“The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.”

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff:

On that first Christmas night, ordinary shepherds were the first to witness the birth of Jesus Christ — and the first messengers of God’s peace and goodwill toward men. As Christians eagerly await the birth of Jesus and gather with loved ones this Christmas, may our celebrations be marked with acts of kindness and generosity toward our sisters and brothers both near and far away.

From all of us at Valparaiso University, have a most blessed Christmas and a joyful New Year. May God’s love fill your hearts with eagerness, with hope, and with wonder.



Mark A. Heckler, Ph.D.