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Inauguration: Greetings From the City of Worcester

September 14th, 2012 by 

By Joseph M. Petty

Ladies and gentlemen:

The City of Worcester, the second-largest city in New England—a forward-looking city of great diversity, spirit, talent, and resources—is proud to share a history with the College of the Holy Cross. On behalf of the people of Worcester, I am honored to bring greetings and convey our welcome to Father Boroughs, the College’s new president.

Since its founding in 1843, Holy Cross has been an essential part of our city—a landmark atop Mount St. James and an important member of our community. Just as Holy Cross defined itself over the years, expanding from a single building and a handful of students to today’s beautiful campus with a national reputation, the College and City grew together—and we continue to grow.

Worcester is a City on the Move, as is obvious from the many projects underway downtown and throughout the city. And Holy Cross is a recognized partner in our future.  Examples abound, from ensuring that the Nativity School of Worcester became a reality to putting the Library Express on the road to serve countless students and families at schools, neighborhoods and senior centers. Every day, through internships, social justice opportunities, and community-based learning courses Holy Cross students are a presence in our churches, city offices, museums, shelters, parks and schools. Partnership is a constant work in progress, and we are confident that Father Boroughs is committed to helping Worcester grow and thrive.

Father Boroughs, on behalf of all the citizens of Worcester, please accept our welcome and congratulations. We wish you good fortune and God’s blessing in your work in the days, months, and years ahead. We are very glad that you have chosen to make Worcester your home.

Joseph M. Petty is mayor of Worcester.

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