Today, along with Mr. Warren, Alemany Director of Christian Service, I was thrilled to witness three of our students being honored, along with 75 seniors from 50 other Catholic Schools, by Archbishop Gomez for the service they have performed for others in need. Our students were Kesia Lavelle, Michael Tripoli, and Gloryann Cosans.
Archbishop José H. Gomez reminded the honorees “to keep the commandment that Jesus gave us: to love God above all things and our neighbors as ourselves — or, even more, as Jesus loved them, as he loved us.”
“Love — that’s what it means to be a ‘real Christian,’” said Archbishop Gomez. “And love is an ‘action’ word; it’s not just a feeling. Love means we have to ‘do’ something. Love means service — serving others. “So these Christian Service Awards are really awards for love, because love is expressed in service and service is the ‘proof’ of our love,"
The archbishop presented Christian Service Award medals to all 75 students immediately following the Mass. The seniors have completed a combined total of more than 50,000 service hours over the course of their four years in high school.