When I found out my husband and I were expecting, I experienced unexplainable joy, along with an immediate shift in my thought process. Things I had never given much consideration in the past now seemed vital. An expecting mom’s brain is controlled chaos at best but from day one she begins to contemplate the best way to raise her child. I had to ask myself what mattered most. What are the best qualities of my husband and me? How do I pass ONLY those parts onto my child?
It seemed like a sign. One I originally ignored. My husband showed me an ad in The Leaven for a position with the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). I didn’t think it “sounded” like me, so I thanked him and put the paper on the corner of my desk. A few weeks later, a friend asked me if I saw the ad in The Leaven and said she thought I would be perfect for it. I told her I had seen it, but I didn’t think it was right for me.
When I first started emceeing Gaudeamus in 2009, I didn’t know what to expect. I’ve emceed other charity fundraising events in which the audience didn’t seem engaged in the mission of the organization. So why emcee Gaudeamus? Because this audience is truly interested in the cause and making Catholic education possible to those who can’t afford it is essential.
Mr. and Mrs. Stan and Suzan Cramer are this year’s recipients of the “Michael & Patty Morrisey Angels Among Us Award,” and they truly embody the spirit of Gaudeamus (“Let Us Rejoice”) as they have been joyfully giving to CEF for over a decade. Gaudeamus attendees are familiar with hearing Stan’s signature voice and seeing his big smile as the Gaudeamus Emcee for the past nine years. Behind the scenes, he has also contributed countless hours to video production for the event and served on CEF’s Marketing Committee.
At the beginning of Lent, my wife and I attended the Church of the Ascension all school Mass on Ash Wednesday. As we were waiting for the service to begin, our children were entering the Church as one family, devoted to Christ.
At that moment, I was reflecting on the Ascension of Jesus stained glass art and enjoying the peaceful assembly of our parish without mobile phones, media, pop stars or commercialism. Life is moving so quickly and it’s easy to fall into the typical human race to acquire stuff and check off our endless to do list.
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