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Bishop Celebrates Baccalaureate Mass for High School Graduates

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On Sunday, May 27, 2012, Cardinal Gibbons Catholic High School held its 2011-2012 commencement ceremony at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh for 285 students receiving diplomas. Two days earlier, Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, celebrated the class of 2012's Baccalaureate Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Raleigh.

The Gibbons Class of 2012 earned over $8 million in academic and athletic scholarships. Among notable colleges the graduates will be attending are Duke, UNC Chapel Hill, Princeton, Stanford, the U.S. Naval Academy, Notre Dame, Villanova and Catholic University.

In his homily, the Bishop told the graduates, “Your most important priority in life must be the nurturing of your faith and your intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. For as our Holy Father Pope Benedict recently said to your peers, ‘If you abide in the love of Christ, rooted in faith, you will encounter the source of true happiness and joy...do not be satisfied with anything less than Truth and Love, do not be content with anything less than Christ.’”

He urged the students to “practice your faith: through your participation at Mass each weekend; the frequent celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation; the cultivation of personal prayer; and the offering of your generous service to the Church and community, especially in your outreach to those in most need.”

In conclusion, the Bishop asked the graduates to “bring with you your memory (remembering all that your parents and this school have tried their best to teach you) and a renewed commitment to try each day to be the person God calls you to be and a faithful witness of Jesus Christ.”

On Saturday, May 26, Bishop Burbidge attended the graduation ceremony at Our Lady of Lourdes Church for the 2012 graduates of St. Thomas More Academy, an independent Catholic school, in Raleigh.

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Read Bishop Burbidge’s homily