A Paschal Message

TO: Gonzaga Community
FROM: Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil., President
SUBJ: A Paschal Message
DATE: Apr 14, 2022

This evening marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum, the three days of prayer, fasting and observances that in the Catholic tradition mark the conclusion of Lent and commemorate the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. We are mindful that these Holy Days commemorate the triumph of Jesus over death and the salvation of all humanity.

This Spring for us also marks two years of the pandemic, with all of the fear, limitations, challenges, and sadness that it has wrought. Without question, our world and communities will continue to wrestle with the social and economic impact of COVID as well. But as members of a fundamentally hope-filled endeavor, we must continue to see and appreciate each day as a gift and continue to seek the opportunities for insights and learning that have opened up for us during this time. May we remain inspired by the image of a Risen Jesus, who brings light in the midst of darkness, and the celebration of new life that the Easter represents.

We are mindful that tomorrow night marks the beginning of the Jewish Passover; we join in wishing our Jewish sisters and brothers a Happy Passover Holiday!

It is the members of the Gonzaga community – students, families, staff, faculty, Jesuits, Trustees and supporters – that are this university’s greatest blessings. I am grateful for each of you, and thank you for the ways you make this the amazing community what it is. If your holidays involve time away from campus, please travel safely this long weekend. Let us return refreshed and ready for the conclusion of our academic year, which is only a few short weeks away. Happy Easter!

I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.
John 11:25 - 26