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Celebrating Prayer

 
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125th Anniversary: College Blessing and Rededication

The value the College places on prayer was highlighted on September 14, 2011 with a formal liturgical blessing and rededication of campus.

Four separate streams of students, faculty, staff, alumni, Marywood sisters, and friends of the College processed from different corners of the campus and converged on the Holmdene lawn for the formal service. Each of the four streams of the procession represents one of the four charisms, or core values, of the College: prayer, study, service and community.

 
 
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The Community banner leads president Olivarez, Board members

and community members to the Holmdene lawn from Wege Center.

The Study banner leads the faculty and staff from the library.
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The Service banner leads the students and alumni from the

Carriage House past Regina Hall.

The Prayer banner leads the choir and Grand Rapids Dominican

sisters from in front of Holmdene/

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  A crowd of 800-1000 people gathers for the rededication.
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President Olivarez opens the service.

Sr. Mary Navarre O.P. explains the significance of the century-old

cross rescued from Holy Angels convent in Traverse City.

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  President Juan Olivarez
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Barbara Witham McCargar, chair of the music department, leads

the responsorial psalm.

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Monsignor Gaspar Ancona leads the College Blessing. Monsignor Gaspar Ancona leads the College Blessing.
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"When the Saint Go Marching In" led the participants to lunch in

Wege Center.

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Aquinas College 125th Anniversary Mass

The celebration of prayer continued on Sunday, September 18, 2011, with a solemn Sunday Mass at St. Andrew's Cathedral, celebrated by Bishop Walter Hurley. A reception followed at Cathedral Square.

 

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Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time; Sunday, September 18, 2011

 
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The Cathedral of St. Andrew was the site of the 125th

Anniversary Mass.

The Academic Processional is led by Sr. Rosemary ODonnell, O.P., faculty marshall.
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Dr. Mark Webb conducts the Aquinas College chorus. Dr. Olivarez welcomes the participants.
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  The anniversary Mass was presided over by Bishop Walter J. Hurley.
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Bishop Walter J. Hurley  
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A crowd of over 700 attended the Anniversary Mass. Bishop Walter J. Hurley.
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The Mass was followed by a joyous reception on Cathedral Square.

President Juan Olivarez, Bishop Walter J. Hurley & Lt. Gen. (Ret.)

John Nowak, Chair of the Aquinas Board of Trustees

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A community reception followed the Mass. A community reception followed the Mass.