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SACRED HEART MAJOR SEMINARY Chairman, Board of Trustees The Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron Archbishop of Detroit Rector/President Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness Vice Rector/Dean of Formation Rev. Gerard Battersby Dean of Studies Families: A Missionary Presence Rev. Timothy Laboe Dean, Institute for Ministry Dr. Janet Diaz Director of Finance, Treasurer Ann Marie Connolly A n integral part of the mystery of the Incarnation is the Holy Family. From the earliest days of Christianity, the Fathers of the Church have commented on the rich beauty that emerges from the relationships between Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. These relationships, lived in a specific historical context, also reveal the identity of the eternal Word of God. And so the Holy Family is a model of the domestic church, and there is so much that we can learn from them. Director of Facilities Management John Duncan Director of Educational Technology Chad Hughes Director of Development and Stewardship David Kelley Director of Institutional Advancement Edmundo Reyes MOSAIC Executive Editor Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness Pope Paul VI, in a homily at Nazareth up these issues as well, seeking ways to ofin 1964, offered these words, “Nazareth fer encouragement to families and to call is a kind of school where we may begin them to be a missionary presence in the to discover what Christ’s life was like and world today. even to understand his Gospel. Here we As we begin the Year of Mercy in can observe and ponDecember and make der the simple appeal our way through the “The Holy Family is a of the way God’s Son coming months, be model of the domestic assured of the prayers came to be known, of the community at profound yet full of church.” Sacred Heart Major hidden meaning. And gradually we may even learn to imi- Seminary for you and your family. Your generous support of our mission does not tate him.” This issue of Mosaic seeks to explore go unnoticed, and I ask the Lord to bless the gift of the family as a leaven in soci- you abundantly. ety. The topic is very much at the heart of many conversations around the world: Sincerely in Christ, politically, legally, and culturally. As the nature of marriage and family life are challenged (and disfigured), renewed focus on the gift of the Holy Family and the place of the family in the world today is critical. Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness The October synod in the Vatican took Rector/President Sacred Heart Major Seminary | Mosaic | Fall 2015 Managing Editor Daniel Gallio CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Perrin Atisha Deacon Michael Chesley Martha Demerly Dr. Robert Fastiggi Paco Gavrilides Dr. Michael McCallion Fr. John McDermott, SJ Adam Nowak Mary Kay McPartlin Craig Pohl Kevin Yono Mosaic is published two times per year by Sacred Heart Major Seminary 2701 Chicago Boulevard Detroit, Michigan 48206 313-883-8500 mosaic@shms.edu Receive the Mosaic monthly e-newsletter mosaic.shms.edu © 2015, Sacred Heart Major Seminary Designed by FAITH Catholic www.faithcatholic.com