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Professor Tracey Rowland, the St. John Paul II Chair of Theology for the University of Notre Dame Australia, and Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese of the Military Services will be honored during Christendom College’s 2024 Commencement Ceremonies this upcoming May 10-12 on Christendom’s Front Royal, Virginia, campus. Rowland will deliver this year’s Commencement Address and be given an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, while Archbishop Broglio will be awarded the college’s Pro Deo et Patria Award for Service to God and Country. Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of Arlington will also celebrate the college’s Baccalaureate Mass for graduates and their families.

Rowland hails from Australia, where she earned her primary degrees in law and government from the University of Queensland before completing a Bachelor of Letters in philosophy and a Master of Arts in political philosophy from the University of Melbourne. She later won a Commonwealth Scholarship to Cambridge University, where she wrote her doctoral dissertation. In 2001, she was appointed as Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, a position she held until 2017. While holding this position, Rowland completed a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology, both from the Lateran.

Rowland is also the author of many books, including Culture and the Thomist Tradition (London: Routledge, 2003), Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Benedict XVI (Oxford University Press, 2008), Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed (London: Bloomsbury, 2010), Catholic Theology (London: Bloomsbury, 2017), The Culture of the Incarnation: Essays in Catholic Theology (Steubenville: Emmaus Academic, 2017), Portraits of Spiritual Nobility (New York: Angelico, 2019), and more.

She was appointed to the 9th International Theological Commission in 2014 and has been honored with numerous awards, including the Archbishop Michael J. Miller Award for the Promotion of Faith and Culture, the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, and the Ratzinger Prize for theology. In 2023, she was appointed to the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences.

Archbishop Broglio was born in Ohio, attending Catholic schools in Cleveland growing up. Later, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in classics from Boston College, along with an S.T.B. in theology and a Doctorate in canon law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Cleveland in 1977, serving as an associate pastor shortly after while lecturing in theology at Notre Dame College. From 1979 to 1983, he also attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.

Following his time at the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, Archbishop Broglio served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, and Asuncion, Paraguay. From 1990 to 2001, Archbishop Broglio served as Chief of Cabinet to Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State to Pope St. John Paul II, and desk officer for Central America.

In February 2001, Archbishop Broglio was named Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate to Puerto Rico. The Archbishop was ordained as an Archbishop by His Holiness St. John Paul II on March 19, 2001. On November 19, 2007, Archbishop Broglio was named the fourth Archbishop of the Military Services.

Archbishop Broglio is a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and currently serves as President of the Conference. He is a Trustee and the Chancellor of Catholic Distance University, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, a member of the Board of Trustees for the Catholic University of America, and is Chairman of the Communications Committee for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Christendom has been honored to welcome distinguished guests to its Commencement Ceremonies in years past, including Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Gerhard Cardinal Muller, Lou Holtz, Patrick Madrid, Alice von Hildebrand, Senator Rick Santorum, Robert Cardinal Sarah, and others.

See the full 2024 Commencement Schedule here.

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