The annual Cardiff University academic Mass took place on the 12th of October at St. David’s Metropolitan Cathedral, and was well attended by professors, emerita, students and alumni.
The tradition of celebrating the academic Mass stems from the notion that the role of the academic is rooted in the service of people, and marks thanksgiving to those who ensure academic life in Cardiff is a continued success. Holy Mass was celebrated by Fr. Gareth Jones of the Catholic Chaplaincy, and Fr. James Siemens of the Eastern Rite Chaplaincy concelebrated. Professor Elizabeth Treasure, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor was also in attendance, and was escorted by the Cathedral Dean, Canon Peter Collins, The occasion was also attended by chaplains from all of the other major chaplaincies including the Muslim, Jewish and Christian chaplains.
It was a beautiful occasion; the academic staff were all in dress robes as well as the clergy present, and the Cathedral choir provided the perfect backdrop to the sung ceremony. Following Mass, refreshments were made available to all parishioners and students in the Cornerstone opposite the Cathedral, which proved to be a good opportunity for religious students of different faiths to meet.
Long may the tradition continue.
By Jonathan O’Connell
Photograph Courtesy of Damien Dellon