Francis Cardinal Arinze presided over the graduation of Christendom’s Notre Dame Graduate School at its Front Royal campus. Seventeen students graduated achieving degrees in Systematic Theology, Moral Theology, and Catechetics. Three of which also received the Apostolic Catechetical Diploma, a degree awarded by the Holy See.

Nigerian born Francis Cardinal Arinze in a homily delivered prior to the ceremony said, “The graduating students of Notre Dame Graduate School have reached a remarkable milestone as they conclude their rich years of education and formation in this dear college.”

The cardinal closed by emphasizing the importance and “high value” of Sunday Mass and further said, “If you can participate in Mass daily, please do so. The Mass is the most important and beautiful celebration which we have this side of heaven.”

Valedictorian Jonna Dettlaff in her address to the graduates said, “We must ensure that the light of Truth reaches the ends of the earth. This is not an option for us, but an obligation, in accord with the very nature and vocation of the Church that Christ founded, beginning with the Apostles.”

She concluded, “It is our duty to enlighten those who have not yet encountered Truth. To deprive our neighbors of Truth is an injustice to them, and in many cases, an insult to their intellectual and moral capacities. In living what we have come to know, we will, no doubt, bring light to the world.”

Graduates hailed from varying backgrounds, such as, deacons, businessmen, teachers, and graduates of Christendom’s undergraduate programs. All were able to greet and kiss the ring of Cardinal Arinze after receiving their diplomas.

The Graduate School is now gearing up for a busy fall semester and is accepting registrations online. For more information log on to www.christendom.edu/grad or call 703-658-4304.

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