Athenaeum’s Spring Commencement and Inauguration05.18.18
The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary graduated 30 students during ceremonies May 13 in the Chapel of St. Gregory the Great on the Athenaeum campus. The degrees were conferred by Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr, chancellor and chairman of the board of the Athenaeum.
After the invocation by Archbishop Schnurr, Father Benedict O’Cinnsealaigh, outgoing president/rector, greeted the graduates, guests, faculty members and administrators.
Father Anthony R. Brausch was installed by Archbishop Schnurr during ceremonies as the 36th president/rector of The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West.
Father Paul J. Keller, O.P., Professor of Sacramental Theology, received The Celebration of Teaching Award recognizing his contributions to the Athenaeum and the larger community.
The graduation address was given by Archbishop of Louisville Joseph E. Kurtz. “How delighted I am to be with you, especially, you, the graduates,” the archbishop said, speaking to those gathered about the “gift of joy that tends to show up in our hearts after serving another well.”
Archbishop Kurtz made note of Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (Rejoice and be glad), on the call to holiness in today's world, which mentions “the saint next door” — the person who serves another humbly.
“As you go forth,” he told the graduates “remember that your path to greatness is not a journey you take alone. “Say ‘thank you’ to Jesus that the One who has ascended to the Father has not left you orphaned. He has given you a saint next door.”
Click the following link to see a photo gallery of the 2018 Spring Commencement and Inauguration of Fr. Anthony Brausch http://www.mtsm.org/PhotoGalleries/PhotoGallery83.aspx
Text Credit: Sr. Eileen Connelly. Photo Credit: E.L. Hubbard Photography.