Mass of the Holy Spirit
Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
On the Xavier Yard

University President Michael J. Graham, S.J., invites students, faculty, staff, and friends to celebrate the beginning of the academic year. To do so, the President, with support from the Faculty Committee and the University Staff Committee, has announced that classes and meetings will be suspended and offices will be closed from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. 

This is an opportunity for the Xavier community, composed of people of a variety of faith traditions, to gather together and be united in common prayer asking for God's blessing on the new year.

Presider: Rev. Michael J. Graham, S.J.

Welcome by Faculty Committee Chair

Blessings by ordained ministers of various faith traditions: 
Rabbi George Barnard, Rabbi Abie Ingber, Rev. Abby King-Kaiser, and Rev. Dr. Kristine Suna-Koro

Music by University student choirs

Reflections by select faculty and staff 

Gifts of our Ignatian Heritage Banners carried by the College Deans: Dr. Paul Gore; Dr. Thomas Hayes, and Dr. David Mengel; Associate Provost: Dr. Steven Herbert; SGA Vice President; and an ROTC Representative.

History ---  In keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the 16th century, Catholic high schools and universities celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit to mark the beginning of the academic year. In fact, within Jesuit circles the practice dates to the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily in 1548. It has been celebrated at Xavier since 1840 - when Fr. John Elet, S.J., the first president, presided – relatively recently as "Spirit Celebration" along with a festive communal gathering.

                                                                                                                                 *Bellarmine Chapel if inclement weather

CLICK HERE to see and hear John Larocca, S.J. consider the relationship between the Mass of the Holy Spirit and the Jesuit  mission



Questions should be directed to Brother Darrell Burns burnsd1@xavier.edu