Our annual Mission Day on Monday, August 22 will feature an opening Interfaith Service and a keynote address by Associate Professor of Theology and AFCU Executive Director Dr. Kevin Godfrey. Reflections and discussions will be led by faculty and staff members who have participated in the Franciscan Learning Community and the Build with Living Stones course offered by Fr. Kevin Queally. We will also announce the action plan for Franciscan Education and Integration, incorporating the recommendations of the Franciscan Learning Community’s final report.
The annual State of the University Day, Tuesday, Aug. 23, begins at 8 a.m., with breakfast in the student dining room and the program in the PEC. All faculty and staff are asked to attend both events.
The New Student Convocation on Thursday, Aug. 25 begins Student Orientation. Fr. Kevin will celebrate our annual Mass of the Holy Spirit on Monday, Aug. 29. As the symbolic beginning to the academic year and the final formal activity of Orientation Weekend, our Mass once again will be supported by an adjusted class schedule and a free and festive all-university luncheon. All are encouraged to attend.
The annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration will span the last half of September and the first half of October. Among the many activities will be an Oct. 3 address by Alina Fernandez, daughter and outspoken opponent of Fidel Castro, along with a panel comprised of members of the Valdespino family, who were exiled from Cuba in the early days of the Castro regime and who have given us our own Student Government Association President Marissa DeLucia. Our month will conclude with a Spanish-English Mass on Sunday, Oct. 16, featuring the music ministry of St. Peter’s Parish and concelebrated by Bishop John Barres.