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Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley Blesses the CCHS Community with Special Mass

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley Blesses the CCHS Community with Special Mass

Over 1,400 Central Catholic High School students, faculty, alumni, board members and other honored guests recently enjoyed a visit from Cardinal Seán O’Malley as he presided over a very special Mass at Central Catholic on Monday, November 26, 2018.

The Cardinal visits CCHS and other regional Catholic schools to connect with local communities and celebrate Mass.

Cardinal Seán was introduced by Central Catholic President Christopher Sullivan '81 in the Memorial Gymnasium, combined with the lively musical offerings of the CCHS Liturgical Band and Choir.

“We are truly blessed and honored to have His Eminence Cardinal Seán O’Malley here with us today and we truly appreciate him sharing his time, wisdom, and guidance with the Central Catholic community,” said Mr. Sullivan.

Cardinal Seán delivered a touching Homily about focusing not just on the gifts, but also on the gift giver. “Everything we are and everything we have is a gift from a loving God. Catholic education is about discovering God in our lives and finding the meaning and purpose in our lives,” said the Cardinal. “It gives me great joy to be here at Central Catholic High School and I am grateful to the Marist Brothers for founding this school. I am delighted to be here and appreciative for all who are in attendance.”

Kathleen Mears, Superintendent at the Archdiocese of Boston, joined the Cardinal for the visit.  They were presented gifts for their dedicated service to the Catholic community from CCHS Seniors Maria Graziano and John Boyle on behalf of the CCHS community. “Thank you for your vocation, your love and for sharing both of those with us today,” said the students.

Rev. Robert Kickham, the Cardinal's Secretary, and Rev. John W. Delaney '79, Pastor for Sacred Hearts Parish in Bradford, also assisted with the Mass.

A small reception followed the Mass where Cardinal Seán was able to interact with CCHS students, faculty and special guests.

Photo Caption: Pictured (left to right):  CCHS students Elvin Rosa '21, Dylan Hale '20, Alexandra Gonzalez Tellez '22, Kaleigh Gibney '20, Colleene Kabaria '22, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, and Rev. John W. Delaney.

Thank you to the Cardinal Seán, Superintendent Mears, Rev. Kickham, Rev. Delaney '79, and everyone who participated in the Mass!

Central Catholic students pose with Cardinal Seán O’Malley, and Rev. John W. Delaney.

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

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Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.