Academic Convocation and Feast of Saint Michael Mass
Saint Michael's will celebrate academic life and spiritual life with a multi-part event on Friday, Sept. 28. The college's annual Academic Convocation beginning at 3 PM in the McCarthy Arts Center will feature presentation of the 2012 faculty awards in teaching, scholarship and service, and a talk by Mathematics Professor Joanna Ellis-Monaghan (right), recipient of last year's scholarship award. In addition, Tracy Romano (SMC '86) will be inducted into the Alumni Academic Hall of Fame. The Convocation will be followed by a reception in the Teaching Gardens.
At 5 PM, the college will celebrate Mass in honor of the Feast of St. Michael in the Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel. A special guest homilist, Most Reverend Shelton Joseph Fabre, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans, will join the priests of the Society of St. Edmund in celebrating the Mass. Bishop Fabre was ordained a bishop in February 2007, serving in the Archdiocese of New Orleans as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia.
Feast of St. Michael
In the Book of Revelation, St. Michael is depicted as battling evil forces and prevailing over Satan, "the huge dragon." The artistic banner behind the main altar in the college's chapel captures the imagery of this biblical narrative. According to religious documents, the great St. Michael the Archangel is not only protector of the Christians on earth but of those in purgatory as well. He assists the dying, accompanies the souls to their private judgment, brings them to purgatory, and afterward presents them to God at their entrance into Heaven. Thus he is the actual patron of the holy souls. As Satan is "ruler" in hell so Michael is the "governor" of Heaven according to ancient books.
Most Rev. Shelton Joseph Fabre, Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans
Members of the Society of St. Edmund celebrate St. Michael as one of their patron saints on Michaelmas, the feast day. This religious community of priests and brothers founded Saint Michael's College in 1904 continuing their ministry in education, and has engaged in social justice ministry and service to the poor from their beginnings in Vermont.
The Edmundites have a rich history dating back to 19th century France where the community was founded. The Society is defined in large part by a long history of evangelization, responding to real and challenging issues of the day. Whether it was the founding of Saint Michael's College, one of the first Catholic colleges in Vermont, standing up for Civil Rights in Selma, Alabama, answering the Pope's call to serve the poor in South America or establishing an alternative school for African American boys in New Orleans, Edmundite history is written by a deep and spiritual desire to help those most in need and to spread the Catholic faith.
This Mass in celebration of the Feast of St. Michael will honor that rich Edmundite tradition as well as the Catholic mission and founding of the college. There will also be a special luncheon in the student dining room in commemoration of the feast. The Student Association will be encouraging the student body to wear the school colors of purple and gold.
At the 3 PM academic convocation Tracy Romano, SMC 1986, (right) will be inducted into the Alumni Academic Hall of Fame and faculty will be honored with the 2012 awards. Romano, a highly-regarded research scientist studying sea mammals, is executive vice president of research and zoological operations for Mystic Aquarium, a division of Sea Research Foundation in Mystic, CT.