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.
The Catechism notes: “The whole life of the Church benefits from the mysterious and powerful help of the angels.” I cannot help but reflect upon that statement and how appropriate it is to CEF’s Guardian Angel Fund.
I learned more than reading, writing, and arithmetic by attending a Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Miami in the ‘90s. The faculty, such as my theology teacher, Father Ron, kept me close to the faith, not only in the religious sense, but he also taught me how to persevere. Our dean of discipline, Dean Lefler, well, enforced the "rule of law." I believe the 4 years I spent attending a Catholic High School brought me closer to my faith and made me more resilient.