Marquette University News Release

Remembering alumnus and journalist James Foley

August 24, 2015


Mass of Remembrance with the Foley family

Sunday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m.
Church of the Gesu

Join John and Diane Foley, parents of James Foley, for a Mass of Remembrance honoring their son. The Mass will take place at 4 p.m. in the Church of the Gesu. A painting of James, which was originally created during Marquette University Mission Week in February 2015, will be blessed.

James Foley Rosary for Peace

Sunday, Oct. 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
St. Joan of Arc Chapel

Marquette University is an anchor school participating in the James Foley Rosary for Peace on what would have been James Foley’s 42nd birthday. Marquette will provide up to 200 rosaries for those participating on campus. Catholic tradition dedicates the month of October to praying the Rosary, a contemplative prayer that is rooted in Scripture.
James, who previously shared that “Marquette was perhaps never a bigger friend to me than when I was imprisoned as a journalist,” prayed the rosary and found that it “kept his mind focused” while in captivity.

“I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. I said 10 Hail Marys between each Our Father. It took a long time, almost an hour to count 100 Hail Marys off on my knuckles. And it helped to keep my mind focused.”

All are welcome:
Schools, Parishes and organizations across the country and world are invited to participate and can register through the James Foley Rosary for Peace page. In the spirit of unity, persons of all faiths are welcome.

Foley Foundation Virtual 5K

5kThe James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is hosting its first annual Foley Foundation 5K in Rochester, New Hampshire on October 17, the weekend of Jim Foley’s birthday. The foundation is hosting a virtual run to encourage participation from friends and supporters across the globe. For virtual runners, the foundation will mail participants a t-shirt that can be worn to demonstrate their support during the run on the day of the event.

The 2015 race will commemorate Jim’s life and raise funds for American hostage advocacy, press freedom and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth, which were passions for Jim.

Runners for both the Rochester race and virtual run can register for the event at
If interested in forming a virtual Foley 5K running group in your local community, please reach out to

Send photos:
For those not able to attend the race in Rochester, JWFLF will Participants are encouraged to take a photo during the race and post the picture to social media with the hashtags #foley5k and #IrunforJim.


Previous Events


Prayer vigil for James Foley, Aug. 26, 2014

Marquette University on Aug. 26, 2014, celebrated the life of alumnus James Foley with a prayer vigil in the Church of the Gesu on campus. Nearly 1,000 people, including many of Jim’s closest friends, filled the church to honor and remember Jim.

A video of the vigil in its entirety is available online.

Finishing the Story, remarks from Dr. Lori Bergen, dean, Diederich College of Communication

 The James Foley Scholarship Fund

Working with the family and friends of James Foley, Marquette has established the James Foley Scholarship Fund in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication.

Remembering James Foley

News stories from around the world have highlighted the life and faith of alumnus and slain journalist James Foley, celebrating his career and his deep connection to Marquette University. A broad collection of media coverage about James Foley is available online.

A letter from James Foley to Marquette, 2011

James Foley’s last letter to his family on

James Foley’s speech on campus in 2011, following his first abduction in Libya

Captured in Libya: Marquette friends are key in campaign to free James Foley
Marquette Magazine, Fall 2011

James Foley through the years: photo slideshow
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Aug. 20, 2014

Storify of Twitter posts in remembrance of James Foley
Aug. 20, 2014, a collection of photographic memories and tributes.

On Twitter, the #RememberingJim campaign seeks to keep his spirit alive through pictures, videos, stories and quotes.

A tribute from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, where James Foley received a master’s degree in journalism in 2008

 University statement on James Foley

The Marquette community is deeply saddened by the death of alumnus and freelance journalist James Foley, Arts ’96. We extend our heartfelt prayers and wishes for healing to James’ family and friends during this very difficult time.

James, who majored in history at Marquette, had a heart for social justice and used his immense talents to tell the difficult stories in the hopes that they might make a difference in the world – a measure of his character for which we could not be prouder.

Following his first capture in 2011, after he safely returned from Libya, James expressed in a letter to the Marquette community the power and strength he drew not only from his own prayer, but the prayers of his family and friends. As a community, we offer this prayer for peace.

Statement on James Foley from President Obama

We will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace it with a sense of hope and civility. And that’s what Jim Foley stood for, a man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family. Today, the American people will all say a prayer for those who loved Jim. All of us feel the ache of his absence. All of us mourn his loss.

Statement on James Foley from Secretary of State John Kerry

James Foley went to the darkest of places to shine the light of truth. Nothing could stop him from sharing with the world the reality of what was happening on the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan, or the struggle against a brutal dictator in Libya, and he was just as determined to do the same from Syria. He was brave and bold, and no masked coward can ever steal the legacy of this courageous American who lived out the meaning of the word journalism.

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Christopher Stolarski

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