Suite in Campus Ministry Named in Eleanor Kelly Hartnett’s Honor
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Posted by: Angeline Boyer
After a special Mass at Saint Peter Chapel celebrating the
life and memory of Eleanor Kelly Hartnett, wife of Saint Peter’s alumnus
Bernard M. Hartnett, Jr. ’51, friends and family gathered at the Office of
Campus Ministry in the Mac Mahon Student Center to witness the dedication of
the associate director of campus ministry for community service’s suite named
in her honor.
While not a graduate of the University, Eleanor attended
many functions and events at Saint Peter’s as a guest with her husband of 60
years. Through these events, she got to know many of the Jesuits and
administrators on campus, and formed strong relationships with each and every
one of them.
"She loved Saint Peter’s,” said Bernard. "She particularly
loved the Jesuits. I think she would be thrilled to have an office named in her
honor in campus ministry.”
Eleanor’s son, Edward A. Hartnett, describes his mother as a
"graduate of the ‘School of Hard Knocks,’ rightly claiming more common sense
than many with fancy degrees. She was a good, strong and loving woman who was
fiercely loyal and tough as nails. Never one to be materialistic, she was an
incredibly generous woman who was always warm and welcoming, tough but
"It might seem odd to have a room in campus ministry named
for her,” said Edward. "She was always skeptical of those who advertised their
religious commitments too loudly…but she was a faithful
and prayerful woman, and what she did in taking care of others was ministry.
You might say she was engaged in lay ministry before most of us had ever heard
After Rev. Rocco Danzi, S.J., director of campus ministry,
blessed the room with holy water and prayer, attendees gathered for a reception
of light refreshments, where stories and memories of Eleanor were recalled and
shared amongst those present.
Naming opportunities remain throughout the Mac Mahon Student
Center. To learn more, contact Leah Leto at firstname.lastname@example.org or (201)