Yesterday evening, Bishop Frank J. Dewane celebrated Mass to mark the opening of the academic year. In honor of the day’s feast, the Passion of Saint John the Baptist, Bishop Dewane used St. John’s witness as the basis for his advice to AMU students for the upcoming year. He said that “Jesus Christ is not an elective class,” and that the students can meet Jesus in person—just as St. John did—by visiting him daily in the Eucharist. Bishop Dewane went on to stress the importance for AMU students to take time to form not only their minds but also their consciences. He spoke about how Herod “was not man enough” to do the right thing, and about how AMU students should look to St. John the Baptist’s example of how to speak and live the truth. “Have the strength to live who you are,” the bishop urged.
Following the conclusion of Mass, four new Theology faculty recited the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity. Afterwards, they were granted academic mandatum by Bishop Dewane.
Four new professors of Theology received academic mandatum at the Opening Mass for the Academic Year on August 29th.