One Jesuit Buffalo announces the first recipient of the Arrupe Alumni Award – celebrating Men and Women for others – to be awarded at IggyFest July 31, 2018 to John Paul Luhr

With only one week until the July 31, One Jesuit Buffalo Iggyfest at St. Michael’s Place, we would like to announce John Paul Luhr as the first recipient of the OJB Alumni Arrupe award, celebrating Men and Women for others.

A graduate of Cansius High School, John is a founding member of One Jesuit Buffalo. His passion has been instrumental in the organizing of OJB, which serves to connect Jesuit Alumni and friends for fellowship, faith formation and service.

With humility, John is always there to give freely of time, talent, and treasure in so many important endeavors– including his pivotal role in every facet of the work done by One Jesuit Buffalo.

From plumbing to the practice of law, he lets no skill go unused in the name of service to our community.

The evening before our first service project, he was called on to do plumbing repairs at St Augustine School. Without his effort, our very first project was in jeopardy.  He came to help organize for the following day, he proceeded to spend hours on an unexpected and messy repair.

John has participated in events at both Nativity Miguel campuses, at St Michael’s and at St Luke’s Mission.

He is a generous contributor to our community in every way. Most recently, after learning of the need for an immigration lawyer for a parishioner at St. Michael’s, John, an attorney with Bouvier Law, selflessly spent many hours and over a dozen depositions to support a couple that was at risk of being split up due to an ICE misunderstanding.

John is a thoughtful, selfless friend and citizen who embodies the term “Men and Women for others”, which we celebrate in this award.

Please join us at IggyFest and help us recognize John Luhr, the 2018 recipient of the One Jesuit Buffalo, Arrupe Award, celebrating Men and Women for others.

The first IggyFest will be held on the Feast of St. Ignatius, July 31, 2018 at St. Michael’s Place in Downtown Buffalo. The event will being with a 5:15 mass for alumni and friends.  The mass will be celebrated by the local Jesuit community, with music provided by the Voices of Mercy from St. Luke’s Mission. At 6pm the streetfest will being with live music by Wilmah (they won the Battle for Bands and performed at Loyolapolooza at Loyola Baltimore) with a cameo appearance by the popular Broadway to Buffalo.  All proceeds from this event will support students at Nativity Miguel School in Buffalo, NY.

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