Friday, September 6, 2013

Cardinal James Harvey visits CMH

Yesterday, the CMH community was joined, at an all school mass, by His Eminence James Cardinal Harvey.  Named a cardinal just ten months ago, Cardinal Harvey participated in last March's conclave which elected Pope Francis.  Along side Cardinal Timothy Dolan, now of New York, we think that CMH may be the only high school in the world to have educated the nieces and nephews of two of the conclave's 114 voting cardinals.
Joining in the celebration was Deacon Scott Campbell or St. William's Parish, Waukesha.  Above, Fr. Jacob Strand, who grew up in Dousman, assisted as Master of Ceremonies. Also joining as concelebrants at the mass were Fr. Ken Knueppel, pastor of St. John Vianney, Fr. Tony Zimmer, pastor of St. Anthony, Pewaukee, and Fr. Philip Schumaker, associate pastor of St. John Vianney, Brookfield.

His Eminence preached to the CMH community about the unique blessing and opportunity that they have by receiving an education at CMH.  His homily focused on the understanding of Catholic schools being a place where a student will "Learn to Love, and Love to Learn."
The student body, almost universally arrayed in our new "Honor Attire," were complimented by the Cardinal and the visiting priests for their prayerfulness, attentiveness, and participation in the mass.
After mass, His Eminence wet with students who were various ministers at the mass, the Campus Ministry Leadership Team, and spent some time with young men who have expressed an interest in a vocation to the priesthood.
After leaving St. Mary's to return to CMH, the Cardinal mentioned recalling his first visit to CMH in 1964 when, as a seminarian himself, he visited with other seminarians to speak about vocations.

At a luncheon in the ARC in the Cardinal's honor with staff, past and present parent leaders, the Cardinal spoke again of the power and importance of Catholic education.  To end the luncheon, in appreciation of his visit, the Cardinal (an avid golfer) was presented with a CMH polo shirt. 
CMH is tremendously thankful for the visit by His Eminence James Cardinal Harvey.  Also to be thanked are the staff and volunteers who made the mass, visit, and luncheon go so smoothly.  Greatest thanks go to our CMH students for representing so well all the values of the "The Memorial Way"!

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