At the end of each semester, students in the ECS program (English and Cultural Studies) host a multicultural liturgy at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. Usually, it is a time for the entire seminary community, as well as local Dehonians, to come together in prayer, sharing in each other’s cultures. But due to social distancing, only those who are sheltering in place at Sacred Heart took part on-site. However, many joined them via livestreaming.
“The gift of a new tongue is not just the ability to speak, but it is the ability to communicate with others, leaving our selfishness and going in communion,” said Fr. Jhon Edison Marquez Torres in his homily. He is a student from the Archdiocese of Manizales, Colombia. “To speak another language means letting go of the temptation to make a name for ourselves and instead bring in the other person like an equal, like a human being, like a brother or sister…
“To speak a new language requires humbleness, discipline, constancy, and a lot patience from us, the students, and from the people who embraced us in this house of formation, especially teachers who step by step explain to us the English language in different ways, and the SCJ community who opened their doors and made us feel like a part of them. Thank you all of you guys, fathers, deacons, seminarians, employees. It was a challenge for all of us, but at the same time it’s a victory too, because it helps us to learn English as a service to the Universal Church, and it is a great apostleship. Thank you because all of you help us to speak the language of love.”
Click here to read the full homily.
View a video of the Mass on the Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology Facebook page.
Due to the pandemic, the seven-week ECS Summer Session 1 cannot be held on campus this year. The seminary hopes to offer Summer Session 2 which is scheduled to run from August 31 to October 13. But as with all plans these days, they are tentative.
Let the Priests of the Sacred Heart pray for your loved ones and intentions.