September 23, 2013
Urging student leaders and the entire campus community to “go
out and renew the world,”
Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M., President of St. John's, marked
the start of the new academic year on September 19 by celebrating
his first Mass of the Holy Spirit at the University.
In an annual St. John's tradition, students, faculty,
administrators and staff filled St. Thomas More Church on the Queens, NY,
campus to give thanks and pray for success in the coming year. They
also joined Fr. Levesque, who served as Principal Celebrant, in
asking God to bless the 90 student leaders who were honored at the
Mass. The students received special pins symbolizing their
commitment to the University's
Vincentian mission of service.
The Staten Island, NY, campus opened the academic
year with its own Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, September
12. Rev. John Kettelberger, C.M., University Chaplain, and Rev.
Peter Albano, C.M., Campus Chaplain, concelebrated the Mass, which
recognized 30 student leaders.
At the Queens campus, Very Rev. Michael J. Carroll, C.M.,
Provincial Superior of the Eastern Province of the Congregation of
the Mission, and Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, joined Fr. Levesque
and 22 other priests in celebrating Mass.
“We are all individuals, yet we form one body,” Fr. Levesque
noted in his homily. “To each of us, God has given special gifts
through the Holy Spirit. All of the student leaders with us today
have special gifts, which are evident as they assume their roles in
the life of our University.”
With these gifts, he added, every member of the University
community has the capacity “to renew the face of St. John's
University, Queens, New York and the world.”