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A Jesuit tradition: Mass of the Holy Spirit celebrates the beginning of school year

Loyola press release - September 9, 2013

Loyola University New Orleans’ Mass of the Holy Spirit is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12 in Holy Name of Jesus Church. Loyola President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., is the principal celebrant, and Edward Vacek, S.J., the Rev. Stephen J. Duffy Chair in Catholic Studies, is the homilist. Faculty, administrators, staff and students are all encouraged to attend the Mass, an important and long-standing tradition at Loyola and other Jesuit institutions.

Most Catholic schools, and especially Jesuit high schools and universities, celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of every school year. It is a tradition almost as old as the Society of Jesus itself, going back to the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily, in 1548.

All 11 a.m. classes will be canceled so the entire Loyola community can attend the celebration. All students should attend and sit with either their affiliated club or organization (wearing their club T-shirt or uniform), residence hall floor or classmates. All faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. While the Mass does not include an academic procession, seating for faculty and staff is reserved at the front of the church.

The event is planned and coordinated by University Ministry. For more information, contact University Ministry at 504-865-3226.

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