St. Thomas Aquinas Mass celebrated at Catholic U.

The annual St. Thomas Aquinas Mass was celebrated recently at Catholic University in Washington by Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Catholic Education. Dominican Fathers John Langlois and Thomas Petri, both of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, served as principal concelebrants. Dominican Father Peter John Cameron, editor-in-chief of Magnificat and a Catholic U. alumnus, served as homilist.

"Live your life as a risk. Someone out there needs you," said Father Cameron. "So come to Jesus, receive your Friend in holy Communion, and then go out and do what He does: Give to others your very self."

The Mass, celebrated annually near the feast of Catholic U. patron St. Thomas Aquinas, was sponsored by Catholic U., the Dominican House of Studies and the National Catholic Educational Association. At the end of Mass, Bishop Murry spoke about the importance of Catholic education.

"Our schools have made significant contributions to the growth in faith across the United States, an accomplishment of which we may well be proud," he said. "I pray the Lord will bless your school communities with enthusiasm for the Gospel, a love of learning and a desire to be of service to others."

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2016