University Community Celebrates Mass of the Holy Spirit
Students, staff, faculty and administrators packed St. Francis Xavier College Church
on Thursday, Aug. 30, to celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit.
Classes were canceled for the duration of the service to ensure all could attend.
Rev. Christopher Collins, S.J., assistant to the president for Mission and Identity,
presided over the Mass, which began with a procession, an invocation of the Holy Spirit’s
guidance over the new academic year and a blessing with holy water.
Rev. Ronald O’Dwyer, S.J., assistant clinical professor of Educational Studies and
director of the Billiken Teacher Corps, delivered the homily as the University marks
the inauguration of the 2018-2019 academic year.
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition at Jesuit schools and universities throughout
the world dating back to 1548, when the initial Mass was celebrated at the first Jesuit
school in Messina, Sicily.