On Tuesday, Sept. 23, Marquette University Student Government will host celebrations for the first annual Father Naus Day of Kindness in Westowne Square from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event, in correlation with the second Farmer’s Market of the year, will include a banner signing and distribution of clown noses in memory of Father Naus and the kindness and joy that he brought to Marquette.
Rev. John E. Naus, S.J. spent nearly 50 years serving a Marquette in capacities including residence hall minister, chaplain, assistant to the president and professor of philosophy. Naus was well-known on campus for celebrating the Tuesday’s 10 p.m. mass, his fondness of clowns and animal balloons, and his Christmas card tradition. Naus mailed over 4,000 Christmas cards in July, typically including an inspiring quote, such as, “A true friend is a glimpse from God,” and “See written on the face of everyone you meet, ‘Make me feel important.’”
After Naus passed away in 2013, Senate passed legislation in loving memory of Reverend John E. Naus, S.J. to create an annual Father Naus Day of Kindness, falling on the first Tuesday after Sept. 22.