Marywood University will celebrate its cherished Christmas and Advent traditions through “Making Spirits Bright,” a series of seasonal events that will take place through the holidays. To ensure the health, safety, and well-being of students, faculty/staff, and the community, outdoor and virtual events, along with community service endeavors, are planned.
“Making Spirits Bright” is Marywood’s answer to encouraging prayer, sharing gifts, and uplifting people throughout the holiday season. Marywood students expressed their desire to help plan and share in the holiday events, and, since their on-campus experience concluded prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Marywood kicked off student and faculty/staff only events in mid-November. Additionally, several alumni events are planned in December. Alumni must register in advance for these special events and can do so at marywood.edu/connect/events.
“After all the challenges we’ve faced this year because of the pandemic, we wanted to give people something to anticipate and celebrate,” said Sister Mary Persico, IHM, Ed.D., president of Marywood University. “This sacred season encompasses preparation, sharing, and rejoicing. We think our collective efforts to count our blessings, to give back to the community, and to celebrate our traditions, in simple but meaningful ways, certainly will make spirits bright.”
In addition to an Outdoor Tree Lighting and Blessing of the Nativity being held for students, faculty, and staff, Marywood will hold several events that are open to the public, including:
● Throughout the holiday season, members of the local community are welcome to drive through Marywood’s campus to see the main Christmas display at the Arch and the other seasonal outdoor displays each evening after 4:30 p.m.
● Marywood’s award-winning, student-run radio station, VMFM 91.7, will again become Christmas 91.7 and continue its traditional community gift of broadcasting commercial-free Christmas music, 24/7, beginning Wednesday, Dece. 2, and continuing through New Year’s Eve.
● Several virtual events are planned, including concerts and spiritual celebrations. Highlights from virtual concerts will be available on the music, theatre, and dance department website.
● Mass on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Dec. 8, at the Marian Chapel will be live-streamed at noon and will be available later on the University’s website. Additionally, a pre-recorded Advent Prayer Service, which was filmed prior to the students’ departure from campus, will be made available on Campus Ministry’s website for viewing/reflection throughout the holiday season.
● The IHM Sisters, who sponsor Marywood University, will also video stream an Evening of Prayer during Advent on Wednesday, Dec. 9, at 6:30 p.m., featuring Advent Taize prayer and remembering the 40th anniversary of El Salvador Martyrs Maura Clark, MM; Ita Ford, MM; Dororthy Kazel, OSU; and Jeanne Donovan. To view the IHM prayer service, visit https://video.ibm.com/channel/ihm-tv.
● Alumni, students who are learning remotely, and all members of the community, near or far, are invited to make spirits bright wherever they are by sharing in Marywood’s holiday spirit. Visit Spreading-Holiday-Cheer to find recipes, jokes, prayers, music, info on letters to and from Santa, and more!
For additional information about Marywood University’s “Making Spirits Bright” holiday events, please visit marywood.edu/makingspiritsbright.