Marist Celebrates the Holidays
courtesy of Marist Public Affairs
Just a few of the campus traditions that celebrate the spirit of the season:
The Giving Tree
Each holiday season, Campus Ministry works with social service agencies throughout Dutchess County to identify families’ needs and children’s wishes, which are listed on ornaments that decorate several Giving Trees located around campus. Students, faculty, and staff pick an ornament – a wish to fulfill – and deliver these wrapped gifts to Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Chapel for a special Giving Tree Mass. The gifts, ranging from household necessities, like silverware and linens, to children’s bikes and games, are then distributed through partner agencies to the children and families in need in time for Christmas. This year, 966 gifts were collected to help make Christmas more joyful for 30 families, including 122 children.
The Marist Tree
Photo: Annie Frenzel ’12
Freshmen students and other newer members of the College community often wonder why workers start putting lights on the iconic Marist tree in front of the chapel and James A. Cannavino Libray in early autumn, when the leaves have barely changed. When the tree is lit up for the first time in the season, it quickly becomes clear why so much time is needed. Some 30,000 lights extend from the tips of each limb to the tree’s trunk, from top to bottom, giving it a brilliant glow that makes it a popular subject for photographers from across campus and around the region.
Lessons & Carols
In early December, the Marist Music Department and Campus Ministry kick off the season with their “Ecumenical Service of Lessons & Carols”, featuring the Marist College Singers, String Orchestra, and Handbell Choir. The free event attracted hundreds of people to Poughkeepsie’s historic Redeemed Christian Fellowship church for the meaning of Christmas told through story and song.
Wreaths Around Campus