At the height of the Great Famine in the 1840s, as tens of thousands of Irish immigrants poured into Boston, the Rev. John McElroy began pressing to establish a Jesuit college in Boston, where sons of Irish immigrants could receive a Catholic education. It would be named Boston College. On Saturday, the college kicks off a wide-ranging 150th anniversary celebration with a Mass at Fenway Park that is expected to draw some 20,000 people.
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