Concelebrating Sunday's Mass of the Holy Spirit were (L-R): Director of Campus Ministry James Erps, SJ, University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Asst. Prof. Stephen Schloesser, SJ (History), along with other members of the Boston College Jesuit Community.
"The promises they proffer in silent stone - whether we know it or not - root us in a common past, open to us a common future, and beckon us to a common task," said Fr. Schloesser.
University President Rev. William Leahy, SJ, served as principal celebrant and was joined by 20 of his fellow Jesuits at the Mass, a centuries-old tradition at Catholic colleges and universities.
BC's student population was primarily young men from working-class Irish families when the University opened its Chestnut Hill campus, where the Gothic beauty of Gasson Hall stood symbolically as "an oasis of protection," said Fr. Schloesser. Later, a more universal Boston College, one housing female students and students from many backgrounds, was reflected in the Modernist styling of O'Neill Library, he said - and now the newly renovated Higgins Hall joins the modern and the Gothic.
Procession for the Mass.
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