Students recreate Alfombras

By: Emily Lingfelter ~Staff Writer~ Xavier’s Center for Interfaith Community Engagement will partner with the art department, the Student Organization of Latinos (SOL) and the Art Society to recreate the annual Easter Alfombras, a traditional artistic floral display in Central America. Catholics in this region typically construct the “oriental carpets” in churches and streets for the Holy Triduum, a several-day procession that celebrates the Biblical events leading to Jesus’ death. The intricate designs, made with colored sawdust, pine needles, flowers and petals, symbolize the devotion to Christ as he entered Jerusalem. This tradition was formally introduced to the Xavier community … Continue reading Students recreate Alfombras

Graham & Ingber take trip to Israel

By: Tatum Hunter ~Staff Writer~ Over Winter Break, University President Fr. Michael Graham, S.J. and Executive Director of the Center for Interfaith Community Engagement Rabbi Abie Ingber spent four days in Israel on a trip put together by the Jewish National Fund, an international organization dedicated to supporting and improving the nation of Israel through projects like planting trees and preserving historical sites. “At all our dinners, we were joined by people based in Israel who work for or with Jewish National Fund, and it was great to hear from them about their projects. More than anything, you came away … Continue reading Graham & Ingber take trip to Israel