August 29, 2006
Carlow University's mission calls us to renew the
face of the earth through knowledge and service. Knowledge
is both an end in itself, and a means to improve lives
and to provide competent service to others.
Today we begin our academic year by gathering as
a community of faith-filled persons to worship our
God, the source of all knowledge; to renew the sacrifice
and remember the redemptive service of God's Son and
our brother, Jesus; and to seek the guidance of the
We thank Bishop Paul Bradley, Diocesan Administrator
and Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh,
for leading us in today's Eucharisitic celebration.
We thank you, Bishop Bradley, for your presence and
for your support of Carlow University as we fulfill
our mission as a Catholic University.
We thank Reverend James Wehner, Rector of St. Paul
Seminary and Trustee of Carlow University, and Reverend
Thomas Burke, Parochial Vicar of our parish church,
St. Paul Cathedral, for joining Bishop Bradley as
Concelebrants in today's Mass of the Holy Spirit.
Our Eucharistic celebration today recalls stories
of our ancestors in faith that continue to shape our
lives and to remind us of who we are and whose we
are. We remember all those who have gone before us
at Carlow University, leading the way or walking with
us on our journey. We especially remember our colleague,
teacher, mentor and friend, Dr. Craig Johnson, whose
example of commitment to the pursuit of truth and
to the service of others will continue to inspire
us to further the values that were important to him
as a member of the Carlow community.
We join the disciples in the Gospel who rejoiced:
"Lord, it is good for us to be here!"
I also thank our sponsoring Sisters of Mercy for
their gracious hospitality in hosting us in their
chapel today, and for their continuing encouragement
and support as Carlow University embraces their work
of education and service.