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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 Seminarian Formation Rev. Gerard Battersby Dean of Studies Rev. Timothy Laboe Mercy and Charity Together Dean, Institute for Ministry Dr. Janet Diaz Director of Finance, Treasurer Ann Marie Connolly T he Jubilee Year of Mercy is a time for each one of us to reconsider the mystery and gift of mercy. Pope Francis reflects upon this great gift in The Face of Mercy, the Bull of Indiction that announced the Jubilee Year. He writes, 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 Mercy is inextricably linked with the “Jesus, seeing the crowds of people who followed him, realized that they were tired virtue of charity. In order for mercy to be and exhausted, lost and without a guide, authentic, it must be exercised in the conand he felt deep compassion for them (Mt. text of charity and lead one to conversion. 9:36). On the basis of this compassionate Mercy flows from a heart filled with love, a love he healed the sick who were present- heart that wants the very best for the sheep. ed to him (Mt. 14:14), and with just a few Thus, only when the shepherd truly loves loaves of bread and fish he satisfied the the sheep can he exercise authentic mercy. As you read these articles and explore enormous crowd (Mt. 15:37). “What moved Jesus in all of these situ- the latest news about the activities here at ations was nothing other than mercy, Sacred Heart Major Seminary, be assured that we hold you in with which he read prayer. As a friend and the hearts of those “Our work here at benefactor, you are part he encountered and Sacred Heart Major of the great mission of responded to their Sacred Heart to form deepest need.” Seminary is forming Our work here at priests, deacons, and our students to be Sacred Heart Major lay leaders for the dyfilled with mercy.” Seminary is forming namic and challenging our students to be work of ministry. filled with mercy, to have a deep desire to Thank you for your continued support. feed the sheep, heal the sheep, and accompany the sheep along the journey of conver- Sincerely in Christ, sion. Sadly, in many cases, the concept of mercy has been reduced in contemporary society to mean nothing more than open permission to do anything without consideration of the truth. Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness That is far from the case. Rector/President Sacred Heart Major Seminary | Mosaic | Spring 2016 MOSAIC Executive Editor Rev. Msgr. Todd J. Lajiness Managing Editor Daniel Gallio CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Fr. Mathew George Charthakuzhiyil Dr. Eduardo Echeverria Mary Giroux Peter Herbeck Fr. Pierre Ingram, CC Dr. Ralph Martin Mary Kay McPartlin Derik Peterman Patrick Setto Darci Swisher Daniel Ward Dr. Peter Williamson Msgr. John Zenz 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 © 2016, Sacred Heart Major Seminary Designed by FAITH Catholic www.faithcatholic.com