For immediate release
April 4, 2005
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. Ã‚- Since April 2nd, millions around the world have been expressing their sorrow for Pope John Paul IIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s passing. On April 8th, 2005 Mount Holyoke CollegeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Elliot House, the campusÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s center for religious and spiritual life, will give students a chance to come together in order to remember the life of Pope John Paul II.
The remembrance of Pope John Paul II will take place in MHCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Abbey Chapel, from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm. From 11:00 am until 12:00 pm there will be candle lighting and silent prayers, and from 12:00 pm until 12:45 pm there will be time for prayers and reflection.
When asked about the general feelings on campus about the PopeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death, Anita Magovern, the schoolÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Catholic chaplain, said that, Ã¢â‚¬Å“On Sunday I opened the homily up to studentÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s reflections, a few of whom had met the Pope in their lifetime. The general reactions were that the students were moved by the special attention the Pope gave to each person. The students were also moved by his openness about his physical pain and vulnerability so that he could give a message to the world about enduring physical suffering in life.Ã¢â‚¬
During FridayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s services both the Muslim Chaplain and Jewish Chaplain included prayers for Pope John Paul II in their services. Ã¢â‚¬Å“One of the religious practices on our campus is that we try to address issues across religious borders,Ã¢â‚¬ commented Tracy Sutphin, the Sr. Administrative Assistant for the Office of Spiritual Life.
Macgovern also noted that this Pope Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tried to reconcile different religious beliefs. He was the first Pope to pray in a synagogue, and the first Pope to pray in a mosque.Ã¢â‚¬
This event is free and open to the public.