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For the Love of God: Alumni Review Wedding Vows in Collegiate Church

Patrick Lawlor, Associate Editor in Chief

Sunday Mass on Feb. 12 was held in The Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher for a special Valentine celebration. Coordinated through the Office of Alumni Relations, alumni were welcomed back to their alma mater to renew their wedding vows.

“We have been attending the Valentine’s Mass since its inception. It is nice to come back and renew our marriage vows on the campus where we met over 50 years ago. It’s also nice to see other couples who met here, especially the younger ones with their families,” said Claire Keon ’62, who renewed her vows with husband, Jack Keon ’61.

Fr. Bill Waters, who celebrated the Mass, told all the married couples in the audience to “tell the world how much you love your sacrament.”

“It is always so nice to have alumni come back to their roots. This is the first year we have invited current students and their parents to join us. It was a powerful message for students to see couples of all ages recommit their vows and for alumni to experience our students as a faith community,” said Waters.

“The fifth annual Valentine’s Day Mass embraces Merrimack College’s mission by bringing together alumni, students and their parents in an effort to engage hearts and empower lives,” said Kathleen St. Hilaire ’05, associate director of alumni relations. “It was a powerful visual as the couples of all ages gathered on the altar at the Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher to renew their vows and recommit to their marriages.”

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