As a member of the Saint Mary’s University community, please help us to welcome Father James Burns as our next president with prayer. Leading up to this selection and announcement we have been praying for the candidates, the search committee, board of trustees, and our community.

We invite you to join us in praying for and welcoming the president by posting a comment below!


Welcome Father Burns,

Father Burns

We are excited for your presence at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. With the prayer below, we have been praying throughout the selection process both for you and for our community as we begin a new transition. We hope when you look at this, you will see comments written by our students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and friends of the university who welcome you.

Through our Lasallian tradition we value community, and we hope as you read through these comments you will feel a part of this community, even before you fully settle in. We are excited for your arrival and are praying for wisdom and guidance for your leadership.


Leader: Let us remember …
All: That we are in the holy presence of God.

God, in this time of transition for Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, we seek your blessing and guidance. We lift up Father James Burns as our next president, may he rely on your wisdom and direction. In the light of our Lasallian Catholic tradition, guide him with a love for this place, for our history and purpose, and for our people.

May he come with an open heart and a clear, prophetic vision — full of faith and dedicated to service, community, and scholarship. Guide him with strength and conviction, wisdom and courage, humility and cooperation. Above all, may he be a model for our students and community dedicated to our mission to “awaken, nurture, and empower learners to ethical lives of service and leadership.”

We pray for our community — students, educators, staff, alumni, and friends — that as we enter this time of transition we do so with anticipation, hope, and a desire to embrace God’s plan for the future. We ask for the grace to warmly welcome Father Burns into our community and “together and by association” live fully the tradition of Lasallian education.

We look forward to what lies ahead. In the legacy of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, we rely upon your providence to always give abundantly both in our challenges and successes. We call upon you each step of the way and place this process in your hands as you shape Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota and our call to be prophetic in all that we do.

We pray all these things through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Amen.

Leader: Saint John Baptist de La Salle …
All: Pray for us.
Leader: Mary, Patroness of our University …
All: Pray for us.
Leader: Live Jesus in our hearts …
All: Forever!