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Jesuit Communication Project Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On October 27, 2009, some 70 people gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Jesuit Communication Project  (JCP).  The new Regis College – despite still being a work in progress – was the scene for the celebrations. 

Thos attending came from the various interest groups the JCP has worked with over the years and included representatives from Warner Bros, Canada;  CTVglobemedia – whose Bravo! channel broadcasts John’s TV series – “Beyond the Screen”;  CCI Productions; the Association for Media Literacy; Regis College;  teachers from some of the schools and school boards where John has done presentation; CBC Radio;  and several benefactors.

Jim Web,SJ, the Provincial and several other Jesuits were present as were the members of the JCP Board of Directors.

The evening was one for mingling and enjoying good food and wine. Throughout the evening a looped DVD containing some 700 photos – shown using the MAC sliding panel format - taken since the beginning of the JCP ran on a flat screen television in the Great Hall and attracted a lot of attention as people watched their appearances, hair styles, and clothes change over the 25 years.

The “official” part of the evening consisted of two brief (under 2 mins – by order of the Director of the JCP) speeches – one by Paul Sullivan , of Sullivan Media in Vancouver and Chair of the JCP Board, and one by Bill Addley, SJ, representing the Jesuits in English Canada. 

The speeches were followed by a 7 minute video that traced some of the highlights of the twenty five years and included portion of interviews by John with Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Sarah Michelle Geller) and Dan Radcliffe (Harry Potter), as well a blooper moment from an episode of Beyond the Screen. At the end of the video, John thanked all who had made possible the success of the past twenty five years. And he closed by thanking God for “most this amazing journey.”

John Pungente, SJ