Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, welcomed Bishop Nelson Perez to preside over this year’s Mass of the Holy Spirit. Over a thousand students, faculty and staff filled the Dome in one of the most intimate Masses held at Walsh. According to Bishop Perez, since he arrived in the Cleveland Diocese a year ago, people have frequently asked him, “Have you been to Walsh Jesuit, yet? Finally,” he said, to uproarious applause, “I am at Walsh Jesuit.”
During his homily, Bishop Perez asked the students, “What is good about Walsh Jesuit?”, to which a myriad of responses flew from the congregation, including: the choir, the food, the teachers, the Jesuits, the benefactors, service and ministry, the athletes, the artists, the performers, and the parents.
Behind the altar, a banner of red and yellow read, “Go forth and set the world on fire.”
“Ignatius really said that,” the Bishop said, “and that’s why you’re here.” He encouraged the students to use the gifts they’ve been given wisely by following the advice of St. Ignatius of Loyola, and to “never, never underestimate the power of the Holy Spirit working in you, through you and despite you.”
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is the annual opening liturgy at Walsh Jesuit, and at many of our Jesuit schools, where the freshman class and new faculty and staff are welcomed, recognized and given a special blessing. Bishop Perez acknowledged the freshmen who processed in as a group and asked the senior class to recognize how much they have changed since they attended their first Mass of the Holy Spirit.
“We were so fortunate to have the Bishop here on such a special day for Walsh Jesuit,” said Karl Ertle, Walsh Jesuit’s President.