The Providence of God governs every aspect of our individual lives from beginning to end, and most often it is only late in life when we realize the significance of particular events that touched us.

The brief history of St. John Fisher College in the past thirty years since the purchase of the present site in 1947 by Father Hugh Haffey and the turning of the soil by Bishop James E. Kearney in 1949 is a magnificent story of the intertwining of events that lead to this moment in time.

The reflections of Father Haffey recorded in this booklet are a magnificent tribute to the faith and hope of Bishop Kearney, Father Haffey, the Basilian Fathers and the entire Community of Rochester. Today and in the future, each and everyone of us will be in debt to them.

When Father Haffey completed his memoirs of the beginnings of St. John Fisher College, he graciously dedicated them to the Editor and President of the College. Since that time, God has called to eternity Father Haffey and Bishop Kearney -- two giants in the founding story of this College.

To each of them, we now rededicate with great attitude this simple account of vision, courage and the love of God

Daniel G. Kennedy

Charles J. Lavery, C.S.B.

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