereas his son, Hunter, attended the college. Twenty-three years later, Biden referred to as upon Rev. O’Donovan to present the homily on the funeral for his son, Beau.

Rev. O’Donovan is an alumnus of Georgetown, the place he acquired a Fulbright Scholarship to review on the College of Lyon in France, in addition to a Danforth Fellowship. He was ordained a Jesuit priest in 1966 and served because the president of his collegial alma mater from 1989-2001.

Rev. O’Donovan has since served on the board of administrators for each Georgetown and the Walt Disney Firm. Along with his alma mater, Rev. O’Donovan additionally holds levels from Fordham College, Woodstock Faculty and acquired his doctorate in theology from the College of Münster in Germany.

Having taken half in a number of Iona Preparatory profession occasions, Rev. O’Donovan returned to New Rochelle in 2011 to rejoice the annual Baccalaureate Mass. In 2012, when the college unveiled a brand new portrait of him, he remarked that “Though it would not say Iona ’52, with out Iona, I doubt I’d have gone to Georgetown.”

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