Sacred Heart School of Theology students, faculty, staff and visitors enjoyed the seminary's annual Cultural Fair this week, with students from nine foreign countries showing off various aspects of their cultures.
The event, a longstanding tradition at Sacred Heart, starts with a special multi-cultural Mass with music, readings and intercessions in many languages. That's followed by a luncheon where international students help prepare foods and beverages from their native countries. Students also create colorful exhibits showcasing their homelands. Many students wear traditional garb from their homelands, and seminary faculty and staff often join the fun by wearing costumes representing their own cultural heritage.
Many of the exhibits are created by students - usually priests and nuns - who come to Sacred Heart to study English as a second language.
Nations represented at the fair were: Brazil, Chile, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Haiti, Indonesia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Vietnam.