Mass of the Holy Spirit
with a blessing of Alter Hall
Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
On the Academic Mall facing Alter Hall

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 11:00 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.

Special 2015 Features
  • A blessing of the new Alter Hall building
  • The Welcome offered by the chair of Faculty Committee
  • College deans, faculty, and students carrying Jesuit identity banners
  • Jesuit concelebrants will enter paired with an ordained religious leader on campus (Rev. King-Kaiser, Rabbi Ingber, Rev. Luckey, Rev. Melcher, Rev. Suno-Koro, Rev. H Park)
  • A multi-club student choir will be singing
  • Students, faculty, and staff from a variety of academic areas and of various faith traditions offering readings

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 Rachelle Kramer Kramerr4@xavier.edu