Long a Tradition at Jesuit, Mass of the Holy Spirit Brings Together Entire Blue Jay Community
Jesuit students, faculty, and staff gathered in the Chapel of the North American Martyrs for the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Friday, August 30. This Mass has been a Jesuit tradition for decades and helps to set the spiritual tone for the new school year. It is one of two Masses during the school year where Blue Jays shed their khaki uniforms and wear coats, dress shirts, and ties. The Mass is so special that Jesuit president Fr. Raymond Fitzgerald, S.J. considers it to be one of the five most important days of the school year.
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is not just a school tradition, but a practice that began in 1548 at the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily. Many Jesuit high schools and universities throughout the world celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of every school year.