A new tree on campus this week symbolizes an important relationship across the world in Korea. Members of the Catholic university community gathered for a tree planting ceremony to recognize the partnership between St. Edward’s University and The Catholic University of Korea.
Kyungja Kim, Dean in the Office of International Affairs at The Catholic University of Korea has been the university’s honored guest this week. Dean Kim assisted Dr. Martin in the symbolism of planting a tree together and Father Lou Brusatti blessed the tree, and the partnership with this prayer:
Oh God, we thank you for this earth, our home:
For the sky and the sun,
For the water and the never resting winds.
We thank for the opportunities that you place before us as we bless this young oak tree with our hopes and dreams for things to come.
Holy Cross has used the tree to symbolize our deep roots in the Gospel, and our awareness that we are but branches of Jesus Christ.
We place our hope in divine providence as we begin a new academic and formative relationship with the Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, South Korea.
Bless this oak tree; keep its roots strong and its earth fertile.
May its shade invite us into rest and to listen to ourselves and to you.
May it remind us that our faith in action must be grounded in and at the service of our city Austin, TX, Seoul, South Korea and the world beyond.
We ask these many blessing in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
This is the fourth ceremonial tree planting at St. Edward’s to recognize our growing number of international partner universities. Other trees planted represent partnerships with France, Germany and Scotland. St. Edward’s University also has partnerships in: Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Chile and Japan.