June 12, 2020

Superintendent salutes the Class of 2020 and praises the people who have shaped their lives

By John Shaughnessy

As the superintendent of Catholic schools in the archdiocese, Gina Fleming knows the disappointment that this year’s high school seniors have felt as the coronavirus crisis has canceled many of the traditions and activities they hoped to experience.

Still, in her tribute to the 1,385 members of the archdiocese’s class of 2020, Fleming focused on all the successes they have achieved in the past four years, especially the successes that brought “honor and glory to our Savior and our Lord.”

“Every act of service, choral performance, athletic event, theater production, piece of art and academic achievement reflects not only the gifts with which you have been blessed, but also the love and mercy of our God above,” Fleming said.

The superintendent also saluted the seniors for the way they “persevered and demonstrated tenacity and faith” while dealing with “the loss of a typical ‘Senior May’ with all its festivities and celebrations.”

“Thank you, Class of 2020, for caring for others, for sharing God’s gifts readily, for seeking solutions in a world full of uncertainty, and for remaining centered on Christ as our light and salvation,” she said. “These are the very life lessons you have learned throughout your Catholic school experience. May you know of our prayers for you as you begin this next chapter of your life.”

On behalf of Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, Fleming also praised “the thousands of teachers, staff members, school leaders, priests, and religious who have formed and educated these young adults.

“And last but certainly not least, we extend to the parents and guardians of the Class of 2020 a heartfelt thanks for partnering with us in your young person’s holistic growth.

“Thank you for entrusting this beloved child of God to us, and for allowing the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to bear witness to the unique gift your child is to this world. May God bless you and your family always.” †

 

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