His topic? Stories of how the Bible can change lives.
He pointed to Jeremiah 1:1-8, where God calls Jeremiah to be a prophet. When Jeremiah protested that he was too young, the Lord answered him: “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you.”
It’s been exactly 30 years since Fr. Corey first arrived at Saint Viator High School as a religious brother, assigned to teach religion. It was just one year in a ministry that would grow to include social justice, pastoral ministry and open the Campus Ministry department at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas.
He would return nearly 20 years later to Saint Viator to teach religion and ultimately chair the department before moving into administration. But in 2016, he walked away from the high school he loved to pursue working in immigration reform, and specifically accompany young immigrant men as they pursue asylum. He now knows it was a calling and he urged students to be open to God’s calling in them.
Fr. Corey ended each classroom presentation by quoting from Psalm 62, verses he says he wished he had known as a student, because they now center him when times are difficult.
“My soul rests in God alone, from whom comes my salvation. God alone is my rock and salvation, my fortress; I shall never fall.”
“Keep God at the center of your life,” Fr. Corey told them, “and you will know what is the right thing to do.”