Greenville, Rhode Island -- Students, faculty, staff, and friends of
Mater Ecclesiae College gathered for the annual inaugural mass on
September 19, 2013, entrusting the 2013-2014 academic year to God’s
hands, in gratitude for His continued blessings.
Fr. Frank Santilli,
pastor of St. Philips’s Parish in Greenville, and a professor
at Mater Ecclesiae College, was the main celebrant and homilist.
Fr. James Perez, LC, Mater Ecclesiae College chaplain, concelebrated.
vestments were laid out for the ordinary time weekday liturgy,
but Fr. Santilli opted to celebrate the votive mass of
the Holy Spirit. “I was thinking about wearing red today!”
he said to the sacristan.
In his homily, Fr. Santilli
emphasized the power behind the three words: “Come, Holy Spirit.”
words are ones that God always hears and is very
quick to answer. We can be sure that when we
pray these words, the Holy Spirit comes.”
He referenced Mary, the
Mother of God, as the “perfect God-bearer,” whose life was
transformed by the action of the Holy Spirit. “She opened
her life totally to God, and we can learn from
her, as we feebly try to do the same a
little more each day.”
“As we begin every good work here
at Mater Ecclesiae College, let us remember that God works
powerfully in these three words: ‘Come Holy Spirit.’ God takes
them very seriously, and so must we.”
Mater Ecclesiae College currently
has 27 full-time students, who are discerning Regnum Christi consecrated
life or who have already made temporary promises of poverty,
chastity, and obedience. There are an additional few enrolled in
select courses who have already made their solemn renewal.
Holy Spirit…help us to know what is truly wise, and
always rejoice in your consolation!