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Academic Year Starts with Mass, Music and Barbecue

August 28, 2012 – The Georgetown community gathered on Healy Lawn today to mark the start of the academic year with the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit, followed by student a capella performances and a Welcome Back Jack BBQ on Copley Lawn.

The Mass homily, given by Rev. Gasper Lo Biondo, S.J., asked students, faculty and staff take time for contemplation, reflection and prayer during the upcoming year.

“If you do this, you will be a changed Hoya,” said Lo Biondo, director of Woodstock Theological Center. “With God’s help, you will discover in yourself a depth and a capability that you never suspected was there.”

Georgetown President John J. DeGioia told community members that the new academic year brings renewed opportunities.

“There are truths about ourselves that we seek to grasp,” he says. “If we evade and avoid them we construct blocks within ourselves. In this Catholic and Jesuit community, we seek to provide resources that enable us to work through our blocks.”

Students, faculty and staff helped themselves to hamburgers and hot dogs at the barbeque, where both university mascot Jack the Bulldog and mascot-in-training J.J. (Jack Junior) roamed among the crowd.