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Begin the school year in the Jesuit tradition!

Universities across the nation join in a time-honored tradition to welcome the new school year through a special Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thursday, September 1 at 1:00 p.m. This Mass is open to all faculty, students, staff and friends of Canisius regardless of faith background. The Mass is intended to celebrate our communal ties in light of the Catholic, Ignatian tradition upon which our university is founded.

Join the procession from Christ the King Chapel with your club or organization, residence hall floor, athletic team, close group of friends or come alone and make some new friends!

All student organizations present will be recognized and their leadership will be commissioned in front of the entire campus body. Organizations with high attendance may receive a special prize!

Mass will be followed by a free Chiavetta’s BBQ!

For more information, contact Paul Stage, associate campus minister, at 888-2423, Old Main 207, or

All are welcome regardless of faith tradition. Bring a friend!

Date: Thursday, September 1, 2016.

Time: Faculty line up at 12:45 p.m.; opening remarks and procession begin at 1:00 p.m.

Faculty Procession: Meet at quad-side vestibule of Old Main.

Opening Remarks location: Outside Christ the King Chapel.

Mass and Student Commissioning location: Montante Cultural Center.

Dress: Faculty, please wear your full academic regalia. All others, please dress comfortably. Time spent in the heat outside will be minimal.

Submitted by: Paul Stage, associate campus minister, Campus Ministry