April is a month rich with religious symbols, traditions, and rituals. Our Jewish brethren celebrate Passover April 15-22 and recall the exodus from slavery into freedom. Christians journey through Lent towards renewal in the Risen Christ on Easter, April 20. The symbolism of renewal, transformation, and movement towards positive change can inspire all of us, regardless of whether we identify ourselves as members of a particular faith or established religion. Whatever our spiritual beliefs, we can experience transformation and growth, and such is my prayer for each of you and for our University community.
April is also the Month of Service for our alumni network and Santa Clara will host a Day of Service on April 26. As Dr. Eboo Patel noted during his visit to campus last week, service to others in need is often the touchstone for transformation. I hope that you find renewal in whatever way you are drawn - through family traditions, religious practices, personal reflections, or service opportunities in your community.
With best wishes,
Michael E. Engh, S.J.