Catholic colleges and universities across the United States have participated with enthusiasm in the Year of Faith, which Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated in October 2012. As the Year of Faith concludes this Sunday, November 24, Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., will be marking the day with a Eucharistic procession across campus, the college announced.
After the 8:00 p.m. Mass this Sunday, the Eucharistic procession will commence at the Abbey Church. It will make its way across the campus, stopping at altars sponsored by various student groups, and eventually conclude back at the Abbey Church.
According to Benedictine's press release, Mission and Ministry director David Trotter said:
“Concluding the Year of Faith with a special Mass and Eucharistic Procession is a unique demonstration of our Faith, and a call to discipleship—to follow the Lord in faith,” said Trotter. “Our Lord will process through campus, bringing His abundant graces and blessings with Him.”
“Benedictine spiritually is closely linked with Eucharistic devotion,” Trotter explained. “The earliest Eucharistic processions where those of Benedictine priests who carried the Eucharist to sick monks. One of the first Eucharistic processions recorded was that of Lanfranc of Pavia, the Benedictine Abbot of Bec and Archbishop of Canterbury. St. Benedict’s devotion to the Eucharist was so great that just moments before his death, with the help of his fellow monks, he was able to receive communion.”
Benedictine and fellow Newman Guide-recommended Catholic colleges have held many traditional and creative events on campus in celebration of the Year of Faith since it began.
Catholic Education Daily reporter Matt Archbold interviewed several officials from Newman Guide colleges last year about events planned for the Year of Faith. On-campus activities have included special Masses and other opportunities for prayer, guest talks, dramatic presentations and films, lectures on faith-related topics, and conferences and symposia about the faith.
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