The University Ministries team and Latin American Student Organization at St. Bonaventure are encouraging students to take a short study break Sunday to calm their nerves before finals.
At 9 p.m., Sunday, in the University Chapel, students can receive brain blessings at the conclusion of a bilingual Fiesta de Guadalupe Mass. Late-night breakfast in the Hickey Dining Hall will immediately follow the service; it starts at 10 p.m. and is free and open to all students.
The Blessing of the Brains has become a tradition each semester since Fr. Francis Di Spigno, O.F.M., executive director of University Ministries, started the ceremony four years ago when he came to the university.
“When we ‘bless brains,’ we are inviting the community to stop the many ‘treadmills’ and remember why we are here,” said Fr. Francis. “When we do that, we can then invite God’s grace and presence to accompany and support us through our challenges. We are not mysteriously placing knowledge in our heads, we’re embracing the silence to realize the amount of knowledge and information we have acquired during the semester.”
People of all faith traditions are encouraged to attend the Fiesta de Guadalupe Mass, along with the Blessing of the Brains.
“The entire university community is invited because we recognize that not only do students need extra prayers, but faculty and staff need some time for prayer and meditation, too,” said Julianne Wallace, associate director of faith and formation, worship and ministry. “Blessing of the Brains is a wonderful tradition that helps students and staff take the time to relax, pray and recognize that God will be with us throughout the stressful week of finals.”
Final exams at the university run from Monday, Dec. 14, to Friday, Dec. 18.
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