The King’s College Theatre Department will open the season with performances of the 60s rock opera, “Tommy,” The Who’s Pete Townshend’s electrifying tale of a catatonic adolescent’s journey into a pinball wizard. Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1-4 and Oct. 6 and at 2 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 5 in the George P. Maffei II Theatre.

King’s has offered theatre productions for local audiences since 1950.

The play features music & lyrics by rock n’ roll legend Townshend, and is based on a book by Townshend and Des McAnuff.

Mollie Wilson O’Reilly, associate editor of “Commonweal” magazine, will deliver the 2014 Feast of Saint Francis Lecture at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Burke Auditorium at King’s College.

In the free public lecture titled “A Poor Church for the Poor: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism,” O’Reilly will examine what Pope Francis has done to shift the Catholic church’s focus to the poor and marginalized, and how he is working to bring about the reforms called for in his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”).

Maura Modrovsky has been named community outreach coordinator at King’s College. She will be responsible for individual and group volunteer efforts at King’s, as well as managing the community-based work-study program and social justice education programs, such as Hunger for Justice Week.

King’s College will honor four alumni at a special awards luncheon during Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, Sept. 27-28. This year’s recipients are Joseph W. Balz, the Robert J. Ell Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to Alma Mater; Jonathan Deroba, The Leo Award; Brendan Dougher, Outstanding Professional Achievement; and Frank J. Nemshick, Jr., Service to Society.

King’s College has been again been placed on an exclusive list of “Best American Colleges” compiled for “Forbes” magazine by The Center for College Affordability and Productivity based on multiple factors related to success after graduation, affordability, student satisfaction, and student and faculty achievement.

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