Because we are a Jesuit, Catholic school, we welcome students of many faith traditions. To continue the work of the Second Vatican Council and its landmark document Nostra Aetate, our community gathered on Friday, November 16 to celebrate the Thanksgiving Interfaith Prayer Service. We do so following the example of Pope Francis, saints from our Jesuit heritage, and many others who work to “create a culture of encounter.”
This year, we were blessed to hear reflections from Benjamin Fargnoli ’21 and Gagan Timsina ’20 regarding their practice of the Baha’i and Hindu faith, respectively. We were also honored to welcome Rabbi Peter Stein from Temple B’rith Kodesh to serve as our presider. Rabbi Stein offered a reflection from the Jewish perspective.
Pope Francis summed up the importance of interfaith dialogue and prayer well: “Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways. In this crowd, in this range of religions, there is only one certainty that we have for all: we are all children of God.”