Springfield College Names Father Leo Meditation Room for Long-Time Campus MinisterApril 28, 2010
SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 28, 2010 – Springfield College will honor Rev. Dr. Leo James Hoar, long-time member of campus ministries, by naming the “Father Leo” Meditation Room in the new Richard B. Flynn Campus Union, in a ceremony on April 29, 2010, at 4 p.m., in the building’s Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room.
In making the announcement, Springfield College President Richard B. Flynn said, “Fr. Leo has dedicated his life to the spirit side of the spirit-mind-body triangle. He has guided people, especially students, to understand, respect and love people of all nations, races, religions, and economic situations. He has built bridges of understanding among people of divergent views. It is our honor to recognize his many contributions to the Springfield College community and beyond by naming this space for him.”
Hoar has served Springfield College since 1984, and became the founding director of Springfield College’s United Campus Ministry and Spiritual Life Center when it was reorganized in 2000. In 2003, he received Springfield College’s Cheney Award recognizing his service to the college and community, and his commitment to the humanics philosophy. He has been part-time associate Catholic chaplain at Springfield College since 2006, after stepping down from the directorship following a medical leave.
Naming of the “Father Leo” Meditation Room was made possible through generous donations to the college in Hoar’s honor.