Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Holy Cross Students Participate in Pilgrimage for the Holy Year of Mercy

February 28th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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Holy Cross students and staff participate in a pilgrimage for the Holy Year of Mercy. Joined by students from Anna Maria College, Assumption College and Worcester State University, community members began with a prayer on the steps of St. Joseph Memorial Chapel on the Holy Cross campus and walked the 2.4 miles to the “Holy Door” at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Worcester. Participants traveled with canned goods for donation to the Cathedral and upon arrival participated in reconciliation services and confession after walking through the Holy Doors.

Cousins and Fellow Crusaders Travel To Mountaintop Monastery

February 16th, 2016 by Jessica McCaughey

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Cousins Casey Norton ’16 and Tommy Gallant ’12 pose during a trip to Montserrat, a mountain in Catalonia, Spain where St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit order, laid down his soldier’s weapons and began a new life devoted to study, teaching, service, faith and purpose. The two traveled for 10 days touring Barcelona and Morocco last summer. “We decided to make a special trip to Monserrat because Tom had recently graduated from Holy Cross and I was going to begin senior year,” says Norton. “It was an incredible experience being at such an important religious site and words truly can’t describe how I felt. It really made me feel connected with my faith and reinforced the concept of ‘men and women for and with others.’ ” Gallant is currently in his second year of medical school at the University of New England.

Photo submitted by Casey Norton

Student Group Holds Prayer for Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

November 16th, 2015 by Nikolas Markantonatos

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At noon today, members of the Holy Cross community gathered for a brief prayer service at the edge of the Hogan Courtyard, where eight large crosses representing the martyrs of El Salvador, are on display. The service was sponsored by the student group Pax Christi which strives to create a world that reflects the Peace of Christ by exploring, articulating and bearing witness to the call of Christian nonviolence. “As we gather to honor their witness, we must acknoweledge the victims of violence who cry out to us today from Paris, Beirut, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Mexico, and from all corners of the Earth,” said Marty Kelly, associate director of the Chaplains’ Office, in opening remarks.

Photograph by Tom Rettig

Behind the Scenes During Choir Media Coverage

September 9th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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The Holy Cross College Choir performs “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom” written by Normand Gouin, assistant chaplain and director of liturgy and music, for WBZ Channel 4 Boston. The hymn will be performed during liturgical events as Pope Francis visits Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. The news outlet was on campus to interview Gouin before he travels to Philadelphia to sing with the choir.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Members of the Class of 2015 Join Together for Rites of Passage Ceremony

April 24th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Members of the class of 2015, joined by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College, celebrate together in the annual Rites of Passage Ceremony in Mary Chapel. The religious and cultural ceremony marks the passage of college graduation for students from the African diaspora who have been active in worship life on campus and have served as Multicultural Peer Educators.

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Faculty, staff, students and their guests celebrated the milestone together with prayer, a ceremonial passage between mentors and mentees and song.

Photography by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Marks Ash Wednesday

February 18th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Holy Cross community members attend Ash Wednesday mass in Mary Chapel. Services for Ash Wednesday, which signals the beginning of the Lenten season, were also held in St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. In addition to services,  there are a number of reflection opportunities sponsored by the Vice President for Mission, the Office of the College Chaplains, and the Holy Cross Jesuit Community. Each program provides a way to enter into the sacred season of Lent in the midst of everyday life.

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Kathryn Spitler ’18 attended the 8:15 morning prayer at Mary Chapel.

The Ordination of Virginia Coakley

February 8th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

Members of the Holy Cross community gathered to celebrate the Service for the Ordination of Virginia Coakley, assistant chaplain and director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries, to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament by the Presbytery of Boston.

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Following an afternoon of prayer, reflection and song, attendees joined Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College and the Office of the College Chaplains for a reception in the Loyola Ballroom.

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Above from left to right, Rev. Paul Harman, vice president of Mission, Virginia Coakley assistant chaplain and director of Protestant and ALANA Ministries and Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of the College.

New Web Resource for Exploring Catholic Practice Launches With Reception

February 4th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Members of the campus community celebrate the official launch of the Catholics & Cultures website  during a reception in the Hogan Campus Center Ballroom. Catholics & Cultures, an initiative of the Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, is a brand new resource  that invites visitors to explore the religious life and practice of ordinary Catholics living in countries and cultures around the world. With scholarly articles, interviews, demographic data, slideshows and videos, the site will serve as a growing, changing depiction of the global Church today.

Photo by Tom Rettig

Holy Cross Students Attend March for Life Rally

January 22nd, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

Twenty-two students from the College of the Holy Cross traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2015 March for Life, the annual pro-life rally protesting abortion. Accompanied by Rev. James Hayes, S.J.,  associate chaplain for mission, students attended the “Life is Very Good” conference at George Mason University and the Jesuit Mass and Rally for Life at St. Aloysius Church. For the past 14 years Holy Cross students have participated in the March for Life.

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Photos by Sloane Burns ’15.

Community Members Reflect on Rich Faith Traditions Represented at Holy Cross

January 20th, 2015 by Jessica McCaughey

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Community members of all faiths and beliefs gathered in Mary Chapel for the fourth annual Multifath Community Prayer. The prayer, led by Rev. Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., president of Holy Cross, and local faith leaders, featured readings and musical performances.

Photo by Tom Rettig.