Community Opens School Year with Mass of the Holy Spirit

Posted: August 19, 2015

We began the journey of a new academic year by welcoming our students and the grace of a greater being into our hearts and community with Mass of the Holy Spirit. This tradition of opening the school year by invoking the Spirit's presence, inspiration and guidance dates back to the opening of the first Jesuit high school in Messina, Sicily in 1548.

President Chris Meyercord delivered the homily, expanding upon the theme of accompaniment described in the Gospel reading. Jesus' accompaniment of his disciples is not unlike our endeavors, as men for and with others, to accompany the poor and underserved in the world. "Accompaniment is not something we do once and then forget about." Meyercord concluded. "We can’t be present during our service hours or to a homeless person we meet and then ignore the suffering of those around us. No matter how many service hours we complete, the work is never completely done. If we are truly striving to emulate Jesus, then it informs how we are all the time – seeking to be the shoulder that people can cry on, the crutch in times of need, being there for a friend when we don’t know the words to say. We hear a lot of talk about being men and women for and with others. This year, let’s make sure we walk that talk."

The Mass concluded with the commissioning of the Associated Sudent Body (ASB), and blessings for those students who have accepted leadership duties for the year, as well as the students they will be representing.

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