Cathedral graduates 41 seniors

NEW ULM – Forty-one graduating Cathedral High School seniors were advised to live their lives as a gift in order to find the most fulfillment, Sunday at the school’s 91st commencement at St. Mary’s Church.

“I wish the seniors could stay here, but you have to have freedom to grow,” said the Rev. Matt Wiering. “I have tried to offer my life as a gift. When I stopped living for myself and began living for others, it made me feel like the richest man in the world. No matter your past, open your life to God because he is open to you.”

Bishop John M. LeVoir told graduates to always remember Jesus Christ came into the world to make it a better place.

“You are images of God himself, with a dignity that is infinite,” LeVoir said. “It’s not easy today, but that’s what we are called to do. If you give yourself as a gift to Jesus Christ, you’ll make the world a better place and continue the work he began 2,000 years ago. That is how your life can be more exciting and fulfilling than you can possibly imagine.”

Distinguished Student Awards were given to Salutatorian Kylie Walterman and Valedictorian Monica Illikman. Emily Steffl received the Lumen Christi Award.

In a farewell speech, Walterman told graduates a strong sense of self will carry them through good and bad times.

“Trust in the Lord and He’ll make your path straight,” she said. “Remember God has a wonderful place for you and strength for the years ahead.”

Monsignor John Richter told graduates to be people of faith and service wherever they go and they’ll have a deep influence of faith to the world.

(Fritz Busch can be e-mailed at

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