Religion

The language of faith

The language of faith
The faithful gather: World Youth Day in Madrid. Photo from Getty Images.
by Jon Teel '12 |
A global gathering of youth. A Mass with the Pope and 2 million pilgrims.

To celebrate World Youth Day in August, upwards of 2 million people from 192 countries gathered in Madrid, Spain, for one of the planet’s largest modern pilgrimages. Leading a group of eight Santa Clara students on a three-week journey there were Director of Campus Ministry Jack Treacy, S.J. ’77, and Assistant Professor of History Paul Mariani, S.J.

The Santa Clara group also participated in the Magis, where 2,500 members of Jesuit institutions and parishes worldwide began their spiritual journey. This year, the pilgrimage began in Loyola, birthplace of St. Ignatius, where Santa Clara students Felipe Yerkes Medina ’12 and Kate Flannery ’12 led a workshop on volunteerism.

Along on the next legs—journeys to Burgos and Malaga—were students from Korea, Mauritius, Spain, and Chile. Treacy observed that, quickly, “the differences just melt away.” They started the pilgrimage speaking three different languages and finished speaking the language of faith.

The culmination of the pilgrimage was World Youth Day in Madrid, where Catholics from every continent celebrated their faith in a Mass led by Pope Benedict. For Mariani, the silent prayer was a wondrous moment indeed: “The entire crowd of 2 million fell completely quiet,” he said. “We could only hear the wind.”

Spring 2014

Table of contents

Features

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Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.