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Academic Mass of the Holy Spirit

Warner, NH: On Tuesday, August 27th at the College of Saint Mary Magdalen (www.Magdalen.edu) faculty, staff, local trustees, and special guests gathered to celebrate the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit to mark the beginning of the academic year.  During this Mass, the Catholic Faculty took the Oath of Fidelity.

The Votive Mass began with a procession of faculty members in academic regalia and the College's Choir singing of Caritas Dei.   Readings during Mass offered those gathered the opportunity to reflect on the true goal of academics, education, and the discernment of truth.

Before Communion, Father Roger Boucher asked faculty members to stand and recite the Oath of Fidelity in front of all those present as witnesses.  Through the Oath of Fidelity faculty renewed their profession of faith and promised to faithfully uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church.     

Following Mass, students attended Convocation where Dr. George Harne, Dr. Mary Mumbach, Dr. Peter Sampo, and Fr. Roger Boucher all addressed students. 

Dr. Harne remarked in his closing to students, “The life of sacramental discipleship is a life-long pursuit, just as the pursuit of truth is a life-long pursuit…Pursue the truth inside and outside the classroom for its own sake and for the greater glory of God.  Pursue the truth and He who is the source of Truth like your life depends on it, because it does.”

  

The Oath of Fidelity

Faculty and Staff: I, (please state your first, middle, and last names) promise

that in my words and in my actions I shall preserve communion with the Catholic

Church.

With great care and fidelity, I shall carry out the duties incumbent on me toward the

Church, both universal and particular, in which, according to the provisions of the law, I have been called to exercise my service.

In fulfilling the charge entrusted to me in the name of the Church, I shall hold fast to the deposit of faith in its entirety; I shall faithfully hand it on and explain it, and I shall avoid any teachings contrary to it.

 

I shall follow and foster the common discipline of the entire Church and I shall maintain the observance of all ecclesiastical laws, especially those contented in the Code of Cannon Law.

With Christian obedience I shall follow what the Bishops, as authentic doctors and teachers of the faith, declare, or what they, as those who govern the Church, establish. I shall also -- with due regard for the character and purpose of my institute -- faithfully assist the diocesan Bishop, so that the apostolic activity, exercised in the name and by the mandate of the Church, may be carried out in communion with the Church.