On Tuesday, September 6, the Sacred Heart Major Seminary community gathered to celebrate Mass marking the beginning of this new school year and the installation of new faculty members. Father Stephen Burr inspired those gathered to look ahead to the new year with hope for what God might do, challenging them with the question, “What will be the gift God has in store for each of us? Together in this inaugural liturgy, we anticipate the good.”
At the Mass, students, faculty, and staff celebrated in anticipation of all that’s to come in the new academic year, and, from their varied perspectives, anticipated the good that’s to come. First year theology student, Karl Finkbeiner, who attended the Mass remarked “I’m looking forward to just being immersed deeper in learning about the faith and growing in it with my brothers here at the Seminary. I can’t wait to see what grace the Lord has for us this year.”
First year commuter student, Eliezer “Jun” Siwa, shared that he looks forward to gaining wisdom during his time at Sacred Heart and taking it back to his home parish St. Cyril and Methodius where he is involved with youth ministry.
The Mass also included the Oath of Fidelity sworn by new faculty, Dr. Kevin Clarke, Father Jeremy Davis, and Mr. John Lajiness.
Newly installed faculty member, Father Jeremy Davis, in the spirit of the new school year shared that he most looks forward “to forming relationships with the young men that are being formed to be priests,” remarking that the relationships formed through teaching and encountering Christ together are what he enjoys most.