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The Roots of Spirit Day

The roots of Spirit Day extend to the mid-16th Century when Jesuit educational communities first gathered in Mass to anchor the year ahead in the recognition that the work of faith and intellect are inherently intertwined. 

Catholic universities across the centuries and in different cultural contexts have placed their own stamp on this tradition. 

Spirit Day is not only a time to ask for the Holy Spirit’s blessing of the university. It is a reminder of the community’s call to bless the Holy Spirit with their lives. 

This year’s Spirit Day offers a moment to reflect on what it means to “live the legacy” of OLLU. It moves OLLU to prayerful reflection and invites the community to rededicate themselves to a life of trust in the abundance of Providence as they seek to meet the moment and the needs of the world.

As such, Spirit Day’s Mass of the Holy Spirit is also a time in which the community pauses as an institution to honor and to give thanks to those who have served the OLLU community for 10 years or more. This year’s 28 faculty and staff honorees have tenures at OLLU ranging from 10 to 35 years, with a total of 525 years.

To purchase a 2021 Spirit Day T-shirt, visit https://bit.ly/get2021spiritdayshirts or look for University Ministry in the Renaissance Parlor during lunch and in the Mall Area on Spirit Day. 

Spirit Day/Convocation set for Wednesday

The OLLU community is invited to take part in the combined Spirit Day/Convocation event set for Wednesday, Sept. 1, which will be the kick-off to a series of campus events designed to increase connection and communication. The second event, a University Update, will take place on Sept. 8. It will be followed by a series of Campus Conversations throughout September and October.

Spirit Day/Convocation will be held at 11 a.m. in the Mall area. A live stream for Houston and RGV campuses and online students will be available on the University Ministry Facebook page.

Spirit Day/Convocation will include some traditional elements of both events, including the Spirit Day Mass, the recognition of service award recipients and addresses from the presidents of Faculty Assembly, Staff Senate (formerly Staff Advisory) and Student Government Association. It will be followed by a free hamburger lunch.

Eligible Service Award recipients for 2021 to be honored at Spirit Day

During the Spirit Day Mass on Sept. 1 at 11 a.m. in the Mall Area, employees eligible for Service Awards will be recognized. The listing below includes names and years of service of full-time employees whom Human Resources records show as being eligible to receive a Service Award.

Employees must have completed full-time service in increments of five years beginning with the 10-year mark and continuing in 2021 to be eligible to receive the Service Award.

Staff and Faculty members who believe they are eligible to receive a Service Award for full-time service years at OLLU, but do not see their name on the list, should contact Human Resources as soon as possible via email at hrteam@ollusa.edu.

Spirit Day T-Shirts on sale in cafeteria

Spirit Day T-shirts are available for $15 from University Ministry. Staff members will be in the cafeteria during lunchtime each weekday until Spirit Day selling shirts, answering questions and raffling prizes. Shirts also can be purchased in the Elliott House each weekday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online through this link: https://bit.ly/get2021spiritdayshirts.

For more information, email ministry@ollusa.edu

RSVP to receive free Spirit Day/Convocation lunch

This year Spirit Day and Convocation are going to be combined into one event held on Sept. 1 beginning at 11 a.m. in the Mall Area. There will be the traditional Mass of the Holy Spirit followed by service awards for employees and the traditional Convocation addresses. The theme for this year is “Living The Legacy,” and CDP Superior General Sister Pearl Cesar will be a keynote speaker.

The Office of the President will be providing lunch, but you must RSVP for the meal. To reserve your free burger meal, you must submit your RSVP by Aug. 27 at noon. Use this link to submit your RSVP: https://forms.office.com/r/iURhrQjAdv

Spirit Day T-Shirts on sale in cafeteria

Spirit Day T-shirts are available for $15 from University Ministry. Staff members will be in the cafeteria during lunchtime each weekday until Spirit Day selling shirts, answering questions and raffling prizes. Shirts also can be purchased in the Elliott House each weekday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online through this link: https://bit.ly/get2021spiritdayshirts.

For more information, email ministry@ollusa.edu