Mount St. Mary's University to Hold a Living Stations of the Cross Procession

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Procession to begin at 3pm on Sunday, March 13, following noon Mass at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes which is located on campus

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An event like this is the ideal expression of our Catholic identity,” President Simon Newman .

Mount St. Mary’s University, the nation’s second oldest Catholic University today announced, that students are enlivening their faith this Lenten season by holding a Living Stations procession on Sunday, March 13 at 3 p.m.

The Living Stations of the Cross was an initiative started by then-President Elect Simon Newman in December of 2014, as part of his strategy to enliven and enrich the expression of University’s Catholic Identity.

The production is a living reenactment of the Way of the Cross which brings to life the Stations of the Cross, commemorating the events of Jesus’ passion and death. Mount St. Mary’s students will participate in the production, which will be produced by Genevieve Williams, C’91, MAT’15.

“An event like this is the ideal expression of our Catholic identity,” President Simon Newman said. “It brings together members from many faithful groups as one community of faith – the Seminary, the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes, and, of course, our remarkable students, alumni, faculty, staff, administration and their families.”

When President Newman introduced the idea to University Chaplain Fr. Brian Nolan said “I was very excited to see President Newman’s desire to celebrate, what many consider to be the holiest time of the year, in such a vibrant way.”

The procession will begin at the east end of University Way in front of Knott Auditorium, and continue to Founder’s Plaza in the heart of the Mount’s campus.

“As Lent is the time to reflect on the passion and death of Christ, this is the perfect event to bring the Mount community, and beyond, together,” said Fr. Nolan.

The National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes will hold Mass at noon that day, and lunch will be available in Patriot Hall prior to the event. This event is open to the public.

About Mount St. Mary’s University:
Mount St. Mary's University is a private, liberal arts, Catholic university in the Catoctin Mountains near historic Emmitsburg, Maryland with a satellite campus in Frederick, Maryland’s second largest city. It is committed to education in the service of truth; seeking to cultivate a community of learners formed by faith, engaged in discovery and empowered for leadership in the church, the professions and the world.

The undergraduate university is divided into four schools: the College of Liberal Arts, the Richard J. Bolte School of Business, the School of Education & Human Services, and the School of Natural Science and Mathematics. The university has more than 40 majors, minors, concentrations and special programs, including bachelor's/master's combinations in partnership with other universities.

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