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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.