First Chapel Bell Baptized

News Story: January 17, 2013

On Thursday, August 27, the first and largest bell to soon chime over the new chapel at Sacred Heart University will be raised into its tower. To mark this occasion, a group of about 50 students, faculty and staff gathered in the current daily chapel and then proceeded outside for an ancient Catholic tradition, the baptism of the bell. The bell, which weighs 1,507 pounds, was named Esther and has the inscription in Hebrew, “Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is God alone.”

Over the next several days the other bells will be raised into the tower. During the first week of the new academic year, the SHU community will gather for the first ringing of the bells. To watch a video of the bell baptism, click here.

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Father Jerry Ryle baptized the largest bell to be erected outside of Sacred Heart University's new Chapel during a ceremony on campus. At left are President Anthony J. Cernera and Student Government President Kelly Leather, the 'Godparents' of the large bell. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek 08/27/09

Student Government President Kelly Leather, right, poured baptismal water over the largest bell during the baptism of the bell. In back are Father Jerry Ryle and President Anthony J. Cernera. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek 08/27/09
Father Jerry Ryle, left, blessed the largest bell to be erected outside of Sacred Heart University's new Chapel during a ceremony on campus. At right, President Anthony J. Cernera assisted in anointing the bell. Photo by Tracy Deer-Mirek 08/27/09