Xavier honors James Foley with weekend mass

By: Maddie Day ~Staff Writer~

James Foley, an American journalist who died at the hands of ISIS, was remembered on Sunsay, Oct. 19 at Bellarmine Chapel.

He worked with the Boston-based Global Post to shed light on the struggles of people impacted by war and terror.

Foley and two of his colleagues were captured and detained in Libya in 2011.

During this time, he wrote the piece “Phone Call Home” in appreciation of his undergraduate experience at Marquette University.

The piece also describes the positive impact of faith, family and prayer on Foley’s time in confinement.

In 2012, Foley was captured for a second time in Syria.

He hadn’t been heard from in nearly two years when a video of his death surfaced on the Internet in August 2014.

According to the recording, Foley was executed by Islamic extremists as a result of U.S. intervention in both Iraq and Syria.

Journalist and video reporter James Foley was the first American citizen killed by ISIS.

Foley would have celebrated his 41st birthday on Oct. 18.

This weekend, Jesuit colleges and universities across the country banded together in solidarity and remembrance of Foley. His contributions to justice and freedom of the press will not be soon forgotten.

He dedicated his life to people in places where free speech and freedom of the press do not exist.

The masses and prayer services “honor the memory of a Jesuit alumnus who was a true man for others and an American hero,” Rev. Michael J. Sheeran, S.J., president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, said.

Foley was honored at Xavier on Sunday at the 4 and 10 p.m student masses.

A number of other Jesuit universities, including Georgetown University, Saint Louis University, Marquette University and Creighton University, held services this weekend to honor Foley for his courage and dedication to peace and freedom.