Fr. Terence Henry, chancellor and former president of Franciscan University of Steubenville, will preside over Christendom College’s Baccalaureate Mass and will receive the College’s Pro Deo et Patria medal for distinguished service to God and country this May, according to the College.
Additionally, renowned Catholic author Dr. Peter Kreeft will be the commencement speaker and will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the College.
Kreeft is a professor of philosophy at Boston College and at the King's College (Empire State Building), in New York City. He is a regular contributor to several Christian publications, is in wide demand as a speaker at conferences, and is the author of over 67 books including: Handbook of Christian Apologetics, Christianity for Modern Pagans, and Fundamentals of the Faith.
Fr. Terence entered the novitiate of the Third Order Regular (TOR) Franciscans in 1967 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1976. He was appointed the fifth president of Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2000. In one of his first public acts as president, he took the Oath of Fidelity and made the Profession of Faith required by canon law of Catholic theology professors and those involved in the spiritual formation of students. Fr. Terence stepped down as university president in 2013 and was subsequently appointed as its chancellor. He has played, and continues to a play, a vital role in the furthering of the spiritual and academic mission of the University.
Christendom College is recommended in The Newman Guide for its strong Catholic identity.
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