Graduates’ Prayer

God our protector,

Keep us safe in the shadow of Your wing.

God our strength,

Calm our fears and anxieties, fill our hearts with Your peace. 

God, in Your wisdom, 

Grant us the discernment to always choose wisely.

God in Your goodness,

Help us to grow in patience with ourselves in times of trouble and challenge

God of justice,

Give us the courage to right wrongs and to do good.

God of love,

Surround us with friends and family to cherish.

God, in Your mercy, 

Fill us with compassion for a world in need of it.

God in Your faithfulness,

Help us, always and everywhere, to seek You.

— written by Nora Bradbury-Haehl, author of The Twentysomething Handbook


Nora Bradbury-Haehl

Nora Bradbury-Haehl is the coauthor of The Freshman Survival Guide and a nationally recognized voice in the conversation about young people and religion. For more than twenty-five years she's worked with youth and young adults in churches, camps, and interfaith programs forming young people in faith, providing pastoral care, companioning them through the challenges and joys of young adulthood, and building caring supportive communities for and with them. An experienced and inspiring speaker, Nora has been a frequent presenter at churches, schools, and the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), leading workshops for large groups of young people and their adult leaders.

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