Mount Angel, OR – Mount Angel Seminary opened the school year with a Mass of the Holy Spirit on August 25, 2014, at the Abbey Church. Bishop Peter Smith, the auxilliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Portland, was the main presider of the Mass.
During his homily, Bishop Smith, who is also both a Seminary’s alumnus and adjunct professor, expressed his excitement and gratitude to be invited to offer the Mass of the Holy Spirit at opening of the 126th school year of the seminary.
“Your life in Mount Angel Seminary is what you make of it” the Bishop said.
The importance of invoking the Holy Spirit was the main core of his homily. He pointed out four main reasons why one should invoke the Holy Spirit: 1) to enter a relationship with God through prayer; 2) to discern one’s vocation and God’s will; 3) for personal formation; and 4) to learn the virtue of humility.
“Embracing these is a path to be a good shepherd,” he added. He told the seminarians that preparation is the key. He said that the life of a priest in the parish is stressful and temptations attack the priest in his weak points of his life.
“Take the opportunity to get the support you need to deal with these issues now,” was the bishop’s advice to the seminarians. He also added, “Make good use of these opportunities that are available to you here.”
He concluded his homily by asking the Holy Spirit to guide the community for the coming school year.
At the end of the Mass, Bishop Smith expressed his gratitude to Mount Angel Abbey and Seminary for being invited this as the main presider and for having to do his first Pontifical Mass at the Abbey.
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is held at the first day of school year at Mount Angel Abbey Seminary where seminarians, faculty, staff and the monastic community invokes the guidance of the Holy Spirit for the entire school year.