WJU set to celebrate the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit

  WJU News
  Friday, September 14, 2018 2:51 PM
  WJU News, Service, Athletics, Student Services, Academics, Alumni

Wheeling, WV

Wheeling Jesuit University will celebrate its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit next Friday, Sept. 21, at 3:30 p.m. in the performance gym of the Alma Grace McDonough Center. The Mass is open to everyone – students, employees, and the community. 

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a 460-year tradition of Jesuit education that is nearly as old as the Society itself and takes place at Jesuit schools worldwide at the beginning of each academic year. 

In the words of Fr. John LaRocca, S.J. of Xavier University, the purpose of the Mass “is to ask the Holy Spirit to be with all of us in the university community — all who learn here, all who teach here, all who work here — to be able to see the presence of God in the world." In Christian theology, the Holy Spirit is associated with wisdom and unity, gifts that we ask for all members of our campus in the coming year.

A community dinner will follow at 4:30 p.m. at the Benedum Room in Swint Hall. 

"After the dust clears from the start of a new academic year, it's good to take a moment to gather together as a community to reflect on what we're about, and to pray for guidance, clarity, and strength," said Jamey Brogan, director of Campus Ministry. "The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a joyful celebration when we give thanks for the many gifts God has given us as individuals and as a University."

Wheeling Jesuit University is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the country offering more than 30 undergraduate programs of study and five graduate degrees. The University provides a Jesuit, Catholic, liberal arts education, and our affordable programs unite the Jesuit tradition of intellectual excellence allowing students to receive an education for life, leadership and service with and among others. The 65-acre campus is situated on the Ohio River 50 miles south of Pittsburgh, and two hours east of Columbus, in Wheeling, WV.

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