Parish mission planned
FORT WAYNE — Our Lady of Good Hope Parish will have a parish mission, “Learning to Live in the Fire of God’s Love through the Holy Spirit,” Nov. 27-30 from 6:45-8:30 p.m. in the church. Jim Murphy, Catholic evangelist and member of the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services at the Vatican, will be the presenter for this four-day mission, closing with Mass Nov. 30. Each evening begins with praise and worship at 6:45 p.m. with the presentation starting at 7 p.m.
International Crèche exhibit and pilgrimage
NOTRE DAME — The third annual International Crèche Pilgrimage, a tour of nativity sets from around the world, will begin at the Eck Visitors Center on the Notre Dame campus, Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. Families are welcome and children are encouraged to dress in nativity-inspired costumes.
Sancta Familia holy hour set to begin
FORT WAYNE — A Sancta Familia Holy Hour will be Thursday, Nov. 17, from 7-8 p.m. in the new Bishop Dwenger Chapel. Michael Heinlein, Bishop Dwenger theology teacher and editor of Our Sunday Visitor’s “The Catholic Answer” publication, will be guest speaker on the topic “Why Young People are Leaving the Faith.”
Sancta Familia (Holy Families) is a new initiative that meets every third Thursday of the month to provide spiritual growth and catechesis. Each monthly gathering will include adoration, communal prayer and a “sanctifying the home” inspirational sharing.
‘Trinity Tree’ planting ceremony to commemorate SMC presidential inauguration
NOTRE DAME — Saint Mary’s College marked the inauguration of President Janice Cervelli with a tree planting ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, on the lawn south of Spes Unica Hall. Joining the president was the Rev. John I. Jenkins, CSC, president of the University of Notre Dame, and Brother Jesus Alonso, CSC, vice president for Strategic Initiatives at Holy Cross College.
The tree is named the Trinity Tree, representing the shared values and collaboration among Saint Mary’s, the University of Notre Dame and Holy Cross College, which make up the tri-campus community. A river birch was chosen to be the Trinity Tree because it grows with three connected trunks.
The Trinity Tree reflects the relationship of the three institutions founded by Holy Cross congregations and honors the vision of Sister M. Madeleva Wolff, Saint Mary’s third president, who believed that learning thrived in a beautiful environment.
“Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Holy Cross congregations and a guiding light for us today, foresaw that ‘Holy Cross will grow like a mighty tree,’” President Cervelli said. “The Trinity Tree will symbolize the partnership between the tri-campus schools and our commitment to higher education in the Catholic tradition.”
Janice Cervelli inaugurated as Saint Mary’s College’s 12th president
NOTRE DAME — Saint Mary’s College formally installed Janice Cervelli as the 12th president of Saint Mary’s College on Saturday Nov. 12. The Inauguration ceremony took place in O’Laughlin Auditorium before an assembly of about 1,000 — including trustees, administrators, faculty, students, alumnae and delegates from more than 30 colleges and universities. President Cervelli came into office on June 1. It is customary that the president of a college or university is inaugurated several months after actually coming into the position.
During her inaugural address, President Cervelli said, “I promise you that I will put all my strength into living up to the tradition of excellence that I have inherited, and carrying it forward with the same indomitable spirit.”
She also offered a glimpse of her unfolding vision, “I feel called to accelerate the growth of Saint Mary’s, to develop a culture of innovation, to fully support trail blazers throughout the college and to foster a spirit of creative problem solving that meets the needs of our time.”
President Cervelli is homegrown, growing up on Riverside Drive in South Bend, across the St. Joseph River from Saint Mary’s College. She attended Holy Cross Grade School and Saint Joseph High School and went on to earn a bachelor of science degree from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture and a master of landscape architecture from the University of Guelph.
She comes to Saint Mary’s from the University of Arizona, where she served for eight years as dean of the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. Previously, she was dean of the Clemson University College of Architecture, Arts, and Humanities from 2000-07.
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was among a series of representatives at the ceremony who welcomed President Cervelli to her new position. “Saint Mary’s has been and must continue to be a source for progress that strengthens the fabric of our community. Who better to lead the college in that effort than a daughter of South Bend who grew up just across the river?”
Kelly O’Shea Carney ’84, president of the Alumnae Association Board of Directors, said in her welcome, “As an accomplished academic leader whose career has demonstrated vision, strength, conviction, and commitment to the same values that have guided Saint Mary’s over the last 172 years, Jan is exactly the kind of strong, smart, principled leader we expect and appreciate at Saint Mary’s.”
During the investiture portion of the program, Chairman of the Board of Trustees Mary Burke entrusted President Cervelli with the mantle of leading the 172-year-old Catholic, women’s, liberal arts college. In the process, President Cervelli:
• Accepts her responsibility to advance the Mission of Saint Mary’s College as a sponsored institution of the Sisters of the Holy Cross.
• Affirms the college’s commitment to the vital engagement with the liberal arts, to educating women and transforming lives.
• Affirms the college’s commitment to living out the rich possibilities of its Catholic tradition.
• Recognizes her responsibility to lead this institution with all members of this community and to foster a shared commitment to the intellectual, spiritual, social, and physical development of the Saint Mary’s student.
Burke then asked the assembly to bless the college’s new president, praying that God guide her in the ways of justice and peace so that Saint Mary’s College will thrive under President Cervelli’s leadership and become an even greater force for positive changes in the world.
Burke also surprised the president with an apostolic blessing from His Holiness Pope Francis. The framed blessing states that the pope “invokes an abundance of heavenly graces and the continued protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary” on Janice Cervelli.
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