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Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service
RoCoMagazine - December 20, 2017
“Help me to remember to love and feel compassion for all mankind. Help me to walk
my path with joy and love for myself, for others…and all creation upon Mother Earth.” ~ Four Directions Prayer
On Monday, November 20th, in lieu of Thanksgiving Mass, Campus Ministry hosted Rosemont’s Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service—a tradition that dates back several
years and is anchored in our mission to accept all faiths.
This campus-wide event welcomed students from various clubs and organizations, as well as several members of our faculty and
alumni, all of whom gathered at Chapel to share thanks.
According to Sr. Jeanne Hatch, Vice President of Mission & Ministry, Rosemont’s observance
of Thanksgiving has adapted in recent years to meet the needs of our ever-changing college
community and growing student body. “The event this year brought members of the college
together in Cornelia’s spirit,” said Sr. Hatch. “In keeping with the theme of our
Mission, we represented a community of learners.”
To say the least, the event exemplified the sense of unity that exists within our
close-knit Rosemont community. Regardless of their cultural and religious backgrounds, all stood
shoulder-to-shoulder, huddled in a tight circle around the Peace Pole outside of the
chapel, while the choir sung and lead a prayer for world peace. When the choir read the blessing
of the Four Directions, a prayer rooted in Native American culture, the group joined hands
and shifted in unison to face East, South, West, and North.
The Native American prayer of the Four Directions centers on the belief that human
beings are tied to all things in nature. Moreover, the prayer emphasizes that we should love
and feel compassion for all mankind. Campus Ministry couldn’t have picked a better prayer to
read, seeing as unity, peace, and love are the driving forces behind Rosemont’s Interfaith
Thanksgiving Prayer Service.