"Gold Mass" Brings Science and Faith Together

November 14, 2019

Fr. KartjeBenedictine University’s Center for Mission, Ministry, and Inclusion is happy to announce the celebration of the University’s first-ever Gold Mass: Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 5:15 PM, St. Benedict Chapel, Kindlon Hall 4th floor. The Mass will be followed by a reception and a lecture at 7:00 PM by Fr. John Kartje, Rector/President of Mundelein Seminary.

Many Catholics know about the tradition of Red Masses for lawyers and lawmakers, Blue Masses for law-enforcement personnel and emergency responders, and White Masses for health care professionals. Now Gold Masses—the first was celebrated at MIT—extend this tradition to professional scientists and science students. The Society of Catholic Scientists, boasting over 1,100 members, initiated the new practice in 2016.

According to Dr. Matt Wiesner, professor of physics at Benedictine University, “This is the first Gold Mass in the Diocese of Joliet and the first to be said in Illinois. When Catholic scientists and students gather together for worship we testify to our core conviction concerning the harmony of faith and reason.”

The prayers and readings for Gold Masses come from the feast of St. Albert the Great, the patron saint of natural science and teacher of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Fr. Kartje, who holds a doctorate in astrophysics from the University of Chicago, will celebrate the Mass and offer the 7:00 PM lecture on “The Mystery of Faith: From the Gold Mass to Gravity Waves.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Those interested in learning more about Gold Masses, can find information at the website www.catholicscientists.org. More information about the Mass, reception and lecture at Benedictine University is available from Dr. Wiesner at mwiesner@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the ninth consecutive year in 2019. Benedictine University was also named the second-safest campus in the country and safest campus in Illinois by yourlocalsecurity.com in 2019. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information about the University, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.

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