Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth-in a word, to know himself-so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves. (cf. Ex 33:18; Ps 27:8-9; 63:2-3; Jn 14:8; 1 Jn 3:2)
A strong Catholic identity in higher education is invaluable to the discovery of the relationship between truth and reason, to the revelation of the Word, and to understanding the authentic meaning of human life. Catholic identity lies at the heart of Holy Spirit College. In 1979, Pope John Paul II outlined the essential characteristics of a Catholic institution of higher education: Continued below...
St. Mary's Chapel, Holy Spirit Parish
Every university or college is qualified by a specified mode of being. Yours
is the qualification of being Catholic, of affirming God, his revelation
and the Catholic Church as the guardian and interpreter of that revelation.
The term Catholic will never be a mere label either added or dropped
according to the pressures of varying factors.
Ex Corde Ecclesiae highlights four distinctive characteristics essential to Catholic identity:
• Christian inspiration in individuals and the university community
• Reflection and research on human knowledge in the light of the Catholic faith
• Fidelity to the Christian message in conformity with the Magisterium of the Church
• Institutional commitment to the service of others (ECE, I, n.13)
These characteristics provide the foundation of Holy Spirit College and are reflected throughout college programs by the following:
• Commitment to the magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church
• Commitment to the Catholic faith by board, administrators, faculty, and all associated with the responsibility of implementation of HSC's Catholic identity and mission (All resident faculty hold the Mandatum)
• Academic courses that incorporate moral and religious principles, especially as they relate to the dignity of human life and to social justice
• Catholic principles and ideals in regard to academic freedom and individual conscience in all activities and organizations
• Commitment to serving others, particularly the marginalized in our society and those who are most vulnerable
• All members of the HSC receive community pastoral services through a campus ministry program which includes the celebration of daily Mass, penance, opportunities for prayer and spiritual reflection, and other events throughout the liturgical seasons of the Church year.
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
• Student services in communion with the teachings of the Catholic Church
• Full compliance withEx Corde Ecclesiae, the Apostolic Constitution of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II on Catholic Universities.
• Monday through Friday of each week Morning Prayers are offered in St. Joseph's Oratory at 7:40am and Mass is offered both at 8:30am in the Parish, at 11:30am in St. Joseph's Oratory and again at 6:00pm in the Parish. A full weekend Mass Schedule is offered at the parish of Holy Spirit.
• Eucharistic Adoration offered regularly in St. Joseph's Oratory and St. Mary’s Chapel
• Optional monthly overnight-weekend retreats • Georgia Right to Life Club
• Knights of Columbus College Council (in formation)
• Marian Society
• Faith-based service projects
• Faith-based service Fraternity and Sorority
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