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BSM Community Offers Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayers
The Native American smudging ceremony offered by Melania Meyers '24 and Joseph Bester.

The Native American smudging ceremony offered by Melania Meyers '24 and Joseph Bester.

On Monday, Nov. 21, the Benilde-St. Margaret’s community gathered for the school’s annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service in the Great Hall. The event featured readings and reflections, sacred hymns, and a Native American smudging ceremony.

“Our coming together this morning is reflective of our BSM community,” said Father Tim Wozniak ‘66, BSM’s chaplain, noting, “Each of us is called to show love to one another, affirming that our school is one body and one spirit - making a difference in others.”

The service began with Joseph Bester of Gichitwaa Kateri Parish offering a smudging ceremony in “The Four Directions,” assisted by Melania Meyers ‘24. Readings and reflections were then offered by local faith leaders including the Reverend Siri Hauge Hustad of St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral; Cantor Ben Tisser, Senior Cantor of Beth El Synagogue, St. Louis Park, and Dr. Tamim Saidi, Resident Scholar of the Islamic Resource Group (IRG), accompanied by BSM student Abyan Chaudhri ‘24.

The BSM choir sings during the 2022 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

The BSM choir sings during the 2022 Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.

Kaylin Konkoly-Thege ‘26 offered a reading while Rosalie Goldberg, BSM math teacher and her daughters sang a Jewish prayer, Oseh Shalom. The BSM choir sang two hymns, “I Choose Love” and “Peace, Shalom, Salaam.” Also in attendance was Shawn Phillips of Gichitwaa Kateri Parish and the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Father Tim spoke of bringing together some of the various faith traditions represented by students, faculty, and staff at BSM, “Each of us can make a difference both in the classroom and in our neighborhoods, living out the message of our holy books and being together as One BSM.”

The service is annually celebrated at BSM during the week of Thanksgiving.

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About Benilde-St. Margaret's School
Benilde-St. Margaret's (BSM) is a Catholic, co-educational private prep school for grades 7–12 located in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, that draws its over one thousand students from throughout the Twin Cities Metro Area. It is located in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

The mission of BSM is to educate, empower, and inspire learners within a Catholic community to lead lives of faith, achieve academic excellence, and contribute meaningfully to a global society.

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