The Vatican’s Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Gerhard Cardinal Muller and the renowned Mary Ellen Bork will join the 110 members of the Class of 2017 during Commencement Exercises to be held May 12-13, 2017, on Christendom College’s Front Royal, Virginia, campus.
Cardinal Muller will be the main celebrant and homilist for the Baccalaureate Mass on May 12, and will be the commencement speaker for this year’s ceremonies on May 13, where he will receive an honorary doctorate before delivering his address.
“Gerhard Cardinal Müller has been a strong, consistent voice in defense of the Church’s perennial teaching in the midst of so much confusion in our modern world,” says college president Dr. Timothy O’Donnell. “He is a man of God possessing great faith and hope founded upon his love for Christ and His Church. We are deeply honored and grateful to have him with us for commencement this year and to bestow upon him the College’s Honorary Doctorate.”
Cardinal Muller is Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and President of the Pontifical Commission “Ecclesia Dei,” after being appointed to both positions by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. Cardinal Muller has been actively involved in education throughout his life, serving as the Chair of Dogmatic theology at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich from 1986-2002. He was nominated as Bishop of Regensburg in 2002 by Pope John Paul II, and became a member of the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity in 2012. While still Bishop Muller, he founded the Pope Benedict XVI Institute in 2008, in order to collect and publish the works of Joseph Ratzinger in their entirety. In 2014, Pope Francis made him a Cardinal. To date, he has more than 500 academic publications.
Mary Ellen Bork will deliver remarks during this year’s ceremonies as well, after receiving the college’s St. Catherine of Siena Award.
“Mrs. Mary Ellen Bork is a courageous woman who has defended the faith and Church teaching in the public square by her life and witness. How fitting it is that 30 years after the unjust treatment of her distinguished husband we can honor her service this year with the St. Catherine of Siena Award,” says O’Donnell.
Bork is a famed writer and lecturer on issues affecting Catholic life and culture. The wife of the late Judge Robert Bork, Bork serves on the advisory board of the Catholic University of America and Christendom College, and is on the Susan B. Anthony List and the Chesterton Review. A noted conservative activist, her articles have appeared in the National Catholic Register, The Washington Times, Voices, and The New Criterion.
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