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Christmas at the Hall
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The Christmas spirit officially arrived at Seton Hall last Thursday as the university community joined together for a special mass followed by a ceremony to light the majestic 55-foot Norway Spruce on the campus green.

Christmas at the Hall“The celebration of Mass, Christmas tree-lighting, carols and blessing of the creche on the first Thursday after Thanksgiving has become a much-anticipated holiday tradition at Seton Hall,” said University President, A. Gabriel Esteban. “It is an opportunity for our entire community—students, faculty, staff, alumni and local residents—to start off the season on campus in the true spirit of Christmas.”

Everyone joined as Father Stanley Gomes performed the Christmas tree blessing. This year, five joined President Esteban to light the tree. They are Group Vice President at Stern + Associates, Alumnae Joan M. Bosisio, Class of 1997, Veronica Grupico, Class of 2013, Charlene Oselador, Class of 2016, and children of Tara Hart, director of Housing and Residence Life, Joseph and Sarah Hart.

Speaking about attending her first Christmas at the Hall event, Bosisio said she is thrilled to see the amount of people who come out to support the university’s tradition.

“The lighting is a good representation of the pride we all have here at Seton Hall,” she added.

Tree LightingBosisio’s mother, Joan, who drove two hours north to watch her daughter light the tree said she is very proud of her daughter’s involvement at the university after so many years. “I’m a proud Seton Hall parent,” she explained.

Grupico shares a similar excitement. “I’m happy to represent my class,” said the graduating senior.

In addition to remarks by President Esteban, the holiday event also featured Christmas carols sung by the Seton Hall choirs and a step performance by Soldiers for Christ. Attendees took pictures with the Pirate and decorated ornaments all while sipping on hot chocolate.

“A lot of my other friends at other schools don’t have a tree lighting,” said sophomore, Bethany Tillema. “Ours lights up the campus green at night –it’s pretty.”

Members of the University’s Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) also handed out blue Seton Hall Santa hats to those who donated unwrapped toys for the DOVE Christmas Toy Drive.

Michelle Peteron, director of DOVE, said more than 150 toys were received for the toy drive and many others picked up toy tags with a promise to purchase a toy for a child in need.

Christmas Carol“This year more than ever, we need help making Christmas special for others. People on our own campus and in our own neighborhoods are suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We have committed to helping as many families as we can,” she explained. “I am constantly reminded of the goodness and generosity of those in our university family, and tonight as the lights shined and the choirs sang, I felt lucky to be a part of this family.”

DOVE will except donations for the Christmas Toy Drive through Friday, December 7th.

To learn more about events this season, please visit

The Christmas tree-lighting gallery is now available for review,

For more information please contact:
Jennifer O'Sheal
(973) 378-2662


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