Students participate in Seder at Rowan’s Newman House

Students participate in Seder at Rowan’s Newman House

sedaratrowan-webThe Catholic Campus Ministry of Rowan University in Glassboro recently held a Seder.

Led by campus chaplain Father Tom Kiely, the group was treated to a meal by candlelight of lamb, matzo and other Passover foods. Everyone received a booklet with the text of the Seder that also included how each event related to Christ.

A Seder is a meal-and-prayer service in Jewish homes on the eve of the first day of Passover (and on the eve of the second day as well by Orthodox Jews outside of Israel.) Some Christian families and parish groups hold modified Seder observances because the Last Supper, at which Jesus instituted the Eucharist the night before his death, is traditionally believed to have been a Seder meal.

“I really enjoyed the seder,” said Lisa Falk, a junior at Rowan and CCM treasurer. “I like getting to experience an important tradition of our Jewish brothers and sisters. It’s important to understand their traditions and faith because they are our roots, and sharing it with good friends always makes for a nice evening.”

Father Kiely added, “We are the New Covenant, so it is important to understand the Old Covenant of which Jesus and the Apostles grew and lived. The Old Testament is part of our rich tradition.”

Rowan’s Catholic Campus Ministry is headquartered at the Newman House, located just off campus at 1 Redmond Ave., Glassboro. Masses are held Monday through Thursday at 12:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 6 p.m. A free home-cooked dinner is offered on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. followed by their weekly meeting at 7. College-age young adults of all faiths are welcome to attend. For more information, contact the Newman House at 856-881-3474.

Melissa Pileiro is a Rowan University journalism student.

About Author