On Wednesday, February 19, Fr. Steven Voytovich visited the dormitory to perform the blessing for the new semester.
The dormitory blessings, which take place at the beginning of the academic year in the fall and at the beginning of the spring semester, during the period when most home blessings take place following the Lord's Theophany, are viewed as opportunities to renew both the physical and spiritual cleanliness of the building.
Several factors including incliment weather had precluded the dorm blessing from happening sooner in the semester, but the Lord willed that the blessing take place as the beginning of Great Lent approaches. After the dorm blessing, Fr. Steven addressed the dormitory residents saying that it is his hope that this blessing assists in giving everyone strength to persevere during the fast and the rest of the semester.