April 11, 2011
Story by Barbara LeBlanc
Commencement Moved to Sullivan Arena
Given the rain this week and the threat of thunderstorms on Saturday, May 21, commencement exercises will take place in Thomas F. Sullivan Arena. For more information, including details about obtaining tickets, please visit the commencement website.
The Most Reverend Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, I.S.P.X., newly installed archbishop of Quebec and Primate of Canada, will give the commencement address during the 118th commencement exercises of Saint Anselm College. Commencement will be held Saturday, May 21, at 2 p.m. on the lawn in front of Alumni Hall.
Archbishop Lacroix was installed as archbishop on March 25, after having served as auxiliary bishop of Quebec since 2009. Born in Quebec, he spent much of his boyhood in Manchester and attended Saint Anselm for a year as a member of the Class of 1979. He left after his freshman year to pursue seminary studies in Canada.
Archbishop Lacroix was ordained a priest in 1988 in the parish of Notre-Dame-de-la-Recouvrance, after earning his master's degree in pastoral theology at Laval University. A member of the Quebec-based Pius X Secular Institute, he spent a decade in Colombia doing missionary work.
"It is with great joy and humility that I accept to serve with my whole heart the Church of Quebec, continuing to give my life to proclaiming the Gospel," he told the Catholic Register upon being named the 15th archbishop of Quebec by Pope Benedict XVI.
Archbishop Lacroix will receive an honorary degree, along with three other recipients at Commencement 2011. They are in alphabetical order:
Cheryl Kane, of Milton, Mass., who has focused her career working with underserved populations including as a street nurse for the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.
Christopher Lavery, Esq., of Canton, Mass., a native of Belfast, an immigration attorney who has done significant pro bono work for men and woman who are trying to obtain United States citizenship.
Michael J. Sheehan, Saint Anselm Class of 1982, CEO of Hill-Holliday (one of the leading advertising agencies in the country) and former chairman of the Saint Anselm College Board of Trustees.