Cardinal Edwin O’Brien will be the commencement speaker at Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, Calif., this May, according to the College. The Cardinal will also serve as the principal celebrant and homilist at the College’s Baccalaureate Mass and will receive the College’s highest honor, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion.
Currently serving as the Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, Cardinal O’Brien is in charge of the order responsible for promoting and defending Christianity in the Holy Land. He was formerly the Archbishop of Baltimore and of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. The College reports:
“Throughout his nearly five decades of ministry, Cardinal O’Brien has done whatever the Church has asked of him, whether that was jumping from airplanes, administering sacraments to soldiers on the battlefield, or tending to the spiritual needs of Christians in the Holy Land,” says [College President] Dr. [Michael] McLean.“It will be an honor to welcome him to our campus, to benefit from his words of wisdom, and to recognize his life of faithful service to Christ and His Church.”
…the chairman of the College’s Board of Governors will present Cardinal O’Brien with the Saint Thomas Aquinas Medallion in recognition of his extraordinary dedication to God and His Church. Established by the Board in 1975, the Medallion is a means of honoring Catholics who have demonstrated unfailing adherence to the Magisterium and have used their influence to help to advance the Church’s teachings. Past recipients include Bl. Mother Teresa, M.C.; Servant of God Rev. John Hardon,S.J.; and Cardinal O’Brien’s onetime superior, Cardinal O’Connor.
Thomas Aquinas College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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