“Hail, Holy Queen”: Jesuit Celebrates Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Posted December 7, 2018 / Last updated December 12, 2018

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Fr. Donald Saunders, S.J., Fr. John Brown, S.J., Fr. Paul Shaughnessy, S.J., and Fr. Frank Reale, S.J. distribute Communion to students during the celebration.

On Friday morning, Dec. 7, students, faculty, and staff gathered for Mass in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and honor Mary, our Blessed Mother.

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Mass was celebrated by Fr. Paul Shaughnessy, S.J., who, at the end of his homily, invited the congregation to join him in praying the “Salve Regina.”

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When the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) established a new high school in New Orleans in 1847, they placed it under the protection of our Blessed Mother. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary’s conception, without sin, and is always on December 8. Since the date fell on a Saturday this year, the Mass for the Jesuit community was celebrated a day early.