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Another Full House There were many “manies” to the 2014 Christmas concert, fittingly entitled “The Many Moods of Christmas” and held at the seminary on Friday, December 5. There were the many musical compositions—twenty-three in all—that even included a hymn to Mary sung in Aramaic. There were many singers and instrumentalists— fifty-six in all. Five musical groupings performed under the expert direction of Dr. Ronald Prowse, director of liturgical music. The 550-seat, vintage auditorium was filled up with guests who enjoyed the good vibrations of the evening. Sacred Heart’s Christmas concert is held on the Friday of the first week in December, as it has been for the past fifty years. Consider marking your 2015 holiday calendar now. Dr. Ronald Prowse directs the seminarian choir and Michigan Sinfonietta at the December 5 Christmas concert. Appointed to Pontifical Commission Mosaic readers already know that four faculty members are serving, or have recently served, on a council or commission of the Holy See (Dr. Janet Smith, Dr. Edward Peters, and Dr. Ralph Martin [current]; and [past] Fr. John McDermott, SJ). Now a fifth faculty member has been selected for such an honor. In October 2014, Pope Francis appointed Dr. Mary Healy to the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Dr. Healy, associate professor of Sacred Scripture since 2008, will serve a five-year term. The Pontifical Biblical Commission was established in 1902 to advise the Holy Father on issues of biblical interpretation. She is the only American on the twenty-member commission, which is made up of biblical scholars from across the globe. “Not only is she an accomplished scholar and a superb teacher, but her work originates from a deep faith,” Msgr. Todd Lajiness says. “We are proud she will be making a difference in the life of the universal Church.” When Dr. Healy first heard of the appointment, she was “surprised yet thrilled at the prospect of being able to serve the Church in this way.” “There is a biblical renewal going on today—a rediscovery of what it means to read Scripture ‘in the Spirit.’ This will be an amazing opportunity to contribute to it.” Dr. Healy attended her first commission meeting in April. Look for an update on her work in an upcoming digital Mosaic (mosaic.shms.edu) and in the fall print edition. “Dear Hero . . .” The lay staff’s Quality of Work Life Committee sponsored a Christmas card sending for service men and women overseas through the program “Operation Christmas Card.” The program seeks to ensure our nation’s military personnel receive at least one card during the Christmas season. “I was surprised at the array of people who gave cards. There were many from faculty and staff, and a catechism class full of children visiting the seminary even wrote out cards,” said Patricia Casnovsky, administrative assistant at Sacred Heart, who coordinated the outreach. Often cards were addressed to “Dear Hero,” and all expressed thankfulness for the sacrifice of the service persons. The QWL Committee sponsored another project, “Operation Paperback,” between March 18 and March 27. The seminary community dropped off hundreds of gently used paperback books in a collection box in the front lobby. The books will be sent to troops overseas and to veterans and military families here at home. Dr. Mary Healy hopes her work on the Biblical Commission will encourage Catholics to “fall in love with the Word of God.” shms.edu 35