Celebrations & Traditions

The Center for Mission Engagement celebrates our Catholic identity and the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur through the following traditions:

Founders' Week

Each year during Founders' Week, the Emmanuel community reflects upon the founding of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur by St. Julie Billiart and the founding of the College in 1919. Founders' Day is part of a weeklong celebration that includes prayer services, discussions and local community service opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

Mass of the Holy Spirit

To mark the opening of the academic year, Catholic colleges and universities celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. This longstanding tradition dates back to 16th century Europe and allows the entire College community to come together and celebrate Emmanuel's mission and Catholic identity. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is celebrated in conjunction with Emmanuel's Academic Convocation as the official start to the academic calendar. The Mass serves as a means of invoking the Holy Spirit for guidance and wisdom throughout the academic year.

Sister Marie Augusta Neal, SND Lecture Series

This lecture honors one of the College's most distinguished faculty members, the late Sr. Marie Augusta Neal, SND '42. Sr. Marie Augusta taught sociology at Emmanuel for nearly 40 years, inspiring students to take an active role in global and social issues. She was internationally known for her work for change in the Church.

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