Lent Begins at SU

Prayerful gathering at St. Ignatius Chapel
2011-03-09
By Casey Corr
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Photo Credit: Chris Joseph Taylor
The Seattle University campus community and neighbors gathered today at St. Ignatius Chapel to begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday Mass, named for the practice of placing ashes on foreheads as a sign of repentance to God. It also provides the opportunity for reconciliation and a fresh new beginning in one’s journey with Christ. The chapel was filled for the Mass co-celebrated by Paul Janowiak, S.J., and Mike Bayard, S.J. In his homily, Father Janowiak reflected on the troubles in the world and in personal lives for those who have lost their way. He made a special point to call for prayer for the people facing conflict and violence in North Africa. He encouraged the congregation to use the period of Lent to reflect upon God's love and to find their true path. "Wake up to who you are," said Janowiak.