Deanna Csomo McCool | December 5, 2017
The inaugural Gold Mass and lecture at the University of Notre Dame was held on Nov. 15, 2017, the feast day of Saint Albert the Great, the patron saint of scientists. The events, a campus-wide collaboration among several colleges, centers and institutes, drew hundreds.
Initiated last year by the Society of Catholic Scientists, the Gold Mass—named because of the hood color worn by those graduating with doctoral degrees in science—is a new tradition to uplift those in engineering and science (much like the Blue Mass, for police officers, or the Red Mass, for those in the legal profession). The first Gold Mass was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Nov. 15, 2016, Rev. Terrence Ehrman, C.S.C., assistant director for Life Sciences Research and Outreach for the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, was eager to bring this Mass, accompanied by a lecture, to Notre Dame. The University was one of the seven campuses to hold a Gold Mass in 2017.
Peter Kilpatrick, the McCloskey Dean of Engineering, was key in planning and making this year’s event a reality. In addition to the College of Engineering and the Center for Theology, Science and Human Flourishing, the Gold Mass and lecture was also sponsored by the College of Science, the Center for Ethics and Culture, the Institute for Church Life, and the Environmental Change Initiative.
“The Mass and lecture help us remember and celebrate our Notre Dame mission — that students, faculty and staff across the University put their scientific and engineering skills and expertise to use every day to enable the common good, and educate the next generation of leaders out of love of God and love of neighbor,” Kilpatrick said. “It is a way to live out effectively our faith through science and engineering.”