High school students give homeless-friendless veteran a final farewell

Catholic Memorial High School (CMH) is a co-ed Catholic high school in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Established in 1949, CMH opened as a parochial school for St. Joseph’s parish, named for the 23 men of St. Joseph’s who died in World War II. Later, the dedication of the school was extended to include all graduates and former students of CMH who have died in service to their country. With 80 faculty and an enrollment in 2016-2017 of 660, Catholic Memorial is a college preparatory school and a participant in the International Baccalaureate Program.

The school’s motto is “Caritas in Omnibus”, Latin for “charity in all things”.

True to their school’s motto, when Catholic Memorial students learned that a homeless U.S. Army veteran, known only as John, had died on the streets with neither family nor friends, the students decided to give John a final send-off that he deserves.

Bill Shields reports for CBS Boston that on Nov. 15, 2017, John was buried with full military honors.

But before an Army hearse took his flag-covered casket away, there was a memorial Mass in Catholic Memorial’s chapel, presided by Rev. Chris Palladino, who volunteered his services and the eulogy.

After the memorial Mass, a contingent of Catholic Memorial High School seniors carried John’s flag-draped coffin to the waiting hearse, accompanied by the playing of taps.

CMH President Peter Folan explained:

“For us paying homage to a veteran, to bring him to our campus, to provide the burial rights he deserves, and to honor his legacy and to help our boys realize we have to stand with those who are marginalized.”

CMH senior class president Will Padden said:

“We have a lot of veterans in my own family so I know the sacrifice he made for the country and I know the service he committed in the years he committed to serving our country. John in this case needed a family and we were there to be John’s family.”

In life, John didn’t have any family. But in death he found a huge family at Catholic Memorial High.


10 responses to “High school students give homeless-friendless veteran a final farewell

  1. Better to do something while he was alive. See my comment about the
    hepatitis outbreak in California.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Oh now isn’t that just wonderful. A CATHOLIC IB school. IB is a global propaganda organization and anti-American. This is very disturbing that our Catholic religion is now buying into the global citizen agenda.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. John+ is no longer homeless and friendless, his new life in eternity has just begun. Thank you to the students and faculty of St. Joseph’s parish Catholic Memorial High School.

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Hadenoughalready

    No better a day to post this than today. Thanks, Doc!
    May the Almighty continue to Bless and Protect our Veterans; living or gone home.

    Liked by 3 people

  5. A day late and a dollar short?
    Since when do clergy ‘donate’ their services?
    In my diocese, you must be vaccinated in order to attend,
    Mortal men have corrupted the Word of God with their own agenda

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  6. Getting a little dusty in here. My eyes are watering a mite bit. When young people do the rite thing, don’t look at it as a bad thing, but encourage it, and publicize it from the tallest mountain you can. It is the way to get the message out. Don’t let a single one of your friends not know about this by the end of the weekend. It is that important.

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