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March 16 – St. Patrick’s Day 2018

Dear UST community,

We are the Celts, and tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day! As the day approaches, I am reminded of the difficult road St. Patrick travelled in life, but also how impactful and worthwhile that journey was.

Although much legend surrounds him, it is said that St. Patrick was kidnapped as a young man by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland to tend sheep. During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. His faith drove him to escape and find his way to France, where he became a priest and later a bishop. Although that accomplishment alone is quite impressive, it was not the end of St. Patrick’s story, but only the beginning. His faith led him to return to Ireland where he preached for over 40 years. One detail that I particularly enjoy is that he reportedly often used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity.

Each and every Celt is on a journey that will also have a significant impact on the world. As you celebrate tomorrow and continue on life’s journey, I would like to leave you with a familiar Irish Blessing, also known as a Celtic Prayer.

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

In unity and peace,

Richard Ludwick
President

About the Author — Richard Ludwick

AvatarRichard L. Ludwick became the 9th president of the University of St. Thomas on July 1, 2017. He previously served as president of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, the nation’s oldest association of 31 private, nonprofit colleges and universities enrolling more than 100,000 students. In that capacity, he led strategic initiatives in public policy at the state and federal levels, spurred innovative, intercollegiate collaborations, and successfully executed multi-million dollar philanthropic campaigns.

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