One of the hallmarks of a Christendom educational experience is the festive celebration of the many liturgical feast days of the Church. This week, the college community will come together to celebrate two of the Church’s most revered saints: St. Patrick, on Thursday, March 17, and St. Joseph, on Saturday, March 19.
Celebrating the feast of St. Patrick has been a staple at Christendom since its founding. Begun by college founder Dr. Warren Carroll in the early years of the college, the tradition has been carried on by current president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell, who is instrumental in the planning of the annual event.
Fr. Seamus O’Kielty, assistant chaplain and native of County Mayo, Ireland, will offer a special Mass in Gaelic at 4:45 p.m., with an Irish-themed dinner following at 5:15 p.m. Due to limited space in St. Lawrence Commons, the dinner is only open to students, faculty, staff and immediate family members of faculty and staff, but the festivities following the dinner, beginning at 7:00 p.m. are open to the public. The festivities will feature a variety of Irish-themed entertainment, including sing-a-longs, Irish dances, bagpipes and tin whistles, along with a cash bar.
On Saturday, the college will celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph, beginning with an afternoon of reflection in honor of St. Joseph in the Chapel of Christ the King. The Capuchin Friars of the Province of St. Joseph will give the talks from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., following by the annual St. Joseph’s Day procession from the Chapel to St. Lawrence Commons at 5:20 p.m. A festive Italian dinner, with a blessing of the homemade Italian bread, will occur soon after, with students, faculty, staff, and immediate family members of faculty and staff invited to attend.