Continue the Celebration of the Christmas Season With Loras College

To continue the celebration of the Christmas season, Loras College will host a Festival of Lights commemorating five cultural and religious expressions that celebrate light. Students, faculty, staff, and the Dubuque community will be able to learn and enjoy this event on Sunday, December 1st at 9:15 p.m. in the Wahlert Curriculum Library.
Campus Ministry, the Intercultural Programs office, Loras Intercultural Student Association, and the “Better Together” President’s Interfaith Challenge are organizing the event. The audience will experience   the Mexican celebration, Our Lady of Guadalupe; the Jewish Hanukka ; the Eastern Orthodox Christian celebration of Feast of Theophany; the Deepawali, a  five-day celebration in Nepal; and El Dia de las Velitas (The day of the candles) from Colombia.
The Festival of Lights is free and open to the public. 
A tree-lighting ceremony will be held on December 2, beginning at 4:30 p.m., at the large pine tree adjacent to the statue of Bishop Loras near Keane Hall, with hymnody and a reading and prayer, followed by the actual lighting of the tree around 4:45 p.m., and a closing carol.  Mass will follow at 5:15 p.m. 
The Loras College Choirs and Wind Ensemble will also be performing Sounds of the Season, a secular celebration of the holiday season, on Saturday, December 7 at 4 p.m. in the Athletic and Wellness Center. This concert is free and open to the public.


Celebrate the Holiday Season with Us

Loras shines this Christmas season with two traditional productions from the music department—Mysteries of Christmas, themed Blessed is She who Believes, on Saturday, November 23, and Sounds of the Season on Saturday, December 7.

Mysteries of Christmas will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel and will feature vocal and instrumental pieces integrated with prayers and spiritual messages to celebrate the Advent season.  The performance will feature special arrangements by senior Kevin Duggan, Craig Swatt, Loras director of worship, and Professor of Music, Roy Carroll, for soprano Jennifer Swanson, associate professor of music.

The performance is open to the public and tickets are available for an admission offering of $8. Tickets may be picked up at will-call between 6:00 and 7:15 p.m. on November 23. Attire for the performance is dressy casual to semi-formal, and the performance is expected to run approximately 90 minutes.

Sounds of the Season, a great family performance, takes a more secular approach and celebrates Christmas with traditional and modern carols and sing-alongs.  Sounds of the Season features vocal and wind ensemble performances in the Athletic and Wellness Center at Loras. This free concert begins at 4:00 p.m. and is open to the public.

Following the Sounds of the Season concert, the Loras Network of Dubuque will host a reception with complimentary cookies, coffee and cider. A surprise guest from the North Pole plans a visit as well!  Please RSVP for this reception by clicking here.

We hope you are able to join us as we celebrate this Christmas season!

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Loras College Presents Mysteries of Christmas
The Loras College Choirs and Wind Ensemble will be performing Mysteries of Christmas, Blessed is She Who Believes on Saturday, November 23, 2013. This formal musical celebration will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel. Admission offering is $8 and tickets can be in purchased in advance at or the evening of the event at Christ the King Chapel.
From its inception as The Stations of Christmas in 2005, Mysteries of Christmas has sought to provide the community with a seasonal experience which presents the highest quality of music and literature in a concert format imbued with Loras’ Catholic culture. In keeping with the College’s mission, Mysteries of Christmas provides all a joyous celebration in the Season of Advent, leaving the audience eager for Christmas and pondering the wonder and awe of God’s gift to us – his son Jesus.
Selections debuting at Mysteries of Christmas include two unique pieces composed by a Loras College student and staff member.  Student Kevin Duggan’s (’14) (Dubuque, Iowa) composition will be performed by Concert Choir while Craig Swatt, director of worship, has arranged an old French Advent carol in tribute to the Loras 175th anniversary.
On December 2 at 4:30 p.m., the Christmas celebration will continue with a tree-lighting ceremony—including hymnody, reading, prayer and carol—at the pine tree adjacent to the statue of Bishop Loras near Keane Hall. Mass will follow at 5:15 p.m.
Finally, on Saturday, December 7 at 4:00 p.m., the Loras College Choirs and Wind Ensemble will perform Sounds of the Season, in the Athletic and Wellness Center. This family-friendly, secular celebration of the holiday season is free and open to the public.

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