The joy of this Easter season was evident to all at Mass in the St. Joseph Bruckmann Memorial Chapel at Cabrini University on Sunday, April 28th. At the celebration of the Mass at 7:00 PM two special people entered into the fullness of the Catholic faith by making their profession of faith and receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and First Communion. They were Dr. Donald Taylor, President of Cabrini University, and Melissa Bratun, a Cabrini sophomore .
A large group of family and friends and students gathered to share in the Eucharistic celebration presided over by Rev. Carl Janicki, Cabrini University’s chaplain. Joyful hymns rang out throughout the liturgy and faces were aglow with expressions of happiness as we participated in this very special act of
Melissa’s preparation for the Rite of Christian Initiation was effected by means of a team approach. [Cabrini University staff] Rosa Altomare, Campus Minister; Meg Harrison, Enrollment Management; Anne Schwelm, Library Director; and Sr. Christine Marie Baltas, MSC, Campus Ministry Associate, met individually with Melissa throughout the course of the academic year to prepare her for this next step in her Catholic journey. Fr. Carl did the same by meeting with Dr. Taylor and completing the preparation that had been started by several monks at Benedictine University. Melissa’s uncle, Joe Bratun, served as her sponsor and John Schanz, former Chair of Cabrini University’s Board of Trustees sponsored Dr. Taylor.
Let us all pray that Melissa and Don’s faith will increase, and that they will experience an ever growing intimacy with Jesus and the Holy Spirit.