Skip to main content


Franciscan University’s 65th Commencement Marks End of Father Terence Henry Era

4/2/2013 - 6:24 AM PST

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA ADVISORY
Catholic PRWire

STEUBENVILLE, OH (April 2, 2013) - Franciscan University of Steubenville will celebrate its 65th commencement exercises, May 10-11, 2013.

Handing out diplomas for the last time will be Father Terence Henry, TOR, who will preside over his 13th commencement exercises as president of Franciscan University of Steubenville before moving on to a new assignment this summer.

“I see this as an occasion to be grateful to God for his blessings on this university and these students,” said Father Henry. “As always our focus is on each student’s development in body, mind, and spirit. It’s as true for the pioneering graduates of the Class of 1950 as it is for the 65th graduating class, whom I am certain will go forth as the living presence of Christ in their homes, their jobs, their vocations; wherever the Holy Spirit leads them.”

Not counting the nearly 700 graduates from the Class of 2013, a total of 7,282 students have graduated from Franciscan University since Father Henry became the University’s fifth president in the fall of 2000.

Events begin Friday, May 10, at 6:00 p.m. with the Baccalaureate Mass in Finnegan Fieldhouse. The celebrant and homilist will be the Most Reverend José H. Gomez, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, numerically the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States, and home to one of the largest Hispanic Catholic populations in the nation.

Archbishop Gomez will receive an honorary doctorate of Christian letters for his fidelity to the Catholic Church, for being the voice of Hispanic Catholics in the United States, and for bringing the Gospel of Christ to people everywhere.

Prior to his appointment as archbishop of Los Angeles in March 2011, he served as archbishop of San Antonio, and previously as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Denver.

Archbishop Gomez has distinguished himself as a respected leader of Hispanic priests and the laity. In 2008, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as a consultant to the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, and in 2010, was named a member of the Special Council for America of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops.

On Saturday, May 11, commencement ceremonies begin at 9:00 a.m. with the conferral of master's degrees in Finnegan Fieldhouse. Colleen Carroll Campbell will address graduates of master's programs in business, counseling, education, educational administration, nursing, philosophy, and theology. She will receive an honorary doctorate in communications for using her skills to articulate the faith in a way that reaches young adults and Catholics and non-Catholics around the world.

Campbell is an author, columnist, television and radio host, and former White House speechwriter. Her first book was the critically acclaimed, The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy. In 2002, Campbell served as the only woman speechwriter to President George W. Bush, working directly with the president on major policy addresses on topics such as education, faith-based initiatives, the life issues, and judicial appointments. This summer Campbell will assume her newest role as anchor of EWTN’s first-ever nightly television newscast to be broadcast live from Capitol Hill across the English-speaking world.

The largest ceremony of the day will take place at 12:00 p.m. in Finnegan Fieldhouse, where students will receive bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, or associate's degrees from more than 40 programs.



Addressing the Class of 2013 will be R. James Nicholson, former chairman of the Republican National Committee, who was sworn in as U.S. ambassador to the Holy See and presented his credentials to Pope John Paul II on September 13, 2001. Nicholson built a reputation as a forceful advocate for human rights with particular emphasis on religious freedom, ending human trafficking, food technology in Africa, and thwarting international terrorism.

A graduate of West Point with 30 years of service in the U.S. Army, Nicholson was appointed in 2005 as secretary of Veterans Affairs where he worked to better meet the needs of veterans who returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.

During the undergraduate commencement, Father Henry will be recognized for his service to Franciscan University. Father Malachi Van Tassell, TOR, ’93, will preside over both ceremonies as the provincial delegate for the Third Order Regular Franciscans, along with members of the Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors.

Contact

Franciscan University of Steubenville
http://franciscan.edu  OH, 43952 US
Tom Sofio - Associate Director of Public Relations, 

Keywords

Franciscan University of Steubenville, Franciscan University, commencement, Fr. Terence Henry

Category

Catholic Schools & Religious Education

Rate This Article

Very Helpful Somewhat Helpful Not Helpful at All

Yes, I am Interested No, I am not Interested

Rate Article

1 - 1 of 1 Comments

  1. br jeffrey
    5 months ago

    are there third order Franciscans that are homebound? I would like to become involved in the third order but am homebound with physical and mental disabilities. I currently live in Chicago , but will be moving to terre haute, Indiana in may. I am hoping that there are some online meetings or involvement via regular mail that I could become involved. your reply will be much appreciated. thank you and God bless you, br Jeffrey herrington















Leave a Comment

Comments submitted must be civil, remain on-topic and not violate any laws including copyright. We reserve the right to delete any comments which are abusive, inappropriate or not constructive to the discussion.

Though we invite robust discussion, we reserve the right to not publish any comment which denigrates the human person, undermines marriage and the family, or advocates for positions which openly oppose the teaching of the Catholic Church.

This is a supervised forum and the Editors of Catholic Online retain the right to direct it.

We also reserve the right to block any commenter for repeated violations. Your email address is required to post, but it will not be published on the site.

We ask that you NOT post your comment more than once. Catholic Online is growing and our ability to review all comments sometimes results in a delay in their publication.

Send me important information from Catholic Online and it's partners. See Sample

Post Comment


Newsletter Sign Up

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10
The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests living ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 71:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 15, 17
In you, Yahweh, I take refuge, I shall never be put to shame. ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:1-9
That same day, Jesus left the house and sat by the lakeside, ... Read More

Saint of the Day

July 23 Saint of the Day

St. Bridget of Sweden
July 23: Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland’s Lagman, Birger ... Read More