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Campus to Gather for Mass of the Holy Spirit


Saint Louis University will mark the beginning of the new academic year with its traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition at Jesuit colleges and universities as they celebrate the start of the new academic year. SLU photo

This year's liturgy will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, in St. Francis Xavier College Church.

Classes on the north campus from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. will be canceled to allow students and faculty to attend the liturgical celebration.

Christopher Collins, S.J., assistant to the president for mission and identity, will preside. David Sulwalsky, S.J., will deliver the homily.

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition at Jesuit schools and universities throughout the world. These celebrations date back to 1548, when the initial Mass was celebrated at the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily.