Mass to Mark Campus Kick-off of Anniversary Celebration

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The Mass of the Holy Spirit will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, as the kick-off of the campus community's year-long celebration of its 125th anniversary.

Most Rev. Joseph Bambera, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, will celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at The University of Scranton on Thursday, Sept. 5, as the kick-off of the campus community’s year-long celebration of its 125th anniversary. The Bishop will also serve as homilist at the 11:30 a.m. Mass in the Byron Recreation Complex. A lunch will follow immediately after Mass on the Dionne Campus Green.

Most Rev. William O'Hara, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Scranton, blessed the cornerstone of the new College of St. Thomas of Aquinas on the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 12, 1888. At the blessing, Bishop O’Hara said “it is for you to put your shoulder to the wheel and to see this institution of learning rising up, and it is the great desire of our heart to see your children gather therein to learn first the faith and then to learn those other branches necessary for their welfare in the world.”

The University of Scranton recognized the blessing ceremony with a Mass and luncheon on campus Aug. 12. University President Kevin P. Quinn, S.J., served a principal celebrant and homilist at the Mass.

 “It is a precious time to stir up the gifts given us,” said Father Quinn. “The holy people of God – faculty, staff and students at The University of Scranton – can dream of renewed birth because God’s Spirit dwells in us, powering us to always try anew.”

The University’s year-long 125th anniversary celebration will include exhibits, lectures and other events. For additional information about the 125th anniversary celebration, visit 125th.scranton.edu.

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