Georgetown Prep celebrated the Mass of the Holy Spirit together as a school community on August 30 in the Chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes. Rev. James R. Van Dyke, Prep's president, was the celebrant. Read Fr. Van Dyke's Mass of the Holy Spirit homily here.
This is a tradition that has been shared by Jesuit institutions worldwide since the first school opened in Messina, Italy in 1548.
Headmaster John Glennon addressed the students at Mass and talked about the blessings the Holy Spirit brings to us each school year. In his address, Mr. Glennon noted, "While we can often sense the Spirit's presence among us, it often lies beyond our human consciousness to fully understand it. Sometimes we use images and symbols like fire, water, or air to grasp its meaning. This morning, I challenge the young men of Prep to deepen their understanding of the Holy Spirit, of our God, by focusing in on the power of the Spirit to renew, restore, and revitalize."