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Opening the Year with the Holy Spirit

September 18, 2023 | Uncategorized

On Wednesday, August 30, Archbishop Lori presided at the traditional opening liturgy of the year. Known as a “Red Mass” for the vestments worn in Masses of the Holy Spirit, the liturgy is a solemn prayer for God’s Spirit to permeate the work of all students, faculty, and staff in the coming year. (Many academic institutions and various professional organizations celebrate Red Masses at the start of their year of work.)

A new seminarian signs the covenant book at the 2023 "Red Mass" marking the start of a new academic year.At St. Mary’s, the celebration is also known as the “Covenant Mass” to mark the induction of new seminarians, students, and faculty into the community. Each new member of the St. Mary’s community came forward to sign their names in a book and pray that they will live out the principles which provide the basis for St. Mary’s to truly be a formational community.

Following the liturgy, everyone convened on the front steps for the annual community photo:


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