Class of 2019 being sent forth with prayers, challenges, gratitude
Whether they are graduating from a Catholic college, high school, or grade school, members of the Class of 2019 in the Diocese of Peoria are being asked to stay close to the Lord and share Christ’s love wherever life takes them in the future.
“Your love of God brings an additional quality to your professional competence,” Msgr. Mark Merdian told more than 125 persons receiving nursing degrees on May 18 from the Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing.
Msgr. Merdian, episcopal vicar for health care in the Diocese of Peoria, was principal celebrant and homilist at the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement that filled the spacious Peoria Civic Center ballroom with the graduates, their families and friends.
“Take the healing power that ultimately comes from Jesus the Lord to your nursing care wherever you go,” said Msgr. Merdian, who moments later called the graduates forward for a ceremonial “Blessing of Hands.”
Commencement ceremonies took place last Sunday at Central Catholic High School in Bloomington, The High School of Saint Thomas More in Champaign, Schlarman Academy in Danville, and St. Bede Academy in Peru. This Sunday, graduates of Peoria Notre Dame, Marquette Academy in Ottawa, and Alleman High School in Rock Island will receive diplomas.