Boston College overcame obstacles en route to 150th anniversary
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.