President Collins Renews Oath of Fidelity During Opening Week Holy Mass

In a week filled with activities to welcome students back to campus, one of Walsh’s most sacred traditions is Opening Week Holy Mass. This year, the Walsh community joined together in prayer for the new school year on August 26 and celebrated Holy Mass amidst COVID-19 precautions. 

During Holy Mass, Dr. Tim Collins invited all theologians, campus ministry and liturgical staff to join him as he renewed his Oath of Fidelity to the Magisterium, pledging to uphold the faith, morals and teachings of the Catholic Church as President of Walsh University. This promise is renewed annually at the Holy Mass of the Holy Spirit

“Today, we declare our readiness to serve the faith of the Church and accept our special role in serving the Church and in so doing publicly affirm that faith and reason both lead us to the Truth,” said Walsh President Dr. Tim Collins. “Our commitment to the uniqueness of Catholic higher education 'comes alive' in this public declaration and that sets us apart from government education by reminding our community that all branches of knowledge are taught at Walsh University – we exclude nothing in this search for truth and that is the path to happiness and discovering our life’s purpose.”


The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a directive to Catholic colleges and universities in March 1989, requiring those directly connected with teaching Catholic doctrine to profess their adherence to the teaching authority of the Church.

“Our mission is to build men and women who will serve others and this public stance we make today serves as a commitment to the cause of truth,” said Dr. Collins. “Faith and reason work together – never in tension – to lead us to finding truth.”