The following comes from a December 12 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich:
A small space that has served, over the years, as the pastor’s office, a reconciliation room and the office of an Episcopal parish-without-walls that worships on the Saint Mary’s College of California campus, has been dedicated as an Interfaith Sacred Space to provide a place of prayer for students, faculty and staff members who might have otherwise sought out the rare, vacant classroom for prayer.
The Office of Mission and Ministry shepherded the project with input from students that was dedicated Oct. 5. The cozy space can be entered through the back of Saint Mary’s Chapel or through a door on the arcade facing the front of the campus. It is simply furnished, with a small chest to hold texts; a basket, which on a recent visit, held three prayer rugs; a rug; and pillows soften the space. The lighting is low. A digital clock in the corner displays the times Muslims are called to prayer; the clock is a gift from a faculty family. A small water fountain provides a backdrop. It’s a tranquil spot on a bustling campus.
The room is intentionally minimalist, said Karin McClelland, director of the Office of Mission and Ministry, to make it welcoming and appropriate for various faith traditions.
While 153-year-old Saint Mary’s College once might have been close to 100 percent Catholic, today’s student body defines itself as more diverse in religious beliefs and practices. At the dedication of the Interfaith Sacred Space, for example, blessings were offered by representatives of seven faith traditions.
The hope is that in addition to sacred space — which was furnished with a grant from the Bishop John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought, Culture and Action — there will be opportunities for people of various faith traditions to “gather around issues of social justice,” McClelland said.
Saint Mary’s College chaplain. Rev. Hai Ho, a Conventual Franciscan, noted the dedication of the Interfaith Sacred Space took place on Oct. 5, just a day after the Feast day of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis is considered a model for interreligious dialogue.
blowing a Gael of confusion
“St. Francis is considered a model for interreligious dialogue.” Yes, I agree. He tried to convert the Egyptian sultan from false belief through reasoned conversation.
Another supposedly Catholic institution ashamed of proclaiming the Faith, shame on them for bowing to politically correct nonsense.
Hey folks, “extra Ecclesium nulla salus”, yeah that’s right, outside the Church there is no salvation.
This is the truth. But today telling the truth
is a hate crime.
I’ll take my chances. We aren’t called the Church Militant for nothing.
St Marys College isn’t even marginally catholic. It’s a pathetic Bay Area rich kid school as Marxist in pedagogy as Brown or Vassar. A few yrs ago these heterodox nincompoops sponsored a Bill Ayers speech as part of “catholic social justice” week. I along w Bay Area talk show host Melanie Morgan organized a huge protest n shut the place down. Yeah Ayers still spoke, but with a huge pushback and our efforts I believe led to a seven figure loss in alum pledges. We crushed them, period.
Thank you for the info, William M.
good work. i checked the wikipedia entry on ayers and was astounded to see the number of bombings he was involved in. . his girlfriend was killed while making nailbombs, yet he maintains that no one was hurt in the terror wave he unleashed and promoted.
Shame on them.
“Ecumenical” Another word that means hay that has already been through the horse. “Extra Ecclesia Nulla Salus”, never abrogated, still true, in spite of the pablum that passes for catechesis in the NO Church today.
Thanks once again to William Mayer for coordinating the Bill Ayers protest at St. Mary’s College in 2009. My wife Sharon wrote about that event and about SMC’s generalized corruption in 2009 and 2010, in articles published in the Contra Costa Times (now the East Bay Times): and https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2010/02/19/readers-forum-saint-marys-college-is-catholic-in-name-only .
I added my own partially related commentary in 2011: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2011/05/20/contra-costa-times-your-turn-catholic-alliance-for-more-of-what-ails-us. (The “EAT, SHRINK, & BE MERRY” added to the by-line is some Times advertising gimmick.)
According to Newsbusters.org, Soros’ organizations gave St. Mary’s Moraga $58,000 thru 2014:
I am sure this “interfaith [read: Catholic-faith-replacement] center” was one of the conditions.
Whateve. St. Mary’s, USF, and Santa Clara haven’t been Catholic in a long time. If you send your kids there, you are not sending them to a Catholic school.
Jesus was Catholic right? Let’s start a kkkolumbus day protest. Wow a school that has religious freedom! Intolerance in this kkkountry right?
Hey Jesus was Catholic right? I know Peter was. What about Paul? What about Columbus who slaughtered in the name of the church? Hey lets start a kkkolumbus day protest.