Pictured above are alumni couples, most of whom were married by the late Rev. John P. Bucki, SJ.  They received a special blessing from Deacon Gary Andelora during Father Bucki's Memorial Mass on Saturday, September 23.

Alumni and members of the Canisius community gathered during Homecoming Weekend to remember Rev. John P. Bucki, SJ, beloved former director of campus ministry, at a Memorial Mass on September 23 in Christ the King Chapel. Father Bucki passed away from lung cancer on September 2.

At Mass, Deacon Gary Andelora, a volunteer with Campus Ministry, bestowed a special blessing on more than 20 alumni couples who were married by Father Bucki.

Mark and Alison Tortelli, both from the Class of 2010, attended the Mass and received the blessing.

“The Alumni Mass was a beautiful dedication to Father Bucki and we were honored to share in the special blessing,” says Mark. “Alison and I spent many Sunday nights together as undergraduates listening to Father Bucki’s homilies in which he was able to effortlessly relate to and inspire college students. When I proposed to Alison in the Quad, Father Bucki (the only one who knew about the engagement) graciously agreed to photograph the entire thing from an Old Main window.

"The ultimate blessing was having Father Bucki preside over our marriage in Christ the King Chapel in May 2014,” adds Alison. "The Jesuit community and President Hurley perfectly captured and celebrated what Father Bucki meant to Canisius College, and it was really moving to be surrounded by classmates and many other familiar faces for his Memorial.”

On Friday night, alumni caught up with professors who significantly influenced their lives personally and professionally at the Favorite Professors event.

Guests then enjoyed the Welcome Home Party in and around Science Hall. They sampled offerings from local food trucks including Lloyd Taco, Frank’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, Ru’s Pierogi, wine from 21 Brix Winery, beer from Resurgence Brewery and kombucha tea from Bootleg Bucha (all owned by Canisius alumni!) and listened to the sounds of A-List.

Additional weekend highlights included Fall Fest, Affinity Group Reunions, Griffs athletic events and more.

Couldn’t attend Homecoming 2017? No worries! Check out more photos here.

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