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Natick resident wins Boston College Community Service Award

Posted by John Swinconeck  June 25, 2013 03:31 PM

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Natick resident Christopher Darcy, an associate director in Boston College’s Office of Residential Life and volunteer in his community and on campus, is the recipient of the University’s 2013 Community Service Award. The college announced the award in a press release June 20.

Sponsored by BC’s Office of Governmental and Community Affairs, the award highlights the contributions of a Boston College employee whose actions exemplify the Jesuit spirit of service to others. It was presented to Darcy by University President William P. Leahy, SJ, at a recognition dinner in late May.

“This award truly means so very much to me personally and professionally. I am honored, but extremely humbled and moved. I was absolutely overwhelmed by being recognized as the recipient for this year,” Darcy said. “There are so many incredibly giving and caring faculty and staff in our BC community who serve and give of themselves on a daily basis, it is a blessing and honor to be chosen amongst all of them, and as a representative of the work we engage in each and every day.”

A 17-year member of the Boston College, Darcy is responsible for the ministerial components and programs of the Office of Residential Life, and serves as a part-time campus minister for the division of University Mission and Ministry.

He received award nominations from three members of the BC community, and letters of support from several students.

Among his volunteer activities, Darcy has served for nearly 30 years as a baseball coach in Natick. He also has volunteered for more than 15 years at St. Ignatius Church as a liturgical coordinator, Eucharistic minister and lector; for Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly, and has participated in five Dana-Farber/Jimmy Fund Half Marathon Walks.

Among his activities at Boston College, he has been a mentor, staff person for numerous international immersion programs, serves as a retreat director and assists in co-directing an annual 48 Hours retreat for first-year students.

“I have always been inspired by St. Ignatius of Loyola, who gave unconditionally of himself by ministering and teaching others so genuinely, caringly and lovingly,” stated Darcy. “Boston College has afforded me some incredible opportunities to serve and give, here and outside of BC. I feel strongly, if I can make a difference in some small way, that fuels my passion to be a person with and for others, especially because of how I have been formed through my Jesuit education, and by the wonderful experiences and people of the BC community.”

“Christopher Darcy has been one of the most amazing people that I’m grateful to have crossed paths with during my time at BC. He’s been a wonderful mentor, adviser and a friend,” wrote student Lyz Alexandre. “When I need advice, Darcy never tells me what to do, he asks me questions so I can come to my own conclusions.”

Darcy, who grew up in Natick, moved back to his hometown in 2003.

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