Cardinal Wuerl to speak at Saint Vincent College commencement
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and the former bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, will be the principal speaker at St. Vincent College's 167th annual commencement.
Wuerl will receive an honorary doctor of theology degree during the May 11 ceremony, when more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded.
St. Vincent College President Brother Norman W. Hipps said the college community is “highly honored” that Wuerl accepted the invitation.
“During his service as bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, he was clearly committed to Catholic education and to providing educational opportunities for economically disadvantaged children,” Hipps said. “As archbishop of Washington, his influence in the church has become international. Our students and faculty are proudly looking forward to welcoming Cardinal Wuerl to St. Vincent.”
Wuerl is a native of Pittsburgh who served as bishop of his home diocese for 18 years.
He is known for his teaching ministry and is involved nationally and internationally in education, health care and social service organizations.
He hosted Pope Benedict XVI in Washington in April 2008 on the pope's historic journey to the United States. Wuerl, who was ordained to the priesthood in 1966, holds earned graduate degrees from The Catholic University of America and the Gregorian University as well a doctorate in theology from the University of St. Thomas in Rome.
He was ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II on Jan. 6, 1986, in St. Peter's Basilica and served as auxiliary bishop in Seattle until 1987 before taking his appointment in Pittsburgh.
He serves on numerous national and international bodies and is chairman of the board of trustees of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, chancellor of The Catholic University of America and chairman of the boards of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Foundation and The Papal Foundation.
He is widely known as the “education bishop” for his ongoing work as a teacher and educator and was recognized with the prestigious St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award by the National Catholic Educational Association.
Jennifer Reeger is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-6155 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Plum superintendent says lack of school tip line was ‘oversight’
- Steelers quarterback Vick getting more acquainted with offense
- Police: Woman, 18, pretended to be student, assaulted Perry principal
- Banshee trailer featuring Vandergrift released
- Penguins see Stars, blanked by Dallas in opening game
- Starkey: Pirates gaining bad big-game rep
- Downtown Pittsburgh Macy’s donates bits of history
- Guns, drugs recovered during raid in Wilkinsburg
- Kennametal HQ relocation rankles Westmoreland County business leadership
- Steelers hoping to establish run early against San Diego
- Hydrangeas flower year after year with proper care, placement, feeding