Christendom to Honor Santorum and Dulles at Commencement

April 24, 2003

Christendom College is pleased to announce that Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University, will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass and deliver the homily at Christendom College on Friday, May 16, in the Chapel of Christ the King at 5:00 p.m. Cardinal Dulles will also receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the College during the Commencement Exercises that begin at 1:00 p.m.

Additionally, United States Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) will deliver the Commencement Address on Saturday, May 17, and will be awarded Christendom College's Pro Deo et Patria Medal for Distinguished Service to God and Country.

"Christendom College is honored to welcome both Cardinal Dulles and Senator Santorum to our campus for Commencement Weekend," said Christendom President Timothy T. O'Donnell. "We are all looking forward to spending time with these two very distinguished guests. I am sure that our graduating class, the largest in the 25 year history of the College, will undoubtedly benefit from the words of wisdom which they will hear from our guests over the weekend."

An internationally known author and lecturer, Cardinal Dulles has written over 650 articles and has published 21 books on theological topics. He was made a Cardinal of the Catholic Church on February 21, 2001, by Pope John Paul II, thereby becoming the first U.S. theologian named to the College of Cardinals. He is currently a consultor to the Committee on Doctrine of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and an associate fellow of the Woodstock Theological Center in Washington, D.C.

A graduate of Harvard's class of 1940, Cardinal Dulles attended Harvard Law school for over a year before leaving to serve in the United States Navy. The son of the late U.S. Secretary of State John Foster, he entered the Jesuit order in 1946. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1956 and studied at the Gregorian University in Rome where he was awarded a doctorate in Sacred Theology.

He served on the faculty of Woodstock College from 1960 to 1974 and at The Catholic University of America from 1974 to 1988. He was appointed the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University in 1988.

Rick Santorum has served in the United States Senate since January, 1995. Now the third ranking Republican in the Senate, as Conference Chairman, Senator Santorum directs the communications operations of Senate Republicans, and is a high profile spokesman for the party. He is the youngest member of the leadership and the first Pennsylvanian in leadership since Senator Hugh Scott was Republican Leader in the 1970's.

Prior to his election to the Senate in 1994, Senator Santorum made his mark in theU.S. House of Representatives as a young Congressman fighting for government accountability and welfare reform. He was first elected to Congress in 1990 at the age of 32.

Senator Santorum attended Penn State University, where in 1980 he received a B.A. in Political Science. During his undergraduate years, he became actively involved in the political process volunteering on the campaign of the late Senator John Heinz. Senator Santorum continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh, earning an M.B.A. in 1981. In 1986, he received a J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law.

Senator Santorum and his wife, Karen Garver Santorum, are the parents of seven children: Elizabeth Anne; Richard John ("Johnny"), Jr.; Daniel James; Gabriel Michael (deceased); Sarah Maria; Peter Kenneth; and Patrick Francis.

The 73 undergraduates receiving B.A. degrees on May 17 include: Matthew Akers, Stephen Akhurst, Danielle Anderson, Megan Anderson, Fadi Auro, Michael Baron, Molly Becker, Jaime Berger, Michael Blum, Dominic Bodoh, Mary Boever, Gregory Burns, Elizabeth Butina, Elena Cardenas, Matthew Coffey, Sr. Maria Corona, PCI, Amy Donahue, Kelly Drew, Susan Erwin, Theresa Fer, Daniel Fier, Therese Ford, Fred Fraser, Meghan Gallante, Catherine Garrett, Donald Goodman, Anna Hatke, Laura Henderson, Clinton Hepler, Paul Jalsevac, Joelle Jansen, Claire Jensen, Elizabeth Kish, Ann Kugel, Jan Kuznia, Christopher Lane, Lucia Leggio, Sr. Maria Licea, PCI, Alyssa Lombardi, James Maldonado Berry, Anne Martin, Kathleen McGlynn, Brendan McGuire, Daniel McGuire, Michael McGuirk, Colleen McMahon, Amber Meza, Candice Meza, Anne Monette, Sean Murphy, Andrea Nolan, Niall O'Donnell, Kerri Polce, Caroline Pollock, Rebecca Price, Suzanne Quinson, Bethany Sargis, Patrick Scanlon, John Paul Schafer, Michael Schmitt, Gregory Settducati, Justin Smith, Melanie Smith, Leah Stephens, Mary Storck, Emily Syski, Heather Tansey, Alexandria Thornbrugh, Christianne Van Sant, Katherine Wathen, Dane Weber, Sarah Webster, and Nicholas Wingate.

Three Associate of Arts degrees will be conferred on Sarah Antonio, Megan McNeely, and Lori Omann.


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