Ateneans gathered as one community for the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Dotterweich Park, last June 26, 2014.
“We ask Him to bless the commitment of our academic community – our Universitas, to truth,” said University President Rev. Fr. Joel E. Tabora, S.J. as he started his homily.
This academic year, Fr. Tabora placed importance on the need to continually search for ‘our truth’, which is achieved through broadening one’s knowledge of God, His creation, and of humanity with the guidance of the Spirit.
Fr. Tabora emphasized the need to care for the marginalized as a manifestation of being a brother or sister in the Lord. “We all belong to one humanity for which we must all take responsibility,” he pointed out.
He added that discrimination, hatred, and war are brought about by injustice. “In God’s spirit, may we distinguish ourselves in this university in articulating and in rectifying that injustice,” he said.
“In spirit of truth, we are led back to the Father of creation, nature, humanity and compassion,” concluded the university president.
This year’s Eucharistic celebration was sponsored by the Theology 121 and First Year Development Program (FYDP) classes.
The Campus Ministry Office acknowledged everyone’s participation in the Votive Mass. Eucharistic ministers and other clubs under the umbrella of the Ateneo Religious Organization (ARO), such as the Campus Liturgical Ministries (CLM) and Subdominant 7, also participated in the Holy Mass.