On Tuesday The Cardinal Newman Society’s president, Patrick J. Reilly, challenged graduates of Holy Spirit Preparatory School
in Atlanta, Georgia, to take advantage of their college years to prepare for lives of distinction and for sainthood.
Noting that 16 percent of Catholic college students will leave the faith by graduation, Reilly encouraged students to nurture their faith while in college. But graduating from college with one’s faith intact should not be sufficient reason for celebration.
“My prayer for you today is not
that you remain just as faithful through college as you are today,” Reilly told the Holy Spirit Class of 2011.
“My prayer this day—and I urge everyone here to join in that prayer, and to pray night and day for the next four years—is that your college experience brings you substantially closer to sainthood, and that you will graduate from college prepared to do God’s will, to lead others to Jesus, to be great role models in your professions, and by the power of the Holy Spirit to heal a broken nation and a broken world.”
Drawing upon the Idea of a University
by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, patron of The Cardinal Newman Society, Reilly offered suggestions how students can obtain “the preparation you deserve” even when colleges fail to provide it.
“A true education has to have an impact
,” Reilly said. “It has to change you
. And it should change you for the better
, to be a Christian saint. That’s the sort of education you received here at Holy Spirit. I pray that you find it in your college years as well.”
Holy Spirit Preparatory School provides a classical, Catholic education from preschool through high school and has been recognized among the nation’s top 50 Catholic high schools by the Catholic High School Honor Roll
In 2005, the school’s leaders also established Holy Spirit College
, a faithfully Catholic college sharing the school’s commitment to liberal education. Students can obtain a Bachelor of Philosophy (B.Phil.) degree with majors including philosophy, theology and Catholic education, as well as additional majors through the College’s partnership with Ave Maria University
in Florida. The College has also launched a Master of Theology program.
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