The 32 members of St. Cecilia's class of 2013 are graduating in the midst of a historically significant year for Catholicism, both locally and globally.
That is what the Most Rev. James D. Conley told the graduates Sunday afternoon during his keynote address at the school's commencement ceremony. Conley was installed last November as the bishop of the Lincoln Diocese.
This year's seniors witnessed Pope Benedict XVI resigning at the end of February. Then, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was selected not long after and became Pope Francis.
Before leaving the papacy, Benedict called for a "special year of faith" to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the second Vatican Council.