“Love Yourself:” Devino to Speak at Agape Latte’s First Event This Semester

The Church in the 21st Century Center (C21), in conjunction with Undergraduate Government of Boston College, will host its first Agape Latte event of the second semester on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 8:30 p.m. As part of UGBC’s Happiness Project week, the caffeinated discussions about faith and life will lead off at Hillside Cafe with Fr. Terry Devino’s “Love Yourself” talk.

Two years ago, Devino captivated the Hillside crowd in his first Agape Latte appearance when he quoted Anchorman and Taylor Swift during his talk on God’s love.

Devino will return to Agape Tuesday to talk about finding happiness in relationships.

“Fr. Terry will talk about how relationships help us grow in our faith and the importance of getting to know and love ourselves and others,” Karen Kiefer, associate director of C21, said in an email.

According to Devino, Gretchen Rubin’s New York Times best-seller The Happiness Project is an important motivating factor behind his “Love Yourself” talk and the related UGBC Happiness Project. Rubin’s desire to achieve happiness led to her year-long project, which involved scientific research and personal exploration.

The Heightsmen duo of Paul Reilly, CSOM ’17, and Kamau Burton, MCAS ’17, will open the event for Fr. Devino around 8 p.m. Agape Latte will provide free desserts, coffee, and tshirts for attendees.

On the first Tuesday of each month, Agape Latte, known on campus for its “Espresso Your Faith” mantra and gigantic coffee bean mascot, showcases a different speaker encompassing a different theme. Since 2013, free lattes, desserts, and conversations on faith and religion have drawn the interest of BC students.

“I clicked on [the Facebook event page] and thought the message of self-love is important,” Alyssa Stenta, MCAS ’17, said. “I’m hoping I can take away some advice on loving yourself first and how you can translate that into loving others.”

Featured Image by Julia Hopkins / Heights Editor