Thursday, October 13, 2011

St. Bernard presents seniors with cross

Twenty-two seniors at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman were honored recently during a Senior Dedication Mass in the Abbey Church. Abbot Cletus Meagher, Chairman of the Board; Fr. Joel Martin, Headmaster; and Fr. Bede Marcy, School Chaplain concelebrated the Mass.

In his opening remarks, Abbot Cletus thanked everyone in attendance and reminded the Senior Class of their role in the school community. “We celebrate with the senior class that they may all share in that which is ours in Christ, dedicated to a divine purpose, and as they dedicate themselves to the principals and beliefs on which St. Bernard was founded.”

Abbot Cletus said, “We are celebrating with you on the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. As Catholics we all know the rosary is a prayer having meaning and purpose in our lives. As you grow, I encourage each of you to come to know and understand the greater sense of purpose in your own lives and its effect and place in the world.

“Purpose is something bigger than yourself. It’s being a good example to others in the image of Christ,” Abbot Cletus said.

Following the homily, the faculty and staff joined the seniors at the altar as a sign of their support and concurrence with the proposal that the seniors receive a blessing for their leadership role in the student body of St. Bernard Preparatory School.

Each senior was recognized individually and presented a Benedictine Cross which symbolizes their lives of service not only in the St. Bernard community but in whatever they do. “Wear your cross with pride as a reminder of the privilege and dignity that is yours as you share in Christ,” Abbot Cletus said.

The 2011 senior class at St. Bernard Prep accepted their leadership roles. Abbot Cletus concluded the blessing by saying to the class, “Seniors, you are the leaders at St. Bernard Prep. You are commissioned to be good examples to others by giving them a reason to want to follow you.”

At the conclusion of the service, the Senior Class enjoyed a nice Italian meal with their parents in the Brahma Room.

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