The Multifaith Prayer and Meditation Space in Notre Dame's Center for Women's Leadership has felt special since it opened. It is a peaceful and calming place, something that can be difficult to find on a busy high school campus. Visitors can often feel the energy, as if the space is inviting introspection and meditation. This week, multifaith women leaders officially blessed this sacred space in a ceremony that was livestreamed to the ND community.
"Saint Julie Billiart, foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, once wrote, 'In whatever way God comes to us, God must always be welcome,'” shared Kathleen Quiazon, director of mission and ministry. "Her embrace of God’s loving goodness speaks of our own vision for this Notre Dame Catholic community of spiritual seekers and justice advocates, where our multifaith and multicultural identities find a beloved home here in the Center for Women’s Leadership. And so we gather, both in person and online to bless this Multifaith Prayer and Meditation Space - a sanctuary for spiritual practice and meditation, for reflection and dialogue."
Her welcome was followed by reflections and blessings by several women faith leaders representing Notre Dame's learning community:
- Reverand Allison Draper, Soto Zen Buddhist Faith Leader
- Maryam Amir, Muslim Faith Leader
- Somanjana Chatterjee, Hindu Faith Leader
- Pastor Helen Kung, Christian Faith Leader
- Cantor Devorah Felder-Levy, Jewish Faith Leader, who was accompanied by Notre Dame music ministry students Aly ’23, Emma ’22, Ruby ’23 and Thien-An ’22
Guests, which included additional local faith leaders, were also treated to a dance performed by South Asian Student Association Dancers Aditi ’22 and Grace ’22.
You can view a recording of this inspirational event on our website at www.ndsj.org/blessing.