Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston will deliver the commencement address at St. Anselm College next month, the New Hampshire school announced Wednesday.
“This promises to be a special and memorable day — both for our graduating students and the entire Saint Anselm community,” Steven R. DiSalvo, the college’s president, said in a statement.
The Benedictine liberal arts college in Manchester has a student body of about 1,925, according to its website.
It is not the first time that the leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has spoken at the graduation ceremony of a local Catholic college. In 2013, O’Malley delivered the commencement address at Regis College in Weston, which awarded him an honorary doctorate degree. O’Malley’s address came a day after he boycotted Boston College’s commencement because the ceremony’s main speaker, then-prime minister Enda Kenny of Ireland, supported abortion-rights legislation.
“The gospel of life is so basic to the social teaching of the church,” O’Malley told Regis graduates and their families. “But, in the US, secularism and de-Christianization are gaining ground.”
St. Anselm College will also award honorary degrees at the May 20 ceremony to Richard L. Bready, a businessman and philanthropist who graduated from the school in 1965, and Eileen M. Stuart-Shor, a 1971 graduate, lecturer at UMass Boston, and nurse practitioner at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. John F. Romps, Jr., a forensic economist and professor emeritus at the school, will also receive an honorary degree.
“Each of these distinguished individuals have exhibited humbling commitment, compassion, and leadership in their personal lives and professional callings,” DiSalvo said in the statement. “They exemplify the values and ideals of a Saint Anselm College education — to educate leaders who make and find opportunities to engage in the service of diverse local, national and global fields and communities.”Jacob Carozza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.