Saint Mary's College celebrated the beginning of the 2009-10 academic year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit in the College Chapel on Sept. 9.

The liturgical celebration began with a procession of administrators, faculty, students and staff representatives, followed by blessing from a wide of variety of religious traditions, including Episcopalian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish . They were given by Dr. Alireza Rezapour, Rev. Duane Sisson, Saroja Subrahmanyan, Rabbi Harry Manhoff and Mieraf Kahsai.

Brother President Ronald Gallagher noted that the Chapel was decorated with flags of of many nations that community members come from, and spoke of the College as "a global community searching for truth."

"We embark on a new academic year very conscious of local and global challenges, opportunities and obstacles," he said. "We see failing economies and unemployment and war and strife across the planet. We see poverty and injustice at home. We also recognize our responsibility to create a human family, locally and globally. Our search for truth, guided by reason and faith, should lead us to solutions to these challenges."

Student musicians led the singing during the Mass, which was concelebrated by Father Sal Ragusa, Father Tom McElligott, Father John Morris, O.P., and Father Mike Russo.

View the photo slideshow by Gorbachev Lingad '10.

Read Brother Ronald's remarks.

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