MIT – Pierce Boathouse, Cambridge
Under cloudy skies and cool temperatures (i.e., ideal rowing conditions!), Jesuit Connections held its last event of the 2016-2017 season at MIT’s Pierce Boathouse on the banks of the Charles River in Cambridge.
Will Doss Suter, who rowed at Boston College as an undergrad and now rows with the MIT Rowing Club, provided a nautical interpretation of St. Ignatius’ famous charge to St. Francis Xavier, reflecting on the nature of teamwork, leveraging individual talents, and working in harmony with crewmates, the boat, and the river itself. Peter Lew, director of the Boston Dragon Boat Festival, then provided a brief history of dragon boating, tracing its origins back a millennia to ancient China and the Duan Wu festival, before introducing the basic skills it requires.