Oh Divine Mystery, our God of many names, you are the source of all truth. Today we gather as your exquisitely diverse family to breathe in this new moment, together. With our many voices, gifts and contours of understanding we pause in this place of such purpose, beauty and promise. We are simply joyful and filled with a genuine sense of unleashed possibility as we usher in this new chapter in the life of Vassar College.
We ask you, bless Betsy Bradley, for she is a true wonder and she is brave, undaunted by what lies ahead. May her visions and hopes reveal themselves as a courageous response to your longing for a healed world. Bestow upon her a wisdom that endures, an energy that renews and a sense of justice that is reflective and steadfast. Bless Betsy’s loving family, her children Alice, Kate and Tim, especially her husband John. Continue to embrace them with good humor, abundant patience and understanding. Here at this at this place, may they enjoy a true sense of home.
Bless this community of scholars who revel in the mystery and treasure of knowledge. Bless all Vassar students past, present and future. May their spirits always soar with buoyant promise and infinite creativity. Bless all who make Vassar as stunningly beautiful and perfectly unique as it is. Bless those who care for the grounds, those who tend to its structure, bless all those who nurture the body, mind and soul. Steady each hand as this new chapter begins. Let us breathe in the excitement of this very moment, look from side to side with great joy at one another and commit to building the world we want to see, together.
And finally, in our daring pursuit to live lives of deep purpose, may we always seek to be your shalom, your salaam, your shanti, may we seek to be your peace. And let us say, Amen.