Time Capsule Introduced at Mass of the Holy Spirit

News Story: September 7, 2008

From left, SHU Student Government Association President Matt Telvi presented the Chapel time capsule to Monsignor Kevin Wallin as Deacon Hans Gram looked on.

On Wednesday, September 10, the University community gathered in the William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center to invoke the blessings of Almighty God at its annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. It was celebrated by Monsignor Kevin W. Wallin, pastor of Bridgeport’s Cathedral Parish of St. Augustine and a member of the University’s Board of Trustees, and it included a warm welcome from Dr. Anthony J. Cernera, SHU president.

This year’s celebration was marked by a special moment as students, faculty and staff were introduced to the “time capsule” that will be installed in the new campus Chapel that will be dedicated next year. The small metal box was carried in procession by Senior Matt Telvi, president of Student Government. He explained that the capsule would contain gifts to a future generation of the Sacred Heart family and would be opened in the year 2063 at the University’s centennial celebrations.

The size of a small safe deposit box, the capsule will house, in Matt’s words, “reminders of our lives as a community of faith.” It will contain books of prayer such as a hymnal and a missal as well as the University’s own Prayer s from the Heart. It will include stories of Sacred Heart’s well known service to the community – in Greater Bridgeport and well beyond. And it will share the history of building the new Chapel, which will be 55 years old when the box is opened.

Sacred Heart University opened for classes for the first time on September 11, 1963, and is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year. Matt compared that first year with 2008, noting both high points and low in American history. And he pointed out that the Second Vatican Council was about to begin a process of development in the Catholic Church that has gone on till this moment. That same Council, he noted, continues to bear fruit in this Catholic university, and will, for generations to come.