Relive: Interfaith Prayer Room Dedication
As part of the week-long festivities celebrating the Feast Day of St. Marguerite d’Youville, the College unveiled it’s newly-remodeled Interfaith Prayer Room on October 16. The space, located on the third floor of the Koessler Administration Building, is also near Sacred Heart Chapel.
“If someone is truly important, you make space for them in your life. We welcome and celebrate students of all faiths on this campus, and so, we made a space for them,” says Jeff Papia, chief mission officer at D’Youville. “This space provides a place of prayer and peace for students that want to strengthen their spiritual life while on campus. The updates demonstrate our commitment to students of all faiths and allow for a more prayerful experience for those that use it.”
The room includes new carpeting, paint, resources from other faith traditions, prayer rugs, a bench for the removal of shoes, and will soon have a hand/foot washing station across the hall.
“As a Muslim, a private, clean space is something that is very important to have readily accessible. We worked directly with Jeff and Campus Ministry to ensure that the remodel incorporated changes that met our needs,” says Halimah Mcbryde ‘20, president of the Muslim Student Association.
“It means a lot to all of the Muslim students on campus that our needs were taken seriously and that the space was actively updated.”
Also, on St. Marguerite’s Feast Day, a special Mass was held in Sacred Heart Chapel lead by celebrant Reverend Juan Gaspar, OMI and even featured a prayer to St. Marguerite d’Youville in her native language of French by John McRoy, solutions generalist in the Solutions Center.