Catholic school graduates urged to be evangelizers, agents of change

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MANILA, March 23, 2013—Living a “holy” life and practicing the faith should not end for students of Catholic schools, colleges or universities when they graduate.

In fact, administrators of some 1,345 schools under the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP) hope to have been successful in their mission to “create saints out of their students.”

“We are hoping that our students, after they graduate, will continue to be practicing Catholics by being involved in their parish and to eventually share in the mission to evangelize too,” said CEAP president Fr. Gregorio Bañaga, C.M.

The priest, who is concurrently the president of Adamson University, also reminded graduates to use their education to generate social transformation.

“Students should be agents of change in the society. Think on how you can cause impact to society by giving back to your community or to your school. This is because who you are today is largely because of your school,” he said.

Bañaga said one of the concrete ways a student can give back to his community is by casting and guarding his vote in the upcoming May 10 elections.

“Do your share by voting wisely and guard your votes. Create change in the government by not electing corrupt officials in public offices,” he added.

Finally, Bañaga said students must look at graduation more as a “commencement” of a “new journey with a great responsibility in the society at large.” (YouthPinoy)

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