Education: Boston Beacon

Boston College is the folk school of the Boston Irish—a Jesuit beacon that in the past century lit the lowly immigrant's way from the first landfall to the last hurrah. Now the tiny city school that got its charter in 1863 counts 11,000 students, most of them on a sweeping 200-acre campus in suburban Chestnut Hill. With six graduate and professional schools, coed B.C. is one of the nation's biggest and best Catholic universities. Boston College watered the roots that grew the first Irish-Catholic U.S. President, and last week Himself was on hand to celebrate B.C.'s looth birthday, along with admiring...

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