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Cardinal Donald Wuerl Tells SVC Grads to Change the World

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Posted: Monday May 13, 2013

May 13, 2013

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, told more than 300 graduates and their parents and friends at Saint Vincent College May 11 that as graduates of Saint Vincent they should change the world.

“You and all who are graduating this year face grave challenges and great opportunities,” he said. “Learning, science and technology will provide you and your generation with more know-how than technology has been able to provide the human race up to this date. How you use what you know will determine the human quality of life for the next century. You now join all of us in the awesome struggle to decide from all that we know how to do – what we ought to do!”

“May you always hear in your heart the simple challenge of Jesus whenever you ask, What am I going to do? – What are we going to do? We are going to change the world! We are going to make all things new!” he concluded.

Cardinal Wuerl made special mention of the role that Saint Vincent will play in their lives. “The Saint Vincent community has sought to instill in you the core Benedictine values of love, prayer, reflection, self-discipline, stewardship, respect for others and the humble awareness that we do have obligations to each other,” he said. “Accordingly, you are invited into a great human adventure – the changing of the world into a better place that is truly reflective of what the Scriptures call the kingdom of God – a realm of justice, peace, truth, compassion and love.

Saint Vincent College in Latrobe held its 167th annual commencement ceremony for graduates who received bachelor’s or master’s degrees in a traditional public ceremony marking the completion of their studies.

Cardinal Wuerl was the principal speaker and was honored by Saint Vincent College president Brother Norman Hipps with an honorary doctor of theology degree. James E. Rohr, executive chairman and former chief executive officer of the PNC Financial Services Group, was also honored with the conferral of an honorary doctor of humane letters degree.

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