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In keeping with the tradition among Jesuit schools all over the world, the Ateneo de Zamboanga University begins each new school year by celebrating the Mass of the Holy Spirit. It is one of the oldest practices observed by the educational institutions run by the Society of Jesus, which started in 1548 at the first Jesuit school in Messina, Sicily.

As is customary, at this year’s Mass of the Holy Spirit, the AdZU community gave thanks for all the blessings received the past year, and invoked the Holy Spirit to guide all members in continuing the University’s mission.


Some of the “gifts” such as the recent performance of the College of Nursing in the June 2017 Nurse Licensure Examination - as Top 5 Performing School Nationwide with two topnotchers; the 100% passing rate of the College of Law in the Bar; and other achievements in the board exams in teacher education, accountancy, engineering, psychology, and medicine, - these are some manifestations of the Holy Spirit at work in the Ateneo community cited by Ateneo President Fr Karel San Juan in his homily at the Mass of the Holy Spirit for the Higher Education and Central Services with presider, Fr Richard Ella, SJ, held last June 20 at the University Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus .


The entire AdZU Community, both Catholics and members of other religious denominations attended the Masses, as “expressions of unity and solidarity with one another” and “as a desire to express our respect and appreciation of each other’s multi-cultural backgrounds”. Fr San Juan also urged the community to continue praying for the intercession of the Holy Spirit for special intentions for peace for the country and for the end of conflict in Marawi.

 

The Holy Spirit Masses were held by the various units in both Salvador and Kreutz campuses. At the Salvador campus in La Purisima, Fr San Juan also served as the presider and homilist for the College of Law held on June 19 at the UCSHJ, and as homilist at the Senior High School unit Mass, with Fr Stephen Abuan, SJ as presider, held on June 21 at the MPCC.


At the Kreutz campus, for the Junior High School, Fr Arnel T Ong, SJ was the presider with Fr Henry Ponce, SJ, as homilist held on June 14 at the JHS Lobby. For the Grade School, the presider was Fr Stephen T Abuan, SJ, with Bro Lloyd B Sabio, SJ as homilist held on June 16 at the Nepomuceno Covered Courts.  


For the full text of the Homilies, click on the following links:

Grade School Unit (Bro Lloyd V Sabio, SJ)

Junior High School Unit (Fr Henry Ponce, SJ)

College of Law

Higher Education and Central Services

Senior High School Unit (Fr Karel S San Juan, SJ)

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