Mass of the Holy Spirit

by Young Kim ’23

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is one of the most important events and long-standing traditions at Saint Ignatius. Although it is celebrated by Jesuit schools worldwide, a unique aspect of the tradition at Saint Ignatius is the iconic walk of initiation taken by the freshman class who process from campus and cross the Detroit-Superior Bridge to join the rest of the student body already gathered at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist.

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is the first time the entire Saint Ignatius community gathers during the school year, and it marks the official beginning of the new academic year. During mass, the community asks for God’s guidance and wisdom to help us in the work that the community will undertake during the school year. Making the occasion even more special, this year’s celebrant was newly appointed Auxiliary Bishop Michael Woost, a member of the Saint Ignatius graduating class of 1976.  During his homily, he spoke to the gathered student body about his own experiences at Saint Ignatius and challenged all present to make the coming school year an extraordinary one.