Academic Year Opens with Mass of the Holy Spirit

On Monday, August 30, 2018, the new academic year opened with a Mass of the Holy Spirit, invoking God’s blessing upon the academic community, asking him to enlighten our minds in our pursuit of wisdom, and to enflame our hearts with a deeper desire to live in the Truth. The Mass, held in the priory chapel, was attended by faculty, staff, and students – including nine recently-arrived Dominican student brothers, members of other religious orders, and a significant influx of new lay students.

The homily was delivered by Very Rev. John A. Langlois, O.P., President of the Pontifical Faculty. Fr. Langlois addressed “the revelations of clerical abuse and cover up that have come to light,” and reflected on the “two indispensable elements of any authentic renewal”: the light of the Holy Spirit, and the Eucharist. “As disquieting as the unfolding crisis can be, we can also see that a wonderful opportunity is being given to the Church—the opportunity for conversion and renewal under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. May we desire this grace, not only for the Church as a whole, but for ourselves as well.”

Click here for Fr. Langlois’ homily.

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