On September 7, the seminary community paused to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit, marking the opening of a new academic year. During Mass, Msgr. Todd Lajiness, rector of Sacred Heart, called upon the Holy Spirit to enkindle a new fire of faith and devotion at the seminary and to bless the student body, faculty, and staff.
Fr. Timothy Laboe, dean of studies at Sacred Heart, called new faculty members by name to approach the altar. Laying a hand upon the book of the Gospels, Mr. Matthew Buszek, Mr. Robert Peters, and Fr. Stephen Pullis recited a Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity. In doing so, they stated their belief in all that the Church holds as definitively true and promised to teach according to the mind of the Church.