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Mass of Holy Spirit at Nativity Worcester

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, Nativity Worcester

Fr. Provincial Myles Sheehan, SJ, celebrates Mass of the Holy Spirit at Nativity School of Worcester

Students receive prayer card

Each student of the incoming class receives a card with a prayer of Fr. Ikunza


Students, families, and friends attended the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Jesuit sponsored Nativity School of Worcester celebrated by Provincial of New England, Fr. Myles Sheehan, SJ, on September 5.

Part of the school’s tradition includes naming each incoming class after a Jesuit role model. The students of that class year keep that name until they graduate from Nativity Worcester.  The incoming fifth graders of the Class of 2017 will be known as “Ikunza” after Fr. Ignatius Ikunza Ayieko, SJ.  Fr. Ikunza worked for social justice in Kenya and is buried at Campion Center in Weston, Mass., after passing away during a trip to Boston.

Jesuits from East Africa, studying at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry,  attended the Mass, shared their reflections about Fr. Ikunza, and gave each student a prayer card.

The Mass was accompanied by music by Paul Melley,

Fr. Sheehan with students

Fr. Sheehan with students

assistant chaplain and director of liturgical music at College of the Holy Cross, and the St. John’s Church Schola Cantorum.

Jesuits from Kenya

Jesuits from Kenya attend the Mass of the Holy Spirit at Nativity Worcester to share their reflections on the fifth grade class’ namesake

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is one of the oldest traditions observed by the Society of Jesus, and serves as an invocation of the Holy Spirit to assist all members of  the school in their pursuit of knowledge and wisdom.

With the opening of this school year, Nativity School of Worcester is also celebrating its 10th anniversary.  The school will be celebrating their 10th anniversary gala on October 19.

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