Today marks the beginning of Holy Week, one of the most celebrated weeks in the Catholic liturgical calendar. For UP Campus Ministry, the ability to gather and celebrate will be especially meaningful because the arrival of COVID-19 last spring forced them to cancel their in-person masses and services.
Most St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are characterized by parades, throngs of people, and a full day of drinking in pubs and bars - activities made impossible with the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, mass cancellations of St. Patty’s Day celebrations were the first marker to many of what was to come.
Diversity Dialogues 2021 drew to a close with its final event last Friday night, which featured keynote speaker Dr. Adrienne Keene of the Cherokee Nation. Keene is currently a Native scholar, writer and activist working to increase representation of the Native community. Keene also runs a blog called Native Appropriations and works with a non-profit group called College Horizons, which assists native students in the process of applying for colleges and securing financial aid.
School can teach you many things, but it cannot teach you who you are. You yourself must do that. This is not to say that our professors and the university as a whole are unable to teach us worthwhile information, but rather that the education that we receive within the boundaries of our classes cannot be the primary force in our process of learning — and hopefully becoming — who we are.
From Oct. 29 until Nov. 6, UP’s Campus Ministry will have an altar in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher in celebration of All Souls’ Day and Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, in commemoration of loved ones who have passed away in the UP community.