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Seton School graduation - Class of 2017

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Nearly 900 seniors received diplomas from five Catholic high schools in the Arlington Diocese during the past few days, thus beginning a new chapter in their young lives. 

Seton School in Manassas held its graduation ceremony June 5 at All Saints Church in Manassas. Prior to the commencement exercises, Mass was celebrated for the graduating class by parochial vicar Father Noah Morey. During the homily George Mason University Chaplain Father James Searby gave the students a special mission if they chose to accept it.

"love people, use things and worship God." Father James Searby

"You have been trained to be subversive agents in the world," said Father Searby. "Your mission is to go out into this world and rewrite the world's formula, which is to love things, use people and worship yourself." Instead of following the world's formula Father Searby encouraged the students to instead "love people, use things and worship God." He acknowledged that this new formula would create chaos in the lives of the many people they met in college but told them not to be discouraged.

"College campuses are starving for something better. Something new," he said. 

During the graduation ceremony valedictorian Sarah Marchesseault and salutatorian Miguel Garcia both gave speeches that highlighted how their class had become more like a family.  

"This is a cohesive class. They are a family to each other," said Seton School Director  Anne Caroll. "They've also had their crosses, as three students lost a parent during their junior year." 

Diplomas were presented to 58 seniors. Gloria Purvis, co-host of EWTN’s radio show “Morning Glory” was the graduation speaker.


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© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017