|Fr. Lorenzo Gomez LC speaking at Everest Collegiate High School 2014 graduation|
Clarkston, Michigan – “You must be leaders, Christian leaders.”
the words of Fr. Lorenzo Gomez LC, the keynote speaker
at the 2014 graduation ceremony of Everest Collegiate High
School in Clarkston, Michigan.
Addressing the 26 young men and
women of the third EC graduating class on May 18, he
took the time to thank all the leaders in the
business and community who invested in Everest Academy and Everest
Collegiate over the years. He reminded the students that they
must return the blessings they have been given to others
through loving Christian service.
Fr. Lorenzo mentioned the advice of one
of the past president of Chrysler Corporation, John Riccardo, who
said the secret of his success was keeping his life
in proper order -- God first, then family, then work.
loving Christ,” Fr. Lorenzo told the graduates. “I know you
are going to make it. You have a good conscience.
If you have a good conscience, you can’t be bad.
Society can do nothing to you.”
He then surprised the audience
by saying he would soon join the students as a
“graduate” himself. “You graduate after 4 years, and me after
40 years,” he said referring to how long he has
served in the Detroit metro area. Following this school year,
Fr. Lorenzo will be transferred by the Legion of Christ
to work with the community in California. (Click here
to read an “open” letter to Fr. Gomez from the
Legion Territorial Director for North America, Fr. John Connor LC,
and click here to read Fr. Gomez’s response letter.)
|EC Graduates say a decade of the rosary with Mary.|
Greg Reichert also addressed the Everest Collegiate graduates, telling them
the best way to change the world is to change
themselves. This is the goal of an Everest education, he
said, with its Integral Formation focusing on developing students academically,
in human and spiritual virtue and encouraging apostolic service.
of truth doesn’t exist is telling it to others,” he
said. “It exists in being the message, so others will
be surprised by you.”
Fr. Daniel Pajerski LC, the main celebrant
for the Mass which preceded the graduation ceremony, gave the
graduates some advice during his homily on how to keep
the faith as they go out into the world. He
told them to first remember their identity as followers of
Christ who have been “bought with a price” and redeemed.
He said the graduates must discover their place in the
Church as apostles, staying obedient to the teachings of the
Catholic faith. Finally, he said they must, like the Blessed
Virgin Mary, decisively say yes to whatever Christ asks of
them, without fear, committing themselves to Him, as he has
committed himself to them.
Also speaking during the event where the
|The 2014 Everest Collegiate High School Senior Class|
Everest Collegiate valedictorians, Angela Cunningham and Jeremy Shupbach, and the
Integer Award winners, Jacqueline Beltowski and Ryan Bradley. The Integer
Award recognizes students at the school who best exemplify the
tenents of Integral Formation.