Monsignor James Lavin ’40 is remembered by many as the “peanut butter priest.” For decades, he handed out peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, also known as “Lavin Burgers,” to residence hall students one or two evenings a week.
Since his death in 2012, a new Tommie Tradition has begun to take place each year on Nov. 12. On what would have been his 95th birthday, the St. Thomas community is invited to celebrate Monsignor Lavin Day with complimentary peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in Scooter’s, the restaurant bearing the beloved priest’s nickname, located on the first floor of the Anderson Student Center.
Read more about this the tradition in this Newsroom story and take a look back at the Lavin's legacy as a St. Thomas icon.
The celebration is hosted by the St. Thomas Alumni Association. For more information, contact alumni relations manager Nadine Friederichs.