Archbishop Timothy Dolan Addresses Catholic School Seniors At St. Patrick’s Cathedral

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Over 2,000 graduating seniors participated Thursday in the annual cathedral youth celebration officiated by Archbishop Timothy Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb With Dolan And An Ambitious High School Senior

Dolan told the graduating Catholic school seniors that their education prepares them for this life and the next, and that they are not only the hope of the future, but also the present.

“When I look out at these kids coming to the end of twelve years of Catholic education, I say it’s worth every ounce of energy and every dime that we gotta scrape up,” said Dolan. “When I survey what these kids are doing — not only their faith, their prayer at Sunday Mass, but their service projects — I mean every school seems to be going to the inner city, to Appalachia, even some to Central America. There’s pro-life efforts. There’s soup kitchens. You see these kids everywhere. It’s faith in action.”

Senior Gabriel Delaney is going to the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. “I want to go into politics. I think my high school has had a huge impact on that.  Public service is a big part of Xavier High School in general and though I’m studying business, I’m  understanding that business and politics walk hand in hand.”

He is eyeing 2040 as his year to make a possible run for the White House.

Joe Mahoney, 17, from Sacred Heart High School in Yonkers is going Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and wants to be a mechanical engineer. “I want to help people in some way, so I was really looking to like robotic prosthetics for people who lose limbs and all that.”

The word heard most often about the Archbishop’s Mass in the cathedral: awesome.

Are you a graduating Catholic high school student? What was your experience like and what are your aspirations? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  • phils

    Rodin, you lack of faith thats why you comment those negative things. priest are also human they commet sins too…you also sinner…

    • Rodin

      You assume because you can’t can’t know and can’t see beyond your limited, constrained fantasy filtered world.

      I have faith … in myself and my abilities, at which I work with due diligence. I take responsibility for my actions, whatever the end result. I lay no blame outside myself.

      I believe in Dogs … and that there are no gods.

      “Civilization will not attain to its perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.” ~ ÉMILE ZOLA, French writer (1840 – 1902)


      • Rodin

        PS –

        Take responsibility for your poor grammar and spelling, go to school to learn to write proper English … or pray, whichever you think will get you through the night … or night school.

  • JoyceElaine

    I’m a Catholic senior going to a public school and I’m considering going into mass media broadcast and going to Specs Howard in the future

    • Rodin


  • sever

    Helping people is repulsive, Rodin? You should put yourself out of your misery as fast as possible. Just do it now. Don’t wait another minute. Just do it!

    • Bill Schafer

      As a soon-to-be Catholic, I think that perhaps it is a bad idea to encourage people to “put themselves out of their misery”.

      • Rodin

        See, Bill, that’s “Catholic” for you. This one isn’t even passive-agressive, just a mindless fanatic looking to establish a Catholic ‘sharia’.

        I know about these things, Catholic raised, Jesuit educated.

        “A soon-to-be Catholic”? I say THINK AGAIN. ‘Sever’ shows the way.

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