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466-year-old tradition welcomes back Loyola students

Loyola press release - August 25, 2014

Students, faculty and staff at Loyola University New Orleans will have the chance to be a part of an age-old tradition almost as old as the Society of Jesus itself, going back to the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily, in 1548. The tradition—Loyola’s Mass of the Holy Spirit—is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11 in Holy Name of Jesus Church. The Mass, an important and long-standing tradition at Loyola and other Jesuit institutions nationwide, is celebrated at the beginning of every fall semester to pray for God's wisdom and inspiration through the experiences of the new academic year.

Loyola President the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., is the principal celebrant and the Rev. Peter Rogers, S.J., rector of the Jesuit community and professor of French, is the homilist.

All 11 a.m. classes will be canceled so the entire Loyola community can attend the celebration. All students should attend and sit with their affiliated club or organization (wearing their club T-shirt or uniform), residence hall floor or classmates. All faculty and staff are requested 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 media inquiries, please contact James Shields in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5888.