Lucas Briola, a 2013 Saint Vincent College graduate and faculty member in the SVC Department of Theology, recently served as the principal speaker at the 2019 commencement of Bishop Canevin High School in Pittsburgh.
A 2009 Bishop Canevin graduate, Briola told the 55-member graduating class of the importance of learning and included poignant words from noted Jesuit scholar Fr. Bernard Lonegran and Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, the founder of Saint Vincent Archabbey and College.
Said Briola, “I spoke about how a love of learning – which I glimpsed at Bishop Canevin, and hoped the graduates did, too – prepares us for a life of loving. For instance, I highlighted how following our curiosity and wonder transforms us and takes us to an unknown future. I quoted Wimmer, who once wrote to King Ludwig I, ‘If you have intelligence, you must put it to use. One cannot remain still. You must move forward, venture upon new enterprises even though it means taking great chances.’
“In the same way,” Briola continued, “to love, whether a spouse, an ailing parent or a person who is poor, carries us into a risk-laden future and changes us. I made sure to also mention how a liberal arts education, such as at Saint Vincent, especially prepares us for this task.”
The Saint Vincent College Office of Admission and the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences awarded each Bishop Canevin graduate a small Benedictine medal, a prayer card and the book “Wisdom from the World According to Mr. Rogers.”
PHOTO: Lucas Briola C’13 addresses the crowd at Bishop Canevin High School’s 2019 commencement.
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