Christendom College will celebrate Commencement weekend on May 15-17, and will honor renowned author, and Catholic luminary, Dr. Alice von Hildebrand and the Most Reverend Paul S. Loverde, Bishop of the Diocese of Arlington, Va., at the ceremony.
Dr. Alice von Hildebrand will be the commencement speaker for this year’s ceremonies on May 16, where she will be awarded the St. Catherine of Siena award before delivering her address.
“Dr. von Hildebrand has been a great defender of our Catholic faith and all that is true, good, and beautiful. Her life has been filled with a powerful witness to the truth of faith and natural reason, and she has dedicated her life to Christ and His Church. I cannot think of a more worthy recipient of the college’s Catherine of Siena award,” says college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell.
Dr. Alice von Hildebrand was born in Brussels, Belgium, before coming to the United States, and fleeing Nazi occupation, in 1940. She studied at Fordham University upon her arrival to the U.S., where she met, and married, famed philosopher and theologian Dietrich von Hildebrand, before becoming a professor at Hunter College in 1947 — a position she would hold for the next 37 years. Dr. von Hildebrand remains a renowned lecturer and author, whose works include The Privilege of Being a Woman, The Soul of a Lion: The Life of Dietrich von Hildebrand, and her recent autobiography, Memoirs of a Happy Failure.
Bishop Paul S. Loverde will be the main celebrant and homilist for the Baccalaureate Mass on May 15, before being bestowed with an honorary doctorate at the commencement ceremonies on May 16.
“Bishop Loverde has been a great friend and supporter of the educational mission of Christendom College over the years. His leadership of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington has been truly inspirational and marked by a joyful fidelity to the Church and Her teaching mission,” says O’Donnell.
“It will be a tremendous joy and honor to welcome him to our commencement and bestow on him the College’s honorary doctorate of humane letters.”
A native of Rochester, New York, Bishop Loverde received his B.A., summa cum laude, from St. Bernard Seminary College, before receiving his Licentiate in Sacred Theology in 1966 and his Licentiate in Canon Law in 1982. Bishop Loverde has served the Church as Bishop for the past 27 years, working in the Archdiocese of Hartford, the Diocese of Ogdensburg, and in the Diocese of Arlington since 1999. Bishop Loverde has authored five pastoral letters during his time in Arlington, and has helped further Catholic higher education as a member of the boards of Mount St. Mary’s University, the Catholic University of America, and the Institute for Psychological Sciences.
Since its first graduation ceremony in 1980, Christendom College has honored outstanding individuals who have rendered faithful service to the Church and nation, and whose lives can be emulated by the graduates and the college community.
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